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Charles Osborne. Fromm International, $11.95 (360pp) ISBN 978-0-88064-106-7

This is a ``lively'' account of the personality and achievements of a dynamic, imperious, fanatically honest cultural hero. PW predicted that Osborne's biography, which is based largely on letters to and from the 19th century composer, ``will take its place as the standard work.'' Photos. (Jan.)