This volume contains the first English translation of the original text of the story of the life of St. Ignatius Loyola which the saint narrated himself to one of his secretaries, Luis Gonzalez de Camara. It also contains, in English translation, eleven of the saint's letters. The ""autobiography"" is very short and covers only the period 1521 to 1538, from the time of St. Ignatius' conversion after the battle of Plona to after his arrival in Rome, prior to his embarking upon his major works in relation to the organization of the Society of Jesus. The letters are addressed to different people, lay and religious, on various subjects calling for the saint's comment, advice and direction. Included among the letters is the famous one on Obedience. This work is valuable as giving the reader a first-hand account of St. Ignatius' life and as providing him with authentic and original sources from which to draw impressions of the saint's psychology and spirituality. This volume appears appropriately at a time when the Catholic world is celebrating the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of St. Ignatius.