Books: The Reticent Autobiographer

TOO STRONG FOR FANTASY by Marcia Davenport. 483 pages. Scribner. $8.95.

What is left out in an autobiography is usually what the reader hoped to find. Novelist Marcia Davenport (The Valley of Decision) gives fair warning that, at 64, she is old-fashioned enough to believe in a "suitable reticence," and strong-minded enough to keep back what she thinks is her business alone. She carries the stance a bit too far. Though she knows that the main attractions of her story are the famous men and women in her life, she tells about them with the...

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