THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, New Hampshire
WILLARD P. LEWIS, Librarian
"Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912."
Volume three, Number six Monthly from October to June
"Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought in the
world." -Matthew Arnold, "Literature and Dogma."
WHY STOP LEARNING?, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Mrs. Fisher in her usual lively style considers various ways of con-
tinuing adult education by means of correspondence schools, free public
libraries, lyceums, Chautauqua, university extension, etc. She attributes
especial value to the work of Women's Clubs and is enthusiastic over the
famed Folk High Schools of Denmark which within three generations have
transformed a country of stolid, plodding laborers to "the most widely
cultured nation of Europe." She quotes from a Danish working-man just
home from a visit to his friends in Denmark. "My gracious!" he said
earnestly and wistfully, "It seemed awful good to be where the folks talk."
Verily, America has much to learn!
BOOKS FOR ALL TIME
THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, by Thomas Hardy.
One of the truly great novels of this author ranking with Jude the
Obscure and Tess of the D'Urbervilles. "The native is Clem Yeobright
who has left a successful business in Paris to bring unselfishness and
beauty to his native village. He fell in love with and married Eustacia
Vye, a beautiful but discontented woman, who is wholly out of sympathy
with his plans and his family. The train of misfortunes that followed
was stopped only by Eustacia's suicide.
Like most of Hardy's novels this is a tale of "Wessex country," tragic,
and fatalistic, lightened by the richness of rustic characters, their kindli-
ness, shrewdness and philosophy. Fate and the impersonal forces of
nature contrast with the puny efforts of men.
"LITTLE OLD NEW YORK"
THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MANHATTAN, by Will Irwin and E. H. Suydam.
Vivid word pictures and beautiful etchings present a delightful pic-
ture of New York from the Battery to Spuyten Duyvil. Here a bit of
history is interspersed with description. There the changing colors of the
races that make up the cosmopolitan city stand out in varied hues. China-
town, Broadway, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, St. Patrick's Cathe-
dral, Central Park, Columbia University, Negro life in Harlem, the Bar-
nard Cloisters-all these and more appear-and the illustrations are
RECENT PUBLICATIONS OF QUALITY AND INTEREST
FATHER MISSISSIPPI, by Lyle Saxon.
Not so much a history of the river and its valley as a source book,
with comments and incidents gleaned from old diaries, newspaper files,
recently discovered manuscripts and personal reminiscences of life in
this section. The author's youth on a Louisiana plantation forms an
interesting introduction to the chapters which follow on the discovery,
exploration and settlement of the valley, of which most of the material
has been taken from original sources. The accounts of the floods of 1927,
forming a third of the book are most graphically written and, at the
close, contain an appeal for government solution of the flood problem. A
most readable and entertaining book, comparable with "Life on the Missis-
sippi" by Mark Twain and "Mississippi Steamboatin' by Herbert Quick.
THE WINGED HORSE, by Joseph Auslander and Frank E. Hill.
"We must have made mistakes", say the authors of the Winged Horse.
"Still if we have succeeded in making poetry more vivid and understand-
able we shall be satisfied." In this spirit they tell how men have used
poetry through all the ages, first to propitiate the gods, and then as a
source of inspiration and pleasure. In a lively narrative style they trace
the background of English poetry from the Iliad and Odyssey thru the
later Greek and Roman poets, Dante, and the English poets down to the
present day. Inadequate as such a book necessarily is, it will nevertheless
open new fields of delight to many.
THE NEW REFORMATION, from physical to spiritual realities, by
Physical science for the lay reader is not a subject to be lightly under-
taken but Professor Pupin's New Reformation gives not only a brief and
interesting account of the early history of science with references to
Archimedes and Roger Bacon and a discussion of dynamics, magnetism,
electricity and heat, but also takes his principle of creative coordination
from the physical to the world of man and finally to the things of the
spirit. Contains many a suggestion worthy of thoughtful study.
PAGES FROM MY LIFE, by Feodor Ivanovitch Chaliapine.
A charmingly written autobiography of the great Russian basso.
