Books: Death by the Numbers

IN A WILD SANCTUARY by William Harrison. 320 pages. Morrow. $6.95.

For decades after F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise, young novelists spent their energies on books about college life suffused with sophomoric philosophizing and romantic despair. Then came J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, William Golding's Lord of the Flies, and a spate of imitative books about troubling and precocious children. Since the late '50s and Jack Kerouac's On the Road, the picaresque adventures of rebellious youth seeking wisdom through forbidden experience have been the dominant theme. Now, perhaps, William...

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