Intimate Memories: Backgrounds was published two years ago, and created a mild sensation among those who know Mabel Dodge Luhan, in person or by reputation. That volume was an amazingly human and frank revelation of a strange childhood, and carried her through her doubt. This volume covers the next twenty years and bids fair to appeal to a much wider market, for it is that sure bait for the socially -- and intellectually -- curious, an autobiography crammed with near scandal about the great and the near-great. Mabel Dodge, as she became soon after the opening of the book, knew everyone who came to her adopted home city of Florence. And that city has been for many years a Mecoen of the artistic and musical wanderers. In addition to its gossipy qualities, it is a searching and extraordinarily revealing story of a supreme egotist. And it is colorful, dramatic and meticulous as to detail in its picture of a luxurious life. Absorbing reading, even while it disgusts and annoys and amuses.