People, May 6, 1940

In San Francisco rotund Alexander Woollcott, playing in The Man Who Came to Dinner, dined with friends, on snails with French dressing, rice balls, bisque of clam, baby squid with sauce a la Genoise, saddle of lamb, fondue of truffles, cress salad. Result: he got a heart attack, was put to bed and the show had to close.

Norway's patriarch of letters, hardbitten Nobel Prizewinner (Growth of the Soil) Knut Hamsun, 80, turned on his Government for continuing to oppose the Nazi invasion. Cried Writer Hamsun in Oslo: "The Government ordered mobilization, then fled....

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