From the poverty of the Russian village hut where he was born to the
great musical centers of the world, Chaliapine has sung his way into the
hearts of the people. From his first contract in opera singing until his
grand triumph in La Scala in Milan he passed thru trying experiences
and even faced a lack of sympathy and understanding on the part of the
Russian audiences in Moscow. But eventually all was well until in
America today he is at the height of his fame.
BUILDERS OF AMERICA, by Ellsworth Huntington and Leon F.
The rapid decline in the percentage of constructive, builder minds in
America presents a serious problem and threatens a menace to our civiliza-
tion. The authors plead for direct action looking toward the building of
a race which is sound physically, mentally and morally. Statistics and il-
lustrations add to the force of the argument.
"Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature."
BOOKS AND AUTHORS
A second volume of the Trader Horn reminiscences is to be published
February 12th was the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of
Thomas Hardy, Vicente Blasco Ibanez, Marguerite Wilkinson and
Talcott Williams were listed among recent deaths.
NON-FICTION-Trader Horn, by Horn and Lewis; We, by Lind-
bergh; Mother India, by Katherine Mayo; Napoleon, Bismarck, by Emil
Ludwig, Count Luckner, by Lowell Thomas.
FICTION-Jalna, by De La Roche; Claire Ambler, by Booth iTarking-
ton; Kitty, by Warwick Deeping; The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thorn-
ton Wilder; Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather, Adam and
Eve, by John Erskine.
BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY, by Thornton Wilder.
Five travellers in Peru in 1741 were dashed to death when a bridge
broke beneath them. Strikingly interesting and different people, in life
they had been intangibly linked together, and in death they met a common
end. Was it according to divine plan or chance?
CLAIRE AMBLER, by Booth Tarkington.
This is a study of the personality of an attractive, self-centered young
woman who inhabits that small portion of our society where the economic
stress is never felt. The narrative concerns itself for the most part with
her reactions to the attentions of the men who come into her life. The
penetration and whimsicality are Tarkington's own.
A PRESIDENT IS BORN, by Fannie Hurst.
David Schuyler, born twenty years after his brothers and sisters, was
reared in "the forest of the knees of the grown-ups." In the closing chap-
ter of the book David is sixteen and about to leave home to study law, but
we are assured in foot-notes that he ultimately became president of
the United States as the representative of hard-working, whole-souled
people who had but recently come to the New World from the Old.
POWER, by Lion Feuchtwanger.
A vivid and powerful historical novel of life among the ruling classes
of Europe during the early part of the 18th century. It is an age of super-
stition, coarseness, intrigue and religious intolerance, and in all countries
Jews control the finances but are objects of fear, hatred, and persecution.
The central character is Joseph Suss, an ambitious Jew who became the
most powerful man in the Duchy of Wurttemberg. The tragic death of his
daughter turned his ambition to a determination for revenge, and his
downfall and death quickly followed. The Ugly Duchess, by the same
author deals with the 14th century. These are translations from the
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(The above volumes will be found in the departmental libraries.)
IS THIS EDUCATION?
I can solve a quadratic equation, but
I cannot keep my bank balance straight.
I can read Goethe's Faust in the original, but
I cannot ask for a piece of bread in German.
I can name the kings of England and the presidents of the U. S., but
I do not know the qualifications of the candidates in the coming election.
I know the economic theories of Malthus and Adam Smith, but
I cannot live within my income.
I can recognize the "leit-motif" of a Wagner opera, but
I cannot sing in tune.
I can explain the principles of hydraulics, but
I cannot fix a leak in the kitchen faucet.
I can read the plays of Moliere in the original, but
I cannot order a meal in French.
I have studied the psychology of James and Titchener, but
I cannot control my own temper.
I can conjugate Latin verbs, but
I cannot write legibly.
I can recite many lines of Shakespeare, but
I do not know the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's Gettysburg
Address, or the Twenty-third Psalm. -Bernadine Freeman.
"Reeling and writhing, of course to begin with," the Mock Turtle
replied, "and the different branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction,
Uglification, and Derision." -Lewis Carroll, "Alice in Wonderland."