Books: Cleopatra

CLEOPATRA'S PRIVATE DIARY—Henry Thomas—Stratford ($2). This imaginary Cleopatra, who goes to Rome with Caesar, certain that "the world needs its Cleopatras as well as it needs its vestal virgins," is made out to be one of the frankest hussies ever to expose her private doings to print.

Rome she finds "a dirty little anthill of Italian filth." Caesar, her lover, "talks like a very king of kings, but acts like a delicatessen-storekeeper." He has a fit of epilepsy: "Fancy sharing your bed with a man who is in the habit of turning into a corpse." She meets Calpurnia, Caesar's wife. Calpurnia thanks...

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