Books: The Last Bookman

THE EVENING COLONNADE by CYRIL CONNOLLY 469 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $15.

Your leather-bound classics with the cut India-leaf pages are hopelessly water-stained—those that did not sink on the coral reef coming in. And so the hypothetical question has become not what one Great Book but what one Great Reader would you want to be shipwrecked with on a desert island. For the past four decades, the right answer for the literate Robinson Crusoe has been Cyril Connolly, who died last November at the age of 70.

He was the author of one witty...

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