BOOKS ABROAD: Lusty Letters

An additional series of the letters of Queen Victoria have just been published and simultaneously the life correspondence of Miss Gertrude Bell. The present generation fancies Miss Bell as a superwoman of the desert who died (TIME, July 26, 1926), some time after she and certain British expeditionary forces had set King Faisal of Irak on his throne. Interesting is the fact that the sheltered Queen wrote letters no less lusty than those of the feminine "king maker:"

Victoriana. Her Majesty never possessed higher or more passionate epistolary powers than at the...