A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 26, 1954

"Yes," Miss Fineholt said brightly. "The fun of this work is seeing what material comes in . . . "

—MELVILLE GOODWIN, USA.

BY JOHN P. MARQUAND

For the cover story on Novelist John P. Marquand (TIME, March 7, 1949), Books Editor Max Gissen and Researcher Ruth Mehrtens spent days interviewing their subject, even following him on a trip to the Bahamas to finish their research. Later, after the novel Melville Goodwin, USA was published, Marquand made a confession to Gissen. He had used them as an inspiration for his characters Phil Bentley and Myra...

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