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The Author Meets the Critic

Join the battle between authors and critics when you listen to The Author Meets the Critic.

49 old time radio show recordings
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Eleanor RooseveltBeginning in 1942, the Mutual Broadcasting System introduced The Author Meets the Critic radio show. During the show two literary critics discuss and dissect a recently published book. One of the critics is an advocate of the book and the other critic takes the opposing view. At some point, the author comes out to discuss the book with the critics.

To put it mildly, the discussions could be quite lively with the Mutualauthor giving as good as he or she was getting. The "discussions" were so contentious, one author compared the show to bear baiting. The show was moderated by John K. M. McCaffery. Some critics of the show didn't think that McCaffery as the moderator unbiased and sometimes chimed in for one side or the other. Some authors you might recognize include Al Capp, Arthur Miller, Eleanor Roosevelt, Herman Wouk and many, many more.

The show ran for 12 years beginning on Mutual then moved to a radio statio owned by the New York Times. It moved again to NBC then to ABC, finally going back to Mutual where it ended. In addition to the radio show, there was also a television show which ran from 1948 to 1954.

For other literature-based see also: American Novels, Authors Collection, The Author Meets the Critics, Author's Playhouse, Best Plays, Living Fiction,  Favorite Story, Great Plays, NBC University Theater, New Theater, Theater Guild on the Air, Tell It Again, Theater Royal, World's Greatest Novels, and Your Playhouse of Favorites.

