"The War Between the
Tates' is a novel not only to read, but to reread for its
cool and revealing mastery of a social epoch; something 'light
and bright and sparkling,' in Reuben Brower's phrase for 'Pride
and Prejudice'; a near-perfect comedy of manners and morals
to put on the shelf nest to 'Vanity Fair' or 'The Egoist.'"
Read 1974 NY Times review.