This is not for the casual reader, but for one who loves books and the world of literature, who would spend some part of each day in the kingdom of the mind. Recommend to the Logan Pearsall Smith audience, not as a formula for reading, but a book about books to savor and ponder. Successive chapters use his symbolism as springboards:- the title means living in the realm of literature; ""the chair by the window"" indicates those books to be read at ease, ""the flat-topped desk"" those one would come to grips with, etc. Here is no set dictation of another's taste, but a sharing of his own, of his friends and intimates from the text of books, the enrichment that comes from his ""charter of intellectual freedom"". Inspiration for those who would furnish their mental rooms.