Canada: EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Farrell v. Sim

In a long, liverish, open letter to Prime Minister Mackenzie King, Chicago's James T. Farrell, one of the most earnest authors and worst writers in the U.S., took issue with Canadian censorship. The reason: Ottawa had placed a ban on importation of his new novel, Bernard Clare, a lacklustre portrait of the artist as a young man.

Said Farrell: "I have [never] written one line which a fair-minded human being can term 'pornographic'. . . . For some years now, the prejudiced forces of censorship have been straining at the leash in the United States in order to begin a new...