The Press: Man with a Temper

Hawk-nosed Novelist Vardis Fisher spends twelve hours a day working his farm in Idaho's Snake River country, four hours a night whipping out impassioned prose (Intimations of Eve, Children of God, etc.). But he is never too busy to argue. Five years ago Publisher Margaret Cobb Ailshie (TIME, Aug. 5) let contentious Vardis Fisher argue the case for isolationism in her interventionist Boise Idaho Statesman. Before she knew it, she had a new drawing card.

As a columnist, Fisher carried chips on both shoulders. Readers found him as gabby as Winchell, as irascible as Pegler. He was as short-tempered with the New...

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