(28 February 1909 – 16 July 1995)
"Students regard reading as a kind of inferior activity which no one who is writing has to indulge in. And that's ridiculous, I think." For young writers, Spender stresses the importance of reading. Yet when he compares the barrage of music and assorted noises in today's world with the quieter days of his own youth, he admits that the real problem is a "breakdown of concentration about anything."