This book is Ted Weeks' own best argument for the essay whose decline he deplores. For here, in random reminiscences, critical and biographical commentary, nostalgic recall and pertinent appraisal, is a collection of essays that add up to the man and his times. Perhaps parallels in my own background intensified my special delight in these pages. A new Jersey girlhood makes his ""New Jersey Boyhood"" fun to read. (We even had the same dancing teachers!) ""Books and Men"" provide varied fare to appeal to anyone, ranging from youthful passion for Kipling to a measured appreciation of the contribution made to American publishing by men such as Alfred McIntyre and Maxwell Perkins. The last three sections are again more personal, as we share his days of work and play, at home and abroad, and catch the contagion of his feeling that keeping ""the open heart""the sympathy for others -- is essential to our way of life. Mr. Weeks has won many friends the country over- through the Atlantic Monthly, and from the lecture platform. These and others will delight in this book.