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“Expand or go under"; this spur has been driving Americans into ever larger aggregations since the turn of the century. In our worship of bigness, what becomes of the individual? It was with deepening concern that the editor of the ATLANTICprepared his paper, originally delivered as the Ware Lecture at the conference of the American Unitarian Association.
When EXPRESSO BONGO hit the stage of the Saville Theatre in London in late April, critics described it as “an English musical that can look any American one in the face and outstare it.”This satire on Tin Pan Alley is based on the following story by WOLF MANKOWITZ, author of A KID FOR TWO FARTHINGS, OLD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE, and THE MENDELMAN FIRE.
An expert on China, long respected on the West Coast as in Washington for his knowledge of the Orient, GEORGE E. TAYLOR is director of the Far Eastern and Russian Institute at the University of Washington. Before the war he taught in Chinese universities and saw the inception of the Communist movement in the northern provinces; during the war he served in the Office of War Information and with the State Department.
A Kentuckian by birth, MARGARET COOPER GAY came to New York at the age of fifteen and laler moved to Connecticut, where she did much of her writing until her recent death. Her novel, HATCHET IN THE SKY, was published ill 1954.
As head of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health,FREDRICK J. STARE, M.D., directs one of the most active programs of research on heart disease in the country. Dr. Stare is also editor of NUTRITION REVIEWS,a monthly scientific publication.
This is the tenth and concluding part of JAMES THURBER’S memoir of Harold W. Ross, creator and editor of the NEW YORKER. The association between the two men began in 1927 and ended with Ross’s death in 1951. A considerably enlarged version of THE YEARS WITH ROSS, with supplementary accounts by E. B. White Wolcott Gibbs, A. J. Liebling, and others of Ross’s staff, will he published in book form early in 1959 by Atlantic-Little, Brown.
A noted French sociologist, GERMAINE TILLION is instructor of ethnology at the École des Hautes Études in Paris. For six years she lived in the mountainous Aurès region of Algeria, where she mastered the local Berber dialects. The following analysis was made after her most recent visit to Algeria.
At no time in our past has the ATLANTIC received as many poems as are now submitted to us. They are evidence of an interest in poetry which never slackens and which often burns most brightly in the undergraduate years. As an incentive for writers yet unestablished, we have set aside each year a number of pages in our February and August issues to be devoted to the work of young poets.
Derain, Matisse, Picasso, and Bakst — these were some of the painters who worked with the Russian Ballet on IGOR STRAVINSKY’Screations. How they collaborated with Diaghilev is the gist of this conversation between the composer and ROBERT CRAFET.This will be part of the book, CONVERSATIONS WITH STRAVINSKY,to be published by Doubleday next winter.
A Vermonter now in her twenty-fourth year, MADELEINE MAY is a graduate of the Columbia School of .Journalism and one of the hand-picked team of guides now on duly at the American pavilion at Brussels.
Born in Indiana twenty-four years ago, GLENN MEETER received his A.B. in English from Calvin College in Michigan in 1955 and on a Ford fellowship went to Vanderbilt University to take his master’s degree. He is now living in Lansing, Illinois, where he teaches English and devotes as much time as he can to his writing.
A New Yorker, ALFRED A. KNOF was a junior at Columbia when in the summer of 1911 he look his first job as a, space salesman for the New York TIMES. Following my his graduation he served a brief apprenticeship with Doubleday Page, and then in 1915 he branched out on his own with his first catalogue of Borzoi Books. From that day to this his standards in the selection and manufacture of books have been the pride and envy of the American book trade.
KEN W. PURDY,formerly editor of ARGOSY, TRUE, and PARADE, is now free-lancing. His book, KINGS OF THE ROAD, was published by Atlantic-Little, Brown in 1952.
ELINOR GOULDING SMITH has written many light articles for the ATLANTIC, and is the author of two recent and amusing books, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ABSOLUTELY PERFECT HOUSEKEEPING and THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ABSOLUTELY PERFECT BABY AND CHILD CARE.
JOHN J. ROWLANDS lives at the water’s edge of Massachusetts Bay on the rocks at Cohasset. He has written, for the ATLANTIC, and is the author of a delightful book about the North Woods, CACHE LAKE COUNTRY.