Like the Cover of an old Book,

Its Contents torn out,

And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,

Lies here, Food for Worms.

But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more,

In a new & more perfect Edition,

Corrected and amended By the Author.

Who wrote this epitaph for himself -- which was never used?

All entries (one person) must be clearly written on postcards and mailed to: Book Bag, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071, and must include complete return address and competition number. The winning entry will be the first correct answer drawn at random. Employes of The Washington Post Company and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries must be received no later than December 3rd. The winner's name and city of residence will be announced in the December 13th issue. A Washington Post Book World book bag will be sent to the winner.

Answer to Book Bag #443: (1) Raymond Chandler's fictional Santa Monica is called Bay City; (2) Tom Clancy is the local novelist represented on both the hardcover and paperback best-seller lists; (3) Ruth Rendell sometimes writes novels as Barbara Vine; (4) Gargoyle magazine was founded in 1976; (5) Harold the Committed, created by Calvin Trillin, always finishes the Sunday New York Times by 2 p.m. All these answers could be found in the October 18 issue of Book World.

Winner: Rebecca S. Fritz, Reisterstown, Md.