Books: Women & No-Men

THE HAREM—N. M. Penzer—Lippincott ($6).

The U. S. idea of a harem is the one frequently pictured in comic cuts, in which a worried sultan or equally worried eunuch is completely surrounded by a bored beauty chorus. Proud purists who know enough to pronounce harem "hareem" may have suspected that this picture was misleading. After conning Mr. Penzer's careful study of the Turkish harem as it once flourished in Constantinople, they can be sure of it.

Since 1909, when the Young Turks drove out Abd ul-Hamid II, there has been no harem in Turkey....

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