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REARED IN ATLANTA STERLING NORTH SAYS: O'Neill's Iceman Gomefth Stinkelti THE ICEMAN COMETH, by Eugene O'Neill. Random House. 260 pp. $2.75. Charming writer, O'Neill. An unsuspecting reader of his long-awaited play, unaware cf O'Neills billing as America's Nobel Prize dramatist, might wonder how such scattered lines as the following ever found their way into print or onto the stage: BEST SELLERS Best sellers, nationally, according to Publishers' Weekly, as of Monday, Oct. 7, are: FICTION The Hucksters. Frederic UVke-r.an: Rinehart. $2.50. This Side of Innocence, Taylor Caldwell; Scribner, S3 BritUnia News, Margery Sharp; Little, Brown, $2.75. The Faxes of Harrow, frank Yerby; Dial Press. $3. The Salem Frigate, John Jennings; Doubleday, $3. NON-FICTION The Egg and I. Betty Mac-Donald; Lippincott, $2.75. Peace of Mind, Josua L. Licbman; Simon St Schuster, $2.50. I Chose Freedom, Victor Kravchenko; Scribner, $3.50. The Great Globe Itself, Wilham C. Bullitt; Scribner, $2.75. Lat Chapter, Ernie Pyle; Holt. $2.50. BOOK THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION Sun., Oct. 13, 1946 15-C EARL BR0WDER SIGNS EHRENBURG TO DO BOOK ON VISIT TO AMERICA NF.W YORK (NANA) Earl Browder, former Secretary General of the American Communist Party, has confirmed that his ', rvt deal as U. S. representative for Soviet book publishers was Ilya Ehrenburg'a book, "Impressions of America." Z;!f Davis Publishing Company announced their purchase of she American rights to the still-unwritten work by the famous Ku .'i.in writer, the result of a recent visit to this country. Browder, no longer a member of the ACP, was appointed to his present position during a recent visit to Moscow. The book is due to be published next Spring. FDR's Speeches Recall Stature of Late President NOTHING TO FEAR: The Se-iected Addresses of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932-1945. Edited with an Introduction and Historical Notes by B. D. Zevin. H'juchton Mifflin. 470 pp. Illus. $3.75. As the late Harry L. Hopkins r n! out ;n his Foreword to this Icvmgly executed testament, more p-op!e I Mcned to President Itoose-i f.j f-eches than ever before r -,.i ! the iiie of any man. And, farther, his speeches were the vehicle by which he set in motion t;-,e tremendous forces which first ; ..'-d our country out of the de-' :ir.!, and later to a victorious i -! n of the war. Mr H"'kios believed that Hoose- . !n:t inaugural was the best i'i-H h he ever made. You may h.!.e another choice, hut you can ).;, ily t,ol (if you make any pretense toward humanitarlanism) to be stirred and uplifted many times as you dip into these 62 ex-l.n p'.es. "Let n e assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear if tear ;tself. . . ." First Inaugural Address, Washington, March 4, 1933. "I believe in Individualism, I believe ;n it in business ... up to the pomt where the individualism Hiri5 to operate at the expense of societv. " Campaign address, O. i ..go, ct. 14. 1936. "The deeper purpose of democratic government is to assist as many f f us citizens as possible." - Annual Message to Congress, Washington. Jan. 20, 1937. "1 see one-third of a nation, ill-hou.sed, ill-clad, ill nourished." Second Inaugural Address, Washington. Jan. 20, 1937. Amerua hates war. America AS HE SAW IT Pj Elliott Roosevelt Thi aims, hopti and plana of te lata Franklin Dalano Rooitvtil recorded in a bt-hind lhl-mil report by hit ion. Kw remote world event have moved from lion planned by the late Presdent will makt thia te mot dtaruased book on War and Peace in our time . 3.00 MAIL ORDERS THE GEORGIAN BOOK SHOPS Marietta Street. N. 10 Forayth Street. N. W. w. 1 . fffm ( YEAR OLD SJtr iericafcj laugh rigt I -SfT' l MOM THAN $$ j 000,0017 mmsn ry T x as. EUGENE O'NEILL Iis New Play Is Lambasted. , hopes for peace. Therefore, America actively engages in the search for peace." Speech recommend ing a "quarantine" of aggressor nations, Chicago, Oct. 5. 