People, Apr. 2, 1951

The Literary Set

A London court announced that George Bernard Shaw had left a gross estate worth $1,028,254.22. The playwright's will made small bequests to servants, friends and relatives; cleared the way at last to publishing his "intellectual love" letters to Mrs. Patrick Campbell; forbade any monument to him which contained "a cross or other instrument of torture or blood sacrifice"; directed that the bulk of the estate be used to promote his "simplified" alphabet.*

Shortly before his death, reported the New York Times Book Review, Sinclair Lewis had reached a decision: "America is too...

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