Cambridge: Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival, 1959. First Edition. 12mo (15cm.); publisher's blue printed staplebound card wrappers; 84pp. Wrappers a bit toned, else Very Good or better.
Having struggled to find work in New York City, 25-year-old Gloria Steinem moved to Cambridge in 1959 to assume the position of co-director of the anti-Communist program the Independent Service for Information on the Vienna Youth Festival. The Service, masquerading as a private enterprise whose aim was to send democracy- and capitalism-loving American youth to the communist-run Festival, was funded by an anonymous donor later revealed to be the CIA (though Steinem would have been aware of this from the start). The present pamphlet was issued a month before the Festival began, and provides a detailed critique of the quality of Soviet literature: "The trouble with Soviet literature, as Ilya Ehrenburg sees it, is that Soviet writers say things they do not believe" (p. 5).