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NOTED AUTHOR TALKS TALKSAlfred TALKSAlfred
Alfred I Henry Reza Lewis LevjsPictme LevjsPictmeof Picture Pictureof Pictureof
of the President PresidentSHEEEET Pres PresidentLIKE ellt elltLIKE
LIKE SHERIFF A2 A1i1 D HIS GUN GOTSnys GUNSays GUNSaps
Says Roosevelt Scorns the Buaten BuatenNo Buatenratbllc BuatenPathHe
ratbllc TCUN Wlty It Yew c York Uns UnsNo IlesNo
No Reading RenlUIt Public Pu1 Uc aatil XII Dhunssett DiacusseNTILe Discu DiscuThe DhunssettTJu
The Great American Xo XoPasclnatiiis Xol XolIIaclnuting ovrl ovrlPaMeluating
Pasclnatiiis Story by a Soldier SoldierAlfred SoItJlcrAlfred Soldiertired
Alfred tired Henry Lewis the author spent spentall spentall spentall
all of last week weekM1 weekM1in in Washington WasbiJS > n visiting vislUngthe visitingthe visitingt
the t bc President and and other friends Since SinceMr SinceMr SinceMr
Mr Lewis changed chaJlS ed < > d his ba base e of brilliant brilliantactivities brilUantactivitks brilliantaetivitics
activities from Washington to New NewYork NewYor NewYork
York Yor his fame as a l writer has spreadround spread spreadround spreadround
round the world His weekly weety literary literaryoutput literaryoutput literaryoutput
output probably exceeds that of any living liv living living ¬
ing writer of English Engli h and his readers readersperhaps readersperhaps readersperhaps
perhaps outnumber r those of r any other otherperson ftherpe otherperson
person pe on whose solo occupation is s that of ofwriting ofwrit ofwrit
writing writingHis writ lug lngHis lugHis
His Washington friends note no change changeis
is his aspect or his bearing aring toward the theworld tbeworid thek
k world Fame and flattery have not given givenr
r him a different viewpoint Yilwp int from that thatwhich thatwbich thatwhich
which he occupied when in Washington Washingtonfor
t for years as an enterprising and alert alertnewspaper alertnew akrtnewspaper
newspaper new paper correspondent he was wasLewis hAI hAILeWia Al AlLewis
Lewis to Ws tcontemporaries contemporaries In the theeight theeight theeight
eight yean ears that have passed since be behas behas behas
has been n a resident of New York he hehas hehas hehas
has become what may be properly called calledan caIledan calledan
an institution of the metropolis t3 y his
Alfred Uretl Henry I1cHr > Lewis Lewisuntiring LcwiuntltiD Lewisuntiring
untiring untltiD < < and voluminous literary work workhe workhe workhe
he has made himself a weekly feature featureof featureof featuret
of the life of New York and the nation nationHis natloDHIs natfouHis
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His fine residence on Washington WashingtonHeights Wasbin WashingtonHeights < < tOa tOaHeights
Heights overlooking overiooktft the majestic majt > tie Hud Hudson Hudson ¬
son contains 160600 > 0 worth of pictures picturesand picturesand
and a library of 6000 volumes which rep represent reprtscm reph ¬
h resent not only OBI his tastes but likewise ilkewleet likewisethe
t the earning capacity of his prodigiousindustry prodigious proclJetoajnd prodigiousindustry
jnd industry in a field of labor that is strewn strewnwith strewnwith strewnwith
with the wrecks wrecbr of a so many others who whohave wboha whohave
have ha ve catered I end it and a striven i in vain for forIlKTft forsuc forsuoe
suc suoe
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sonaBtyifr onaUtyiMr on r Eiewis is one of ofthemoet ofthemoetdifftC8tt the most mostdifficult mostdimicldt
difficult n notabilities btab8it a of the time adequate adequately ¬
ly y to to4nterpret Interpret nterpret in an interview Not that thathe fJIathe thathe
he is unwilling to talk on any subject subjectthat 8ubJtttthat subjectthat
that interests him or that he is averse averseto averwe averweto averseto
to being quoted but that his views are areso aIesoorl8tDaL areso
so soorl8tDaL original so o unconventional uneo ventio aJ Ids bismethod Idsmethod idsmethod
method of expression ex reMon so o habitually habituallycharacteristic habituallychara habituallycharacteristic
