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"Inside a good stout lantern Nung its light"-Btewning
Hamilton Smith Library, Univtlty of New- ampshire,
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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 8, Number 2 Monthly from October to June
SONS, by Pearl S. Buck.
This sequel to The Good Earth is a fine full-bodied tale of the chil-
dren of Wang Lung from the time of his death through the prime of their
generation. Wang the Tiger, the youngest son, who became a mighty war
lord, is the commanding hero, and it is he who best carries on the spirit
of Wang Lung. If you missed The Good Earth you will enjoy this for
its power and for its eloquent literary qualities. Those of you who enjoyed
the tale of old Wang Lung will find new pleasure in this of his sons.
INHERITANCE, by Phyllis Bentley.
A novel of the industrial revolution as it affected the cloth trade and
the fortunes of the Oldroyd family. Five generations of Oldroyds, owners
of the Syke Mills, were born, loved, married and died in the Ire valley of
Yorkshire. Because they were determined, wilful men, they rose in the
social scale with every generation. Then came post-war economic difficul-
ties which wiped out the family fortune, but David, sole representative of
the sixth generation, still had the rich inheritance of the Oldroyd blood.
With that inheritance we leave him to start the family once more on its
magnificent way. A short review is inadequate to describe the power and
panoramic sweep of this book.
THE BURNING BUSH, by Sigrid Undset.
Continuing the story of Paul Selmer begun in "The Wild Orchid," the
author traces his spiritual development and his domestic trials through
fifteen years of married life. In the richness and power of the Roman
Catholic faith he finds strength to bear life's disillusions; he learns the
value of a human soul, even that of his weak-willed wife; and he discovers
the bond that enables him to share the intimate life of his two children.
THE YEARS OF PEACE, by LeRoy MacLeod.
After the Civil War there were years of peace for our country, but not
in the lives of Tyler and Evaline. For them was the continuing struggle to
gain a living from the Wabash Valley farm, and to find adjustment of the
one who married out of spite to the other who married from pride. By the
time the United States was preparing for the Spanish-American War, they
had made peace with each other at last.
THE FORTRESS, by Hugh Walpole.
This, the third book in the saga of the Herries family, continues the
turbulent story of Judith Paris and Walter, Rogue Herries' grandson, who
carry on the quarrel which has raged for two generations. It is a book of
more action, more adventure, until the quarrel is healed on Judith's one
THE STRANGE RIVER, by Julian Green.
This novel deals eloquently with a man's discovery of himself-that he
is a coward. We become acquainted with Philip and the members of his
household through their imaginations as well as their more everyday
thoughts. There is not the powerfully shocking tragedy of The Dark
Journey here but an inevitable resignation to fate.
THE LAUGHING PIONEER, by Paul Green.
The author of several outstanding plays, among which are "In Abra-
ham's Bosom," Pulitzer prize play of 1927, and "The House of Connelly,"
Broadway success of 1931, tries his hand at fiction-writing with the same
success that he achieved in his playwriting. This is a vivid picture of
eastern North Carolina portraying the conflict of the Old South with the
New, drawn with unerring completeness as to atmosphere and scene. Here
is Alice Long, brought up in the traditional atmosphere of the Old South,
emerging to meet the New, represented by the laughing, banjo-playing
Danny Lawton, only to be thwarted by a meddling and self-righteous com-
BROKEN HOUSE, by Ambrose South.
This first book of Miss South has been very favorably commented
upon by critics both in England and America. The scene is laid in Eng-
land and the story is of a run-down farm with its pigs, chickens, cows and
ducks; its master, Hughie, an unfortunate victim of the World War, with
a wooden leg, a hideously scarred face, a shell-torn and diseased body,
and a terrible and often brutal temper; Clara, who married Hughie from
pity, a most wretched cook and housekeeper, but what a wonderful mother
to her brood of five! The story spans only one winter, but there is enough
cold, fog, rain, misery, sickness and poverty to last a lifetime. Detail is
piled upon detail, but each rings true, and adds to the picture as a whole.
The creation of the beautiful character of Clara is an achievement worthy
of a master's hand.
VAN LOON'S GEOGRAPHY, by Hendrik Van Loon.
This book has been written along the same general lines as "The Story
of Mankind," published in 1921, which has since become one of the most
popular books of the age. This one will likely meet with the same kind of
success, for Van Loon has a delightful style all his own, well adapted to an
attractive presentation of facts (and, we might say, fancies, for it is well
known that Van Loon is not always accurate). Near the beginning he
states that he will not merely discuss the physical features of the surface
of the earth, but will make a study of man's search for food, shelter and
leisure, and of his self-adaptation and adaptation of his physical surround-
ings. He begins with geographical principles and continues to individual
descriptions of continents and nations, giving the whole an individual, hu-
manized treatment. The whole is enhanced by the inclusion of many orig-
inal and distinctive drawings by the author himself.
EX LIBRIS CARISSIMIS, by Christopher Morley.
