A cultivated commentary, written work restraint and good taste, in the leisurely literary tradition of New England publishing. These are the memoirs of a Boston publisher, a lifetime of books and authors -- with interludes of fishing. Rendom recollections, which trace a family tree back to 10th century England, which covers a childhood in Glens Falls end on Lake George, and shows how the influence of Howells turned him to a literary career. Woodberry College and Columbia University, then miscellaneous reviewing which led to a job on the Atlantic. Finally, his years of association with Houghton, Mifflin, -- the books and authors he handled, association with Lafoadic Hearn, Miss Jewett, Amy Lowell, Henry Admas, Wills Cather, Havelock Ellis, John Buchan -- one of the great friendships of his life. Publishing problems and coups, from Henry Adams' Education to Hitler's Nein Kamps. Pleasant reading for a literate audience.