The Press: Lyons' New Den

Hearst's King Features Syndicate was hard at work on a glowing ad for Leonard Lyons, whose column it had sold to 25 papers (circulation: 4,000,000). The ad: 1) an ebullient article on Lyons by William Saroyan ("one of the few columns of our time which has both form and style"); 2) a letter from New York University's English Department saying that Lyons' column is recommended reading in the Advanced Writing Class; 3) a statement by Carl Sandburg (via Saroyan): "Imagine how much richer American history would have been, had there been a Leonard Lyons in Lincoln's time"; 4) the assertion that...

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