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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Summer 1930

Can religion blend with modern science? The popular articles of Whitehead and Eddington are said to have aroused the hope, with many people, that it can. H. M. Johnson discusses the topic from the scientific laboratory, worker’s point of view. Mr. Johnson was born in Missouri and graduated from the Missouri Valley College. Lie won his doctorate at the Johns Hopkins University where he specialized in psychology, physiology, and neurology. After several more years of investigative study and a period of war service, he taught psychology for four sessions, first at the University of Minnesota and then at the Ohio State University. For five years he has been with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research at the University of Pittsburgh, directing an intensive investigation of sleep.

James Branch Cabell in the epilogue to his most recently published romance, “The Way, of Ecben,” announced that having reached the age of fifty he was laying down his pen as the chronicler of Poictesme, that delectable province of romance. Whatever he meant by his words, there has been nowhere the disposition to see him in the role of Pros-pero breaking his wand—and Jurgen, one recalls, after certain experiences and many resolves sat down with a good appetite to his waffles and honey. In writing on Elinor Wylie, Mr. Cabell has chosen an author whom he has long admired.

The article on the lobby in England grew out of a study, on the spot, of the English situation. E. Pendleton Herring investigated in several countries the various agencies through which industry, labor, agriculture, and other interests attempt to participate with their governments in legislation. Mr. Herring received his doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University and is an instructor in the faculty of government at Harvard. His recent volume, “Group Representation Before Congress,” is a study of the lobby in the United States.

In printing anonymously, “Chicago—Believe It or Not,” the Virginia Quarterly for the first time in its history publishes an article without its author’s name. The peculiar nature of the circumstances seems to justify this procedure; for the impersonality of anonymity leaves the writer greater freedom from restraint. The author has previously writ-fen on subjects relating to municipal government. Though practically all the facts cited have been printed in newspapers, there is presented here upon first-hand authority a summary of a situation that is astounding.

Geoffrey Johnson of Ely, England, has frequently published in the Virginia Quarterly since his first poem was printed in July, 1928. Frances M. Frost is a young poet of Vermont whose work has also appeared before in this magazine. Ernest Hartsock of Atlanta, Georgia, author of “Narcissus and Iscariot” and editor of the bimonthly poetry review, “Bozart,” is one of the younger Southern poets. Francis Claiborne Mason, a Virginian now living in Pennsylvania, is the author of “This Unchanging Mask.”

D. H. Lawrence died on March 2, 1930. His article “Nobody Loves Me” had been accepted some time before that date. “The Bogey Between the Generations,” by Mr. Lawrence, which under a different title is the first article in his recent volume, “Assorted Articles,” was printed in the January, 1929, Virginia Quarterly. Lawrence was almost equally well known as a novelist and poet, his “Collected* Poems” having been printed in two volumes in 1929.

The author of the paper on “the competitive individualism of Woodrow Wilson” is the son of John Temple Graves. John Temple Graves, II, is a Princeton man who has known service in France both in the war and as an assistant to one of the Peace Commissioners. He has been on the editorial staff of newspapers in New York, Palm Beach, and Jacksonville, and is now on the Birmingham News. For five years he was connected as economist with the Federal Trade Commission. He is the author of two books and has contributed to periodicals.

The latest publication of Robert P. Tristram Coffin is “Laud,” a biography of the famous English bishop. “Where the World Had Gilt Upon It” is another essay in the vein of “The Three-Ring Farm” printed last January.

To the long list of novels which includes “Fortitude,” “The Cathedral,” “The Green Mirror,” and “The Duchess of Wrexe,” Hugh Walpolk has recently added “Rogue Herries.” One of the most popular of English novelists in America, he visits this country frequently.

The reviewer of the Clemenceau books, Herbert Heaton, is professor of history at the University of Minnesota. John Donald Wade, of the English department of Vander-bilt University, is the author of a brilliant biographical study of Augustus B. Longstreet. Babette Deutsch has frequently contributed verse to this magazine. Her volume, “Fire for the Night,” is reviewed in this issue. Edward Wagenknecht is well known to our readers. Mr, Wagen-knecht’s book, “The Man Charles Dickens,” was reviewed in April. Joseph Freeman, a graduate of Columbia University, is a newspaper man living in New York. He knows Russia intimately, and a friend of the Green-Room, who knows his work, said of him, “He has read every single book on Russia that has come out in the last twenty years.” Scott Buchanan was formerly assistant director of the People’s Institute of New York. He is author of two books, “Possibility” and “Poetry and Mathematics.” William Sener Rusk, writer and lecturer on the history, of art, of Wells College, has written before for the Virginia Quarterly. Har-court, Brace and Company are publishing this summer Vincent Sheean’s novel, “Gog and Magog.” Mr. Sheean has been correspondent for the North American Newspaper Alliance during the Riff War, the Chinese Revolution, in Russia, and in Palestine. Frederick P. Mayer of the University of Pittsburgh and Howard Mumford Jones have contributed frequently to the Virginia Quarterly. Mr. Jones is leaving his professorship of English at the University of North Carolina to join the faculty of the University of Michigan. The brief discussion of the poems of John Masefield, the recently appointed poet-laureate of England, is by the editor of the Virginia Quarterly.


Edited by JAMES SOUTHALL WILSON Advisory Editors

Edwin A. Alderman  John Calvin Metcalf

F. Stringfellow Barr  Carroll M. Sparrow

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