Three months ago British Playwright R. C. Sherriff (Journey's End) turned down a $28,000 offer to write a movie scenario for Hollywood. Reason: after paying Socialist Britain's income tax, Sherriff reckoned that he would have only $1,400 of his earnings left (TIME, March 27). Last week another British writer announced his intention to strike against the exorbitant tax rates. From his latest book Legacy, Novelist Nevil Shute (Pastoral, Chequer Board) expects to make about £18,000 ($50,400), but after paying British taxes he will be able to keep only about £3,000. To save a smitch of his earnings on Legacy...

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