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“Years of Indiscretion,” Maurice Henline’s book about his term of peonage while working for Horace Liveright, will soon be published by Macaulay. Those who read advance copies say that Mr. Henline, who is now safely embedded in the movie industry, has told all and a little more. If anyone knew the late Liveright it was Henline. Some of their fights, both verbal and fistic, are still talked about with bated breath by other publishers. . . .

While Judith Kandel remains in Hollywood writing for the movies, husband Aben stays in New York and watches the children. He is about finished with his novel, “City for Conquest.” A peek at the manuscript has given rise to the rumor that Mr. Kandel has written the most effective and stirring book of his short but active career. . . .

Alfred Knopf will publish Lillian Hellman’s play, “The Children’s Hour,” which is at it should be. Louis Kronenberg, a member of Mr. Knopf’s editorial staff, is a very good friend of Miss Hellman; in fact, they once worked on a play together. Dashiel Hammett, another friend of Miss Hellman’s, is also published by Knopf. To make the picture even more complete, Michael Mok’s news report of the opening of the play, in which he asked various people in the audience what they thought about the production, contained a statement by Lois Jacoby, who is also a friend of Miss Hellman’s. Lois liked the play and said so, in no uncertain terms. . . .

Despite the fine critical reception accorded Albert Halper’s book, “The Foundry,” it dropped off the best-seller list with astounding rapidity. Other books about which a great deal of noise was made, but which didn’t sell, are “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze,” “Now in November” and “The Golden Vanity.”

The news staff of the New York Times stays away from the floor where the offices of the literary editor are located.


Why this sudden interest in Cromwell? Two books about that formidable gentleman, one by Hilaire Belloc and the other by John Buchan, are both on the best-seller lists. . . .

“Tarabas,” the new novel by Joseph Roth, who is now living in Paris, an exile from the Hitler regime, is a strange and mystical story of a Russian who finds that his conscience will not be stilled until he rights the wrong done to a poor Jew. It is a moving tale about a man who can find peace only in atonement. For some reason or other, the book has been neglected by the same critics who became so excited over Roth’s “Job.”

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