Books: Crank's Continent

LOST ATLANTIS — James Bramwell — Harper ($2.75).

Ignatius Donnelly was known in his own day as the foremost exponent of the Baconian theory (that Bacon wrote Shakespeare). Author of an emphatic volume that traced civilization's origins to a vanished continent (Atlantis: The Antediluvian World), Donnelly would have been a queer bird in any aviary. But he seemed still queerer against his own hard-working background of Niniger, Minn., and his writings were all the more exceptional in view of his political career. Lieutenant governor of Minnesota when he was 28, Donnelly was a...

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