Books: Not for Burning

LETTERS TO A FRIEND (382 pp.)—Rose Macau/a/—Atheneum ($5).

Rose Macaulay died in 1958 at the age of 77, one of Britain's most distinguished ladies of letters, with some three dozen sharp, perceptive books to her credit. A Dame Commander of the British Empire, she was a witty, brittle bird of a woman who spread panic in the streets with her ancient auto, regularly bicycled down to bathe in London's Serpentine when she was in her 70s, and published a satirical bestseller (The Towers of Trebizond) when she was 75.

She never married. But in 1917,...

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