Books: Candida

THIRTY YEARS WITH G.B.S. (316 pp.)—Blanche Patch—Dodd, Mead ($3).

Of all the people who have written books about Bernard Shaw, or ever will, God-fearing Tory Blanche Patch, spinster daughter of a Church of England clergyman, had the best chance to observe her subject. For the last 30 years of his life, she was his private secretary. What gives her book its own rare fascination is the fact that, as Secretary Patch puts it herself, she was never "swept away."

Shaw was a bit of a mystic, she thinks, and doubtless a bit of a revolutionary; but what really made him tick was neither...

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