The sensitive, reverential memoirs of Stefan Zweig's first wife, an author herself, who perhaps intended a biography but was restricted by sincerity, authenticity, to these perceptive revelations of the man, and learned criticism of his work. Depending on his own recollections of his childhood, her story really starts with their marriage, the world travels, the Salsburg years, their famed friends, -- Gorki, Werfel, Reinhardt, van Loon, Eastman, Romains, Walter, Toscanini, Ravel, Wells, Maurois. Here are their politics and philosophies, their work to get Austria out of World War II, Zweig's depression in the war-shadowed thirties that drove him to England, America, and, finally, suicide in Brazil. Highlights of the book, however, are her comments on his works, analyses of the architectonic forms of his biographies and her personal relation to them by illuminating the features characteristic of him. Mrs. Zweig comes to the fore, a defiant rebel who left her husband to live with Zweig in Catholic Austria, a romantic, devoted companion, serene and forgiving when he left her, in middle life, for a young secretary. Of critical importance.