March 1952

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Latin America

  • The Springs of Human Action

    English author, philosopher, and mathematician, BERTRAND RUSSELL ivent to Stockholm in December, 1950, to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature; in preparation for the reception, he began to think about the motives and aspirations of modern man, and the essay which follows is a development of the speech he made. Earl Russell, to give him the title which he seldom uses, has written on Bolshevism (1920), about which he had no illusions; on Marriage and Morals (1929); on Authority and the Individual (1919); and his latest work. New Hopes for a Changing World, has just been published by Simon and Schuster.

  • The Guests on Television

    SALLY ISELIN could have been a Proper Bostonian; instead she married and moved to New York, where she is rearing a happy family and where she has been occasionally employed as columnist, feature writer, editor, and writer-contact in television. What she does, she does with zest but without ever losing her New England propensity to enjoy the zanier aspects of Manhattan activity. Her first article,I Bought a Dress in Paris,appeared in the Atlantic for September, 1951. This is her second, and there is a series to come.

  • Free Enterprise Is Not a Hunting License

    CLARENCE B. RANDALL,who graduated from Harvard in 1912, has been with the inland Steel Company since 1945 and since 1949 has been its President. He was invited by Paul Hoffman to be the Steel Consultant for ECA in its first year. This brought Hr. Randall into close association with the steel masters on the Continent and in Britain and has enabled him to speak with more than usual authority for the American system of Private Enterprise. The paper which follows is to be part of a book: Mr. Randall is now writing for the Atlantic.

  • Australia

  • The Clerical Challenge to the Schools

    How can the Protestant Churches,asks AGNES E. MEYER, “oppose with a good conscience the Catholic campaign to break down the wall between Church and State when they themselves have for years been breaching that wall by other methods?" A graduate and trustee of Barnard College and the mother of five children, Mrs. Meyer has served on several national commissions on Education and on Health. Last year she received the Annual Award of the Education Writers Association.

  • At Mrs. Farrelly's

    Since his graduation front Loyola University in 1934,JOSEPH CARROLL has narked on newspapers, written publicity. done broadcast scripts for NBC, scried in the Army and, after the war, as a newscaster and then as an Associate Editor of Collier’s. After this apprenticeship, he took the plunge as a free lance and his short stories are being reprinted in anthologies, the surest test. “ I like ‘At Mrs. Farrelly’she says, “better than anv story Eve written up to now. Mrs. Farrelly’s conversation, considerably modified in the interest of propriety, is very like that of a lady in whose house f roomed when l first came to New York in 1939.”

  • A Study of Pain

    A well-known psychiatrist, the author of The World Within and Dark Legend, DR. FREDRIC WERTHAM, Director of the Psychiatric Division at Queens GeneraI Hospital in New York, was obliged to undergo a series of painful operations without general anesthetics. In a sense he was his own guinea pig. and the notes he made on pain have proved of professional interest. His article is drawn from the hook When Doctors Are Patients, edited by Max Pinner, M.D., and Benjamin F. Miller. M.D., which Norton will publish in April.

  • The Eskimos of the Little Hills

    FARLEY MOWAT made his first trip to the Barren Lands in 1935 when, as a boy of fifteen, he saw the great herds of reindeer, “a half-mile wide river of caribou flowing unhurriedly north.”It was a sight he never forgot. On his discharge from the Canadian Army after six years in the Infantry, he decided to return to the unmapped sanctuary of the Barrens and study the migration of the deer. He teamed up with Franz, a young Cree-German trader, who took him to the Ihalmiut, a vanishing clan of primitive Eskimos. This is the last of three articles drawn from Mr. Mowat’s book. People of the Deer (Atlantic-Little, Brown).

  • Poem on His Birthday

    A British poet who was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales, in 1914, DYLAN THOMAS has published eight volumes of verse since his first poem appeared in print in 1930. A mystic poet and master of the lyric line, his work is said to stem from Gerard Manley Hopkins and to differ from the preceding generation in the absence of any stress on economics and politics. Mr. Thomas is now lecturing in the United States.

  • High Incomes, Higher Taxes

    “High personal taxes make high income an illusory treadmill,” says J. K. LASSER, the author of many books on taxation, including

  • Buck Mudgett and the Eighteenth Century

    An Irish poet, author ,and surgeon, OLIVER ST. JOHN GOGARTY is almost as much at home in America as in Ireland. A gay, dynamic figure who pilots his own plane and loves archery, Dr. Gogarty was a fellow student with James Joyce and, so legend has it, the model for Buck Mulligan in Ulysses. He first unlatched our affections with his nitty semi-autobiography, As I Was Going Down Sackville Street, which appeared in 1937.

  • Last Voyage

    Frank Davison was the owner and manager of Hooton Aerodrome in Cheshire, England, and the director of several aviation companies as well as various nonflying concerns. In 1937 he took Ann on as a pilot and two years later they were married. When the war started, the government put a stop to civilian flying and requisitioned their aerodrome. Frank then turned his hand to running a gravel quarry in Flintshire; but rising wages, wartime shortages, and other complications put him out of that business and into farming. After five years of subsistence farming, they bought an old fishing boat. The reconditioning took endless time and used up all their money. When the mortgage was foreclosed, they decided to sail for Cuba, sell the boat for a fairer price than they could get in England, and pay up their debts. Last Voyage is ANN DAVISON’S story of what happened.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • The Lost Childhood

  • Diminishing Returns

  • New Hopes for a Changing World

  • Venture With Ideas

  • Accent on Living

  • Excess Losses

  • Fourfootnote for "Modern Love"

  • Cornerstone for McFadden's Flats

  • Chinese Mother Goose

  • Outer Space Comes of Age

  • Record Reviews

  • The Wines of Burgundy

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