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The incarceration of the American consul at Mukden, President Truman has characterized as an outrage; it leaves no doubt of the determination with which the Chinese Communists are standing up to us. It e need a new policy, and for its definition the Atlantic turns to OWEN LATTIMORE, who has spent more than two decades in China, Japan, and the borderland between China and Russia. In 1943-1944 he was Deputy Director of the OWI in charge of the Far Eastern Division; today he is head of the Page School of International Relations. His new book, Pivot of Asia, will appear this spring under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
NICOLAS NABOKOV, who was born in St. Petersburg in 1903, is the talented son of a family which was known for its liberalism under the lost of the Tsars, His study of music, begun at an earls’ age, was resumed at the Beilin Conservatory after the Revolution, and his first ballet-oratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in Paris and London in 1928. As an impressionable boy, he had heard the singing of Chaliapin and the playing of Rachmaninov and young Heifetz, and had seen the dancing of Pavlova and Karsavina. Name in his creative years, he was to work under the stimulus of Diaghilev and in growing friendship with Stravinsky. Prokofiev, and Koussevitzky. This is the first of a three-part portrait of the man in whose workshop has music came to life.
A Baltimorean who graduated from the United States Naval Academy and who subsequently saw service aboard our destroyers and battleships, HANSON W. BALDWIN has been the military editor of the New York Times since 1912, in which year his articles earned him the Pulitzer Prize. In the preparation of an extended history of the Second World War, he has added up the most costly mistakes which we made in the conflict. There are six of them; they all stem from our original misreading of the Russian mind. In prose which is absorbing if sometimes painful reading, they will be analyzed in this and the February issue.
Like Sam Clemens, RICHARD PIKE BISSELL holds a pilot’s license on the Mississippi, has made a living on our inland waterways, and whether as deck hand, mate, or pilot, has seen some amusing and some narrow shaves aboard the river boats and the barges which ply the Monongahela, the Tennessee, the Illinois, and the Upper and Lower Mississippi. He won the Atlantic “I Personally ” Award of $1000 with his first narrative, ” The Coal Queen.” He is now finishing his first novel, and we look forward to seeing more of his work in our columns.
Is this, as the pessimists say, "a time for despair ? Or could it he that we who have been working in a democracy have taken for granted, and so overlooked, the notable progress achieved since 1910? According to Sumner II. Slichter, ours is one of the great creative eras in history. Born in Madison, he took his A.B. at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, and is today Lament University Professor at Harvard and chairman of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development.
“The physicians have increased the mere quantity of a woman’s life. It is the tash of educators to help improve the quality of the latter part of it.” So argues LYNN WHITE, JR., an ardent advocate of a more practical education for women young or middle-aged. This article and one to follow in the February Atlantic have been drawn from his book, Educating Our Daughters: A Challenge to the Colleges, which Harper will publish early this year. Educated at Stanford and at Harvard, Dr. White has been President of Mills College since 1943.
Born on Long Island in 1917, and educated at Groton. Yale, and University of Virginia Law School, LOUIS AUCHINCLOSS now enjoys the disciplines of two professions,law and fiction. He is an associate of Sullivan & Cromwell, and his week-ends he devotes to his writing. His first novel, The Indifferent Children, was published in 1947 under a pseudonym. This story,which was begun in our December issue,is the first of a group of his short stories which theAtlantic looks forward to publishing.
“The nation is encouraging irresponsibility by a social security program weighted in favor of the spendthrift,”says AGNES E. MEYER, wife of the Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post. Mrs. Meyer drove this home at a meeting of the American Public Welfare Association in Atlantic City last fall. This article is part of a nation-wide survey she is making of problems in education, health, welfare, and community reorganization, for an Atlantic Monthly Press book.
A daughter of that remarkable Drinker clan of Philadelphia, a family which has distinguished itself in science, music, and letters. ERNESTA DRINKER BARLOW is the sister of Catherine Drinker Bowen, of Philip Drinker, the inventor of the iron lung, and of Dr, Cecil Drinker, who has made his mark in industrial medicine. In this paper she writes of her recent and enjoyable adventures in Ireland.
Trusteeship American statesman and diplomat, FRANCIS B. SAYRE served as our High Commissioner to the Philippines from 1939 to 1942, escaping from Corregidor with his wife and son by submarine. In 1947 President Truman appointed him our Representative in the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations, and in this capacity in 1949 he completed an 11,000-mile survey of the former Japanese-mandated islands which our Navy is now administering as trust territory.
In Yankee from Olympus CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN showed us the decisiveness of that Great Dissenter. Justice Oliver Wendell Ho1mes. For the past five years she has been working on a comparable portrait of Young John Adams, who was brought up to believe in British rights and British freedom and who in his thirties, from 1765 to 1775’ Worked to effect a new freedom on this side of the Atlantic. Those ten years were the most important, the most dynamic, of John Adams’s life. From the final section of Miss Bowen’s book. the Atlantic has made a five-part abridgment, depicting the action and deliberation which led to independence.
Five brief book reviews
Formerly one of the proprietors of the Chicago Journal, O. L. HALL was instructor and lecturer at the Northwestern University School of Journalism. He is now living in New York.
HOWARD HAYES has worked on newspapers in Detroit and Paris and now lives in New York. He is a frequent contributor to the Atlantic.
VICTORIA LINCOLN is the author of three novels and is known also for her short fiction and magazine writing.
Southern-bred, RHIE THOMAS now lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with her husband and two young sons.
SEYMOUR BARNARD, Director of the People’s Institute of Brooklyn, adds this baby-sitting subject to the many articles which he has written in the field of adult education.