Books: John Buchan

He Has Three Ambitions

The author of Greenmantle, Midwinter, The Three Hostages (one of the finest romances of modern times) was in Manhattan the other day for a few hours. Lieutenant Colonel John Buchan is a short, quiet-spoken, modest English author. In those characteristics, he is like Walter de la Mare and W. Somerset Maugham, our other English visitors of the moment. They arrived without blaring of trumpets—and both Buchan and Maugham departed quietly, after seeing a few things at the theatre and saying "how-do-you-do-goodbye" to a few friends.

When I met John...

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