The Press: Candidate No. 3 I

In six years, the book review section of the Sunday New York Times (circ. 1,161,174) has had four editors. For one reason or another, all eventually parted company with exacting, hard-riding Lester Markel, longtime (26 years) Sunday editor of the Times (TIME, March 8, 1948). Since August, able Editor Markel has been his own book editor, while he hunted for a man who could fill the job.

After disconsolately considering 30 candidates, Markel suddenly thought of a man who had not even applied. Last week Sunday Editor Markel got his man: Francis Brown, 45, an Old Times Hand and, for the last...

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