Books: Troy

A TROJAN ENDING—Laura Riding— Random House ($2.50).

Troy's tale is one of the oldest stories in the world. It has been questioned, sifted, dug into by historians and archeologists, reconstructed by poets. Two epics (the Iliad and Odyssey) and a low hill in Turkey, within sight of the Dardanelles, are all that scholars and poets have had to go on. Laura Riding's A Trojan Ending, not to be confused with such mere literary romances as John Erskine's The Private Life of Helen of Troy, probes the dusty pile of Homeric legend with the findings...

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