Books: Hereditary Environment

OUR STREET—Compton Mackenzie— Donbleday, Doran.

In the course of his not too nostalgic childhood reminiscences Author Mackenzie takes his readers the length of a Victorian London street, introduces them to as engaging a troupe of well-to-do householders as ever went to market to buy fat pigs. Memories of their sooty black houses, architecturally linear and flat, are prettily three-dimensionalized by little whirlwinds of domestic perturbations spiralling, like smoke from the chimney-pots, above every roof.

To No. 9, to stay with his Aunts Adelaide and Emily, small Compton Mackenzie first came in...

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