Books: Favorite Hussy

THE WOMAN IN BLACK (309 pp.)—Helen Holdredge—Putnam ($4.50).

Women with the talent for raising the tantrum to an art form and the conniption fit to a way of life seem to work terrible powers of posthumous hypnosis upon their biographers.

Such a one was Lola Montez, the notable 19th century hussy, whose beauty and calculated hysteria drove strong men mad —particularly King Ludwig I of Bavaria. * During her life, women were oddly immune to her power. The victims were the gentlemen of Berlin, Paris, London and New York whose heaving breasts and creaking shirt...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!