There are numerous biographies of Anatole France, from diverse angles, as the trend of criticism switches from violent pro to violent con. Here is perhaps the most complete study of the man yet issued, by a professor whose name is well known in professorial circles. The ten years he spent preparing it are evident. He has had recourse to all that has been said and thought and written, and from this mass of material has produced a thorough, decisive and fascinating biography, though the market is primarily a scholarly one. The book deals alternately with his life and his work, correlating the two phases. Each period is reflected in a varied literary output, and his work is carefully analyzed, his contribution to French prose style, thought, ideology, discussed. A definitive book -- and important for libraries.