THE LIBRARY LAN N M
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browmi /, /
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hampahi e,
Durham, New Hampshire
MARVIN A. MILLER, 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 7, Number 9 Monthly from October to June
AMERICA'S APPOINTMENT WITH DESTINY
THUNDER AND DAWN, by Glenn Frank.
Leading thinkers of today agree that Western civilization is sick.
Will it die? Prophets of doom say it will, and that new Dark Ages are
coming. Opportunists speak of new Utopias, and of a new and greater
prosperity. Which can we believe? In this book Glenn Frank, one of
America's foremost educators, takes us to the source of our social, eco-
nomic, moral and political strength and weakness. He uncovers the worst,
and finds little that is good; but the outlook is hopeful. Three ideas color
his outlook on the future: (1) the idea of a New Renaissance; (2) the
idea of a New Reformation; and (3) the idea of a New Industrial Revo-
lution. A creative and courageous leadership, if given a chance, can go
far in solving our difficulties, but "we spend half our time crying for great
leadership, and the other half crucifying great leaders when we are lucky
enough to find them."
NEGRO LIFE ON A SOUTHERN PLANTATION
BRIGHT SKIN, by Julia Peterkin.
In her first book since "Scarlet Sister Mary," her Pulitzer prize novel
of 1928, Mrs. Peterkin continues her stories of the Negro. This story is
woven around a mulatto girl who is hated and envied by her own people
because of her "bright skin." A "bright skin" represents a stratum not
altogether happy in a representative negro community of the South. Here
the author brings all the superstitions, prejudices, racial characteristics,
and fatalistic forebodings of a transplanted race to focus in a story full of
beauty and pathos. Despite the necessity of a simplicity of style, or per-
haps because of it, Julia Peterkin never fails to produce a prose of beauty
POETRY OF THE CONQUEST OF NEW SPAIN
CONQUISTADOR, by Archibald MacLeish.
MacLeish takes as a basis for this poem of the conquest of Mexico,
"The True Story of the Conquest of New Spain," written by Bernal Diaz
del Castillo, who felt that the official account did not do justice to his com-
rades. The poet uses an unrhymed rhythm of unusual form and imagina-
tion to transform, together with his own interpretations, a soldier's ac-
count into a poem which, if weak in narrative, is strong in melody.
TWO NOTABLE VOLUMES OF MEMOIRS
MEN AND MEMORIES, William Rothenstein. Vol. II.
It is a great pleasure to meet Sir William Rothenstein again in this
second volume of "Men and Memories." To read his recollections is rather
like walking through a garden where you meet informally and under de-
lightful circumstances the poets, sculptors, and painters you most care to
know. Here are Augustus John, W. H. Hudson who says "The only place
out of England I wish to go to (and hope to go before long) is New Eng-
land-Maine and New Hampshire and Vermont where my Mother's rela-
tions are. I have never seen any of them nor her native place and have a
wish and desire-a kind of pious or superstitious feeling-to pay it a
visit," Conrad, Tagore, Rodin, the incomparable Max, and so many others.
Although Rothenstein is himself a very sensitive and excellent painter,
you feel from these two volumes that his greatest genius may lie in the
gift for friendship which has made his life so full.
LIVING MY LIFE, by Emma Goldman.
One does not read very far in this work before discovering that Emma
Goldman is a woman of remarkable intellect, courage, and sincerity.
Whether or not one admires the cause which she espoused, or her methods
of fighting for it, one cannot but sympathize with her and her comrades on
reading of the treatment they received at the hands of the representatives
of law and the upholders of democracy. After a turbulent career in the
United States, interspersed with, but not interrupted by, several prison
sentences, Emma Goldman was deported to Russia, her native land.
Sacred land of the Revolution, here would she join in the fight for the
Cause! But she found no freedom of speech, no liberation of the masses
from the misery of Tsarist days. Worst of all, she was accused of bour-
geois sentimentality. Small wonder that she sadly retreated to a Medi-
terranean village to write of the joys and sorrows, the struggles, failures
and triumphs of an anarchist's life.
KING CHARLES II, by Arthur Bryant.
In 1660 a rejoicing nation welcomed Charles II to the English throne.
It was a gay, rough, unrestrained England, where poetry, music, and
drama flourished side by side with cock fighting, duelling, and religious
quarrels. King Charles was beset with troubles at home and abroad: the
plots of his enemies, his impecuniosity, the attempts of foreign powers to
force his hand. But throughout his turbulent reign he preserved his sym-
pathy with his people, his belief in justice, and his knowledge of the affairs
of his kingdom.
