In This Issue
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Three men of driving individuality and boiling talents come together here in a remarkable group portrait. One is the author, a former star athlete, fighter pilot with more than 100 missions on his record in World War II and the Korean conflict, and today recognized among America’s leading poets. Second is Allan Seager of Michigan, a writer whose talent far exceeds the recognition he had earned from the public and the critics before his death in May. And the third is the subject of Seager’s newly published biography, the late Theodore Roethke, whom James Dickey proposes to crown “the greatest poet this country has produced.” In conjunction with Mr. Dickey’s memoirreview, we publish, beginning on page 58, excerpts from Mr. Roethke’s notebooks, edited by David Wagoner, poet and novelist (BABY, COME ON INSIDE).The edited notebooks are scheduled to be published by Doubleday sometime in 1969.
The author, a playwright and biographer of James Russell Lowell, teaches history at Princeton. He is completing a study of the experimental college community at Black Mountain, North Carolina, to be published by Random House. Mr. Duberman’s essay continues a discussion of “the war against the young.” initiated by Richard Poirier in the October ATLANTIC. Other views in this many-sided argument will appear in our pages over the next several months.