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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Spring 1936

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

Louis fischer contributed to the second number of the Virginia Quarterly, July, 1925, an essay entitled “Soviet Russia and the Powers.” He first visited Russia in 1922, and now makes Moscow his permanent headquarters. He is a regular correspondent of The Nation, and his studies of Russian affairs and international relations have appeared in a number of other periodicals and newspapers. “Europe: 1936” is the result of a recently completed three-months’ tour through Europe which took Mr. Fischer to all the important capitals on the continent, Mr. Fischer, is the author of many books, including “The Soviets in World Affairs.”

Essays by John Crowe Ransom on Southern literature and on I. A.Richards appeared in the Quarterly in 1935. In “What Does the South Want?” Mr. Ransom presents, in terms of the present political situation, the principles of the Nashville Agrarian group, of whom he is one of the leading spirits. Mr. Ransom is the author of three volumes of verse, and of “God Without Thunder.” He will be one of the contributors to “Who Own America?” a symposium by members of the Agrarian and Distributist groups, announced for publication this spring.

Readers of the Quarterly will recall the excitement created in 1928 when it was announced that numerous private papers and journals of James Boswell had been discovered at Malahide Castle and had been acquired by Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph H. Isham. Dixon Wecter’s “The Soul of James Boswell” is based upon these papers, which have been privately printed in eighteen volumes by William Edwin Rudge during the past eight years, under the title “private Papers of James Boswell from Malahide Castle in the Collection of Lieutenant-Colonel Ralph IT. Isham.” The editorship of these volumes was carried on by Geoffrey Scott, and since his death has been completed by Frederick A. Pottle. The last volume, the index, will be published this year. The completion of this monumental work affords an occasion for reviewing the whole—an attempt which Ma. Wecter makes in “The Soul of James Boswell” by choosing one specific topic for treatment, thus hoping to show in cross-section, as it were, a sample of the rich material here offered on Boswell and his times. Mr. Wecter is a native of Texas, and is now a member of the English faculty of the University of Colorado.

Josephine Pinckney has contributed a number of poems and book discussions to the Virginia Quarterly, and a short story by her, “They Shall Return as Strangers,” appeared in the October, 1934, issue. In “The Marchant of London and the Treacherous Don” she introduces a new character into our colonial history, Henry Woodward, who played a role in the settlement of South Carolina somewhat similar to that of Captain John Smith in the Virginia settlement. Miss Pinckney is a native of Charleston, and is the author of a volume of verse, “Sea-Drinking Cities.”

Current talk of the possibilities of paper-money inflation gives a particular appropriateness to John Schoolcraft’s study of the use, and misuse, of paper money in eighteenth-century Rhode Island, “Inflation in Lilliput.” Mr. Schoolcraft was educated at the University of California and at Yale, and taught English at the latter institution. His varied career includes service in the British army, fiction writing, and work as a public relations counsel. He is at present attached to the administrative staff of Brown University.

A new volume of poetry by Robert Frost, “A Further Range,” is announced for publication this spring. Mr. Frost first contributed to the Virginia Quarterly in October, 1928. Ben Belitt, whose verse has appeared before in these pages, recently became assistant literary editor of The Nation. He is a Virginian and a graduate of the University of Virginia.

A number of essays by the author of “New Debts for Old” have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly, the most recent being “From Versailles to Stresa,” in the July, 1935, number. Mr. Binki.ey is professor of modern European history in Western Reserve University. He is the author of a number of books, the most recent of which was published this year, under the title “Realism and Nationalism: 1852-1871.”

Albert Halper, author of “The Poet,” is a native of Chicago, and now lives in New York. Mr. Halper has written three novels, “Union Square,” “On the Shore,” and “The Foundry.” For his work as a novelist, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for creative writing. He is now engaged on a new novel, the title of which will be “Heroes of Our Time.”

“Odyssey of the Idea” is the second essay by Julius W. Friend to appear in the Virginia Quarterly; his “Nominalism: The Dilemma of Western Civilization” appeared in the July issue of last year. In collaboration with James Fei-bleman, Mr. Friend has just completed “The Unlimited Community,” which is announced for spring publication. Mr. Friend is a native of New Orleans, where he now lives.

Albert Guerard, Jr., is a member of the English faculty of Amherst College. He is the author of a number of short stories, and is at work on a novel, “Springtime in America.” A critical study of Robert Bridges by Mr. Guerard will appear in an early issue of the Virginia Quarterly. Dexter Perkins is professor of history in the University of Rochester. During the World War he was attached to the historical section of General Headquarters of the A. E. F., and later did work in Paris in connection with the Peace Conference. John Holmes, whose poetry has appeared in the Quarterly, teaches English at Tufts College. Dudley Wynn contributed “A Liberal Looks at Tradition” to the January, 193(3, issue of the Quarterly. Edward Wagenknecht’s most recent book is “Mark Twain: The Man and His Work.” Mr. Wagenkneciit is a member of the English faculty of the . University of Washington. John J. Corson is chairman of the economics department of the University of Richmond, and an associate editorial writer of the Richmond News-Leader. Stringfellow Barr’s “Mazzini: Portrait of an Exile” was reviewed in the January number of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Edd Winfield Parks is joint editor of “The Great Critics,” and editor of “Southern Poets,” an anthology to be published this spring. He teaches English in the University of Georgia.



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