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The Paris art critic for The Christian Science Monitor recounts a visit with Pablo Picasso at his home.
Author, critic, and Professor of American Studies at Amherst College, Alfred Kazin has drawn this refreshing comparison of the two famous sages of Concord, both of whom were contributors to the Atlantic in its early years. Each man lives for us today in his journals, and it is in these self-revelations that Mr. Kazin looks for the greatness of each.
Meningitis robbed VED MEHTA of his sight at the age of three. His father was a Western-trained doctor marked fur high place in the Indian Civil Service: but though Ved learned English with his brothers and sisters at home, the educational system of India makes no provision for higher education for the blind. The boy studied Braille in a rehabilitation center for wounded veterans, and then at the age of fourteen he began typing his letters of appeal to American institutions. After more than thirty rejections he was finally admitted to the Arkansas School for the Blind, and here he began his liberation in a new world.
JOHN ROBBINS spent his boyhood on the shores of Lake Erie; and on his recent return to Cuyahoga County after two years in Asia and the Middle East as an Ogden Reid Fellow, he was amazed to see what the Great Lakes industrial boom was doing to his ancestral country. There were demands all along the line for more and more water. The change he observed in his home country, which is rich in water, set him to thinking about the more drastic changes ahead in those areas where water is even now at a premium.
Over the years, the Pulitzer Prizes have come to be regarded as valued awards in American letters, especially when they signalize new talent. But from time to time there are mutterings; there were mutterings in 1926 when Sinclair Lewis refused to accept the prize for his novel Arrowsmith, and again this year when there was evidently a hung jury in Fiction. Critic and Professor of English at Cornell, ARTHUR MIZENER looks back at the record. Mr. Mizener is the author of The Far Side of Paradise.
Sportsman, author, and conservationist, CLARK C. VAN FLEET is a native Californian who for more than four decades has roamed the forests and fished the streams of the West Coast. He knows the best pools in the great rivers of Washington, Oregon, and California; he knows the habits of the Steelhead and the Red side; he knows what roads to take and where to stay. Some of his experiences he described in his book, Steelhead to a Fly, which was published in 1954 by Atlantic - Little, Brown.
A graduate of the University of Arizona, a part-time student at Arizona State College, and the father of two children, JOHN A. KEENAN makes his home in Tempe, Arizona, where he is employed as a rehabilitation counselor. “The charm of the Southwest,” writes Mr. Keenan, “is its people; its little people, who reflect ourselves uncluttered by the weird trappings of this scientific age. To be Indian, Mexican, Negro, or white is to be American. And this is why I write.”
Fare Boosts Eleven years ago Robert R. Young led the assault on the Association of American Railroads for its failure to accommodate the passenger with comfort. Today he and other railroad presidents are protesting to high heaven that only by carrying freight can the railroads survive. A newspaperman who specializes in business, JOHN L. HESS writes a daily broadcast of financial news for metropolitan New York. For eight years he was a commuter, but he “got fed up with it last fall and moved into town, wife, three kids, and all.”
Author and editor, J. DONALD ADAMSupon his graduation from Harvard spent two years as a teacher of English at the University of Washington before embarking on the career which was to make him widely known and universally loved. Since 1924 he has been associated with the New York Times Book Review, first as assistant editor, then as editor, and for the past fourteen years as the writer of the weekly column, “Speaking of Books” In this essay he calls to our attention the gradual disappearance of the guides in the fishing and hunting areas of Maine, a state which he has come to regard as his second home.
A veteran of World War II, TOM FILER served with the Navy in the Pacific and then spent three years in business before deciding to go back to college. At U.C.L.A. he came under the spell of Kenneth Macgowan, whose playwriting seminar and whose inspiration started him upon his writing. For three months he worked on a tuna boat in the Mexican coastal waters, and from his experience has come the following story.
A Cleveland lawyer who has been a professor at the Harvard Law School since 1935 and its dean since 1916, ERWIN N. GRISWOLD gives us his appraisal of The Lion and the Throne by Catherine Drinker Bowen. In recognition of her bock Mrs. Bowen is to receive the Henry M. Phillips Prize conferred by the American Philosophical Society for an outstanding contribution to American jurisprudence.