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    49 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 8 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 12 hours 9 minutes
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    1. Author Meets Critics 450129 Troubled Midnight.mp3
    2. Author Meets Critics 450205 Secret History Of War.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 450212 Anything Can Happen.mp3
    4. Author Meets Critics 450219 Youngin.mp3
    5. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm.mp3
    6. Author Meets Critics 470803 Belvedere.mp3
    7. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea.mp3
    8. Author Meets Critics 470817 Vespers In Vienna.mp3
    9. Author Meets Critics 470824 Harder They Fall.mp3
    10. Author Meets Critics 470831 Star Spangled Mikado.mp3
    11. Author Meets Critics 470907 Youre Boss.mp3
    12. Author Meets Critics 470928 Adversary In House.mp3
    13. Author Meets Critics 471005 Or Forfeit Freedom.mp3
    14. Author Meets Critics 471012 Grenedine Etching.mp3
    15. Author Meets Critics 480704 Miracle Of Bells.mp3
    16. Author Meets Critics 480711 A Guide To Confident Living.mp3
    17. Author Meets Critics 480718 Baseball.mp3
    18. Author Meets Critics 480725 Time Of Your Life.mp3
    19. Author Meets Critics 480808 Comics Very Funny.mp3
    20. Author Meets Critics 480822 Tomorrow Everything Better.mp3
    21. Author Meets Critics 480829 So This Is New York.mp3
    22. Author Meets Critics 480905 Gertrude Stein.mp3
    23. Author Meets Critics 480912 Family Circle.mp3
    24. Author Meets Critics 480919 Crusaders.mp3
    25. Author Meets Critics 480926 I Didnt Know It Was Loaded.mp3
    Volume 2 - 24 shows - total playtime 11 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Author Meets Critics 481003 An Affair Of State.mp3
    2. Author Meets Critics 481010 Schmo.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 481017 Wild Country.mp3
    4. Author Meets Critics 481024 Sealed Verdict.mp3
    5. Author Meets Critics 481107 Wayfaring Stranger.mp3
    6. Author Meets Critics 481114 Our New National Labor Policy.mp3
    7. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Saul Bloom.mp3
    8. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Sol Bloom.mp3
    9. Author Meets Critics 481128 Whole Of Their Lives.mp3
    10. Author Meets Critics 481205 Were All In It.mp3
    11. Author Meets Critics 481212 Warlords Of Washington.mp3
    12. Author Meets Critics 481219 So Far So Good.mp3
    13. Author Meets Critics 481226 A Man Called White.mp3
    14. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn.mp3
    15. Author Meets Critics 490109 An Act Of Love.mp3
    16. Author Meets Critics 490116 Flesh Of Mary Duncan.mp3
    17. Author Meets Critics 490123 Embers Still Burn.mp3
    18. Author Meets Critics 490130 China Land And People.mp3
    19. Author Meets Critics 490206 American Argument.mp3
    20. Author Meets Critics 490213 Shalom Means Peace.mp3
    21. Author Meets Critics 490220 Mad Woman Of Chaillot.mp3
    22. Author Meets Critics 490227 No Place To Hide.mp3
    23. Author Meets Critics 490320 Fires Of Spring.mp3
    24. Author Meets Critics 490327 A Treasury Of Spoken Word.mp3
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    49 recordings on 2 MP3 Collection Downloads for just $10.00
    total playtime 24 hours, 8 min
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    Volume 1 - 25 shows - total playtime 12 hours 9 minutes
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    1. Author Meets Critics 450129 Troubled Midnight.mp3
    2. Author Meets Critics 450205 Secret History Of War.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 450212 Anything Can Happen.mp3
    4. Author Meets Critics 450219 Youngin.mp3
    5. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm.mp3
    6. Author Meets Critics 470803 Belvedere.mp3
    7. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea.mp3
    8. Author Meets Critics 470817 Vespers In Vienna.mp3
    9. Author Meets Critics 470824 Harder They Fall.mp3
    10. Author Meets Critics 470831 Star Spangled Mikado.mp3
    11. Author Meets Critics 470907 Youre Boss.mp3
    12. Author Meets Critics 470928 Adversary In House.mp3
    13. Author Meets Critics 471005 Or Forfeit Freedom.mp3
    14. Author Meets Critics 471012 Grenedine Etching.mp3
    15. Author Meets Critics 480704 Miracle Of Bells.mp3
    16. Author Meets Critics 480711 A Guide To Confident Living.mp3
    17. Author Meets Critics 480718 Baseball.mp3
    18. Author Meets Critics 480725 Time Of Your Life.mp3
    19. Author Meets Critics 480808 Comics Very Funny.mp3
    20. Author Meets Critics 480822 Tomorrow Everything Better.mp3
    21. Author Meets Critics 480829 So This Is New York.mp3
    22. Author Meets Critics 480905 Gertrude Stein.mp3
    23. Author Meets Critics 480912 Family Circle.mp3
    24. Author Meets Critics 480919 Crusaders.mp3
    25. Author Meets Critics 480926 I Didnt Know It Was Loaded.mp3
    Volume 2 - 24 shows - total playtime 11 hours 58 minutes
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    1. Author Meets Critics 481003 An Affair Of State.mp3
    2. Author Meets Critics 481010 Schmo.mp3
    3. Author Meets Critics 481017 Wild Country.mp3
    4. Author Meets Critics 481024 Sealed Verdict.mp3
    5. Author Meets Critics 481107 Wayfaring Stranger.mp3
    6. Author Meets Critics 481114 Our New National Labor Policy.mp3
    7. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Saul Bloom.mp3
    8. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Sol Bloom.mp3
    9. Author Meets Critics 481128 Whole Of Their Lives.mp3
    10. Author Meets Critics 481205 Were All In It.mp3
    11. Author Meets Critics 481212 Warlords Of Washington.mp3
    12. Author Meets Critics 481219 So Far So Good.mp3
    13. Author Meets Critics 481226 A Man Called White.mp3
    14. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn.mp3
    15. Author Meets Critics 490109 An Act Of Love.mp3
    16. Author Meets Critics 490116 Flesh Of Mary Duncan.mp3
    17. Author Meets Critics 490123 Embers Still Burn.mp3
    18. Author Meets Critics 490130 China Land And People.mp3
    19. Author Meets Critics 490206 American Argument.mp3
    20. Author Meets Critics 490213 Shalom Means Peace.mp3
    21. Author Meets Critics 490220 Mad Woman Of Chaillot.mp3
    22. Author Meets Critics 490227 No Place To Hide.mp3
    23. Author Meets Critics 490320 Fires Of Spring.mp3
    24. Author Meets Critics 490327 A Treasury Of Spoken Word.mp3
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    49 recordings on 25 Audio CDs
    total playtime 24 hours, 8 min

