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SINABADA — Elinor Mordaunt — Greystone ($2.75).

Most autobiographies are marked by significant omissions. Elinor Mordaunt's has at least two. The first: that Somerset Maugham once sued her for libel when she tried, in Gin and Bitters, to lay him out as he had tried to lay out Thomas Hardy in Cakes and Ale. The other gap in Author Mordaunt's autobiography is a period of two and a half years when she was married to a Mauritian sugar planter. He was not a good husband. He put her up as a stake in a card...

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