Books: Who Will Not Go Away

THE CHILDREN AT THE GATE by Edward Lewis Wallant. 184 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $3.95.

Though few recognized it at the time, it is increasingly apparent that the U.S. lost one of its best novelists when Edward Lewis Wallant died 15 months ago at the age of 36. His career was astonishing in several ways, the first of these being simply that each of his four books was so good that it seemed unlikely that the author could write another at the same level. A second surprise is that no cult has gathered since...

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