Books: Contemporary Treason

THE HEAT OF THE DAY (372 pp.]—Elizabeth Bowen—Knopf ($3).

For 20 years the literary reputation of 49-year-old Irish-born Novelist Elizabeth Bowen has been based on a polished prose style and a special ability to write about sensitive children and young people in their first discovery of the compromises and dishonesties in the grown-up world. Her best-known novels (To the North, The House in Paris, The Death of the Heart) were so skillfully wrought that literary critics ranked them with the work of the late Virginia Woolf.

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