Mlle. Cladel was for many years closely associated with Rodin's work and knew him from her childhood. The biography is a thoughtful and careful piece of work, with stress mainly on his relation to the world, his unceasing struggles for understanding and recognition, the problems his temperament involved hism in, and the recurrent ""situations"" in his domestic life. She is guarded as to names, there is no suggestion of backstairs gossip, but this is simply Rodin, the genius, with the liabilities and assets of genius. Documentary evidence covering much of the public aspect of his conflicts with various societies, in particular the whole Balzacepisode, take a great deal of the space. The book has less fo the popular appeal than a biography which appeared some months ago (Rodin, by Ann Leslie -- Prentice Hall, page 189, April 15 bulletin), but one feels that it is a more mature piece of work, inspired by deep rected admiration and devotion and understanding and a personal knowldege of the facts of his life and work.