November 1961

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  • The Kingdom of the Spirit

    In this, the Bar Mitzvah year, signaling the coming of age of Israel, it seems fitting to make an assessment of the young and enterprising democracy. We turn first to its elder statesman, David Ben-Gurion, who has been Prime Minister of the republic of Israel during eleven of its thirteen years of existence.

  • We May Be Sitting Ourselves to Death

    The Human Machine Needs Regular Physical Activity To Function At Its Very Best. (A Public Interest Advertisement Addressed Especially to the Readers of The Atlantic)

  • Why We Crossed Over

    Before the border of East Berlin was sealed, the citizens of that beleaguered place, in increasing number, were making up their minds to escape. In the brave, candid statements that follow, we understand why.

  • Why We Crossed Over: Five East Berliners Speak Out

    Before the border of East Berlin was sealed, the citizens of that beleaguered place, in increasing number, were making up their minds to escape. In the brave, candid statements that follow, we understand why.

  • Painting and Sculpture in Israel

    KARL KATZ, Curator of the Bezalel National Museum in Jerusalem, is an art historian and archaeologist who received his training at Columbia University and who was first employed at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The Bezalel collection over which he presides was begun fifty-five years ago and is soon to be moved into new quarters; its recent acquisitions include the lifework of sculptors Jacques Lipchitz and Jacob Epstein. In the pages which follow, Dr. Katz discusses the work of some contemporary Israeli artists.

  • Israel in 1965

    Editor of the JEWISH OBSERVER AND MIDDLE EAST REVIEW, JON KIMCHEhas his headquarters in London but makes periodic trips to Israel and the neighboring Arab states.

  • The Sabbath

    Author, dramatist, and editor of the literary supplement of a leading Israeli newspaper, AHARON MEGGEDwas born in Poland, came to Palestine when he was very young, and was for many years a member of a kibbutz.

  • A New Agriculture in an Old Land

    An American authority on soil conservation whose dulies have carried him to China, Africa, Yugoslavia, and Japan, DR. WALTER C. LOWDERMILK has served the United Nations on two extended missions to help solve the land and water problems in Israel.

  • The Barrier of Faith

    Educated at Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary, DWIGHT L. BAKER has been in charge of the Baptist activities in Nazareth for more than a decade, serving as principal of the Baptist schools, as pastor of the Baptist Church, and for the past six years as executive secretary of the Baptist Convention in Israel.

  • The Secret in the Cliffs: The Discovery of the Bar Kochba Letters

    Chief of Operations during the Israel War of Independence in 1948, and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, YIGAEL is today the ranking archaeologist on the staff of the Hebrew University. He has made many important discoveries in the Judean Desert and cares. His latest report has been edited and abridged for us by Dr. Carl C. Seltzer of the Peabody Museum, Harvard University.

  • Menu for Independence Day

  • The Development of Medicine

    Professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and chief of surgery at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, DR. JACOB FINE is a corresponding member, formerly an active member, of the medical advisory board of the Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital and Medical School.

  • Morocco

  • A Warm Hike

    Born in 1915, S. YIZHAR has concentrated in his stories on life in Israel, in the kibbutz, and during the war of 1948-1949. He has published several volumes of short stories, including CHIRBET CHIZEH,a collection of powerful tales of the War of Independence, and SHISHAH SIPUREI KAYITZ (“Six Summer Stories”).

  • Saul, and David Playing Before Him

  • Music in Israel

    An outstanding performer on the harpsichord and on the piano, FRANK PELLEGwas born and educated in Prague,settled in Palestine in 1936, and is now musical director of the Municipal Theater in Haifa. He here describes some trends in Israeli music and cites the most characteristic composers.

  • Accent on Living

  • Tell Me, Doctor

    ANNE KELLEY lives in Evanston, Illinois, and is a frequent contributor to the pages of Accent on Living, where she first made an appearance in October, 1958.

  • By Any Other Name

    CONSTANCE LANEhas held various publishing jobs and is now married and living with her family in Rutherford,New Jersey.

  • The Dialecticians

  • Home Beautiful

    ROBERT FONTAINE is the author of hooks, a play, and many light articles for the ATLANTIC and other magazines.

  • Abstract

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

  • As If

  • Records From the Comedians

  • Self-Revelation in the New Poetry

    Brought up in Colorado, a Harvard graduate and a Fulbright scholar at Cambridge University, PETER DAVISON joined the staff of the Atlantic Monthly Press in 1956, after several years in New York publishing. In his leisure time Mr. Davison writes poetry, which has appeared in the ATLANTIC and other magazines. He here appraises some of the books of verse that have been published during the past year.

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

  • Poland

  • Singapore

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • The Nature of the Artist

    CATHERINE DRINKER BOWEN was a musician before she became a biographer, and her violin is as dear to her as any of her books. Among her early books are BELOVED FRIEND: THE STORY OF TCHAIKOWSKY AND NADEJDA VON MECK,and her biography of the brothers Rubinstein, FREE ARTIST,both of which have just been reprinted: then she turned her attention to three great lawyers, Justice Holmes, young John Adams, and Sir Edward Coke, Queen Elizabeth’s great advocate. Mrs. Bowen is note in England in search of source material about Francis Bacon.

  • The Gunshot E. H

  • Ancestral Ground

  • Schweitzer and the New Africa

    In 1958 FREDERICK S. FRANCKset up a dental clinic in the hospital of Dr. Schweitzer in Lambaréné. Equatorial Africa. He went as an artist and dentist, and having found that there were hardly any dentists on the continent, he returned in 1959 and 1960 to give short courses on dental emergencies in Ghana, the Congo, the Gabon Republic, Ethiopia, and the Sudan, as well as at Lambaréné. This article and the drawing for the headpiece are from his AFRICAN SKETCHBOOK, to be published try Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

  • Are Big Businessmen Crooks?

    Lawyer, teacher, and civic leader whose initiative is greatly valued in Pittsburgh, LELAND HAZARD here takes a searching look at the Sherman Antitrust Act and at the penalties which it has been recently imposing upon big business.

  • Moving Day

    Southern-born and a graduate of Radcliffe, class of 1958, SALLIE BINGHAMstarted the writing of fiction while she was in college. One of her short stories won the Dana Reed Prize for 1957 and was reprinted in THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1959. Her first novel, AFTER SUCH KNOWLEDGE, was published by Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 1960.

  • An Ambassadress in the Golden Age

    One of our most distinguished living diplomats, WILLIAM PHILLIPS began his career in foreign service as a private secretary to Ambassador Joseph H. Choate in London in 1903. He returned to the Court of St. James’s again in October, 1909, as first secretary of the American Embassy, and it was then that he had the opportunity of serving under Ambassador and Mrs. Whitelaw Reid. Later Mr. Phillips was to be put to the test as assistant secretary of state, 1917 to 1920; as ambassador to Mussolini’s Italy, 1936 to 1941; and as the President’s representative in India, 1942. But here he is writing about a happy time.

  • Autumn Hunt

    Author of a well-remembered novel, NOW IN NOVEMBER,and an essayist of grave and perception, JOSEPHINE W. JOHNSON lives in a century-old house on the outskirts of Cincinnati, where she shares with her children the discovery of a secret world.

  • Dike Divers

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