August 1956

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  • The Middle East

  • Japan

  • The Changing Physician

    A Connecticut Yankee who took his M.D. at Johns Hopkins in 1915, DANA W. ATCHLEY has made a distinctive place for himself in medicine by blending his three major interests in research, teaching, and practice. From 1919 to 1921 he did research in chemistry at his alma mater; he later established one of the first clinics for the study of hypertension; and for going on three decades he has been Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia, and Attending Physician at the Presbyterian Hospital.

  • Doctors and Politics

    A graduate of Harvard and of the Harvard Medical School, DR. DAVID D. RUTSTEIN, aspecialist in internal and preventive medicine, has been Professor of Preventive Medicine and Head of the Department at the Harvard Medical School since 1947. Dr. Rutstein is a member of the staff of the Massachusetts General Hospital and five other Boston hospitals, and is Vice President of the American Heart Association. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and serves on the Expert Advisory Panel on Chronic Degenerative Diseases for the World Health Organization.

  • James Thurber: In Conversation With Alistair Cooke

    “James Thurber, one of the world’s greatest humorists ,” writes ALISTAIR COOKE, “was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1894. In his early thirties, he joined the New Yorker magazine, and there formed a working partnership with E. B. White that became as memorable in our day as that of Addison and Steele was in the London of the Spectator. The writings and drawings of Thurber have gone around the world. And though Thurber surely didn’t invent The War Between Men and Women, he is its bravest war correspondent.”Mr. Cooke’s interview with Mr. Thurber was first presented on Omnibus, produced by TV-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Smell of Lilies

    An American novelist and short-story writer who feels happiest when working abroad, MARTHA GELLHORN wrote her first novel in Paris at the age of twenty-three. As a foreign correspondent she covered the Civil War in Spain; Munich; Czechoslovakia; Finland; and the war in China before Pearl Harbor. London was most frequently her headquarters during the Second World War, and there she makes her home today.

  • That Breakfast

  • Southern Cotton and Japan

    A native of the Delta, born and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, DAVID L. COHN as an ardent Southerner early came to realize that cotton has had a more dramatic and at times devastating effect on our national history than any of our other natural resources. On a recent trip to Japan he was appalled by the effect our Southernpressured tariff was having upon one of our most needy customers, Japan. The author of many books, Mr. Cohn has recently sent to press his new volume, The Life and Times of King Cotton, [which will be published by the Oxford University Press in the fall.

  • A Thousand and Two Nights

    A Nova Scotian and the daughter of a clergyman, CONSTANCE TOMKINSON was in her early twenties and eager to see the world. After she studied ballet with Martha Graham in New York City, she went abroad determined to pay her way by dancing. The techniques which she learned from Miss Graham did not altogether prepare her for the requirements of the Folios Bergère, but she “troupedall over the Continent, and from her experience has come a book of recollection, Les Girls. The following article is adapted from a chapter which describes Miss Tomkinson’s adventures in Germany; next month the Atlantic will present her experiences in Italy.

  • The Mate

    The Atlantic receives on an average as many as 1500 poems a month. They come as frequently from men as from women, and are evidence of an interest in poetry which never slackens. As an incentive for those writers yet unestablished, we shall from time to time devote a number of pages to the work of young poets.

  • Vision at Franconia

  • Deep South Kensington

  • Two Sonnets

  • The Phoenix

  • Eleutheria

  • The Nun and the Dramatist: George Bernard Shaw to the Abbess of Stanbrook

    At the time of her death in 1953, it was said of Dame Laurentia McLachlan, the ABBESS OF STANBROOK, that “she gave herself to everyone who needed her help; she was a person without frontiers.” In her hitherto unpublished correspondence with GEORGE BERNARD SHAW,a bitter and candid controversy arose between the Abbess and the Dramatist following the publication of his book, The Adventures of a Black Girl in Her Search for God. Their difference and their reconciliation are eloquently revealed in the letters which follow. This correspondence, the first portion of which appeared in the Atlantic for July, is edited by the nuns of Stanbrook and printed by kind permission of the present Abbess, the Public Trustee, and the Society of Authors; it will form part of a book, In a Great Tradition, to be published later.

  • This Homogenized World

    Author of numerous books and articles, SIDNEY W. DEANwas managing editor of the Boston Herald; then he went to New York, where he edited technical and trade publications for many years. His two books of travel, We Fell in Love with Quebec and All the Way by Water, are based on ten summers of small-boat cruising with his wife along the St. Lawrence River. He was a noteworthy trout fisherman, a redoubtable yachtsman, and a truly great amateur cook. Square Meals, his cookbook which contains everything that he found necessary to his prowess in seven decades of tireless kitcheneering, is now being prepared for posthumous publication.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Walk Alone!

  • On Tobey's Road

  • Good-by--Now!

  • Please Don't Mention Another Tension

  • Record Reviews

  • Mexico

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