1937. "Wars are not won by people i who are concerned primarily with their own comfort, with their own convenience, with their own pock-etbooks." Fireside Chat urging that no person earn more than $25,000 per year during the war, Washington, Sept. 7, 1942. "I have assured our men in the Armed Forces that the American people would not let them down when the war is over." Fireside Chat, July 28, 1943. "7'he only limit to our realization of tomorrow will lie our doubts of today." Speech to have : been delivered at the Jefferson 1 Day Dinner, Washington, written 1 on the eve of his death. Do FDR's words still seem applicable today? Do they make you more critical of the present? They should. CLIP BOUTELL. 'Fascination Of Radio Bared THIS FASCINATING RADIO BUSINESS, by Robert J. Landry; Bobbs-Merrill; 343 pp. $3.75 A vicarious association with the author, erstwhile rrfdio editor of Variety, the "Bible of show biz," aroused our interest in this book. Landry is now Director of the Division of Progressive Writing of the Columbia Broadcasting System and is well qualified to tell the story of radio. He does it interestingly and in detail. Radio Landry relates, was far from a lusty infant. In the beginning American companies controlling patents looked upon it as a competitor of then existing communications systems, such as the telephone and telegraph. They, however, couldn't figure out a way to fix the tolls for the service. Others connected with the infant industry were more far-sighted. They visualized radio primarily as an adjunct of the entertainment business, supported by advertising revenue. The latter group soon came into control r:.d the formation of the national networks as we know them today followed. Enterprise and vision has brought radio a long way during the 25 or so years of its actual existence. The path has been far from smooth. All of this is told by Landry in a breezy non-technical style the layman will understand and enjoy. SAM F. LUCCHESE. r .aaatVaWaa K m .... M -m- I KSf 'i: 1 : 7 vJ, ti t UUKA: Hello, tsums, jees, ae Morgue on a rainy Sunday night! Hello, Old Wise Guy! Ain't you croaked yet? . . . HOPE (Proprietor): You dumb hookers, cut the loud noise. This ain't a house. ROCKY (Bartender): Say, listen, youse! . . . Who de hell yuh laughin' at, yuh half-dead stew bum? HUGO (With his silly giggle): Hello, Harry, stupid proletarian monkey-face! I will trink champagne beneath the villow . . . HOPE: Bejees, thanks all of you. Bejees . . . that's white of you. Bejees, I know you meant it, too. . . ROCKY: Aw, forget dat bug house line of bull for a minute, can't you? In short, four weary hours devoted to German dialect, Boer dialect, Negro dialect, East Side dialect, the drunken babble of what O'Neill so wittily calls "fool-osophers" all hung upon plot structure scarcely capable of sustaining a good one-act play. "SHOCKINGLY AMATEURISH" It Is almost Impossible to be lieve that America's greatest living tragedian could have written such a shockingly amateurish play, that the Theater Guild would produce it in its present form, or that it would be published for general sale. Guild production casting and cutting plus direction by Eddie Dowling (who made Saroyan's light hearted barroom opus u success) may work the miracle of transforming this script into an evening's entertainment. But as I write this several hours before the New York opening I am willing to risk a minority prognostication that I am not the only O'Neill fan who will feel swindled. Here is none of the dark, brooding poetry or sense of high tragedy that marked "Strange Interlude" and "Mourning Becomes Elcctra;" here is none of the felicity of phrase and delightful humor of "Ah Wilderness." Here is nothing save a long-winded, prosaic symposium of garrulous inebriates on a classic bender. PLOT IS UNORIGINAL Actually the plot is a rather inept variation on Jerome K. Jerome's sentimental "The Passing of the Third Floor Back." Jerome's English boarding house becomes in the O'Neill play a New York flophouse and dive of the year 1912. Jerome's shining Stranger who works a miracle on all the inmates becomes in O'Neill a curious murderer-messiah who has come to bring peace to as distinguished a collection of Wob-blies, anarchists, remittance men, procurers and prostitutes as ever haunted a Raines Law hotel. But Hickey in his Barabbas Jesus role must certainly go down in the history of the drama as one of the most unlikely catalytic agents who ever attempted chemically to niter a bnr full of bums. That he fails to accomplish much