A spirited autobiography of a well-known man of the theatre, a book of interest to all lovers of the drama, to drama courses, drama clubs, and those who enjoy personal memoirs of stage personalities and well-told anecdotes of great figures of the stage and dramatists past and present. Middleton takes us behind the scenes on the period when American drama was coming of age; he shows how the star-system then prevalent operated, how the trade of tailoring vehicles to suit the stars was conducted, and how he developed the art of collaboration for which he became famous. Through his happy marriage to Fola La Follette he became interested in the social ideals of this politically-minded family, and this influence is evident in some of his plays. He will be best remembered, however, as author of the smash hit, Polly with a Past, and for the social vehicles in which he launched Ina Claire. His outstanding contribution, in the eyes of stage folk, is his fight for a basic contract, his story of the organization of the Dramatists' Guild, and his trip to Europe to line up leading European dramatists. Vivid reading.