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At the urging of the ATLANTIC, FRANCIS HENRY TAYLOR,director of the Worcester Art Museum, flew to Florence for a visit with his friend Bernard Berenson. Their mornings together at Berenson’s bedside produced this self-portrait of a man who for half a century has been recognized as the greatest connoisseur of Italian art.
Is the bald eagle, the American symbol of freedom, on its way to extinction? Until very recently the great bird was being systematically wiped out of the skies above Alaska, and even now its southern refuge is disappearing. EDWIN WAY TEALE, the naturalist, author of NORTH WITH THE SPRING and AUTUMN ACROSS AMERICA,reminds us of a responsibility which should not be faced only by the Audubon Society.
A political scientist with undiminished belief in the potential of the American economy, SUMNER H. SLICHTERis today Lamont Professor at Harvard University and an analyst of business trends whose forecasts are carefully listened to by management and labor alike.
An Englishman who served as a lieutenant commander of escort vessels in the Second World War, NICHOLAS MONSAHRAT writes in the great tradition of the English seafarers. His novel, THE CRUEL SEA, touched millions of readers here and in England at the war’s end, and because of it we asked him to recall that moment of supreme crisis when England stood with her hack to the wall — the Battle of Dunkirk.
After fifteen years of failures and frustrations as a dancer and choreographer, AGNES DE MILLE scored her first international success in her ballet RODEO,in which at its opening in the Metropolitan she danced the lead. On the strength of this she was invited by Rodgers and Hammerslein to do the dances for OKLAHOMA ! At this point she and Walter Prude were married, and after an abbreviated wedding trip and a few hectic weeks together at army camps, she joined that great company of women who were living on letters from overseas.
The author of the definitive life of Columbus, ADMIRAL OF THE OCEAN SEA, a historian renowned for his history of the American Navy in the Second World War, a sailor who saw active duty on eleven different ships and who retired with the rank of rear admiral, SAMUEL ELIOT MORISON is a Bostonian skilled in the great tradition of Prescott and Parkman.
SIR RICHARD LIVINGSTONE succeeded his friend and teacher Gilbert Murray as the pre-eminent classicist at Oxford. Throughout his career the classics have supplied the inner illumination for his teaching, whether to undergraduates, to adults, or the troops to which he lectured during the war years. President of Corpus Christi College (1933-1950) and vice chancellor of Oxford University (1944—1947), Sir Richard has been a welcome visitor on many an American campus.
Clergyman and author, REINHOLD NIEBUHRwas ordained in 1915 and has been professor of applied Christianity at the Union Theological Seminary since 1930. Over the years, in his lectures as in his books, Dr. Niebuhr has carried on an intellectual crusade against the complacencies of an age of reason.
Author, connoisseur of modern art, and country squire, SIR OSBERT SITWELLbegan in 1942 the writing of his monumental autobiography, a fire-volume work which, on its completion with NOBLE ESSENCES in 1950, was described by the London TIMES as “an outstanding contribution to literature.”
Critic, short-story writer, and novelist, ANGUS WILSON is regarded as one of the most vigorous writers to come out of World War II. His collection of short stories, SUCH DARLING DODOS, and his first novel, HEMLOCK AND AFTER,won him enthusiastic acclaim both in the United States and in Britain. Mr. Wilson has recently returned from a two-months trip to Japan and is now working on a novel. His latest book of stories, A BIT OFF THE MAP,has just been published by Viking.
A veteran of the First World War, MALCOLM COWLEY graduated from Harvard in 1919 and then went to France on a fellowship. While in Paris he made friends among the Surrealists, helped to edit two expatriated magazines, SECESSION and BROOM, and wrote the first of the critical studies which were eventually to appear in his best-known book, EXILE’S RETURN. A critic who is concerned with the problems of the American writer, he here gives us a penetrating evaluation of Thomas Wolfe. Mr. Cowley is president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters.
CZESLAW MILOSZ is the most famous of contemporary Polish émigré writers. He was born in Lithuania in 1911. After the Second World War he served in the diplomatic service of Poland’s “popular democracy” before breaking with its Stalinist regime in 1951. His book on the intellectuals of Eastern Europe, THE CAPTIVE MIND, has been translated into many languages, and his novel, LA PRISE DU POUVOIR, won the Prix Littéraire Européen in 1953. He now lives in France.
SCOTT CORBETT iS a native Missourian now living in East Dennis on Cape Cod. He has written several books, the latest of which is MIDSHIPMAN CRUISE.
After qraduating from Bryn Mawr’ SYLVIA WRIGHT worked in the publishing field in New York, and during World War II for the Office of War Information in this country and overseas. She is the author of many light articles.
WILLIAM K. GOOLRICK, JR., spent most of his six years in the Army on General Patton’s staff. A Virginian by birth and a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is now on the staff of LIFE in New York.
What is the Kremlin’s present design for the Russian Empire and to what extent does it differ from the designs of the Czars? For an answer to this question, perhaps the most ominous in international affairs, we turn to EDWARD CRANKSHAW,widely read and widely respected here and in Britain as an authority on Russia.
Celebrated for his contributions to the NEW YORKER as writer and artist, JAMES THURBERis uniquely qualified to undertake this memoir of Harold W. Ross, that magazine’s creator. In this, the first of a series, we are shown the early stages of the turbulent and affectionate relationship — Thurber as staff man and Ross as editor — which began in 1927 and ended with Ross’s death in December, 1951.
It was in 1912 that England first recognized and applauded the poetry of ROBERT FROST.Last spring — forty-five years later —he went back for a reunion and an ovation such as England has never accorded to any other American poet.
Internationally known as the founder of analytical psychology. DR. CARL G. JUNG is a Swiss who look his medical degree at the University of Zurich and did graduate work at the University of Paris, 1902-1903. His books hare been published in nine languages. This essay‚ which will be amplified in book form, was submitted through the kind offices of Dr. Carleton Smith of the National Arts Foundation.
A writer of power and vividness unsurpassed in our time‚ ERNEST HEMINGWAY is the fifth American to have been awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. To his mastery of the short story he brings a swift and revealing dialogue, a veneration for courage, and a capacity to share and inflict suffering. These new stories show him at his characteristic best.
Artist and essayist whose affectionate and mocking touch established his unique reputation in the last years of Victoria‚ SIR MAX BEERBOHM in the autumn of his career was occasionally willing to reminisce. In these words he reaches back to a Bohemian London which he had enjoyed as a young wit and dandy.
Before serving first as our high commissioner and then as our ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, JAMES B. CONANThad been at Harvard University for thirty-five years as instructor, professor, and president.