except to drive a particularly distasteful young man to suicide gives the climax an air of reality. O'Neill's one undeniable truth is that most of us live by our illusions, a dream-world that only the ice-man DEATH can quick freeze for posterity. But this idea, which might have produced the "cleansing through terror" Aristotle demanded in tragedy, is lost actually in verbiage and indecision. The playwright who is as eager to escape reality as any of the characters in the play leaves us with the completely defeatist message stay drunk and nurse your pipe dreams. More than 100 pages could easily be cut from this boring and repetitious script. Judging entirely from the printed version of the play, I am tempted to say of "The Iceman Cometh" that the action drag-gelh, the dialogue reeketh and the play stinketh. Jonathan Daniels Readies New Book In his new book, "Frontier on the Potomac," coming Oct. 22 from Macmillan, Jonathan Daniels takes the reader behind the scenes in the Nation's Capital and shows him the weird and wonderful workings of Government. Mr. Daniels lived in Washington as a boy when his father was Secretary of the Navy under Wilson, worked there later as a reporter, and was Administrator Assistant and then Press Secretary to Franklin Roosevelt. Kent Cooper, Author Kent Cooper, Executive Director of the Associated Press, has written a novelized biography of one of America's unsung heroines, "Anna Zenger: Mother of Freedom," which Farrar, Straus will publish in November. An advocate of world press freedom for 32 years, Cooper personifies his convictions in the person of Anna, wife of John Peter Zenger. Zen-ger's trial for libel in 1734 is one of the most famous in the history of English law, and from his acquittal dates the foundation of press liberty in America. Fall Gift Premium A new book club, the One World Book Club, has chosen "One Nation," by Wallace Stegner and the editors of Look (Houghton-Mifflin Company), as a Fall gift premium. 1 BookStore I A fe4 proud St..Hry V I t inniiiBiwnriiM 1 1 n i 11 it nTi n rr r : -T m i f rr ifirlf"" n n i ' at .mi. t. ' ' i rm m r hmm i ) rff iSaiwJ'r T r i tran 1 1 iTirVj:K'g YUREK LAZOWSKI, ONE OF BRILLIANT ARTISTS Panel of 11 Colorful Ballets ErlangerOfferingThisWeek By MARGUERITE Ballet for America, which comes to the Erlanger theater for two evening performances at 8:30, next Friday and Saturday with a special matinee at 2:30 p. m. Saturday, will bring to Atlanta a group of brilliant artists in a colorful repertoire of 11 ballets, created and assembled by such outstanding choreographers as Massine, Caton, Romanoff, Page, Shabelevski and Lazowski. The personnel includes Nana Gollnor, Kathyn Lee, Tatiana Grantzova, Betinna Rosay, Ilalina Razotimova, Virginia Barnes, Yurek Shabalevski, Yurek Lazowski, Paul Petroff, James Lyons and Shaun O'Brien. ERA OF HOPE Historical Album Wins High Praise ALBUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, 1853-1893. James Trus-low Adams, Editor in Chief. Scribners. 435 pp. $7.50. How should an elder historian pass life's golden afternoon? As Charles Beard does, attempting to prove that FDR bombed the unsuspecting Japs at Pearl Harbor? As Carlton Hayes does appeasing Franco? Or as James Truslow Adams does, cutting out and pasting pictures in historical albums? Frankly we believe the third approach has more psycho-therapeutic value. When aided by a gifted staff of editors it may even produce very distinguished volumes. Volume III of "this handsome series of albums covers the span 1853 to 1893, which, despite a War Between the States, Indian skirmishes, major depressions, the rise of the old Ku Klux Klan, carpetbag looting of the South and other unpleasant incidents, now seems to be the Golden Age. At least in the North and West the postwar era was optimistic because an entire empire was being opened up and settled by the transcontinental railroads. The wounds of bleeding Kansas were slowly healed, the pony express galloped into the past, the golden spike was driven; a reunited nation (North and South. East and West) went roaring forward with mechanical invention and economic prosperity, seldom questioning its methods and motives. Nearly half this book is given over to the War Between the States and Reconstruction, rich