The Press: Garvin Gets Out

The man whom Lord Northcliffe once called "the greatest living journalist" finished his last, long-winded, lucid, discerning editorial. After 34 years, Britain's most quoted and respected editor, old (74), hawk-faced J(ames) L(ouis) Garvin was quitting the London Observer.

The vague explanation given the public was that Editor Garvin and his employer Viscount Astor had parted company over "editorial policy." The Grand Old Man of British journalism cagily commented: "For the first time for 34 years I can take my dog for a walk on a Friday instead of staying indoors to write my article. . . ." London reports said that Garvin...

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