November 1958

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  • She

  • The Astronomer's Stake in Outer Space

    An astronomer who has been Director of the Harvard Observatory since 1952, Donald H. Menzel is a specialist in astrophysics and the author of a number of books for both scientists and laymen. He predicts that man will be commuting to Mars within the decade, and he tells us in this article about some of the arrangements that must first be made.

  • Malaya

  • The Tacopatli Passion Play

    American novelist and short-story writer, MARTHA GELLHORN made her early reputation as a war correspondent. Last summer she and her husband, T. S. Matthews, spent considerable time in Mexico, and they will return to the United States early in 1959 to gather source material for a book about America. Her new novel dealing with the face of war is soon to be published.

  • Notes on Translation

    ARTHUR WALEY is an English scholar whose studies and translations of Chinese literature established him as one of the foremost Sinologists of our time. His translations of Chinese poetry, so impeccably published by Alfred Knopf in the 1920s, opened the gates of imagination for thousands of Americans, and his translation of THE TALE OF GENJI, the Japanese classic, is the best that was ever attempted. He speaks from experience and with authority.

  • A Morning in Spain

  • Father Damien's Village

    The author of THE NUN’S STORY, KATHRYN HULME interrupted the preparation of her new book long enough to pay a flying visit to Honolulu and to Molokai, the isolated leper colony which, thanks to the new drugs, is now a more hopeful settlement than was ever possible in the days of Father Damien.

  • The Compleat Billingsley

    DILLON ANDERSON, a Texas lawyer who served as Special Assistant to the President on National Security, has found time to compose two volumes of stories, I AND CLAUDIE and CLAUDIE’S KINFOLKS. In this account he gives us another aspect of his preposterous friend, Billingsley, poker pal and hunting champion.

  • Macmillan Rides the Storm

    A novelist and political correspondent on the OBSERYER, HUGH MASSINGHAM is generally acknowledged to he the most influential commentator in Britain today. He is the son of H. W. Massingham, the famous editor, brother of H. J. Massingham. the naturalist, and of Dorothy Massingham, whose play, THE LAKE,was produced in America. His latest novel, THE WANDERING EYE,was favorably received on both sides of the Atlantic.

  • Release From the Bull Pen--Andersonville, 1864

    JOHN E. WARREN,son of a Wisconsin farmer, was in his freshman year at Madison when the Confederacy rebelled. He enlisted in 1861, served for four years in cavalry and artillery, and was eventually taken prisoner and shipped to Andersonville. Here he survived for 162 days under conditions which he describes with grim humor. This account was written for, but never published in, THE BATTLES AND LEADERS OF THE CIVIL WAR.Mr. Warren lived to a ripe old age in Maine, where he served as mill manager of the S. D. Warren Paper Company.

  • Carey Bloom

    Irish essayist and critic, DONAT O’DONNELLis best known in this country for his book MARIA CROSS, a study of such modern Catholic authors as François Mauriac, Graham Greene, Sean O’Faolain, Evelyn Waugh, and Paul Claudel. He is fond of dogs, especially Kerry blues, as this narrative discloses.

  • John P. Marquand and the American Failure

    Author and critic, ALFRED KAZIN has been professor of American studies at Amherst College, Berg Professor at New York University, and is at present a Guggenheim Fellow. He is well known for his discerning, authoritative studies in American literature, ON NATIVE GROUNDS and THE INMOST LEAF. He spent this past summer at Wellfleet on Cape Cod and while there reread all of the work of New England’s leading novelist, John P. Marqnand.

  • The Timid Future

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • Research Project

    A down-East editor widely known for the pungency of the columns he wrote for the Lisbon Falls ENTERPRISE, JOHN GOULD is also the author of many books and articles about life in Maine.

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Life at a Premium

  • Greensleeves Forever

    EMILY S. JONES is administrative director of the Educational Film Library Association in New York, a small-boat sailor, and a recorder player in her spare time.

  • Gargoyles

  • Record Reviews

  • Africa, on a Brief Holiday

  • Science Ano Industry

  • The Man in the Moon

    Born in London in 1921, a descendant of a liberal Lutheran family which left Russia in 1868, PETER USTINOVhas turned out a new play nearly every year since he was twenty. He has scored an international success as an actor, playwright, and producer, and two of his plays, THE LOVE OF FOUR COLONELSand ROMANOFF AND JULIET,have been hits on Broadway. We are very happy that he has agreed to write an exclusive series of stories for the ATLANTIC,of which this is the first.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Teamsters Defy the Government

    A journalist who took his degree in law at Drake University, CLARK MOLLENHOFF has been assigned to cover city politics ever since he joined the staff of the Des Moines REGISTER AND TRIBUNE in 1941. In Washington his work in helping to uncover corruption in the Internal Revenue Service, in the FCC, and in the labor unions earned him the Pulitzer Prize, the Sigma Delta Chi Award, and the ever-increasing respect of American readers.

  • The Shipwreck

    In late October of 1707, Sir Cloudesley Shovel, Rear Admiral of the Blue, led the Mediterranean fleet home from Gibraltar and ,through faulty reckoning, to a major disaster in which 2000 lives were lost on the Gilstone Ledges. The Poet Laureate describes it this way:

  • The Great Antagonism

    JEROME D. FRANK,who took his Ph.D. and M.D. at Harvard, is associate professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. His research interest has centered in psychotherapy, which has led him to this diagnosis of what happens to Americans when they think of Soviet Russia and of what happens to the Russians when they think of the United States.

  • A Village Tragedy

    The author of three novels, JOHN EARNK grew up and was educated in Jamaica, an island whose customs and people he describes with dramatic force. His most recent book, THE EYE OF THE storm, was published this past spring under the Atlantic Little, Brown imprint.

  • The Evolution of Ethics

    ALBERT SCHWEITZER read the essay which follows before the French Academy of Moral and Political Science, and subsequently presented the manuscript to Mrs. Carleton Smith, who did the translation. He wrote her: “This is very important to me, as it expresses the dominating idea in my thinking.”Doctor Schweitzer, who continues to devote himself to the hospital at Lambaréné, has many personal lies with America, including his service as adviser of the National Arts Foundation.

  • A Dream

  • The Age of Rutherford

    Ernest Rutherford, the famous nuclear physicist, was one of the brightest luminaries at Cambridge University when C. P. SNOWwas doing his graduate work there. He came within the radiance of the great man, and there were sparks on both sides from their early encounters. In mid-career Snow, now Sir Charles, turned away from science to embark on the novels which hare since made him famous.

  • Rock-and-Roll Session

  • Sigh for a Strange Land

    An English writer who spent most of her girlhood in France, MONICA STIRLING represented the ATLANTIC in Paris in the months immediately a fter the Liberation. We have published her short stories and her first novel, LOVERS AREN’T COMPANY, and have saluted with respect her biography of Ouida which appeared earlier this year. Now we are happy to present in serial form her tender, valiant novel which was sparked by the Hungarian Revolution.

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