The romance of Tchnikowsky and Nadejda von Meck, on the strangest romances in history. A great musician, driven almost into insanity over obsessions with his own neuroticism and perversions, and a rich widow, who supported him, depended on him emotionally, and never met him. A romance conducted on paper, a humiliating performance for the artist who was driven to ask for more and more money. Scene shifts from Russia to Switzerland to Italy to France to Austria -- and the story is told through the laterchange of letters, the connecting links supplied by Madame von Meck's niece. Mrs. Jowen is the author of the delightful Friends and Fiddlers. This is definitely a book for the musical audience rather than those interested in conventional biography.