July 1952

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  • A Trial Judge's Freedom and Responsibility

    What guides the trial judge in his findings, in his instructions to a jury, and in his obligations to the higher courts of appeal? This was the substance of the self-examination which JUDGE CHARLES E. WYZANSKI, JR., presented in the annual Cardozo Lecture before the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. A graduate of Harvard and the Harvard Law School who served as secretary to both Judge Augustus N. Hand and Judge Learned 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

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Emperor Penguins

    A Canadian who writes of the natural world with scientific accuracy and the pull of humor, N. J. BERRILL, Professor of Zoology at McGill University, is the author of The Living Tide, which was published last year. He is now working on his new book, Journey into Wonder, an account of the voyages and explorations of the great naturalists, which Dodd, Mead will publish this autumn and from which the Atlantic will select three installments.

  • Cities Versus Suburbs: A Struggle for Survival

    In every metropolitan area of the United States a struggle for survival is going on today between the high-taxed old cities and the low-taxed suburban communities, ‘’the bedroom towns,” whence come the city workers. WILLIAM ZECKENDORF, the dynamic President of Webb & Knapp, real-estate developers, is one who believes that the cores of our old cities can and should be revivednot by artificial respiration but by more enterprise within the city itself and by more coöperation from those commuters who make their living in it.

  • Country Crofts

  • Toward an American Language

    Novelist, playwright, and teacher, THORNTON WILDER combines the creative fire with the cool, objective delight of a critic. He began teaching at Lawrenceville after his graduation from Yale in 1920; he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his second novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey; his play Our Town (which won the Pulitzer Prize for 1938) is in production in some part of the globe almost every day of the year; and he richly deserves the Gold Medal for Fiction which was presented to him by the American Academy of Arts and Letters this spring. He is presently working on a book which grew out of his Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard and of which we shall publish several installments.

  • Hindu Medicine and India's Health

    Competition between the ancient medical lore of India and Western medicine is here described by DR. CARL E. TAYLOR,who was born in the Himalayas and has spent half of his career in their shadow. His parents are medical missionaries, and as a boy he accompanied them on their extended tours of the Indian viliages each year. The Harvard Medical School, war experiences in tropical medicine, and specialization in internal medicine in Canada prepared Dr. Taylor for his return to India as a medical missionary for the Presbyterian Board in 1917. He is now at the Harvard School of Public Health, and next year will return to North India to teach Public Health at the Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.

  • The Middle East

  • A Woman Friend

    MARY LAVIN does her writing today looking out on one of the loveliest curies of the River Boyne. with the famous Hill of Tara rising above the distant trees. A protégée of Lord Dunnsany. she turned to the Atlantic with her first short stories, which when published in 1942 in book form, under the title Tales from Bective Bridge, were awarded the James Tail Black Memorial Prize. Her first novel, The House in Clewe Street, was serialized in our columns, and her second, Mary O’Grady, was published in 1950.

  • French Morocco: Torch Plus Ten

    The state of affairs in Morocco has become almost as important to those who believe in NATO as it is to the security of France. A Bostonian and a veteran of both World Wars, CHARLES R. CODMAN served as a combat pilot in the American Air Force (1917-18) and as Senior A.D.C. to General Patton (1942-45). He made his first visit to Morocco in 1925 at the time of the Riff uprising; his second during Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa in November, 1942. when he was the first American Liaison Officer assigned to the French Protectorate; and his third last winter.

  • Siesta

  • Galway Great Week

    Artist, sportsman, and country gentleman. JAMES REYNOLDS is a painter of murals, an expert on Palladian architecture, and a connoisseur of Irish ghosts. His beautifully illustrated volume Ghosts in Irish Houses, which combines his two loves, has met with an enthusiastic reception in this country, as has his second volume, Gallery of Ghosts, which goes further abroad, to find its themes in India, Restoration England, and Maine. Mr. Reynoldss second novel, Maeve the Huntress, was published this spring, and Farrar, Straus & Young will bring out his illustrated autobiography, James Reynolds’ Ireland, this fall.

  • Productivity: Still Going Up

    “Productivity in the United Stales,” writes SUMNER H. SLICHTER,“has been growing faster and faster, and the fact that it is far higher than in any other country suggests the need of revising some widely accepted ideas.” A foremost American economist, Lamont Professor at Harvard University, Mr. Slichter is the author of What’s Ahead for American Business, which was published last year under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.

  • Supper in the Bois

    DONALD MOFFAs’S affection for France goes back to 1916 when he was a young ambulance driver in the uniform of the American Field Service. In the serene days after the First World War, he, his wife, and his young daughters resided in Senlis,Paris, and Pornic, an experience which he wrote of with charm and gaiety in his book The Mott Family in France, But when Hitler began to strut. Mr. Moffat volunteered for the Navy, serving in the Atlantic: and twelve years elapsed before he and Mrs. Moffat could return to their beloved other country.

  • The Jokes That Last

    BURGES JOHNSON has been writing and editing since before the turn of the century. He was a friend of O. Henry, and as a junior editor in the book department of Harper & Brothers he helped Mark Twain to revise his Library of Humor. Forty years ago Mr. Johnson became the editor of Judge, the comic weekly, and in this capacity he tested and sometimes tracked to their source some of the most amusing American anecdotes. It is amazing to find, even in those days before radio and television, how swiftly such folklore sped across the country.

  • The Gentleman From Michigan

    As editor of the Washington Post since 1940, HERBERT ELLISTON has earned the confidence and respect of official If Washington. He made his early reputation in the Far East, where he served as foreign correspondent for the Manchester Guardian and the New York Herald. Then he returned to America to be the assistant director of research for the Council on Foreign Relations. He subsequently joined the staff of the Christian Science Monitor and for two years served as its financial editor and columnist.

  • How Small Is Lilliput?

    On his retirement as one of the leading advertising agents in New York City, EARNEST ELMO CALKINS devoted himself to the hobbies which had long been inviting his spare hours. He wrote about the ordeals and compensations of being deaf, and his autobiography, Louder, Please, is a standard in its field. He developed his passion for woodcarving, and from his bench has launched a fleet of precise and beautiful ship models. He also indulged himself in mathematics, as in this paper.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • The Soviet Worker

  • Reader's Choice

  • Rage of the Soul

  • Flee the Angry Strangers

  • Accent on Living

  • All-Purpose Dowsing

  • Field Note

  • The Time I Won

  • Screaming Headlines

  • Tourist in Finland

  • Record Reviews

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