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James Waterman Wise, Rabbi Wise’s very large son, is contemplating the idea of writing a book on Fascist trends in the United States. His compilations of the present Nazi regime sold very well —not any of the other anti-Nazi books did but Wise had the backing of many of the Jewish organizations….

Stanley Walker’s transfer of allegiance from the Herald-Tribune to the Daily Mirror has caused a gasp to go up in newspaperdom, especially in the light of Walker’s book, “City Editor,” in which he set forth what he believed the standards of journalism should be. Does Hearst who now owns the Mirror, want to change it into a Tribune? What a job! The lineup at the Mirror is now Walker, Brisbane and John Hearst, the old man’s son….

Hearst, according to the inside, will stop those pro-Nazi editorials now running in his papers and will also soft pedal the Communist issue. He found that his papers were losing circulation. The Communist red herring has been drawn across the path so often that it can’t even be smelled at six inches….

The amalgamation of John Day with Reynal and Hitchcock really means the elimination of John Day as a publishing house. R. & H. do nothing more for John Day than hold the contracts John Day has with authors. Mr. Walsh, president of John Day, is seldom seen at 386 Fourth avenue and even his secretary has moved her desk up to the offices of the magazine “Asia,” Mr. Walsh’s pet project. John Rimington, the editor, has also resigned from John Day….

Harry Hansen, literary editor of the World-Telegram, is on the air again. He broadcasts weekly at four in the afternoon over NBC. American Bookbindery and Stratford Press are the sponsors….

One of these days Lewis G#nnett, literary editor of the Herald-Tribune, will write that book on gardening. It is Gannett’s favorite pastime—not writing, gardening….

New books are to be expected from the following Jewish authors —Leonard Erlich, Irving Fineman, Edna Ferber, Ludwig Lewisohn and Tess Schlesinger….

Random House will publish the future plays of S. N. Behrman and will bring out “Rain from Heaven” January 30.

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