Although this book is a vast collection of writings, it serves a relatively narrow interest for anyone who does not have a direct interest in the theater. It's been useful to me in that I've read two chapters for my acting class (which was taken simply to fulfill a requirement), and I was able to complete a very well-informed and organized report based on what I read in the book. However, I do not see myself using this book in the future except as perhaps a reference book when I'm asked about one particular famous actor/actress or another. But then, I could also buy the Encyclopaedia Britannica Britannica Encyclopedia (Encyclopaedia) and get a quick reference instead of several pages of things that I will not really care about again in the foreseeable future. Cost, however, prevents me from doing so.