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A Yankee born at Nahant on July 5, 1902, HENRY CABOT LODGE, JR., was educated at Middlesex School at Harvard. He began as a journalist in the Washington bureau and then on the editorial staff of the New York Herald Tribune. After two terms in the General Court of Massachusetts. he was the only Republican to replace a Democrat in the U.S. Senate in 1936, defeating ex-Mayor Curley by a plurality of 142,000. He was re-elected in 1942; went to Africa in the first detachment of American Tanks with the British Eighth Army; then resigned his Senate seat to serve in Italy, Southern France, and Germany. He was elected to the Senate for the third time in 1916, where his record stamps him as one of the strongest younger men in the party.
The college graduates and the young intellectuals of China are faced today with some terribly difficult decisions. No one knows this better than NORA WALN, the author of The House of Exile and Reaching for the Stars, who has been living and writing in the Orient for the past two years. This is the third Atlantic article drawn from her actual experiences, and for obvious reasons she was careful to disguise the identity of An-kuo, that young Chinese scholar who for a time took refuge in Japan.
Are the teachers’ colleges and schools of education mere diploma mills for teachers? The question came home to ALBERT LYND early in his experience as a member of the school board in his home town in Massachusetts. Mr. Lynd took his A.B. and A.M. at Harvard; after a year of further study in Belgium he taught history at Stanford and Harvard; but not until he had been elected to a school board did he appreciate the changes in our public schools and the ironbound and stultifying system which is producing the accredited teachers in the schools today. Mr. Lynd speaks as a parent and an ex-teacher now happily established in business in Boston.
The daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen, VIRGINIA WOOLF was one of four children. The family divided its time between the London house in Hyde Park Gate and their summer home on the coast of Cornwall near St. Ives. Her father was a delightful host, and of his intimate friends, the children came to know James Russell Lowell, Dr. Holmes, Hardy, Meredith, Stevenson, Ruskin, and John Morley. No formal schooling was imposed upon the young Virginia; she was allowed the unrestricted freedom of her father’s magnificent library. This portrait will appear in a volume entitled The Captain’s Death Bed and Other Essays (Harcourt, Brace).
A Cardiff Irishman who is now teaching at the University of Minnesota, W. B. READY served in the British Army in North Africa, was wounded in Italy, and while convalescing met his wife, then a lieutenant in a Cana. dian. Army Nurse corps. He has already published a number of short stories in the Atlantic, most of them having to do with a high-spirited team of Irish rugger players. The Bruce Publishing Company will bring them out in book form this spring under the title of Barring the Weight.
Artist and author. OSBERT LANCASTER employed both his talents in his delightful parody of the Crusades, The Saracen’s Head, which the Atlantic serialized in 1948. Now in his new book, There’ll Always Be a Drayneflete, of which this is an abridgment, he is satirizing those oversimplified booklets of rand England in which the local historians take such pride. This is straight-faced comedy as the English love to play it. Mr. Lancaster is the author and illustrator of several books, including Progress at Pelvis Bay and Classical Landscape with Figures.
In the storm of praise and blame which British socialized medicine has blown up on this side of the Atlantic, the findings of independent experts have been all too scarce. For the past twenty-seven years DR. JAMES HOWARD MEANS has been Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Medical Services at the Massachusetts General Hospital. In his repealed visits to Britain he has come to have a close knowledge of British hospitals and clinics, and in 1949 he made his most recent trip of inspection.
Composer, lecturer, and writer, SAMUEL BARLOW studied orchestration with Respighi in Rome following his graduation from Harvard in 1914. His compositions have been played by the leading American symphony orchestras; and his Mon Ami Pierrot, which had its premiere in Haris in 1934 and was the first opera written by an American to be given at the Opéra Comique, is stilt in the company’s repertoire. Mr. Barlow has served as chairman of the Music Committee of the Independent Association of Artists, Scientists, and Professionals. He is equally at home in Europe. Gramercy Park, and Eastern Point, Gloucester.
Of English parentage, MONICA STIRLING spent her girlhood in Paris, where her father directed the English Theater. In the early years of the war she returned to London to work for the Free French, and after the Allied invasion she went back to France for eighteen months as correspondent for the Allanlic. Her articles and short stories brought her a Met ro-Goldwyn-Mayer award for a years writing in Italy. Miss Stirling’s first novel, Lovers Aren’t Company, a-as published last spring under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
NICOLAS NABOKOV, who was born in Russia in 1903, is the talented son of a family which was known for its liberalism under the last of the Tsars. His study of music. begun at an early age, mis resumed at the Berlin Consentory after the Revolution, and his first ballet-oratorio, Ode, was produced by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe in Haris 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.. Now, 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 last installment of his portrait of the man in whose workshop his music came to life.
RAOUL SIMPKINS is the pseudonym of a former British diplomat. He is now living in France, and we shall be publishing three somewhat peculiar articles from him, during the next few months, on the pleasures of life in the outskirts of Paris.
EVANGELINE DAVIS lives in Baltimore, where her husband is a newspaperman. She was formerly a staff writer for the old Atlanta Georgian.
A San Francisco doctor by vocation, SALVATORE P. LUCIA is a well-known amateur of fine wines. He served on the Judges Committee, Red Table Wines, California State Fair, for the past three years and is a member of the Board of Governors, San Francisco Branch of the Wine and Food Society.
F.P.A.is widely known as an authority on the old songs, the sort of poker described by Hoyle,and cue games of various kinds. He was one of the stalwarts of “Information Please" and proprietor of “The Conning Tower" in the old New York World.
JOHN M. CONLY is a former New York and Washington newspaperman,now copy editor of Pathfinder.He is a graduate of the University of Rochester.