May 1953

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  • Pakistan

    An Atlantic report

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • London

  • We Need More Immigrants

    How long will the United States continue an immigration policy based on quota figures thirty years out of date and meaningless in today’s world? Why must we offer admission to those not seeking it and turn away many thousands whose skills and services we need? OSCAR HANDLIN is Associate Professor of History at Harvard and the author of Boston’s Immigrants and This Is America, studies of the new blood streams in the country. His latest book, The Uprooted, won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1951.

  • The Alleys of Marrakesh

    PETER MAYNE is an Englishman,now in his thirty-fifth year, who has been living in Morocco and who has taken up an antique life where time does not exist, in the alleys of Marrakesh. Because he wanted to write, he stopped trying to be a businessman. He was in Kashmir when the British moved out,and the Pakistanis,whom he had come to admire,invited him to serve them in their newly set up government. For two years he worked without stint in the Ministry of Refugees and Rehabilitation. Then,as the tension eased off,he decided that he would retire to another portion of the Muslim world and invite his thoughts. This is what happened.

  • Training for Statesmanship

    AMBASSADOR GEORGE F. KENNAN,who was expelled from Moscow in 1952 by the Kremlin, has a profound knowledge of Germany, Russia, and the borderlands between. He entered the Foreign Service in 1926, following his graduation from Princeton. His first assignments took him to Switzerland, Germany, Estonia, and Latvia, after which he pursued Russian studies for two years at the University of Berlin. From 1933 to 1935 he was the invaluable Russian-speaking Aide to Ambassador Bullitt in Moscow, and remained there until 1937. In 1938 and 1939 he was in Prague, where he witnessed the disintegration of Czechoslovakia under the Nazi pressures. The war years were spent in Berlin, Lisbon, London, and againMoscow. In 1947, Secretary Marshall appointed Mr. Kennan his “diplomatic chief-of-staff.” Speaking to the Princeton alumni in February, he made these recommendations for the training of young diplomats and students of international affairs.

  • Our Something-for-Nothing Age

    JUDGE ELIJAH ADLOW is completing his twenty-fifth year in the Municipal Court of the city of Boston. In that quarter of a century, he has witnessed some changes not for the better in American morality. This is the Somethin a-For-Nothing Age, he says, and there is no clearer demonstration of it than in our attitude toward claims. All but one of the instances he describes have occurred within his own court.

  • A Shadow to Leave Behind

    CRARY MOORE is the pen name of a Young Bostonian-by-adoption. She says, “My three favorite things are horses, parties, and indolence. Writing runs a had fourth. I took it up to avoid exercise, which is very popular around here.” This is Miss Moore’s third story to be published in the Atlantic. In her second, she introduced the Crane sisters, Emily and Betsy, to our readers.

  • To Thoreau on Rereading "Walden"

  • I & Self-Discovery

    E. E. CUMMINGS,the American poet and painter who holds the Charles Eliot Norton Chair of Harvard for the current year, began his first talk by saying: “Let me cordially warn you, at the opening of these socalled lectures, that I haven’t the remotest intention of posing as a lecturer. Lecturing is presumably a form of teaching; and presumably a teacher is somebody who knows. I never did, and still don’t, know. What has always fascinated me is not teaching, but learning: and I assure you that if the acceptance of a Charles Eliot Norton professorship hadn’t rapidly entangled itself with the expectation of learning a very great deal, I should now be somewhere else.” Mr. Cummings’s six nonlectures are appearing in book form this autumn with the title i, under the imprint of the Harvard University Press.

  • How Dangerous Is John Dewey?

    Teacher and educational administrator, FREDERIC ERNSThas devoted himself to public education ever since he graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1902. A lifelong admirer of John Dewey, he has observed the beneficial results of Mr. Dewey’s ideas upon teachers and pupils, and today as Deputy Superintendent of the New York Public Schools he points to the changes in the curriculum for which Dewey was responsible.

  • Is Liberation Possible?

    A graduate of Yale and the University of Virginia Law School, JAMES ELIOT CROSS served in Europe with the OSS during the war and there he had extensive experience in the planning and support of resistance activities. He has maintained his interest in the potentialities of underground movements and the problems of resistance within totalitarian states. Since then he has worked for the government and last Year was on the staff of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. Mr. Cross is now a Research Associate at the M.I.T. Center for International Studies.

  • The Poetry of Archibald Macleish

    A graduate of Yale, class of 1915, Archibald MacLeish has achieved distinction as a Boston lawyer, an associate editor of Fortune, Librarian of Congress, Assistant Secretary of State, Deputy Chairman of our first delegation to UNESCO, and now as the Boylston Professor at Harvard. In quiet intervals between he has published some fifteen volumes of verse. We turn to JOHN CIARDI — poet, teacher, and editor - for an appraisal of Mr. MacLeish’s Collected Poems, in recognition of which he received a Bollingen Prize and the National Book Award in Poetry for 1952.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • The Weather in Middenshot

  • The Laughing Matter

  • The God of the Witches

  • Accent on Living

  • The Fairy Ring

  • The Compressible Scots

  • Fortune Smiles on Chief Tecumseh

  • They Shall Have Music: Collector's Item

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