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Abiographer who has brought lucidity and insight to her biographies of three great lawyers,Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Adams,and the Queen’s Advocate, Sir Edward Coke, CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN is here concerned with the courage which is occasionally called out of young lawyers and of the permanent record which that courage may leave in the long run of history,
The paper which follows has been drawn from GEORGE F. KENNAN’S new book, RUSSIA AND THE WEST UNDER LENIN AND STALIN, the Book-of-the-Month Club selection for dune. Mr. Kennan entered the Foreign Service in 1926, following his graduation from Princeton. He was the invaluable Russian-speaking aide to Ambassador Bullitt in Moscow from 1933 to 1935, was in Prague at the time of Czechoslovakia’s disintegration, in Berlin until Pearl Harbor, and was our Ambassador to Moscow from 1952 to 1953. One of our most authoritative scholars of the Soviet system, he is today the Ambassador to Yugoslavia.
In 1941 EDWARD CRANKSHAW went to Russia with a British military mission, remaining there for two years. He returned in 1947 for the Foreign Ministers’ Conference and has been there repeatedly since. Out of his travels and contacts within or an the fringes of the Soviet empire have come his books — CRACKS IN THE KREMLIN WALL is the best known — and such patient and revealing disclosures as this which follows.
Sportsman, author, and conservationist, CLARK C. VAN FLEETis a native Californian who for five decades has roamed the forests and fished the streams of the West Coast. Some of his experiences he described in his book STEELHEAD TO A FLY,and throughout his career he has kept a constant, watchful eye on our natural resources.
A Vassar graduate and mother of three children, MAY DIKEMAN tells us, “I now belong to an amateur theatrical group, paint portraits and street scenes, ride horses, and read Paul Tillich silently when not reading ‘What Happened to Piggy?' aloud.”
Critic and author, now making his home in New York City, CHARLES J. ROLO, in addition to being the Atlantic’s regular book reviewer, has contributed a series of literary portraits, including those of Aldous Huxley, Thomas Mann, and Albert Camus.
BY SOL SAKS After leaving the paint business. SOL SAKS traveled a rocky, devious road that led to reporting, editing a small-town newspaper, and finally, writing plays for television. Mr. Saks lives in California and is finishing his first novel.
World-renoimed composer. who was born in Saint Petersburg seventy-nine years ago, IGOR STRAVINSKY studied composition under Rimsky-Korsakov and made his reputation with the FIREBIRD ballel produced by Diaghiler in Paris in 1910. The ATLNTIC is happy to present the following recollections of the composer’s early years, which will form a chapter in his new book, EXPOSITIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS, to be published by Doubleday.
A career diplomat who entered the Foreign Service in 1930, GEORGE V. ALLEN served successively as our Ambassador to Iran, Y ugoslavia, India and Nepal, and Greece before being made Director of the United Stales Information Agency in 1957, under President Eisenhower.
Born in London in 1925, PATRICK SKENE CATLINGserved as a navigator with the R.A.F. from 1942 to 1946. At the end of World War II he came for the second time to America and attended Oberlin College for a brief period before taking a job as reporter and foreign correspondent for the Baltimore SUN. Mr. Catling is now an assistant editor of PUNCH.
Wife of a doctor and mother of two children, GERTRUDE FRIEDBERG is the author of a group of short stories in SHORT STORY TWO, one of which, “ Where Moth and Rust,” first appeared in the ATLANTIC.