Books: Before the Fact

A PIN TO SEE THE PEEPSHOW—F. Tennyson Jesse — Doubleday, Doran ($2.50). Readers who know that Fryn Tennyson Jesse is a woman, the grandniece of the late Alfred, Lord Tennyson and a versatile author in her own right, will expect something unusual from A Pin to See the Peepshow. Readers to whom she is not even a name may be agreeably surprised at the bright zest of its introductory pages, increasingly depressed as its long middle section threatens to turn hopelessly humdrum. But they will...

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