Books: Claudius (Cont'd)

CLAUDIUS THE GOD AND HIS WIFE MES-SALINA—Robert Graves—Smith & Haas ($3).

Readers of I, Claudius (TIME, June 18) and Claudius the God may well think it a pity that history attracts historians, instead of such writers as Robert Graves. But few novelists would have the patience to peer so hard at history through the spectacles of scholarship, as few historians have the ability to describe what they see. I, Claudius surprised some literary quidnuncs by becoming a bestseller. Its sequel, Claudius the God (April choice of the Book-of-the-Month Club) will surprise them even...

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