I don't know how much live interest there is in Gide here today, but Klaus Mann has written a perceptive portrait and a critique of a volatile, contradictory figure, one of the leading men of French letters. Mann may err on the side of overappreciation but he has understood and interpreted him fully, with all his paradoxes, his vagaries, his changes. In Gide Mann sees qualities challenged today, qualities of gravity and subtlety, conscientiousness and pride, adventurousness and independence. He traces the events of his life, the conflicts of his spirit, his changing conceptions, and finally, world fame with The Counterfeiters. An able biography, though limited.