People, Aug. 26, 1957

Names make news. Last week these names made this news:

When a questioner at the Moscow World Youth Festival inquired about the "degenerate American comic-strip and rock-'n'-roll culture," top-ranking Red novelist and Propagandist llya Ehrenburg spoke mildly, once again showed himself to be an indicator of the changeable Soviet climate: "Whoever asked that question doesn't understand American culture, which has nothing to do with rock 'n' roll or comic strips. American culture is represented by Whitman, Dreiser, Hemingway^ and other men of genius." Continued the many-faced Ehrenburg, who toured the U.S. in 1946,...

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