Books: The Most Perfect Man

KING EDWARD THE SEVENTH by Phillip Magnus. 528 pages. Duffon. $8.50.

"The great object in view," explained the Bishop of Oxford, "is to make him the most perfect man." Surely not impossible, according to the phrenologist, Dr. George Combe; the infant Prince of Wales not only had splendid "moral and intellectual" bumps, but gave every sign of developing his "higher powers of control" at the expense of his lower ones. At that happy news, even the Queen seemed satisfied. She was confident, she wrote, that "the dear child" would grow up to be just...

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