Books: A Cultivated Mind

HAROLD NICOLSON: DIARIES AND LETTERS, 1930-1939. Edited by Nigel Nicolson. 447 pages. Atheneum. $7.50.

In the span of 40 years, Sir Harold Nicolson wrote 28 books of history (The Congress of Vienna), biography (King George V), fiction (Sweet Waters), essays (Good Behavior) and travelogues (Journey to Java), as well as countless book reviews and speeches. But nothing that Sir Harold has ever produced is so likely to win him a permanent place in British letters as this volume culled by his younger son from his personal notes and correspondence.

The reasons are clear enough....

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