September 1950

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Latin America

  • Old Century's River

    OLIVER LA FARGE came to his ivriling by way of archaeology. He had began to publish his short stories while an undergraduate at Harvard’ but it was on his expeditions to Arizona’ Mexico, and Guatemala that his sympathy for the native Indian found depth and substance. His first novel, Laughing Boy, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1929 and marked him at once as an artist and an authority in his field. During the tear, he served in the Air Transport Command, and his history of that resourceful outfit is one of the best of the war books.

  • Chimneys

  • That Early American Quality

    “My father, grandfather, uncle, and great-uncles were preachers‚” writes CONRAD RICHTER. “Their fathers had been tradesmen, soldiers, country squires, blacksmiths, and farmers, and I think that in my passion for early American life and people I am a throwback to these.”One of our ranking historical novelists, he is the author of the best novel about the Southwest, The Sea of Grass, and has just completed his big trilogy of The Trees, The Fields, and The Town, describing the opening up of Ohio.

  • Trying to Write

    “All my life‚” says CARL SANDBURG, ”I have been trying to learn to read, to see and hear, and to write. . . . At fifty, there was puzzlement as to whether I was a poet, a biographer, a wandering troubadour with a guitar, a Midwest Hans Christian Andersen, or a historian of current events.”Now, at seventy-two, Mr. Sandburg’s Complete Poems are to be published by Harcourt‚ Brace‚ and as he looked back over the long, dear toil of those poems, he wrote this essay as the preface for his new book.

  • How the Germans Spotted Our Ships

    JAMES STEWART MARTIN is a Washington lawyer who at the outbreak of World War II was asked to help organize an Economic Warfare Section in the Department of Justice. From 1942 to 1945, he served as Special Assistant to the Attorney General. In February, 1945, he was transferred to Germany to head up the investigations which it teas hoped would put an end to the cartel system; under General Clay he was made head of the Decartelization Branch and Control Officer for I. G. Farbenindustrie. Here it was that he gathered conclusive material for his book All Honorable Men, which Little, Brown will publish and of which this article is a part.

  • The Wine-Dark Sea, Cape Sunium

  • The Cost of a Best-Seller

    As the wife of the Governor of New Hampshire, who was later to serve three terms in the United States Senate, FRANCES PARKINSON KEYEScame to her writing despite the claims of a busy life and the increasing handicap of ill health. “Satisfied Reflections of a Semi-Bostonianwhich‚” was published in the December, 1918‚ issue of the Atlantic, was the first of her articles to appear in a national magazine. In the years that followed, she slowly‚ painfully established herself as a novelist with an enormous following (her latest three novels have sold more than a million and a half copies), and now here is the inside story of what her best-sellers cost. Joy Street, her new book which is to be published this autumn, will be about Boston, the town in which she grew up and with which she has never lost touch, though recently she has spent her winters in Louisiana.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Gabriele d'Annunzio

    In the fifth volume of his autobiography, which is to be published this autumn under the title Noble Essences, SIR OSBERT SITWELL has drawn for us the portraits of the authors and artistssome older than himself, some his contemporaries— who attracted him at his entrance to literature. In the August Atlantic we presented his recollections of Wilfred Owen, that great English poet of War and Pity. In 1920 Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell went to Fiume intent on meeting Gabriele D’ Annunzio, and the account of their visit follows.

  • The Monopoly of News

    Since 1929, 40 per cent of the newspapers in the United States hare either closed up shop or been consolidated into a newspaper chain. We have asked GERALD W. JOHNSON,biographer, critic, and for seventeen years one of the leading editorial writers of the Baltimore Sunpapers, to emphasize what this means in terms of news coverage and the loss of freedom of editorial opinion, and where the remedy may be found.

  • A Woman Lawrence Knew

    LEWIS GELFAN, whose first novel, The Embroidered City, aopeared this year, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin who, after varied experiences in the Air Force and as a vice-consul in our foreign Service, came back to Nantucket to do his serious writing. In recent months he has been journeying about Europe mostly by bicycle, putting together material for a book concerned with Americans abroad.Eventually,” he says, I would like to return to the States, buy a ranch in Idaho, and get a play produced in New York.

  • The Far Lands

    For thirty years James Norman Hall has made his home in the South Seas. Over the years his imagination has continually been challenged by the question of hour the Polynesians ever came to these peaceful but remote islands. From his knowledge of the natives and their legends, he has recreated the epic story of the Tongan Clan, who mere lovers of peace and mho had gone to sea in their great outrigger canoes in search of the Far Lands promised them by Tane, the god they worshiped. After storm and starvation a remnant of the clan mas driven ashore on Kurapo, an island peopled by the Koros, a clan who worshiped war and who mould have massacred the survivors mere it not for the intervention of their high chief, Vaitangi, who gave the enfeebled strangers sanctuary on the eastern side of the island.

  • Nathanael West: A Novelist Apart

    Few American authors of our time have had such critical acclaim and so little popular success as Nathanael West. Now ten years after his death in an automobile accident, the curious, original vitality of two of his books, Miss Lonelyhearts andThe Day of the Locust, is still making itself felt. The latter title, described by some critics as the best novel to come out of Hollywood. has just been reissued in the New Classics Series by the New Directions Press. RICHARD B. GERMAN has drawn from his Introduction the following account of west and his work.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Rilke: Man and Poet

  • Reprisal

  • The Renaissance: Its Nature and Origins

  • This Month

  • At Home Offshore

    CARLETON MITCHELL is a Rear Commodore of the Cruising Club of America and makes his home, when he is not afloat, at Annapolis, Maryland. He is the author of Islands to Windward, the account of a cruise from Trinidad to the Bahamas, and his new book, Yachtsman’s Camera, will be published this fall.

  • More Sex Data

  • The Three-Dime Dollar

    EDVIN BATEMAN MORRIS was formerly assodated with the office of the Supervising Architect in the Federal government.

  • Pigs

    Readers will remember RIXFORD KNIGHT for other findings about barnyard animals. He is a farmer in Jamaica, Vermont.

  • An Ear for Music

    JOHN M. CONLY is a former New York and Washington newspaperman, now copy editor of Pathfinder. His article on high-fidelity radio phonographs, “ They Shall Have Music,”appeared in the March Atlantic, and we shall be publishing a quarterly feature in this field by Mr. Conly beginning with the January issue.

  • Military Affairs

  • Truth in Make-Believe

    N. BRYLLION FAGIN is an associate professor of English at the Johns Hopkins University and director of its theater. He is the author of several books, the latest being The Histrionic Mr. Poe.

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