Books: Because It Was Green

THE VALLEY OF THE LATIN BEAR by Alexander Lenard. 219 pages. Dufton. $4.95.

En, nunc ipse in imo est, vobis ostentari paratus. Winnie ille Pu." Hardly the sort of prose one expects to read in a bestseller. But a bestseller was exactly what Alexander Lenard's Latin translation of A. A. Milne's classic turned out to be. Winnie Ille Pu sold 100,000 copies. On every reader's parsed lips was the question: Who was Translator Alexander Lenard?

Rumors ran wild. He was a Hungarian who knew twelve languages, a student of Renaissance research on the human kidney, a painter, a poet, an organist and pianist...

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