Joseph Jefferson was born stage-struck. He barnstormed his way to the top rung of the theatrical ladder by the time he was thirty-six in 1839. This biography focusses on twenty-six years of his life as one of a theatre personality growing up in the itinerant pattern of show people. There is much of the American story interwoven in Jefferson's biography. What audience such a story will have is difficult to ascertain. Perhaps those who have an enthusiasm for the theatre may like it.