Books: Scratching Queen

MASKS—Queen Marie of Rumania— Dutton ($2.50).

Rumania's Dowager-Queen has had writer's itch for some time and has not held her hand from scratching it. Many a shopgirl has tingled over Marie's royal reminiscences (The Story of My Life).

Last week the Dowager's literary dermatitis passed into a more acute stage: Queen Marie wrote a novel.

Like her autobiography, Masks was aimed nowhere in particular but hits the shopgirl public right under the fifth rib. Even Publisher Button describes the story as "pure romance." If Masks had been published anonymously, readers could have deduced that its...