T 1AMARARY LANTERN
"Inside a good tu antern hung its light"--Browning
Samii Smith Libra y, University of New Hampshire,
S- Di New Hampshire
A. MILLER, Librarian
"Enrt-ed als secopd-elass mater Oc er 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
\ -- '. the act of August 24, 1912"
Volume 8, Nunrb,6i-~ Monthly from October to June
WHAT IS ART?
EXPERIENCE AND ART, by Joseph Wood Krutch.
The well-known author of "The Modern Temper" is here concerned
with his speculations about "some aspects of the esthetics of literature."
In his first essay he distinguishes between Nature and Art (chiefly literary
art) : Art includes whatever is not found in Nature and yet is treated as
real; the realm of Art can be controlled by the will, that of Nature cannot,
etc. His second essay treats of the "norms of feeling," Tragedy and Com-
edy. In the chapter called "Books and Men" he considers the strange vari-
ations in literary taste considering the great similarity in men. In another
essay he discusses the magical quality of Art, and in another he defines
criticism as an art since it is not a science, and since it interprets literature
as literature interprets natural phenomena. Altogether this is one of
those thought-provoking books whose brilliant ideas call for active agree-
ment or disagreement.
DESIGNS FOR TOMORROW
HORIZONS, by Norman Bel Geddes.
Is the author of this book a genius or a madman? If you like stream-
lined vehicles, simple dome-shaped masses, straight lines and flat surfaces,
you may think the former; while if the familiar contours of old ships, old
furniture, and such out-of-date objects as fireplaces and candlesticks, sat-
isfy your feeling for romance and poetry, you will undoubtedly think the
latter. Averaging nearly one illustration to the page, this book is fasci-
nating even to look at. Few will deny that the author's ideas will vastly
improve the appearance of our radios, gas stoves, factories, and office fur-
niture. Some of us, hidebound conservatives perhaps, may be glad that we
are living in the good old days before books were streamlined for rapid
CREAM OR LEMON?
TO THINK OF TEA! by Agnes Repplier.
You will enjoy your cup of tea the more for reading this delightful
book of Miss Repplier's, in which she talks of the history and mythology
of tea, its political and economic effects, and its literary associations.
Though it was America that gave the biggest tea-party on record, the
greatest tea drinkers have been Englishmen. Samuel Johnson drank his
five-and-twenty cups in an evening. Gladstone boasted that he drank
more tea than any other member of the House of Commons. From the one
to the other a long line of Englishmen won battles, wrote poetry, or played
cricket, sustained by "the cup that cheers."
LITERARY GODS AS MEN
TITANS OF LITERATURE, by Burton Rascoe.
Mr. Rascoe has written an informal history of European literature set
forth in a series of some thirty essays containing rather personal and un-
conventional literary criticism of the great writers, their times, and their
contemporaries, from Homer and the Greek dramatists to the present.
The book has life and strong sunlight, and is not "cluttered up with the
dust of the ages"; a vigorous and very readable book which stands alone in
its combination of scholarship with zest, wit, and humanness. Here is a
literary history which provides enjoyment in addition to factual infor-
MODERN DON JUAN
THE FURIOSO, by Leonard Bacon.
This narrative poem of eight cantos has for its subject the Italian
poet-patriot and novelist, Gabriele d'Annunzio. D'Annunzio, a belated
romanticist, seems just to miss the distinction of being a modern Byron,
all vigor, violence, and fame. Mr. Bacon recalls Byron in his use of the
eight-line stanza form on three rhymes such as Byron used in Don Juan.
The work, salty with the satire of sharp observations, has certain passages
of great beauty, and the hero is a plausible and sometimes pitiable figure
though at all times a most ardent egotist.
THE TRAGIC QUEEN
THE SCOTTISH QUEEN, by Herbert Gorman.
It is almost three hundred and fifty years since Mary, Queen of Scots,
was beheaded. Countless books have been written about her, endless dis-
cussions arisen. "To Froude her guilt was as plain as the nose on his face;
to Hosack her innocence was as obvious as her beauty." Into this morass
Mr. Gorman has plunged with a "remorseless desert" of curiosity about
Marie Stuart, and the wonder is that he has been able to bring forth a fresh
and vivid narrative. His familiarity, not only with the literature but with
the roads, battlefields, cathedrals and castles from Edinburgh to Blois and
Amboise, is evident. Yet from his mastery of material, it is no arid source
book that has arisen, but a glowing account of the pageantry of the court
of Henry II and Catherine de' Medici, and of the contrastingly somber
Scotland of feudal barons and the fanatic, John Knox. More than that it
is a complete and satisfying life of Marie Stuart.
As a biography of one of the world's great heroines, as a vivid accom-
paniment to history, as a delightfully written and attractively printed
book, "The Scottish Queen" is highly recommended.
CHARLOTTE BRONTE, by E. F. Benson.
Biographies of the Brontes are apt to be either "Emily-ites," "Char-
lotte-ites," or "Anne-ites," and in showing this partisanship authors easily
get befogged in the legends and uncertainty of facts. In writing of Char-
lotte, Benson feels himself to be something of a person entering a lion's
den without being a Daniel. However, he has added a masterly, accurate,
and absorbingly lively tale. Relying chiefly on Charlotte's letters, Benson
has given us the only really fair biography of the clever Bront6 family.
