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Speaking as a Presbyterian and also as a diplomat who has served in Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Lisbon, Moscow, and Washington, George F. Kennan addresses the Christian responsibility in international life
"I knew Mencken for more than forty years, intimately for well over thirty. Books have been published which describe him as a man I find it difficult to recognize. His public side was visible to everyone: tough, cynical, amusing, and exasperating by turns, but everlastingly consistent. The private man was something else again"
Author of many books, articles, and broadcast scripts, J. B. BOOTHROYD is a regular contributor to PUNCH.
Must we be prepared to fight limited wars? Yes, says HANSON W. BALDWIN,the military analyst of the New York TIMES,for there hare been twenty-three of them since V-J Day. And can limited tears be prerented from extending into total nuclear war? That is the graver question which he discusses in the latter half of this searching paper.
Playwright, actor, and producer, PETER USTINOVis now in Hollywood, where with Sir Laurence Olivier he is starring in the new film being made from How ard Fast’s novel, SPARTACUS. Meanwhile, he continues to write for the ATLANTIChis original and unorthodox stories, each one of them probing into a new aspect of contemporary life.
A graduate of Harvard. class of 1931, PAUL BROOKS succeeded Ferris Greenslet as editor in chief of Houghton Mifflin Company. His interest in the out-of-doors is reflected in his holidays as well as in his publishing activities. He and his wife have camped, paddled, walked, fished, birded, and chased butterflies from Thoreau’s Concord River at their doorstep to the Olympic Peninsula and the Oxford Canal. Now we follow them to the Great Smokies.
Six times in the past thirty years, ERNEST J. SIMMONS has visited the U.S.S.R. He did research there before World War II, and his two big books, LEG TOLSTOY and RUSSIAN FICTION AND SOVIET IDEOLOGY, are the result of working on firsthand sources. Last summer he returned to Russia for his most recent surrey.
A veteran of World War II, LEONARD FEINBERGtook his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois and is now professor of English at Iowa State College. He spent last year as Fulbright Professor of American Literal are at the University of Ceylon, and there he had an opportunity , to observe the phenomenon which he describes.
“More than a decade ago.”says ROBERT FONTAINE, “I discovered I could write and that writing was the ideal occupation for a man. who liked to get up at noon and go to bed at sunrise. I have been at it ever since.”Theatergoers will remember Mr. Fontaine’s play, THE HAPPY TIME,which was a success on Broadway.
A Hindu who was born in the Vale of Kashmir twenty-five years ago and blinded by meningitis at the age of three, VED MEHTAcame alone to the United States when he was fifteen to attend the Arkansas School for the Blind. From there he went on to Pomona College, and the maturity and self-assurance which he learned while there he described in his book. FACE TO FACE.
Negli occhi era ciascuna oscura e cava, pallida nella faccia, e tanto scema che dall’ ossa la pelle s’ informava.