John W. Gardner, Cedric Hardwicke, and Barbara Ward

Monday, April 17, 1961

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

Irita Van Doren welcomes the audience and introduces some members present for the luncheon. There is a give away of autographed books.

Maurice Dolbier, acts as emcee. A portion of his opening remarks were not recorded.

John Gardner, president of the Carnegie Corporation and author of "Excellence: Can We Be Equal and Excellent Too?" He discusses the book and the society of the day. He discusses his interest in individual achievement and self-fulfillment.

Next, Cedric Hardwicke speaks of his career as an actor. He is the author of "A Victorian in Orbit."

Finally, Barbara Ward speaks. She discusses her book "India and the West." She discusses the great technological changes, the developing nations.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71193
Municipal archives id: LT9252


Maurice Dolbier, John W. Gardner, Irita Taylor Van Doren and Barbara Ward


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About Books and Authors Luncheon

Hear, first-hand, the thoughts and voices of some of the greatest thinkers, adventurers, and characters of our nation.

Legendary New York Herald-Tribune book review editor Irita Van Doren, moderator of the series [1949-1968], has an intellectual largesse and a genuine interest in the American literary arts, which produces engaging, sometimes off-beat discussions with both first-time and veteran authors. 

In addition to literary writers like Louis Auchincloss, James Michener, and Rachel Carson, listeners are enthralled by nonliterary experts speaking on their autobiographies.  Sammy Davis, Jr., expounds on Yes, I Can!; burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee entertains audiences while promoting Gypsy, A Memoir; and sociologist Vance Packard defends his groundbreaking exposé on advertising, The Hidden Persuaders. 

Those notable personalities join a slew of others like Steve Allen, Marian Anderson, Bennett Cerf, Noel Coward, Jules Feiffer, Edna Ferber, A. E. Hotchner, Fannie Hurst, Jane Jacobs, Somerset Maugham, Vladimir Nabokov, Gore Vidal, Jessamyn West, and Marguerite Young.  An indispensable catalog of craft talk and biographical context, the New York Herald-Tribune Books and Authors Luncheon series explores all manner of disciplines and issues in American arts and history.


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