Books: The Editors Like

BIOGRAPHY

Brann and the IconoclastBY CHARLES CARVER
Odd mixture of Mark Twain, Senator Bilbo, Anthony Comstock, and the proprietor of Confidential, Brann edited a magazine in Texas and was shot dead in a row with a Baptist school, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, $3.95.
Miss Howard and the Emperor
BY SIMONE ANDRE MAUROIS
Miss Howard was an English demi-mondaine who gave Louis Napoleon financial backing along with more usual consolations. Her story reveals, among other things, the astounding complications and formalities of V ictorian misbehavior, KNOPF, $5.00.
The Greatness of Oliver Cromwell
BY MAURICE ASIILEY
An admirer of the Lord Protector, Mr. Ashley succeeds in establishing Cromwell as a well-intentioned patriot; he is less convincing in his arguments for Cromwell as an effective statesman. MACMILLAN, $5.00.

NEW BOTTLES

An Ethiopian Romance BY HELIODORUS
Moses Hadas’ translation of a Hellenistic romance which influenced the modern novel is no scholarly revenant but a slam-bang riot of bloodshed, intrigue, and virtue triumphant. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PRESS, $4.95.
The Twelve Caesars BY SUETOMUS
After an enlightening preface, Robert Graves puts the shrewd, gossipy Roman historian into lucid and elegant English. No trot, but reads splendidly, PENGUIN, $4.50 AND 95ȼ
English EccentricsBY EDITH SITWELL
A dazzling gallery of crackpots, from established marvels like Squire Mytton and Curricle Coates to hitherto obscure but worthy loons, is revealed by Dame Edith Sitwell with grandeur, tenderness, or burlesque humor, suum cuique. VANGUARD, $5.00.

LITERARY MATTERS

Dylan Thomas Letters to Vernon Watkins
BY VERNON WATKINS
Fascinating as a revelation of the hard work, the selfcriticism, the eager attention to his fellow poet’s opinions that lay behind the poetry. NEW DIRECTIONS, $3.00.
Don Quixote’s Profession
BY MARK VAN DOREN
Trying to pin down the enduring power of Don Quixote, Mr. Van Doren sorts out the various levels of reality and illusion in the book. Not, as the author points out, the last word on the subject, but most interesting. COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS, $2.50.
Marcel Proust: Letters to His Mother
The topic which interested Proust and his mother in common was Proust’s health, and these letters are largely devoted to it. A useful book for students and enthusiasts. Translation and introduction by George D. Painter, with an essay by Pamela Hansford Johnson, CITADEL, $4,00.