Creighton, Luella; Berton, Pierre; Penfield, Dr. Wilder
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A joint meeting with Smith's Literary Luncheon.
Some comments on writing and fiction. What it is that makes the writer operate when he is concerned with purely imaginative fiction. A definition of the kind of fiction the speaker is talking about. A quote from Stephen Leacock on writing. Explosions of comprehension which may or may not be attended to right away; sometimes doing better with crystallization. Three aids to presentation of such explosions. One's own experience; uncalled-for expert opinion; memory.
Some personal anecdotes. Getting to "see around" Buckingham Palace. The speaker's first book and his experiences with getting it published. Some reviews and the speaker's response to them.
Some personal anecdotes of the doctor as author. Finding time to write. The story of the speaker's mother's unfinished manuscript and what the speaker did with it. His adventures in the Middle East and elsewhere. A travelogue and history of how he gathered together the material for his book.