In Manhattan last week a rowdy, bloody battle broke aboard Authoress Joan Lowell's first literary ship, The Cradle of the Deep (TIME, March 18). The book was published in March by Simon & Schuster, playboys of the publishing world, who in 1927 promoted the bull-elephantine Trader Horn.

The whopper-publishers sent forth The Cradle of the Deep as "autobiography" —truth, human document, veracious account of the author's first 17 years as a child of the sea aboard her father's four-masted windjammer, the Minnie A. Caine, copra trader in the South Seas. The chaste and conservative...

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