RADICALS: Troubles of a Best-Seller

Last week the most widely read author in the country faced the possibility of deportation proceedings. The charges against him would be the facts, which he swore to be true, that he had written in his book. The author: "Jan Valtin," whose autobiographical Out of the Night is the life and hard times of an ex-Communist spy who fell into the hands of the Gestapo. It is the season's literary hot cake.

Sleuths deduced, from his own account of a prison term he served in San Quentin in 1926, that Valtin's real name is Richard Julius Herman Krebs. He wrote...

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