Books: Stoned at Troy

THE GREEK TREASURE by IRVING STONE 479 pages. Doubleday. $10.95.

It is a bit late to complain about Irving Stone, who provides novelized biographies for readers who want Vincent Van Gogh and Michelangelo to wear boxer shorts and talk like members of the local school board. Perhaps that is why Stone, in his latest book, persistently calls the historical Heinrich Schliemann "Henry."

Schliemann was the self-taught amateur archaeologist who a century ago used clues in The Iliad to discover and excavate Priam's Troy. He was a truly astonishing man, a German who grubbed...

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