This is not like other sets of previously uncollected essaysit is really worth reading. One would need an essay-length review to do justice to Empson; suffice it to say that his reputation will be in no way diminished by these more-or-less occasional piecessome previously unpublishedand that the reader is certainly the better off, whether the topic be literature or culture. Even pieces published originally as book reviews show more than occasional power; anyone interested in watching a great thinker at work will be fascinated. The excellent 60-page introduction will help the uninitiated; for researchers, the index is thorough. For all academic and larger public libraries.Robert E. Brown, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.