November 1956

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  • Canada

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Oh, I Just Write Verse

    C. S. JEWISON has indeed written and published verse “in most of the magazines" under her maiden name of Kaye Starbird, She lives with her husband and three daughters in Shelburne, Vermont.

  • The Bulganin Boat Song

  • First Reader

  • Star Light, Star Bright

    A Smith College graduate, ANITRA FREEDMAN lives in Berkeley, California, where she is engaged in writing, editing, and literary research.

  • Record Reviews

  • The West Indian Islands

  • Germany

  • Ceylon

  • The Lion and the Throne: The Queen's Attorney

    Mr. Justice Holmes, John Adams, and Sir Edward Coke — to the study of these three giants in law CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN has devoted no less than fifteen years. The sequence is important, for each of the three built upon the edifice of his predecessor; and for this reason perhaps Sir Edward Coke, who suppressed the conspiracies against Queen Elizabeth and fought for the Commons against James I and Charles I — perhaps he is the mightiest of the trio in that he laid the foundations of our Bill of Rights. The following excerpt is the first of three, powerful and charged with character, which the Atlantic will draw from Mrs. Bowen’s forthcoming book, The Lion and the Throne. They are highlights in a volume which in its entirety runs to 200,000 words.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Mixed Schools and Mixed Blood

    This is the first of two articles dealing with the most inflammatory domestic issue now before the country. HERBERT RAVENEL SASS, author and long-time contributor to the Atlantic, presents the fundamental case for the white South. A native of Charleston, South Carolina, an independent, and an Episcopalian, Mr. Sass is imbued with a tradition which he believes is based on unchanging truth. His argument goes to the very heart of the controversy: Would integrated schools lead to mixed blood?

  • Where Equality Leads

    OSCAR HANDLIN,who has devoted years of study to the blood streams that make up America, is Professor of History at Harvard University and the author of The Uprooted, which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1952. His forthcoming book, Race and Nationality in American Life, which has a direct bearing on this whole problem, will appear early in the new year.

  • The Still Hunter

    Naturalist and hunter, movie producer and businessman, W . DOUGLAS BURDEN, who makes his home in Vermont, has had from an early age ‟a strong taste for the wild places of the world and an equally strong distaste for crowds and pavements.738221; He is the founder of Marineland and a trustee of the American Museum of Natural History. From his expedition to the Island of Komodo in the Dutch East Indies, he returned with live specimens of dragon lizards and material for his book, Dragon Lizard of Komodo. He is a conservationist in the best sense, and in his hunting and observation of wild life he has well remembered the lessons taught him when very young by Archie Miller, the great Indian hunter of Quebec.

  • Dream of Liverpool, England

  • A Heart of Furious Fancies

    WINONA MCCLINTIC was a radioman second class in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. She graduated from Mills College, contributed poems to the Atlantic, and was at work on her Ph.D. (under the G.I. Bill) when matrimony intervened. She married an engineer and while he, she says, “fiddles with things on airplanes,” she finds time to raise guinea frigs and write.

  • A Seizure of Couplets

  • Brandeis

    CHARLES L. WYZANSKI, JR., who was appointed to the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts in 1941, is imbued with a strong sense of the continuity of the law. Following his graduation from the Harvard Law School, he served as secretary to Judge Augustus N. Hand and Judge Learned Hand. He became an ardent, though not always uncritical, admirer of Justice Brandeis. On this the 100th Anniversary of Brandeis’s birth, it is appropriate to be reminded that in his influence upon American law Justice Brandeis comes second only to John Marshall.

  • White Egret

  • Algeria in Revolt

    This month the controversial problem of Algeria is once again to come before the United Nations General Assembly for discussion. To give its readers an impartial analysis of a most complex question, the Atlantic has turned to HERBERT LUETHY, an acknowledged authority on French colonial problems. Mr. Luethy is a former Paris correspondent for the Swiss newspaper, Die Tat, and the author of Frankreichs Uhren Gehen Anders, which appeared in an American translation last year under the title France Against Herself (Frederick Praeger).

  • The Railroad in the Alley

    Now in his early thirties, MITCHELL J. STRUCINSKI was born an Chicago’s south side, where he went through grade school and then worked at several odd jobs in packing houses and stock rooms. During World War II he served with the Merchant Marine. It was at this time that his literary interests were aroused; and with the tutoring of a fellow officer, he spent three years catching up on the education he had missed. He has been writing seriously for the past six years. This is his first published story.

  • Ishmael and Ahab

    Moby-Dick is an American classic which was rediscovered early in this century and which enjoys much greater prestige today than ever it did during the author’s lifetime. And even today, because of its size and complexity, the novel gains from the warmth and illumination which play upon it in this appraisal by ALFRED KVZIN, author, critic, and Professor of American Studies at Amherst College.

  • The Old Farmer's Almanac

    Editor and publisher of The Old Farmer’s Almanac and Yankee magazine, ROBB SAGENDORPHmakes his headquarters in Dublin, New Hampshire. He is the tenth editor of the Almanac in its one hundred and sixty-four years of existence, and under his direction the circulation has risen from 86,000 to over a million copies. This seems to interfere somewuhat with Mr. Sagendorph’s idea of the happy rural existence. “There is good fishing,” he writes, ‟but I never hare time to go.”

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

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