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Reviewed Elsewhere Summer 1991 ADAMS, HENRY The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends. Patricia O'Toole. Clarkson Potter, pp. 459. $25. Reviewed by Florence King. The Los Angeles Times Book Review, September 23, 1990, p. 9. "O'Toole is an exquisite writer with a novelist's flair for painting dramatic scenes . . . The book's only fault is that it ends." ARAI, HAKUSEKI Shogunal Politics: Arai Hakuseki and the Premises of Tokugawa Rule. Kate Wildman Nakai. Harvard East Asian Monographs 134. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University, Council on East Asian Studies, 1988, xviii + pp. 427. $23. Reviewed by Peter Nosco. Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 48, no. 2, May 1989, pp. 399-400. "Arai Hakuseki (1627-1725) is one of the most compelling and complex figures in Japanese history. No one in Japan has more closely approximated the Chinese ideal of the Confucian scholar-statesman. By virtue of his intellectual precociousness, he rose from proverbial obscurity to serve as the personal adviser to two shoguns and played a major role in bakufu politics during 1709-16. . . . Hakuseki is also the author of what is generally regarded as Japan's first autobiography. . . . Nakai's study represents a singular contribution to our understanding of Hakuseki and his times, both of which are depicted with greater fidelity and insight than in any comparable work in any language . . . . Nakai... has produced a beautifully written and superbly researched volume that will surely rank for years to come among the top handful of studies on Tokugawa Japan." REVIEWED ELSEWHERE 277 ARLETTY Arlettyou la liberté d'être. Christian Gilles. Paris: Librairie Séguier, 1988, pp. 207. Reviewed by Martine A. Loutfi. The French Review, vol. 64, no. 2, December 1990. "In a dozen pages, the author summarizes the career of the great actress Arletty." This is followed by a series of interviews with her. AUDEN, W. H. The Table Talk of W H. Auden. Alan Ansen. Ontario Review Press, pp. 119. $15.95. Reviewed by Robert Craft. The New York Review of Books, January 17, 1991, pp. 4-5. "Wystan Auden's obiter dicta, as heard and translated by Alan Ansen, are funny, brilliant , outrageous. Anyone who knew the poet—in this reviewer's case very slightly compared to Ansen—must agree that the voice rings as true as the often preposterous pronouncements, whose authenticity is verified not only by the exclusion principle that no one else could have made them up but also by the word-of-mouth survival of some of them in Auden lore." AUSTIN, MARY (See "Gilman") BALLARD, MARTHA A Midwife's Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. New York: Knopf, 1990, pp. 444. $24.95. Reviewed by Lynn Z. Bloom. Belles Lettres: A Review of Books by Women, vol. 6, no. 1,FaIl 1990, pp. 48-49. "Ulrich, a historian at the University of New Hampshire, provides an answer [to the question: why would a biographer be willing to spend so much effort recreating the works and days of a person likely to remain unknown even after the book is published?] in A Midwife's Tale, a superbly researched and elegantly written biography . . . . Ultich . . . take[s] the barebones diary of Ballard, a Revolutionary War midwife , provides an extensive cultural and historical context, and recreate[s] a life both meaningful and memorable." BARROW, ISAAC Before Newton: The Life and Times of Isaac Barrow. Mordechai Feingold, ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990, xii + pp. 380. $49.50. Reviewed by Simon Schaffer. Science, vol. 250, no. 4977, 5 October 1990, pp. 143-144. "The theme of Barrow's amphibious position between the traditional humanist curriculum and the new philosophy of experiment and mathematical analysis runs throughout these papers. . . . some bold claims are to be made for Barrow's role as an autonomous, and prior [to Newton], figure in the remarkable transformation of learning in the mid-17th century. . . . Barrow was clearly an outstanding scholar, in a set of traditions well documented here. He might not have been happy about the large number of typographical errors that mar an otherwise fine book." 278 biography Vol. 14, No. 3 BAUDELAIRE, CHARLES Baudelaire. Claude...


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