Had the publishers retained the title of the English edition of this book, Search Your Sout, Eustace, it would have invited wider reading than will probably result. This typical quotation from the context of the novels of the period would have immediately suggested the flavor of this frequently delightful study of the religious novel of Victorian literature. Here years of research result in a picture of a peculiar segment of literary history that well deserves to be preserved for the oddity that it was. Without patronizing, Dr. Maison surveys this whole field of unashamedly propagandistic novels. In doing so, she treats the reader to delicious selections which read today are unusually humorous though not so intended when written. Though this book will be read in English circles because of its success in recapturing a strange slice of literary history, it can be recommended to almost anyone who enjoys fiction of different styles. Sections of the book are relaxing and enjoyable for their own sake.