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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 volumes—Dicky Umfraville, Jean Duport, Flavia Wise-bite—totter back to take bows with Powell's tirelessly...

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