Books: Baying at The Moon

John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down (TIME, March 9) has stirred up (as book and play) the year's liveliest literary fight. By now the battle has become a general war, involving book reviewers, theater critics, editors, people who write letters to the newspapers, diplomats, college professors and Dorothy Thompson. Two great questions are at issue: 1) Does Steinbeck put too much faith in the moral superiority of democracy? 2) Is Steinbeck wrong in portraying German soldiers as human beings? It has even been suggested that The Moon is veiled Nazi propaganda. In Manhattan the Belgian Commissioner of Information objected to Colonel...

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