To be published appropriately about the time of the tenary celebration of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Bernadette at Lourdes, this work concentrates more on the character and life of Bernadette than upon the apparitions and miracles of Lourdes and more upon the saint than the visionary. Drawing on excellent sources, the author paints a vivid and lovable picture of the personality and character of Bernadette as a child and as a nun. In both capacities she had much to suffer and practised heroic virtus in a direct, simple and cheerful way. Included in this biography are many details, such as the epidemic of false visionaries occasioned by Bernadette's visions, that American readers seldom have been made acquainted with. This is a thoughtful, interesting and inspiring study, though at times it might seem that the style of the author needs to be ""anglified"" a little more than it has been. Imbrimatur.