This is the biography promised at the time Selected Letters was published and was originally scheduled for Spring publication (see P.556- January 15th). The tremendous popularity of White's Autobiography and its recent selection by the Pulitzer Committee indicate a continued interest in the Sage of Emporia, spokesman for grassroots America, symbol of the best the small town of the Mid-West affords. This is an intimate picture of White in relation to the forces he helped to mold and interpret; this is a vigorous panorama of the changing pattern of America against which White for many years was typical of the standpat Republican, and of which he rather slowly came to be known as a progressive, challenging the stranglehold of the industrial giants. Pungent phrase and emotional expression livens a text that is better than competent coverage, but not inspired. Johnson has written a good popular biography, not a great one.