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reading popular magazines and junk. For Steeves‘course we
had to study the contemporary authors of that day. There
were very few American novelists. This was around 1918 and
'19. This is a great change that's come over the publishing
business. In those days the English authors were the popular
ones. There were very few popular Americans. There was one
man named Henry Sydnor Harrison, I remember, who wrote two
books--one called Queed and one called V. V.'s Eyes. They're
forgotten today, but those were considered outstanding American
literature. And of course American readers were reading
junk like Pollyanna.
Was he able to give you a critical eye?
Yes. He introduced me, I remember, to the Outline of
History by H. G. Wells and the Forsyte Saga, by Galsworthy,
and the Jungle Stories and Kim by Kipling; and Arnold Bennett's
And you were able to look at literature with a more
discerning eye, is that correct?
That's right. I began to discover myself that there
were people like Anatole France, The odore Dreiser and James
Branch Cabell in those days. I began to appreciate real books.
Then Raymond Weaver came along. I'll tell you the story
of Raymond Weaver because it's an interesting one and it played
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