The Press: Double Beating

Novelist John (Grapes of Wrath) Steinbeck, the Reds' favorite U.S. proletarian novelist even after the cold war began, is now an outspoken antiCommunist. Last week, in Italy on assignment from Collier's, Steinbeck heard a haunting voice from his past. In an open letter published in the Communist L'Unità (circ. 800,000), Italy's largest daily, a contributor named Ezio Taddei asked what Steinbeck thought of 1) the wickedness of American soldiers, 2) germ warfare in Korea, and 3) General Ridgway. Cried Taddei: "Let your voice be heard, John Steinbeck, and it will be welcome as...

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