Books: Confessions of a Public Son, JOURNALS: 1939-1983

JOURNALS: 1939-1983 by Stephen Spender; Random House; 448 pages; $19.95

To judge from his journal and a reissue of his collected verse, Stephen Spender, 76, remains a minor poet and a major luncher: "I had lunch with Eliot a few days ago at the club ... On Thursday went to the luncheon given in honour of John Lehmann at the Trocadero ... Lunch in Paris with Denis de Rougemont ... We gave a luncheon for Auden and the Austrian Ambassador ... In Berlin, at luncheon, I met George Kennan again ... Went to lunch with Robert Oppenheimer ... [Guy Burgess] invited me to lunch at his apartment ... Lunched with Cyril...

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