Books: Sermonets and Stoicism

NOT SO WILD A DREAM

by ERIC SEVAREID

522 pages. Atheneum. $12.50.

In television, last impressions are all. For a dozen years now Eric Sevareid, 63, has been the Dr. Johnson of the two-minute essay on the CBS Evening News. With his "somewhat forbidding Scandinavian manner" (as he has described it) and "a restraint that spells stuffiness to a lot of people," he has delivered so many thousand editorials, sermonets and sit-down comedy routines that the unkind younger generation has begun to refer to him as Eric Everyside.

Not So Wild a Dream proves that...

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