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Jessica Mitford's curiosity about undertakers was "whetted by the funeral trade magazines which opened up for me the bizarre world of the 'average' American funeral, far more curious than the death customs of ancient days or remote tribes. Further investigation convinced me that the fall implications of the funeral industry are undreamt of by the average American, even in his nightmares." Her book, The American Way of Death, will be published this summer by Simon & Schuster.
RICHAHD BENSTED-SMITH is an authority on sports cars and motor racing, and is the editor of the British weekly THE MOTOR.
ROBERT FONTAINE is the author of books, a play, and many light articles for the ATLANTIC and other magazines.
Born in Scotland, educated in France and England, JMES CAMERON has been a reporter for more than twenty-five years. As chief foreign correspondent for the London NEWS CHRONICLE,he was one of the first Western observers to travel freely in Red China, and his account of what was going on inside this Communist country was set forth in his book MANDARIN RED, published in 1955. Now he tells us how he managed to infiltrate Albania.
As we approach the twenty-first century, it is important that a qualified observer, DR. ALVIN C. EURICH of the Fund for the Advancement of Education in the Ford Foundation, should recapitulate some of the enormous advances which have been achieved during the last half of the twentieth century. Dr. Eurich was the first president of the State University in New York and academic vice president of Stanford University during his earlier years.
A graduate of Vassar and the mother of a small son, SUE KAUFMAN is married to a doctor and lives in New York City. She is the author of two novels, THE HAPPY SUMMED DAYSand GREEN HOLLY,and is now working on short stories. The ATLANTICpublished her story ”The Pride of the Morning” in February of this year.
A lending anthropologist, who has managed to combine dislinguished academic and literary careers, LOREN EISELEY has been provost of the University of Pennsylvania since 1959 In this article he discusses the thoughts and fears which besiege him in the sleepless solitude of the night.
MARION B. FOLSOM. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, in the Eisenhower Administration, has served in all four federal administrations since he helped to draft the Social Security Act of 1935. He is a director and former treasurer of the Eastman Kodak Company and was Undersecretary of the Treasury from 1953 to 1955.
In 1957, ALBERT CAMUS became the second youngest author to have been awarded the Nobel Prize. His tragic death in an automobile accident early in 1960 deprived the world of a philosopher, humanist, and novelist. The following essay, which appears in English for the first time, has been translated by Dorothy B. Aspinwall of the University of Hawaii.
W. J. J. GORDON, a lecturer in the Engineering Department of Applied Physics at Harvard, is also president of Synectics, Inc., a consulting firm concerned with augmenting the creative output of industrial research organizations. His story “ The Pares,”which appeared in theATLANTIClast year, was selected for an O. Henry award.
Along with their few belongings, the American colonists brought with them European traditions which they believed would shape their new society. But their life at the edge of the wilderness proved to be very different from their plans: the power of the church dwindled; labor was in short supply, and the Indians would not help; and they were compelled to take a course independent of their benefactors in London. This new society, republican in nature, is described in these chapters drawn from OSCAR HANDLIN’Sbig history of the American people. Professor of history at Harvard and Pulitzer Prize winner, Dr. Handlin has been at work on this new volume for a decade.