Books: Midnight Editions

Even book-publishing went on in the French underground. Last week French booklovers were scouring their country for copies of 20 small, paper-covered volumes that are already collectors' items.

Anti-Nazi poems, novels, essays and political reports, mostly written by Frenchmen under pseudonyms and collectively known as Les Editions de Minuit (Midnight Editions), they had been published under the noses of Vichy and Nazi authorities for more than two years. Now the authors' real names were revealed.

They included some of France's most famous writers : Poet Louis Aragon ("François la Colère") ; François Mauriac...

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