Fall 1959 • Vol. XXI No. 4 Book Reviews |

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Vision And Rhetoric by G. S. Fraser. Faber and Faber. 25s. This book, it is hoped, will shortly be available to readers in the United States. I commend it to their attention, with the warning that it will tax their patience and goodwill. At the same time it will provide the discerning with more reliable evidence of the current literary situation in England than any other book I have encountered. For several years Mr. Fraser has had the problem of squaring his own actual mind with the putative minds of those who constitute the British Reading Public. Putting a bridle on that Proteus has become for him a knack, a skill run down into his fingers; he employs it handsomely. But the scars are there, visible now in this book in which he presents the ample record of his ingratiations. Most of us never acquire these skills, these habits of courtesy and tact; we own little finesse in the I—It relation of literary journalism. We have therefore much to learn from Mr. Fraser. And yet I a

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