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1938 a lot of intellectuals were pro-Republican in the Spanish war.
The same thing, the pro-Soviet feeling, became part of it--sort of
manifestations of various kinds would occur that all had a pro-Soviet
touch to them. Of course, then, in 1941, the Soviets switched sides,
in effect, made peace with Hitler and put the Guild into somewhat of
a state of disarray.
The Guild was representing the editorial side. How would the
left-wing politics of the Guild manifest itself in those--did it have
anything to do with demands about editorials or anything like that,
It exacerbated the divisions that already existed within
the editorial department; and strengthened the resolve of certain
people to be pro-Guild and even of certain people to be anti-Guild.
So it became a further divisive factor in human relations at that
In other words, if I understand what you're saying, it was a very
political environment and it was quite split, editorially--
And further split by the Guild in a way.
And, of course, with Henry Luce being such a political animal, I
can see what you're saying.
Yes, because he represented the Republican enemy even
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