A group of essays that have more than ordinary appeal, and should reach a wider market than the ordinary volume of the kind. Wilson brings together a strange combination of figures with an understanding and sympathy that reveals them in their full stature:- Paul Elmer More, Pushkin, Housman, Flaubert, Henry James, John Jay Chapman, Samuel Butler, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. His essay on More and his day with him at Princeton is a gem. His interpretation of Pushkin's verse and his own translation of The Bronse Horseman makes of Pushkin a great soul, and not a more name. His keen analysis of Shaw's shifting about on different stages simplifies our comprehension of this 80-year old paradox, Wilson writes with artistic ease and has the faculty of creating living figures out of writers who have passed into limbo for the average person, but whom he makes still live.