Books: Blurred Life

FRÉMONT—Allan Nevins—Appleton-Century ($5).

"If the world's a stage," says Elizabeth Bowen, "there must be some wonderful parts." The tragedy of John Charles Frémont was not that he could not fill the roles, or that he did not enjoy them; he had all the equipment of a leading actor, better sets and a better leading lady than most. But he invariably missed his cues. He was born too early and died too late, married too young and learned too easily, succeeded too soon and then waited too long. Frémont, as he appears in Allan Nevins'...

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