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Julian Symons, 21 February 1991

By Grand Central Station I sat down and wept 
by Elizabeth Smart.
Paladin, 112 pp., £3.99, January 1991, 0 586 09039 8
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The Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals 
by Elizabeth Smart.
Paladin, 112 pp., £3.99, January 1991, 0 586 09040 1
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Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart 
edited by Alice VanWart.
Grafton, 305 pp., £14.99, January 1991, 0 246 13653 7
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... who whispers: ‘On the thirteenth you will be mine.’ Not for long, however. An affair with Alice Paalen, wife of a Surrealist artist, follows. ‘She leans over me as into a pool, tender, her hair falling, her eyes eternally smiling ... My eyes are wild animals – they have never seen any of the race of men. They dare not see love.’ Sexual imagery ...

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