This is called ""A fragment of infancy"". It is the story of a boyhood, spent in poverty and showing how lack of opportunity sometimes forces situations which bear rich fruits. Spring's father died when he was very young; at twelve he was taken from school and then and there began a series of footless jobs, in and out, anything to bring a few dollars to the pence till. Deprivations seemed to do little to his spirit. He suddenly discovered the magic of the printed page; the fact that schooling could go on without entering a university. He got into newspaper work. And with the selection of his first cost for himself, he emerged into maturity. One recognizes some of the elements that went into making the early part of My Son, My Son so authentic a picture of mean streets of a big city.