August 1951

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Letters to and From the Editor

  • Greece From a Wheel Chair

    Editor of the Atlantic from 1908 to 1938, ELLERY SEDGWICK built his policy on the belief that an editor should be his own legman. From his annual trips to England and his visits to France, South America, Japan, Italy, and Spain, he returned with personal impressions and manuscripts which enlivened the Atlantic. Despite the handicap of arthritis, he is still an ardent traveler, as will be seen from the enjoyable essay which follows.

  • The Cruel Sea

    An Englishman who served as a Lieutenant Commander of the R. N. V. R. in command of escort vessels in the Second World War, NICHOLAS MONSARRAT writes in the great tradition of English seafarers. The narrative which follows is a condensation of one section of The Cruel Sea, a long novel about the men and ships that played a part in the Battle of the North Atlantic - the most protracted, the cruelest, and perhaps the most heroic battle of World War II. The Cruel Sea, the midsummer selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, is to be published by Knopf.

  • What Will India Eat Tomorrow?

    In view of the present serious threat of famine in rural areas throughout India, the Atlantic feels it is of first importance to determine whether this plight which has stirred wide American sympathy is susceptible of more than temporary relief. W. H. FORBES,Lecturer at the School of Public Health at Harvard University, has made two extended visits to India since 1949 in furtherance of a joint public health project undertaken by the School and the Ludlow Tate Co. Ltd. His sobering conclusions are the result of close study, far travel, and many consultations.

  • The Middle East

  • The Power of Choice

    Poet, Pulitzer Prize winner, and since 1950 the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory at Harvard, ARCHIBALD MACLEISHis much in demand as a commencement speaker, primarily because, as a passionately loyal American, he has the gift and eloquence to call out of others the self-assurance which this country needs if we are to be reliable in our many commitments. The words that follow were spoken at the Radcliffe Commencement. but they were also written with the Atlantic in mind.

  • Caves in the Jungle

    AGNES NEWTON KEITH, a graduate of the University of California, is happily married to Harry Keith, the Conservator of Forests and Wild Life in North Borneo. In the East she has lived three lives — first, as a young wife in Sandakan and in the jungle in the serene years before the war, a life described in her first book, Land Below the Wind: Then she suffered the degradation of the prison compound when for three and a half years she, her husband, and her young son George were captives of the Japs. Now restored to health, the Keiths are working for the reconstruction of North Borneo. This new and difficult phase she tells of in White Man Returns, an Atlantic-Little, Brown book to be published in mid-August.

  • Grandmother Draws Her Will

    The wives of most well-to-do men outlive them; and now that grandmothers live so much longer than they used to, the whole concept of what they are to do with their bequests and their trust funds has been changed. A modern Willand the generosity to implement itis still the exception, not the rule, as GEORGE W. ALGER explains in this sage article. A leader of the NewYork bar and a Vermonter by birth, Mr. Alger began to practice in Manhattan in 1895. He is today the senior partner of Alger. Andrew & Rohlfs.

  • Dublin for the Horse Show

    An American of Irish antecedents, JAMES REYNOLDS is an artist, sportsman, and country gentleman as much at home in Dublin as in Virginia. Like his grandmother before him, he is an expert on Irish ghosts, and two of his ghost stories appeared in the Atlantic earlier this year. We now turn to Mr. Reynolds for an account of the Dublin Horse Show, a festival to which natice Irishmen and tourists throng in August of each year.

  • Sloth

  • We Play the Fool

    MICHAEL HUNTER was born in Berlin but was taken by his family to England in his early teens when the Nazis came to power. He graduated from the University of California in 1942 and since then has divided his time between documentary film work and journalism. He did movie reviews and minor editing for the San Francisco News, was on the editorial staff of the New Yorker for a short time, and then, after working on documentary films for the Signal Corps and the March of Time, he returned to the West Coast to free-lance in fiction.

  • The Music

  • The Steelhead

    A Californian ,born and bred, of a family long interested in oil , CLARK C. VAN FLEETbegan fishing when he was a small boy. Over the past four decades,he has devoted most of his recreation hours to fishing forand studyingthe steelhead trout, the greatest game fish of the West Coast. From his letters and diaries he has drawn an exciting, edifying, humbling account of his favorite streams and his great warrior.

  • Le Pique-Nique

    DONALD MOFFAT, a veteran of both wars, fell in love with France when he was driving for the American Field Service in 1916. For a time between the wars he and his wife and their daughters resided in Senlis, Paris, and Pornic, an experience he has written of with charm and gaiety in his book The Mott Family in France. Last summer they went back againthe first time they had seen Paris since the Liberationand the reunion marked the beginning of a new series for the Atlantic. The first paper, “Anniversary in Paris,” appeared in July.

  • Paul Blanshard and the Church

    Paul Blanshard is one of the most outspoken, far-reaching critics of Catholic power; and to referee the contentions in his new book, Communism, Democracy, and Catholic Power, we called on SHERMAN E. JOHNSON,an Episcopalian and a native of Kansas, newly appointed Dean of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Berkeley, California. Since 1940, Mr. Johnson has been Professor of the New Testament at the Episcopal Theological School of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Regarding Southern Novelists Or, Throw the Scions to the Lions in the Street

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • South Africa

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • The Gates of Hell

  • Music for God

  • The Dead Seagull

  • The Lost Library

  • Accent on Living

  • Advice to Sports Writers

  • A Hollywood Child Star's Garden of Verses. Ii (Apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson)

  • Father of the Twins

  • More Notes of an Unnaturalist

  • The Vanishing Musician

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