From the back cover: A star rising. No, he would not become a minister. He had seen the great actor Kean, and he would become an actor, possibly a star.
It was the 1920's and as a poor boy Ira Aldrich hardly had a chance of breaking out of New York slum life. He was fired, though, with a special magic that exploded on stage, and this African-American boy would become one of the great actors of the European stage.