Books: Cracked Image

AUTOBIOGRAPHY—John Cowper Powys— Simon & Schuster ($3.50).

Since the world began, few men have thought or written so much about their precious selves as John Cowper Powys. If it were not for the personal pronoun and the exclamation point he would be tongue-tied. A more unabashed egotist than most authors, he gave his ego a field day last week by publishing a grotesque 595-page autobiography. Whether or not the mirror he holds up to himself is distorted, most readers will agree that the image it reflects is a little cracked. Author Powys...

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