THE LIBRARY LANTERN
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browning
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New H fnpshire.
Durham, New Hampshire
.T. DORIS DART. Acting Librarian ,
"Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Du rai~ ew iHampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912"
Volume 7, Number 7 Monthly fronOctober to June
APRIL, 1932 -
How highly must we estimate the wondrous power of books, since
through them we survey the utmost bounds of the world and time, and
contemplate the things that are as well as those that are not, as it were in
the mirror of eternity."-Philobiblon of Richard de Bury, 1345.
COUNSEL FOR THE DEFENSE
THE STORY OF MY LIFE, by Clarence Darrow.
Clarence Darrow, man of paradox: a lawyer who has no respect for
the law; an agnostic who is more Christ-like than almost any other living
man. Believing that, on the whole, life is not worth living, he has fought
with his brain, his time, and his own money to save the lives of men who
faced conviction for murder.
His great interest is in understanding men and motives, for he knows
that to understand all is to forgive all. What we call crime is the natural
result of the influences to which the criminal has been subjected, or to his
heredity, for neither of which he is responsible. That is why Darrow has
never prosecuted a case. He is always for the under dog, for the minority,
for the victim of "justice." This is far from saying that the criminal should
go free, but in a rightly constituted society there would be no criminals.
The feeble-minded would be segregated and every normal man would have
a chance to earn a living. The will to live is the first driving motive of
every man, animal, and plant, and each pursues the easiest way of reaching
the desired end.
As a fascinating story this book should not be missed; as a search-
light on a phase of American life it provides spectacles to stir the social
conscience of every reader.
ROBBING YOUTH OF ITS RELIGION, by James F. Halliday.
The story, told by himself, of a college student who lost his religion
in his freshman philosophy course, and found it in a country church two
years later. Through the inspiration of a modern-minded clergyman he
was led to re-examine the traditional Christine doctrines, and found that
even those not literally tenable were symbolic of the highest ideals of
mankind. This book should be helpful to those who are seeking a recon-
ciliation of science and religion.
THE SECOND "B"
BEETHOVEN, THE MAN WHO FREED MUSIC, by Robert Haven
Believing that the existing books on Beethoven did not sufficiently
correlate the great musician's life and work, the author undertook this
immense task himself. The result is two large volumes, Part I, His Life
and Works, occupying the first volume and half of the second. Part II,
Beethoven's Workshop, is "a study of his creative processes . written
for the musical reader." Unbounded sympathy with, and intimate knowl-
edge of, his subject, combined with a flair for the dramatic and picturesque,
have enabled the author to write a book which should greatly interest all
who love Beethoven's music.
EDUCATION OF A GRAND DUKE
ONCE A GRAND DUKE, by Alexander, Grand Duke of Russia.
Here we have the masculine counterpart of "The Education of a
Princess." Neither Grand Duchess Marie nor Grand Duke Alexander can
complain of a humdrum existence. Both have witnessed many of the trage-
dies and horrors of the Russian Revolution, and now both have given us
first-hand records of their experiences.
Alexander tells of his wearisome days of boyhood discipline in the
semi-barbaric Caucasus, then of his life on the sea which he loved so well,
his happy marriage, the World War, the Revolution, and now New York.
Here in America, with a new philosophy which he has evolved, Alexander
faces a world where once a grand duke does not mean always a grand duke.
THE GOOD FAIRY, by Ferenc Molnar.
A current Broadway success. Like all Molnar plays this one is full of
surprising twists, for the Good Fairy is rather unconventional in her
methods of bestowing happiness.
DRAWN FROM LIFE, by S. J. Woolf.
Mr. Woolf has found that even a very shy man, from a human desire
to see himself as others see him, will often consent to sit for a drawing.
Thanks to this desire and to Mr. Woolf's own skill and nerve in over-riding
private secretaries, he has been able to interview vast numbers of the great
and the near great. In this book we have a collection of forty-two line
and word sketches.
Picking out ten at random we have: George Bernard Shaw, Alfred E.
Smith, Paul Claudel, Briand, Matisse, Mussolini, Andrew Mellon, Julius
Rosenwald, William H. Welsh, and Sinclair Lewis. In each case there is a
pencil drawing, some more penetrating than others. There are also the
remarks which Mr. Woolf elicited from his sitters and jotted down on the
margins of his drawings. These are interesting but not greatly infor-
mative. The thing that the author-artist does to perfection is to describe
each man's appearance and sketch in his background so well that for an
instant each of his idols becomes human and explains his daily dozen, licks
postage stamps, or dunks his bread.
