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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Summer 1937

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

The New Deal has created a situation in which there is a possibility of a sweeping political realignment that will replace the traditional Democratic-Republican opposition with a Conservative-Progressive opposition. Most speculation so far has dealt with the ways and means of uniting the various progressive groups under a common programme, and it has been assumed that conservatism in this country will follow its old pattern. In “Recipe for Conservatives,” D. W. Brogan argues that a new type of ’ conservatism, with a programme and a public manner adequate to modern conditions, is essential for the proper functioning of democracy in the United States. Using the recent history of the British Conservative party as his text, Mr. Brogan shows in what respects American conservatives need to learn the lessons already learned by their English brothers. Mr. Brogan is a native of Scotland and a graduate of Glasgow University. He formerly taught American government in the London School of Economics, and is now a fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has made a number of extended visits to this country in recent years, and is the author of “Government of the People: A Study in the American Political System.”

Robert C Binklky, author of “Myths of the Twentieth Century,” has contributed a number of essays and book discussions to the Virginia Quarterly, the most recent being “New Debts for Old,” in the July, 1936, number. Mr. Binkley is professor of modern European history in Western Reserve University, and author of “Realism and Nationalism: 1852-1871.”

“A Russian Idyll” is Frederic ProkoscH’s second prose contribution to the Virginia Quarterly; “The Villagers” was published in the July, 1935, number. His verse has appeared frequently in these pages. Mr. Prokosch is the author of a novel, “The Asiatics,” and of a volume of poetry, “The Assassins.” His second novel, “The Seven Who Fled,” will be published this autumn.

A wide experience in the field of race relations and education in the South supplies the background for Jackson Davis’s “British Africa and the South.” As general field agent and later associate director of the General Education Board, he has been particularly active in the field of Negro education in this country. In 1935 he traveled in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation, studying education and race relations. Mr. Davis was born in Virginia and educated at William and Mary College and Columbia University.

Readers of the Quarterly will recall two other studies in early nineteenth-century authorship by Lionel Stevenson preceding his essay in this issue, “The Novelist as Fortune Hunter.” “Romanticism Run to Seed.” in the October, 1933, number, described the literary circle of Blackwood’s Magazine; “Prude’s Progress,” in the Spring, 1937, number, dealt with their literary adversaries, the early exponents of the Victorian moral censorship. In “The Novelist as Fortune Hunter,” Mr. Stevenson turns his attention to the first generation of professional literary potboilers, as represented by G. P. R. James, Frederick Marryat, and Charles Lever. Mb. Stevenson is a member of the English faculty of the Arizona State Teachers College, and is the author of “The Wild Irish Girl,” a life of Lady Morgan.

Poetry by Willard Maas has appeared in a number of magazines. His first volume of verse, “Fire Testament,” appeared last year, and a second volume, “Concerning the Young,” will be published next winter. Frances Frost and Robert P. Tristram Coffin have contributed frequently to the Virginia Quarterly. V. Sackville-West’s poem, “The Land”, won the Hawthornden Prize in 1926. She is the author of a number of novels, of which the best known are “The Edwardians” and “All Passion Spent,” and, more recently, of a biography of Joan of Arc.

Charles M. Wiltse who in “Calhoun and the Modern State” interprets Calhoun’s doctrine of state sovereignty in terms of the modern struggle for economic power, is the author of “The Jeffersonian Tradition in American Democracy,” which was reviewed in the July, 1936, issue of the Virginia Quarterly. Mr. WWWiltse is a native of California, and was educated at Cornell University. He lives at present in Washington, where he is a member of the research staff of the National Resources Committee. He is editing a new edition of Calhoun’s “Disquisition on Government.”

“That Apartment in Paris” is the second essay by Marie Kimball to appear in the Virginia Quarterly; “The Epicure of the White House,” a study of Jefferson as a con-noiseur of food and drink, was published in the January, 1933, number. Mrs. Kimball, who lives in Philadelphia, is engaged on a study of Jefferson as a patron of the arts.

This autumn, John Crowe Ransom, author of “Art and Mr. Santayana,” will become professor of poetry in Kenyon College, after many years as a member of the English faculty of Vanderbilt University. As a poet, teacher, and critic, Mr. Ransom has been one of the leading spirits in the Fugitive group of poets and in the Nashville Agrarian group. His essays have frequently appeared in the Quarterly.

John Haavley Roberts contributed a critical study of the novels of Virginia Woolf, “Toward Virginia Woolf,” to the October, 1934, issue of the Quarterly. John Couknos is widely known as a novelist, critic, and translator of Russian literature. Calvin B. Hoover is author of “Germany Enters the Third Reich,” and has published a number of essays on the totalitarian state in the Virginia Quarterly. Joseph Reither is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and has recently completed two years of study in Italian universities. R. P. Blackmur is the author of a volume of critical essays, “The Double Agent,” and of a volume of, “From Jordan’s Delight,” which is reviewed in this issue of the Quarterly. F. Cudworth Flint, who is a member of the English faculty of Dartmouth College, is a critic of modern literature whose essays appear often in magazines. G. R. Elliott is the author of “The Cycle of Modern Poetry.” Helen Hill is an economist in the Department of Agriculture. She is co-author, with Francis P. Miller, of “The Giant of the Western World.” Viroinius Dabney is editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and author of “Liberalism in the South.” Lewis M. Hammond is a member of the philosophy faculty of the University of Virginia. Carroll Mason Sparrow is professor of physics in the University of Virginia and an advisory editor of the Virginia Quarterly.



Edited by LAMBERT DAVIS Advisory Editors

Stringeellow Barr  John Calvin Metcalp

Garrard Glenn  Carroll Mason Sparrow

James Southall Wilson

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