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 Six, Number Two Monthly from October to June
THE DEEPENING STREAM, by Dorothy Canfield.
At the age of four little Matey Gilbert is almost overcome by the
beauty and wonder of a bed of tulips. Through her school and college
years she is much perplexed by the behavior of her parents; constantly
bickering when alone with the family, but the "Charming Gilberts" before
company. At the death-bed of her father she begins to understand more
clearly and her marriage, motherhood and four years in Paris during the
War open her eyes to the deeper, truer meaning of life and love.
THE BIG BARN, by Walter D. Edmonds.
It is typical of Ralph Wilder, powerful old landowner, to build the
biggest barn in the Black River Valley District. The story centers around
the building of the barn and Wilder's son, Bascom, and Rose his daughter-
in-law. Bascom is a handsome gallant, who carries on a love affair with the
wife of one of his father's tenants. Henry brings his bride, Rose, home to
the farm and Bascom proceeds to fall in love with her, to the secret delight
of the old man. Henry is too absorbed in Abolition to know what is going
on, in spite of Joan's warning. The Civil War breaks out and the crisis is
reached the night before the boys leave to join their regiments.
THIS PURE YOUNG MAN, by Irving Fineman.
A book that promises to be very popular and deservedly so. Roger,
the pure young man, goes to college-with Harry, who is not so pure.
The author is intelligent and sympathetic, and quick to see significance.
And he writes with a sure hand. We see Roger blindly groping his way
through the intricacies of adolescent life-against a hectic college back-
ground, asking himself again and again: "Is this not cowardice rather
than strength of character that keeps me this pure young man?" And
on he goes into the career of an architect-here, as in his college life, find-
ing his sterling qualities unappreciated; and on into matrimony, war times,
success that comes too late, and death, still groping in the dark. A tragic
career-while the impure Harry seems to take from life a full cup of hap-
Irving Fineman asks many questions,-perhaps too many for the
size of the book,-and answers none. Or is there an answer to some ques-
tion in almost every incident?
EL GOES SOUTH, by MacKinley Kantor.
When Dad telephones, a bit sheepishly, that he has just married the
young widow he befriended three months ago on a stormy night, the four
grown-up Trautwine children are startled. Charlotte elopes, the house-
keeper leaves, and further adjustments follow in the next months. To
work on the "El" to Chicago every morning and home to North Shore
every night, and there you have the background of the story.
SHEPHERDS IN SACKCLOTH, by Sheila Kaye-Smith.
Shepherds in sackcloth: two ministers of the gospel, the one a con-
servative shepherd of an orthodox flock, the other an untaught shepherd
of a struggling roadside flock! Their work, its failure, and their love,
against a motley background of village life and summer excursions, fill in
the chinks between much-too-generous theological discussions. Has Sheila
Kaye-Smith's marriage with a minister made her near-sighted? One be-
gins to think so when he finds the climax of the story in the middle of the
book and goes on through page after page of anticlimax: till all has been
said, on all sides, concerning the various circumstances under which the
Sacrament may or may not be given.
QUEEN ANNE'S LACE, by Frances Parkinson Keyes.
The wife of the Junior Senator from New Hampshire has written a
novel of a woman's attempt to regain her former place in her husband's
affections, lost through his going into politics.
Anne Chamberlain, daughter of run-to-seed Yankees, marries Neal
Conrad, a rising lawyer and politician. Anne and her children are forced
into the background by politics, until an old friend of her husband's aids
her to regain her former position. This altruism somewhat entangles
Anne and the friend, but Anne succeeds, and the book closes with the
President-elect realizing that without her all is vanity.
Mrs. Keyes displays a remarkable knowledge of rural terminology
and of the bitterness of the social struggles in Washington. The reader
hopes the trials of official hostesses there are somewhat exaggerated.
THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED, by Leonard Merrick.
We suspect the little dog to be the author himself, laughing at the
spectacle of human beings cast down from the heights of their imaginary
glory to the common level of humanity. As a variation there is the re-
verse spectacle-of nobility emerging from a scorned and wretched soul.
The fourteen stories vary in mood from the vivaciously French to the
stolid British. Merrick has a keen understanding of human nature. His
cynicism is softened by his sympathetic humor.
