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Biography 27.4 (2004) 882-944

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Contributing editors Patricia Angley, Judith Lütge Coullie, Michael Fassiotto, Marie-Christine Garneau, Théo Garneau, Corey Hollis, Noel Kent, John W. I. Lee, Barbara Bennett Peterson, and George Simson provided the excerpts for this issue.

Publications reviewed include Albion, American Quarterly, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, French Review, French Studies, The Historian, Journal of World History, Los Angeles Times Book Review (LATBR), The New Yorker, New York Times Book Review (NYTBR), Pacific Historical Review, Studi Francesi, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Washington Post National Weekly Edition (WP), and Women's Review of Books; and from Africa, African Book Publishing Record, Cape Times, Cape Argus, Die Burger, The Herald, H-SAfrica, Mail & Guardian, Pretoria News, Quarterly Bulletin of the National Library of South Africa, Rapport, Saturday Dispatch, Sowetan, The Star, The Sunday Independent, This Day, and Weekend Post.

Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge

Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge—Steadfast Son of King George III, 1774-1850. Grace E. Moremen. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2002. 442 pp. $139.95.

"Moremen's biography . . . is a significant revision of Whig and Radical views of the sons of George III. . . . Moremen gives a perceptive analysis of the religious and intellectual roots of George III's concepts of conduct and duty. . . .Moremen's solid work, despite occasional tedious detail, pedestrian style, shoddy format, and prohibitive cost, is the best biography of a son of George III with the possible exception of George IV. The dukes of York, Clarence, Kent, Cumberland, and Sussex await biographers of Moremen's caliber."

Al Saud Family. See Bush Family.

Apollinaire, Guillaume

Apollinaire et le portrait. Ed. Michel Decaudin. Paris: Lettres Modernes Minard, 2001. 271 pp. $43.50.

"This concise volume includes fourteen critical essays covering a broad range of concepts of portrait and portraiture as applied to Apollinaire and his works. From graphic to literary portraits of the author, from self-portraits to critical reviews of others' portraits, few aspects of the art and its interpretations are left untouched. Each essay captivates the reader by its clarity and [End Page 882] perceptiveness. . . . Readers will undoubtedly find many ideas in this densely written volume to inspire further thought and study. Of particular note is the fine way each essay relates art and literature, in esthetics, themes, and function."

Audubon, John James

John James Audubon: The Making of an American. Richard Rhodes. New York: Knopf, 2004. 516 pp. $30.00.

"Great talents have deep roots. Richard Rhodes illustrates this with his 'John James Audubon: The Making of an American,' an unpretentiously titled book that is more than a mere biography. It is a comprehensive history of a man and his era."


Bacchus: A Biography. Andrew Dalby. Los Angeles: Getty, 2004. 166 pp. ISBN 0-89236-742-3, $19.99.

"The Greek god Bacchus, a familiar figure to any wine aficionado, is the subject of this intriguing book. The author, Andrew Dalby, interweaves different versions of the myths of the life of Bacchus to form a cohesive whole, painting a picture of the god's life from its beginnings through his installation upon Mt. Olympus. The narrative is interspersed by the author's commentary on the different versions of the myths, allowing the reader to get a sense of the scope and complexity of the ancient sources. This is a novel concept that portrays Bacchus in the guise of a real historical figure. This book is aimed at the general public and is, overall, an enjoyable read that will appeal to anyone interested in . . . Greek mythology, Bacchus and the mythical origin of wine."

Baker, Florence

To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and the Exploration of Central Africa. Pat Shipman. New York: Morrow, 2004. 428 pp. $25.95. Published as The Stolen Woman: Florence Baker's Extraordinary Life from the Harem to the Heart of Africa. London: Random House, 2004. 428 pp. R150.

"The Bakers' story is a marvelous...