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Gaponov, Kerier Admitted to Writers Association; Gaponov’s Mother with Him Around Clock

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Boris Gaponov, the prize-winning Soviet Jewish poet and translator who has been hospitalized since he arrived in Israel last Friday, was admitted today to membership in the Israeli Writers Association. Two officials of the association visited him at his bedside at Tel Hashomer Hospital to bring him the news. Also admitted to the association today was the Soviet Jewish poet Joseph Kerier. Gaponov, 37, is suffering from meningitis and is in critical condition. Israeli physicians have cabled the Leningrad hospital where he underwent surgery recently for his case history. The Tel Hashomer Hospital issued no progress report today. But his doctors have cut visits to him to a bare minimum. His mother is permitted to remain with him day and night.

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