In This Issue
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Islam Past and Present
Accent on Living
JOSEPH WECHSBERG, who has written many books and articles about travel and good living, is a frequent contributor to these pages.
No Life to Speak Of
H. F. ELLIS is a Londoner whose light prose has frequently appeared in the Atlantic. He is the author, also, of an extraordinarily funny book, The Vexations of A. J. Wentworth.
Listening at Home
JOHN M. CONLY is a former New York and Washington newspaperman, now editor of High Fidelity Magazine.“ They Shall Have Music" is a quarterly feature in the Atlantic.
The Arab World: A Culture in Transition
Arabic Culture: Its Background and Today's Crisis
A Scholar's Boyhood: Excerpts From an Autobiography
Memories of Childhood
Social Reform: Factor X: The Search for an Islamic Democracy
The Arab Shadow Play
The Errand: A Story
The Changing Economic Scene: Past Heritage and Future Plans
Contemporary Artists of the Arab World
The Present Mood in Literature: Trends in a Period of Transition
The Comedy of Death: A Story
The Pilgrimage: A Story
Sounds and Music
Tell That Neighbor Girl
A Muslim Passion Play: Key to a Lebanese Village
The Arabic Language
The Will of the Saint: A Story
The Death of Mohammed: A Scene From a Modern Play
Dr. Choumayyil's Cat
A Chronology of Arab History
Biographical Notes on the Poets
Box Office Is Not Enough
Choreographer and ballet dancer who was invited to Covent Garden to dance in two of her own works, ”Rodeo" and “The Three Virgins,” this summer, AGNES DE MTLLE has long been a leading and spirited figure in the American theatre. Last year in one of the most memorable performances of Omnibus she told of the origins of ballet and of the remarkable collaboration between the musician and the dancer. Now she reminds the spectator of how vulnerable the American theatre is in these days of rising costs and shrinking patronage.
I Shall Vote for Eisenhower
In pursuance of the Atlantic’s policy of hearing from both parties at the time of a national election, we turn first to ROBERT CUTLER, a lawyer and Chairman of Boston’s Old Colony Trust Company. Mr. Cutler uas Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Chairman of the National Security Planning Board, and sat with the Operations Coordinating Board and the Council on Foreign Economic Policy during the period from January, 1953, to April, 1955. Among his many public offices, he has served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston; as Overseer of Harvard; as National President of the United Community Funds and Councils of America; and as Assistant to Secretary of War Stimson with the rank of Brigadier General, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
Why the Democrats Should Win
Author and journalist, GERALD W. JOHNSON is a Southern Democrat who made his start in North Carolina and who has lived happily in Baltimore ever since the Sunpapers called him to their editorial staff in 1926. He has worked and written with Frank R. Kent, H. L. Mencken, and Hamilton Owens, friends all; he has expressed his admiration for Andrew Jackson and Woodrow wilson in lively biographies; and he has spoken his hopes for, and his belief in, this country in such books as Liberal’s Progress, This American People, and Pattern for Liberty.
The Burning of the Waters
Poet and short-story writer, JAMES STILL has done much of his creative writing in that remote, picturesque stronghold, the Kentucky mountains. For years he was the librarian of the Hindman Settlement School at the forks of Troublesome Creek, and he has been the laureate oj the mountaineers. In 1910 he shared honors with Thomas Wolfe in the Southern Authors’ Award, for his novel River of Earth.Since then he has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and his short stories have been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories of 1946, 1950, and 1952.