In this book we see, beside the political storms of the Restoration, its
lighter side. Charles loved gaiety, and ladies; tennis and fishing, and the
sea. He remained faithful to all his loves. Dying, he repented of his sins
and embraced Catholicism.
THE LONG RIFLE, by Stewart Edward White.
Mr. White has consulted many volumes, 123 he says, to get an accurate
background for his tale. He is far from being pedantic about it, however,
and has written a grand story of adventure in the West just after the
time of Daniel Boone. In fact the "Long Rifle" originally belonged to
Boone; he won it at a shooting match, and it was later inherited by Andy
Burnett, the hero of these adventures.
A NEW RACE
BROWN AMERICA, THE STORY OF A NEW RACE, by Edwin R.
This book with its attractive covers and end-papers, and its 300 pages
of large print, is rather surprising in content. There is so much fact
and common sense about the Negro problem imparted in such a readable,
Mr. Embree, grandson of John G. Fee, the early crusader for the
Negro, is now working with the Julius Rosenwald Fund whose major
interest is the Negro. Out of his forty years of close contact with Brown
Americans, he writes with deep sympathy about their racial mixture, their
history, and problems. He is wise enough not to bring up the question of
differences in innate ability or superiority, and while he recognizes the
contributions the Negro has made, he does not present a biased picture of
him as a paragon of all virtues. In his "Apologia" he expresses the fear
that the Negro will become so completely Americanized that he will lose
his characteristic individuality.
LIMITS AND RENEWALS, by Rudyard Kipling.
In "Limits and Renewals" Kipling, after six years of silence, has
brought forth a new book of short stories and poems of infinite variety.
"The Church at Antioch" is a powerful story of Peter and Paul from the
viewpoint of the Romans. Who can forget, in "Aunt Ellen," the picture
of Aunt Ellen being hauled out backwards from the open dicky after that
memorable ride to London, and the subsequent disappearance of the po-
liceman in a cloud of eiderdown? There are tales of the sea, tales of the
war, tales of India, and just tales; and all have the true Kipling touch.
TWO LIVING AND ONE DEAD, by Sigurd Christiansen.
This was awarded first prize as the best Norwegian novel, in the Inter-
Scandinavian Literary Contest of 1931. The story presents Berger in a
post office when a robbery is "pulled off." Berger comes off uninjured and
is condemned as a coward, while Lydersen, who is slightly wounded, is
advanced as a hero. The mental anguish of Berger and his final clever
subjugation of Lydersen make a drama of the "petty and the grand, writ-
ten with unfailing insight."
HOW TO APPRECIATE PAINTING
UNDERSTANDING MODERN ART, by Morris Davidson.
This is one of the most successful attempts we have seen to elucidate
the subject of painting for those who stand perplexed before the multitude
of ancient and modern canvasses. An introductory section discusses in
non-technical language the qualities of good and bad art. Part II is de-
voted to the development of painting from the early Christians to the
beginning of the modern period, and Part III to the evolution of modern
art. The text is illustrated with many well-chosen plates.
A FEW NEW BOOKS IN VARIOUS FIELDS
Barnaby, R. S. Gliders and gliding.
Borchard, Edwin M. Convicting the innocent.
Brandes, George. Voltaire.
Cannon, Walter B. The wisdom of the body.
Davis, Owen. I'd like to do it again.
Fuess, Claude M. Carl Schurz, reformer.
Harris, Frank. Oscar Wilde, his life and confessions.
Lattimore, Owen. Manchuria, cradle of conflict.
Marlowe, Christopher. Poems.
Villiers, A. J. Sea dogs of today.
PULITZER PRIZE BOOKS
The Pulitzer Prize Committee recently announced the following as
winners of the 1931-32 award:
Fiction: The good earth, by Pearl S. Buck.
Drama: Of thee I sing, by George S. Kaufman.
Poetry: The flowering stone, by George Dillon.
Biography: Theodore Roosevelt, by Henry F. Pringle.
History: My experiences in the world war, by John J. Pershing.
THE NEWBERY MEDAL AWARD
Each year the Newbery medal award is made for the most distin-
guished contribution to American literature for children. This award is
doing much to stimulate interest in better literature for children, both in
influencing publishers to put out better books for children, and in securing
a wider circulation of worthwhile juvenile books. The award for this year
goes to Waterless Mountain, by Laura Adams Armer. This book has re-
cently been added to the library.
There will be no index issued for the volume of the LIBRARY LAN-
TERN which concludes with the present number.
NORTHEASTERN LIBRARY CONFERENCE
A Northeastern Library Conference will be held in Bethlehem from
June 27 to July 2. In this the New Hampshire Library Association will
be host to the associations of the other New England States and of New