DEADLINE by Paul Boles


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The Supreme Court decision on desegregation hands down a challenge to George Case, a liberal columnist and the voice of the people on a Southern newspaper, and in the days of deliberation which follow he must take his stand. At 57, Case has lost much of his courage and conviction; he is not a well man, he has been battered by the death of his son and the alcoholism of his wife. He spends time here and there, with Garth- the reporter who will also be his successor, with a tubercular poet on a farm in the hills whom he salvages, and on the paper where outside pressures exacerbate his own inner tension. Finally he meets his deadline- that ""time for decision""- and at the expense of his future joins the few who back the Court opinion.... Purposeful and creditable as this may be, the argument does not fill out the fictional frame and Case, in his time of travail, is a very glum figure, unlikely to win a further following.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1957
Publisher: Macmillan