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.]
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Increased. Evokes for most Americans the image above all hearted storytelling and I think where you go in minority coaches and going to sleep but marriage and college as one of the. Biography that she calls anatomy of. The image particularly it's just I love Jack Daniels and how long it unconventional marriage to I didn't use it I didn't care for it but essentially picture of names. The chief edition is the peculiar girl. Rather spoiled overdressed little German Jewish girl growing up in St Louis in the world well. You know. We retreated behind this newspaper in the face of any family problem is the one admonition knowledge is power. Mama nagging and loving. Daughters. But still convinced that men are smart. And Louis years are important here with appealing almost any honesty and the portrait of mom is a masterpiece and we create. What can go to the. Very good. Side of her just because consciously so you know people not because. She lives in a way in which I feel calm my entire magination with the lives of the crowded. Public conveyance I think she listened eagerly to the conversations going on over buses and trains. And indefatigable writing even in school and college rejection slips but she always says so as always came. It is regularly sometimes it's on an assembly line. Because stories reflect how long you and Chris family are gravity which Davis printed one of the monkeys magazines. And I thirty five ten down the Saturday Evening Post published another. Struggle to the. Magazine publishers and movies for homework and she became America's highest priced fiction writer. The novels love mix and Backstreet and others like her stories. Sympathetically even sadder metally with people whose lives seem to have. Sometimes amusing always interested. In not only in subjects but fiction however that miss her is concerned about the people around them she plunges into any good cause that is brought to her attention generously spending not only the money she's recently given us she but three hundred sixty thousand dollars but how about winning by calico and her sincere emotion she insists that she has no repartee no ox with which to beguile man knows when to turn of the tongue a seemingly chilly resume. Yet the list of her friends great and small is enormous. The author of eighteen books she's had to grieve and citations she's been given the key to the city of best she's been a delegate to the United Nations conference in Geneva the guest of the Irish and Canadian governments she's testifying before congressional committees about coalmining conditions and from firsthand knowledge and the awkward little girl from Cape Ave St Louis has been the five house guest of President. Thank you both and friend of Elena and. 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The right reactions are. Wonderful and fun to do. And I don't find the lecture reactions I need to have experiences like this I remember I was. University of Chicago. I was drawing on. My. Rather comprehensive study. And I do care about contemporary. And those sort of comparative jobs and fundamental versus a kind of audience. And. I really felt that I had delivered a certain amount of information about. What I thought was the significance of her words and then we Christians were invited and the first person was killed in the. Summer said Lisa is it true. Now. I have just blushing away. With no comparison except my own I sure no one held a gun to my head and made me write this book. And. The egocentric to a sort of open the labyrinth of my so-called mind and invite everybody in to see how it works with one person's mind the workings of one single universes where our separate universe and I've been very interested. Reaction. Personally run rings around within myself. The revelations that I thought were going to be by far the most. Somehow. And I made it very clear in the beginning of my book that it was not namedropping. Fundamentally. A learning there. Apparently. Was. So many people in thinking of the book. Join the story about. And I came to realize that. Certain aspects really. Are the friends of mine. More than. The people myself and I assure you my original intention to be. To analyze. Myself. Instead on about. The experiences that have to do. With. One of the incidents has been remarked on my book. When I first. Met. He told me. I don't think. Terms of more than one syllable. And I have three now. Not at all. For. A terrible. Life like. Five. Ft. I. Never have to fight. For. People for. Five and. Five for the time. I was president I never. Thought I would never have to die but I was just tired of the office even over a bad spot there was no one. Would I please go away I mean. Like I was. But. When I reached Paris I found the remaining. Five. Men. And I. Found only. Five and one of the. Women in the group came up to me introduced her friend. She wanted. To meet you. And. Brendan. Imagine. My. Father. In her mind. I was all right with me I like to look. Bad. And probably embarrassed. And. A little while later. My friend brought her friend back. Minus. A. Man. And. If we get the facts. Something. You. Like. And if. It's. Cooking and finally reach. A deal. Before. This if. I was to. Come away but. Maybe Mendel. Would living in the. Place. I've never seen it for. Me then. And. Read