THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light" -Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampshire,
Durham, New Hampshire
WILLIAM W. SHIRLEY, 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 Five, Number Nine Monthly from October to June
THE TESTAMENT OF BEAUTY, by Robert Bridges.
What is beauty? saith my suffering then.-I answer
the lover and poet in my loose alexandrines;
Beauty is the highest of all those occult influences,
the quality of appearances that thru' the sense
wakeneth spiritual emotion in the mind of man:
And Art, as it createth new forms of beauty,
Awakeneth new ideas that advance the spirit
in the life of reason to the wisdom of God.
Robert Bridges, the former eighty-five-year-old Poet Laureate, has
written 1,446 "Loose alexandrines" that are much better than the poet's
age and title might lead us to expect. Here is sound philosophy and ex-
quisite beauty,-along with platitudes, awkwardness, prose, dignity,
nobility of thought, much learning, and a psuedo-phonetic system of spell-
ing! A very large didactic poem, perhaps a great didactic poem.
The quoted passage has told you whether or not you wish to read the
OUR SINGING STRENGTH, by Alfred Kreymborg.
Here are six hundred and forty-three pages of the history of American
poetry from its beginnings. In the first half of the book the well-informed
student will find little that is new, little that his college professor has not
already told him about the primitive poetry of the Colonies, about Bryant,
Emerson, Holmes, Dickinson, and Whitman. And he will find the usual
illustrations. But the whole book is interestingly written, and this first
part, especially, will prove a boon to the person who has never had a good
survey course in American Poetry.
Then Kreymborg comes to the moderns. Enthusiasm, understanding,
a sense of humor, and a perspective that is surprising in one who has him-
self been so intimately associated with all that he writes about. Whether
or not you like the so-called Modern Poetry, you will find much to interest
you in his chapter on "Originals and Eccentrics." No thorough student
of American poetry can afford to miss the last half of this book, a poet's
view of his contemporaries.
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GIFTS FROM THE BARRETT FUND
STORIES OF THE GREAT OPERAS, by Ernest Newman. 3v.
V. 1 Wagner.-V. 2 Mozart to Thomas.-V. 3 Verdi to Puccini.
These are more than stories,-they include biographies of the com-
posers, notes of the origin and history of each opera, and analysis of the
BRAHMS, by Walter Niemann.
A very complete account of the composer's life, an analysis of his per-
sonality and of his music, claimed by the author to be the first critical
biography of Brahms.
AN HOUR WITH AMERICAN MUSIC, by Paul Rosenfeld.
A study of American composers from MacDowell to Varese. The
author contends that there is no American folk-music, only a modern music
beginning with MacDowell, who however did little more than assimilate
European traditions, adding in a few of his later works a "queer tender-
ness" that is distinctively American. From the gradually growing body of
American music, jazz must, in the author's opinion, be unequivocally ex-
THE GREAT MEADOW, by Elizabeth Madox Roberts.
With masterly strokes Miss Roberts depicts the pioneer movement
from Virginia to the "Great Meadow", one of the names for the new state
of Kentucky. In the foreground are Berk Jarvis and his bride, Diony
Hall, symbols of the spirit of which such movements are born. The hard-
ships of the trek, the life at Harrod's Fort, Berk's errand of revenge and
his unexpected return after Diony's marriage to Evan Muir, complete a
full and absorbing canvas.
THE SELBYS, by Anne Green.
A humorous, witty novel of the trials and triumphs of Aunt Virginia
and Uncle George Selby, who bravely undertake to "bring out" their beau-
tiful young niece, Barbara Winship in European Society, for Aunt Vir-
ginia knows her Latins. Berry Johnson rescues Barbara from her affair
with George Lemoine, but his love for practical jokes almost breaks up her
engagement to Michel Saint-Amant. The bride and groom successfully
retaliate after the ceremony and the Selbys go on a second honeymoon.
THE PARTY DRESS, by Joseph Hergesheimer.
A sophisticated story of a representative group of wealthy, suburban
Americans, centering around Nina Henry and her love affair at the age of
forty-two. Each of these events is precipitated by the effect of her "party
dress" the creation of a Paris modiste, which, in its psychological influ-
ence on Nina, is the focal point of the plot. It is a cleverly-written story,
sharp and brittle; altogether different from Java Head, Balisand, or the
Three Black Pennies, but hardly to be classed with these novels.
