The moods and manners of three ages of America, pictured through one man's life, a man whose capacity for living energetically and enjoying people and personalities has made him a good sounding board. Of New England Yankee heritage, his youth spent in literary figures; a trip west as a boy and again as a man, seeking to find the picture he had earlier conceived of romantic traditions, -- he presents his experiences and a fascinating past which leaves him with a view to the future and faith in America. His New England Yankee phase has more of humaness and gaiety, oddly enough, than the literary scene. New York -- for this -- was his Mecca; he found it rich in friends and good living. Then the West -- which he imbues with his own faith. Not a routine, chronological record -- his Vassar experience, for example, is almost incidental. The charm of the book lies in its informality, its briskness of style, its humor. Good reading -- but special out of the groove autobiography.