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Norman Corwin's Letters [Hardcover]

Norman Corwin , A. J. Langguth

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 467 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962303259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962303258
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,049,921 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Corwin, now 84, is esteemed as the poet of radio's best years, which he maintains lasted from 1938 to 1948, ``the shortest Golden Age in history.'' He is best known for ``On a Note of Triumph,'' broadcast on May 8, 1945, on the surrender of Nazi Germany, but he should also be remembered for his letters, collected here by Langguth ( A Noise of War ). They reveal a tolerant and generous New Deal liberal whose correspondents included movie stars Bette Davis and Charles Laughton, newscaster Edward R. Murrow, scientists, politicians, book editors, media critics and writers. It is interesting to read his judgments of authors: he considers Eliot's The Cocktail Party sterile and rhapsodizes about works written by Studs Terkel and Norman Cousins. Photos not seen by PW.

Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Corwin (Trivializing America, LJ 12/1/83) is Mr. Radio: writer, programmer, advocate, interviewer, and network honcho. As a wit, punster, master of the terse reply, and arguer and persuader, he is a practitioner of ornate English. Written to everyone under the sun, his letters from 1927 to the present show us a knowledgeable, humane, and committed artist/advocate. Whether writing to family about personal matters or to world figures about issues and events, Corwin documents the history of radio, offering a unique view of America. Only lightly edited, this collection could use more narrative connections and an index of correspondents and subjects. Still, it is a heady trip. Corwin provides the best comments: "Phew!...Many interjections are called, but phew is chosen."-Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Norman Corwin - radio dramatist Oct. 1 2010
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Norman Corwin came to my attention during my Saturday listening sessions of Old Time Radio on WNIB, Chicago some time ago. Chuck Shaden interviewed Corwin. What really got my attention was Corwin's 'On a Note of Triumph' aired on CBS radio and other networks at the end of the war in Europe. I first heard it on a set of WWII radio casettes. I really sat up and took notice.

Corwin was the epitome of what early radio and TV was originally expected to be; a first class outlet of quality entertainment and public service. The commercial aspects of the media blinded broadcast executives. They set aside public service and cashed in on the commercial side of broadcasting. Corwin's book of letters gives you an intimate look over his shoulder as he writes to relatives, friends, and many famous figures in America and the world. He is somewhat irreverent in language, but that was Corwin in letter mode. An interesting and revealing read.
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Interesting reading.

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