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ISSUE:  Autumn 1933

Numerous critics, both here and abroad, have accused the Roosevelt Administration of dishonorable action in forbidding gold payments to the holders, particularly the foreign holders, of American “gold bonds.” In “Gold and Our Honor,” Garrard Glenn, professor of law in the University of Virginia and associate editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, undertakes to explain, in terms of legal history, the nature of the gold clause.

Josephine Pinckney, of Charleston, South Carolina, is the author of a volume of verse, “Sea-Drinking Cities,” and has contributed poetry to various magazines, John A. Holmes lives in his native town of Somerville, Massachusetts. Mr. Holmes was educated at Tufts College and at Harvard, and taught English for two years in Lafayette College. He has contributed verse to numerous periodicals.

John Cournos was born in Russia, grew up in America, and later went to England. In 1917 the British Foreign Office appointed him a member of the Anglo-Russian Commission to Petrograd, where he witnessed the first six months of the Bolshevist Revolution. At present he is living in New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Cournos is a novelist, biographer, dramatist, poet, and translator from the Russian. It may interest readers of “The New Middle Ages” that Sheed and Ward are publishing this Autumn, under the title, “The End of Our Time,” the book by Berdiayev which Mr. CourNOS discusses in his article.

In “Industry in Tlaquepaque,” Cyrus McCormick examines the primitive folk-industry of a Mexican village from the vantage ground of many years’ experience in American industry. Mr. McCormick is the grandson of the inventor. He was educated at Princeton, and worked from 1915 to 1932 for the International Harvester Company. He retired from the vice-presidency of this company in 1932, and has since been living in Santa Fe and devoting his time to writing. He has written many articles on industrial management and labor problems, and is the author of “The Century of the Reaper.” He is working on a book on Mexico.

Mary Austin has written numerous books on her favorite subject, Indian folklore. At present Mrs. Austin lives in Santa Fe. “My book,” she writes, “which Houghton Mifflin are publishing next winter is to be called ‘One Smoke Stories’—a title which I derived from the Indian practice of sitting about the fire, smoking native cigarettes, and each member of the group telling one story, arranged to last through one smoke. Sometimes, instead of the story, one of the members of the group will offer a number of sayings somewhat obscurely related, such as you are publishing.”

Llewelyn Powys, the British novelist, has secured a wide public in America. In this issue of the Virginia Quarterly Mr. Powys turns from his own novel-writing to justify his enthusiasm for a fellow-craftsman of the Elizabethan Age, Thomas Deloney. “Thomas Deloney” is Mr. Powys’ first contribution to the Quarterly.

James Soutiiall Wilson was the first editor of the Virginia Quarterly and is at present a member of its editorial board. Hervey Allen’s most recent work, “Anthony Adverse,” reviewed in the July issue of the Quarterly, has for months been the most widely read new novel in America. Thomas P. Ahernethy, of the history faculty of the University of Virginia, and Samuel Gaillard Stoney, of Charleston, South Carolina, have been frequent contributors to the Virginia Quarterly. Albert G. A. Balz is professor of philosophy in the University of Virginia. Frederick P. Mayer, of the University of Pittsburgh, has frequently contributed to the Quarterly. He is at present working on a book dealing with the development of the modern novel. Babette Deutsch is the author of several volumes of poetry; she has also edited and translated the work of other writers. Her most recent work is a novel, “Mask of Sile-nus.” edith ronald MERRIELEES, short-story writer and author of “Writing the Short Story,” is a member of Leland Stanford University faculty and lecturer on the American short story at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. This is her first contribution to the Virginia Quarterly. Tipton R. Snavely is an economist who is at present engaged on a history of taxation in Virginia. Helen Hill’s interest in the economic and social status of American women took the form last year of an article, “Freedwomen,” published in the Quarterly. Broadus Mitchell, who has contributed frequently to the Quarterly, is at present working upon a life of Alexander Hamilton.



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