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 6 Monthly from October to June
CRITICISM AND LITERATURE
NOVELS AND NOVELISTS, by Katherine Mansfield.
Katherine Mansfield reviewed fiction for the London Atheneum from
May, 1919, to December, 1920. From the books reviewed one gathers that
she had no choice but took them as they came along from the presses, re-
gardless of their quality. Many of the authors and more of the titles are,
or would be, extinct as the Dodo, save that this book doubtless will give
Here is a complete manual for the critic of fiction, written by one who
held to certain standards. All is fish that comes to her net, as she tells
how each book rises or falls by what she thinks is true. Miss Mansfield
doubtless enjoyed her work-her language is so picturesque and lively-
picturesque when describing a work of sweetness but no worth, and lively
when condemning an author who could do better, but did not.
EVERYBODY'S BOSWELL, ed. by F. V. Morley.
The editor says: "This is a shorter version of Boswell's writings
about Johnson, in that what seems to me comparatively dead wood is re-
moved; but in no respect, save that of length is it distorted. I have, I hope,
allowed no single taboo of temporary taste or distaste to influence the
choice of episode; it is within its scale a full projection; whatever the two
friends talked about is represented in these pages. And what good talk it
is, needs no impertinent proof from me."
CHICAGO SURRENDERS, by Edward Dean Sullivan.
Mr. Sullivan writes that our large cities are helpless against the
criminal element. This group's motto is "only saps work," and he tells us
this belief is becoming ingrained in the youth of the cities.
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This book is good reading as a mystery story, book of adventure, or as
a study in sociology. All the excitement of gang life is portrayed, and we
are told its causes and results. Of great value also is the explanation of
various terms of the underworld, so that the news can now be read with
BIBLICAL TIMES MADE LIVELY
TWO THIEVES, by Manuel Komroff.
The author has taken the two nameless thieves who were crucified
with Christ and made them characters in an exciting adventure story, the
roguish, daredevil, and (it must be admitted) improbable events of which
lead to their unhappy end. There is breathless action, humor, and a color-
ful background from beginning to end.
THE WAR IN FICTION
BEST SHORT STORIES OF THE WAR.
"This is the most representative, the most authoritative and the most
historical of all the new war books. It presents the war as seen not by any
individual with his own limitations but as seen by the greatest imaginative
writers of four countries. Here speak the German, the Frenchman, the
Englishman, and the American. No such complete picture has ever been
given before; no such collection could have been made before. In this one
volume you will find the best that has been thought and said, the most sig-
nificant pictures, in the most dramatic and artistic form." Cover.
LIFE ON THE RED SEA
PEARS, ARMS, AND HASHISH, by Henri de Monfried.
The adventurous life of a Frenchman turned Moslem, who sailed up
and down the Red Sea pearl-fishing, and getting in and out of trouble with
amazing rapidity. His weakness for all forms of illicit enterprise was
rivalled only by his skill in eluding the arm of the law. He performed
daring feats of endurance and cunning, the simply-told story of which
rings true in every detail.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
THE REAL PERSONAGES OF MOTHER GOOSE, by Katherine Elwes.
After much study and research the author has published this book
in the belief that she has found the true historical sequence of the familiar
Mother Goose jingles. The book will appeal to any one interested in these
rhymes or in folklore. For instance did you know that the person satirized
in "Little Boy Blue" was Cardinal Wolsey? And that the maid hanging
out the clothes in "Sing a Song of Sixpence" was Anne Boleyn? These
are but a few of the surprises in this book.
EAST AND WEST
THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN, by Grace Zaring Stone.
"It is a nice problem to find adjectives for a new talent so restrained
and refined as Mrs. Stone reveals in this swift glimpse of the violent clash
of Oriental and Occidental ideas in China. Undiscriminating praise would
be an injustice, ignoring the special quality of the book, for the keynote is an
exquisite selectiveness. Out of an enormous confusion of action, an incal-
cuable mass of material, she has chosen certain episodes which are subtly
significant, typical, charged with implications that continue to engage the
imagination after the book is closed. The utmost value is extracted from
a personal experience, although Mrs. Stone avoids the error of drawing
summary conclusions from a particular instance." Books.
