Fiction: Recent Books: Feb. 8, 1937


THE LIFE OF RICHARD WAGNER, Vol. II: 1848-1860—Ernest Newman—Knopf ($5). Masterly account of the composer's underestimated role in the Revolution of 1849, his chronic professional and domestic wrangling over musical problems, love affairs, debts, odd cures for complicated illnesses. Astute Critic Newman finds more than hearsay behind the story that Wagner's real father was a Jewish actor named Geyer, his mother the illegitimate child of Prince Constantin of Weimar.

HERE'S TO CRIME—Courtney Ryley Cooper—Little, Brown ($2.75). Hairraising bill-of-particulars on U. S. crime, which Author Cooper calls biggest, best-paying U. S. industry, comparatively safe for the 3,500,000 engaged in it but a menace...

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