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DARKNESS AND DAWN—Alexei Tolstoi —Longmans, Green ($2.50).

In the U. S. S. R. not every man is king and nobody is a millionaire, but successful writers are sitting pretty. Next to Maxim Gorky the Soviet author with the most thronelike seat is Alexei Tolstoi. Distantly related to the late great Leo (Anna Karenina), he enjoys a national success surpassing his great namesake's. Leo

Tolstoi was a renegade nobleman who preached against his class. Classless Alexei shares with Gorky and Stalin the biggest book sales in Russia today. Writers in Russia may make as much in royalties as the traffic will bear, but...

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