with Brady photographs and drawings from Harper's Weekly. The rest of the volume carries American history up to the Chicago Columbian Exposition and the end of the frontier. It was an era of hope. And at least for a few hours you can recapture the spirit of America at High Noon naive but gloriously confident. S. N. Cherokee Migration Alfred A. Knopf will publish on Oct. 24 "The Cherokee Nation," by Marion Starkey, the illustrated account of the enforced migration of the entire Cherokee Nation from its homelands in the Southeast to the region west of the Mississippi a journey known in American history as "The Trail of Tears." Shulman Works on Play Max Shulman, author of "The Zebra Derby," will be in New York for several months while he works on the musical show based on his "Barefoot Boy With Cheek," to be produced by George Abbot. . ) frit $X4': i; - THE STARS OF BALLET FOR COMING BARTHOLOMEW Seven of the ballets have been created especially for this company. In addition, there will be four revivals, two of which are being presented for the first time in this country. "Lola Montez" by Caton is based on the fabulous exploits of the notorious dancer and adventuress, who played the role of a Pompadour at the court of the Bavarian King Ludwig I. The services of Tadeusz Sad-Iowski and , Paul Berlin, concert duo-pianists, have been engaged. The presentation is sponsored by the Altrusa Club of Atlanta, an organization dedicated to work for teen-age girls. Tickets are on sale at Muse's. UNO Book Deals With Your Destiny THE UNITED NATIONS; A Handbook on the New World Organization, by Louis Dolivet. With a Preface by Trygve Lie. Farrar & Straus. 152 pp. $1.75. What would you give to avoid atomic destruction for yourself and your family? Two or three hours otherwise spent at the movies? As much thought as you spend on a cross-word puzzle? Unless you are totally unconcerned (in other words suicidally indifferent) about the very real threat of a quick exit for the human race you will at least read this slender, easily understood handbook. Currently the United Nations is the "last, best hope" of mankind. Certainly the veto power in the Security Council is a flaw possibly even a fatal flaw. But no constitution ever written was without a flaw. No constitution is unalterable. Remembering this we should be struck with awe that so excellent a beginning has been made. While admitting (as docs the author) that most governments and their citizens are not yet aware of what they have signed, and that nowhere on the globe are people living up to all their pledges, this much is true: Never before on earth have we had an international organ for enforcing peace so potentially effective as the Security Council. Never before on earth have we had a sounding board for nations of every size so potentially efficacious in stirring world public opinion ns the General Assembly. No official of the old League was such a power for potential good as the present Secretary-General. No previous international body has so thoroughly dedicated itself to human rights and human welfare as the Economic and Social Council. You may look politely askance at an International Court of Justice which has no international code and at a Trusteeship Council which has not even begun to correct the vicious "mandates" and colonial and regional shakedown schemes of England. Russia, France, Holland and other imperialistic powers. Still, the organization is there for correcting even such forms of rapine. And the power of the United Nations may slowly force even the international bullies into line. Yes, the UNO is worth a try. It is even worth an evening of your time. S. N. Select Now From Large Stock Books for BOYS AND GIRLS OF ALL THE BAPTIST Ml PEACHTFtCE STREET Gifted Young Violinist To Make New York Debut James de la Fuente, gifted received his early musical trainin make his formal New York debut AMERICA, COMING HERE 1 5 2 MUSE raiENlM The Young Artists Club, division of the Atlanta Music Club, will present their first program of the season this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the High Museum of Art. Taking part are Cherrie Smith, contralto; Kathcrine Doz-ier, violinist; Ben Brail, baritone, and Beulah Shirley, pianist. Newly elected officers and