The author of the famous juveniles, plays and books, makes a diverting story of his life -- his family, career and development. His childhood gives the background of the man, and his reminiscences of the Lord Fauntleroy period have a great deal offun in them, while the father-son theme that recurs has humor and wisdom in its reflections. His schooling and work, as freelance, editor, soldier and author, continue his nimble-witted evolution as a writer and a person. There is plenty of humor -- about himself as well as events -- but the whimsy that might be expected is notable by its absence and in its place the pride of a craftsman in his work and a real delight in the things that happen in a lifetime. The emphasis is on his writings, their origins, expansion and production -- and it reads well.