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CONTENTS

THE EDINBURGH FESTIVAL John Leech: the essential Abbado; Owen

. Dudley Edwards on the Festival and Fringe; The bookshops of Edinburgh;

Iseabail Mcleod; the Property of the Language: The Concise Scots Dictionary:............................ ... ...... ........................ 25

PAPERBACKS Seven Types of Hilarity: Patrick Maguire on Toole's Rabelaisan Genius and Sorrentino's send-up of Grub Street; Anita Desai on Ruth Prawer Jhabvala; Anne Smith with seven good books for sununer; Recommended books - a checklist ......... ..

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August 1981 Vol. 2. No 39.

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FICTION Julian Rathbone on the J.G. Ballard's Hullo

America 'witty, playful, moving, mythic, poetic' in the least pretentious way; Duncan Fallowell on the new Burroughs, 'Post Homo Sapiens';John Peck on?, plus the usual Murder & Mayhem ............ ............. .... ............ .......... ... ... .... .

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CULTURE Kenneth McLeish on a new dictionary of culture, 'Picking the Plums'...................... 16

POETRY Angela Livingstone on X Russians and one Serbo Groat;.. ...................................... 17

LIVES & LETTERS Angus Calder on Ngugi's Prison Diary: 'in

Karniti Maximum Security Prison, Ngugi wrote, on hoarded toilet paper, a novel in Kikuyu'; Obituary. Nairn Attallah on Desmond Stewart .................. 19

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LIT. CRIT. Sylvere Monod on new editions of Edwin

Drood - 'Poor Boz'; Terence Hawkes on Lit. Crit. now - 'All that Jazz'................ 22

REVIEWS REVIEWED Anne Smith looks at the reception of

Muriel Spark'slatest novel ...... .... ............ 24

BOOKS & LIFE Readers respond to the editor's appeal to tell us about the books that changed their lives .. .... .. .. .. .... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .... .. .. 34

THEATRE Bemard Crick reviews the critics in John

Elsom's Post War Theatre Criticism; Katharine Worth on the grand style of yesteryear; Bemard Levy on Gambit's Stoppard ............ ........... .......... .................... 39

HISTORY P.H. Scott on Muir ofHuntershill ......... ......... 41

POLAND Judy Dempsey talks to the leading film­

director and leading playwright, about how they cope with the censor .............. . 42

FILM Forsyth Hardy on Hollywood as it was:

Huston and Swanson tell all ...... .... ........... 43

MEDIA Alan McNeill on the political press: and argues that The Times is 'a pompous and unprofitable news sheet for those who like to see themselves as the ruling classes'; Janet Daley loves Clive Jarnes.. ............. ...... ...................... ................ 44

ART D.M. Thomas on erotic art: what turns you on?; Christopher Harvie on the German secessionists ...... .... .......... ...................... .. .. 46

RELIGION John Matthews: what is an angel - and why? ...... ........ ........ .. ...... .... ... ..... ..... .. .... ....... 48

MUSIC Norman Lebrecht on the Great

Stokowski; April Fitzlyon on Cosirna's Wagner; Graharn Bradshaw rounds up the records ...... .. .. .... ........ .. .. .:.............. .. .. ... 49

PSYCHOLOGY Joan Freeman on the evil that men,

women, and children do ........ .. .............. .. 53

COMMENTARY Michael Wale argues the case for cheque-book journalism .. .... .................. .. 47

SHORT STORY My Week: By Salome (with some help from lain Finlayson) ...... .. ...... .... .. .......... .... 54

TV Janet Daley'seye view...... .... .......... ...... ...... .. 55

LETTERS/QUESTION BOX............ 37