Books: Victorian Childhood

DEER CREEK (310 pp.)—Gulielma Fell Alsop—Vanguard ($3).

Gulielma Alsop* can remember when a nickel was a respectable weekly allowance for a little girl. When she went walking with her father, a Quaker who became an Episcopal minister, they were quite apt, as she now recalls it, to discuss such recondite matters as literary style and changing concepts of right & wrong. There were no Sunday papers "in that happy time which has since been called the Gay Nineties," but in the Alsop house in Brooklyn Heights there was a set period of meditation and...

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