May 1951

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  • Yugoslavia

  • The Sunday After Korea

    NORA WALN, an American author and Quaker, went back to the Orient in September, 1947, after an absence of fifteen years. She made her headquarters in Tokyo, gathering material for her new book, Sliding Doors; she flew to Formosa and to Northern China, where she visited the House of Exile, the subject of her first book. The outbreak of war drew Miss Waln to Korea, and there she remained as a war correspondent until December, 1950. She has recently been lecturing in this country and, in the course of her travels, soliciting contributions for the Korean orphans she speaks of in this touching paper.

  • The Communist Party and the Law

    Ever since the Russian Revolution, there have been sporadic legal efforts to checkmate the spread of Communism in America. In this paper JUDGE CHARLES F. WYZANSKI, JR., examines the legal positions from which the Government proceeded against the Communists in the recent trials under Judge Hand and Judge Medina. A graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Law School who served as secretary to Judge Augustus Hand,and from 1935 to 1937 as special assistant to the Attorney General of the United States,Judge Wyzanski was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in December, 1941.

  • Weekend at Grimsby

    An American novelist who has done much of her writing in Europe, MARTHA GELLHORN wrote her first novel in Paris at the age of twenty-three. As a correspondent she covered the Civil War in Spain; Munich; Czechoslovakia; Finland; and the war in China before Pearl Harbor. During If World War II, she reported from England, Italy, France, Holland, and Germany. She is now living and writing in Cuernavaca, Mexico, where she completed her most recent novel, Wine of Astonishment.

  • The Middle East

  • Why I Founded the u.p.: A Self-Portrait of E. W. Scripps

    The Scripps-Howard newspapers are known throughout the land, but few Americans have the least knowledge of Edward Wyllis Scripps, their founder, who withdrew entirely from the public scene ns the power and wealth of his papers mounted. He died, an ocean-going recluse, aboard his yacht, the Ohio, in Monrovia Bay. Liberia, in 1926. During his years aboard the Ohio Scripps dictated an extraordinary autobiography which has been edited by his son-in-law, C. R. MCCABE, and which is being published by Harper under the title Damned Old Crank.From this book the Atlantichas selected the following characteristic episode.

  • Memories of Miss Mandelbaum

    AL CAPP’S drawings were first syndicated in 1934, and since then he has risen to be one of the most popular and articulate of our comic artists. He does not know, nor does anyone else, how many copies of his books of Li’l Abner cartoons have been distributed; the number is astronomical. His book The Life and Times of the Shmoo was a best seller, and he is now writing his first extended work of prose, Inside Al Capp.

  • The Business of a Biographer

    Biographer, musician, and a member of the famous Drinker clan of Philadelphia, CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN has scored a progressive success with what Ferris Greenslet calls her “interpretive biographies” — three of which have been chosen by the Book-of-the-Month Club. Beloved Friend (1937) was the well-documented life of Tchaikovsky as disclosed in his letters to his wealthy patroness, Madame von Meck. In Yankee from Olympus (1944), Mrs. Bowen showed us the decisiveness of that great Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes. The paper that follows is based on a talk she gave on Justice Holmes’s birthday, in which she told of the detail, the detective work, and the discernment which were called for in the preparation of her latest book, John Adams and the American Revolution.

  • My Old Friend Morgenstern

  • The Case for France

    President and Editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal, one of the great independent papers of the country, BARRY BINGHAM has packed a good deal of activity into his forty-five years. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1928; served as reporter and then as associate publisher of the paper which he now directs; was on active duty in the Navy from 1941 to 1945: is the owner and operator of Radio Station WHAS; and helped to turn the tide in France as Chief of the ECA Mission in 1949-1950. In the paper which follows he tells of the convalescence of a nation whose strength was so vital to us in our days of crisisand is still.

  • The Drums of Glen Tub

    One of Britain’s most able career diplomatists, ARCHIBALD CLARK KERR,Lord Inverchapel, was Ambassador in Baghdad, 1935-1938, in China, 1938-1942, in Moscow, 1942-1945, and in Washington, 1946-1948. He entered the British diplomatic service in 1906, served in the Scots Guards in the First World War, and then with distinction in the Foreign Office. Now has retired to his native Scotland, where he farms and occasionally adds to his collection of true ghost stories. This is the third in the series he is writing for the Atlantic.

  • "The Hour Is Late"

  • The Pittsburgh Story

    Every American city of size is working today on a Master Plana plan calling for a better routing of through traffic, for quicker access to the airport, for slum clearance, for park development and smoke control. The two which have achieved the most substantial transformation are New York, under Robert Moses, and Pittsburgh, under the remarkable teamwork of Dick Mellon and If allace Richards. Pittsburgh, unlike some of the older towns, has big money to spend, and the dynamic changes of the past five years are described by KARL SCHRIFTGIESSER, journalist and biographer who has served on the editorial staffs of the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Newsweek.

  • Trout of the Battenkill

    A New Yorker born and bred, H. R. NEWITT retired from business and headed north for Vermont — there to fish, to write, and to tie his own flies. For the past five years he has lived within easy walking distance of the most lovely pools of the Battenkill. His observation of that famous trout stream, which he swears is as full of fish today as ever in its history, will be rewarding for the week-end angler.

  • Senex Ruminatur Historicus

  • Shaw--and Wells

  • Entailed Estate

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • The New Soviet Empire

  • Of Societies and Men

  • Twilight in South Africa

  • Washington Confidential

  • A Socialist's Faith

  • Viper in the Fist

  • God's Men

  • Darkness and Day

  • At Swim-Two-Birds

  • This Month

  • Synthetic Sin

    FRANK K. KELLY is a former Kansas City and New Yorknewspaperman now working in Washington. He is the author of many magazine articles and his novel about the workings of a press association, An Edge of Light,was published in 1949.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Mother Wit

    MARGARET HURST tells us that none of her writing has been published since she received, while in the eighth grade, five dollars for a tract entitled “The Harm of a Glass of Beer.” Originally from Pittsburgh, she now lives in an old farmhouse in Hellam, Pennsylvania.

  • May's Promotes Gertrude Schultz

    Miss Gertrude Schultz, for the past three years market representative of budget coats and suits for the New York store of the May Department Stores, has been promoted to market representative of better coals and suits. — Women’s Wear Daily.

  • Mexico With a Car

    Facilities for motor travel in Mexico continue to improve, and here are several itineraries for the visitor who rents a car or brings his own. An authority on the art and architure are of Mexico, MACKINLEY HELM is the author of Modern Mexican Painting and of the motorists’ guidebook, Journeying Through Mexico.

  • Washed Up

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