Books: Courier of Trafalgar

HE BRINGS GREAT NEWS—Clemence Dane—Random House ($2.50).

In her newest novel, English Playwright-Novelist Clemence Dane (A Bill of Divorcement, Broome Stages) hangs a deft literary costume piece on the bearer of one of the greatest messages in England's history—the news of the victory of Trafalgar and the death of Nelson.

John Richards Lapenotiere had been to sea since he was ten and had served under the great Lord Nelson. When England set out to break Bonaparte's blockade he was over 30 and still only a lieutenant, commanding nothing more impressive than the tiny schooner Pickle....

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