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Andrew SolomonAntony Penrose evokes a very high life with that synthetic lightness that can be achieved only by those who are completely at ease in such a life. His book is frequently hilarious, as when it tells of Salvador Dali giving a lecture in a diving suit, sealed to protect him as he plumbed the depths of his subconscious. When the helmet was tightly closed it created an air lock; Dali began to suffocate and would have died if Roland and a friend had not been able to pry it open with a billiard cue. The effect of Antony Penrose's style is to make you feel that you knew Roland Penrose, that you were part of his charmed circle. His book is not so much a biography as a social introduction.
— New York Times Book Review