National Affairs: Author's Day

Readers of both fiction and philosophy could learn something last week from the news of two U.S. marriages:

¶ Dr. John Dewey, Columbia University's famed 87-year-old philosopher, got married in Manhattan to Mrs. Roberta Grant, a dark-haired, attractive, 42-year-old Pennsylvania widow. He received reporters who besieged his apartment with mingled resignation and amusement. Said he: "I know what the general public reaction is whenever an old man marries a young woman."

¶ Edmund Wilson, critic, novelist, author of Memoirs of Hecate County, a study of evil among the intelligentsia, took a fourth wife. She was tall, dark-haired Mrs. Elena Thornton, a Manhattan...

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