Books: Creators' Congress

Thomas Mann once said that watching a creative writer at his work, groaning and making faces as he scratched out the well-chosen words of his manuscript, gave you the idea that writers were just people for whom writing was a particularly trying ordeal. Last fortnight this observation was confirmed by some 360 U. S. novelists, poets, critics and journalists, and several times as many onlookers, who assembled in Manhattan's Carnegie Hall for the second National Congress of American Writers, to discuss the current problems of their professional lives. It was confirmed...

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