Perhaps I am being super-critical because of my enthusiasm for the earlier ""Treasury"" -- but this seems to me more stereotyped in its selection. There is less the sense of being in on the know at a crucial moment; more simply a sense of sharing a somewhat intimate knowledge of the person or persons involved. In other words, where the earlier book might have converted some sceptics to an interest in letters because of their content, this book is more surely directed to those who are already enthusiasts for the letter writing aspect of literature. The material is classified by subject, -- love, marriage, friendship, men and manners, controversy, satire, justice, courage, despair, historical events, revolution, art, poetry, literature, philosophy, religion, science, death, exile, nature, introspection, and letters in a lighter vein. A wide range of literary and historical interest has been tapped. Perhaps this collection is the result of the plaints from readers as to letters omitted from the previous series. Preface by M. Lincoln Shuster not yet available.