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Golden Boy

Denis Donoghue

22 December 1983
W.H.Auden: The Critical Heritage 
edited by John Haffenden.
Routledge, 535 pp., £19.95, September 1983, 0 7100 9350 0
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Auden: A Carnival of Intellect 
by Edward Callan.
Oxford, 299 pp., £12.50, August 1983, 0 19 503168 7
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Drawn from the Life: A Memoir 
by Robert Medley.
Faber, 251 pp., £12.50, November 1983, 0 571 13043 7
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... book and partly because the absence of any considerations of real critical force from Edward Callan’s book explains its blandness. No consideration such as may be brought into view by mentioning Larkin and Leavis is allowed to ruffle the surface of Callan’s prose. A chapter on Auden’s disenchantment ...

Supersellers

John Sutherland

8 November 1979
The Devil’s Alternative 
by Frederick Forsyth.
Hutchinson, 479 pp., £5.95
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The Four Hundred 
by Stephen Sheppard.
Secker, 374 pp., £5.25
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... evokes the pathetic band of executed European mercenaries who fought in Angola under ‘Colonel Callan’ – the rank invented, and the name borrowed from Edward Woodward’s flamboyantly-played television spy. One can expect leader-writers in three or four years’ time to pontificate solemnly about ‘the devil’s ...

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