THE THREE LIVES OF HARRIET HUBBARD AYER (284 pp.)Margaret Hubbard Ayer & Isabella Taves Lippincott ($3.95).
MRS. GLADSTONE (251 pp.)Georgina BattiscombeHoughfon Mifflin ($5).
Before these two books, the male reader's heart is likely to shrink within him like a salted snail. They tell the stories of two overpowering women, different largely in the type of power they used. Harriet Hubbard Ayer carried culture between her dazzling teeth like a cutlass; Catherine Glynne Gladstone wielded a feather duster of a featherbrain. Both weapons were equally effective.
The P.M.'s Lady. "What a comfort to know there is One above who is able to tell us!"...