May 1957

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  • Mystery Stories

    An author laments the contrived state of modern fiction

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • France

  • Epitaph for a Tough Guy

    English-born but now an American citizen, ALISTAIR COOKE first came to this country as a Commonwealth Fellow. Since 1948 he has been chief American correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, and the most popular commentator on American affairs for BBC. American audiences know him as the master of ceremonies on Omnibus; American readers appreciate him for his book One Man’s America and for his friendly portraits of men who were dear to him: Charlie Chaplin and Henry L. Mencken.

  • The Fever

  • Dissension in the Aec

    The Atomic Energy Commission is one of the most highly charged units now operating in the Capital. It is so today under the chairmanship of Admiral Lewis Strauss just as it was under the chairmanship of David E. Lilienthal when Strauss himself was often a dissenting voice. The Commission spends $2 billion annually, and its decisions may well be a matter of life and death. Under the circumstances, we need the combined wisdom, even including the disagreement, of the five Commissioners, not decisions enforced by the Chairman. WARREN UNNAof the Washington Post has been covering the AEC for the past three years.

  • Kashmir

  • My Life, My Cello

    The late Serge Koussevitzky once said that GREGOR PIATIGOKSKY was “the greatest cellist of our day.” Born in the Ukraine in 1903, Mr. Piatigorsky was appointed first cellist of the Imperial Opera Orchestra in Moscow at the extraordinary age of fifteen. With the outbreak of the Revolution in 1919 he left Moscow, and for a number of years he was reduced to playing in cafés and theaters in Warsaw and Berlin to keep body and soul together. Ifis tribulations finally came to an end in 1924, when he was ”discoveredfor a second time by Artur Schnabel and Wilhelm Furtwängler. Since 1929 he has made his home in this country.

  • Cattle Raids on the King Ranch

    For four rears TOM LEA, the artist and author of El Paso, has been absorbed in writing and illustrating his incomparable two-volume history of the King Ranch, to be published by Little Brown. His hero is Richard King, son of an Irish immigrant, who made his reputation as a steamboater on the Rio Grande and who came ashore in his late twenties to become a cattle baron of Texas. He was early befriended by Lt. Col. Robert E. Lee, and when the Civil War broke out, the King Ranch, “the back door of the Confederacy,”shipped beef to the armies and cotton across the border. But after the war the Mexicans moved in to help themselves.

  • Worlds Apart: Classes and Masses in the Communist State

    When OSCAR HADLINX,Professor of History at Harvard, and his wife attended a recent international conference in Yugoslavia, he was constantly surprised by the thinking and motivation which separated the representatives of the U.S.S.R. and its satellites from those of the Western powers. The barriers of poverty, regimentation, and unquestioned ideology often stood in the way of a meeting of minds. A Pulitzer Prize winner in history, Mr. Handlin is the author of several books, the latest being Race and Nationality in American Life.

  • The Music Teacher

    NATHANIEL LAMAR, who was born in Atlanta. Georgia, twenty-two years ago, prepared for Harvard at Phillips Exeter. He majored in English and found particular stimulus for his writing in the courses which he took under Archibald MacLeish. Mr. La Mar’s first story in the Atlantic, “Creole Love Song, won the Dana Reed Award at Harvard and was reprinted in The Best American Stories, 1956. Last autumn he began to work on his first novel; and to assist in its completion, we have awarded him an Atlantic Grant in Fiction.

  • Ascari's Last Curve

    Since he gave up flying in 1948, JOHN FITCHhas driven in most of the major road races of North and South America and Europe. In the 1952 Pan-Atmerican road race in Mexico, as the first American to drive for MercedesBenz, he set a record for the final leg, averaging 133 mph for the 230 miles. More recently he has driven in many major events in Europe and the United States. Alberto Ascari. at the time of his death in 1955, was regarded as one of the greatest racing drivers of all time.

  • My Table Tennis Racket

    The rewards of nonpublication are sometimes greater than what a successful article, widely circulated in print, will produce. In the tale that follows, an energetic magazine writer shows how a half-dozen fees can be made to blossom where only one was expected. BRUCE BLIVEN, JR., is the author of many articles and several books; Atlantic readers will recall his account (May, 1954) of the fantastic high-speed typewriting contests which were prevalent around the turn of the century.

  • Sean O'Faolain

    Sean O’ Faolain, a Dubliner, is known through his writings as a sympathetic yet realistic interpreter of contemporary Irish life. His latest book, The Finest Stories of Sean O’Faolain, has just been published under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint. For a deeper understanding of Mr. O’ Faolain and of the problems confronting Irish writers, ice have turned to JOHN V. KELLEHER,Associate Professor of Literature at Harvard. Mr. Kelleher is of Irish descent and a frequent traveler in Ireland.

  • What Is Good English?

    Born and educated in California, MARGRET NICHOLSON was formerly Head of the Publishing Department at Oxford University Press, and in this capacity she worked with authors and editors in the revision and final editing of manuscripts accepted for publication. She is the author of Oxford Author’s Style Book and A Manual of Copyright Practice, and her new book, A Dictionary of AmericanEnglish Usage, based on Fowler’s famous guide, has just been published by Oxford University Press. Miss Nicholson is at the present time Head of the Contract and Copyright Department of The Macmillan Company.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Coupon Clipper

    JEAN TIGAR lives with her family in Schenectady, New York. She was formerly engaged in editorial work, and her writing has appeared in many magazines.

  • Signs

  • All My Own Work

    ALEX ATKINSON lives in Surrey, has written several plays and three novels; his shorter work appears frequently in Punch and other periodicals.

  • Highway Construction: (As Emily Dickinson Might React to It)

  • Record Reviews

  • Tourist in Holland

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