August 1962

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  • The Church and the Modern City

    An eminent member of the faculty of Harvard University and director of its Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America, OSCAR HANDLIN is an authority on the immigrant in the United States. In 1952, Mr. Handlin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History for his sound and eloquent volume, THE UPROOTED.

  • The Catholic Pioneers

    Born in Manchester, England, and educated at St. Bede s College and at the University of Louvain, MONSIGNOR PHILIP HUGHEShas been professor of history on the faculty of Notre Dame University since 1955. He is the author of more than ten historical works, the most famous being his three-volume HISTORY OF THE CHURCH.

  • Catholic Charities

    BY ROBERT D. CROSS Associate professor of history at Columbia University, ROBERT D. CROSS received his doctorate in the history of American civilization at Harvard. A Protestant author, he is best known for his book THE EMERGENCE OF LIBERAL CATHOLICISM IN AMERICA.

  • The Song the Body Dreamed in the Spirit's Mad Behest

    The Imagination, unable to grasp the reality of pure Spirit, conceives of their union under the modality of her own nature. Longing to respond totally to the divine summons, and convinced in faith that the Redemption has rendered this possible, she struggles to cast off all the inhibitions of original sin, and evokes the deepest resources of her sensuality, in order to achieve in shamelessness the wholeness of being an age of shame has rendered incomplete.

  • The Church and the Public Conscience

    GUSTAVE WEIGEL, S.J., who is on the faculty of Woodstock College in Maryland, has been a consultant to the Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity for the Second Vatican Council. With Robert McAfee Brown, Father Weigel won the 1960 Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for their book AN AMERICAN DIALOGUE.

  • The Quest for Christian Unity

    When we invited BARBARA WARD, LADY JACKSON, to do the climactic paper for this supplement, one in which she would look ahead to the prospects of a greater Christian unity, her reply was touching in its candor:I’ll do my best. I am not a theologian, I am not an ecumenicist, and I am a shockingly bad Christian. However, the Church was designed for sinners, so perhaps it is appropriate to ask us what we hope for.”

  • The Stock Market Revisited

  • A Little Mood Music

    MARY AUGUSTA RODGERS is a notice of Louisville, Kentucky, now living in Detroit. She is the author of many short stories.

  • The Middle Years Are the Riddle Years

  • When in Rome, Smile

    W. F. MIKSCHis a free-lance writer living in Newtown, Connecticut. He was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and attended Moravian College.

  • Whose Rules?

  • The Old-Style Tranquilizer

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

  • Isle of the Lotus-Eaters

    A Midwesterner who was graduated from the University of Chicago, KEITH WILLIAMS has been engaged for the last several years in marketing oil products in North Africa

  • Record Reviews

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

  • Australia and New Zealand

  • Old Fitzgerald Distillery

  • The Middle East

  • Correction

  • De Gaulle and Kennedy: The Nuclear Debate

    RAYMOND ARON,who is professor of sociology at the Sorbonne, is the author of a score of works devoted to philosophy,politics,and sociology. His most recent book, PAIX ET GUERRE ENTRE LES NATIONS,deals with the great theme of peace and war in the nuclear age. The article which follows is an amplification of a series which originally appeared in LE FIGARO,devoted to the controversy between Washington and Paris over the independent French atomic strike force and the issues it raises.

  • The Confirmation Suit

    The theater, poetry , and rebellion are quick in the blood of BRENDAN BEHAN.One of his uncles. Peadar Kearney, wrote the “Soldier’s Songwhich became the Irish national anthem. Another unde was a well-known proprietor of a Dublin theater which Brendan attended regularly as a boy.and Brendan’s father first laid eyes on his infant son from his cell in a camp for Republican prisoners.

  • Ballade Against My Contemporaries

  • Automation and Joblessness: Is Retraining the Answer?

    Assistant to the director of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, WILLIAM GLAZIISB has devoted his time to the trade-union movement since graduation from Harvard. For many years associated with the International Longshoremen’s & Warehousemen’s Union, he is now writing a book on the impact of automation on labor.

  • Somewhat in the Greek Manner

  • What, Exactly, Do You Mean by "Cheese"? A Story

    Born in New York in 1932, JOHN ANTHONY WEST attended Lehigh University and spent two years with the army in Europe. After the publication of his first story, in 1958 he returned to Europe, where he has been working on a novel for the past four years. _A collection of his stories, printed in England and in Holland last year, will be published in early winter by Dutton.

  • The Syntax of Seasons

  • Salazar in Trouble

    BENJAMIN WELLES has been the New York TIMEScorrespondent in Portugal and Spain for almost six years. In a letter to the editor of the ATLANTIC, he writes,“I have developed a deep respect and affection for the Portuguese people and think that if their younger leadersboth in and out of the regimeare given a chance,Portugal can evolve from a 34-year-old dictatorship peacefully and progressively into the age of European economic-political integration.

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Diets for the Aging

    Born in Paris in 1920, JEAN MAYERreceived his MS. from the University of Paris when he was nineteen years old. After serving for fire years with the Free French forces, he came to Yale for his Ph.D. and is now a U.S. citizen. Dr. Mayer is associate professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and a member of the FAO-WHO Joint Expert Committee on Nutrition.

  • Popcorn Girl

    There is every evidence of an increasing interest in ATLANTICpoetry. As an incentive for writers yet unestablished, twice a year we set aside a number of pages in the ATLANTIC to be devoted to the work of young poets.

  • Fort Smith

  • Shells

  • Autumnal

  • The Demolition

  • Stripers on a Fly Rod

    BY EDWARD W. ROGERS A native of Manchester‘by-the-Sea,Massachusetts, and the director of the sporting goods department of Johnny Appleseed’s, Inc., EDWARD W. ROGERShas some sound and succulent advice for those who feel templed to do some game fishing in the estuaries north, of Boston.

  • A Plea for Tolerance

    Author and theologian long associated with the Union Theological Seminary , where he began his leaching in 1930, REINHOLD NIEBUHR wrote his first article for the ATLANTIC in 1916 and since then has gone on to establish himself in his books, as in his addresses, as a leading spokesman for Protestants in America.

  • Points of Abrasion

    A native of Swampscott, Massachusetts, who graduated from Boston College in 1940, FRANCIS J. LALLYis one of the most public-spirited citizens in the Bay Slate, where his chairmanship of the Boston Redevelopment Authority has particularly commended him to the community. Monsignor Lally has been editor of the PILOTsince 1952, and his new book, THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN A CHANGING AMERICA, is to be published this fall.

  • Still Life With Orange

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