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August 01, 1993|CHARLES SOLOMON

IN SEARCH OF SIR RICHARD BURTON: Papers From a Huntington Library Symposium edited by Alan H. Jutzi (Huntington Library: $16; 141 pp., illustrated, paperback original). These essays were presented in 1990 at the Huntington Library, the world's largest repository of material relating to great 19th Century explorer/translator/author. Donald Young presents new evidence about the controversy surrounding the search for the sources of the Nile; Quentin Keynes offers droll anecdotes about his experiences collecting Burton letters, rare editions, etc. Curiously, the most telling comment may have come from Burton's priggish wife, Isabel: "Richard was such a many-sided man, he will have appeared different to every set of people who knew him . . . loads of books will be written about him, and every one will be different."

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