Books: Mr. Tarkington's Ladies

Several suburban affairs of the heart

The Stories. The scene was the Woman's Saturday Club. Mrs. Cromwell had just read an essay: Women as Revealed in Some Phases of Modern Literature. Mrs. Cromwell's good friend, Mrs. Dodge, rose in criticism not of Mrs. Cromwell but of literature: "Mrs. Cromwell's paper has pointed out to us that in a novel a study of women must have a central theme. . . . Now, so far as I can see my own life has no such centralizations. . . . Our lives seem to be made up...

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