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Stacy Schiff[Mallon's] chapter titles—"Absence," "Friendship," "Advice," "Complaint," for starters—offer a virtual tour of the human condition. He concedes that his categories are fluid and arbitrary, as indeed they are…Similarly, Mallon feels free to depart from the beaten track. His old friends and the obvious suspects are all here—Flaubert and Sand, Freud and Jung, the Mitfords in all their ferocious fluency—but so are plenty of unknowns…the result is by any measure a charming, discursive delight. Yours Ever is nuanced, informed, full-blooded, a vigorous literary salute. Mallon offers up his text as one that "bows down to its bibliography, one that presents itself as a kind of long cover letter to the cornucopia of titles listed back there," a line, I might add, that could serve as a fine definition of belles-lettres.
—The New York Times