The Men of Autumn concerns the lives, challenges and aspirations of men during the second half of life. Building on more than 45 years of experience as an educator, leader, consultant and coaching, Bergquist explores such issues as mature generativity, the changing relationship with women and other men, and new forms of community leadership. At the heart of the book is a journey of transformation involving both soul and spirit. Guiding this journey and this book is Goethe's poem, The Erl King, which offers a profound articulation of the complex and evolving relationship between a father. his son and the threatening yet enticing presence of a mythic king.