January 1962

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  • Are Cities Dead?

    No New Yorker has a longer or more distinguished record of public service than ROBERT MOSES. He joined the Bureau of Municipal Research in 1913, under Mayor Mitchell, became secretary of state for New York under Governor Al Smith, and as city construction coordinator, he has handled the hundreds of millions of dollars which have been spent on parks, public beaches, housing, and bridges. He is now president of the New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation.

  • Bonn

  • Syria

  • Schizophrenics Can Recover

    Assistant Director of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, GREER WILLIAMS served for fire years as Director of Informal am of Ihe .Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health. A professional writer and medical public relations consultant, Mr. Williams was the editor of ATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH,the commission’s report to Congress, which was published in book form by Basic Books last spring, He is the author of VIRUS HUNTERS and the articleThe Dejection of Ihe Insane,” which appeared in the ATLANTIC Supplement on Psychiatry last July.

  • At the Hemingways: My Doctor Father

    The origin and upbringing of a famous writer are of permanent interest to those who admire and study his work. For his first eighteen years’ Ernest Hemingway lived in the midst of a happy family, spending his winters in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, where he made a name for himself in high school, and the summer holidays at the family cottage at Walloon Lake, Michigan. No one has a clearer picture of these formative years than his sister MARCELLINE HEMINGWAY SANFORD, eighteen months his senior. At the editors urging, and to hand down a true account to her children and grandchildren, she began in 1956 to record her recollections, which will be published next spring under the AtlanlicLittle, Brown imprint. In the December ATLANTIC we printed the account of the family doings at Walloon Lake, and now comes the portrait of her doctor father. A third and final installment, on the war years, will appear in the February issue.

  • Letter From Rome

  • Henry Moore's World

    The most distinguished living sculptor, Henry Moore opened up as he never has before in the talk with CARLTON LAKE which follows. Mr. Lake, art critic for the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR,has lived abroad since 1952. Last autumn, after his visit with Mr. Moore in Hertfordshire, he returned to the United States, where he is now at work on a new book.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Through Time and Distance

    A native Johannesburger, NADINE GORDIMER is one of the most gifted novelists writing about the divided world of the Union of South Africa. Last spring, Miss Gordimer spent two months in the United States on a visiting professor fellowship given by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Washington. During that, time she gave a reading of her short stones at the Poetry Center in New York and delivered the Ann Radcliffe lecture at Radcliffe College.

  • Between Prose and Verse

    ROBERT FROST, reciting his poems and commenting on poetry in general, has been the high point of the Bread Loaf WritersConference since its inception at Middlebury College. Among those who were invited to attend last summer was Mrs. Elsie Masterson, the author of OFF MY TOES, who look stenographic notes. After an introduction by John Ciardi, the director of the conference, this is what Mr. Frost said.

  • Benediction

  • Carpe Noctem, if You Can

    JAMES THURBER’S faculty of total recall has yielded for his readers such prime reminiscences as MY LIFE AND HARD TIMES and other fine gleanings from his early years in Columbus, Ohio. This account of a wakeful night he sent to the ATLANTIC only a few days before his last illness.

  • Poems

  • Painting for Uncle Winston

    A nephew of Sir Winston Churchill’s and an artist specializing in murals, JOHN SPENCER CHURCHILL was commissioned by his uncle to paint a mural commemorative of the Duke of Marlborough in the summer home at Chartwell. It was an exuding undertaking and one which forms part of Mr. Churchill’s new volume of reminiscences, A CHURCHILL CANVAS, to be published this month by Little, Brown.

  • The Song of Lorenzo the Magnificent

    In July, 1961, the ATLANTIC introduced to its readers a new young writer, TOM COLE, whose short story “Familiar Usage in Leningradhas been awarded the top Atlantic “First" prize. Mr. Cole is now teaching a course in Slavic at M.I.T. and is working on a novel about Russia.

  • Sabotage in Springfield: Webster's Third Edition

    The Second Edition of the Merriani-Webster international unabridged dictionary has held an unchallenged position in the world of American writers, editors, teachers, students, and general readers. In the new Third Edition, however, the dictionary makers in Springfield, Massachusetts, hare abrogated their authority, says WILSON FOLLETT,and the result is in many particulars a calamity. Mr. Follett, author and editor, is himself an authority on language and usage.

  • Accent on Living

  • Normal as a Fox

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

  • Middle Age

  • The Indestructible Electric

    KEN W. PURDYis widely known for his writing on motoring subjects, His book KINGS OF THE ROADis a standard work on the great automobiles of bygone days.

  • Ireland Out of Season

  • Mrs. Bhandari's

  • Jazz Recordings

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

    In this issue WILLIAM BARRETT,formerly an editor of PARTISAN REVIEWand now Professor of Philosophy at New York University, takes over as our literary critic, a position admirably filled by Charles Rolo for more than u decade.

  • Potpourri

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