committee chairmen of the Club include Mrs. Robert L. Jones, President; Karl Bevins, Vice President; Marguerite Jones, Secretary; Mary Evelyn Hollingsworth and Mildred Harding, Cochairmen of the Program Committee; Cherrie Smith, Membershp Chairman, an Nona Randall, Publicity Chairman. The Student Conceit Guild, division of the Atlanta Music Club, under the joint direction of Misses Margaret Eraser and Ruth Dab-ney Smith, will meet this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Studio Arts Building. Plans for the coming season will be discussed and a short program by members will be presented. This is the teen age group, and student iimsii l.uis are cordially invited to join. The gala opening concert on the Atlanta Music Club Membership Series, presenting Maggie Teyte, celebrated English lyric soprano, in a program of French and English songs, will take place tomorrow evening at 8:30 o'clock at the Erlanger Theater. On Thursday evening at 8:30, the Decatur Junior Service League will present Conrad Thibault, distinguished young American baritone, in recital at Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College. Thibault's program will include arias by Handel, Veracini, Cesti and Massenet, and songs by Debussy, Hahn, Wolf, Strauss, Malotte and Sacco, concluding with a group of American folk songs. Single seats, orchestra, $3. and balcony, $2.10, may be reserved by calling Mrs. Philip Alexander, Dearborn 9042. The Youth Symphony Guild announces the opening concerts of the season by the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra, Henry Sop-kin, Conductor, on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Auditorium. Scheduled for 1:30 and 3:30 p. m., this double bill will feature two identical programs for the school children of Atlanta. Olive Wills Long, winner of this season's concerto contest, will be soloist with the orchestra. The following program will be played: Overture to Titus. Mozart. Symphony In ti Major. Andante. Mln-uetto. Allegro Molto. Haydn. Playfulness. Stlx-Sopkln. Rondo from CJ. Major Concerto, Oliva Wills I.ontf. Pianist. Hnyrtn-Rnhyn. Jamaican Ahtimba, Henjamln. American Patrol, Meachim-Sopkin. The YWCA of Atlanta will present the Decatur Piano Ensemble under the direction of Lillian Rogers Gilbreath in a program of concerted numbers for 10 pianos at the Atlanta Woman's Club Auditorium, Friday, Oct. 25, at 8.30 p. m. The proceeds will go to the World Fellowship Committee for the Overseas Reconstruction Program of the YWCA. Tickets are $1.20, including tax. The program follows: Polonaise In A Major, Chopin Rouiree, Bach. Jesu. Joy of Man's Oesiring, Bach. Fugue in A Minor, Bach. Norwegian Bridal Procession, Greig. Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 2. Slavonic Dances, iai No. 1 in C Major, (hi No. 2 in K Minor. Dvorak. Dance of the Buffoons from "Th Snow Maiden." Hlmskv-Koraakoff. Petite Suite, (a) Cortege, tb Minuet. Debussy. Eapana, Chabrler. The Atlanta Music Club and Marvin McDonald, Manager, will present the Charles L. Wagner production of Verdi's opera, "II Trovatore," at the Municipal AGES BOOK STORE PHONE JA. 2WJ young American violinist, who g as he grew up in Atlanta, will at Town Hall Wednesday evening. Pupil and protege of the eminent American violinist, Albert Spalding, de la Fuente was honored recently by having his distinguished teacher fly to Chicago expressly to hear his recital there at Kimball Hall. Two other engagements in Virginia last week preceded his concert in New York. The following excerpts are taken from reviews of the Kimball Hall recital appearing in three of Chicago's leading newspapers: From the Chicago Tribune: "The total impression is that of a youthful talent thoroughly grounded in the essentials of his art and beautifully trained in its execution. . . . Neither his youthful exuberance nor his fluent technical skill ever led him to betray his fundamental good taste. ... He showed a sympathy with the modern idiom that amounted to a decided flair." From the Chicago Sun: "His left hand has been developed to the extent that no technical difficulty in the music gave him pause. . . . The tone drawn from the instrument was at once firm and round and for a comparatively young artist there was surprising authority in all