Books: Great Uncle

HELEN'S TOWER — Harold Nicolson— Harcourt, Brace ($3.50).

When Harold Nicolson (Paul Verlaine, Portrait of a Diplomatist) was a small boy, he believed that the greatest man in the world was his uncle. Lord Dufferin, Queen Victoria's slight, swarthy, long-haired, dreamy-eyed Governor-General of Canada, Ambassador to Russia, Turkey, Italy and France, Viceroy of India, amateur painter, architect, Greek and Persian scholar, author. Lord Dufferin died in 1902, when Harold Nicolson was 16.

Last week Author Nicolson published his uncle's biography, Helen's Tower. He now recognizes a number of contradictions in his uncle's career;...

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