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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Winter 1938

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

Critics of the extreme right and the extreme left, as Paul Einzig remarks in “Finance and Foreign Policies,” unite in attributing to the “international bankers” an important influence in international politics. Mr. Einzig’s study of their importance in recent history runs counter to many popular ideas on the subject; and his analysis of the effects of governmental monetary policy on foreign relations will surprise those who consider monetary policy a domestic and purely economic problem. Mr. Einzig is a naturalized British subject. He was educated at a number of European universities, and has served as foreign editor of the London Financial News and as a member of the technical advisory committee on gold of the Imperial In- stitute in 1928. He is the author of many books on financial subjects; his most recent volumes are “World Finance, 1914-1935” and “World Finance, 1935-1937.”

James Still’s first publication was a poem, “Mountain Dulcimer,” that appeared in the July, 1935, number of the Virginia Quarterly. Since then his poetry has been published in a number of magazines. His first volume of verse, “Hounds on the Mountain,” is reviewed in this issue of the Quarterly. “So Large a Thing as Seven” is his first short story to appear in this magazine. Mr. Still is at present librarian of the Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky.

Ben Belitt is another young poet whose early work appeared in the Virginia Quarterly. He is a Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Mr. Belitt recently resigned as assistant literary editor of The Nation to become a member of the English faculty of Bennington College. “Battery Park: High Noon” is a companion piece to “The Unregenerate,” which appeared in the April, 1930, number of the Quarterly. The author of “Storm Signals in American Philosophy” is associate professor of philosophy in New York University. Sidney Hook has contributed to a number of magazines and to the Encyclopaedia of Social Sciences. He is the author of “Towards the Understanding of Karl Marx” and of “From Hegel to Marx.”

E. Pendleton Herring has appeared before in the Virginia Quarterly as the analyst of a much abused political practice. “Great Britain Has Lobbies Too,” in the July, 1930, issue of this magazine, showed how Great Britain controlled the lobby by making it a legitimate part of governmental procedure. “The Future of Patronage,” in this issue, is not a defence of patronage, but a study of its functional part in governmental practice, as distinguished from governmental theory. Mr. Herring is a member of the faculty of government and secretary of the Graduate School of Public Administration of Harvard University.

Both George Marion O’Donnell and David Schubert are young men whose poetry is beginning to appear in periodicals. Mr, O’Donnell, a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, is now helping to run Blue Ruin plantation, in the Mississippi delta country. A collection of his poetry, entitled “Return and Other Poems,” was published last spring. Mr. Schubert lives in New York, and has contributed to a number of magazines.

In “Poetic Reason in Thomas Mann,” Vernon Venable studies the technique of Mann’s art through an analysis of one of his best known short works, “Death in Venice.” Mr. Venable, who is a native of Ohio, is a member of the philosophy faculty of Vassal1 College. He is at present working on a study of the philosophy of science.

John T, Flynn is widely known as a writer and lecturer on economic subjects. In 1933-34 he served as an adviser of the Senate Committee on Banking and Currency in its investigation of the stock exchange. The most recent of his books are “God’s Gold,” a biography of John D. Rockefeller, and “Security Speculation—Its Economic Effects.” William G. Peck’s “Democracy and Human Purpose” appeared in the Autumn number of the Virginia Quarterly, In “The Decline of English Politics,” he employs the principles of the earlier essay in a study of the British parliamentary system during the past century. Dr. Peck is a minister in the Church of England and director of the Clergy School in Christian Sociology of the Industrial Christian Fellowship. He is the author of “The Divine Society.”

In his introductory remarks in “Narcissus as Narcissus,” Allen Tate leaves to the reader the question of the propriety of a poet’s discussing in print his own poetry. Since Mr. Tate is a critic of poetry as well as a poet, the editors of the Quarterly feel that this analysis of what is probably his best known poem, “Ode to the Confederate Dead,” will provide a valuable insight into the poetic intention that lies behind every poem. “Ode to the Confederate Dead” has appeared in a number of anthologies, and it appears in its final form in Mr. Tate’s “Selected Poems,” which was published this autumn. The quotations from Hart Crane in “Narcissus as Narcissus” are from unpublished letters to Mr. Tate.

Dexter Perkins, who has reviewed earlier volumes of Baker’s life of Woodrow Wilson in the Quarterly, is professor of history in the University of Rochester. He is the author of “Monroe Doctrine, 1826-1867.” William Setter Rusk’s most recent book is “Methods of Teaching the Fine Arts.” He is professor of the history of arts in Wells College. Thomas Perkins Abernethy’s “Western Lands and the American Revolution” was published this autumn. He is also the author of “From Frontier to Plantation in Tennessee.” Frank Lawrence Owsley has written widely in the field of Southern history. He is professor of history in Vanderbilt University, and author of “States Rights in the Confederacy” and “King Cotton Diplomacy.” Some of John Holmes’s earliest published poetry appeared in the Virginia Quarterly. His first volume, “Address to the Living,” was reviewed in the Summer, 1937, number of this magazine. Mr. Holmes contributes a weekly column of literary criticism to the Boston Transcript. Readers of the Quarterly are familiar with Calvin 11. Hoover’s essays on dictatorships and democracies in recent numbers of this magazine. These essays have been collected in a volume by Mr. Hoover, published this autumn under the title, “Dictators and Democracies,” and reviewed in this issue of the Quarterly. H. C. Nixon is professor of political science in Tulane University. Helen Hill has just completed a life of George Mason, which the Harvard Press will publish this winter.



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Hardy C. Dilxard  Arciiiiiau) B. Shetpkkson’

Garrard Gu?nn  Carroll Mason Sparrow

John Calvin Mi?tcai,p Jaml’s Soutiiall Wilson

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