Books: A Triumph of Trying-Really-Hard


by A.N. Wilson;

Viking; 250 pages; $17.95

Of all Britain's young literary lions, Andrew Norman Wilson, 38, has been busiest at marking his territory. Since the mid-1970s he has published eleven satiric novels, plus biographies of John Milton, Sir Walter Scott, Hilaire Belloc, and last year's much and justly praised Tolstoy. In addition, Wilson has written about Christian theology and religious affairs (How Can We Know?; The Church in Crisis).

Add to this diverse plenty a consistently high quality of thought and prose, and one has the makings of a Man of Letters -- a quaint designation in...

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