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ISSUE:  Autumn 1930

Stringfellow Barr, author of “Shall Slavery Come South?” becomes Editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review on October first. Mr. Barr was for two years Managing Editor of the Quarterly and since his retirement from that position he has been, as Associate Editor, intimately connected with all the activities of the magazine. He is by birth a Virginian. He went, after graduation from the University of Virginia, as a Rhodes Scholar to Balliol College and has received two degrees from Oxford University. He is professor of history in the University of Virginia.

The Virginia Quarterly has earlier printed several articles discussing the industrialization of the Southern States and problems arising under the revolutionary conditions which are the result. “Shall Slavery Come South?” presents the views of a young Southerner who is sympathetic with the older traditions of the South but who believes that the proper attitude toward the industrial situation is sympathetic cooperation and control. In “Employers Front!” on the other hand, Mr. Mitchell addresses himself to the industrial leaders themselves. Broadus Mitchell, economist of the Johns Hopkins University, is the author of “William Gregg: Factory Master of the Old South” and other economic studies. Several of his articles on present industrial conditions in.the South have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly.

The article on W. H. Hudson, whose position as one of the modern masters of English prose grows surer each year since his death, is by his intimate friend and biographer, Morley Roberts. The article was written at the special request of the Virginia Quarterly. Morley Roberts, in addition to his biography of Hudson, has written widely on other subjects. The present article is the intimate record of an interesting human relationship.

Among the books of Margaret Prescott Montague, “Up Eel River,” “Deep Channel,” and “Uncle Sam of Freedom Ridge” are representative. She has written novels, short stories, essays, and poetry. Readers familiar with her writings through either the magazines or her books will recognize old friends in “Fiction,” her imaginative paper on how stories are born. Miss Montague, though of New England stock, divides her time between her country home near the White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia, and Richmond, where she spends her winters.

William Martin’s article, “Was the War Useless?” in the January issue of the Virginia Quarterly, led to the writing of the present paper in which he traces the influence of the United States in the determination of the policies and character of the League of Nations. “Since Versailles” makes it clear that this country is the controlling factor in European affairs, whatever its position may be in or out of the League. William Martin is editor of the Journal de Gendve and a frequent contributor to American publications.

John Bryan, whose verse has been published in the Quarterly before, has been acting with the Fritz Leiber Company in New York and Chicago. Robert P. Tristram Coffin, whose prose essays are familiar to all readers of the Virginia Quarterly, appears for the first time among the poets.

Articles by Emily Clark on Ellen Glasgow and on James Branch Cabell have appeared before in the Virginia Quarterly. Emily Clark was the editor of The Reviewer when it was published in Richmond, Virginia. Her article on DuBosc Heyward will form part of a book which will tell the literary adventures of The Reviewer and its editor.

Tahiti in the South Pacific is an island that seems to exist more in literature than in its “six hundred square miles.” No modern writer has more thoroughly identified himself with the island than James NORMan Hall. “From a Tahi-tian Commonplace Book” was sent to the Virginia Quarterly just before Mr. Hall’s recent return for a visit to the United States, when perhaps he regretted the loss of his watch.

The author of “The Balance Sheet of Behaviorism” has written chiefly on economics, politics, and sociology, and now lives in Wew York. Bertram Wolfe is at present writing a book on various aspects of American thought, including Behaviorism, Puritanism, Pragmatism, New England Transcendentalism, and other ideological developments peculiar to America.

Last winter Bertrand Russell visited the United States again and travelled extensively. He had ample opportunity to observe freshly situations of which he knew already. As a keen observer and fearless thinker, Mr. Russell can arouse the interest even of people who do not at all share his views. In his comparison of the British labor party and the American “radical” he attempts to forecast developments in the United States.

Through his many, contributions to the Virginia Quarterly for the past six years, Frederick P. Mayer of the University of Pittsburgh is well known to its readers. Clarence E. Canon has written for this quarterly before on William Ellery Leonard and on industrialism in Alabama. The most recent of Archibald Henderson’s many books, “Contemporary Immortals,” has just been published. He is a member of the faculty of the University of North Carolina and an assiduous student of American history. Charjes Fied-erick Harrold, who reviews the recent symposium critique of humanism, is a member of the English faculty at Michigan State Normal College and has contributed to a number of periodicals. As one of the editors of the Virginia Quarterly and a frequent contributor Carroll Mason Sparrow is familiar to its readers. Dexter Perkins is a member of the history faculty of Harvard University. Edward Wagen-knecht of the University, of Washington is the author of many books, including his recent “Charles Dickens the Man.” With this issue, completing the sixth volume, James Southall Wilson retires as the first Editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review. He will continue his association with the magazine as one of the advisory editors. The reviewer of the war books in this number, Lambert Davis, will remain as Managing Editor. He has held that position ever since it was relinquished by Stringfellow Barr, who now becomes the Editor.



Advisory Editors Edwin A. Alderman  John Calvin Metcalf

F. Stringfellow Barr  Carroll M. Sparrow

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