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Discussing the book "George Orwell, the road to 1984" with the author Peter Lewis.
Discussing the book "An open book" with the author Monica Dickens.
How Europeans felt about their visits to America are the premise of Marc Pachter's book , "Abroad in America: Visitors to the New Nation, 1776-1914." According to Pachter, some people thought America was a moral society but that our manners were dreadful. Charles Dickens liked Boston but thought there were no rules in American society. He also despised the adulation that he received when he first visited.
Foreign language expert Howard Vincent talks with Studs Terkel about foreign languages, Herman Melville, “Moby Dick,” and other literary works.
With regards to his writing style, it took E. L. Doctorow years to realize that the words and images to assemble a great story would come along in due time. It was Doctorow’s hope that his book, “Ragtime” would find its way into the hands of people who don’t normally pick up a novel to read. Doctorow said that in general, the majority of people don’t pay attention to books that come out and one of the reasons is because of the competition of television.
Carlotta Monti discusses W.C. Fields and her book "W.C. Fields & Me".