Books: Wonderful Pulp

LOVE'S LOVELY COUNTERFEIT—James M. Cain—Knopf ($2).

Is Novelist James M. Cain a profound social reformer, or is he just a dreadful man? Disagreement on this point has kept his profitable reading public in a tizzy for years. His best-selling first novel (The Postman Always Rings Twice) was banned in Canada, bought and shelved by M.G.M. by request of the Hays office. Serenade and Mildred Pierce provoked enthusiasm, disgust. What baffled readers was the fact that Author Cain handled the rawest of characters without gloves, mixed social significance and abnormal psychology into speedy narratives of crime and passion.

In Love's Lovely Counterfeit Author Cain...

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