Books: The Innocent and Damned

THE DEATH OF THE HEART—Elizabeth Bowen—Knopf ($2.50).

The most gifted living women novelists are Virginia Woolf, Willa Gather, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Elizabeth Bowen. Among these, the most promising future belongs to Elizabeth Bowen. With her fifth and best novel, The Death of the Heart, she comes to the literary maturity promised in her other four—promised as far back, in fact, as the 205, when she published her first short stories in The Dial. Plain readers should find her coming-of-age as congenial as the most exacting critic.

Ironic comedy as well as tragedy, The Death of...

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