Throughout the year the readers of biography and autobiography had much the best of it. Whether writing about their own lives or the lives of others, these authors not only seemed to have more to say than the novelists, but some of them actually wrote more accomplished and more enjoyable prose. As usual, the British writers stood at the head of the class, but they did not have all the good marks to themselves.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LUCREZIA BORGIA, by Maria Bellonci, made the famous daughter of profligate Pope Alexander VI a more...

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