The Nation: The Clifford Irvings at Play

Time: Friday evening. Place: the apartment of Writer Jim Sherwood and his German wife Valdi, friends of Clifford and Edith Irving, in Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel. Cast: the Irvings, the Sherwoods, and others in the Irving entourage, including Hyde Part-now, a self-described "Russian Jewish poet from Montparnasse and Ibiza," and Lester Waldman, a nomadic photographer expelled from Ibiza by the Spanish police. Also present: TIME Correspondent Bill Marmon.

EDITH is chain-smoking Gauloise bleues, looking harried and tired.

"This whole thing is like a storm in Ibiza," she says. "Furious, but then it passes away completely. No one has been hurt. This is not...

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