Books: The Divine Sarah

THE FABULOUS LIFE OF SARAH BERNHARDT —Louis Verneuil—Harper ($3.50).

People might detest it. Others might not be able to explain its peculiar fascination. But people agreed that the acting of Sarah Bernhardt had a touch of genius about it, and this genius was a special kind that we loosely call the genius of France.

Louis Verneuil's book is the first fully documented biography of Sarah Bernhardt in English. It is a little too reverential, but gives a vivid, intimate report of the legendary Sarah. Biographer Verneuil is La Bernhardt's grandson-in-law who, like all her...