that he undertook. . . . This (Mozart A major Sonata) the violinist negotiated with the -success that accrues to an interpreter who understands the significance of style and appreciates the virtues of simplicity. . . . (Of the Bach Concerto in 1) minor) It was happy in its vigor and breadth ami in the iriene beauty with which the sdow section was set forth." The Chicago Herald-American speaks of him as "on the" road to fame . his potential enor- Auditorium, Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 8:30 p. m., first attraction on the All-Star Concert Series. The first concert on the "Series Intimes," sponsored by the local artists division of the Atlanta Music Club, Mrs. Alex C. King, Chairman, will present the University of Alabama Trio, compris ing Ottokar Cadek, violin; Margaret Christy, 'cello, and Alton O'Steen, piano, on Tuesday evening, Nov. 5. The recital will be held in the Atlanta Woman's Club auditorium. The Junior Music Club, division of the Atlanta Music Club, under the joint direction of Mrs. Walter M. Garrard and Mrs. Homer Edwards, Mrs. Andrew Fan lie, hostess, will meet this season every second Saturday at 3 p. m. in the recreation hall of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree, N. E. Musical form will be Jhe theme for study and members will participate in the programs. Grammar school children are cor- dially invited to join. t 'Vlt.., Another Georgia author In added to our list of notables! Judge Stirling Trice Gilbert has written hU autobiography, A GEORGIA LAWYER (3.00). a book which is real Georgiana. It Is a story rich In humorous Incidents, history, legal lore, and well known people from Civil U'ar days to the present. DRIFTWOOD VALLEY (4.00), by Theodora C. Stan-xvell-Fletcher Is a mus for those who enjoyed "The Egg and I" and "We Took to the Woods"! It is an amaing and cofnpletel.v charming story of two years in north central British Columbia. There are sketches by John F. Stamvell Fletcher, artist-explorer. Ki"'V.) f (Li Si t . . m -i - :k.'t' j":' Kit mat MM w JAMES DE LA FUENTE Makes N. Y. Debut Wednesday mous . . . his musical drive and energy contribute to a robust style." With the veteran accompanist. Andre Benoi.st, at the piano Wednesday, de la Fuente will give the following program: Corwerta In D minor J S Bar Alli'itrti llMiluto Ailairlo AIIrHO mHlrrto TrH-rritn?rl for violin nd plana fey .Tame rl la Fucntr l C'orurit. In A major . . Mmirl All-tftf apftto Adagio Hotuto (titnHl dl rnemiettol lrfmlrre Sonata - Kanfatete) 4lJ-jk-tirrMii-e V'!lla-L4bae) ifor piano and violin! Impromptu In Ci-dat. Op. 90. No. 3 SchurTt-HeUet Mask, from "Romeo and Jullrt- Proknftrff-Hetfrtta Chant d Roxan Siymanowakl-Koehar.nkl Winrl in thf lln- Spalding Polonni Brillante in t) Mnjot Wiemawakl December Selection For December the Book-of the-Month Club has chosen "Balzac." by Stefan Zweig (Viking). The club also has selected a reserve book, "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," by Eric Hodgins (Simon & Schuster). eB "Without except ion, (he funniest book 1 have ever read including M. ALLEN SMITH'S oma Law .Mm and PuUf kmiff fmcitry." iOMje avao, Hmiiton Peil. tlHUOARB J no IXH'rll I DA V Russell Janney't THE MIR A. I.K OF T1IF. BELLS (3.00), In a story of a simple good-ness and faith which touched many lives and chanced a whole town. When nill Dunnican. Hollywood press agent, stage an elaborate funeral to publicize a new film and to commemorate the lovely younc actress who died making; it. he finds his publicity has ta top a miracle the Miracle of the bells! In ROSES AND BUCKSHOT (3.75), Jam Montgomery Flagg draws word picture,, as well as pencil sketches. It'a a carefree, gay account of his encounters with famous people, including Mark Twain. Ethel Barrymore, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo. Sargent and Whistler, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. For aheer entertainment we recommend THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NONSENSE (3.00), by Berger Evans. Common fallacies such as hair turning white overnight, men's brains being larger than women's, and the super-natural power of dogs are exploded cleverly. aaJn)MaJavt aa.a i ofcaa i iVl.w .Oea

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