May 1949

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  • Reflections

    Musings and words of wisdom by a French journalist and historian living the United States

  • London

  • The Man From Cook's

    Anything from a $1.25 Radio City elevator ride to a $35,000 big-game hunt falls reasonably and efficiently within the operations of Thos. Cook & Son, the travel agency founded W8years ago. Cook’s, which is now the property of the British people, has “conductedmillions of Americans to Europe and even pilgrims to Mecca. CHARLES ROLO. who writes Reader’s Choicein the Atlantic Bookshelf each month, is the author of two war hooks and has published critical essays in the Atlantic on Aldous Huxley, Andre Gide, and Thomas Mann.

  • British Socialism on Trial

    Under the editorship of GEOFFREY CROWTHER, the London Economist has quadrupled its circulation in ten years. A graduate of Cambridge I niversitv, where he teas President of the Union, and a Common wealth Fund Fellow who studied at Yale in 1929-1931, Mr. Crowther has a close, practical understanding of Anglo-American economics. No fairer referee could be ashed to report on the economic consequences of British socialism. The address he delivered on this subject before the Economic Club of New York provides the foundation of the article which follows.

  • Olivier, Freud, and Hamlet

    During his undergraduate years at Harvard, JOHN ASHWORTH studied Shakespeare under Professor Kittred go, and in a sophomore’s enthusiasm memorized all of Hamlet. If is experiences during the tear as a political analyst for OWI and his academic interests at Columbia University, where today he is teaching English composition, have combined to make Mr. Ashworth highly critical of Sir Laurence Olivier’s treatment of Shakespeare’s text. Hamlet cut and dried and then reheated with a sprinkling of Freud is not his idea of Shakespeare.

  • An Acre in the Seed

    The sudden death of THEODORE SPENCER in his forty-sixth year came as a shock to all who knew him as poet, teacher, and scholar. Boylston Professor at Harvard and author of three volumes of verse and of a well-regarded study of Shakespeare, Ted Spencer was a generous and encouraging force in contemporary letters. W. H. Auden spoke for us all in a memorable letter to the New York Times: ”I have not only lost a friend. I have lost a trusted and not easily replaceable literary confessor.”

  • Slum Clearance at a Profit

    A New Englander and a veteran who has served for two Years on the editorial staff of the Baltimore Sun, EDGAR L. JONES has been freshly impressed by the vigorous efforts which Baltimore has made to clean up the worst of its slums. Together with BURKE DAVIS, who covers the housing problem for the Evening Sun, he makes the point that the Baltimore Plan should be followed by other cities as the first step in a public housing program.

  • "My Only and Last Love": Byron's Unpublished Letters to Countess Teresa Guiccioli

    Byron’s letters to Countess Guiccioli, held in private by her family for seventy-five years, have now been released. Sympathetically edited by MARCHESA IRIS ORIGO,the letters and the day-to-day account of tins extraordinary love affair will be published by Scribner’s in September under the title Byron: The Last Attachment. For permission to publish the letters, the Marchesa is indebted to Count Carlo Gamba and the Legal Personal Representative of Lord Byron’s estate. This is the third installment of the Atlantic’s abridgment.

  • The Middle East

  • Who Will Do the Dirty Work?

    Author, far traveler, and shrewd student of American economics, DAVID L. COHN here scrutinizes a question which has become a subject of pressing importance in American industry ever since the flow of immigration teas halted: Who will or who wants to do the dirty work? Mr. Cohn has published an interesting study of rare relations in the South entitled Where I Was Born and Raised; he is the author of a war diary covering some 10,000 miles, entitled This Is the Story, and two entertaining books, The Good Old Days and Love in America.

  • The Exiles

    Of English parentage, MONICA STIRLING was educated in the thirties in Boris, where her father directed the English Theater. In the early rears of the tear she returned to London to work for the Free French, and after the Allied invasion she went back to France for eighteen months as the Atlantic’s correspondent. Her work for the Atlantic brought her a Melro-Goldwvn-Mayer award for a year’s writing in Italy. This month Miss Stirling’s first novel, Lovers Aren’t Company, will be published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • The Shell

  • Death and Taxes

    Big government, by big taxes, continues to expand social services. But it still leaves the multimillionaire many philanthropic choices of his own — endowment of pioneering research, for instanceas alternatives to the inheritance taxes. To find out why more Americans fail to exercise that choice. JOHN PEARSON sought the opinions of thirty wealthy men and tax attorneys. Mr. Pearson was among the small group of skilled administrators selected to launch the Federal Security programs. More recently he has been Managing Trustee of the Hanover Institute, Hanover, New Hampshire, seeking to finance the Institute’s basic research leading to a greater understanding of the nature of man and his problems.

  • Lifemanship, or How to Trip the Expert

    In his book Gamesmanship and in his article “Golfmanship,”which the Atlantic published last September. STEPHEN POTTER disclosed the new technique by which the dub, or crock, can win various games of skill from a superior opponent. He now lays down a conversational method by which the full-blown ignoramus can take the field successfully against highly placed experts in typography, military affairs, travel, art, and literature.

  • Forgive My Guilt

  • The Brave Bulls

    Luis Bello, the Mexican matador known as “the Swordsman of Guerreros,” is a tired man though still in his early thirties. For years he has supported a large, lazy dan of relatives, paying for their fat with his own flesh. In the plane to the Capital where he will fight in the Plaza Mexico, his thoughts are on Linda de Calderon who he believes will comfort him. He is right.

  • A Novel Paris Revives

    Novelist and critic, CHARLES MORGAN entered the British Navy as a Cadet in 1907 and served in the Atlantic and in the China Sea from 1911 to 1913. He re-enlisted during the First If arid II ar. ivent to the front with the Sara/ Brigades, took part in the defense of Antwerp, and teas captured and interned in Holland for four years. That interlude gave him the background for his most famous novel, The Fountain, which won the Hawthornden Prize for 1933.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Berlin

  • In Anger and Ptty

  • From the City, From the Plough

  • In Search of a Future

  • Maxims and Reflections

  • Tender Mercy

  • This Month

  • Dairying in China

    CHIUSTOFHER HAND is a Yale gnuluiitc who served in the OWI in China during the war and afterwards as a China correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune. He is now completing a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard.

  • Dark Journey

  • Creole Fiasco

    GRACE HEGGER LEWIS is the author of Half a Loaf. She lives in New York and counts cooking as her third interest, after writing find travel.

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