September 1957

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  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Turkey

  • Is the Death Penalty Necessary?

    Why does a state insist on maintaining a capital punishment statute which it repeatedly refuses to enforce? For an answer, we turn to GILES PLAYFAIR, a free-lance writer and a London barrister who has studied firsthand the penological systems of the United States, England, and other countries, and who, with Derrick Sington, is coauthor of The Offenders, which Simon & Schuster will publish in late October.

  • Nonconformity

    Artist, author, and lecturer, BEN SHAHN was born in Russia and emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was eight years old. From an early age he wanted desperately to paint, and to help him toward his goal he took night courses at City College, New York University, and the National Academy of Design. He has had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Venice Biennale, and his paintings have appeared in many exhibits throughout the country. The article which follows is drawn from one of the Charles Eliot Norton lectures delivered at Harvard last Spring and will appear in book form in The Shape of Content, to be published by Harvard University Press.

  • Pakistan

  • The Real Billy Graham

    A Scot who took his degrees of M.A. and B.D. at Edinburgh University, DR. DAVID H. C. READ served as a chaplain in the Highland Division in the Second World War and is today pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. He was captured at Saint-Valéry in 1940 and for the next five years was a prisoner in the German “bag.” Out of this experience came his first book, Prisoners’ Quest, a portion of which appeared in the Atlantic; his latest book, The Christian Faith, was published by Scribner’s. Dr. Read spends his summers in Scotland, and while there last year as Chaplain to Edinburgh University he observed the impact of Billy Graham upon his countrymen with impressions which differed from those reported by Dr Robertson in the June Atlantic.

  • Summer Remembered

  • The Liberation Celebration Machine

    Poet and novelist, LAWRENCE DURRELL was born in India and was educated in England at St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury. He served as a Foreign Service press officer in Athens, Cairo, Rhodes, and Belgrade, and from this experience has come the amusing story which follows. Mr. Durrell’s latest novel, Justine, which was a Book Society Recommendation in England, has recently been published in this country by Dutton.

  • Konrad Adenauer

    Konrad Adenauer, the first post-war Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, is a candidate for reelection this month at the age of eighty-one. His re-emergence from obscurity at the war’s end and his reassertion of strength and leadership at an age when most men would be retiring make a remarkable story and one winch has been seen at close hand by TERENCE PRITTIE,the Manchester Guardian’s correspondent at Bonn.

  • The Growing Power of Admen

    Since 1940 advertising budgets have increased fivefold. With this expansion has come “motivational research,”a new probing in depth into the mental, moral, and even emotional processes of the buying public. VANCE PACK. ARD is the author of the pioneer study in this field, The Hidden Persuaders, which has been making a place for itself well up on the best-seller list.

  • Andrew Macafee, 1942-1957

    CRARY MOORE is the pen name of a former Bostonian who has lived in Cambridge since her marriage four years ago. The Atlantic published her first short story, “Seductio ad Absurdum,”in May, 1952, and since that time several of her stories have appeared in our pages. This one, an account of a young prodigy’s obsession, is the product, she tells us, of the heavy intervals between chapters of a light novel on which she is now at work.

  • Where Moth and Rust

    “I was born in Brooklyn,”writes GERTRUDE FRIEDBERG, “and went to Wellesley College, where I was put in as a sub on the varsity hockey team in the last five minutes against the Irish team. After one year I transferred to Barnard and took my A.B. from there.”The wife of a doctor and the mother of two children, Mrs. Friedberg in recent years has reviewed books on music and done editorial work on technical textbooks.

  • First Meetings With W. B. Yeats

    In his prose as in his caricatures, SIR MAX BEERBOHM proved himself the greatest parodist of our time. In Zuleika Dobson he wrote with perfect irreverence of Oxford, and in Seven Men and his volumes of collected essays he gave us a prose which is alive and full of wit. The following essay is taken from one of his incomparable broadcasts for the BBC’s Third Programme.

  • Illusion

  • Acorns in His Pocket

    A native of Chicago, DONALD CULROSS PEATTIE came East to study botany at Harvard in 1919. Following his graduation he worked for three years in the Department of Agriculture. Then he began the writing which was to make him one of the most widely read naturalists of our day. In his American Trees of the Northern States and A Natural History of Western Trees he has shown a scholarly understanding and a sympathetic affection for those silent sentinels which are our heritage.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Round Trip to Yesterday

  • Tempora Mutantur

  • The Minister's Cat

  • Butterfly

  • Lion

  • Camel

  • Record Reviews

  • Persian Paradox

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