Ruth Arthur, in … An Old Magic, returns to one of her persistent themes, the genius of place. Places—mountains, pools, houses, rocks—are not passive recipients of experience; they absorb, store up and give out the experiences gained in and around them. (p. 239)
Miss Arthur is not in the strict sense a regional writer. She ranges wide for her settings between Italy and the Scottish Isles—and even, indirectly, Malaya—and she writes always from personal knowledge. She seems to return most fondly to West Wales …, East Anglia and Cumberland…. Only one has a completely foreign setting and that the least characteristic of all her work—My Daughter Nicola. Her treatment of...
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