Books: Dear Old Daddy

FATHER—Elizabeth—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

"Elizabeth's" English eye, naturally optimistic, has been trained by feminine intelligence and living long abroad to take a somewhat sly slant at human beings, even the English variety. At her best moments she reminds you of her late great cousin Katherine Mansfield; at her worst of any Girl Scout burbling beatitudinously. General average: good.

Jennifer, like Ishbel MacDonald, was stocky, well-scrubbed, healthy, plain. Like Ishbel, Jennifer had a Famous Father, whose daily lookout she was, with no watches shared. Father, widowered and only-daughtered, was a famed novelist whose books were appreciated...

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