FIGHTING WORDS by Donald Ogden Stewart


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Through merging various speeches made at the American Writers' Congress last summer, Stewart has formed a book on the various problems of the writer today, creative and distributive. Outstanding among the people contributing are Dorothy Parker, Millen Brand, Dashiel Hammett, Vincent Sheean, di Donato, Kaltenborn Sylvia Townsend Warner, etc. The representation is largely a socially conscious one -- the general point of view that art is the product of the people, and should be directed to the people. Substance, technique, the role of the Negro in literature, the role of the writer on the air and on the screen, the need for organization to protect the rights of the author, these are some of the problems voiced and discussed. There's interesting material here -- but it is not very profound.

Pub Date: July 18th, 1940
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace