THE LIBRARY LAN R
"Inside a good stout lantern hung its light"-Browni 7.
Hamilton Smith Library, University of New Hamps '
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 8, Number 3 Monthly from October to June
HIS WAS A RESTLESS LIFE
THE LETTERS OF D. H. LAWRENCE.
This is an important book. It cannot be denied that D. H. Lawrence
has always been something of an enigma. Any authentic material on his
life is bound to have a large audience. These letters which are so well
arranged and edited are by no means meager in information. Lawrence
is seen in relation to his friends-Edward Garnett, Katherine Mansfield,
J. Middleton Murry, Aldous Huxley. He is seen leaving England on his
ceaseless quest for health and contentment, a seach that took him rapidly
through Germany, France, Italy, to India, Australia, America, and back
to the Old World. Most important it shows his own healthy attitude
towards the books he wrote. The "Letters" leave a much stronger im-
pression of Lawrence as a man than most of the sketches of his life have
done so far.
MUTINY ON THE HIGH SEAS
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY, by Charles Nordhoff and James Hall.
Truly fact is stranger than fiction. The spinners of this yarn revive
a classic old story and give it the impetus of undying romance. It is a
story to delight the heart of all those in whom the spirit of adventure is not
dead. And, strangely enough, the facts do not have to be stretched; the
whole follows faithfully the true and known facts. A tyrannical sea cap-
tain, a mutiny, an idyllic period in the South Seas, a court martial. The
story is told in the person of Roger Byam, a midshipman on the fateful
voyage of H. M. S. Bounty in 1787, who was himself tried by court martial
for mutiny, and escaped hanging only by a lucky chance.
FLOWERING WILDERNESS, by John Galsworthy.
While this book is not another Forsyte Saga, it is a good example of
the charm of the writing of the man who has recently been awarded the
Nobel Prize in literature for 1932. He "always writes with gentleness
and grace and understanding. One must be both captious and narrow to
fail to derive pleasure from these qualities, which are peculiarly in evi-
dence in the portrait of Dinny in love." The story is woven about a
woman in love with a man who has become a convert to Islam at the point
of a gun, with the resultant reaction on the national pride of the British
Empire and on all characters concerned.
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FLIGHT OF THE SWAN, a Memory of Pavlova, by Andre Oliveroff.
The name of Anna Pavlova still echoes around the world as that of the
greatest dancer of all time, but her evanescent art died with her, and only
a few photographs remain faintly to suggest her glory. But she still lives
in the hearts of her comrades of the ballet, men and women who loved and
worshipped her, who toured the world in her famous company, and some
of whom obtained rare glimpses of her inner self. Of the latter is Andre
Oliv6roff, an American with a Russianized name, who danced with Pavlova
for thirten years. He gives us not strictly a biography, but a sketch of the
great dancer. He shows us a woman of indomitable will, who sacrificed
her private life to the exigencies of her art; who almost never displayed a
human weakness; who had the power to lift others out of despair by a
look, a word, or a gesture. The brief pen-portraits of the girls of the ballet
reveal the reason why none of them rose to Pavlova's greatness: they had
in varying degrees the beauty, grace, and love of life, but only in Pavlova
did a perfect body unite with a profound soul.
A LITTLE OF EVERYTHING
READING, WRITING, AND REMEMBERING, by E. V. Lucas.
E. V. Lucas has ranged far and wide as author, critic, and editor. He
knows most of his famous contemporaries in English literature and art,
and has made many links with the past. He shook hands with Mrs. Ed-
ward Fitzgerald, who had shaken hands with Charles Lamb, and who gave
him, which is more important for us, personal recollections of the much
loved Elia. As a writer of nonsense E. V. deserves to be better known in
this country, as all will agree who read the samples included in this book.
FAR FROM CIVILIZATION
TIGER MAN, by Julian Duguid.
We first met the subject of this book, Sacha Siemel, in 1931 in the
author's earlier work, Green Hell. This is the life story of Sacha, a
true convert to the ways of the wilderness, who hunts his prey on foot and
fights it out with the fiercest tigers with only a spear as a weapon. Aside
from its interest as adventure and travel, the book shows a remarkable
understanding of the desire to escape from civilization, and of the quiet-
ness and peace which comes to the soul in true communion with nature.
THE PERSONNEL BIBLIOGRAPHICAL INDEX, by W. H. Cowley.
This is an index to the most significant books and articles published
before June 30, 1931, in the field of student personnel problems of American
colleges. There has been a rapid spread of the personnel movement in
American colleges and universities during the past decade and half, and
nearly five thousand books, articles, monographs, and pamphlets were read
and analyzed, of which more than two thousand were annotated and in-
dexed as part of this work. The first section is a subject index by topic,
referring by numbers to annotations in Part II. In Part II all annota-
tions are divided into two parts: the descriptive annotation which gives
the reader an appraisal of the nature of the book or article in question,
and the index annotation which gives him an appraisal of its scope and
is the basis for the subject index of Part I. Part III is an alphabetical
author index which refers to the annotations in Part II. Material may
be found either by subject or by author.
