Books: Writers' Influence

Last month Archibald MacLeish, poet and Librarian of Congress, blamed himself and other post-World War I writers for the cynical pacifism of U. S. undergraduates (TIME, June 3). Such fine and honest writers as Hemingway and Dos Passos, said he, had done their job too well, had left the younger generation immunized not only against phony patriotism but against all moral judgments. LIFE asked a number of writers for comments, this week prints the answers. Samples:

Richard Aldington: "It is typical high-brow delusion to suppose that authors influence anyone but the intellectuals and that...

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