Books: Worthless Wanton

THE SCANDAL OF SOPHIE DAWES—Marjorie Bowen—Appleton-Century ($2.50).

During the reign of fat, cunning, democratic King Louis Philippe, an extraordinary crime, involving a smuggler's daughter, a great prince and the royal family, shocked a France that had become thoroughly accustomed to lurid intrigues and vile conspiracies. The smuggler's daughter was Sophie Dawes, brawny, coarse, mean-tempered Englishwoman from the Isle of Wight. The prince was Louis Henri Joseph, Duc de Bourbon, Prince de Condé, who had picked Sophie up in a London brothel. She was given great estates by her lover, was received...