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By the many new friends Edward Weeks made with The Open Heart -- and by the many old friends he has made through the years of his lecturing and his editorship of the Atlantic Monthly, this second volume of reminiscences will be enthusiastically welcomed. It is, perhaps, more of a bookman's book, with a generous portion devoted to the making of an editor -- and of a magazine. But the general reading public likes to be taken behind the scenes, and Ted Weeks does it in such a gracious, human way that it reads like a personally conducted tour of the many facets involved. Particularly interesting to the average reader of the Atlantic are the biographical and personality sketches of Atlantic authors -- Agnes Newton Keith, Hans Zinsser, Dr. Thomas Barbour, Richard Ely Danielson and a number of others in capsule bits. With Ted Weeks integral to the introduction of each, this aspect of the text too has the personal touch. Fishing holidays with the contagion of his love of the out of doors, his keen observation, his witty turn of phrase, afford yet another glimpse of a many-sided person. And throughout, there is Weeks, the editor, the bookman, from the early indoctrination, the lifelong love of books, to the years connected with the magazine and the Press, and the philosophy of living that has grown with the years. A delightful introduction to a delightful companion.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1959
Publisher: Little, Brown-AMP