Books: Dizzy

"Dizzy"

DISRAELI: A PICTURE or THE VICTORIAN AGE—Andre Maurois—Appleton ($3).

The Man. Into the stodgiest period of English history minced "Dizzy," "in a coat of black velvet, poppy-colored trousers broidered with gold, a scarlet waistcoat, sparkling rings worn on top of white kid gloves." In decent black, Gladstone strode opposite—half-concealing his metaphysical doubts behind a truly British sense of duty. "At Oxford the young men drank less in 1840 because Gladstone had been up in 1830."

Facile Andre Maurois, biographer in the new imaginative manner, brings a...