A NEW LIFE OF SCOTT
THE LAIRD OF ABBOTSFORD, by Una Pope-Hennessy.
This is one of the several new lives of Sir Walter Scott called out by
the anniversary of his death last year. It is an exceedingly interesting,
and eminently readable volume, perhaps because it actually is what its title
page proclaims it, "an informal presentation." Most writers on Scott are
largely indebted to the great work of Lockhart, but that they need not be
entirely so, this author admirably establishes. Her discussion of Lady
Scott contains interesting items that the reader of Lockhart does not learn
of, and all the way through there is an effort to get at and set forth the
facts quite impartially. Since the book's publication, in a letter to the
Literary Supplement to the London Times, Dame Pope-Hennessy has
pointed out that there is much evidence to indicate that there is consider-
able discrepancy between the apparent and actual order of the writing of
the Waverly novels.
FOOT-LOOSE AND FANCY FREE
FOOT-LOOSE IN THE BRITISH ISLES, by Harry A. Franck.
"Foot-loose in the British Isles, being a desultory and not too serious
account of sixteen months of living in England and peregrinating hither
and yon throughout Great Britain . is frankly a collection of the com-
monplaces of life, the insignificant hour-by-hour details that really make or
mar living, a miscellany of facts and fancies that pretends to cover nothing
either geographically or socially." At one moment his fancy is caught by
trees. "Trees are so plentiful; trees everywhere but never a forest . .
trees are more beautiful than a forest." In the next breath he comments
on the Flying Scotsman which slows down to ten miles an hour. Then he
chatters inconsequentially of the "land of little fires" and we bless our
lucky stars that we live in a land of steam heat. For an old seasoned trav-
eler, Franck has most certainly caught the spirit of first impressions of the
WANTON MALLY, by Booth Tarkington.
The time is that of Louis IV on a bleak English moor in an obscuring
fog. A wilful English girl and a fugitive Frenchman, two English rakes,
one reformed, and a young Quaker couple fleeing from persecution, and
here is a tale full of color, vigor, action, dangers and escapes. And the con-
clusion is, according to "Museer Shove-along," "that there never can be a
HUMAN BEING, by Christopher Morley.
The biogaphy of the biography of Richard Roe, human being, of New
York: successful, lovable, obscure. When he died suddenly on the Hoboken
ferry (to the distress of his wife who thought it would have been more dig-
nified to die in the apartment, and why was he going to Hoboken anyway?)
he aroused the detective instincts of one Larry Hubbard, who set out to
write the story of his life, "to catch a human being in the act of being
human, and to set it down without chemical preservatives."
TRISTAN AND ISOLDE, by John Erskine.
The tale of Tristan and Isolde has been told and retold many times in
all forms of literature and in music, and we are not surprised to see it
again according to John Erskine's formula. However, we have some dif-
ficulty in recognizing the old story in its modernized dress, as the char-
acterization is, of course, essentially Erskine's. From the Holy Land comes
Palamede, seeking his ideals of love and chivalry (only to be disillusioned),
to take the spotlight. He cannot gain the love of Isolde though he is more
chivalrous than the knights he came to seek. Tristan loses in comparison
with the Saracen. We cannot say that the story has gained by this ver-
sion, but we do appreciate Erskine's free and easy method, his sympathetic
treatment and wit.
FROM THE SOUTH
LIBERALISM IN THE SOUTH, by Virginius Dabney.
CALL HOME THE HEART, by Fielding Burke.
Since the days when the South smarted under the stings of Mencken's
"The Sahara of the Bozart" it has gone far on the road to freedom of
thought and the production of a literature untainted by the sweet senti-
mentalism of the Old South. Southern writers of ability have not all mi-
grated to New York during the past two or three decades, and the South
can point with justifiable pride to a group of writers today who are mak-
ing national as well as Southern literature. Mr. Dabney's book is a schol-
arly piece of work reviewing personalities and liberal tendencies which
have been steadfastly at work even in the darkest times, journalism, edu-
cation, reconstruction, religion, labor, the negro problem. It is not un-
critical-there is still a large element which will regard it with displeasure
-and it is soundly constructive in tone. From this book we glean a quota-
tion which serves aptly to describe the other book under consideration here,
"Call Home the Heart" "a boldly conceived and poignantly written story of
the unsuccessful struggles of a mountain woman to find happiness in a mill
village. Although it has its faults, it is a work of unusual social signifi-
WOOD-ENGRAVINGS AND WOODCUTS, by Clare Leighton.
A practical manual on how to make woodcuts and wood-engravings,
chiefly for the amateur, with numerous well executed examples. A fasci-
WILD PILGRIMAGE, by Lynd Ward.
Mr. Ward's third novel wholly in woodcuts; action in black, thoughts
in red. The reader should get much pleasure in finding his own explanation
of the author's meaning, as well as in the beauty of the woodcuts.
LIFE BEGINS AT FORTY, by Walter B. Pitkin.
Those of you who are just turning forty are indeed fortunate, if you
have builded solidly. You may now begin to play and enjoy life to its full-
est extent, and-but read it yourself, if you have any doubts.
MARY LINCOLN, by Carl Sandburg and Paul Angle.
Lincoln's life would most likely have been happier had his wife been
Ann Rutledge. if we are to judge by the Mary Todd we see in these pages.
The narrative by Sandburg, documents edited by Angle.