COMMUNISTS: Phrase-Mongers

Pert, talented Author Ruth (My Sister Eileen) McKenney was born with revolt in her veins. Said she: "My mother, whose maiden name was Flynn, was an Irish nationalist. ... In my Sunday school . . . my sister Eileen and I were evicted for having pernicious views." Along the rocky road to fame, as the writer of a zany best-seller and slick Hollywood scenarios, Ruth McKenney paused to join the Communist Party. Her corpuscles promptly began to tingle again. A 1940 sample: "The Second Imperialist War ... is a fight among thieves, a bloody quarrel among the vultures."

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