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Fannie Hurst, Vladimir Nabokov, and Agnes DeMille

Monday, October 27, 1958

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Three writers speak about themselves and their latest books.
Fannie Hurst discusses her autobiography "Anatomy of Me." She talks about the kinds of questions audiences ask about her book - and that they are always unexpected. She also discusses her husband. And tells many other little stories.

Next, Vladimir Nabokov reads a poem and speaks about his work, particularly Lolita.

Finally, Agnes DeMille speaks about her books "In Addition to All This" and "Promenade Home."

[Poor quality original.]


Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection


WNYC archives id: 8704
Municipal archives id: MA-R-0228

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Agnes De Mille, Fannie Hurst, Vladimir Nabokov and Irita Taylor Van Doren

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