Letters: Sep. 21, 1981

Irving's World

To the Editors:

John Irving [Aug. 31] is not only a masterly writer, he is a master teacher as well. At a Breadloaf workshop, he read a scathing review of one of his own novels before criticizing the manuscripts of aspiring writers and, probing the air with his hand, which curved like a bear's paw, he exhorted writers to teach something, to make the story yield a potent statement and to fight for issues with "generous anger," out in the open, like Dickens.

Alia Sayegh Margate, N.J.

John Irving is by far...

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