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The Green-Room

ISSUE:  Summer 1929

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

In his book “Aspects of the Novel”—so full of invigorating discussion—E. M. Forster analyses Andre Gide’s “The Counterfeiters” as an astonishing example of the contemporary experimental novel. When “The Counterfeiters” was given American publication in 1927 the brilliancy of its execution drew from thoughtful readers as much attention as the unpleasantness of the subject material did from the censorious minded. M. Gidf/s discussion of “Classicism” is important not only as a remarkable piece of writing even in translation, but also for its interest as an expression of the famous French novelist’s ideas on a theme so variously treated hitherto by other writers. The translation is by Francis H. Abbot. The latest of M. Gide’s books to receive American publication is “Travels in the Congo,” published this spring. Another essay by M. Gide has been secured for later publication in The Virginia Quarterly.

The author of “Whose Prosperity?”, Bruce Crawford, is the editor of Crawford’s Weekly of Norton, Virginia. Mr. Crawford is one of the vigorous progressive group of editors of newspapers who are keeping personal journalism alive in the South. He is near enough to the exciting events at Elizabethton, Tennessee, to have a real knowledge of the situation there and he is an interested observer of the whole Southern scene. Another paper on the industrial problems with which “Whose Prosperity?” deals, written by a specialist in the field of economics, is scheduled for early, printing in the Quarterly.

In the April number of The Virginia Quarterly Emily Clark wrote a paper on the work of Ellen Glasgow, the Virginia novelist whose “They Stoop to Folly” is announced for autumn publication. The series is continued with “The Case of Mr. Cabell vs. the Author of the Biography,” in which, though Mr. Cabell is properly kept the only portrait in the picture, the discerning reader can catch glimpses of H. L. Mencken, Joseph Hergesheimer, the editor of The Reviewer, and other “literary figures,” emerging like the hidden beasts in a picture puzzle. The article reveals an interesting chapter in the history of the brief life of the brilliant little magazine, The Reviewer, when it was edited in Richmond, Virginia, with the aid of Mr. Cabell, by Emily Clark herself and Hunter Stag.

The title of Wilson Follett’s discussion of the modern game of advertising is taken from a phrase used by Henry W. Lanier in The Golden Rook—”Advertisa, the Tenth Muse.” Mr. Follett is the author of many, books, especially in literary criticism, and his writing is widely, familiar to magazine readers. He lives at present in Maine.

Judge Pierre Crabites of the Mixed Tribunals, Cairo, Egypt, has frequently contributed to The Virginia Quarterly. He is a native of Louisiana and a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He is peculiarly fitted to consider “The Roman Question” from an intellectual and sympathetic point of view.

“The Walls of Hamlin” is Charles W. Kennedy’s most recent book of verse and his poems have appeared in many magazines. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the English faculty of Princeton University. John bryan is a young poet who has lived in Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina, and is now in Wisconsin. His work has appeared before in the Quarterly. Richard Church is a Londoner. Among his volumes in verse are “The Flood of Life,” “Hurricane,” and “Theme with Variations.” His “A Candle to the Sun” is a book of essays. “Mary Shelley” and a novel, “Oliver’s Daughter,” also represent his work in prose. It has been said that his poetry, “looks beyond the post-war skepticism and intellectualism to a revival of Romanticism.” When The Virginia Quarterly last published work of Robert Liddell Lowe, the young poet was living in Texas: the poem in this issue came from Boulder, Colorado.

The distinguished author of “Biography by Mirror,” Gamaliel Bradford, is too well-known to readers of The Virginia Quarterly for new facts to be available to the Green-Room. His “Dolly Madison” and “Henry Clay” were published in this magazine. Mr. Bradford’s latest book “As God Made Them” includes the Clay study.

During the summer of 1928 Otto Count zu Stolberg Wernigerode spent several months as a Laura Spelman Rockefeller fellow, studying the archives of the Department of State in Washington with reference to the relations between the United States and Germany. The material of his article “Bismarck and his American Friends” was in part gathered then and used as the basis of an address at Northwestern University. Count Stolberg has since returned to Berlin, Germany.

Thomas H. Dickinson, a native Virginian, and formerly of the University, of Wisconsin, now lives in Wilton, Connecticut. He is one of the most widely recognized writers on the American drama. His books include “The Case of American Drama,” “The Insurgent Theatre,” “Playwrights of the New American Theatre,” and editions of plays, among which are the two, in series, “Chief Contemporary Dramatists.”

Edward Wagenknecht has frequently written in The Virginia Quarterly. His “The Man Behind the Dictionary” was in the April Quarterly. James C. Bardin is a professor of Romance languages at the University of Virginia. Herbert heaton is professor of history in the University of Minnesota. Dumas Malone is author of “The Public Life of Thomas Cooper.” Judge Robert W. Winston of North Carolina published recently his “Andrew Johnson, Plebeian and Patriot.” William Seneii Rusk of Wells College is a writer and lecturer in the history of art. Carroll Mason Sparrow of the staff of The Virginia Quarterly, is well-known to its readers. Lambert Davis is Managing Editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review.


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