Books: Teller of Tales

DOROTHY AND RED by Vincent Sheean. 363 pages. Houghton Mufflin. $6.95.

This memoir begins in the breathless manner of a modern Ouida. The place: Berlin. The time: 1927. The occasion: the brilliant polyglot birthday party of a great lady shining with the glamour of international journalism in an age of prima donna correspondents.

At 33, Dorothy Thompson was at the beginning of her later fame, and at the bitter end of her marriage to Josef Bard, a sponging Hungarian cad whom she had mistaken for a genius. Despite the presence of a former Prime Minister...

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