May 1960

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  • A Southern Point of View

  • They Shall Have Music

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Books the Editors Like

  • Reader's Choice

  • Algeria

  • Science and Industry

  • Wanted: Professional Teachers

    HENRY H. HILL began teaching over forty years ago, and thereafter he served as a superintendent of schools in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. For the past fifteen years, as President of the George Peabody College for Teachers, by his influence and his integrity he has helped to shape the careers of thousands of young teachers. He is today president of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Two Dinner Parties

    SIR OSBERT SITWELL’S four volumes of reminiscences, which were published in this country under the AtlanticLittle, Brown imprint, stand as a peerless monument to Victorian and Edwardian England, and those who have read them will be unlikely to forget the brilliant portrait of the original and irascible Sir George Sitwell and of Henry Moat, his discerning and eloquent butler. Sir Osbert is now engaged in a further book about his father, from which we are privileged to draw these lively encounters.

  • How Commuters Can Have Their Trains

    Commuter service on public transportation has become one of the most besetting problems of our time. For a constructive solution we have turned to STANLEY BERGE, Professor of Transportation at Northwestern University School of Business. Mr. Berge has made special field studies of the railroad situation in six of our large American cities and has made three trips to Europe to collect data bearing on the subject.

  • Franz, a Goose

  • The Wind in This Corner

  • Poem for My Son

  • England Discovers Robert Frost

    New England essayist and biographer ELIZABETH SHEPLEY SERGEANT was long a resident of Brookline,Massachusetts, is a sister-in-law of E. B. White,and has been for three decades a friend of Robert Frost. She drew a brilliant profile of him in her FIRE UNDER THE ANDES, and from her biography, ROBERT FROST: THE TRIAL BY EXISTENCE, which will be published next month by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, we have selected this description of the poet when young.

  • The Death of a Gull

    JOHN J. ROWLANDS lives at the water’s edge at Cohasset,on the south shore of Massachusetts Bay. This glimpse of herring gulls and their ways is taken from his new book, SPINDRIFT, which Norton will publish in midsummer. A new Wilderness Edition of his delightful classic about the North Woods, CACHE LAKE COUNTRY, was brought out last December.

  • To a Beginning Poet, Aged Sixty

  • Church and State in America

    Critic and author who was born in Egypt and educated at Oxford, CHARLES J. ROLO has been responsible for the literary reviews in the ATLANTIC for the past twelve years. He is now on leave of absence, engaged in writing a book of his own, and we are happy to have him take the time for a thoughtful scrutiny of Paul Blanshard’s controversial book GOD AND MAN IN WASHINGTON, recently published by Beacon Press.

  • American Art in Moscow

    Author, critic, and museum director, RICHARD B. K. MCLANATHAN took his A.B. and his Ph.D. at Harvard, where he was a member of the Society of Fellows from 1943 to 1946. He is today director of the Munson-WilliamsProctor Institute in Utica, New York. and last summer, as curator of the art exhibit at the American National Exhibition in Moscow, he had a close opportunity to observe the Russian response to abstract American art.

  • Foreign Money We Can't Spend

    As a result of its economic assistance programs to foreign countries, the United States has since 1954 accumulated $3 billion in foreign currency which cannot be used up in the foreseeable future. EDWARD S. MASON, a Harvard economist, has been dean of the Graduate School of Public Administration since 1947. In addition to his teaching, he has served as economic consultant on a number of government commissions.

  • Accent on Living

  • No Fair

    Playwright and author of light prose, ROBERT FONTAINE lives in Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • Peat Fire in Ireland

  • Diesels

    KEN W. PURDY is widely known for his writintjs on motoring subjects. His book KINGS OF THE ROAD is a standard work on the great automobiles of bygone days.

  • The Caterpillars of Périgord

    R. P. LISTER is an English free lance whose poetry and light articles appear frequently in the ATLANTIC.

  • Me, À La Mode

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