People, Nov. 23, 1959

After a month in Moscow, Georgia-born Author Erskine (God's Little Acre) Caldwell, 55, returned to the U.S. little richer but far wiser about the Soviets' fast way with a ruble. As one of the U.S.S.R.'s most popular U.S. writers (others: Mark Twain, Jack London, Harriet Beecher Stowe), Caldwell was intrigued about his royalties, if any, from many years of publication of his books. To his surprise, he learned that each publishing house had kept a tab of a sort on its debt to him. At one of them, he was told over much vodka...

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