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...

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