Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world - Europe of the 1830s and 1840s. They abound in delightful gossip, are merry rather than malicious, are engagingly witty, and at times their humor becomes positively Rabelaisian. - Books. Preface. Index. Reprint of the Alfred A, Kpf, Inc., New York, 1931 edition.