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A short story
The Landlocked Submarine
During his recent residence in England, GEORGE KENNAN, our former ambassador to Russia, found himself obliged on sacral occasions to explain to European audiences the reasons for the American participation in the Allied intervention in Russia in 1918-1920. The following article represents the result of recent researches into an episode that was long surrounded by confusion and obscurity.
Last summer the editor of the ATLANTIC invited PETER USTINOV, then on holiday from ROMANOFF AND JULIET, to give thought to writing a series of stories for us. The manuscripts began folwing in to us in September, each one distinctive, entertaining. and penetrating. This is the third of what we believe will be a celebrated series.
Southern author and economist, DAVID L. COHN points out that the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world, pays its foreign representatives so poorly that the best qualified of them, unless they have private means, are unable to afford the most influential posts.
Author and man of faith, C. S. LEWIS was for many years a fellow and tutor of Magdalen College, Oxford. He is best known in America for his provocative books, THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS and THE PROBLEM OF PAIN;his most recent volume, REFLECTIONS ON THE PSALMS, was published in November by Harcourt, Brace.
An English writer who spent most of her girlhood in France, MONICA STIRLING represented the ATLANTIC in Paris in the months immediately after 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. This is the final installment of her lender, valiant novel, which will be published in February.
DOUGLAS BUSH here voices the complaint which has been recurring with increasing frequency among American readers: Is so much sex necessary in our fiction, and must it always be so sordid? Gurney Professor of English at Harvard University, Mr. Bush is an avid reader and the author of a number of well-respected and scholarly volumes.
How numerous and conscientious must an author’s footnotes be? A widely known British authority, H. F. ELLIS, examines the possibility that almost everything is plagiarism in one degree or another. The misappropriations, he believes, can even go so far as to include a writing style as well as schemes and inventions.
Playwright and author of light prose, ROBERT FONTAINE lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.
As film critic for educational station WGBH, NORMAN N. HOLLAND keeps a sharp eye on trends in the movies. He is assistant professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.