Books: Books, Mar. 12, 1945

Literary Journeyman

AMERICAN CHRONICLE—Ray Stannard Baker—Scrlbners ($3.50).

One day in 1897 a young Chicago newspaperman named Ray Stannard Baker bought a small notebook and began to jot down notes about everything that caught his interest: people, conversations, landscapes, speculations. After a few years he bought larger notebooks. In almost 50 years, he has filled 70 of them with a total of about two million words.

It was one of the most profitable investments a writer ever made. When journalism left Baker ill and exhausted, he turned to his notebooks and, drawing on their recorded...

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