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For seventy-five years the Gamba family felt that Byron’s love letters to Countess Teresa Guiccioli were of too intimate a nature to be made public. The collection, recently released, includes 156 of Byron’s letters to Teresa, some of her answers, her unpublished account of his life in Italy, and letters to her from the Shelleys, Lady Blessington, Teresa’s brother Pietro Gamba, who was with Byron in Greece, and many others. From these papersIRIS ORIGOhas reconstructed the true account of Byron’s most important love. For permission to publish the Byron letters the Marchesa is indebted to the Legal Personal Representative of Lord Byron’s estate.
One of our leading authorities on Far Eastern affairs, OWEN LATTIMORE has spent more than tiro decades traveling in and writing about China and those harder territories between China and Russia, In 1941 and 1942 he served as adviser to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek on the recommendation of President Roosevelt, and on his return became Deputy Director of OWI in charge of the Far Eastern Division. Today he directs the Page School of International Relations at Johns Hopkins. The masterly survey which follows and which he read at the annual meeting of the American Historical Society will form part of his new book on the crisis in Asia.
A constructive critic who believes in getting the most out of American entertainment, GILBERT SELDES is the author of that well-remembered book, The Seven Lively Arts. In the 1930s he wrote for the Atlantic a prophetic article, “The Errors’ of Television.”For seven years thereafter, he served as head of the CBS Television Program Department. Today he is writing a new book on the movies, radio, and television, and is presenting a weekly radio program and working on independent productions in television.
This is the second story the Atlantic has published by W. B. READY. In writing to us about his work, he said: “As for myself, I am thirty-four, a Cardiff Irishman who married a Canadian girl orerseas. We have two sons, Patrick and Vincent. I am teaching History at the University of Minnesota and working for my Ph.D., and am also connected with the English department at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul. I hope one day to write a novel on the Canadian West that will compare with The Big Sky.”
Sam at fourteen stood 5 feet 10 and Sam’s father was worried. “Do you think he’s grown too fast? Do you think he’s all right physically— is he normal?" The answer comes from J. ROSWELL GALLAGHER, who took his M.D. from Yale and who, after his internship, began to devote himself to the study of adolescents. Since 1934 he has been the school doctor at Phillips Academy. Andover. Readers will remember his article “Can’t Spell, Can’t Read,”in the Atlantic for June,1948.
A Southerner born in Jackson, Mississippi, and educated at the Mississippi State College for Women, the University of Wisconsin, and Columbia, EUDORA WELTY is one of the most versatile and talented of our shortstory writers. The Atlantic has published some of her best work: her Negro stories, “A Worn Path" and “Livvie Is Back” (winner of the O. Henry Award in 1942); “Powerhouse,”her unforgettable picture of a jazz band; “Hello and Good-bye,” with its melting butter account of a Southern beauty contest. Beginning writers will measure their experiences with those which she recounted in the February Atlantic and continues here.
A native of Chicago. DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE came East to study botany at Harvard in 1919. Following his graduation he worked for three years as Assistant Plant Introducer in the Department of Agriculture. Then he began the writing which was to make him one of the most widely read naturalists of our day. For the past year he has been working on his new book, American Trees of the Northern States, of which this is the fourth chapter to appear in preview in the Atlantic. For shaping this particular chapter Mr. Peattie is grateful for the collaboration of a born Vermonter,Thomas Emerson Ripley.
Enlisting in the British Army at the age of seventeen, HILARY ST. GEORGE SAUNDERS was probably the first British officer to enter Cologne with the British Army of Occupation in December, 1918. After the war he returned to Balliol College, Oxford. In 1920 he went to Geneva for a short vacation and stayed seventeen years doing secretarial and relief work for the League of Nations. Under various pen names Mr. Saunders has written many novels, and between 1941 and 1945 he wrote seven official war books for the British Ministry of Information. Since 1946 he has been librarian for the House of Commons.
An American philosopher who writes as skillfully as he talks, IRWIN EDMAN has been teaching at Columbia University for thirty years. To his books (Philosopher’s Holiday and Philosopher’s Quest), as to his lectures and table talk, he brings the wise detachment of a bachelor, the urbanity of a sensitive New Yorker, and the penetration of a disciple of George Santayana and John Dewey.
Luis Bello, a Mexican matador, known at the height of his fame as “the Swordsman of Guerreras,”is a tired man; he is still in his early thirties; he has won the reputation of great courage in the kill; now he feels the premonition of the young veteran. For years he has supported a large lazy clan of relatives, paying for their fat with his own flesh; he can find no rest at home and not enough reassurance in his adoring young brother, Pepe, who wishes to fight with him in the ring. Then comes a long-distance call from Raul de Fuentes, his manager, offering him the chance to fight in the Plaza Mexico on Sunday; despite the old wound in his thigh which still frets him, Luis leaves at once. In the plane to the Capital his thoughts are on Linda de Calderon who he believes will comfort him before the fight. He is right.
Columnist and Assistant Editor of the Bergen Evening Record, Hackensack, New Jersey, WILLIAM A. CALDWELL thinks too many erudite mid-twentieth-century practitioners of psychological fiction put into their novels everything but a point. An art without a morality, he suggests, is — no matter what its other virtues — no art at all; it is just an autopsy report. At the present time Mr. Caldwell is writing a book about gambling games and their accompanying social atmosphere.
A graduate of Princeton in the class of 1929, DATUS C. SMITH, JR., has been Director of the Princeton University Press since 1942. Editor and businessman, Mr. Smith believes that the important job of the university presses is to get the results of scholarship into the hands of the general reader. Under his direction the Princeton University Press has published H. D. Smyth’s Atomic Energy for Military Purposes, Erwin Panofsky’s Albrecht Dürer, Foster Rhea Dulles’s Road to Teheran, and the works of Kierkegaard, and will bring out Julian P. Boyd’s fifty-volume edition of Thomas Jefferson’s papers.
HERBERT CERWIN lives in Guatemala and has written extensively on Central America. His book These Are the Mexicans was published a little over a year ago.
ELIZABETH HULL FROMAN is a New Yorker via Washington, D.C.‚ and Minneapolis. This is her first appearance in the Atlantic.