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An account of the “epic human tragedy” that unfolded when Allied troops landed on the shores of Normandy on D-Day
An Atlantic report
“The facts may prove me wrong,” Charles de Gaulle one day declared to his Finance Minister, Antoine Pinay, “but history will prove me right.” To which M. Pinay replied: “But, mon Général, I thought history was written with facts.” Today many of the facts are known, but President de Gaulle's ultimate historical destiny is as unpredictable as ever. Curtis Cate, who represents the Atlantic in Europe, here probes the strengths and failings of one of the most complex Frenchmen of our times.
This month marks the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Bliss Perry, who taught at Willams, Princeton, and Harvard, and who was, for nearly a decade, the seventh editor of the ATLANTIC. We turn to his younger brother, LEWIS PERRY,formerly principal of Phillips Exeter Academy, for this informal and happy portrait.
BY TERENCE PRITTIE London-born and a graduate of OXFORD, TERENCE PRITTIE was a prisoner of war in Germany from 1944 to 1945. Following his release, he joined the staff of the MANCHESTER GUARDIAN and has been its correspondent in Germany ever since. The following is the second of two excerpts drawn from his new book, GERMANY DIVIDED,which has just been published by Atlantic-Little, Brown.
ERNEST J. SIMMONS is an authority on Russian writing and a frequent visitor to the U.S.S.R. He did research there before World War II, and his monumental biography of Leo Tolstoy, as well as his fine critical work RUSSIAN FICTION AND SOVIET IDEOLOGY, is the result of working on firsthand sources. He is now completing a biography of Chekhov which promises to be as definitive as his life of Tolstoy.
In this and the articles that follow, the ATLANTIC is attempting to focus national attention upon the present status of the teaching in our high schools and the efforts which are currently being made to improve it. We open the discussion with this invigorating article by CARL F. HANSEN, who has made such a notable record as the superintendent of schools in Washington, D. C.
In his endeavor to give fresh stimulus and incentive to the teachers in the high schools of Oklahoma City, Superintendent of Schools MELVIN W. BARNEShas set up various programs for his staff with results which we are proud to have him describe.
Americans seem to have a congenital timidity in launching themselves in a foreign language, and this at a time when our world responsibilities demand the utmost clarity in communication. CHARLES L. REID,teacher of French in Scarsdale, New York, has had such extraordinary success in the teaching of gifted high school students that others will want to know how he does it.
BARNABY C. KEENEY, who became president of Brown University in 1955, rounds up the discussion with this vigorous statement of the capabilities the colleges would like to find in their entering freshmen.
At intervals far too long, we receive from CARL ROSE, who illustrates this department, an example of his prose.
Last summer, Sauk Centre, Minnesota, the birthplace of Sinclair Lewis, celebrated the fortieth anniversary of the publication of MAIN STREET.TO the pageant went DOROTHY THOMPSON, Mr. Lewis’ second wife. It was her first visit to the little town, and one which gave her, as she now gives us, a fresh insight into the writer who was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A graduate of the public schools and of the College of the City of New York, who took his law degree at Harvard in 1934, JOHN M. MURTAGH served as chief city magistrate to the city of New York from 1950 to 1960 and was appointed the chief justice of the Court of Special Sessions last February.
President of Barnard College since 1952, MILLICENT C. MCINTOSH started her career as a teacher, first at Rosemary Hall and then at Bryn Mawr. She was headmistress of the Brearley School for seventeen years before becoming Dean of Barnard College in 1947. Wife of a doctor and mother of five, she knows intimately the problems that challenge young married students today.
A lover of wilderness since boyhood, a hunter who has tested his endurance in the far reaches of Alaska, Mongolia, and Indochina, and a conservationist long identified with the American Museum of Natural History, W. DOUGLAS BURDEN has set down his adventures and reminiscences in his book LOOK TO THE WILDERNESS, which is to be published this month under the Atlantic-Little, Brown imprint.
At the MacDowell Colony, where he had done much of his writing , THORNTON WILDER last summer became the first recipient of the Edward MacDowell Medal. After the award by the president of the association, James Johnson Sweeney, Mr. Wilder, to the delight of his audience, read this new play, taking each of the parts with inimitable enthusiasm. CHILDHOODis the second in a cycle of one-act plays devoted to the Seven Ages of Man.
KINGSLEY MARTIN became editor of the NEW STATESMAN in 1931, and in the intervening years he has made his magazine the most penetrating,caustic, and widely read weekly of critical content in Britain. He travels extensively,especially in Asia,and he here tells us how the United States can again win back the advantage it once held in the undeveloped countries.
The author of three novels, JOHN HEARNE grew up and was educated in Jamaica, and in his writings he describes with dramatic force the people and customs of the islands of the Caribbean.He is now living in London and working on a new novel. His last book, THE EYE OF THE STORM,was published by Atlantic-Little, Brown.
JAMES THURBER has in recent months turned his interest in comedy in the direction of the theater, and with much success. After a long and well-received tryout through the Middle West, A THURBER CARNIVALwas classified by VARIETYas a hit on Broadway, although friends in St. Louis had told Mr. Thurber that CARNIVAL was “too sophisticated for New York.”In September he joined the cast of the show, playing the role of himself.