By Maurice Baring. Price, $2.75. Pp 326, with no illustrations. William Heinemann, Ltd, 99 Great Russell St, London, WC 1, 1936, reprinted 1936, 1937, and 1950.
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Anthologies are marvelous bedtime reading and when an anthology is collected by an extremely perceptive person whose prejudices happen to coincide fairly neatly with your own, you may expect a feast of delicacies to be taken at various rates and in varying quantities, depending on the mood and the occasion. The temptation here is to take too much at a time. The title of this book, which has gone through many editions, Maurice Baring got from a dream he had that having crossed the river Styx he was requested to declare the literary baggage which he had been traveling with through life. But he was to list only such things as he had stored away in his memory or had made a record of in notebooks, commonplace books, or diaries. This enchanting collection is the result. One of the choice features of this book is the wealth of material from
Bean WB. Have You Anything to Declare?. Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(6):615. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290180091024