November 1952

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  • The Dance

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • All Uprighteous People

  • Hint to Motorists: (Bolzano to Cortina)

  • The Women

  • The Tutor

  • Halls of Ivy

  • Quail

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Revolving Stage

  • North Africa

  • Licorice: Dark Mystery of Industry

    Licorice has long been taken for granted by the American public. Not one person in a hundred has any idea of the colorful history or present potential of this ancient plant. The ATLANTICbelieves it is in the public interest to have the President of Mac Andrews & Forbes present in detail the story of what man has done — and is doing—to analyze and develop the amazing properties of licorice.

  • Living Beyond Our Means

    PAUL G. HOFFMAN began as an automobile salesman for the Studebaker Corporation in 1911, served as its President from 1935 to 1948, and then left a position he had occupied with integrity and initiative to become head of the Economic Cooperation Administration, which carried through the Marshall Plan. This enterprise, which was originally estimated to require $17 billion, achieved its goals at a cost of approximately $12 billion. After his two and a half years in this job without precedent and his career as a businessman who always balanced his books, he is sharply aware of the necessities which have forced our National Hudget higher and higher.

  • Could Napoleon Have Won?

    English novelist and historian. C. S. FORESTER was on a journalistic assignment in the Spanish Peninsula when the idea first occurred to him of assaulting the Napoleonic legend. That he has done so, skillfully, all will agree who have followed the exploits of his hero Horatio Hornblower, a lieutenant, then a captain, then an admiral of the British Navy at the time of Nelson. Mr. Forester’s novels have established him as one of the foremost seafaring writers of our time; in the preparation of them he has studied every more of the Corsican who became Emperor, and no one is better qualified to explain why Napoleon did not hold the enormous power he had generated.

  • Czechoslovakia

  • Emily Dickinson

    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 non the Pulitzer Prize for 1938) is in production in some part of the globe almost every day of the year; and he richly deserved the Gold Medal for Fiction presented to him by the American Academy of Arts and Letters last spring. He is now working on a book which grew out of his Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard and which will be published next year by the Harvard University Press under the title American Characteristics.

  • Gamesters

  • A Little Learning

    Students at Phillips Academy, Andover, were privileged last spring to hear the Stearns lecture delivered by PRESIDENT WHITNEY GRISWOLD of Yale. For its good humor and the challenging common sense with which he fronts up to the shortages in American education, his address deserves to be read from coast to coast. President Griswold came to his authority after being educated at Hotchkiss and at Yale and after long and varied teaching experience. He was director of Army foreign area and civil affairs training programs during the last war, and has served more than ten years on three school boards.

  • Germ Warfare

    The specter of germ warfare is the most lurid of the lies which Soviet Russia has employed against the United States in the recent hate campaign. The man best qualified to give fellow Americans a sane view of this whole subject is MAJOR GENERAL RAYMOND W. BLISS, USA (Ret.), physician and surgeon who took his M.D. at Tufts Medical School in 1910 and who became a medical officer in the United States Army in 1912. He was appointed Surgeon General in June, 1947, a post from which he retired last year.

  • Second Life

    FRANCES JUDGE, whose husband is Chief Ranger in Grand Teton National Park, wrote from Moose. Wyoming, enclosing what she called ”a profile of life in the Jackson Hole valley with my great-grandmother, who homesteaded here when she was over eighty years old. . . . I have never sold either an article or a story to a leading magazine,”she added, “but I’d give my eyeteeth to say what I have to say so interestingly and so well that I’d find myself contributing to the Atlantic every whipstitch.”

  • My Day in Court

    HAROLD J. LASKI was for twenty-four years Professor of Political Science at the University of London, and for eleven of those years a member of the Executive Committee of the British Labor Party. In his political activities Mr. Laski became involved in a libel suit which proved to be one of the most notable in the long history of British law. Among his papers after his death was found this unforgettable account which Mr. Laski had written of his days in court. For a proper understanding of the circumstances that led up to the trial we have turned to Judge Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr., of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts, whose foreword follows.

  • Rugby Is a Better Game

    A first-string guard on three consecutive championship teams of the University of Michigan, ALLEN JACKSONattracted interest wherever the game is played with his article in the October Atlantic last year. “Too Much Football.”The following year he spent in England, where on Saturdays he played Rugby for Richmond, an amateur club which schedules both Oxford and Cambridge. Here is his comparison of the British game with the big-time football he played in the United States.

  • You Row or You Study

    A native of Ann Arbor and a graduate of Harvard in the class of 1951, KENNETH KENISTON rowed on the Freshman crew in 1947, and in 1950 on the Varsity crew which defeated Yale and which won the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley. Then Mr. Keniston went as a Rhodes Scholar to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was Number Six in a crew which defeated Cambridge and where he found that rowing is taken quite as seriously as graduate work. His article is printed here with the kind permission of the Oxford Angle.

  • The Smelts Are In

    A Boston artist and perfectionist, LESLIE P. THOMPSONis a master of the fly rod who has fished New England waters for more than four decades. Fishing and painting are his twin delights; and, a democrat of the rod, he takes as much pleasure in landing a carp in the Charles or a smelt in Boston Harbor as he does a two-pound trout in the Battenkill. The paper which follows is drawn from his forthcoming book, Fishing in New England.

  • A Beggar Riding

  • My Island Home

    This is the third installment of an autobiography which will mean much to Atlantic readers. JAMESS NORMAN HALLwas lowa born and bred, and the hills and the Skunk River close to the little town of Colfax were to him what Hannibal and the Mississippi a were to Sam Clemens. Hall worked as a salesman in a dry-goods store while still in high school. He got his degree at Grinnell by dint of waiting on table, peeling potatoes, cutting grass and shoveling snow. Always he had wanted to write, and though his poems and essays were rejected with grim monotony, he kept plugging away. His first job as a social worker took him to Boston, where he spent his days trying to salvage broken lives in the bleakest of slums and his nights pounding his typewriter in an attic room overlooking Louisburg Square. Then in 1914 he decided to invest his tiny savings in a trip to England. Our serial, which is a four-part abridgment of the book, resumes at that point.

  • The Right to Read Rapidly

    WILLIAM G. PERRY, JR., and CHARLES P. WHITLOCK are Directors of the Bureau of Study Counsel at Harvard University. Their aim is to help students help themselves; they work, as they say, on the receiving end of education, listening as the undergraduates describe the problems—and reading is certainly one of themwhich determine how much education really takes place. In the clinic 300 students consult individually with them in the course of a year, and in their reading classes over 3000 have enrolled during the past five years, including graduate students and members of the faculty.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

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