Books: A Woof of Joy

GENTIAN HILL (402 pp.) — Elizabeth Goudge—Coward-McCann ($3.50).

In a cottage near the sea at Marldon, Devonshire, lives a little spinster named Elizabeth Goudge. Pottering about her garden or taking tea with friends, she could pass for a spiritual D.P. from the Mid-Victorian Age whose most violent activity is the occasional pressing of a rosebud in a volume of Lamb's Essays of Elia.

At second glance this impression seems false. Little Miss Goudge (rhymes with Scrooge) is one of the most prolific and popular novelists now wielding a pen; with the help of the Literary Guild, her Green Dolphin Street (1944) and Pilgrim's...

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