Books: English Autumn

FAMILY HISTORY—V. Sackville-West— Doubleday, Doran ($2.50) Aging ladies who pored over All Passion Spent as if it were a mirror will not find quite the same fascination in Family History. When her latest narrative goes so far as to make skeptical faces at Eton and at Eton's God, conservative readers will have to take comfort in remembering that Victoria Sackville-West's family have lived in 365-room Knole Castle since Queen Elizabeth's days that she is so aristocratic she can safely be allowed a certain latitude in criticizing home truths.

The Jarrolds were not an aristocratic family, but that...

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