Books: Tailor's Death

RUDOLPH: THE TRAGEDY OF MAYERLING (244 pp.) —Count Carl Lonyay #151; Scribner ($5).

Most biographers begin their books with a bow to Mr. Smith and Mrs. Brown, without whose patience and generosity this book would never . . . etc., etc. Hungarian Count Carl Lonyay, who was brought up a cavalryman in the reign of Franz Joseph of Austria, includes a jab of the rowel: "I wish to express my admiration for the courage of those who thrust upon me their uninvited advice on a subject of which they had no knowledge, and which...

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