For this book, 40 works have been selected from the Salvador Dali Museum in St Petersburg, Florida. They include still lifes from Dali's youth, a number of Surrealist beach scenes remarkable for their mysterious vistas and obsessive sexuality, and some troubling depictions of the distorted human body. The works range from epic, mural-size canvases to small, subtly rendered studies. Accompanying the illustrations are extensive commentaries by Kenneth Wach, who discusses both the style of the works and their often complex psychological content. He also provides an introduction which gives a broad overview of Dali's development from his childhood efforts in Catalonia to his participation in the Surrealist movement in Paris and his later works executed in the United States and Spain.