= Subscribers only. Sign in here. Subscribe here.

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

1959 / February | View All Issues |

February 1959

illustration

Front cover PDF

Untitled·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.


Letters

4, 6, 8, 10, 12 PDF

Letters·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The editor’s easy chair

14, 16 PDF

Love in Cincinnati·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The editor’s easy chair

16, 18, 20, 22 PDF

Love in China·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The editor’s easy chair

22, 24 PDF

Love on Madison Avenue·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

[Coming in Harper’s]

22 PDF

Coming in Harper’s·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Personal and otherwise

26, 28, 30 PDF

Among our contributors·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A cure for Ivy League myopia

Personal and otherwise

30 PDF

American books abroad·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

39 PDF

Dictionary for modern geographers·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

40-43 PDF

The foreign policy of my daughter Ellen·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

44-49 PDF

Good colleges that are not crowded·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

49 PDF

A knee-length trapeze·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

50-56 PDF

Calm man in a nervous place·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Berlin’s Willy Brandt

Article

57 PDF

Home on the range·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

58-64 PDF

A better break for the mentally ill·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Fiction

69-76 PDF

Shower of ashes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A story

Poetry

73 PDF

Lullaby·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

77-82 PDF

The Florida swamp that swallows your money·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

82 PDF

Automation takes over the pulpit·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Collection

83-90 PDF

The love song of J.D. Salinger·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

83-90 PDF

The love song of J.D. Salinger·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

87 PDF

J.D. Salinger–biographical·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Poetry

89 PDF

Cold-War bulletin from the cultural front·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Article

91, 94, 96, 98 PDF

Arthur Flemming·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A new breed of civil servant

Article

96 PDF

The poor earnest American·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Mr. Harper’s after hours

104, 106-108 PDF

Mr. Harper’s after hours·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Mr. Harper’s after hours

104, 106 PDF

The cozy camel of Winston-Salem·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Mr. Harper’s after hours

106-108 PDF

Temperament on Second Avenue·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Mr. Harper’s after hours

108 PDF

“Efficiencies”·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Mr. Harper’s after hours

108 PDF

From here to infinity·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new books

109-110, 112, 114-117 PDF

A medley, with some familiar themes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Reviews

117-120 PDF

New art books·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new recordings

121-124 PDF

The new recordings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new recordings

121-124 PDF

One-man recordings·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

The new recordings

123 PDF

Worth hearing . . .·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Jazz notes

124 PDF

Jazz notes·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Jazz notes

124 PDF

And poetry·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Get access to 165 years of
Harper’s for only $45.99

United States Canada

THE CURRENT ISSUE

February 2017

Remainers

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

JB & FD

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Blood and Soil

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

A Grim Fairy Tale

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Trump: A Resister’s Guide

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

Little Things

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

view Table Content

FEATURED ON HARPERS.ORG

Post
Illustration (detail) by Steve Brodner
Article
The Patient War·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

(1) To need his glasses and be struck by an awareness that they are not at hand, an ordinary enough circumstance for Frederick Douglass, except sometimes it’s accompanied by a flash of extraordinary dread. If not quite panic, certainly an unease disproportionate to a simple recurring situation. Dread that may be immediately extinguished if he locates his horn-rimmed, owlish-eyed spectacles exactly where he anticipated they should be. He sees them and almost sighs. Nearly feels their slightly uncomfortable weight palpable on his nose. Finding the glasses enough to reassure him that he remains here among the living in this material …
Photograph (detail) © Andrew Quilty/Oculi/Redux
Article
Little Things·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

(1) To need his glasses and be struck by an awareness that they are not at hand, an ordinary enough circumstance for Frederick Douglass, except sometimes it’s accompanied by a flash of extraordinary dread. If not quite panic, certainly an unease disproportionate to a simple recurring situation. Dread that may be immediately extinguished if he locates his horn-rimmed, owlish-eyed spectacles exactly where he anticipated they should be. He sees them and almost sighs. Nearly feels their slightly uncomfortable weight palpable on his nose. Finding the glasses enough to reassure him that he remains here among the living in this material …
Photograph (detail) of miniatures by Lori DeBacker by Thomas Allen
Article
Blood and Soil·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

(1) To need his glasses and be struck by an awareness that they are not at hand, an ordinary enough circumstance for Frederick Douglass, except sometimes it’s accompanied by a flash of extraordinary dread. If not quite panic, certainly an unease disproportionate to a simple recurring situation. Dread that may be immediately extinguished if he locates his horn-rimmed, owlish-eyed spectacles exactly where he anticipated they should be. He sees them and almost sighs. Nearly feels their slightly uncomfortable weight palpable on his nose. Finding the glasses enough to reassure him that he remains here among the living in this material …
Illustration (detail) by Nate Kitch
Article
JB & FD·

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

(1) To need his glasses and be struck by an awareness that they are not at hand, an ordinary enough circumstance for Frederick Douglass, except sometimes it’s accompanied by a flash of extraordinary dread. If not quite panic, certainly an unease disproportionate to a simple recurring situation. Dread that may be immediately extinguished if he locates his horn-rimmed, owlish-eyed spectacles exactly where he anticipated they should be. He sees them and almost sighs. Nearly feels their slightly uncomfortable weight palpable on his nose. Finding the glasses enough to reassure him that he remains here among the living in this material …
Illustration (detail) by Matthew Richardson

Chances that a Soviet woman’s first pregnancy will end in abortion:

9 in 10

Peaceful fungus-farming ants are sometimes protected against nomadic raider ants by sedentary invader ants.

In San Antonio, a 150-pound pet tortoise knocked over a lamp, igniting a mattress fire that spread to a neighbor’s home.

Subscribe to the Weekly Review newsletter. Don’t worry, we won’t sell your email address!

HARPER’S FINEST

Who Goes Nazi?

= Subscribers only.
Sign in here.
Subscribe here.

By

"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."

Subscribe Today