According to the author's foreword, he feels that the cause of Lawrence Sterne has been neglected in this country. He attempts to rectify this matter by a short volume purporting to go ""behind the mass of scholarly research...to find Strno the man and present him. "" The result, however, is disappointing. Neither brilliant nor engagingly written, the book presents no lively picture of the man and his times. I do not see how it will bestir the American public to further interest in the creator of Tristram Shandy and The Sentimental Journey, than is already existent in intelligent people. It falls between two stools,- not rudite enough for scholars, not colorful enough for popular taste.