People: People, Sep. 29, 1947

Poet Conrad Aiken gazed happily around him, decided that things were much better between the writer and the world than they used to be. The Pulitzer Prizewinner (1929) reported in the Saturday Review of Literature that "quite suddenly, it has become not only respectable to be a writer, but even honorable. . . . What we are witnessing is the beginning of a sort of love affair between the American public and its writers."

Broadway Producer Jed Harris (Broadway, Coquette, Our Town) was not in the mood for love. "There's been a decline in...

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