This is almost as good a book as Poor Splendid Wings. Perhaps, even, it is a better book, though it is not as pleasant an adventure in reading. It won't have the impetus of being a prize book. And there is a general feeling that Coleridge, Wordsworth and Dorothy are not as novel as the pre-Raphaelite group of the earlier book. Once again she has succeeded in getting the spirit of the times and places; she has made her characters live and breathe. The story she tells is told from a fresh angle, and the picture she paints of Coleridge, lonely uncertain genius, dominated, smothered by the egoistic Wordsworth, is a challenge to literary criticism. A book that is certainly important from the angle of literature, and an essential item for colleges and public libraries. As general reading, it should appeal to all who liked Poor Splendid Wings, though as a study of frustrated genius it is rather depressing.