April 1950

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Atomic Energy

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Breakup of the Two-Power World

    In late September, shortly after the annuncement that the Russians had the atomic bomb, WALTER LIPPMANN left Washington on an extended trip to II ester,, Germane, France, the Middle East, and South Asia. On hisIns return he felt under the increasing necessity of rdefining the Atllantic Community in the face of present realities. This he has done in a series of talls, the first at the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, again on the occasion of the Newton D. Baker Memorial Lecture in Cleveland, and still more recently at the American Council of Foreign Relations in Chicago. The article which follows is the development of his main points.

  • The Black Gates of Keokuk

    “When I was a kid,” writes RICHARD PIKE BISSELL, “I floated down the river twice and bummed the freights home.” Then, after graduating from Phillips Exeter and Harvard, he returned to Iowa and again went on the river. He worked on the Monongahela, on the Ohio, the Missouri, and the Upper and Lower Mississippi, first as deck hand and then as mate and pilot. The story which follows is one of the more striking episodes in his first novel. A Stretch on the River, which will appear as an Atlantic-Little, Brown book. The Atlantic, which published Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi, is happy to find a worthy successor in Dick Bissell.

  • Which of Us Two?

  • Finland Under the Guns

    Last summer DAVID L. COHN, author, far traveler, and fighting Southerner, went north to Finland to see what it was like to live with people who were under Russia s guns. Here are his impressions. Mr. Cohn, who comes from the Delta, has published a penetrating study of the South, entitled Where I Was Born and Raised; during the war, at the request of General Somervell, he undertook a trip of some 10,000 miles to our armies in the various theaters, recording his findings in a diary entitled This Is the Story.

  • Secrecy and the Reporter

    Too much national policy is fully formed nowadays before press and public, are let in on the facts. By the time the news is out, the great decisions have already been taken. JAMES B. RESTON, diplomatic correspondent of the New York Times, who received the Pulitzer Prize for national correspondence in 1945, calls for earlier action, and more of it, by the Washington reporters. This article gives the substance of the William Allen White Lecture which Mr. Reston delivered recently at the University of Kansas.

  • Macbeth

    “At the time I began to write,” says EDITH SITWELL, “a change in the direction, imagery, and rhythms in poetry had become necessary, awing to the rhythmical flaccidity, the verbal deadness, the dead and expected patterns, oj some oj the poetry immediately preceding us.” In The Canticle of the Rose, Poems: 1917 to 1949, ice see the development oj England’s foremost woman poet. We feel the excitement of her early poems with their strange compelling rhythm, of which “Facade" is the perfect example, and we feel the power and penetration of her later work with its splendid sweep and color. On her visit to America last year, Dr. Sitwell showed the Atlantic her Notebook on William Shakespeare, from which we have drawn two papers, the first on Macbeth, the second on King Lear — each remarkable for its interpretation and scholarship.

  • The Prophets of Gloom

    As early as 1690, Cotton Mather looked back longingly at “The Golden Age of New England,”and from that day to this the lamentation has never ceased. John Lowell, Jr., struck a more realistic note when in 1835 he wrote: “The prosperity of my native land New England which is sterile and unproductive must depend hereafter as it has heretofore depended first on the moral qualities and secondly on the intelligence and information of its inhabitants.”At a recent meeting of the American Historical Association in Boston, two members of the Harvard “faculty, OSCAR HANDLIN and HOWARD MUMFORD JONES, took opposite sides in a debate on the question “Is New England Withering?”

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: China

  • The Recovery of New England

  • Rain

  • I Remember Monster

    One of the most inventive of America’s comic artists, AL CAPP is responsible foR Li’l Abner, for that mythical area known as Dogpalch, Jor the Schmoo and the Kigmy, and for his establishment of Sadie Hawkins Day. This, in case you don’t know, is the day when girls invite the boys to parlies and festivals, a sort of annual leap year scheme. Last year it was celebrated by some thirty thousand high schools, colleges, and church groups throughout the counthy. In Convention Hall at Philadelphia a few years back, Capp looked down on twelve thousand celebrators all dressed like his characters. He shuddered and said, “What have I wrought!”

  • Noah's Ark

  • Jonah and the Whale

  • Poor Land, Poor Hunting

    An American novelist turned farmer, Louis BROMFIELD has been rousing all who will listen in his fight for conservation. In his vigorous speeches from coast to coast, and most of all by the yields he has produced with modern methods on his own Ohio farm, he has shown that run-down, eroded acres can be transformed into fertile, productive fields. In this article he speaks from his experience as Chairman of the Ohio Wildlife Division, and the paper will be part of his new book, Out of the Earth.

  • The Inner Self

    A Rhode Islander who entered the writing field by way of radio, EDWIN O’CONNOR graduated from Notre Dame in 1939, served in the Coast Guard during the war, and was for a while associated with the Yankee Network. He is now living in Boston, where he divides his time between his first novel and his short stories and satires, a number of which have already appeared in the Atlantic.

  • The New Philadelphia Lawyer

    ROBERT D. ABRAHAMS has been in active law practice since his graduation from Dickinson School of Law at the age of nineteen, and at present is Chief Counsel of the Legal Aid Society of Philadelphia. He founded the Neighborhood Law Office Plan and is a member of the Hoard of the Legal Reference Plan of the Philadelphia Par Association. The article which follows is drawn from a report Mr. Abrahams wrote for the Survey of the Legal Profession. Out of court, Mr. Abrahams has had three novels published, the latest being Mr. Benjamin’s Sword, which is based on the life of Judah P. Benjamin.

  • Selina Trimmer

    The daughter of Sir Leslie Stephen, VIRGINIA WOOLFwas one of four children. Her father was delightful host, and of his intimate friends, the children came to know James Russell Lowell, Dr. Holmes, Hardy, Meredith. Stevensan, Ruskin, and John, Morley. No formal schooling was imposed an the young Virginia; she was allowed the unrestricted freedom of her father’s magnificent library. This essay and the prose portrait of her father which the Atlantic published in March will appear in a volume entitled The Captain’s Death Bed and Other Essays (Harcourt, Brace).

  • Mark Howe of Boston

    “The Self-effacement of a Modern Biographer" might well be the subtitle of this portrait which ARTHUR STANWOOD PIER has drawn of his lifelong friend M. I. DeW olfe Howe. Mr. Pier was for thirty years on editor of the Youth’s Companion, where in the days of serenity their friendship began; he taught English at St. Paul’s School and at Harward College, edited the Harvard Graduates' Magazine, and has scored repeated successes with his books for boys.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

    Three brief book reviews

  • This Month

  • Life in a Paris Suburb

    RAOUL SIMPKINS is the pseudonym of a former British diplomat who is note living in France. The concluding installment — on telephone operators and firemen, as well as marketing—of this account of the pleasures of life in the outskirts of Baris will appear in the May Atlantic.

  • Atomic Fission, April 1387

  • If This Were My Place

    M. F. K. FISHEU is widely known for her understanding of the pleasures of the table. Author of many books and articles in this field, she is now living in California.

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