February 1959

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  • Pakistan

  • Accent on Living

  • The Down-Easters Who Knew Too Much

  • Willy-Nilly, Bacilli

  • Psychiatry in Pselluloid

    This is the second of two articles by NORMAN N. HOLLAND, film critic for educational station WGBH and assistant professor of English at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Eating Fish

  • Sound the Trumpet

  • Bermuda and Bahamas

  • Biography, True and False

    An American by birth, who with her husband the Marchese Antonio Origo look a leading part in the Italian underground during the war, IRIS ORIGOhas done most of her writing on their farm in Tuscany and in Rome. She is a biographer by choice, and her books include a life of Leopardi, a short study of Byron’s daughter, and THE LAST ATTACHMENT, an account of Byron’s love affair with Countess Guiccioli. The essay which follows is drawn from the Ann Radcliffe lecture which the Marchesa delivered in Cambridge last autumn.

  • The Middle East

  • Add a Dash of Pity

    Playwright, actor, and producer, PETER USTINOV has recently been starring in his own play, ROMANOFF AND JULIET, and making an un forgettable impression on television in the role of Danton. Simultaneously he has been writing in longhand for theATLANTIC a series of stories, each of which in its entertaining way invites us to scrutinize a particular area of contemporary society. In this one he regards the generals who relive the war in their contentious memoirs.

  • A New Economic Strategy

    From her residence in Ghana for the past three years, BARBARA WARD, former foreign editor of the London ECONOMIST, has had an opportunity to size up the needs of an underdeveloped country, as she did in her earlier stay in India. She estimates,If the wealthier nations contributed one per cent of their national incomes each year to world development, they could comfortably cover all present needs.”

  • Elegy

    At no time in our past has the ATLANTICreceived 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.

  • The Wrong Self

  • The Moving Man

  • The Drifting Man

  • My First Boss

    A square-cut, powerful Georgian, RALPH MCGILLhas long been respected as one of the most forthright and liberal editors. His editorials in the Atlanta CONSTITUTION,his unsparing commitment to the improvement of race relations, his belief that his place is in the South, not in the North or Middle West, which have made him many a templing offerthese are evidence of his integrity. This account of his first job is a reminder of a reciprocal trust which the South cannot afford to destroy.

  • Over the Bridge

    A graduate of Harvard, ROBERT W. MORGAN, JR., worked for the Associated Press in Buffalo fur a year and a half and then joined the staff of the Boston GLOBE, where he has been a news editor and reporter. He became interested in the problem of Negro housing when he went to Roxbury to get a story for the GLOBE.

  • Next Thing Was Kansas City

    A native of Belfast, Ireland, who now lives in Montreal, BRIAN MOORE is a most promising and powerful young novelist.His first book, THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE, was chosen by the New York TIMES as one of the ten outstanding novels of 1956. His second, THE FEAST OF LUPERCAL,was equally well received, and he is now at work on his third.

  • Music's Tradition of Constant Change

    Composer, conductor, and music critic of the New York HERALD TRIBUNE for fourteen years, VIRGIL THOMSONwas born in Kansas City, graduated from. Harvard, and came to his maturity in Paris, where he studied under Nadia Boulanger. He is probably best known in America for his opera FOUR SAINTS IN THREE ACTS and for his symphonies and concertos. A new book about him, VIRGIL THOMSON: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC,by Kathleen Hoover and John Cage, is to be published this month.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

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