characteristic chara teristlc and his bJ manner so ag aggrc5Slv acgrei8Ive aggrvIve
grc5Slv that the effort of any one save savehimself savehimself savehimself
himself properly to present tbia his views viewsis viewsis viewsis
is rrtremely c bard It Is agreed among amongthose amou amouthose amongthose < <
those who know him best bestoDCI and leaveknown have haveknown bavek1OWD
known him longest that he talks better betterthan betterthan betterthan
than he writes If scores of the observatiaas ob observations eberva ¬
servations erva OBll he makes oa the men and andmanners andmaniwr andmanne
manners manne of the time in casual corner roaversation conversation cornerI ¬
sation I doe should be or even could be pre presented prestntedby pre presented ¬
sented stntedby by his hI listeners pat as they theycome theyO
come c om O + from his Ups U steaming at i with his hispugnacious IUspuguedou hispugnacious
pugnacious energy enel and aDddotbed clothed in his hisHtrlHng histriliiDc hisr
r HtrlHng metaphors the power p wer and origi originality orI orInaUY orpkinailty ¬
nality of oftbe the man would be more fully fuOyunderstood fuU7undentood fullyunderstood
understood understoodMr undentoodIr understoodMr
Mr Ir Lewis was asked by a representa representative repreSeRtative representative ¬
tive of The Herald for some ome opinions on onAmerican OftAmerican onAmerican
American literature His response swept sweptlike swept1Ike sweptlike
like a cyclone over every f1I7the1De theme of contQn con contemporaneous CODtfnporaueous ¬
temporaneous tQn poraneous interest from President PresidentRrwaevett PnaridentRoclBWeit PresidentRocpeeveit
Rrwaevett to the latest movement la the thestotik thetl theto
stotik tl k market marketl marketDloJ
DloJ l > riireaacsett lie t e Pre lr tidcut tidcut1n i leHt leHtIn
l In n constderin considering Roosevelt he said 1 11gn I Ii Ilein
i 1gn eg in by viewing him as a friend of f mine minein minein minein
in iR7 ny cowboy cowbo days clay viewed the sheriff sheriffhe sherifflie erUr erUrhe
he couldnt I ten how much watt sheriff and andhow andhOll andhow
how how much m h was gun There is this how however howabout howv ¬
ever v a > about Theodore Roosevelt that dis distinmishes diStinf1I1ahes distinrulahes
tinmishes him from every President of ofthe ofthe oft
t the he Republics latter days daysbe he is uncon unconventional U1IC01Iwniona1 unconvenlonal ¬
ventional which means that he does doesfJwn his hisown hist
t own thinking in his oJs own way If in Ii his hishurrying hish hishurrying
hurrying h hurrying movements he beshould should find him himself b1mlf himself ¬
self lf oh 0 the beaten path YOU could bet that thathe thathe thathe
he would jump out of It with celerity celerityand celerityand celerityand
and regret and skip ski back onto the grass grassThe grassThe U3 U3The
The sign Keep Off Of the Grass G has no noterror n nJ
J 1trrl terross terror 1 for him hit Which reminds me that thatanyuody thatanybody thatanybody
anybody who wants to td live by the sweat sweatand sWeat sWeatand sweatand
and torture of his soul 80uJmeaninc meaning thereby therebythe tbenbythe therebythe
the writing business or what you are arepleased arepleas arepleased
pleased pleas rl to call literature Uteraturhe he must make makeup makeup makeup
up his hi I us mlndnot mind not ttt keep off the grass Its Itsa It Ita
i a business b JsinetIB in which nobody can succeed succeedby suce suoctitdby ed edty
by imit Imittlft imitttng ting < < anybody else The least use useful U8eful useful ¬
ful worker in it is he who is employed employedfor emplo emplofor
for a wane w sage to criticise the product of ofother ofothErIIIiS ofd
d µ other othErIIIiS nums brains For who can say saywhat saywhat 7 7Ahat
what is s n a t < rood < 004 book boc and what a poor poorbid poolhld poorbad
bid or r indifferent tenor M My Ty r activities act1 tths in inthat inthat inu
u that end of the he business begin qin and endl endlwith end endwith nd ndwitb
with my own appreciation of the work work4
