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"If our centenary celebration is to mean anything, it must be about what we are, rather than about what we are not. And this problem of our identity we have yet to solve."
JOHN W. HOLMES, president of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, received his early training in diplomacy as a member of the Department of External Affairs and was Assistant Undersecretary of State from 1953 to 1960. Prior to that he was Acting Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations.
BRIAN STOCKis a Canadian who graduated with honors from Harvard in 1962, and who was thereupon appointed the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. There he studied under C. S. Lewis until Professor Lewis was taken gravely ill. He was also asked to deliver a series of lectures for the Faculty of English in Cambridge. In a reflective mood, he wrote to the editor of the ATLANTIC,explaining why he saw little future for himself in Canada.
Canada’s internal affairs have become troubled during the past three years by the spirit of rebellion in the province of Quebec. For a view of the meaning and extent of this rebellion we have turned to GÉRARD PELLETIER,editor of LA PRESSE since 1961. Mr. Pelletier is also one of the cofounders of a French magazine of opinion, CITÉ LIVRE.
There is no doubt that American investment in Canada has contributed greatly to the growth of the Canadian economy. For an estimate of the by-products of this investment, we have turned to ROBERT M. FOWLER, a Montreal lawyer and businessman. Mr. Fowler has been president of the Canadian Pulp & Paper Association since 1945. He is also co-chairman of the Canadian-American Committee.
Author, editor, and artist, ALAN JARVISwas educated at the University of Toronto,at Oxford, and at the Graduate School of Fine Arts at New York University. He was director of the National Gallery of Canada from 1955 to 1959 and since that time has been chairman of the Society of Art Publications in Ottawa.
Banker and man of affairs equally articulate in French and English, MARCEL FARIBAULT is the president of the Trust Général du Canada and a Montrealer who takes pride in being Canadian. In this article he explains why French Canadians desire independence. Federal union is inescapable, in Mr. Faribault’s opinion,but the injustices and errors of the past must be corrected through revision of the constitution.
Novelist, playwright, and critic, ROBERTSON DAVIESis one of Canada’s most urbane and scholarly writers. His novels, TEMPER TOST and LEAVEN OF MALICE,are masterpieces of wit and satire, and he has done several plays for television and the stage. Mr. Davies is Master of Massey College at the University of Toronto.
The most famous author on fishing in North America, RODERICK HAIG-BROWN first came to Canada in the early thirties to work as a lumberjack in the forests of the Northwest,an experience which he recorded in his early novel TIMBER. After his marriage, he staked out a claim on the Campbell River in British Columbia, where he has written many books and is now regarded as the major consultant on conservation.
Douglas V.LePan, writer, teacher, and diplomat, is the author of THE WOUNDED PRINCE AND OTHER POEMS and THE NET AND THE sword,and this autumn begins his first year as the principal of University College, University of Toronto. His first book of fiction, THE deserter,is being published this month.
CELIA DARLINGTON is a doctor’s wife who combines working for her husband with freelance writing. This is her second appearance in the ATLANTIC.
CARL DREHER was one of the early wireless amateurs in the United States, one of the earty holders of a commercial operator’s license, a pioneer in broadcasting and sound films, and is a Fellow of the lnstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the successor society to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers.
ROY REED IS a political reporter for the ARKANSAS GAZETTEand a recent Nieman Fellow. A fascinated and occasionally indignant observer of Arkansas politics during the Faubus regime, he reports here what happened to a small-town newspaper editor who fought the local political machine.
A Canadian novelist, who was born in Manitoba in 1926, MARGARET LAURENCEwent with her engineer husband first to Somaliland and then to Ghana. While he was employed in constructing public works, she studied the native Africans, translating their folk tales and writing about them in her short stories and novels. Two of her books, THE TOMORROW-TAMER and NEW WIND IN A DRY LAND, were published by Alfred Knopf last spring.
On shipboard as well as on the waterfront, the powerful unions of seamen and dockworkers manage to dominate the American merchant marine and control the commerce on our docks. The rivalry between Joseph Curran of the National Maritime Union and Paul Hall of the Seafarers International Union, which has often resulted in strikes, is here revealed by A. H. RASKIN of the New York TIMES.
BY CONRAD AIKEN One of America’s leading poets, CONRAD AIKEN here describes the coming of age of American poetry and its inextricable relationship with man’s consciousness. This essay was the first in the Voice of America Forum series on American Poetry, coordinated by Howard Nemerov.
JESSE HILL FORDis a Southern writer whose first story appeared in the pages of the ATLANTIC five years ago. He received his B. A. from Vanderbilt University, and his CBS television play, THE CONVERSION OF BUSTER DRUMWEIGHT,has just been published by Vanderbilt University Press.