Books: A Genuine Fake

THE GREAT FORGERY (501 pp.)—Edith Simon—Little, Brown ($5.95).

Matthew Gorer is a painter, but there has been no one like him since Joyce Gary's Gulley Jimson. Savage, idealistic, scruffy and lecherous, Gorer is at once a fiercely dedicated man with the humility of a prostrate priest and the arrogance that the world imposes on a neglected seer.

Scrounging Hell. The reader meets Gorer in London shortly before World War II on the night that he seduces Cassy Beaumont, which is the night that his unsuccessful one-man show closes. The teen-age daughter of an English father and a West Indian mother, Cassy...

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