May 1964

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  • The Mad Strangler of Boston

    Eleven women have been murdered by strangulation in metropolitan Boston since the summer of 1962, and none of these cases has been solved as this issue goes to press. Erle Stanley Gardner is a distinguished criminologist, lawyer, and authority on police work, in addition to being the creator of one of the most widely read fictional characters in the English language, Perry Mason. The Atlantic invited Mr. Gardner to come to Boston and set down his own impressions of this extraordinary series of crimes.

  • The High Cost of Writing

  • Asphalt Jungle

    R. G. G. PRICElives in Sussex and is a regular contributor to PUNCH. He writes for the ATLANTIC on a variety of subjects.

  • Zero

  • Stop the Brush, I Want to Get Off

    JOHN AVERY SNYDER is a junior at the Episcopal Academy, Overbrook, Pennsylvania. This is his first appearance in the ATLANTIC.

  • The Pledge of Allegiance

    FRANCES DUNCAN, who lives in Baldwin Park, California, reminds us that her first writing was published in the May, 1901, ATLANTIC.

  • Tokyo and the Olympics

  • The Piano That Sings

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • France

  • Potpourri

  • Ghana

  • The Atlantic Report on the World Today: Washington

  • Liebling, Libel, and the Press

    A veteran newspaperman and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University for the past twenty-five years, LOUIS M. LYONShas worked at home and abroad with the foremost journalists of our time. He is widely known also for his news analysis, which is carried on many educational television stations.

  • A Rough Map of Greece: The Night Boat

    A member of the ATLANTIC’S editorial staff, with a love for antiquity, PHOEBE-LOU ADAMS conducted a one woman exploration of the Greek Islands and the mainland in the spring of the year. We published four of her papers in 1963, and this is the second of a new series.

  • The Computers of Tomorrow

    In the past two decades, thousands of computers hare been applied successfully in various industries. How much more widespread will their use become? MARTIN GREENBERGER,who is associate professor at the School of Industrial Management of M.I.T., has been working with computers for fourteen years.

  • The Museum

    Poet and translator, W. S. MERWINwas born in New York City in 1927, graduated from Princeton, and Worked as a tutor in Prance, Portugal. and Majorca from 1999 to 1951. His first book of poems, A MASK FOR JANUS, was published in 1952; his most recent volume, THE MOVING TARGET, appeared last autumn.

  • The Sense of Crisis

  • German Students Reply to Martha Gellhorn

    BERNDT OSTENDORF,a tutor in the history department of Freiburg University,is conducting a course on the Third Reich in Anglo-American sources, and when he asked his students to appraise Martha Gellhorn’s article, “Is There a New Germany?”, in the February issue of the ATLANTIC,he was surprised by the chain reaction.The three comments which follow were written by undergraduates ranging in age from twenty to twenty-four, and have been translated by Mr. Ostendorf.

  • Britain Before the Elections

    London-born and a graduate of Oxford, TERENCE PRITTIEwas a prisoner of war in Germany from 1940 to 1945. Following his release, he joined the staff of the MANCHESTER GUARDIAN and served as its correspondent in Germany for the past sixteen years. Now back in London, he takes a discerning look at the changes he finds in his native country.

  • The Squeeze on the Liberal University

    Can the liberal university survive in our current climate of bigness, diversity, and specialization? This question has been of increasing concern to educators, among them DEAN J. DOUGLAS BROWN of Princeton. Mr. Brown has been an economist on the faculty of Princeton University for forty years and dean of the faculty for the past eighteen years.

  • Hawks

  • The Breach

    MAURO SENESI is a young writer who lives in Florence and contributes to various Italian newspapers and magazines. His first short story published in America appeared in the ATLANTIC in the autumn of 1961. He has since finished the English version of his novel, LONGSHADOW, and is working on a new book. The following story has been translated by Elaine Maclachlan.

  • Any Author to Any Friend

  • People on Fire: The Congo

    CURTIS CATE,who represents the ATLANTICin Europe,has traveled extensively in northern Africa and the Middle East, and at our suggestion he undertook this survey of the Congo to see for himself how things were being run after the colonial administrators had pulled out. In certain instances, Mr. Cate has used fictitious names in order to protect his sources.

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