Books: Crusts

LIFE AFTER MARRIAGE: LOVE IN AN AGE OF DIVORCE

by A. Alvarez

Simon & Schuster; 269 pages; $14.50

As an aspiring writer in '50s London, A. Alvarez kissed by the book; his affections were literary. The novels, and the tempestuous marriage, of D.H. Lawrence became his literary and personal inspiration. When he met Frieda Lawrence's granddaughter, he instantly fell in love. Then reality began to edit illusion. When the first words his new wife spoke to him on their wedding morning were "You didn't cut off the crusts" (he had forgotten to trim the connubial toast), Alvarez thought: "It's the wrong script." Frantically,...

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