Books: Literary Life

London. Early this year beef-eating Yorkshireman John Boynton Priestley, author of best-selling novels (The Good Companions, Angel Pavement), several U. S. stage flops, one hit (Dangerous Corner), stood up to the almighty British Broadcasting Corp., calling it monopolistic and its programs a bore. Fortnight ago BBC commissioned a novel for serial broadcasting, 20 minutes every Sunday. Commissioned novelist: J. B. Priestley. The radio novel, Let the People Sing, was reported to be another cross-sectioning of British life like The Good Companions.

Hyde Park. Blurb of the week was written by Columnist Eleanor Roosevelt in her syndicated column, My Day. Blurbled she: "I...

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