A French salon of a passing generation lives again in these delightful literary reminiscences and portraits. Madame Scheikevitch is a Russian -- the book opens with a glance back to her childhood in Russia and the steps which brought her to the place she held in artistic and literary Paris. Shrewd, vivid, brilliant, intensely human, these glimpses of the great -- and the near great -- etch themselves sharply on the mind. Delightful reading, and for those to whom the French scene is a familiar one, an essential book. Much more popular appeal than the Havelock Ellis book, published the same day:- From Rousseau to Proust. Chance for a mutual interchange here -- the one book is definitely a study of the work of the men, the other of the men themselves.