December 8th, 2013
Episode 11 of 237 episodes
Today we have an American bookshelf for you. With two writers who ended up dictating their words rather than writing with a pen or keyboard. Different centuries, different reasons, but there's a connection there too. Samuel Clemens - or Mark Twain - performed his autobiography out loud, to a secretary and a stenographer. He was conversational, circular, contrary and prolific. While mystery writer Martin Cruz Smith worked with his wife as amanuensis, because he has Parkinson's disease and the physical act of writing is difficult, while the creative act remains. But first, we have early twentieth century love, tragedy and bravado with Ernest Hemingway and his classic A Farewell to Arms.