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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Autumn 1936

In the October, 1933, number of The Virginia Quarterly Review, under the title, “The Roosevelt Revolution,” Walter Millis analysed the tumultuous first five months of the Roosevelt Administration. At the conclusion of a brilliant summary of the legislation of the first New Deal Congress, Mr. Millis asked, of President Roosevelt: “Is he one of those accidental leaders who serve only to disturb the course of history, or is he one of the figures who are recognized, in retrospect, as the appointed instruments of evolution?” That question, of course, cannot be definitely answered even today, but in “The Essence of the New Deal” Mr. Millis approaches an answer in analysing the New Deal with respect to its essential and its accidental characteristics. Mr. Millis is a native of Georgia. He was educated at Yale, and is a journalist by profession, at present connected with the New York Herald-Tribune. He is the author of “The Martial Spirit” and “The Road to War.”

Two essays on contemporary affairs by Garrard Glenn, “Gold and Our Honor” and “War Without Guns,” have previously appeared in the Virginia Quarterly. In “The Right of Sanctuary,” Mil. Glenn deals with a practice in medieval law that has some surprisingly modern implications. Ma. Glenn was born in Atlanta, Georgia, educated at the University of Georgia and Columbia University, and practiced law in New York City for many years before becoming a member of the law faculty of the University of Virginia. His argument as counsel for the defense in the prosecution of the publication of James Branch Cabell’s “Jurgen” is included in “Jurgen and the Law.”

“Serenade in Mexico” is Cahlkton Beals’s first contribution to the Virginia Quarterly. lie received his education at the University of California and a number of foreign universities, and has spent many years in Mexico and Central America, as a teacher, journalist, and free-lance writer. He has written a number of volumes on various phases of Mexican life, the best known of which are “Mexican Maze” and a biography of Porfirio Diaz.

G. R. Elliott, who calls his essay, “On Symbols,” a “mystical travelogue,” contributed “An Undiscovered America in Frost’s Poems” to the second number of the Virginia Quarterly. Mr, Elliott was educated at the University of Toronto and the University of Jena, and is now professor of English in Amherst College. He was a contributor to the symposium, “Humanism in America,” and is the author of “The Cycle of Modern Poetry,” a series of essays on the present state of poetry and philosophy. He is preparing a new book of essays for publication next year, under the title “Human Place.”

Robert P. Tristram Coffin, whose prose and verse have appeared frequently in these pages, won the Pulitzer prize for poetry in 1930 with “Strange Holiness.” Mr. Coffin is a native of Maine; he is at present professor of English in Wells College, New York. Mr. Coffin has also written a number of novels; and a new novel, “John Dawn,” is announced for publication this autumn. Mark Van Doren is equally well known as a poet, novelist, and critic. “Transients” is his latest novel, and “A Winter Diary and Other Poems” his most recent collection of verse. A new collection of poems by Mr. Van Doren will appear this autumn.

Recent literary criticism has emphasized the centrality of Dante’s position both in the general tradition of European poetry and as the culminating figure of medieval literature. In “An Approach to Dante,” Cuthbert Wright essays what he calls a romantic approach to the great Italian poet, by a consideration of the political background of thirteenth-century Italy and of the forces which made Dante, though he remained a stanch Catholic an ardent opponent of the clerical party in Italian politics. Mr. Wright received his education at Harvard University and the University of Paris, and lived in France for some years after service in the American Army during the World War. He now lives in Boston, and is engaged in free-lance writing.

Nature studies by the author of “Every One His Own Physician” have appeared frequently in the Virginia Quarterly, “The Grim Alligator” and “The Great King” being his most recent contributions. Archibald Rutledge alternates his residence between Pennsylvania and his native South Carolina; the latter state is the background for most of his observations of wild life. He is the author of a number of volumes of verse and of nature studies.

Walter de la Mare has contributed to English literature in three fields: poetry, the novel, and the short story. His most recent collection of verse is “Poems, 1919-1934.” In recent yews Mr. de la Mare has turned increasingly to the short story as a means of expression. “The Trumpet” is the first of his short stories to appear in the Virginia Quarterly since “The Picnic,” in the April, 1930, number. A new collection of short stories, by Mit. de la Mare is announced for publication this autumn.

Thomas Perkins Abernethy is professor of American history in the University of Virginia and author of “From Frontier to Plantation in ‘Tennessee.” Mr. Abernethy recently completed a study of speculation in western lands at the time of the American Revolution, which will be published in the near future. John Donald Wade, biographer of Augustus Longstreet and John “Wesley, and a contributor to “I’ll Take My Stand,” is a member of the English faculty of the University of Georgia. Kerker Quinn, who reviewed a group of volumes of literary criticism in the July number of the Quarterly, has contributed poetry and critical essays to a number of periodicals. Hardy C. Dillard is a member of the law faculty of the University of Virginia. Calvin B. Hoover’s “The Dictators March” appeared in the July Number of the Virginia Quarterly. He is the author of “Germany Enters the Third Reich” and “The Economic Life of Soviet Russia.” 11. K. Gooch of the political science faculty of the University of Virginia recently returned from a year’s stay in France, in preparation for a study of the French parliamentary system. He is the author of “Regionalism in France.” II. C Nixon is professor of political science in Tulane University. He has written widely on contemporary economic and social problems of the South. James Southall Wilson was the first editor of the Virginia Quarterly, and is now an associate editor.



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