Books: Authors to the Road

The U. S. loves to be lectured. For no years it has been paying countless U. S. and British writers to exhort, educate and berate it. It all started in 1826, when Josiah Holbrook of Connecticut and the lyceum movement began the long, uncomfortable cross-country trips of uncertain financial return and doubtful educational value that have come to be known as lecture tours.

And it still goes on. Last fortnight, Nobel Prizewinner Sinclair Lewis strode jerkily onto a platform in Manhattan, and with hands in pockets, galvanic shrugs and many a wisecrack, proceeded to...

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