People: Movers & Shakers

Henry L Mencken, the high-flavored sage of Baltimore, was right in there with Edmund Wilson. A Canadian book firm owned by the United Church of Canada suddenly stopped distributing Mencken's Christmas Story—a timely tale of a bunch of bums who could not resist singing hymns when they got drunk. Decided the firm: it was "not a suitable book for us to handle." Mencken readily agreed: "I simply can't imagine anything so ribald being circulated by ecclesiastical publishers."

Perhaps the most startled author of the week was brooding Eugene O'Neill. He has "Seraphic Sex Appeal,"...

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