Books: Victorian Restoration

THE STRANGELING (685 pp.) — Alice Harwood—Bobbs-Merrill ($6).

This novel is a stunt. Its author, Alice Harwood, is a 44-year-old Warwickshire spinster who has loved Victorian novels since she was first able to read them. Since 1938, with time out for other books (The Lily and the Leopards, The Merchant of the Ruby}, she has been planning and writing a Victorian novel herself. The resemblance between The Strangeling and the works of the Brontes, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope. Dickens and Thackeray is therefore intentional and 685 pages deep. The main difference is that her models were Victorian novelists and Author Harwood is...

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