From the Saturday Review of Literature, a symposium of articles which have appeared over the past years and which discuss many aspects of writing as a profession and for a public. A notable company of contributors include Henry Seidel Canby, Jesse Stuart, Elmer Davis, Stephen Leacock, Phyllis Bentley, Edith Wharton, Saroyan, Ellen Glasgow, Pearl Buck, Thomas Wolfe, Maugham, Russell Maloney, James Truslow Adams- among others. And the discussions have a wide range; the impulses which cause a man to write; story writing schools and their validity; the making up of an index; writing to please yourself; authorship as seen by an author's wife; permanent fictional values; the effect of criticism on first novelists; and the specifics of writing biography, history, science and social science, poetry, essays, articles, humor, juveniles, editorials, criticism, etc. etc. By experienced practitioners, this assays both literary values and commercial factors and will be of primary interest to aspirants.