Books: Placid, Proper--and Pheasant

MRS. G.B.S., A PORTRAIT by Janet Dunbar. 303 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

She, at 41, was neither pretty nor witty, though unmistakably a virgin. He, at 42, was both wag and scalawag, who saw to it that his supposedly torrid love life was the talk of literary London. She was rich and a lady, and loathed the limelight. He was a Socialist and no gentleman, and feasted on celebrity. It seemed on all counts an improbable match; yet by Shavian standards it had a certain compelling illogic. As it turned out, the marriage of...

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