Books: Caroline Lamb's Husband

THE YOUNG MELBOURNE—Lord David Cecil—Bobbs-Merrill ($3).

When naive Alexandrina Victoria became Queen of England in 1837, she inherited as Prime Minister a fine worldly Whig: William Lamb, Lord Melbourne. For four years, he, the representative of a passing era, patiently tutored the young Queen who was to play the title role in a new age. But the same man had had another life, as William Lamb, second son of worldlywise, domineering Lady Melbourne. As William Lamb, he was the husband of Byron's mistress, Caroline Lamb, and was by all odds the most urbane of...

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