The many writings of Leo Rosten (some under the pseudonym Leonard Q. Ross) include short stories, novels, non-fiction, a doctoral dissertation and innumerable magazine articles. Mr. Rosten has more absorbing interests that a letter-day Renaissance Man -- writer, lecturer, correspondent, editor. Highbrow readers can look down and, without squinting, find him and shoulders above the professional writers lumped together under the diminishing tag of ""hack"". This is a self-selected mixture from his published work. He has picked out a sampling from the eternal favorite among his short stories some II*Y*H*A*N K*A*P*L*A*N episodes; excerpted passages and findings from The Washington Correspondents, still one of the most readable dissertations extant; taken parts from his best selling novel, Captain Newman, M.D. which can stand on their own as short stories; and reprinted some of his essays on great men and strange places. Each section is given a conversational introduction that includes a discussion of his working methods, viewpoints and memories. Because he cannot look at his own work without itching to rewrite it, he had provided variant versions in this material -- a pretty problem for one of the happler papers from one of tomorrow's scholars, no doubt. An excellent gift choice, this is one of those Browsers Beware books -- once the reader dips into it, it becomes difficult to stop.