A PHILOSOPHY OF HEDONISM
IMPASSIONED CLAY, by Llewelyn Powys.
Impassioned Clay is a philosophical essay on the significance of uni-
versal history. It is written with the charm and frankness which we have
come to associate with anything from the pens of the Powys brothers.
The thesis has much in common with that of John Cowper Powys' In De-
fence of Sensuality. Throughout one is impressed with the open minded-
ness, the love of life, and the will to be happy, which seem to be so char-
acteristic of this gifted family.
THE GOLDEN YEARS, by Sir Philip Gibbs.
It was almost a misfortune for Lady Isobel to have had the combina-
tion of great beauty with an eager, inquiring mind, especially when she had
for a father one of Queen Victoria's staunchest conservatives. But for her
desire to see how people really lived she would never have fallen in love
with one of the lower classes, a journalist at that, and as a result might
not have been packed off to Windsor Castle to be a Maid of Honour to the
Queen. To this day she remembers the grief of the moment when she
parted from her poor young man at Madame Tussaud's Wax Works.
AND NOW GOOD-BYE, by James Hilton.
Howat Freemantle, a modest small-town minister, becomes a national
hero as the result of his one genuinely selfish act. His story is told with
delicacy and finesse in a highly-praised novel.
FISH STORIES OF NEW HAMPSHIRE STREAMS
OWEN CRIMMINS, by Robert E. Speer.
The folk tales and fish stories told by Owen Crimmins, a woodsman of
our own Coos County, will make you homesick for the north woods. "The
Upper Coos in early days were a no man's land between Canada and the
tide of American settlement moving northward, and they represent still a
unique marginal type of American and Canadian life." Would you hear of
catching a seven-foot salmon, or killing seven ducks with one shot ? Then
read these stories told by Owen Crimmins and recorded by Robert E. Speer.
DOWN EAST WITH A PIONEER
PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN, by Robert P. Tristram Coffin.
William Winship was a pattern of the New World gentility. He was
a pioneer on the coast of Maine, round about Bowdoin. He conquered one
wild farm after another, and more than one barren island. "Life was too
good to him to be easy," and he loved it utterly. He built houses with the
same enthusiasm with which he sang rollicking songs or told racy bits
about early days to Bowdoin students in his oyster house. Above all he
was a master of men, for he could work harder than his working men.
There is a special thrill for all New Englanders in the vigor and beauty of
"Portrait of an American," which, with the names of the principal char-
acters changed, is really a biography of the author's father.
WHILE NATIONS FOUGHT
TIME STOOD STILL, by Paul Cohen-Portheim.
In this book the author has achieved a second book full of thought and
substance. He shows a seamy side of the war of which little is heard be-
cause of its lack of thrill. It is his actual experiences as an alien who
"surrendered peacefully," and spent long, dismal days interned on the Isle
of Man. "It was all ghastly but more absurd than ghastly." And yet with
all the horror and discomfort of those years, 1914-1916, he came out with
a bit of humour left. He says of his second day in camp, "I had a great
piece of good luck the next day . for I managed to get hold of two nails
S. One could hang up a few garments now, it was a beginning of a re-
turn to normality."
A MIRROR TO HIS TIMES
RETURN TO YESTERDAY, by Ford Madox Ford.
Mr. Ford has his eccentricities. He approves of duels and has fought
them himself over "affairs of honour." He is confessedly superstitious; his
two longest runs of bad luck followed, one, the advent of an opal ring into
his family, and the other, the sight of the new mdon through glass.
Being a member of a distinguished family, the grandson of Ford
Madox Brown and the nephew by marriage of William Rossetti, he has
known many celebrated men and women. He has breakfasted with John
Galsworthy, taken tea with Henry James, and cooked dinner for Joseph
Conrad. He collaborated with Conrad in a good many books. Interspersed
with gossip and the most amusing anecdotes about himself and his friends
-and his enemies- are his ideas on novel-writing, religion, bringing up
children, philanthropy, England, Germany, America, and so on to the end
of a delightful book.
As we go to press we are preparing to welcome the new librarian,
Mr. Marvin A. Miller, who comes to New Hampshire from the New York
Public Library. Mr. Miller is a graduate of the University of North
Carolina and of the Library School of Columbia University. He will be
with us at the opening of the Spring Term.
From April first to fifteenth the Library will have an exhibition of
reproductions of modern paintings of the French, German, and Dutch
schools. This comes from the American Federation of Arts, which sup-
plied the exhibitions we had last year, and we fully expect it to be of the
same high quality. Books on the modern painters will be displayed in the
Reference Room for the duration of the exhibition; these will circulate