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By William Golding

English novelist Wilfred Barclay, who has identified popularity, good fortune, and fortune, is in difficulty. He faces a ingesting challenge slipping over the borderline into alcoholism, a useless marriage, and the incurable itch of center age lust. however the ultimate, insufferable inflammation is American Professor of English Literature Rick L. Tucker, who's implacable in his determinition to turn into The Barclay guy: licensed biographer, editor of the posthumous papers and the well-known authority.

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