A biography s winning as the man about whom it was written -- one feels that one has experienced knowing a charming man. From sensitive boyhood to man of the world, Irving's life was inspired by zest for experience, an over-burning curiosity. Youngest of ll in a delightful family, he had a full boyhood, and spent much of it along the whves. A family friend initiated him into the theatrical world; his brother who was editor of a morning paper gave him his first taste of authorship. At 21 his dreams of travel me true. A rich life, bountifully shared.