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Tit , MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 1958

TW1~ MICHIGAN DAIlY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7.1956

Stich-Randall
To Appear
Here Friday
"Her voice is one of the most
beautiful and most promising of
today" wrote one Viennese music
critic recently about Teresa Stich-
Randall who will sing at 8:30 p.m.
Friday in Hill Auditorium.
One of the leading sopranos of
the Vienna State Opera, Miss
Stich-Randall was awarded the
first prize in the "Concours Inter-
national for Opera Singers" in.1951
and was one of the winners of the
"Geneva Concours" in . Switzer-
land.
She first sang in Austria at the
Salzburg Festival in/ 1952, where
she was "the artistic event of a
Mozart Matinee" under the baton
of the famous Prof. Paumgartner.
Following this she was immedi-
ately engaged by the Vienna State
Opera, where she has ben one of
its stars.
Miss Stich-Randall also has sung
at the Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence,
and Florence May Festivals, with
the San Carlos Opera in Naples, as
soloist with many of the major
orchestras of Europe, in recital,
and over all of the major radio
networks on the Continent.
Part of the Extra Concert Series,
the program is sponsored by the
University Musical Society. Tick-
ets may be obtained at the offices
of the Society in Burton Tower.
Correspondent
To Narrate
'Europe Tour'
"The Grand Tdur of Europe," to
be presented by the University Or-
atorical Association at 8:30 p.m.
tomorrow, will be narrated by for-
mer foreign correspondent Robert
Mallett.
Mallet served as foreign corres-
pondent during World War II.
After Pearl Harbor, he had a series
of jobs with the government in-
volving the Atomic Bomb project
and UN Conference.
Since his release from the Navy,
he has completed a globe-circling
tour covering revolutions and civil
wars in China, Greece, India, Is-
rael and South America.
The travelogue will cover Eng-
land, Belgium, Holland, Germany,
the French and Italian Rivieras
and Paris.
Tickets for "The Grand Tour of
Europe" and the remaining two
travelogues in the current series
may be purchased at the box office
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and
until 8:30 p.m. tomorrow.

FRANK O'CONNOR'S OPINIONS:
American Writers Can't Be 'Hermits'

DAILY OFFICIAL BULLETIN

By DEL WILEY
Famed Irish short story writert
Frank O'Connor (pseudonym for
Michael O'Donovan) and his at-
tractive wife, Harriet, arrived int
Ann Arbor's monsoon weather at
few days ago for his lecture ap-t
pearance here yesterday.
Wearing a grey beret and carry-
ing red plaid suitcases, O'Connor
observed, "This weather gives ust
even a better reception than wef
had in California - we caught,
colds there."
He and his wife have just fin-1
ished a lecture series at Stanford
University.f
Later.on, discussing one of his'
well-known contemporaries, O'Con-
ner commented, "Hemingway is a
sentimentalist. Besides that, he is'
like an old actor whom you teach
a couple of tricks to, and then it'
takes ten years to get him to un-
learn them-to not just keep on'
using them."3
"Yes," Mrs. O'Connor said, "he's
got a formula he turns out again
and again and again."
'Multiple Talent'
Continuing his talk about Ameri-
can writers in general, O'Connor
said there is too much "multiple
talent." That is, most writers here
face a choice of several vocations,'
and they may -lose themselves in
the business or professional world;
they can't become "hermits," he
said.
"This is what my husband and I
call the great tragedy of America,"
Mrs. O'Connor put in.
"It's different in Europe,'. O'Con-
nor went on. "At least there, if
you're a writer, they know you're
crazy by the time you're sixteen,
and they leave you alone. No Euro-
pean businessman would trust
a poet within a mile of his offices."
Poets Trusted
In answer to a question about
whether he thought American
businessmen would trust a poet
within two miles of an office,
O'Connior claimed brogueishly he
thought they would, that they
would go "all out for a writer."
"For instance, Wallace Stevens'
works in an insurance office, and
his employers know he's got to
write, so they just let him rip. And
that young writer Carlos Williams
in New Jersey is a doctor, of all
things."
Laughingly, Mrs. O'Connor said,
"In Europe, a writer practicing as
a doctor just would not be trusted,
although in France most of the
diplomats are poets."
O'Connor Opinions
Prompted for some more opin-
ions, O'Connor said his favorite
American short story writers are
J. D. Salinger and J. F. Powers,;
whose writings he labelled "ob-
sessive."
O'Connor's advice for young
writers: get a good subject and
talk about it for a long time. If

