A new type of book for the author of Ultima Thule. She has taken the dramatic love story of Cosima Liszt and Richard Wagner, she has held scrupulously to the facts, and searched the inner thoughts and emotions of her characters and so made the story her own. She has reconciled biography and history, yielding to Wagner full measure of his charm and genius, to Von Bulow the role of hero in his devotion to the man who defrauded him, to Cosima as a great woman, a great lover, a great power in the life of the man she finally belonged to. The author has avoided the pitfalls of sensationalism in treating a subject that might warrant it; in fact she is too careful and restrained to take full measure of her dramatic values. A fine novel and a careful study for a discriminating market -- not a book for general popular sale.