Books: Bestseller Revisited, Jul. 8, 1957

THE LION AND THE THRONE (652 pp.) —Catherine Drinker Bowen—Atlantic-Little, Brown ($6).

Wrote a legal historian: "What Shakespeare has been to literature, what Bacon nas been to philosophy, what the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible have been to religion, Coke has been to the public and private law of England." What goes for English law goes for American, too. Catherine Drinker Bowen, who wrote about lawyer-patriots before (Yankee from Olympus, featuring Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, and John Adams and the American Revolution), has produced an outstanding biography of Sir Edward...

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