Books: Cloister & Hearth

PETER ABELARD—Helen Waddell—Holt ($2.50).

Historians rarely reconstruct a world convincingly: their models may be correct to the last detail but the clockwork that runs them is modern. Really moving pictures of the past are made not by scholarship but by imagination. Authoress Waddell has resurrected the famed love-affair of Heloise and Abelard not simply by the dusting and patching of documents but by putting together many a vanished two and two. The result, as any reader may verify without benefit of historical knowledge. seems historically true. And though its horizon is ringed...

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