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''Philip Roth I didnâ€™t know what a writer was, but I knew what books were because I would go to the Blanche library in our neighbourhood [of Newark, New Jersey], following the example of my brother, who would come home with half a dozen books. They were kidsâ€™ books, books about sports, books about the sea. I learnt what an author was in college. I began to read in my second year. I had entered college thinking I would study law. And I assumed I would do that. I was taking constitutional history, political science. Then I discovered literature and I was overcome. I wrote college stories to start with, which were as weak as anyoneâ€™s college stories. A few years later I was drafted and went into the army.''
HG Wells and Orson Welle, 1940
''As it happens, Wells may have been right about the reaction to Wellesâ€™s famous radio play. Over the weekend, the BBC published a piece on their website by journalism professor W. Joseph Campbell arguing that the story of the War of the Worlds panic has always been exaggeratedâ€”and that newspapers may have been inclined to hype the panic as a way of discrediting radio. (Campbell included a chapter about the incident in his 2010 book, Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.) The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece on the subject (subscription required) in 2008.''
''Dressed in a clean but faded T-shirt and loosely fitting gingham slacks, she attracts barely a glance from passers-by.
Yet hers is the face which has stared from the cover of a book that has hypnotised more than 40?million readers around the world, one that has frequently been rated as one of the ten most important books published in the past century.
She is Harper Lee, whose only book, To Kill A Mockingbird, won the Pulitzer Prize, is translated into nearly 50 languages and was turned into the Oscar-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck. It also made Harper into a multi-millionairess.''
Here is a Facebook group about an incredible documentary about Harper Lee, the book, her older sister who is 100 and still practicing law:Â Hey Boo, a 57-minute documentary. Made by a Boston woman, Mary Murphy in public radio
Nelle Harper Lee at the White House in 2007 with President Bush, who awarded Lee with the Congressional Medal of Freedom for To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel that has made the world a better place and which will be read over and over again. Public domain.
''Daphne DuMaurier, broadcast on the BBC in 1971: About the broadcast: ''Daphne du Maurier, author of 'Rebecca' and 'Jamaica Inn', talks to Wilfred De'Ath about her life from her beloved Cornish cliff-top home. In this, her first television interview, the cameras follow as she walks through the house and its grounds recalling key events from her life and revealing memorabilia from her famous theatrical family. She also reflects on the inspirations and influences that have shaped her writing over time and shares archived manuscripts of some of her famous works.''