April 1959

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  • The Sacrificial Egg

    A talented young Nigerian who was educated in missionary and government schools, Chinua Achebe won a scholarship at the University College in Ibadan, where he took his degree in the arts. He studied broadcasting at the BBC and now divides his time between writing and his work at the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission. His novel dealing with life in an African tribe, Things Fall Apart, has recently been published by McDowell, Obolensky. A short story.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • A Place in the Shade

    Playwright, actor, and producer, PETER USTINOV is now in Hollywood, where with Sir Laurence Olivier he will play a leading role in the Jilin being made from Howard Fast’s novel, SPARTACUS. Meantime, in occasional sessions behind locked doors. he continues to write for the ATLANTIC his independent and uninhibited stories, each in its way scrutinizing a vulnerable area in contemporary life. This is the sixth.

  • Easter

  • Calendar of Important European Music Festivals for 1959

  • Escape by Passport

    English novelist GEOFFREY HOUSEHOLD came to the ATLANTIC with his first story. “The Salvation of Pisco Gabar. A born linguist who graduated from Magdalen College. Oxford, he worked as a bank clerk in Rumania. sold bananas in France and in Spain, was a British security officer in the Middle East during World War II. and finally settled down to write. All this is told with humor in his revealing book, AGAINST THE WIND, recently published by Atlantic-Little, Brown.

  • Ode to Swansea

  • A Grand Ride

    F. ROGER SANDALL is a twenty-five-year-old New Zealander who was horn in Christchurch and spent most of his school years in Auckland, where he received his A.B. in anthropology at the university. He is now in the United States on a fellowship and working toward his master’s degree at Columbia. Like many other New Zealanders, he has traveled to both England and America, but Australia continues to elude him.

  • Carnival of the Animals

    A Canadian now living in Toronto, Dot GLAS O. SRLTHGUE left his job at the Bell Telephone Company a year and a half ago to return to the academic world. He divides his time between teaching, studying toward a Ph.D., and writing. Sir of his short stories hare been broadcast by the CBC, and he has started work on a novel.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books: The Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Accent on Living

  • New Models

    A writer and former teacher of English, WILLIAM L. COPITHORNE is now a businessman in New York.

  • Advice to Commuters

  • The Worse the Better

    H. F. ELLIS is a Londoner whose light prose has frequently appeared in the ATLANTIC. He, is on the staff of PUNCH.

  • Record Reviews

  • Climbing Kilimanjaro

  • Bonn

  • The Emerging Africa

    BARBARA WARD and her husband, Sir Robert Jackson, have been in residence in Ghana fairly steadily since 1953. There she has watched the emergence of the new nation, and there at the University of Ghana to a group of students and officials she delivered the five stirring talks which compose her new book, FIVE IDEAS THAT CHANGE THE WORLD.

  • Chief Luthuli

    Alan Palon and NADINE GORDIMER are the two most gifted novelists now writing about the divided world of theUnion of South Africa . A native Johannesburger, Miss Gordimer here describes a valiant and honorable native leader who has refused to be crushed by apartheid. Her latest novel. A WORLD OF STRANGERS, was published by Simon and Schuster last fall.

  • Belgian Congo

  • Archaeology in Africa

    A British writer born in Bristol in 1914, BASIL DAVIDSON has recently finished his new book, THE REDISCOVERY OF AFRICA, which will be published by Atlantic-Little, Brown in the autumn. During the war he served as a lieutenant colonel of infantry in the British Army and was for several months attached to the U.S. Army in Italy. His first books were the result of his extensive travels after the war: REPORT ON SOUTH AFRICA (1952). DAYBREAK IN CHINA (1953).

  • The African Revolution

    The new constitution for Kenya provided for the direct elections of Africans by Africans to the colony’s legislative council, and among the eight candidates who were successful in 1957 was a Luo tribesman.TOM MBOYA. Now in his thirtieth year and the general secretary of the Kenya Federation of Labor, Mr. Mboya is a spokesman for the worker in Africa and a leader who is being watched with respect by the AFL-CIO.

