This book, little more than a pamphlet really, presents a biography of the music composer Robert Schumann that spans his childhood to his death in a mental health sanatorium. The author seems to be very informed on the life of his subject and maintains a lively prose throughout the duration of the biography thus preventing the book from being too academic. The book is full of interesting commentary on the events in the life of Robert Schumann including his relationship with other composers such as Wagner, Mendelssohn and Brahms. The relationship between Brahms and Robert Schumann and his wife Clara is especially touching. In addition the author describes Schumann's struggle with his future wife's father for her hand in marriage. Both he and Clara wanted to get married but the father stood in the way. The author supposes that Clara's father opposed the marriage due to the tendency of mental illness to run in Schumann's family, indeed mental illness was a problem for Schumann for much of his life but, in spite of that, the marriage was a happy one. The eventual decline of Robert Schumann into complete mental incapacity is a very sad story but, I feel it is very good that at least he was able to find a lot of happiness in his life due to the creation of his music and his successful marriage to Clara and his many friendships formed throughout his life. If you happen to see this book in a used book store and are interested in the life of this great composer, I recommend picking this book up.