Books: Dead End Kids

THE WORLD IS A WEDDING by Bernard Kops. 261 pages. Coward-McCann. $5.

SWEETLY SINGS THE DONKEY by Shelagh Delaney. 186 pages. Putnam. $4.

Each year brings evidence that the lower orders of Britain have acquired another caste mark of the old upper crust. Now it is autobiographies, hitherto the prerogative of retired generals, statesmen, colonial officials and men of letters who are willing to design their own public monuments.

Shelagh Delaney, 24, and Bernard Kops, 37, are none of these things. They graduated into the welfare state from two of the most ferocious slums in...

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