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ISSUE:  Autumn 1937

As this issue of the Virginia Quarterly appears, with easternmost Asia and westernmost Europe in battle, the international scene is darker than it has been at any time since 1918. As John W. Wheeler-Bennett remarks in “European Possibilities,” in such a situation prophecy is sheer lunacy, and all that can be done is to examine possibilities. Mr. Wheeler-Bennett is well fitted for this task. Since 1918 he has been a close observer of international affairs, and he has traveled extensively in all the important countries of Europe and Asia. Three books by Mr. Wheeler-Bennett, “The Problem of Security,” “The Wreck of Reparations,” and “The Pipe Dream of Peace,” have dealt with problems involved in establishing international security on a collective basis. His most recent volume, “Wooden Titan,” which was reviewed in the Summer number of the Quarterly, is a study of the role of Hindenburg in modern German history and the role of Germany in postwar Europe. Mr. Wheeler-Bennett is a native of England, and now lives in the United States. He is at work on two volumes: “The Unknown Peace,” a history of the Brest Litovsk treaty, and a political history of the Confederacy.

The folk novel, the novel of representative middle-class life, and the proletarian novel are the three types of contemporary novel discussed in Walter L. Myers’s “The Novel and the Simple Soul.” Mr. Myers is professor of English in the University of Pittsburgh, and is the author of “The Later Realism.” Discussions of contemporary fiction by Mr. Myers have appeared frequently in the Virginia Quarterly.

George Soule’s “Heroes for America” appeared in the April, 1931, number of the Quarterly. “New American Heroes,” in this issue, records the changes in American mythology since that day. Mr. Soule has been a member of the editorial staff of The New Republic since 1914, and an editor since 1924. He is the author of a number of books, the latest of which is “The Future of Liberty.”

The author of “Democracy and Human Purpose,” William G, Peck, is a minister in the Church of England. For over seven years DR. Peck was Rector of St. John’s, Hulme, a slum parish in Manchester, and lie was invited last year by the Industrial Christian Fellowship to become director of the Clergy School in Christian Sociology. Dr. Peck has lectured in many English and American universities, and has written widely for English periodicals. He is the author of “The Divine Society” and of “Christianity and the Modern Chaos.”

The poetry in this issue of the Quarterly is the work of writers who appear for the first time in these pages. C. F. MacINtYRE is a member of the English faculty of the University of California at Los Angeles. 11 is first volume, “Poems,” was published last year. Tristram LivinGstone is the pseudonym of a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra whose poetry has appeared in a number of magazines. He is a native of Pennsylvania. Lydel Sims was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is a graduate student in English in Vanderbilt University.

John Hawley Robert’s study of the philosophic similarities between two outwardly dissimilar modern writers, Aldous Huxlev and D.H. Lawrence, is his second essay to appear in the Virginia Quarterly. His study of another British novelist, “Toward Virginia Woolf,” was published in the October, 1934, number. Mr. RoBerts is a native of Illinois and was educated at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the English faculty of Williams College, and is the author of a novel, “Narcissus.”

David Cornel DeJong, who contributes “Wedding in Holland” to this issue, is a native of the Netherlands who came to this country at the age of thirteen. Some of his earliest published verse appeared in the Virginia Quarterly in 1932. Since then his poetry and short stories have appeared in a number of magazines. He is also the author of a novel, “Belly Fulla Straw,” which was published in 1934. This year he was awarded a Houghton Mifflin fellowship for creative writing, and he is now engaged on another novel.

“The Little Fool” is Elizabeth Hollister Frost’s first contribution to the Virginia Quarterly Review. She is the author of three volumes of verse, “The Lost Lyrist,” “Hovering Shadow,” and “The Closed Gentian.” “The Little Fool” is one of her first short stories to be published. Mrs. Frost is a native of New York, and divides her time between New York and St. Cirq, the locale of “The Little Fool.”

“Criticism, Inc.,” which charges the professors of English with failure to undertake the task of literary criticism, is the work of a man well known as a critic, a teacher, and a poet. During the years of John Crowe Ransom’s professorship of English in Vanderbilt, that university has produced a number of talented writers. This year Mr. Ransom was appointed professor of poetry in Kenyon College. A number of his critical essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly, and a volume of them will be published this fall. Earlier books by Mr. Ransom include a volume of criticism, “God Without Thunder,” and two volumes of poetry, “Chills and Fever” and “Two Gentlemen in Bonds.”

R. K. Gooch’s latest book is “The Government of England,” which was published this autumn. He is professor of political science in the University of Virginia. Thomas Jeffries Beits has contributed a number of essays and book discussions to the Quarterly. He is a major in the United States Army, and is now studying in the Command and Genera] Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Robert C. Binkley’s “Myths of the Twentieth Century” appeared in the Summer, 1937, number of the Quarterly. He is professor of modern European history in Western Reserve University. Kerker QUiinn has contributed verse and critical essays to a number of magazines. A volume of poetry by Mr. Quinn will be published this winter. Regis MicHaud was born in France, and has lived in this country for twenty years. His most recent book is “Modern Thought and Literature in France.” He is at work on a study of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Baudelaire. Eugene M. Kayden is professor of economics in the University of the South. Justus BucHLer is a member of the philosophy faculty of Columbia University, and a co-editor of Santayana’s “Obiter Scripta.” James Southali, Wilson was the first editor of the Virginia Quarterly, and is now an advisory editor. Cary Johnson is the author of “Scientific Interests in the Old South,” which was published in 1930.



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