A ROMANOFF'S STORY
THE EDUCATION OF A PRINCESS, by Marie, Grand Duchess of Russia.
This fascinating story of the life of one of the Romanoffs is as
well an excellent narrative of the Romanoffs' fall from power. The
mother of the Grand Duchess died at the birth of Dmitri, Marie's brother,
so the children were brought up by "Uncle Serge" and "Aunt Ella." This
was hard for the children, especially since their much-beloved father was
exiled as a result of his second marriage.
Her marriage with Prince William of Sweden was an affair of state,
rather than one of the heart. She could not accustom herself to Swedish
life, so the marriage was annulled after the birth of her son, Prince Len-
nart-who is at present in trouble in Sweden for wanting to marry a
Then came the War. The Grand Duchess worked as Red Cross Nurse.
Dmitri was arrested for his part in the murder of Rasputin, and the book
closes with her safe arrival with her husband, the youngest son of a prince,
Philatelists are increasing in Durham. For their benefit we list here
some of the Library's resources in this field. First of course, is the Cata-
log of the Scott Stamp and Coin Co. The latest edition is kept in the Ref-
erence Room. The previous edition circulates. Next in importance is the
official document of the U. S. Post Office describing United States stamps
from 1847 to 1928. The Library has as well a subscription to Meekel's
"Weekly Stamp News."
The "London Illustrated News" for Dec. 27, 1930, and Jan. 31, 1931,
contains articles on stamps, illustrating the use of buildings and ships as
reproductions. The January 10 issue of "Die Woche" gives a history of
the German Post Office and lists several valuable stamps of all nations.
THE GRAND HOTEL, by Vicki Baum.
Why has this been such a hit on the New York stage? And why was
it a best seller in Germany where it was first published? Read it, and
see if you too are not carried along by the events of thirty-six hours in the
Grand Hotel. Here is Berlin's most elegant hotel; people coming and go-
ing constantly. Strange how tangled the lives of the Russian dancer, the
adventure-loving Baron-thief, the little stenographer, the capitalist, and
poor old Kringelein, the clerk, become. Kringelein is the central character.
Past middle age, with a fatal illness, he is determined to live (with a capi-
tal "L") at last. Each time he has a taste of Life we rejoice, and how we
gloat in his former employer's ruin!
ARMY LIFE BEFORE THE WAR
A ROVING COMMISSION, by Winston S. Churchill.
What vigor, zest for life, and cheek this Winston Churchill had! (He
is not to be confused with American author of Richard Carvel.) At the
start he had all the "breaks," family, opportunity for education, money,
and above all family friends to pull the wires for him. Up to the end of
the book, when he is 34, his worst tragedy has been a dislocated shoulder!
Cuba, frontier wars in India, the famous battle of Omdurman, the Boer
War, sometimes as a cavalry officer, sometimes as a war correspondent.
It is very interesting for the picture of a chivalrous sort of warfare in
contrast to the brutality of the last war; for its picture of British army
life; and for its English politics.
ART AND ADVENTURE IN GREENLAND
N BY E, by Rockwell Kent.
N by E, written and illustrated by Rockwell Kent, gives a remark-
able sense of unity: the narrative, the subject matter, and the illustra-
tions are of one piece. Kent, a youthful skipper, and a detested mate,
called "Cupid," set sail in the 33-foot "Direction" and were wrecked on the
coast of Greenland. So much for facts, but the big thing about the book
is not facts, but feeling-feeling for the desolate shores of Labrador, the
terrific storms, the kindly primitive villagers, and the beauty of the world
in Greenland. These things as seen by Kent and reflected in his prose and
illustrations are exceptionally interesting.