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More than a century after Seneca Falls, women are allowing their political and educational rights to languish.
JUAN RULFO, one of Mexico’s most gifted writers of fiction, has won international recognition through translation of his work into English,French, Italian,German,Czech, and Swedish. His novel PEDRO PÁRAMO has been published in an American edition by Grove Press, and his collection of short stories EL LLANO EN LLAMAS, from which we have selected the story that follows,is considered a contemporary classic in Mexico. Mr. Rulfo was born in Sayula in the slate of Jalisco in 1918.
Little is known about the people who built this huge metropolis, occupied it for a thousand years, and then abandoned it around 850 A.D., five hundred years before the Aztecs arrived. In 1963 alone, Mexico spent more than a million dollars to probe its secrets. In this article, DR. IGNACIO BERNAL, one of Mexico’s leading archaeologists and the director of the new museum at Teotihuacan, describes the work of excavation and restoration.
Born in 1927, JOAQUIN GUTIERREZ 11 ion AS was educated at the National University and at the Conservatory of Mexico, lie came to New York on the exchange-visitor program sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and studied at the Juiltiard School, and later at the Paris Conservatory, lie has lectured on music for Radio l niversidad and is now in charge of its musical programs.
Educated at Harvard and Oxford, MICHAEL MACCOBY taught at Harvard and at (he University of Chicago. In 1960, he went to Mexico on a U.S. Public Health Fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. He is working with Erich Fromm on a study of a Mexican village which they call Las Cuevas. He is also practicing as a psychoanalyst, and he teaches at the Nalional University in Mexico City.
JUAN JOSÉ ARREOLA, born in Zapotlán in the state of Jalisco in 1918, is the author of two collections of short stories,a play, and a novel. He is a versatile writer who handles themes of tragedy and comedy in a style that a Mexican literary critic has called “as precise as a game of chess ”
Daughter of a distinguished family, one of six sisters who have made their mark in the cultural affairs of Mexico. INÉS AMOR has been the director of the Galería de Arte Mexicano in the national capital for thirty years.
Born in Mexico, ANITA BRENNER got a Ph.D. in anthropology at Columbia University was the art critic for I he Brooklyn EAGLE, and wrote for ART NEWS. She is the author of several books, including IDOLS BEHIND ALTARS and THE WIND THAT SWEPT MEXICO, and in recent years has been the editor of MEXICO/THIS MONTH.
RAMÓNMON XIRAU was born m Barcelona, and was educated in France and Mexico, lie is the author of many books and magazine articles, and he has laught at the National University of Mexico, at Mexico City College, and at Pennsylvania State College. Since 1953 , he has been assistant director of the Centro Mexicano de Escritores.
Born in Veracruz in 1932, JUAN VICENTE MELO was educated in Mexico and received a scholarship to study medicine in France. At present he is director of publications for the Casa del Logo of the National University of Mexico. He is the author of three collections of short stories: LA NOCHE ALUCINADA, LOS MUROS ENEMIOOS, and FIN DE SEMANA.
Director of the School of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Mexico, PABLO GONZÁLEZ CASANOVAholds a doctor’s degree from the Sorbonne,where he specialized in sociology. He is the author of a number of books, and his new book, DEMOCRACY IN MEXICO,will be published next summer.
AI.FHKD BKNDINKH is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects who lives in Philadelphia. He is widely known also for his caricatures of personalities in the world of music.
ELINOR GOULDING SMITH has written many books and light articles and has been a contributor to the ATLANTIC since 1943
Tullio Serafin conducting La Scale Orchestra and Chorus, with Antoinette Stella, soprano; Fiorenza Cossotto, mezzosoprano; Carlo Bergonzi, tenor; Ettore Bastianini, baritone; and Ivo Vinco, bass; Deutsche Grammophon SLPM 138835/37 (stereo) and 18835/37: three records
No one knows better than OSCAR HANDLIN, Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard, the trials and the prejudices which have best so many of the minorities which compose our bloodstream, He is the author of THK UPROOTED, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1952, and more recently of THE AMERICANS: A NEW HISTORY OF THE PEOPLE OF THK UNITED STATES, in both of which he has thrown fresh light upon the long and troubled process of Americanization.
A dramatist and the director of many productions, including his own comedy, BORN YESTERDAY, and that moving tragedy THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, GARSON KANIN and his wife, Ruth Gordon, have made many rewarding trips to Washington for the sake of seeing Mr. Justice Frankfurter.
A Radcliffe graduate, SALLIE BINGHAM started gaining awards for her 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; recently she received an O. Henry award for “The Banks of the Ohio” which appeared in the January, 1963, ATLANTIC.
“ Today , with society continually pushing in and with the shrinkage of inviolate places ,” says VANCE PACKARD, “the idea that one can . . . lead a private, unfettered life is losing much of its force. “ The following discussion of the individual’s constitutional right to privacy is taken from Mr. Packard’s new book, THE NAKED SOCIETY, to be published by David McKay.
Connoisseur and critic, traveler and biographer, SIR OSBERT SITWEEL had furnished for himself a home on Carlyle Square which was in its way an extraordinary museum of the twentieth century. Here is what went through his mind when at last he had to more elsewhere.