Books: Sachet

THE LONELY LADY OF DULWICH—Maurice Baring—Knopf ($2).

Maurice Baring is old-school without being oldfashioned. Urbane without pomp, sentimental but only sensibly so, he has the happy faculty of appearing as a citizen of the world without showing off the labels on his baggage. His latest novel, The Lonely Lady of Dulwich, is a little book (150 pages) but it compasses a full human career without skimping. Deliberately, nostalgically reminiscent, it has the small fragrance of an old sachet.

Zita was a Victorian beauty who married a solid Englishman, a gentleman though a banker. He...

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