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Too Rich for Comfort
Atlantic Portrait: Charles J. Bullock, Professor of Economics at Harvard, was the first man to hold the George F. Baker Chair, which was established in 1920. The economist and his forthright wife, HELENA BULLOCK, became close friends of the great financier, and were the people he knew best in the Harvard community. It was to them that he turned with mischievous candor at the time he was donating his millions to the Harvard School of Business Administration.
Russia in the Middle East
The Angry South
A square-cut, powerful Georgian, RALPH MCGILLhas for years been respected as one of the bravest and most balanced liberal editors in the deep South. His editorials in the Atlanta Constitution, his undeviating commitment to the betterment of race relations, have made him many friends — and enemies. The Atlantic is proud to publish this fair and accurate diagnosis of the slow, steady changes which have been taking place in the South.
The Family in Modern Drama
An American playwright, Manhattan-born, ARTHUR MILLER began winning awards when he was at the University of Michigan. While at Ann Arbor he wrote two plays a year; on his return to New York he continued this pace, did radio stuff for a living, published a novel, and then came All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, and A View from the Bridge. An extraordinary record fora man just turned forty. “I have traveled,”he says, “whenever possible, to Europe mostly, but my subject is here and my heart as well.” The essay which follows contains the gist of the address he delivered in memory of Theodore Spencer at Harvard University.
The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington
The Soviet Challenge and American Policy
A trusted aide to Franklin D. Roosevelt, AVERELL HARRIMAN was sent to the U.S.S.R. as chairman of a mission in 1941, as the President’s representative in the first strategic talks with Stalin and Churchill in 1942, and as our Ambassador from 1943 to 1946. His analysis of Russian motives and policy, as the Yalta papers reveal, marks him as the first to warn Washington of the Soviet threat. In the article which follows he discusses the new Kremlin line and the inadequacy of U.S. action to meet it.
Drug for the Major
English novelist and short-story writer, GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD came to the Atlantic with his first and often reprinted story, ”The Salvation of Pisco Gabar,”and on the strength of it the Atlantic bought every new story he wrote in the next twelve months. A born linguist who graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford, he sold toys in Rumania, was a bank clerk in Spain, and finally built up enough savings in American radio to become a free lance. Atlantic readers will remember his well-liked novels, Rogue Male, Arabesque, and Fellow Passenger.
George F. Baker: Too Rich for Comfort
Charles J. Bullock, Professor of Economics at Harvard, was the first man to hold the George F. Baker Chair, which was established in 1920. The economist and his forthright wife, HELENA BULLOCK,became close friends of the great financier, and were the people he knew best in the Harvard community. It was to them that he turned with mischievous candor at the time he was donating his millions to the Harvard School of Business Administration.
Ship of Fools: An Episode From a Novel in Progress
This is the second of two episodes drawn from KATHERINE ANNE PORTER’S forthcoming novel, No Safe Harbor, which will appear under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint. No Safe Harbor, Miss Porter writes us, “began as a diary kept on board ship on my first trip to Europe in 1931. Little by little it began to turn itself into a story, by that mysterious process which I cannot explain, but which I recognize when it begins, and I go along with it out of a kind of curiosity, as if my mind which knows the facts is watching to see what my story-telling mind will finally make of them.”Miss Porter is regarded as one of the masters of the short story, and her collections Flowering Judas and Pale Horse, Pale Rider have become classics in our time.
Faith and History
A Unitarian who is minister of the First Church in Boston, DUNCAN HOWLETT,in common with men of many other faiths, has been reflecting upon the meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls in terms of Christian theology. Will they compel a revision? A graduate of the Harvard Law School and of the Harvard Divinity School, and the author of Man Against the Church (Beacon Press), Mr. Howlett served in Salem and New Bedford before being called to the oldest parish in Boston.
Three Aprils and a Poet
Born and raised in upper New York State, CARL CARMER is a former teacher, an essayist, a regional writer of distinction, and the editor of the famous Rivers of America series. In the paper which follows, he gives us three memorable moments in his friendship with Vachel Lindsay, moments which will illuminate that magnetic poet for those who never had the good luck to hear him.
The Peripatetic Reviewer
Books: The Editors Like
Accent on Living
Gourmet or Gourmand?
Author of many books and articles, DONALD MOFFAT is one of our most knowledgeable writers on the French cuisine and the way of life in France.
Twice Is Always?
LOYD ROSENFIELD lires in Mexico. His writings as a free lance appear in many newspapers and magazines in the United States.
The American Rope Trick
KEN KOLB was born in Portland, Oregon, served in the Navy during the war, and since graduation from the University of California in 1950 has been living in San Francisco.
The Passing Remark