Books: Bryher Patch

THE HEART TO ARTEMIS (316 pp.) —Bryher—Harcourt, Brace & World ($5.75).

The doughty little Englishwoman known as Bryher—in 1920 she changed her name from Winifred Ellerman—lives in Switzerland, where she has written a series of brisk, gnomic historical novels (Roman Wall, Ruari). Bryher seems to have had a full life of missed opportunities. She is the daughter and sister of millionaires.

Her father, Sir John Reeves Ellerman, rose from stock clerk to owner of a vast shipping fortune. By shrewd investment, her brother John—a skittery recluse whose sole passion is the study of rodent...

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