October 1965

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  • Must the Novelist Crusade?

    A Mississippian who early established herself as one of the abler writers of her generation, Eudora Welty has contributed many fine things to the ATLANTIC, including her stories “A Worn Path,” “Powerhouse,” and “Why I Live at the P.O.,” and her short novel

  • Straining

  • White Island

    Lawyer and writer, who graduated from Princeton in 1905 and who received the Woodrow Wilson Award from his alma mater in 1961, Raymond B. Fosdick used to recharge his batteries on a small island off the Maine coast, as these pages so pleasantly testify.

  • Who'd Rather Be Deaf?

    Efficient communication, so basic to today’s world, is often unknowingly hampered by hearing loss. Elizabeth Corbett, a social worker and a former director of the Providence League for the Hard of Hearing, recommends ways of dealing with the problem of deafness.

  • Our Last Day in Venice

    A graduate of Radcliffe College in l960, Louisa Newl in studied e real ire writing under Archibald MacLeish, Edgar Rosenberg, and Monroe Engel, and she is currently enrolled at Johns Hopkins University.

  • This Town of Strangers

  • The Unquiet Genius of Egypt

    Author and traveler, with an extraordinary power of observation, James Morris covered the first ascent of Mount Everest for the TIMES of London in 1953, and received the Heinemann Award for Literature for his elegant book THE WORLD OF VENICE. On his return from far places, he settles down to write in a ramshackle Georgian mansion beside a salmon river in North Wales. His new book, OXFORD, will be published later this year by Harcourt, Brace & World.

  • France

  • Exercise in Slow Motion

  • Closing the Game Gap

    C. MICHAEL CURTIS is a member of the ATLANTIC’S editorial staff and an occasional contributor to these pages.

  • The Evil Eye

    An alumna of the University of Chicago who has lived in many parts of the world, GERTRUDE GRAY PARRATT makes her home with her husband in Mexico City.

  • Pigfoot (With Aces Under) Passes

  • Daddy Gander's Newfound Runes

  • Margaret Are You Drug

  • Lamb

  • The Seychelles: Really Away From It All

  • Wistfully, From the Stalls

  • The Metropolitan's New House

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Potpourri

  • New York

  • London

  • Washington

  • Young Dylan Thomas: The Escape to London

    Since the death of Dylan Thomas at the age of thirty-nine, a legend has grown up about the poet and his life unsurpassed since the days of Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Constantine FitzGibbon, novelist and historian, and a friend of Dylan’s, was selected by the trustees of the Dylan Thomas estate to write his biography. This first of two excerpts from THE LIFE OF DYLAN THOMAS,to be published this month by Atlantic - Little, Brown, reveals several hitherto unknown facets of the poet’s early years.

  • Sorensen's Kennedy

    BOOKS and MEN Author of many articles and books (including AMERICA COMES OF MIDDLE AGE)on the American scene, Mr. Kempton was born in Baltimore and studied at Johns Hopkins. He lives in New York and is a columnist for the New York WORLD TELEGRAM AND SUN. He here gives his appraisal of Theodore Sorensen’s KENNEDY.

  • Black Furrow, Gray Furrow

  • Interracial Marriage and the Law

    In the past decade, the law and the Supreme Court have done a great deal to ensure the equality of all races and to guarantee equal civil rights. But in the area of interracial marriage, the statutes of nineteen states continue to deny the individual the freedom to marry the person of his choice. The vagaries of these statutes and the failure of the Supreme Court to act are here set forth by William D. Zabel, a practicing lawyer in New York.

  • God and the Tower and the Boy

    A playwright and critic now in his early thirties, Jeremy Kingston was born in London and was a clerk at a firm making marmalade, at a firm making asbestos cement, and in a factory making shavers. Now he devotes his time to the writing of plays and stories.

  • Veteran Against Veteran

    The American government spends roughly $5 billion yearly in benefits to war veterans and their families. Many millions of these dollars. believes John E. Booth, are wasted on. veterans who no longer need assistance or who are better off than the average taxpayer. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Booth is assistant director of the Twentieth Century Fund.

  • The Novel as Jerusalem: Muriel Spark's Mandelbaum Gate

    In 1959 with her book MEMENTO MORI, the Scottish-born Muriel Spark established herself in this country as a novelist of considerable merit. Poet, critic, and biographer as well, Mrs. Spark’s new novel, THE MANDELBAUM GATE, which Knopf will publish this month, is an ambitious study of the divided city of Jerusalem as a symbol of conflicts in and out of fiction. Frank Kermode, professor of English literature at the University of Manchester in England and widely known critic, here presents a brilliant analysis of Mrs. Spark’s latest work.

  • Gifts

  • Pope Paul Vi

    Sanche de Gramont is a free-lance writer who lives in Rome and has followed closely the inner and outer workings of the historic Second Vatican Council, now convening for its last session. Sifted from his observations is this sharply drawn portrait of Rope Paul VI, whose complex personality has made his role in the ecumenical movement largely misunderstood.

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