Dirt From The Old Sod

TITLE: WHOREDOM IN KIMMAGE

AUTHOR: ROSEMARY MAHONEY

PUBLISHER: HOUGHTON MIFFLIN; 307

PAGES; $21.95

THE BOTTOM LINE: Stories of Ireland today are recorded in vivid detail.

The Boston-born author of this quirky, observant chronicle spent her 17th summer on Martha's Vineyard, working as a domestic for Lillian Hellman. The playwright, who by many accounts was a world-class harridan, once told a friend in her employee's hearing, "Well, I see the little Irish girl has set out the wrong dinner plates again." Mahoney's reaction was classic. "The remark -- which amounted to an epithet -- conjured images of a feckless, carrot-topped rustic with...

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