This is a delightful little book of excursions into bibliography, con-
sisting of five lectures delivered at the University of Pennsylvania where
Mr. Morley is Rosenbach Fellow in Bibliography. The author is not in-
terested in the scientific and technical side of bibliography, but in the side
which makes for the love of literature for itself and the impression it
makes upon the mind. He here discusses individual authors and titles in
an informal and personal manner. At the end of the book is a list of
eighty-five "golden florins," titles of great books worthy of the attention of
any book lover.
ARE YOU AGIN' IT?
A PRIMER OF MODERN ART, by Sheldon Cheney.
The fact that this completely revised edition is the seventh in eight
years speaks for its popularity. That the book has a useful place in art
history is easy to understand, for it is written in an exceptionally lively
style, and is addressed to the novice in the appreciation of modern art.
To quote Mr. Cheney: "Continued dislike of modern art, in face of all
that has been written about it and after all the exhibitions of the last ten
years, simply indicates a case of bigotry, stubborn adherence to a set
notion of what art is, and blind refusal to open the mind to a new thing
that is coming as surely as death or taxes." That should arouse many
HE BOUNDLESSLY CREATED LAUGHTER!
MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA, by Bernard De Voto.
In a remarkable picture of our country written with gusto and a fidel-
ity to detail, and with a command of language lavishly evoking a whole
mind and an era, De Voto attempts to prove that the frontier life enriched
rather than impoverished the genius of Mark Twain. "In his books the
experience of the American race records something forever true about it-
self. Mark Twain's humor expresses the moment of realization of the dem-
ocratic nature. In Mark Twain's humor, a disenchantment, the acknowl-
edgment of defeat, the realization of futility, find a maturer expression.
He laughs, and, for the first time, American literature possesses tragic
LIGHT FROM THE PAST
MAN'S ROUGH ROAD, by A. G. Keller.
This is a very timely book, for, while it does not discuss the problems
of modern civilization which are perplexing us all just now, it gives us the
background necessary for an understanding of those problems. Man
spent many thousands of years in evolving the institutions which today
surround his four basic instincts: hunger, love, fear, vanity. Within
these institutions are the adjustments which have survived because they
"worked" the maladjustments ever arising as one level of civilization
succeeds another. In dealing with the latter there are no panaceas. Only
by the long, slow process of trial and error can civilization advance. But
the way is lighted for us by the past experience of the race, if we are will-
ing to learn from it. This book is a condensation of the four-volume "Sci-
ence of Society," adapted to the general reader and written in a thoroughly
DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON, by Ernest Hemingway.
Unable to find satisfactory explanations in books, and unable to fully
understand the psychology of a nation which enjoys the spectacle of violent
death, Hemingway went to Spain to see, study, and write about bullfights.
He saw more than 1,500 bulls killed in the ring over a period of five years
before he began to write of them, and says he wishes he had waited ten
years. This is without doubt the most thorough book to be found in Eng-
lish on the subject. The author gives us a vast amount of information
about the fight itself, its technique and background, the life of the bull-
fighter, the spectator, and a thousand and one entertaining details of the
spectacle, the whole embellished by the simplicity of style of a man of great
literary ability who now has great enthusiasm for and understanding of
the sport. A complete glossary of terms used in connection with the
sport, and 64 photographic illustrations of bulls, bullfighters, and scenes
of action add to the attractiveness and completeness of the work. The
complete list of standing dates for bullfights will be of help to those who
contemplate a visit to the land of the "corrida de toros."
THE TUDOR WENCH, by Elswyth Thane (Mrs. William Beebe).
Mrs. Beebe has spent five summers in England studying in the British
Museum and visiting the scenes of Elizabethan history. The result in "The
Tudor Wench" is a splendid picture of Elizabeth, the child and maid, drawn
with true imagination. Elizabeth is a lovable, lonely child, keen and
clever. Already, at the age of ten, she is longing for the reins of England.
A child, yet she is confronted by the problem of her father's six wives, her
half brother and sister and the succession to the throne. The story is
colorful, authentic, and fascinating, with dramatic moments painted in
A PRINCESS IN EXILE, by Marie, Grand Duchess of Russia.
"A Princess in Exile" continues the story of Princess Marie's flight
from Russia to London, Paris, and America, and her struggles to adjust
herself to an utterly new world. The story is one of tragedy and pathos.
Lacking practical education, she attempts valiantly but fruitlessly to run
a Paris embroidery business. The writings of the Grand Duchess are add-
ing immensely to our knowledge of the social and class readjustments
which have been taking place throughout the world during the last decade.
THE NEW HAMPSHIRE ROOM
Beginning with November, the New Hampshire Room will be open,
attended by a regular member of the staff, on Mondays and Wednesdays
from 2.00 to 5.00 P. M. This is largely in the nature of an experiment,
and we hope that advantage will be taken of accessibility of this room, now
one of the most attractive of the library, and worthy use made of the ma-
terial shelved therein.