CONTROVERSY: A Few Answers, Please

Bernard DeVoto is a historian and ex-Harvard lecturer who makes his real money by writing slick-magazine love fiction (usually under the pen name of John August) and gets his prejudices off his chest, with none of the historian's usual judicial balance, in Harper's Magazine. A few weeks ago, in Harper's, he proposed a public campaign of passive rebellion against J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I like a country where it's nobody's damned business what magazines anyone reads, what he thinks, whom he has cocktails with . . . where no college-trained flatfeet collect memoranda about us," wrote DeVoto....

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