2 JANUARY 1932, Page 20


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.] ' - ST11,—No one is likely to oppose your contention that " it is no part of the B.B.C.'s business to popularize writers who chooie tei specialize in furtive filth." But has the B.B.C. ever shown a sign of doing any such thing ? Mr. Harold Nicolson,' it is true, was so bold as to mention, with due precaution, the names of D. H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley. But are we to take it that the Spectator regards these authors as specialists in furtive filth ? If their names are unmentionable, what are we to do about Shakespeare, Congreve, Sterne and Byron ? Would their names also contaminate the ether ? In any case, Mr. Nicolson was invited by the B.B.C. to give a series of talks on " Modern Tendencies in Fiction." Do you contend that this could be adequately done without mentioning D. H. Lawrence and Aldous Huxley ?—I am, Sir, &c.,