An autobiography which is at the same time a segment of American life. Interesting to read in conjunction with Carl Van Doren's Three Worlds, in the comparison of two boyhoods spent in the middle west. An honest book, looking objectively at himself, his family, his friends and relatives. A varied career, with letters always in the background of his desire, with a seeking for a Cause, with a desire for the ideal woman. His life spans much the period of Van Doren's, but this is much more personal autobiography, and much more concentrated in the facets of American life. Frank, simple in the telling, a real contribution to the history of American letters.