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I do not undertake to judge whether or ornot i inot
not it will wiUmbase please se my neighbor nei < < bbor any ny more morethan j jthan I I Itban
than I would wouktmadertake undertake to choose cbooge for you youat j
at this moment what you might wish to tocat tot toeat
cat t from this huge bill of fare that lays laysbefore laysbefore laysh
before h fore us in this cafe Hence 1 am con convinced convinced convinced ¬
vinced that there are as many manyJOOd good vol volumes volUJheS volumes ¬
umes unpublished as have hav ever been beenreeled beenreekcl beenreeled
reeled oft the press at the approval of ofsomebody otIIOIDebocIy ofiomeliody
somebody hired for a wage to pass upon uponthe uponthe uponthe
the merits J of 0 offerings ttcrln that are sent to tothe to tothe tothe
the publishers
Company lIft IIMWhy lIftWhY II IIWhy
Why do you know that one one of the bestbooks best bestbooks besthaoles
books one of the most DtO t fascinating stories storiesI storiesever
I ever read was written by a a private sol soldier soldisr ol oldie ¬
dier die in the Confederate ftrederate army and is called calledCompany ealledCoM calledcompany
Company CoM H Whoever the author was wasand wasa wasand
a and dI I cant now recall his hi name namedld did his hisown hiBown hisown
own thinking Ultnkln and his own writing writin with without withoutaby withuutafiy ¬
out outaby afty thought of pleasing anybody else elseire elscIre elseIre
ire simply eflll br told the things that he saw sawand sawand sawand
and felt as a member of Company H and andwhat andblthe andwhat
what blthe he tells about Bragg and Long Longstreet Longtreet Longstreet
street treet Joe Johnston and Kirby Smith Smithc SmithCtc
Ctc c makes mak one of the best books ever everwritten everwritten everwritten
written about the civil war And Company Com Company Cornpany ¬
pany H Is ItteraturerAmerican Itteratur Amerlcan literature literatureif literature18O literatureifso
if 18O so you prefer to call it though I dont donthear donthear donthear
hear that sort of talk about pictures and andarchitecture andarchitecture andarchiooture
architecture and whatnot of achievement achievementthat achievtmentthat achievementthatinvelvps
that thatinvelvps involves the operations of the thinking think thinking thlnk1Ar ¬
ing machinery m ehlnery of the human race From Frommy Frommy rom romBl7
my viewpoint literature is just literature literaturewhether IIterat literaturewhether ure urew
whether w ther it come from Europe Asia AsiaAfrica AsIaAtrial AsiaAfrica
Africa America Australia or the islands islandsof islandsof Islandsof
of the sea Wherefore then should we weprate weprate weprate
prate so much about foe treat eat American Americannovel AmericanDOvel Americannovel
novel yet to be written Is there a great greatEnglish greatEnglish greatEnglish
English novel or a great t French novel novelor novelor novelor
or a great eat German novel When anybody anybodyshall anybodsball anybodyshall
shall point out to me the great t novel thatis that thatis tbatis
is strictly English or German or French Frenchor
or Chinese or Scandinavian Scaadt tvian I will then thenlook thtnlook thenlook
look around for somebody to write the thegreat tbet thegreat
great t American novel norelWnnts novelWnnts
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Wnnts Government Supervision SupervisionMr
I
Mr Lewis jumped from this line of oftalk ortalk oftalk
talk to the novel proposition that since sincethe sincethe sincethe
the Federal government is undertaking undertakingto
to do nearly everything for the people peopleit
it ought now to essay ca y the task ta k of regu regulating regulating regulating ¬
lating their literary l1terar consumption We Weare Weare Weare
are beginning to tell the people what whatthey whatthy whatthey
they ought to eat and drink and wear wearsaid wearsaid wearsaid
said he then why not tell t n them what whatthey whatth whatthey
they th ought to read At any rate I Iwould Iuld Iw
w would uld like to see the government here hereat hereat hereat
