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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Summer 1945

specifically our main target area, which was always France. I assisted in the build-up preparatory to our two landings there, and as an old friend of France always had supreme confidence that we would get the support we needed when we went in. This was particularly true in southern France, which, with the aid of the maquis forces and the entire population, was a real push-over campaign.

“In my work with the French right after liberation I met many of the writers and journalists whom I had known in Paris and who had been assigned to the south from the moment of our North African invasion, when most Frenchmen believed the main thrust would come from that side. I learned from them how they had built their forces . . . and welded national unity in the country. However individualistic French writers may have been before the war, and may become later, there is no doubt that during the last two years of the occupation they played a tremendous unifying role in France, and helped pave the way for our victories there.”

An American, born in the Philippines, and educated at Columbia and Oxford, Mr. Rhodes was a foreign correspondent in France before the war.

Samuel Flagg Bemis, Sterling Professor of Diplomatic History and Inter-American Relations at Yale University, is now engaged in preparing a basic work on John Quincy Adams and the foundations of American foreign policy. His books include “Jay’s Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy” (1928), “Pinckney’s Treaty: A Study of America’s Advantage from Europe’s Distress” (1926), “A Diplomatic History of the United States” (1986), and “The Latin-American Policy of the United States” (1948).

Two poems by Dorothy Wellesley, one commemorating Virginia Woolf, appeared in the Winter, 1944, issue of the Virginia Quarterly. She is the author of “Poems of Ten Years, 1924-1934,” “Selections from the Poems of Dorothy Wellesley,” and “Lost Planet and Other Poems.” Howard Ramsden is a North Carolinian who lives at Leaksville, where the William Byrd marker stands.

“Bright and Cheerful Is the Day” is the work of Tom Hanlin, a young Scots writer, who except for a period as a brickmaker and as a casual labourer has worked underground as a miner since he was fifteen. An earlier version of “Bright and, Cheerful Is the Day,” under the title of “Sunday in the Village,” in 1944 won the Arthur Markham Memorial Prize offered annually by the University of Sheffield to men working in a mine in England, Scotland, or Wales. A short novel by Mr, Hanlin, “Once in Every Lifetime,” also a prize winner in England, will be published in this country this fall. “All my writing,” Mr. Hanlin emphasizes, “has been spare-time work, and still is, as I work daily as a miner.”

Margot Hill spent her childhood and youth in Sudan and the Near East, During the first World War she served with the French Armee d’Oricnt and during the second with the Imperial Censorship in Bermuda. She is now doing free-lance writing in the United States. “T. E. Lawrencc: Some Trivial Memories” is her first contribution to the Virginia Quarterly.

Eleanor Green is a native of Wisconsin and the author of such novels as “The Hill” (1980), “Pastoral” (1987), and “Ariadne Spinning” (1941). “Today and Tomorrow” marks her first appearance in the Virginia Quarterly.

Denna F. Flemino is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University nnd author of “The Treaty Veto of the American Senate” (1980), “The United States and the League of Nations: 1918-1920” (1938), and, in 1948, “While America Slept” and “Can We Win the Peace?” He will give this fall a second series of broadcasts sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation under the title “How Can We Make the Victory Stick?”

For a number of years Gunther Stein has reported on affairs in Europe, the United States, Russia, and the Far East. From 1984 to 1987 he was in Japan and from 1988 to 1944 in Hongkong and Chungking. In June, 1944, he was one of the group of foreign correspondents who were permitted to visit Yenan and report on the state of affairs in Communist China. He is the author of “Made in Japan,” “The Tar East in Ferment,” and of a new book, just published, “The Challenge of Red China.” A resident of the Far East for many years, Nathaniel Peffer is now professor of international relations at Columbia University. His books include “Basis for Peace in the Far East” (1942) and “America’s Place in the World,” which has just been published.

John Temple Graves is a member of the editorial staff of the Birmingham Age-Herald and his syndicated editorial column appears in all the Southern States. Willard Thorp is professor of English and chairman of the American civilization program in Princeton University. He is one of the editors of and a contributor to

“The Literary History of the United States” which will be published after the war.

Lindsay Rogers writes that he comes within the category of Columbia professors described by J. P. Marquand in “So Little Time” and quoted in his review. His books include “America’s Case against Germany” (1917), “The New Constitutions of Europe” (with H. L. McBain) (1922), “The American Senate” (1926), and “Crisis Government” (1934). Charles T. Harrison is professor of English at the College of William and Mary, F. Cudworth Flint, a keen analyst of modern poetry, is a frequent contributor to The Virginia Quarterly.


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