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Literary Magazine's Six Issues to Chart the Course of College Opinion and Interest


This is the fourth in a series of articles on extra curricular activities in the college. These articles are intended as a supplement to the information received by the class of 1930 at the Phillips Brooks House reception.

The Harvard Advocate has had many changes of format in the years since 1866, yet it holds a familiar place in the undergraduate and the outside world. Although sometimes companioned for strident intervals, it is now the most important published outlet for Harvard literary ambitions and opinions.

The Advocate this year will have six issues. They will follow a policy started with the May Day number last spring when, as "a lady in red", Either Advocate contemplated the polite Left, and walked the barricades thrown up in the streets of Art, the Drama. Literature, Polities and Behaviour. Each issue will be made up to strike some dominant note, echoed even in the regular departments of comment and review--the Stage, Book Notes, and Music. The emphasis may underline an American evaluation of the present day, or an estimate of Humanism at Harvard. In all choice of emphasis the policy of each issue will be the realization of the Advocate's editorial aim. The Advocate seeks to chart, by publication of undergraduate and any such other material as is appropriate, where the force of college opinion and interest lies in any field, and the further result of its pressure. There are no limits: the subject may be athletics, scholarship, or poetry.

Admission to the Advocate board is possible in either of two competitions, one just starting, the second scheduled for the Spring. On the board, Literary and Business associates combine in a more than fair knowledge of each other's activities and difficulties. Therefore a candidate with gifts limited to the coorcion of subscriptions, or the man whose efforts are phenomenal toward getting himself in print are not so likely to find the pine room over plympton Street suited to them.

For a reminiacent need five minutes in the files will repay dusty fingers by evidence of those who worked before. True, all have not become book-of-the month-club writers or powerful publishers, indeed some have strayed so far as the White House, an older president, or the daily column of America's most quoted political prophet.

Often Mother Advocate takes pleasure in extending the hospitality of the College to people of artistic and literary interests, pausing in Cambridge. The last guests to oblige with readings at Spring teas were Robert Frost and John Crowe Ransom. It is not even difficult to remember back to mid-winter when she felt very comfortable in the same room with Miss Gertrude Stein, and was vastly entertained.

The Advocate Board is proportionally a small group, and consequently in the work of manuscript, proof, dummy and sale--all the preparation for publication--there must exist a close cooperation. This cooperation is possible because of a common interest. It is to those members of the undergraduate body who are capable of such sustained interest that the Advocate should make its strongest appeal

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