Ellen Terry

by Roger Manvell. Putnam’s, $6.95. As a child actress crashing about backstage, Ellen Terry nearly upset an old gentleman who turned out to be the great Macready; she learned her trade with Kean’s company; played for triumphant years with Henry Irving; acted in plays by Shaw and Barrie; had a grandchild via Isadora Duncan; played in some early movies. Even without Shaw’s sentimental correspondence, her life would be fascinating, a history of sixty years of English theater. Mr. Manvell has taken proper advantage of excellent material.