MIRTHFUL HAVEN, by Booth Tarkington.
Every summer Mirthful Haven, said to be Kennebunkport, is the
scene of a conflict between the "natives" and the Summer people. Edna
Pelter, the beautiful daughter of Long Harry Pelter, bootlegger, is caught
between her love for her father and her love for a young and wealthy city
man. Her neighbors slander her unfairly, and the city people drop her,
but in the end Edna has a position of unquestionable respect.
THE SON AVENGER, by Sigrid Undset.
This concluding volume of the tetralogy "The Master of Hestviken"
sees the growth of love and understanding between Olav and Eirik, the
attempt of the latter to atone for his father's sins, and the return of the
old hostility between them. Their deaths close this vivid and stirring epic
of medieval Norway.
CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK
During Children's Book Week, November 16-22, the Library will have
on display a child's model library, which will include books from the
nursery stage up thru the fifteenth year. Children should have their own
libraries and this exhibit will merely be a suggestion of the kind of books
to be included in such a collection.
NEW BOOKS IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
Cork Ships and How to Make Them, by Peter Adams.
The Wonderful Story of Industry, by Ellen Baker.
The Mystery of World's End, by Helen Bamberger.
Garram, the Hunter, by Herbert Best.
Little Wooden Doll, by Margery Bianco.
Etiquette for Boys and Girls, by Mary Bonner.
Johnny Crow's Party, by Leslie Brook.
Animal Book for Children, by Thornton Burgess.
Mother West Wind's Children, by Thornton Burgess.
Metten of Tyre, by Helen Carus.
The Boy's Catlin, by George Catlin.
The Silver Shell, by Mary Chase.
Adventures of Kermit, the Hermit Crab, by E. Chamber
Under Two Eagles, by Helen Crew.
Navarre of the North, by Esther Darling.
Betty Bradford-engineer, by Mary Davis.
Blithe McBride, by Beulah Dix.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales for Children, by Jean Farje
Hitty, by Rachel Field.
Angus and the Ducks, by Marjorie Flack.
Fairies and Chimneys, by Rose Fyleman.
Blackfoot Lodge Tales, by George Grinnell.
Helen's Babies, by John Habberton.
Under a Pig Nut Tree, by The Haders.
Ameliaranne in Town, by Constance Heward.
Sky High: A Story of Aviation, by Eric Hodgins.
The Blacksmith of Vilno, by Eric Kelly.
Puck of Pook's Hill, by Rudyard Kipling.
Kees, by Marion King.
A Barrel of Clams, by Shirley Lesher.
Ood-Le Uk, the Wanderer, by Alice Lide.
Roses of the Wind, by Sonia Lustig.
Children of the New Forest, by Capt. Marryat.
Master Simon's Garden, by Cornelia Meigs.
Chi-Wee and Loki, by Grace Moon.
The Painted Pig, by Mrs. Dwight Morrow.
Grandmother's Cooky Jar, by Helen Orton.
Life Story of a Little Monkey, by Ferdinand Ossendowski.
Little Tooktoo, by Marie Peary.
The Earth for Sam, by Maxwell Reed.
The Little Duke, by Charlotte Yonge.
Of special note among the books listed above is Eleanor Farjeon's
"TALES FROM CHAUCER". With remarkable skill she has translated most
of the tales into literal prose, making a careful choice of parts to be omitted
and bringing the wit, beauty and romance of Chaucer within easy grasp of
children and adults to whom the original text is too formidable. The
twelve beautiful illustrations are water-color paintings by W. Russell Flint.
"The Wonderful Story of Industry," by Ellen F. Baker, is an excellent
book for the boy or girl who wants to know where we get our matches,
our paper, our iron and steel, and many of the other things which we use
in everyday life and become so accustomed to we seldom stop to think
where or how we happen to have them.
Boys and girls who read "The Trumpeter of Krakow", will welcome
this new book by Eric Kelly, "The Blacksmith of Vilno". It is another
book about Poland, during the Russian Supremacy, and most of the action
takes place in the city of Vilno. The shop of Peter, the blacksmith, is the
gathering place for the patriots. To this shop comes a messenger bringing
in his wake thrilling adventures and mystery, of which Stefan, the black-
smith's adopted son, has his full share.