MORE WAR BOOKS
THE WHISTLERS' ROOM, by Paul Alverdes.
"The scene is a German hospital on the Rhine where three soldiers,
similarly wounded in the throat and provided with silver pipes for breath-
ing are awaiting recovery. They are later joined by a fourth 'Whistler',
a young Englishman. Their common affliction is a strong bond and they
become fast friends. Two of the whistlers die, but with the other two the
skill and patience of the doctor effect a miraculous cure. The story is short
and told with perfect simplicity."-Book Review Digest.
RETREAT; A NOVEL OF 1918, by Charles Benstead.
Chaplain Warne of the Church of England is assigned to his regiment
about twenty-four hours before the great German offensive. The regi-
ment does not want him, and is too busy to find him his place.
From then on Chaplain Warne degenerates from physical cowardice
to madness and death, as he sees how little religion and his idea of God
means in this welter of bestiality and slaughter.
SCHWEIK; THE GOOD SOLDIER, by Jaroslav Hasek.
Schweik is a rear guard private in the Austrian army, although hail-
ing from the back streets of Prague.
A somewhat Rabelaisian satire on various military types.
The Library is exhibiting for the month of June a collection of photo-
graphs of old Durham houses, with a few views of interiors. Some pic-
tures give the original house, and others the house as it now looks. All
are well-described in a short historical note. Returning Alumni may want
to see this collection.
The Library has also at the desk the list of books in the White House
Library, 500 books including fiction, biography, and the various fields of
knowledge. All books are in English. This collection was given to the oc-
cupants of the White House, by the Booksellers of America. According to
the story the Hoover family wanted something to read at Inauguration,
and could find no books at the White House. A bookseller heard of this and
started at once to provide a collection.
THE CANTERBURY TALES. Translated into Modern English by F. E.
This edition of THE CANTERBURY TALES will be welcomed by
those who find difficulty in reading the original. Its real value is as an in-
troduction to Chaucer, who can then be read easily with a good glossary.
The book is beautifully illustrated by Herbert Rose.
THE ONE HOUSE SERIES
The J. B. Lippincott Co. of Philadelphia is publishing a series of books
designed to give the reader a survey of certain subjects. Each book is
written by an authority in its field. Many of the series are wittily written,
and all are short. The Library has those listed below, which are all as
THE ENGLISH NOVEL, by Ford Madox Ford.
AMERICAN HISTORY, by Samuel Eliot Morison.
HEALTH, by Morris Fishbein.
AMERICAN POETRY, by Charles E. Russell.
THE AMERICAN NOVEL, by Grant Overton.
MOTION PICTURES, by Gilbert Sledes.
AMERICAN MUSIC, by Paul Rosenfeld.
AMERICAN DRAMA, by Barrett H. Clark.
The following are in preparation, and will be bought when published.
ENGLISH POETRY, by Alfred Kreymborg.
AMERICAN ART, by Walter Pach.
THE FRENCH NOVEL, by Pierre Mille.
BOOKS FOR THE TERCENTENARY
ROGER WILLIAMS, by Emily Easton.
"The record of a man who was not only a 'godly minister' and a noble
pioneer in religious thought, in political freedom, in wilderness planting,
but also a practical statesman, a successful ambassador, and a self-sacri-
ficing benefactor and missionary."
AN AMERICAN JEZEBEL, by Helen Augur.
The life of Anne Hutchinson, another New England pioneer in the
fields of religious and political freedom.
"Anne was a woman who belonged in the twentieth century. Here in
a man-made community was a woman who dared to be a leader; whose
intellectual honesty matched her physical courage; whose mind was as
keen, energetic, and insatiable as those of many of the famous pioneers of
MAHATMA GANDHI'S IDEAS, by C. F. Andrews.
"This book is intended to explain, with documentary evidence, the
main principles and ideas for which Mahatma Gandhi has stood in the
course of his eventful career. On account of the mass of material it has
been necessary to make a limited selection from the speeches and writings
which he himself has addressed to the public. In the choice of such pas-
sages I have carefully avoided consulting beforehand the opinions of other
writers about him, because I felt it best to give the one single impression
that had become clear to me from long and intimate personal experience."