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ISSUE:  Summer 1938

“Here’s a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal.”

Every word that proceeds from the mouth of God may he just as important in the economic field as the hope of bread alone” -with this statement A. A. Berle, Jr., concludes his study of “The Lost Art of Economics.” As these words suggest, the essay deals with the tendency of economic science to narrow its field to the study of production and exchange, and it points to directions of inquiry that may make economics a true science of living. The essay is written against a rich background of practical experience and economic speculation. Mr. Berle has practiced law in New York, has served as Chamberlain of New York City, and has acted in an advisory capacity on a number of federal agencies. This year he was appointed Assistant Secretary of State. He has lectured on finance in the Harvard Business School and served on the law faculty of Columbia University; and he is the author, with Gardiner C. Means, of “The Modern Corporation and Private Property.”

Two earlier essays by Ernestine Evans in the Virginia Quarterly have dealt with life in Russia and in Germany, “South to the Caucasus” and “Straws in the German Wind.” The latter, which was published in 1931, gave a vivid picture of the tension in Germanv in the years of Hitler’s rise to power. In “London Crumb Cake,” in this issue, Miss Evans sketches her impressions of the temper of London life during a period of somewhat similar tension. Miss Evans has traveled widely in Europe as a free-lance journalist, and publisher’s representative.

John Peale Bishop, author of “The Discipline of Poetry,” has been a frequent contributor of poetry and critical essays to this magazine. He is a native of Charles Town, West Virginia; after spending the greater part, of the ‘twenties in France, he returned to this country and now lives in Massachusetts, lie is the author of two volumes of poetry, “Minute Particulars” and “Now with His Love,” and of a novel, “Act of Darkness.”

Walter Millis’s “Cross Purposes in the New Deal” and David Cushman Cogle’s “Inefficient Efficiency” deal with the general problem of monopoly and national efficiency from widely differing points of view. Mr. Millis analyzes the political factions within the New Deal that have sprung up as the result of conflicting programs for the regulation of business; Mr. Coyle describes the economic waste in a system dominated by large industries, and indicates lines of governmental regulation that may increase the economic efficiency of the country as a whole. Roth authors have contributed to this magazine before. Mr. Millis is a member of the staff of the New York Herald-Tribune, and is the author of “The Martial Spirit” and of “The Road to War.” Mr. Coyle is an engineer by profession. Though he has never held a salaried position in the federal government, he has acted in an advisory capacity on a number of important governmental agencies. He is the author, among other books, of “Brass Tacks,” “Age without Fear,” and “Why Pay Taxes?” Mr. Coyle’s essay will be part of a book to be published this fall by Little, Brown and Company.

Harry Brown is a native of Maine. He is a student in Harvard University, where he won the Lloyd McKim Garrison award in 1937. Ben Belilt and Lawrence Lee are graduates of the University of Virginia. Mr. Belitt is a member of the English faculty of Bennington College. His first volume of verse, “Fivefold Mesh,” will be published this autumn by Alfred A. Knopf. Lawrence Lee is the author of two volumes of poetry, “Summer (iocs On” and “Monticello.” For the past year he has been studying in Harvard University.

As Sigmund Neumann remarks in “The Austrian Republic: An Obituary,” the post-War history of Austria echoes all the great themes of post-War politics. The author is a native of Germany, and until 1933 was professor of modern history in the Institute of Polities in Berlin. Later he was a Rockefeller research fellow in the London School of Economics. He is now a member of the political science faculty of Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He is the author of a number of books in German, and is now preparing a study of post-War Europe for publication in this country.

“Bugle Song” is Wallace Stcgner’s first contribution to the Virginia Quarterly. lie is a native of Iowa, and has spent most of his life in the northwestern part of the United States and Canada. He is now a member of the English faculty of Wisconsin University. Mr. Stegner’s “Remem-bering Laughter” won the Little, Brown novelette contest in 1937.

Readers of the Quarterly will recall two earlier essays by Marie Kimball, “The Epicure of the White House,” a study of Jefferson as a connoisseur of food and drink, and “That Apartment in Paris.” As “Roughing It in Philadelphia” reveals, a historic house in Philadelphia can offer as much excitement as an apartment in Paris.

“Pareto, Right and “Wrong” is Herbert J. Midler’s first contribution to this magazine. He is professor of English in Purdue University. His collection of critical essays, “Modern Fiction: A Study of Values,” was reviewed in the Spring number of the Quarterly.

John Cournos is widely known as a novelist, critic, and translator of Russian literature, R. P. Blackmur is the author of a volume of poetry, “From Jordan’s Delight,” and a volume of critical essays, “Tbe Double Agent.” He holds a Guggenheim fellowship for creative writing for the coming year. Clarence K. Carter is the editor of the Territorial Papers of the Department of State, and is president of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association. J. G. Randall’s most recent volume is “The Civil War and Reconstruction.” He is professor of history in the University of Illinois. Harold S. Quigley has taught political science in Tsing Hua College, Peiping, and is the author of “Japanese Government and Polities.” He has recently completed a revised and enlarged edition of G. II. Blakeslee’s “The Pacific Area,” which will be published this summer under the title, “The Far East.” Walter Curt Behrendt is the author of “Modern Building.” Kerker Quinn has contributed verse and critical essays to a number of magazines. William S. Weedon is a member of the philosophy faculty of the University of Virginia. Garrard Glenn practiced law for many years in New York City, and is now professor of law in the University of Virginia.


Edited by LAMBERT DAVIS Advisory Editors

Hardy C. Dillard  Archibald B. Shepperson

Garrard Glenn  Carroll Mason Sparrow

John Calvin Metcale James Southall Wilson

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