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After his graduation from the University of Notre Dame, EDWIN O’CONNOR worked as a radio announcer for the Yankee Network. In 1946 he sold his first magazine piece, a satire on radio, to the ATLANTIC.Since then he has written four novels: THE ORACLE,published in 1951; THE LAST HURRAH,which won the Atlantic prize in 1956; THE EDGE OF SADNESS, which received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1961; and I WAS DANCING, published last spring. The story which follows is the opening episode in Mr. O’ Connor’s new novel, as yet untitled.
JEAN FRITZ is the author of many magazine articles and several books, most of which are for children and young people. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York, with her husband and two children.
CHARLOTTE JACKSON,who is the author of seven juveniles, is children’s book editor for the San Francisco CHRONICLE.
Professor of sociology at the Sorbonne, RAYMOND ARON,who was born in Paris in 1905,is widely known as one of Europe’s ranking commentators on political and economic affairs. This paper and the one to follow have been drawn from Mr. Aron’s new book, THE GREAT DERATE: THEORIES OF NUCLEAR STRATEGY, which has been translated from the French by Ernst Pawel and will be published by Doubleday early in January.
The son and grandson of a sculptor, Alexander Calder has proved himself one of the most original of American artists. In November a retrospective exhibition of his work began at the Guggenheim Museum. This intimate portrait has been written by his friend, the English critic and author NICHOLAS GUPPY.
Author, lecturer, and an authority on films, PAULINE KAEL has been manager of an art cinema and has worked on experimental films. A native of California,she is currently studying on a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her collection of criticism, I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES, will be published next spring by Atlantic-Little, Brown.
Born in the United States, DR. WILDER PENFIELD studied at Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Oxford universities, and began his scientific and clinical career at Columbia and at the Presbyterian Hospital of New York City. He has been a citizen of Canada since 1934 and was the director of the Montreal Neurological Institute for twenty-five years. In the autumn of 1962 he and his wife spent a month on the mainland of China as the guests of the Chinese Medical Association. Here are his impressions.
JAMES BALLARDhas studied at St. John’s College in Annapolis and served with the Strategic Air Command. He is currently living in Piney River, Virginia, where he devotes much of his time to the writing of poetry and short stories.
ELIZABETH R. CHOATEhas had a way with animals from the start, and of them all her dogs were the mostdemanding. Her knowledge of the canine world, as she relates, began with her father’s hunting dogs and led in time to her own kennels in Danvers, Massachusetts, where for thirty years she has bred prize Sealyham Terriers.
Poet and translator, W. S. MERWINwas born in New York City in 1927, graduated from Princeton, and worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca from 1949 to 1951. His first book of poems, A MASK FOR JANUS, was published in 1952; his most recent volume, THE MOVING TARGET,appeared last year.
A native Pennsylvanian who attended Dickinson College and took his doctorate in education at Penn State in 1947, JOHN I. SHUMANis assistant superintendent of schools in Allentown. He has had wide experience in both the academic and the vocational areas of public education. In the preparation of his pa per Mr. Shuman has had the cooperation of Clifford S. Bartholomew, principal of the William Allen High School, and George W. Elison, director of vocational and adult education in Allentown.
Author, traveler, and photographer, FREYA STARKhas journeyed extensively in the Middle East. Her knowledge of the Arabic language and the history of the region, combined with her understanding of the people, led the British government to give her a special assignment in the Middle East during World War H. She is a master of descriptive writing, and here is one of the reasons.
For a quarler of a century the Nieman Foundation under the curatorship of LOUIS M. LYONS has provided to a selected group of working newspapermen the stimulus of a year at Harvard. Mr. Lyons, who was one of the first Nieman Fellows in 1938, was on the staff of the Boston GLOBE for twenty-five years, and has been news commentator for Boston’s educational television station, WGBH, since 1950.