Books: Fast Typing

THE BALANCE WHEEL (496 pp.)—Taylor Caldwell—Scribner ($3.50).

Taylor Caldwell once explained how she writes her bestselling novels: "I type very quickly. Also, I never rewrite. I don't even read over what I have written. I just send it off in installments to [the publisher]." Her most "lyrical prose" results, she says, "from the anticipation of big checks from my publishers and the book clubs. My best writing has been done . . . when I had a new car, a new home, a trip, or a mink coat in mind."

Typewriter in hand and mink coat clearly in mind, Novelist Caldwell has batted...

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