“With the war, and most immediately in response to the atomic bomb, a mood of unchannelled despair and come to prevail in the advanced sections of culture; the young in particular were seized with the sense of having destinies already arranged for them, of being governed by governments in which they were unable to make themselves heard, and of being implicated in decisions in which they had no voice. It was this sense of fatedness, of having list all freedom of social will, of social choice that shaped their lives.”
A teacher, novelist and poet, John Bell Smithback studied at the University of Southern California and the University of Wisconsin. He and his wife, Ching Yee, write a daily newspaper column entitled IDIOM-MAGIC. John and Ching Yee presently divide their time living in the U.S. and England.