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KIRKUS REVIEW

Just how interesting Plutarch is as guide to the ancient great, just how sharp his insights into their psychology, is apparent from this skillful presentation of twelve of his major biographies. Working from the ""Dryden"" translation and the Clough revision, the authors have not so much abridged as reconstructed the essence of the accounts; the resulting narratives are half the length of the originals and far more accessible to the average reader, without being distorted or emasculated. The crisp twentieth century prose, retaining some felicitous turns of phrase of ""Dryden""-Clough, gives this version a considerable advantage over earlier scissors-and-paste abridgements. Inside or outside the curriculum, it provides education by lively example.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1966
Publisher: Random House