you don't have a good subject'
there's no use talking about it.
"And you must never lose your
jealousy for othertwriters. You
can admire the others, but hate
them at the same time-only if
they're good, of course," he added.
19th Century Novels
His lecture in Rackham audi-
torium yesterday titled, "The Rise
and Decline of the Novel," included
ideas from a book he is working
on called, "The Mirror in the
Roadway." This book, Mrs. O'Con-
nor says, received hysterical dis-
agreement from an editor who
works for its publisher.
O'Connor covered 19th-century
novels in his lecture, beginning
with Jane Austen and Stendahl.
"These novelists concentrated on
criticism. Jane Austen's work on
commonplace things was especially
crucial, because of the problem of
getting rid of romantic fiction,
such as Sir Walter Scott wrote."
Dickens, Balzac and Gogol rep-
resent the second period in 19th-
century noveldom with a return
to the old romantic fictibn ideas.
'Distortion' Mentioned
Saying that these three brought
'distortion' back into the novel,
O'Connor explained how they no
longer descrived reality, and had
freaks or monsters in their work
in the form of bankers and law-
yers.
"The next groups of novelists
tried to murder the older ones in
their search for "integral truth',"
O'Connor exclaimed. "These were
Turgenev and Tolstoi."
The fourth and last groups in-
cluded Flaubert and Dostoyevsky,
who had a lot to ask about truth,
writing about ,"something which
was repressed by Jane Austen."
O'Connor also discussed the sa-
distic writings in this last period,
saying that characters novels then

"loved the feeling of being humili-
ated by atother man."
"The 1880 novel was like a fine
ship setting off on the high seas,'
suddenly headed off by Henry
James and his crew of pirates."
"I would find it hard to parody
a James novel-he. has parodied
them so many times 1.imself,"
O'Connor smiled. "His characters
can't even do something like eat-
ing bacon, because it might dis-
arrange the metaphor."
Ending with a comment on C. P.
Snow, O'Connor said he is "carry-
ing the novel back to Turgenev and
Tolstoi. But I say, where else could
he go?"
Graff Gets
Appointm1ent
-Louis Graff, Medical Center and
University hospital supervisor of
medical public relations, has been
appointed assistant director of
Michigan Hospital Service (Blue
Cross), it was announced today.
A former health sciences re-
porter for the University Informa-
tion and News Service and man-
aging editor of the University
Medical Bulletin, he will be in
charge of the Blue Cross-Blue
Shield piublic relations division.
He served as press secretary to
Dr. Thomas Francis, Jr., director
of the Salk poliomyelitis vaccine
evaluation program.
Graff, 34, attended Kalamazoo
College, the University of Michi-
gan and the University of Chicago.
He taught English at the Cran-
brook School in.Bloomfield Hill
from 1944 to 1948.

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war for the favor and allegiance
of the largely uncommitteed young
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Early last month British Prime
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world that over the past 10 years
600 million people in nearly a score
of lands have achieved.independ-
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the West. During the same period,

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been "forcibly incorporated within
the Soviet Union" and 10 European
nations have lost their independ-
ence to Moscow.
It is apparent that this year,
whether or not the Communist
bloc will succeed in spreading its
control to new lands, the West
will continue to embellish its rec-
ord for ending centuries-old col-
onial controls. England, which once
possessed the greatest empire in
the world, can claim credit for set-
ting free almost 75 per cent of
the 600 million people referred to
by Pres. Eisenhower and Sir An-
thony and continues now to lead
in introducing former colonial pop-
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