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Philip Larkin’s enormous yes

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A connoisseur of doom whose wit refuses to die

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Hammett’s long goodbye

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A deferential biography of literature’s Marlboro man

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The prince of finesse

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Nine hundred pages of criticism prove that John Updike is no air-dancing dandy

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Mooing in the meadows of love

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Confessional novels that give real life a bad name

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Blowing smoke into the zeitgeist

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The well-deserved resurrection of Jean Stafford

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Norman Mailer finally gets his Egyptian novel out of his system

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Rockwell around the clock

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Awaiting the great synthesis of rock and classical music

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Call me Bwana

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The subject is Africa and William Boyd writes about it like Evelyn Waugh, only nicer

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