Originally reported for November publication as follows:-""Frankly, this is a disappointing collection, although letter writing was a fine art with William Allen White. Characteristic of the man, colorful and poignant language at times, straight from the shoulder, frank, terse or expansive as occasion warranted, these letters represent a bread selection from a tremendous file of letters written to business friends, political and literary associates, occasional headliners in various fields -- but there are disappointingly few personal letters. The letters go back to when the writer was , and already he had been editor of the Emporia Gasette for four years, and they go up to the time of his death. There is evidence, through these letters, of many aspects of a changing America over forty years, but not as much of White, the man, as one would wish, and almost nothing of his close personal life. Walter Johnson is working on a biography to appear in 1947.