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 8 Monthly from October to June
TWO NOVELS OF THE SOUTH
OLD NEW ORLEANS, by Frances and Edward L. Tinker.
This is a series of four short novelettes dealing with various phases
of life in New Orleans in the sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties. The
stories are in no way connected.
"Widows Only," the first of the set, is the story of the frustrated love
of Toinette Beaudine, a young Creole girl, and Karl Link of German de-
scent, told against a background of plantation life just after the Civil War.
"Strife," the second book, deals with New Orleans during the stormy
rule of the carpetbaggers. The central characters are two unhappily
married couples: Art6mise Duplantier and Popo, her disagreeable hus-
band, and Jacques Labatut and his ailing wife, Marilisse. In a few months
blindness comes to Marilisse, and as a result of a wild youth, Popo's health
fails. The two lovers leave the invalids drowsing before the fire and steal
away together in search of happiness.
In "Closed Shutters" we have a tale of horror relieved by the spon-
taneous humor of the negro mammy, Emma. The Ledoux, a mother and
two daughters, are impoverished but proud aristocrats who move to a poor
neighborhood and struggle for existence. Emma often takes food to the
gate because of the little girl, but the house and its occupants remain a
mystery. When her knock brings no response, Emma and the doctor force
an entrance and learn the terrible secret.
"Mardi Gras Masks" is a light, gay comedy filled with the atmosphere
of the Carnival and describes the fascinating details of parades and balls.
Even lovesick Dee Roudon forgets his misery as the festivities progress
and resorts to a very funny but effective trick to win his father's consent
to his marriage with Septima. All ends happily at the Comus Ball.
THE FORGE, by Thomas S. Stribling.
Mr. Stribling writes another novel of the Mid South, using this time
the period just before, during and after the Civil War. The life of the
Vaiden family, makeshift plantation owners, is presented with its varying
fortunes and experiences. 01' Pap, his wife, Miss Cassandra, Miltiades,
Polycarp, Augustus, Marcia, and the quadroon, Gracie, all play their parts
in the hectic events of the time, along with the aristocratic Lacefields, the
trader, BeShears, and the slaves. Reconstruction, with its carpetbaggers
and Ku Klux Klan is portrayed in a characteristic Stribling manner.
NOT OUR WAYS
JUNGLE WAYS, by William B. Seabrook.
Mr. Seabrook has travelled hundreds of miles in French West Africa
with a large and noisy retinue of natives in order to satisfy his curiosity
about the forbidden trails, the secret rites, and the magic of the Jungle.
One is much wiser after reading his book, wiser and a little scandalized
by some of their nasty ways, but the questions Mr. Seabrook has settled
are nothing to those he has aroused. For example:
1. What did the natives think of Mr. Seabrook as he solemnly per-
formed their rites?
2. Were there no discomforts attendant upon travel in Africa? No
lions, no scorpions, no narrow escapes, no indigestion ?
3. Why is it such a vital matter that human flesh tastes more like
veal than pork? Did it occur to Mr. Seabrook that after one can-
nibalistic meal he might acquire the habit?
4. Did Katie (Mrs. Seabrook) really play such an unimportant, neg-
ative part as he pictures? How did she like it?
Decidedly a book to finish in one sitting.
CHINESE PEASANTS AT HOME
THE GOOD EARTH, by Pearl Buck.
The absorbing tale of a Chinese farmer and his family, told by one
who evidently knows China like a native, and who has the ability to
make her people vividly real. When famine comes Wang Lung takes his
family south, but they return in time of plenty to sow and harvest their
land and to prosper from its fruitfulness.
CULTURE AND THE FINE ARTS
THE ROAD TO CULTURE, by Charles Gray Shaw.
According to Professor Shaw, the road to culture is essentially an
appreciation of the fine arts: music, poetry, painting, and the rest. How
and why we should obtain this appreciation and its relation to one's every-
day life is carefully presented with a final chapter on the "Paths and Pit-
falls of Culture."
This is the book that has been advertised so extensively over the radio.
MIDDLE WESTERN REALISM
THREE STEEPLES, by Leroy MacLeod.
