HEARING SECRET HARMONIES by ANTHONY POWELL 272 pages. Little, Brown. $7.95.
Latecomers probably should not be admitted during this finale to Anthony Powell's twelve-volume A Dance to the Music of Time. Or should go back to where it all began with A Question of Upbringing in 1951. For Powell is here concerned with staging effects for the subscription crowd"the touching up of time-expired sets, reshaping of derelict props, updating of old refrains."
The time is the tumultuous 1960s.
Favorites from earlier volumesDicky Umfraville, Jean Duport, Flavia Wise-bitetotter back to take bows with Powell's tirelessly...