October 11, 1947, p.11
Prominent Literary Figures Speak Up For Howard Fast
Angus Cameron, Editor in Chief of Little Brown & Co., Boston publishers, has been added to the growing list of speakers at the Protest Meeting called for Howard Fast, best-seller novelist, which is to be held at Manhattan Center on Thursday evening, Oct. 16. Fast, one of the recent victims of the witch hunt current being carried on by the Rankin-Thomas House Un-American Committee, has been sentenced to one year in prison on a trumped-up contempt of Congress charge, for his refusal, along with 10 other Board members of the Joint Anti-Fascist Refugee Committee, to divulge the names of donors and relief recipients of the Committee's funds.
New Masses and Mainstream, under whose auspices the protest meeting is being held, report that many well-known figures in the literary and publishing world, disturbed at the implied threat to freedom of the written word in America by Howard Fast's case, have joined the list of sponsors of the meeting. Speakers that night include Arthur Miller, Ted Ward, A.J. Liebling, Rackham Holt, Richard Boyer, as well as Howard Fast himself. Louis Untermeyer, poet and editor, will chair the meeting.