This «guide and commentary» offers an elucidation of all the difficult passages of Mallarmé's
Divagations, his influential main body of critical writing. It provides the information essential to an understanding of each article and of his critical project as a whole. The running commentary deals extensively with the relationship between
Divagations and the other major writings of Mallarmé, particularly the
Coup de Dés, his crowning creation which is his closest approach to his lifelong dream and project of a Great Work.