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JUNE 1981 Editor: Anne Smith Assistant Editor: Deborah Mitche/1

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~ 1981 The Uterary Review, a member of the Namara Group .

CONTENTS

EDITORIAL . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . THE WORLD OF BOOKS Peter Mann on literary novels in the l ibraries-

who reads them? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Sissons on Bestsellers, expected and unexpected .. Alan Day on the Everyman Library: The first 75

years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

FICTION Richard Brautigan, Muriel Spark, J. G. Farrell,

Keith Waterhouse , begins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anita Desai on Island and Other Stories

REVIEWS AND REVIEWERS A new feature: the reviews reviewed

CHILDREN'S BOOKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . POETRY Stan Smith on Ezra Pound: and 'the deepest dirtiest secrets of English culture. ' . . . Nairn Attallah on the poetry of exile . . . . . . . . .

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FRENCH Roger Uttle on Frenaud and the Silence of

God; Graham Martin on Jabes and the absence of God .

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PAPERBACKS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. RELIGION Ronald Higgins on Mary Kenny's ch ristianity :

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'What works need not be true . What is t rue need not work' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

QUESTION BOX Freedom in the arts ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

UVES AND LETTERS Benkovitz and Brophy's Beardsley: 'the succubus and the housekeeper.' . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

DRAMA Katharine Worth on Webster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

ART John McEwen: The Umehouse School

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POLITICS Martin Walker on the CIA in Chile . . . . .

PRESS . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . FILM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . TV . . . . . LETTERS From Ludovic Kennedy, John Vaizey and others .

SHORT STORIES Penelope Uvely: The Ghostofa Flea . 'Actually,'

she said, 'I have tried to kill myself. Twice I wasn 't going to tell you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

POEMS . . . . . . .. . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. COMMENTARY George Hay: Now Hear Th is . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Marriner on being a dole-queue writer . .

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Notes on Contributors

Duncan Fallowell's last book was Drug Tales .

His next book , on April Ashley , will be published by Jonathan Cape this year. Christopher Hawtree works on London

Magazine. Ronald Higgins is a former diplomat and

Observer executive . He is the author of The Seventh Enemy, a freelance writer and lecturer on ecological issues. Norman Lebrecht is a freelance writer and small publisher. Roger Little is Professor of French at Dublin

University. Peter Mann is Reader in Sociology at Sheffield

University. Graham Martin is a lecturer in French at

Edinburgh University. Michael Sissons is managing director of A. D. Peters literary agency. Stan Smith is a lecturer in English at Dundee.

University .

Cover illustration by Debi Angel of Namara Features

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