Mr. Reynolds' father was the first literary agent in the U.S. and went on to become the most successful: his son has certainly carried on and even if he represents a point of view which seems to equate tire best with the most successful (was ""Sarah Ware Basset"" -- [sic] -- really distinguished? Is Morris West a ""brilliant outstanding genius""?) he knows a good deal about literary agenting viz. his Writing and Selling of Fiction; (also Non-Fiction); Professional Guide to Marketing Manuscripts; etc. This is personalized persiflage about authors, contracts, titles, publishers (particularly Alfred A.), magazines (one whole chapter on another genius -- Wallace of the Digest), Hollywood (motion picture people not the most ""pleasant or rewarding""), acquisitions and so forth. All in all, small talk shoptalk.