Books: Celebrities & Shims

VICTORIA OF ENGLAND—Edith Sitwell—Houghton Mifflin ($3.50).

Since Lytton Strachey published his Queen Victoria 15 years ago, that classic portrait of a just and virtuous monarch, first Empress of India, devoted wife and inconsolable widow, has scarcely been challenged by biographers. Readers might feel that Strachey had not told them all that was to be said about Victoria, but they were likely to be convinced, upon finishing his book, that he had told them about all they wanted to hear. In the shadow of that disadvantage Edith Sitwell last week offered a balanced, well-rounded-study of...

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