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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Winter 1936

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

Gerald w. johnson, author of “Live Demagogue, or

Dead Gentleman?” has contributed fre-

quently to the Virginia Quarterly, since his first essay appeared in the July, 1925, number. Mr. Johnson’s study of the social forces back of Southern demagoguery is the product of his two chief interests: journalism and Southern history. As a journalist, he has done newspaper work on a number of newspapers in his native North Carolina, has taught journalism at the University of North Carolina, and is at present an editorial writer for the Baltimore Evening Sun. His interest, in Southern history has expressed itself in biographies of Andrew Jackson and John Randolph of Roanoke, and in “The Secession of the Southern States.”

Peter Drucker’s analysis of Austria’s international position, “The Austrian Powder Keg,” appeared in the October number of the Quarterly. In “Underwriting Central Europe,” he deals with a theme that the present state of affairs in Europe makes equally timely to Americans: the social and economic implications of American loans to Central European powers during the nineteen-twenties. Mr. Drucker is a native of Austria, and he is at present the economic and political adviser of a British banking house.

“Through a Glass Darkly” is Marshall Morgan’s first contribution to this magazine. He was born in New Orleans, and is now living in Tennessee. He has engaged in newspaper work, and has contributed prose and verse to several periodicals. In 1930 he was awarded the Southern Prize in poetry by the Poetry Society of South Carolina.

“As a child and then as a student I heard, learned, and sang songs,” writes George Pullen Jackson, author of “America’s Folk-Songs.” “All I knew about them was that they were infectious, sung by all, and not in print. Not until much later did I realize that they were folk-songs and that I was their rich inheritor and carrier-on.” A native of Maine, Mr. Jackson was educated at several universities in this country and in Germany, and studied music at the Royal Conservatory in Dresden. He has been a student of the European folk-song as well as the American, and he is the author of “White Spirituals of the Southern Uplands.” Under his direction the Old Harp Singers have given recitals of American folk-songs in a number of American cities. He is at present professor of German in Vanderbilt University. A collection of five hundred American spiritual folk-songs by Mr. Jackson will appear this spring.

Walter Pack’s career has been divided between painting and art criticism. Paintings and etchings by Mr. Pach are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York and in many private collections. He is the author of a number of books on modern art, the latest of which is “Modern Art in America.” He is also the translator of Elie Faure’s “History of Art.” At present he is almost entirely engaged in painting, and has recently completed a large decoration in fresco for the College of the City of New York.

R. P. Blackmur, whose “Three Songs at Equinox” makes his first appearance in the Virginia Quarterly, has contributed poetry and critical essays to a number of magazines. A volume of critical essays by Mr. Blackmur, “The Double Agent,” was published this autumn by Arrow Editions. Lawrence Lee and Allen Tate have appeared frequently in these pages; poems by both writers appeared in the April, 1935, number. A new volume of poetry by Mr. Tate will be published this winter by the Alcestis Press.

“A Liberal Looks at Tradition” is Dudley Wynn’s first contribution to a magazine. Mr. Wynn is a native of Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He lived for eight years in New York City, as a graduate student and instructor in English in New York University. He is now teaching English in the University of New Mexico.

J. Donald Adams, who contributes a study of the novels of Elizabeth Madox Roberts, is the editor of the New York Times Book Review. Mr. Adams is a native of New York, and was educated at Harvard University. He taught English in the University of Washington and engaged in newspaper work before becoming editor of the Book Review.

The early life of Albert Parry is sufficiently dealt with in his contribution to this issue of the Virginia Quarterly, “My Brother’s End.” Since coming to this country he has written widely for a variety of magazines, and he is the author of two books, “Garrets and Pretenders: A History of Bohemianism in America” and “Tattoo.” At present Mr. Parry is studying history in the University of Chicago.

“New Light on Anatole France” is the product of several years’ work in preparation for a critical biography of France. The author, E. Preston Dargan, has contributed essays on Byron’s influence in France and on Balzac to earlier numbers of the Virginia Quarterly. Mil, Dargan was born in Virginia, and educated at the University of Virginia and the Johns Hopkins University. He is now professor of French in the University of Chicago. He is the author of “Honore de Balzac: A Force of Nature,” and co-author, with W. A. Nitze, of “A History of French Literature.”

Walter L. Myers, professor of English in the University of Pittsburgh, has appeared frequently in the Quarterly. M. M. Brashear is a member of the English faculty of the University of Missouri, and the author of “Mark Twain, Son of Missouri,” published last year by the University of North Carolina Press. Thomas P. Abernethy, author of “From Frontier to Plantation in Tennessee,” is at present engaged on a study of speculation in western lands at the time of the American Revolution. II. C. Nixon is professor of political science in Tulane University. He was a contributor to “I’ll Take My Stand,” arid has written widely in the field of Southern history. William E. Dodd, whose essays and book reviews have appeared frequently in the Quarterly, is now at work on a history of the Old South. Harris Downey’s study of the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, “A Poem Not Understood,” was published in the October issue of the Quarterly. He teaches English at Louisiana State University. W. T. Laprade is professor of European history in Duke University. Gwilym O. Griffith is the author of “Mazzini: Prophet of Modern Europe,” which was published last year, and is now being translated into Italian. Julius W. Friend has recently completed a book, “The Odyssey of the Idea.” James Southall Wilson was the first editor of the Virginia Quarterly, and is now a member of its editorial board.



James Soutiiau, Wilson Carroll Mason Sparrow Garrard Glenn  John Calvin Metcalf

Stringfellow Barr

Lambert Davis, Managing Editor

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