June 1954

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • France

  • Bliss Perry

    Teacher, author, and editor, Bliss Perry was beloved by the loyal legion who had studied under him at Williams, Princeton. and Harvard; by the many who had heard his peripatetic lectures; and by those who in quiet cherished his boohs. For this Atlantic Portrait of our serenth editor, we turn to ROLLO WALTERBROWN, a sensitive and knowing recorder of the golden age in the Harvard Yard. His biography of Dean Briggs and his profiles of the great teachers he worked under at Harvard — including George Pierce Baker, Copey, Kittredge, and President Eliot— mark him as one of the ablest biographers in New England.

  • Ten Years From Now

    Students at Phillips Academy, Andover, this spring were privileged to hear JOHN J. McCLOY deliver the annual Stearns Lecture, and we think that Atlantic readers will welcome it. A graduate of Amherst, Class of 1916, who served as a Captain of Artillery in the First World War, Mr. McCloy won distinction in the New York Bar, where he practiced from 1925 to 1940. Then he entered public life, serving first as the Assistant Secretary of War to Henry Stimson from 1941 to 1945, then as President of the World Bank, and finally as our High Commissioner for Germany. He is today Chairman of the Board of the Chase National Bank.

  • The Prospects Are Bright

    As a regular contributor to the Atlantic, SUMNER H. SLICHTER has repeatedly pointed out the enormous potential of the American economy. We believe that his opinions have been consistently validated by subsequent events, and that prophets of gloom would do well to consider the facts with which he supports his quiet confidence in our ability to prosper. Born in Madison, Mr. Slichter took his A.B. degree at the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1918, and is today Lamont University Professor at Harvard.

  • One More Brevity

  • The New Barbarians

    NICCOLO TUCCI, who has been living in the United States since 1938, is a contributor to various Italian and American magazines. This is the first of several articles which he is writing “in defense of the ancient Italians and their great culture against the New Barbarians and their great ignoranceHe is now completing two versions of a long historical novel: one in Italian and one in English, for what he calls “the unequalled pleasure of self-plagiarism.”

  • How to Catch a King: Madame De Pompadour

    NANCY MITFORD has lived happily in the heart of Paris since the war. The first novel she wrote there was Love in a Cold Climate; her next, The Blessing, was a Book-of-the-Month Club selection in 1951. Now from wide reading and the liveliest observation she has drawn her gay, enchanting portrait of Madame de Pompadour, which is to be published by Random House this month and from which the Atlantic has been privileged to draw two installments. In the May issue Miss Mitford told us of the King’s coming of age in that most amazing of apartment houses, Versailles; of his marriage; of his eventual boredom with his Queen from Poland, who was seven years his senior; and of his meeting with the attractive and accomplished Madame d’Étioles, the future Madame de Pompadour, at a famous masked ball.

  • Hong Kong

  • Roadless Area

    A graduate of Harvard, Class of 1931, PAUL BROOKS succeeded Ferris Greenslet as Edit or-in-Chief of Houghton Mifflin Company. His interest in the out-of-doors is reflected in his holidays as well as his publishing activities. He and the Bow Paddle,who “cooks best on hands and knees with smoke in her eyes.”have camped,puddled, walked, fished,birded, and chased butterflies from Thoreau’s Concord River at their doorstep to such roadless areas as he describes in the article which follows.

  • Haunted

  • The Scale Room

    Now in his twenty-Seventh year, GEORGE VUKELICH is a veteran of World War II and a graduate of the Universitv of Wisconsin and the tcademy of Radio Arts of Toronto. He has had some poetry published and has done radio scripts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Ford Theatre. He is currently on the staff of Station WKOW -CBS in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • The Horsepower Race

    How far will automobile manufacturers go in trying to achieve small-car agility and speed in heavy vehicles capable of carrying six passengers and a load of luggage? Will further gains in horsepower — now climbing above 200— be useful for the average driver? All our cars can already attain road speeds far beyond the skill and judgment of most motorists, contends EUGENE JADERQUIST,who is an authority on high-performance cars.

  • Limbo

    MARY LAVIN does her writing today looking out on one of the-loveliest curves of the River Boyne, with the famous Hill of Tara rising above the distant trees. A protegee of Lord Dunsany, she turned to the Atlantic with her first short stories, which when published in 1942 in book form. under the title Tales from Beetive Bridge, were awarded the James Tail Black Memorial Brize. Her first novel. The House in Clewe Street, was serialized in our columns, and her second. Mary O’Grady, teas published in 1930.

  • Here Lies History

  • How to Be a Writer Without Writing

    GEOFFREY BUSH is a writer who has lived most of his twenty-four years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1950 he was graduated suninw ram laude from Harvard; the next two years he spent at Oxford an a Rhodes Scholarship; and now lie is back at Harvard as a Junior Fellow. He has recently completed a critical study of the idea of nature in Shakespeare’s plays; and like so many other young American writers who have made a temporary home in universities, he is trying to find out whether the creative and the academic life can be reconciled.

  • Pensions Could Be Better

    Low interest rates and the great rise in the cost oj living have rendered most pensions insufficient for even the bare necessities of life. In the article that follows, H. MINTURN SEDGWICK, Boston investment counselor, shows how the same amounts now invested in pension plans could be made to produce an adequate retirement income not only for an employee, but also for his wife; furthermore, important death benefits could be provided at no extra cost.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • New Books for Children

    MARGARET FORD KIEKAN was Children’s Page Editor of the Boston Herald for twentythree years. She and her husband, John Kieran, have just completed John James Audubon, which Random House will publish as a Landmark Book this fall.

  • Accent on Living

  • Supreme Test

    Former literary editor of Punch, H. F. ELLis is best known to American readers for his incomparably funny book. The taxations of A. J. Wentworth.

  • Pendant La Saison

    Monsieur A. P. Decantelle, Director of La Pêche Indépendante, the well-known Paris angling journal, has informed the Irish Tourist body that he will lead a group of French anglers to Ireland at the beginning of June. — Weekly Bulletin of the Department of External Affairs, Dublin.

  • Lawn Party

    FRANK HERBERT in a native Sew Yorker, a yraduate of the University of Notre Dame, who has made his home in Massachusetts since returning from wartime service as an officer in the Sarny. This is his first appearance in the Atlantic.

  • Record Reviews

  • Shopping À La Cart

    WEAKB HOLBROOK has written many light articles for news syndicates and magazines, A former Iowan, he note lives in Hartsdale, New York.

  • Undercurrent

  • Europe in the Off Season

    MITCHELL GOODMAN is a New Yorker who has lived in France and Italy. After living in Vermont, he is once again in New York, where he is writing full time.

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