Books: Portrait of a Lady

THE LOVED AND ENVIED (288 pp. Enid Bagnold—Doubleday ($3).

Ever since British Novelist Enid Bagnold warmed the hearts of thousands of readers with her smoothly told little story about an English girl who wanted to become a jockey, her admirers have been waiting for another National Velvet. They got their first disappointment in 1938 when Novelist Bagnold published The Door of Life, a sentimental tale of childbirth. They are not likely to be much encouraged by her latest novel, an ambitious but brittle portrait of international nobility as it slowly succumbs to the ravages...

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