Books: Hark, Hark, the Clerk

CHARLIE, COME HOME by R.F. DELDERFIELD 299 pages. Simon & Schuster. $8.95.

The late R.F. Delderfield may have been the final heir of a tradition invented to while away long, damp English evenings: the multivolumed family saga. As the literary grandson of Trollope and son of Galsworthy, Delderfield industriously erected his own Barchester Towers, climbed his own Forsythe family tree. His mythical family, the Swanns, lived through everything from the Zulu War to the sinking of the Titanic. Writing seven days a week, from 10 in the morning to 1 in the afternoon, and from 6 to 7 in the evening, Delderfield...

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