FICTION IN PROSE AND VERSE
RIP TIDE, a Novel in Verse, by William Rose Benet.
We suggest that the committee on awards for the Pulitzer prize give
this book their attention when they come to award the prize for poetry for
the year 1932-33. It is a powerful and dramatic story in beautiful poetry
of a woman, her lover, their son, and her husband. It begins gently and
increases in intensity until the climax is reached. Here the weakness of
the poem develops. Stated simply, the solution comes too easily. Never-
theless it is a joy to read a work of this kind.
JOSEPHUS, by Lion Feuchtwanger.
This story of Jewish life in the Roman Empire opens with the arrival
in Rome,-a Rome gay, licentious, intellectual, rife with ambition and
plots-of Joseph Ben Matthias, young, handsome, and fanatical priest.
After the fulfilment of Joseph's mission to Rome and his departure for
Galilee the scene shifts to Asia Minor. The continued machinations of
Rome interwoven with Jewish life drive the "Avengers of Israel" to re-
volt. Through the turbulent crowds of Caesaria, Alexandria, and Jerusa-
lem, one lives with Josephus the stirring, harassing last days of Nero and
through the reigns of Vespasian and Titus.
"Josephus" was chosen as a "best book" by the Literary Guild of
America, and is published simultaneously in several languages.
THE SHADOW FLIES, by Rose Macaulay.
The greater number of Miss Macaulay's characters in this novel of
English life of the 17th century are historical figures, and she takes few
if any liberties with the conventional portraits. A few years of the life
of Robert Herrick furnish the loose framework for the story which moves
from the little village of Dean Prior up to the Cambridge of Henry More,
Milton, Cowley, Andrew Marvell, and Robert Crashaw. The romance of
Julian Conybeare, daughter of a robust and disbelieving country doctor, and
John Cleveland, her brother's tutor, furnish the theme for the title:
The rose withers, the blossom blasteth,
The flower fades, the morning hasteth,
The sun sets, the shadow flies-
This novel lacks none of Miss Macaulay's ironical wit, and she writes
with ease in the idiom of the common country folk as well as of the literary
intelligentsia of the generation which followed that of Will Shakespeare.
NICODEMUS, by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
If you admire the work of E. A. Robinson you will find in this new
collection the same qualities that have appealed to you in the past. He
thinks deeply and judges wisely, and, with his intensity of imagination,
achieves a nobility made humble for our understanding. There are ten
poems, of which four have Biblical settings and three are laid in the West
Indies. All can be appreciated apart from any knowledge of the setting
MARY AUSTIN'S LIFE
EARTH HORIZON, by Mary Austin.
This book might have been called "The Evolution of Mary Austin."
Born in Illinois in the "Brown decades," never physically strong, married
young to a man who gave her no support nor understanding, her life might
have dragged on as a futile, barren affair. That it did not is due to her
genius and determination to write. An inner compulsion to stand alone, to
be independent, made her look at the Southwest to which she had gone for
her material and to evolve a clear style of her own with which to describe
her native lands and people long before America was a popular subject
with writers. Since her early days she has written books on many sub-
jects. "Earth Horizon" is well worth reading as the story of a self-directed
"SITTING BULL," by Stanley Vestal.
"What great man born on American soil has been most misrepre-
sented?" To Stanley Vestal it is Sitting Bull, and so with painstaking
care, which, however, has not dulled the spice, adventure, and glamour of
the biography, he has attempted and achieved a most engrossing tale of
life on our own western plains. Vestal has gathered his facts often from
the Indians themselves, and has written convincingly and understandingly
of the "stubborn persistence of this Indian in the face of conquest, exile,
starvation, treason, and death, which cannot fail to win the hearts of all
who care for lost causes-and impossible loyalties."
ROCKEFELLER STILL LIVES
GOD'S GOLD, by John T. Flynn.
This is an intimate, living story of the lad who began life in a meager,
shifting home; the man who amassed one of the world's greatest fortunes;
who said, "God gave me my gold;" who gave fabulous sums to philanthro-
pies; and who practically originated "big business."
This first complete story of John D. Rockefeller is an impartial, ac-
curate and understanding tale of the man and of the rise of American big
SOME NEW BOOKS RECENTLY RECEIVED
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Best Plays of 1931-32, ed. by Burns Mantle.
Best short stories of 1932, ed. by Edward O'Brien.
Brooks, Van Wyck. Sketches in criticism.
Ernst, James E. Roger Williams, New England firebrand.
Hendrick, Burton J. Life of Andrew Carnegie.
Joffre. Personal memoirs of Joffre, Field Marshal of the French
Lockridge, Edwin. Darling of misfortune: Edwin Booth.
Mayorga, Margaret. A short history of the American drama.
Mure, Geoffrey. Aristotle.
Nevins, Allan. Grover Cleveland; a study in courage.
Sorenson, Jon. The saga of Fridtjof Nansen.
Ward, Josephine. Tudor sunset.
Weigall, Arthur. Sappho of Lesbos; her life and times.
Woolf, Virginia. The second common reader.