Thirty years ago, Rabelais and Montaigne featured regularly on the program of any good honors degree course in French. Now, sixteenth century French literature is rarely studied at all. It has presumably been decided that this period holds no interest for the modern student. In these circumstances, Dr. Sharpling's book on the image in sixteenth century French literature is timely indeed. The study demonstrates the relevance of the preoccupations of the writers he treats to those of today and charts their accessibility.