William Redfield, Han Suyin, and Marquis Childs

Friday, January 01, 1965

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The program opens with Maurice Dolbier's Marquis Childs. He speaks of espionage and the United States. He also discusses the rise and fall of power in recent history - such as the fall of the British Empire. Childs describes the plot of his novel, "The Peacemakers."

Dolbier then introduces Dr. Han Suyin, he describes her unique Belgian-Chinese heritage. speaks of midwifery during the war in China. She discusses how she began writing, noting that all her books thus far have been "accidental." She notes that her critical successes are not the works she is most fond of. She describes researching her most recent book around the world - from China to Europe to the United States. She describes her autobiography - of which she has written the first two volumes - as being a record of her family, rather than only of herself. She also notes her renewed belief in Daoism.

Finally, Dolbier introduces television and stage actor William Redfield, author of "Letters from an Actor", a recollection of his work in the renowned 1964 international stage production of Hamlet, starring Richard Burton and directed by Sir John Gielgud. Redfield describes how he became an actor at the age of 9, and how this lead to his adult career. He also notes his lifelong love of reading and writing.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 71303
Municipal archives id: T957

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Maurice Dolbier


Marquis W. Childs, Suyin Han and William Redfield


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Alison Zawacki

The program actually begins with William Redfield, which is who I wanted to hear. I've been reading his book, "Letters from an Actor" and it is excellent. I hope if any of his other writings survive that they may be published someday; he is a pleasure to read.

Feb. 23 2014 10:56 PM

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