New novels focus on old New York, Lewis Carroll, Elizabeth I; Seasons of Fear, by Philip McFarland. New York: Schocken. 250 pp. $15.95

Mad Hatter Summer, by Donald Thomas. New York: Viking. 310 pp. $16.95. The Succession: A Novel of Elizabeth and James, by George Garrett. New York: Doubleday. 552 pp. $17.95.

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