    Disc A001

    1. Author Meets Critics 450129 Troubled Midnight
    2. Author Meets Critics 450205 Secret History Of War

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    Disc A002

    1. Author Meets Critics 450212 Anything Can Happen
    2. Author Meets Critics 450219 Youngin

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    Disc A003

    1. Author Meets Critics 450228 Brainstorm
    2. Author Meets Critics 470803 Belvedere

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    Disc A004

    1. Author Meets Critics 470810 Richer By Asea
    2. Author Meets Critics 470817 Vespers In Vienna

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    Disc A005

    1. Author Meets Critics 470824 Harder They Fall
    2. Author Meets Critics 470831 Star Spangled Mikado

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    Disc A006

    1. Author Meets Critics 470907 Youre Boss
    2. Author Meets Critics 470928 Adversary In House

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    Disc A007

    1. Author Meets Critics 471005 Or Forfeit Freedom
    2. Author Meets Critics 471012 Grenedine Etching

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    Disc A008

    1. Author Meets Critics 480704 Miracle Of Bells
    2. Author Meets Critics 480711 A Guide To Confident Living

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    Disc A009

    1. Author Meets Critics 480718 Baseball
    2. Author Meets Critics 480725 Time Of Your Life

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    Disc A010

    1. Author Meets Critics 480808 Comics Very Funny
    2. Author Meets Critics 480822 Tomorrow Everything Better

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    Disc A011

    1. Author Meets Critics 480829 So This Is New York
    2. Author Meets Critics 480905 Gertrude Stein

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    Disc A012

    1. Author Meets Critics 480912 Family Circle
    2. Author Meets Critics 480919 Crusaders

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    Disc A013

    1. Author Meets Critics 480926 I Didnt Know It Was Loaded
    2. Author Meets Critics 481003 An Affair Of State

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    Disc A014

    1. Author Meets Critics 481010 Schmo
    2. Author Meets Critics 481017 Wild Country

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    Disc A015

    1. Author Meets Critics 481024 Sealed Verdict
    2. Author Meets Critics 481107 Wayfaring Stranger

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    Disc A016

    1. Author Meets Critics 481114 Our New National Labor Policy
    2. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Saul Bloom

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    Disc A017

    1. Author Meets Critics 481121 Autobiography Of Sol Bloom
    2. Author Meets Critics 481128 Whole Of Their Lives

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    Disc A018

    1. Author Meets Critics 481205 Were All In It
    2. Author Meets Critics 481212 Warlords Of Washington

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    Disc A019

    1. Author Meets Critics 481219 So Far So Good
    2. Author Meets Critics 481226 A Man Called White

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    Disc A020

    1. Author Meets Critics 490102 Larks In Popcorn
    2. Author Meets Critics 490109 An Act Of Love

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    Disc A021

    1. Author Meets Critics 490116 Flesh Of Mary Duncan
    2. Author Meets Critics 490123 Embers Still Burn

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    Disc A022

    1. Author Meets Critics 490130 China Land And People
    2. Author Meets Critics 490206 American Argument

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    Disc A023

    1. Author Meets Critics 490213 Shalom Means Peace
    2. Author Meets Critics 490220 Mad Woman Of Chaillot

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    Disc A024

    1. Author Meets Critics 490227 No Place To Hide
    2. Author Meets Critics 490320 Fires Of Spring

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    Disc A025

    1. Author Meets Critics 490327 A Treasury Of Spoken Word

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