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Flawed Review

December 01, 1985

I read with interest Daniel Fuchs' review of Irving Stone's circumstantial novel on Camille Pissarro and the Impressionists, "Depths of Glory" (Sunday, Oct. 20).

The review was thorough, scholarly and . . . flawed. Fuchs placed the isle of St. Thomas "on the Dutch West Indies"! St. Thomas was part of the Danish West Indies at the time of Pissarro's birth. The island was purchased by the United States in 1917 and is one of today's U.S. Virgin Islands. Be informed that, to this day, Camille Pissarro continues to be the island's favored son (so says the plaque on the front porch of his birthplace . . . now Sears & Roebuck).

WILLIAM A. ALVAREZ

Long Beach

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