Books: What's Funny?

LAUGHING DIPLOMAT—Daniele Varè—Doubleday, Doran ($3).

When Princess Radziwill heard that Daniele Varè was hesitating between a musical and a diplomatic career, she told him: "There is a new character for you to create. The Laughing Diplomat." This was at the Italian embassy in Berlin, in 1900, when Varè was 20. Young Varè took her at her word, laughed genially through his years of service in the Italian consulate in Vienna, as first secretary of the legation in Peking, in the foreign office in Rome, as delegate to the League of Nations, at the San...

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