With a little more than his usual elegant facility. Andre Maurois here presents a compelling portrait of the great French novelist. And through Proust's niece, he has had access to a number of hitherto unpublished letters and portions of the notebooks which give the volume life and rest, to which is added Maurols' own warm appreciation of the artist. There is nothing too profound or too critical here, but he does provide- with sufficient intelligence. Insight, and sympathy a portrait of the exacerbatedly sensitive genius whose novel about time and memory does in the world of literature what Freud and Bergson accomplished in the world of psychology and philosophy. If there is a ""general public"" in America for Proust this is for that audience; beyond that, the new material will appeal to students and fanciers.