Books: Quennell's Queen

CAROLINE OF ENGLAND—Peter Quenne//— Viking ($3.75).

Few writers can handle an early 18th-Century English subject with a grace and sang-froid that would have passed muster in that brilliant age. Peter Quennell (pronounced Kweneir) is (with Virginia Woolf, Edith Sitwell, Lord David Cecil) one of the few. An Oxonian of ascetic good looks and elegant manners, Quennell was turned loose six years ago on a great collection of Byron's letters owned by Publisher John Murray. His Byron: The Years of Fame was the sprightly result; his preoccupation with the 18th Century followed. In the spirit...

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