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Writer Robert Bolt

June 23, 1991

Congratulations for a lively, tell-it-like-it-is portrait of screenwriter and stroke victim Robert Bolt ("Writing for His Life," by David Gritten, June 9).

Be he abrasive, egocentric or sometimes just plain nasty, I can't help admiring a gutsy talent who will poke fun at his own speech handicap along with that of former White House Press Secretary James Brady.

Historians will, I hope, cherish Bolt's White House anecdote about his and Brady's struggle with their respective impediments to get through to a hard-of-hearing Ronald Reagan. It could have been worse--at least he was awake.

BARRY E. BLITZER

Pacific Palisades

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