Books: Elizabeth's Autumn Garden

MR. SKEFFINGTON — Elizabeth—Doubleday, Doran ($2.50).

Like Hemingway's definition of guts ("grace under pressure"), the true test of urbanity is staying power. By that test, "Elizabeth" is one of civilization's minor triumphs. For readers of her 20th novel, Mr. Skeffington, will find themselves firmly taken in by the same diverting, lightly troubling, perfectly delicate and occasionally outrageous wit that distinguished Elizabeth and Her German Garden 42 years ago and The Enchanted April 24 years later.

Lady Frances Skeffington, to whom the reader is introduced in her rose-colored bedroom on a foggy February morning, has...

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