The intermingling of lives in a small Indiana community forms the
theme of this story. Like modern architecture, the plot is built up step by
step, with dignity and restraint. The time covers the period from the be-
ginning of the new church building and Bruce Durken's youthful ambition
to be its preacher to the accomplishment of his desire, and the destruction
of the church by fire.
THE STORY OF SAN MICHELE, by Axel Munthe.
A "natural" in the publishing world is a book that sells with little
effort. This work is the most recent example. For those whose Swedish
and Italian are a trifle rusty, we might add that the author's name is pro-
nounced "Munte," and the title the "Story of San Mikayla."
Dr. Munthe, a fashionable Paris physician, starts his book with a
fantasy evoked by his surroundings at Capri. The last chapter is much the
same. Those who do not like fantasies will find these two chapters difficult,
except for the account of the Italian band in the last chapter. In between
we learn the author's life both as a medical student and as a practicing phy-
sician in Paris. His own adventures and the stories of his patients are ab-
sorbing narratives, so perfect that one suspects they were polished up a bit.
Dr. Munthe has slight respect for the wealthier and more aristocratic
classes, and indeed for humanity in general, since the royalties from this
book go to establish a home for animals in Naples.
"The Story of San Michele" first appeared in 1929. The "Lantern"
never has reviewed it, and does so at this time, lest any of our readers miss
a real book.
A BOY'S SCHOOL
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT LUKE'S, by Philip Stevenson.
Andover, Exeter, St. Paul's? No, this does not represent any special
school although it is typical of many. Homesick and lonely or too cocky,
the new boys arrive in the fall. Homer, Irv, Chuck, each had to find his
place. No one succeeded better than Ethelbert, who overcame his nickname
of "Ethel" before he finished.
THE LATER CRUSADES
THE CRUSADES: THE FLAME OF ISLAM, by Harold Lamb.
This volume completes the story begun in "The Crusades: Iron Men
and Saints." The principal figures are Richard Coeur de Lion, "heedless
and arrogant, lovable and brave, who yet failed to lead his host to victory,
and Saladin, leader of Islam, splendid, chivalrous, and glorious in victory.
A SOCIALIST PRESCRIBES
AMERICA'S WAY OUT, by Norman Thomas.
Norman Thomas, one of our best orators, and Socialist candidate for
President in 1928, writes a book on the vicissitudes of America, and how
Socialism can cure them.
Those parts of the book where the author writes as he talks have the
"soap box flavor," and hence are easy reading. The chapters on various
Socialistic interpretations of the doctrines of their party are far more
difficult. The analysis of the evils to which we have fallen heir is clear
and convincing. Thomas's program of reform shows his characteristic
THEATRE STREET, by Tamara Karsavina.
In a foreword to this remarkable book of reminiscences, J. M. Barrie
calls it "one of the most delightful and novel books ever written about the
theatre." As a pupil in the Imperial school of ballet, Karsavina made
rapid progress, and managed to have adventures in spite of the rigorous
discipline there maintained. After graduation she entered the Marinsky
Theatre where she quickly advanced to a position as prima ballerina. Her
next conquests were in Paris and London, and many were the struggles and
triumphs of her career. There are lively stories of Pavlowa Chaliapin,
and other famous contemporaries.
AROUND THE LIBRARY
The Library has recently found a scrapbook of clippings from various
newspapers made at the time the University changed from a College of
Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts. There is no trace of the maker of
Subscriptions to two new periodicals have been entered. The first is
the "Atelier," which is the American edition of the "London Studio." We
can hope to have now the special numbers of that periodical as they come
out, which are famous as monographs on various artists. The second sub-
scription is to the "International Forum." This is published in Berlin in
English, by a Dr. James Murphy. The editor says his purpose is to bring
together the English, German, and American points of view. The list of
contributors to the first number is most impressive.
"The Colophon" is now coming to the Library as a gift from the
Carnegie Corporation. The purpose of this periodical is to spread a love
of fine printing. Each article is printed by a different printer, usually with
different type and on different paper.