The Little Emperors, by Alfred Duggan. An engagingly sardonic story of a 5th century Roman bureaucrat doomed to watch the decline & fall of the Roman Empire from the bogs of Britain (TIME, Jan. 26).
The Shipwrecked, by Graham Greene. The decline & fall of a genteel rotter who finds he is not unscrupulous enough to be successful; a re-issue of Greene's little-noted novel of 1935, England Made Me (TIME, Jan. 19).
Michelangelo, by Giovanni Papini. A new biography of the great Florentine; vigorous, often argumentative, almost always absorbing (TIME, Dec. 22).