DIXON WECTER has succeeded Bernard DeVoto as Literary Editor of the Mark Twain estate. In August of last year he and his wife made the trip by riverboat down the Mississippi with Mark’s pilot book to help him pick up some of the old landmarks. Now he is back at his desk in the Huntington Library, where as Chairman of the Research Group he will continue his editing of the letters and papers of Mark Twain.
Texas, the only state which was once a nation under its own flag, is bigger than France with Belgium, Holland, and Switzerland thrown in, and this heritage of size has affected the behavior of every native son. We know that Texas is the biggest and potentially the richest state in the Union. But how about its political leadership? How about its attitude toward the Negro and the Mexican? How about the integrity of its educational system? How about the conservation of its resources? For answer we turn to Dixon Wecter, a Texan born and bred, a historian whose books are widely respected, and an author who has been appointed literary editor of the Mark Twain estate.
The influence of the radio reporter and the news analyst has been explored for the Atlantic by an American historian, DIXON WECTER, in a series of three articles. In our June issue, Mr. Wecter examined the relationships between the FCC, the networks, the radio stations, and those companies which sponsor the commentators. Last month he scrutinized the individual records of a number of the commentators, their reliability, their prejudices, and their mistakes. In this third article, he continues that scrutiny and comes to his conclusions.