Books: Spanish Histories

IN PLACE OF SPLENDOR—Constancia de la Mora—Harcourt, Brace ($3).

THE LINCOLN BATTALION—Edwin Rolfe —Random House ($2.50).

Constancia de la Mora was born in Madrid, in 1906. Her grandfather Don Antonio, an old man of majestic beauty, was Spain's greatest statesman; and she was subjected to the petrifying education which was the privilege of females of her class. When she was 20, in spotless ignorance, she married a pathic provincial nearly seven feet tall, who gave her a daughter and lived off her money.

She left him in 1931 and, like Spain, began a new chapter...

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