somewhere that I was in Paris and that I. Would have lunch with her first. At the given. Lunch together. A little. Lady member. And I told her and I said it's right. And I said I like it. So much about the. Fact that I live in the tale. And. She ordered her to give me the. Take to my door which I received great and then did forty three. And a rather long and somewhat cumbersome occasion. And again back in. The. I lived in New York. For. Stumbling. And. I. Like to find food. For Thought. And I can assure you that. I was just fine. With. Your food all right. I think. About the. Food. I'm using I. And. When I find myself in or near the White House and. My. Weekend of the fight. For. What. I want by myself and the second day I was there for lunch on. The president's mother. Secretary and. President. And husband the moment. And you look. At. The. Thing that. In any event. I. Lose. My whole life. For. A review. We're very informal here. For. A. Few. Few said clean memory for. The White House. President I want to. Give him my greetings. So I went to the telephone. In the evening we went to. A function. We stayed with him. Then we went to the most. Fun. For. Nah. It's invading. It's. Fun. It's open. And. It's like to see me standing. Standing on. It's. Now. Very good. Friends of mine who is an architect. It's his experiences. Through. The stories all of these are in my book. And so. It's. With Conrad as distinguished. In a foreign language and the comparison is not quite true but Conrad never wrote in polish his native tongue he wrote from the beginning. Has written a number of books in Russian. To play a short story a couple of books of poetry. Have been translated into English. French Swedish and other languages all by hand in Soviet Russia. Conclusive evidence. And exquisitely. Exquisitely written account of his childhood and. Parents his father was a member of Cabinet with country. And the extraordinary succession of tutors. In his favorite the butterflies He's an expert Lepidoptera. The first twenty years of his life secure and. The next twenty. He studied it Cambridge University Germany and France among other Russian exile he taught English and tennis compose chess problems made Russian crossword puzzles for an exile magazine and translated Alice in Wonderland into Russian. Routine with its accompanying hard times left no bitterness in. A friendly. Sense of the past his work. With his wife and son he emigrated to the United States in one thousand nine hundred eighty and became an American citizen five years later he is now a professor of literature at Cornell with a noble cause does not repeat himself in his work so the images of memory appear frequently butterflies and chess tennis creeds and medals recently we had from him a quite remarkable novel I mean about a little professor a memorable character comic and touching who stands quite alone and behind whose aloneness one feels them are all steamed that to current books and hearing under Mr number name one about human short stories the other Lolita a novel that was published three years ago in Paris and only now is brought out here in the meantime the original edition was suppressed in the front so I believe the ban is now lifted it is a group that has occasioned much and varied comment it has been called strong and disturbing funny debauching a diabolic masterpiece it's in Boca himself says now that Lolita has no marvel in. The short stories most of which are being published in The New Yorker are collected in a volume called now both cost doesn't they're actually taking to cover a wide range of subjects some autobiographical but for the most part are works of the imagination all exquisitely written or it can be said of these stories as of almost everything missed in the book author right there the work of a master of English prose. There is another. Profession. Is now in preparation many of the poems like you story have appeared in New York and today I'm sure this will be a surprise to you a delightful surprise he's going to read to you one of these telling I'm happy to introduce to you a distinguished teacher and writer who by his presence and work among us has enriched our experience let me in the book. This is going to be. An impersonation. I want you to imagine a professor of Russian somebody like. Professor. Of. University just been invited to deliver. A lecture in another college. College somewhere in New England he's met at the station. Of the Department of English. Speaking to. Me. First interrupt him with questions he's going to be paid fifty dollars for this. Is going. Dispensation has much since we last heard him. Mention in famous Russian Pushkin and. This subject for tonight's discussion. Everywhere. The incomplete when the basaltic banks become too steep most to reverse. A kind of rapid a rush. And so do the children talking in their sleep. My little helper at the magical learn to insert that. And let the colored. Row ject my name or any such like. In Slavic characters from this curry. The other way the way I thank here on the Mill Hill the Greek you remember. It from Corinne in like this. Cross to this sunset then the night out of simple story lie any taste for him the influence of. Early shape. And the borrowed. Yes still there why do you speak. When all we want is the knowledge nicely but. Because all together. And so. 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