Here's a book for a wider sale than the title indicates, for it gives an intimate peep behind the scenes into the pet habits and foibles of numerous authors, those of the past as well as those of the present. There is a wide curiosity concerning the methods followed by favorite authors, whether they have ""ivory towers"" to which they retire, what sort of writing tables they use, whether they dictate, write long hand, use a typewriter or a dictaphone. Carlyle had a noise-proof room; Conan Doyle wrote at a desk in a crowded room; Mark Twain loved to write in bed; Oppenheim writes his stories sometimes hind side before. It's a store-house of odd facts, this little book, and is written with the charm and spontaneity so rare in a scholarly sketch such as this. Remember the unexpected success of The Art of Walking. Watch for a discriminating literary public for this.