October 1952

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  • Hugh Walpole

  • Don Camillo and His Flock

  • Midcentury Journey

  • A Cry of Children

  • The Stories of Frank O'Connor

  • Accent on Living

  • Hunting

    A Missourian and graduate of the University of Missouri, DOROTHY OTIS WYRE lived in Germany for several years after the war. She now makes her home in Conway, Arkansas.

  • Let's Not Be Brief

  • Three Months in the Sun

    SYLVIA MAIITIN has spent twelve of the last thirteen years in traveling and living abroad. She has written a book about the people of Mexico, and is the author of many magazine articles.

  • Record Reviews

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Argentina

  • Malaya

  • London

  • Toscanini Records the Ninth

    Arturo Toscanini first conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Milan half a century ago , and of course he has played it many times since, but not until his eighty-sixth year did he consent to record it; the recording was extended over two days and consumed in all nine hours. What that exacting performance meant to the conductor, the soloists, the musicians, and the technicians has been eloquently described by JOHN M. CONLY, our Music Critic, who was one of the eight listeners privileged to sit through the electrifying ordeal in the vast , sonorous space of Carnegie Hall.

  • Washington's Hardest Decision

    With this essay the Atlantic begins a series of biographical papers each of which will discuss that time of supreme crisis, that turning point. when a man’s fortunes were made or lost. DOUGLAS SOUTHALL FREEMAN, the leading historian of the South, knows more about George Washington than any other man alive. Ten years ago he began laying the foundation for his great biography, four volumes of which have already appeared, with a fifth announced for this autumn. Mr. Freeman, affectionately known as the Sage of Richmond, was for thirty-four years the editor of the Richmond News Leader, but at his busiest he never ceased to work at his monumental life of Robert E. Lee for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1934. He knew the turning point in Lee’s career, and he now singles out with fresh illumination the hardest decision General Washington ever made.

  • A Leaf, a Flower, and a Stone

  • The Flop

    ENID BAGNOLD is the author of Serena Blandish, National Velvet, The Door of Life, and The Loved and the Envied. Her first novel became a Broadway hit when it was dramatized by S. N. Behrman in 1925, and in 1951 she was persuaded to bring a new play to America, a comedy entitled Gertie which opened in New York last January and closed after four days. The throes of such an experience are something to remember.

  • My Utopia

    American art critic and philosopher, BERNARD BERENSONwas born in Lithuania in 1865, educated at Boston Latin and at Harvard, became a protégé of Mrs. Jack Gardner and a consultant for her growing collection, and eventually took up his residence in Italy, where he is an Honorary Citizen of Florence. His new book, Rumor and Reflection, which Simon and Schuster are publishing this autumn, describes his thoughts and experiences while a “ civilian prisoner ” in Italy from 1941 to 1944. In spite of his age and renown, he was in increasing danger after the Allied landing in Sicily; friends smuggled him out of his villa and kept him in hiding until the Liberation. It was at this time that he wrote in his diary such Reflections as follow.

  • The Orchard Ladder

    GEORGE GREEN, who has been occupied at various times as a truck driver, bartender, and farm hand, returned to Holy Cross after two and a half years in the Army. At college he contributed short stories to the college monthly, The Purple, graduated with the class of 1948, and then took his M. A. at Harvard, where he worked under Professor Albert Guerard, Jr., in the Modern Novel. This is his first story to appear in the Atlantic.

  • Freedom to Travel

    The freedom to travel which was sharply curtailed by the two World Wars has been even more rigorously limited for Americans by the McCarran Act of 1950. We turned to JUDGE CHARLES E. WYZANSKI, JR., for a firm reminder of how this freedom, comparable to freedom of speech, has been respected by other men in other, more broad-minded epochs. 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 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.

  • What Riddle Asked the Sphinx: To the Memory of André Gide

  • The Holmes-Laski Letters

    Harold J. Laski was approaching his thirty-third birthday and Mr. Justice Holmes his eighty-fifth, and the friendship between them had been ripening for a decade, when the letters which follow were being written. The selection begins in mid-February, 1926, when Laski, who had taught at Harvard and then been appointed to the London School of Economics, was on his way to revisit the United States. He had been under attack as a radical and the Justice was a little uneasy at the thought that he would not be admitted. We are indebted to MARK DEWOLFE HOWE,the editor, and to the Harvard University Press, which will publish the Holmes-Laski Letter at the turn of the year, for the privilege of presenting this second installment.

  • Public Schools Must Be Secular

    A most influential teacher of teachers, HENRY H. HILL has been identified with our public schools for more than thirty-five years. He has been superintendent of schools in Arkansas, in Kentucky, and in Pennsylvania; and today, as President of the George Peabody College for Teachers, his influence and integrity are felt throughout the South and West. The article which follows was taken from his report as chairman of the Educational Policies Commission of the National Education Association at its annual meeting in Detroit last summer.

  • Fall Night

  • My Island Home

    This is the second installment of one of the most endearing American autobiographies the Atlantic has ever published. My Island Home recounts the aspirations and adventures of an Iowa boy who early in this century worked his way through school and college and whose dream it was to find an island solitude where one day he would write. It was not until his return from a German prison camp in 1919 that JAMES NORMAN HALL made friends with Charles Nordhoff, and out of their friendship which ripened in Paris came a literary partnership unique in American letters. The Atlantic’s four-part abridgment comprises about one third of this memoir.

  • Why Should Atlantic Readers Form Their Own Book Club?

  • The Winter Critic

    A nationally known critic who wrote studies of Eliot, James, Dreiser, and the New England renaissance, I’. O. M VTTHIESSKN taught at Harvard from 1929 to 1950. This essay is from his posthumous volume, The Responsibilities of the Critic, edited by John Rackliffe and published by Oxford.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

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