Brown, Slater (b. 1897)
Friend of E. E. Cummings
Slater Brown and The Enormous Room. 1967.
Close friend to E. E. Cummings. Cummings called Mr. Brown “B” in his book The
Enormous Room. This interview is Mr. Brown’s account of what actually
happened to him in France during World War I when he was imprisoned by the French
government. E. E. Cummings was in prison with him part of the time and used
the incident as the basis for The Enormous Room.
Interviewer: George Wickes, Professor of English (Harvey Mudd College, Claremont
Graduate School). This interview was conducted in conjunction with the writings
of Professor Wickes’ book Americans in Paris. 1903-1939 (Paris Review-Doubleday,
Dos Passos, John (b. 1896)
Questions and comments about John Dos Passos’ novels, his personal experiences
(including Ambulance Corps in World War I and visits to Russia in the twenties),
political views, critics, and his estimation of certain literary and political
Interviewer: David S. Sanders, Associate Professor of English, Harvey Mudd
College, Claremont Graduate School. Portions of the interview were the basis
for Professor Sander’s article “Interview
with John Dos Passos,” Claremont Quarterly (II:89-100, Spring, 1964).
Isherwood, Christopher (b. 1904)
An Interview. 1965.
Discussion of his current works and manner in which he approaches writing,
his interest in Vedanta, his collaboration with W. H. Auden, the great impact
of E. M. Forster on his own writing, his friendship with Aldous Huxley. Mr. Isherwood
speaks of the use of a fictional Christopher Isherwood, his technique of writing
through the eyes of an objective person to events transpiring, and the extent
to which his fiction has an autobiographical basis. Briefly comments on A Single
Man, his most recent book.
Interviewer: George Wickes, Associate Professor of English, Harvey Mudd College,
Claremont Graduate School. This interview was the basis for Professor Wickes’
article “An Interview with
Christopher Isherwood,” Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review
(XVI:23-52, Spring, 1965).