A piquant and perceptive book of criticism, this notebook of the presently most famous member of the Sitwell trio. Her most complete and interesting illuminations deal with Shakespeare's plays, for which Miss Sitwell has not only the insight of a fellow poet but also a magnificiently interpretative imagination. The notes on Macbeth have already appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, but they are easily equalled by her notes on Lear, Othello, and, though less complete, her remarks about the other plays are arresting and original. The Shakespearian notes form the major part of this volume. But it is interesting to have a glimpse of a fine poet's other favorites. Blake, Smart, Wordsworth, Baudelaire are a few of the many poets who have stimulated and perhaps furnished her mind. No ""popular"" book this, but highly recommended for the cognoscenti and literati. All Shakespeare lovers, all Sitwell admirers, this is your meat.