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Can the Liberals Rally?
Letters to and From the Editor
Detectives of Time
Time detectives using atomic tools are piecing together a new and dramatic picture of the past, reaching back as far as 25,000 years. N. J. BERRILL, who gives us the clues to this fascinating discovery, is a lifelong student of the sea, a marine biologist now serving as Professor of Zoology at McGill diversity. Atlantic readers will remember his book Journey into Wonder, an account of the voyages and explorations of the great naturalists, from which we published three chapters last year.
A native Texan, DILLON ANDERSON established himself as one of the oldest young laicyers in Houston before he took time off for his fiction. In 1951, he published his first booh, I and Claudie, a salty Texas narrative of two happy wanderers who fortunately do not take themselves or their victims too seriously, (dint Hightower and his oxlike companion have adventured their way in and out of the oil country, Texas politics, hurricanes, revivals, and state fairs — and now they are off again.
The Sherman Act on Trial
Professor of Law at Yale from 1931 to 1938, THURMAN ARNOLD entered public service as Assistant Attorney General of the United States and then as Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Now, after several years in private practice, he has come to a deeper appreciation of the vital part the antitrust laws have played in the stimulation of our commercial independence.
Editor of the Atlantic from 1908 to 1938,ELLERY SEDGWICKbuilt his policy on the belief that an editor should be his own legman. From his annual trips to England and his visits to France, South America, Japan, Italy, and Spain, he returned with personal impressions and manuscripts which enlivened the Atlantic. Despite the handicap of arthritis, he is still an ardent traveler, as will be seen from the enjoyable essay which follows.
The Road to Thebes: To Humphrey and Gillen Searle
The French in North Africa
Soldier, writer, and proconsul, GENERAL AUGUSTIN GLILLYUME was sent to Morocco in the early twenties. He distinguished himself in the period of pacification and again in the 1940s when, under the noses of the German Armistice Commission, he directed the clandestine organization of the Moroccan Goumiers. The General’s capacity for work is limitless, his hours fantastic, his knowledge of North Africa deeply grounded. Certainly as Commissaire General of French Morocco he is well qualified to explain to Americans why the French went to North Africa forty years ago, what they accomplished, and why they must stay.
FRANCES HOPKINSON ELIOT was born and educated in Cambridge and there she has spent many of her happiest years. The daughter-in-law of President Eliot and the wife of a distinguished clergyman, who was for many years minister of the Arlington Street Unitarian Church, she has known with some familiarity the great and near great, the absent-minded, and the originals who give to Cambridge a luster peculiarly its own.
The Treasure Game
An English novelist who, like Arnold Bennett, came from the Midlands, and who now lives in Kent, H. E. BATES has had a wide reading on both sides of the Atlantic with his novel Fair Stood the Wind for France, a story of British fivers forced doten in occupied territory; with his books about Burma and Kashmir (lhe Purple Plain and The Scarlet Sword); and last year with his novel of contemporary England. Love for Lydia. Recently Mr. Bates has been visiting the West Indies gathering source material for a new history of the Islands, and on his return he paused at Boston to correct the proofs oj this story.
Two Legs to Stand On
All his life JOHN D. MCKEE has struggled against the handicap of cerebral palsy. He had five operations between the ages of six and seventeen; meantime, he was attending the public schools in Concordia, Kansas, and preparing for entrance to Kansas Wesleyan University, from which he graduated with honors in English. Following his graduation, his family moved to New Mexico; and there young McKee went to work as a sports editor, reporter, and columnist on the local papers. In June, 1952, he received his Master’s Degree at the University of New Mexico — evidence indeed that he had become his own legman despite his handicap. His paper received honorable mention in the Atlantic College Contest of 1951-52.
Blue Crabbing on Cape Cod
In an ancient Cape Cod cottage, the Farm House, the walls of which were decorated by his uncle, the artist Frank W. Benson, DR. WYMAN RICHARDSON spent some fifty summers. Here he came to know the moods and everchanging beauty of Nauset Beach and the great salt marsh within; here he developed his extraordinary knowledge of the shore birds; and here he guided his family and friends on happy expeditions for the striped bass or the blue crab. This is the first of a pair of posthumous papers to be published in the Atlantic this summer.
Afternoon in Summer
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. His adventures in what he calls “tiny, interior Marrakesh“ have the unpretentious charm of a sentimental journey. They form the substance of a book which will be published in October and from which the Atlantic has drawn a three-part abridgment.
W. H. Auden and His Poetry
STEPHEN SPENDER, who came to prominence in the early thirties as one of the most gifted writers of what was called, at the time, the new English poetry, was a contemporary of W. H. Auden at Oxford and has remained his close friend. Haring shared in many of Auden"s interests and experiences, Mr. Spender can discuss the evolution of Auden’s poetic ideas with the sympathy of a friend as well as the insight of a distinguished critic.
The Peripatetic Reviewer
The Kremlin vs. The People
M Is for Mother
The Captive Mind
Accent on Living
Farewell, Burnt Sienna
The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington
Three Birds With One Stone
Pleasures and Places: Dublin