  • Spite

  • The Sorrow of Kodio

  • Cuckold Contented

  • African Sculpture

    An internationally respected photographer for LIFE magazine. ELIOT LLISOFON has made hen extensive expeditions in Africasouth of the Sahara, m the course of which he uncovered many examples of African art, some of them now part of his own magnificent collection. He is a research fellow of primitive art at Harvard University and the creator of the authoritative, handsome volume, THE SCULPTURE OF AFRICA, a collection of his photographs, published by Praeger, with text by William Fagg and design by Bernard Quint.

  • The Harmless People

    A young Radcliffe graduate who was a member of three expeditions through the Kalahari Desert . ELIZABETH MARSHALL THOMAS lived for many months among the Bushmen inSouth-West Africa. In this excerpt from her book, THE HARMLESS PEOPLE, soon to be published by Knopf she show’s how these true aboriginals manage to survive in an all but uninhabit able land.

  • We Delighted, My Friend

  • Drums, Dance, and Song

    Research fellow at the University College of Ghana,J. H. KWABENY NKETIA is now in America on a Rockefeller koundalton fellowship. 1 composer and the author of several papers on musicology, Mr. Xkelia recently received the Cowell Award from the African Music Society for his monograph on funeral dirges of Ihe Akan people.

  • Black States or Partnership?

    Born near Sheffield in 1917, the son of an English coal miner, DAVID M. COLE was educated in the Blue Coat School and Sheffield University. He went to South Africa in 19A7, to the copper hell of Northern Rhodesia in 1948. and settled in Southern Rhodesia in 195’t ,where he is editor of the Central African EXAMINER, a fortnightly journal of opinion modeled, on the ECONOMISTand the only periodical of its kind published in Africa.

  • Ajaiyi and the Witch Doctor

    A Nigerian novelist born in 1920,AMOS ‘TUTUOLA came to his writing the hard way. He was educated in the Salvation Army School and at the Anglican Central School at Abeokuta, and he helped to earn the necessary fees by working on his father’s farm, selling firewood. and doing odd jobs. His economic status improved when he became a coppersmith in the West African Air Corps. Today he is the author of several books, chief among themTHE PALM-WINE DRUNKARD.

  • Africa: To My Mother

  • The Conflict of Cultures: A Plea for Patience

    Born in 1913. K. A. Busin was educated in his nutive Ghana before taking his university degrees in England. For ten years he was head of the department of sociology at the Univrersity of Hhana, and when his country gained independence he became the parliamentary leader of the United Party, which merged the six organizations opposing the government of Prime Minister Nkrumah.

  • Debout

  • The Vanishing Herds

    Conservationists everywhere have been watching with mounting concern the destruction of wild animals and their habitats in East and Central Africa. Two years ago the New York Zoological Society and the Conservation Foundation sent GEORGE TREICHELto Africa to find out the facts. A biogeographer, specializing in African studies. Mr. Treichel spent fourteen months afield in forty-five major faunal areas south of the Sahara.

  • Last Chance in Africa: An American View

    On global assignments for James A. Linen, the publisher of TIME, JOHN SCOTT has since 1952 made fact-finding trips to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and most recently through the entirety of Africa. A Philadelphian educated at the George School and the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Scott worked for five years as a welder in Ihe industrial plants of Russia until (he great purge of 1937 forced him from Sonet industry. He stayed on in Moscow for three years as a correspondent for the LondonNEWS CHRONICLE, Author of four books, best known of them, BEYOND THE URALS, Mr. Scott has worked for Time Inc. for the past seventeen years.

  • The Surest Thing in Show Business

    A thirty-year-old Tennessean, JESSE HILL FORD received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his M.A. from the University of Florida. He has recently abandoned a profitable career in public relations to devote full time to his writing.

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