at Washington keep as close tab on the thecountrys theeounirys thecountrys
countrys literary production and consumption con consumption ronfumpUon ¬
sumption as II upon its agricultural manufacturing manu manufacturing manuf1cturing ¬
facturing and mining production and andconsumption andconSUMpti andeonsufption
consumption n Whoso reads a book or an aneditorial arldltorlal aceditorial
editorial or a story is Influenced some someThat IOmeThattnftuence someThat
That Thattnftuence Influence may ma not be much but butit butit butit
it is enough to affect his manner of ofthinking ortbinl ofthinking
thinking tbinl ng and therefore his conduct conductNow conductNow conductNow
Now if the government emment should care carefully earpfuny carefully ¬
fully compile statistics on the number numberof numberof numberof
of volumes turned out by the presses of ofthis ofthis ofthis
this country < Ount every ery year together togeth r with withthe withthe withthe
the titles of the publications the names namesof namtSot namesof
of the writers or authors and the number num number number ¬
ber of every publication sold we could couldsoon couldsoon
soon get at 1t things that are re going Ing on in inthe inthe inthe I
the minds of the people pIe We want to toprotect toprotect toprotect
protect their physical health and their theirpocketbooka tbelrpocketbooks theirpocketbooks
pocketbooks then why not give some someattention someattention someattetitlon
attention to their thinking apparatus apparatusVIII apparatusWill T TWill
Will VIII tf Nt l Give Advice AdviceThere AthJceTbere AdviceThere
There is on one > thing thin < < Mr lr Lewis will not notdo notdo
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do He will riot indulge either in preach preachments preachmeDta preachmeats ¬
meats or advice about literature Hence Hencethere Hencethere j
there Is no use for the ambitious young youngwriter Youn youngwriter
writer to ask him for advice as to methj meth methfds methods
pds of work or habits of study He hagl hagland has hasand hasand
and knows of only one method of work workand j I IaDd
and that is to keep at the task without withoutrest without withoutrest I
rest or variableness when once it is un undertaken undertaken I Idertaken
dertaken and as to habits of study he heis heIs
is not aware that he has any He is an aninveterate aniBveterate aninveterate I
inveterate reader of the popular old oldmasters oldmasters oldmasters
masters of English EngJI literature especially especiallyScott npeclallyScott especiallyScott
Scott Dickens and Thackeray Tha rera7 and Ste Stevenson Stevcnaon Stereason ¬
reason be revels in It may not sound soundcomplimentary 80undcomplimentary soundcomplimentary
complimentary to my contemporaries contemporariessaid
said he when I tell you that I dont dontread dontread dontread
read any an of them My 17 reason for this thisis thisIs thisis
is net that I dont think they would en entertain entertain entertatn ¬
tertain me highly 1dch1 if I should read them thembut thembut thembut
i but because I am afraid If I do that I Iwill IwUl Iwill
will unconsciously uacea uacemsck elousl7 usty crib from them When Whena
a man Is dead he is defenseless in the thewriting thewrtttac thewriting >
writing business bu lue and you can steal from fromhim fromhim fromhim
him consciously or unconsciously with without without without ¬
out the t dread of his kicking but if you yousteal yousteal
steal st from a live author then the LordaVe Lordlve Lord Lordhare I
hare aVe meter n tcy on your soul L for he will willooond winI willteund
I ooond DGn4 you to your grave Nobody of ofcourse ofeouJH ofcourse
course intends to steal from another anotherwriter anotherwriter anotherwriter
writer but the human mind l Is so sus susceptible 8USceptlble susceptible ¬
ceptible to impressions Imaw alons that a more or orheuIbIe orless
less less reprehensible heuIbIe form of plagiarism is isalmost Isalmost isalmost
almost unavoidable unavolda I am not aware awarethat awarethat awarethat
