Books: Omens

THE LIFE AND TRAGEDY OF ALEXANDRA FEODOROVNA EMPRESS OF RUSSIA—A Biography— Baroness Sophie Buxhoeveden— Longmans Green ($7.50).

THE INTIMATE LIFE OF THE LAST TZARINA—Princess Catherine Radziwill— Dial Press ($5).

Two Stories. When Victoria's granddaughter, German Alix of Hesse, came to her new Russian home as affianced bride of the Cesarevitch, the emotions of an emotional people ran riot, mingling curiosity and doubt with vague glamorous expectations and pity. Of Anglo-German lineage—would she sympathize with Slavic-Byzantine fancies and foibles? Profoundly religious, she had resisted a change of faith, then, suddenly veered, passionately to avow...

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