Books: Old Lady

öOld Lady

MEMORIES OF MY CHILDHOOD—Selma Lagerlöf—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50). For human character, as for meat, salt preservative. Selma Lagerlöf is an old lady but she is salty. Best-loved Swedish writer, she is no Pollyanna but a wideawake female citizen whose rose-colored spectacles sometimes conceal but rarely lessen the knowing twinkle in her eye. Far enough removed from her own childhood (she is 75) to be forgivably sentimental about it, she writes with her accustomed sub-humorous kindliness of the little girl she was. Readers who missed the first volume of her reminiscences (Marbacka,...

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