The Press: Nipponese Best-Seller

A United Press correspondent in Tokyo named Earnest Hoberecht had time on his hands. Nobody in Japan, he noted, had written a Hucksters, an Egg & I or an Amber for the postwar Japanese trade. He decided to do it himself.

Last week a Tokyo publisher brought out the result, a richly corned-up novel called Tokyo Romance. It had a U.S. correspondent for a hero, a Japanese movie queen for a heroine, a faint flavor of Madame Butterfly, a happy ending. Overnight, it became a bestseller: booksellers gobbled the first printing (100,000 copies), and...

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