that I crib either in the slightest U < < btest the thethoughts thethoughts thethoughts
thoughts or the language of any of the theauthors theautbon theauthors
authors whose works I read but I dare daresay daresay daresay
say that a close scrutiny would some sometimes sometimes sometimes ¬
times show that the thought that had at atfirst alfirst at atfirst
first gone through the brain and been beenclothed beencfothed beenclothed
clothed in the words of somebody else elseemerges eJReIIIIeqfeS elseemerges
emerges from mine onto paper in a garb garbvery garbVft garbvery
very Vft similar slmtl r to the original I see this thisin thisID thisIn
in the work of other men and I am amnot amDOt amnot
not egotistical enough to think myself myselfexempt my myselfexempt elf elfe1emPt
exempt from a frailty common to hu humanity hu1IUUJIty haman ¬
manity man
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Ao n Home Life I iC in New YorkMr York YorkMr YorkMr
Mr Lewis knows his New York Yorkthoroughly Yorktboroachbr Yorkthoroughly
thoroughly and therefore what he says saysabout saSthe saysabout
about the metropolis as a rcadng com community rommuait7 commmalty ¬
munity has the stamp of authority authorityNew autborit autboritNew authorityNew
New York proper that to Manhattan kanhattanIsland ManhattanIsland ManhattanIs1aDd
Island said he reads r less than any anyother anyother anyother
other part of the country The reason Is Isthat isthat
that there lire ttt + e np homes In New York Yorkno Yorkno Yorkno I
no home life The Th eagles and the buzzards buzzardsthere buzzardsthere buzzardsthere
there live In aeries and the rats and andmice andmice I Imice
mice live in holes m In the ground That is isto 18to isto
to say T they sleep in these places and andbecause andbeeause andbecause
because these are the only sleeping sleepingplaces slCpfngptace sleepingplaces
places they have they go to bed as late lateas lateas lateas
as possible Therefore they have neither neithertime neithertime neithertime
time nor place for reading They scan scanthe scantbe scanthe
the headlines of the big morning and aft afternoon attemoon afternoon ¬
ernoon papers and this satisfies tlldies their appetite ap appetite appetite ¬
petite for reading It is this that accounts accountsfor accountstor accountsfor
for the atrocious system of headlining headliningIn
In Ili the New York papers that make money moneyIf mone moneyIf > Y YIf
If New York were a city of yards like likePhiladelphia likePb likePhiladelphia
Philadelphia Pb adeIpbia or Washington Its consump consumption consumption consumptlon ¬
tion of literature would be Immense be because beeau because ¬
cause eau e of its huge h e population But the thepeople theP80PIe thepeople
people there re as I said aa d before have no nohomes noh nohowenly
homes h nIen17 only places to sleep sleephence hence they theyhave theyhave
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have BO opportunity to read They are areforced areforced arefaced
forced to live in the streets In the cafes cafesin < i iIn I
in the theaters on street cars river boats boatsAc boatsk boatsc
Ac c and this manner of living U is I not con conducive conducive conducive ¬
ducive to the the reading habit Why if the theas theprolM theproportion
prolM proportion > rtion oC readers In New Y YorW ort were wereas Ore Oreas
as great as it is in Philadelphia for ex example example example ¬
ample it would be the greatest literary literarymarket literarymarket
market in n the world The building bulldln < < regu regulations regulations regu regulations ¬ I
lations of Philadelphia wisely compel pro provision provision ¬ I Ivilden
vision for yard space around living Irvin places placeseither p placeseither
either front ront or back or side and this af affords affords affords ¬
fords the people of that city an oppor opportunity opporttnit opportunity ¬
tunity ttnit to build homes where they so be because beca beeausl ¬
cause ca U3 it is I comfortable and where they theyread theyread theyread
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