Books: Mother & Child

PEPITA—V. Sackville-West—Doubleday, Doran ($3).

Not many writers owe as much to a house as does Victoria Mary ("Vita") Sackville-West, wife of Diplomatist-Biographer Harold Nicolson. Vita Sackville-West grew up in an Elizabethan castle which contains 365 rooms, 52 staircases, seven courts, covers seven acres—an environment where, says Hugh Walpole, dukes meant no more to her than Scotland Yard men did to Edgar Wallace. To this background, tall, brunette Author Sackville-West, now 45, owes the subject matter for The Edwardians, a novel which (in the U. S. at least) made her literary reputation, also her...

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