Louis Auchincloss, William Atwood, and Leo Rosten

Monday, January 16, 1967

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

Maurice Dolbier introduces attorney and author Louis Auchincloss, who discusses his the publication of his recent book of short stories, "Tales of Manhattan." Auchincloss discusses some of his works, including a fictionalized story about his uncle, who was briefly the director of the Metropolitan Opera and introduced German opera to New York. He describes the book as a blend of fact and fiction.

Next, Dolbier introduces William Atwood, former ambassador to Guinea, and author of "The Reds and the Blacks." He describes "trying to tell the truth about something most people know little about." He notes that many people's conceptions are very inaccurate. He states that he found less racial tension in Kenya than he found in the United States.

Finally, Dolbier welcomes Leo Rosten to speak. A humorist and author of "The Joys of Yiddish." He jokingly describes his book idea, which is the plot of "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw. He make many other jokes about current authors and books of the day, noting that the best way to become a successful author is to write a best seller.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71372
Municipal archives id: T1883

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William H. Atwood, Louis Auchincloss and Leo Calvin Rosten


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