This book was published in 1912. Wright, served as a minister prior to beginning his artistic and writing career. The author writes: And the man and the woman who went back into their yesterdays found there the thirteen truly great things of life. Just as they found these things in their grown up days, even unto the end, they found them in their yesterdays. Thirteen truly great things of life there are. No life can have less. No life can have more. Entire life is in them. No life is without them all. Dreams, occupation, knowledge, ignorance, religion, tradition, temptation, life, death, failure, success, love, and memories: these are the thirteen truly great things of life; found by the man and the woman in their grown up days; found by them in their yesterdays - and they found no others.