The father of the famous post was himself a prose poet of no mean stature, and those who like books of letters will find these delightful reading. Yeats, Senior, had a great gift for friendship, for family give and take, for making one feel his personality, in his charm, his humor, his perceptiveness in his letters. And at the same time, one has a sense of sharing the passing scene, literary, social, intellectual. There are a good many parallels, in a way, with the Adams letters. The Yeats were an integral part of literary circles of their period in England, in Ireland- and, when J.B. Yeats came to America, he brought that atmosphere with him.