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“Too much of our news is one-dimensional, when truth has three dimensions (or maybe more); and in some fields the vast and increasing complexity of the news makes it continually more difficult—especially for us Washington reporters—to tell the public what really happened.”
A master of Fnglish prose most recently celebrated for his fire-volume autobiography, which was described by the London Times “as an outstanding contribution to Literature,” SIR OSBERT SITWELL did not establish himself as a free lance until his resignation from the Guards in 1919. Then at Swan Walk, the house in Chelsea which he shared with his brother Sacheverell, he began to devote himself to his books and his collection of modern paintings - a performance which soon proclaimed his independence as a critic and his talent as a writer. A selection of his short stories is being reprinted this year, and to the group he has added this new and delightful satire.
JOSEPHINE JOHNSON is a native of Missouri whose first published short story appeared in the Atlantic and who won the Pulitzer Prize for 1934 with her beautifully descriptive novel, Now in November. Two years ago she and her husband, Grant Cannon, moved into an old house on the outskirts of Cincinnati, and the events which transpired in the first summer of their occupancy were enough to destroy her peace of mind and that of the hardiest of her friends. Her story is true — every eerie word of it.
SENATOR PAUL H. DOUGLAS of Illinois entered his chosen field of economics following his graduation from Bowdoin in 1913. The publication of his definitive study of Real Wages in the United States led to his appointment to various government commissions. In the spring of 1942, at the age of fifty, he enlisted as a private in the Marine Corps; he was wounded at Peleliu and at Okinawa. and was decorated for heroic achievement in action. Honorably discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he re-entered politics, defeating Senator ‘’Curly" Brooks, the McCormick candidate. In the Senate he is a liberal in domestic affairs and an internationalist in foreign. The paper which follows is drawn from his new book, Ethics in Government, to be published by the Harvard University Press.
Poet, author of many books, and a country gentleman, ARCHIBALD RUTLEDGE lives and writes on his eighteenthcentury plantation in the deep woods of South Carolina. His encounters with wild boars, alligators, and diamondbacks, the more obstreperous of his neighbors, add adventure to his days and color to his books, of which we recall Old Plantation Days (1911), Children of Swamp and Wood (1927), Tales of Dogs (1929), An American Hunter (1937), and Home by the River (1941).
Of all the television programs in recent months, few attracted such widespread praise as the half-hour conversation by BERTRAND RUSSELL with Romney Wheeler, filmed in London by the National Broadcasting Company and shown over the NBC network and BBC-TV on the occasion of Earl Russell’s eightieth birthday. Author, philosopher, mathematician, and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Earl Russell believes that mankind will yet “emerge into some world that will be happier than any world that has existed in the past.” We feel sure Atlantic readers trill enjoy this complete transcript of the interview.
A. W. SMITH, who was born in Spain of British parents, lived in Russia as a boy and was educated at Shrewsbury and at Sandhurst. He served with the British Army throughout both World Wars. For some years he has made his home in Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he wrote his books, The Captain Departed and The Sword and the Rose, and a number of short stories which have appeared in the Atlantic. He has recently become an American citizen, and is today a Vice President on the staff of The Conservation Foundation.
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. His chapter on the Emperor Penguins appeared in the July Atlantic: the article which follows describes Alexander von Humboldt’s trip through the Venezuelan jungles.
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 presented to him by the American Academy of Arts and Letters this spring. He is now working on a book which grew out of his Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard and of which this is the second of several installments to appear in the Atlantic. The third will be in the October issue.
The daughter of one of the leading Moslem families of Lucknow. ATTIA S. HOSAIN has been writing ever since her graduation from Lucknow University. Married and the mother of two children, she is living today in England, where she broadcasts regularly in the Eastern service of the BBC and where she is to have the pleasure of seeing her first collection of short stories in print this autumn.
Dean of the Harvard University Law School, ERWIN N. GRISWOLD,who has made an extended study of Federal Taxation, reminds ns of the increasing activity on behalf of an amendment to the Federal Constitution which would limit the power of Congress to impose income, estate, and gift taxes to a maximum rate of 25 per cent. The effort was begun thirteen years ago under very different conditions from those which prevail today, and if enough state legislatures are acquiescent, this attractive but dangerous proposition might be brought to vole.