The assistant professor at McGill takes up Proust, Gide, Girardoux and Paul Morand, and gives well-rounded, lucid studies of each one. But somehow the sketches lack the brilliance of critical commentary one expects from the French. On Proust, he contributes little new to those familiar with other treatments of his work and contribution to literature (particularly Leon Pierre-Quint). There is less competition in the other fields, and his contribution is fresher. A thorough, sober piece of work, important for college reference, but not stimulating reading.