Books: Books, Aug. 22, 1932


Old Tea Leaves, Stirred

A NEW YORK TEMPEST—Manuel Komroff—Coward-McCann. On April 12, 1836, Manhattan had something to talk about. Pretty Courtesan Ellen Jewett was found strangled in her room. Circumstantial evidence glared at one Robinson, young man-about-town. Editor James Gordon Bennett himself covered the story for his New York Herald. Author Komroff, changing the names of his protagonists to Oliver Benson and Jane Holden, follows closely the history of the case, but takes it further, deeper than Editor Bennett did. Jane, like many a storybook harlot, was pathological only in having a heart...

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