THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June by the
Hamilton Smith Library, of the University
of New Hampshire
Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912
Vol. 9 OCTOBER, 1933 No. 1
"REMEMBER THE MAINE"
THE CRIME OF CUBA, by Carleton Beals.
With Cuba daily occupying the headlines of our newspapers, this is a
most timely book and will be welcomed by every American who wishes
to fully understand the crisis in Cuba. Mr. Beals' indictments are based
on solid, unquestionable facts with only one or two exceptions. Quoting
Professor Miguel de Araunuz (brilliant professor and now occasional
baker) we read, "Then came America... You said to free us... All you
did was snatch victory from our grasp... Free Cuba?. .Ha!... We are
bound and gagged, hand and soul we are bound... We are bound by your
dollars, by your bankers, by your politicians, by your Platt Amendment, by
your greedy little politicians, who pose as statesmen. .. Freedom ?... Our
government, our President is but a puppet of your dirty dollars... And
that is the crime of Cuba, my friend. For all the blood and sacrifice of
our people, of your people, we merely changed masters...We are exiles
in our own land... That is the crime of Cuba."
SHAKESPEARE UNDER ELIZABETH, by G. B. Harrison.
As a sequel to the three volumes of the "Elizabethan Journals"
published recently, Mr. Harrison reconstructs in a lively and imaginative
way, the political and theatrical London of Shakespeare, taking many
of his most interesting details from topics, events and ideas recorded
there. The alarms and rumors of war with Spain, Elizabeth's difficulty
with Essex, the sharp rivalry between the various London theaters,
Ben Jonson's verbal warfare with Marston, Harry Kemp's famous dance
from London to Norwich, form a background which makes Shakespeare's
plays seem part of an exciting period in English life. Some of Mr.
Harrison's assumptions cannot be proven but they provide interesting con-
jecture. Did Shakespeare think of the recent feud in Southampton's
family, resulting in bloodshed and tragedy when writing Romeo and
Juliet, and did he think of Essex when creating Hotspur? In any case
one feels Mr. Harrison has provided an account which may be read with
TWENTY YEARS A-GROWING, by Maurice O'Sullivan.
Perhaps a great part of the charm of this book lies in the fact that it
was not originally written for publication. Written by a young Irish
fisherman for his own pleasure and for the entertainment of friends, it
retains all of the freshness of care free life on the little-known Blasket
Islands. A real boy grew to manhood there and remembered every
aspect of life-school, brawls, dances, courting, hunting and fishing, old
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BARD OF LIBERTY
QUAKER MILITANT: JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER, by Albert
The popular estimation of Whittier as an innocuous, sentimental poet
for invalids and school-children is shown by this biography to be far from
the truth. For most of his life, Quaker though he was, he fought the
battle for the abolition of slavery. To this cause he sacrificed his ambi-
tion to be the poet of New England, and launched instead upon the world
fiery poems of freedom: poems which had a large part in awakening the
conscience of the people to the wrongs of slavery.
Mr. Mordell has written an admirable book, in the preparation of
which he has had access to many valuable documents not available to
earlier biographers. He examines Whittier's life in the light of modern
psychology, but he is not one of those modern biographers whose fame
rests on a pedestal formed of the debris from a dissected hero. His
treatment is sympathetic, and he knows where psychology must give way
to a "philosophic pragmatism." His discussion of Whittier's poetry shows
where the poet's fame really lies. As a champion of liberty Whittier
was a prophet whose plea for social justice should be sounded far and
SOUTH AMERICA BY JUNGLE AND AIR
JUNGLE MEMORIES, by Henry H. Rusby.
Fifty years ago, the interior of South America was even more un-
explored territory than it is today and Dr. Rusby's journey from Bolivia
across the continent to the Atlantic by way of the Amazon river was a
remarkable feat. Sent out by Parke, Davis and Co. to collect drugs and
botanical specimens, Dr. Rusby determined to take this journey on his
own initiative, despite numerous warnings that it was impossible with
his inexperience. It was exciting and dangerous travel with tropical
disease, insects, hostile Indians and formidable rapids and falls in the
rivers, to be faced. It is not surprising that he was greeted at the end
of his goal with the words, "You can't be Dr. Rusby. I have .had
authentic information he was killed several months ago." This journey
was not only a most interesting adventure but one of great importance
in the contributions to botanical knowledge made by Dr. Rusby, and his
descriptions of plants, birds and the character of the people in this little
known area provide a varied and rich entertainment.
INDIAN AIR, by Paul Morand.
M. Morand's adventures in South America lie far from the strenuous
action of Dr. Rusby's journey. Travelling mainly by air, the Argentine,
Bolivia, Peru, and the Andes pass in rapid review, but an impressionistic
painting of each has been seized by the magic of M. Morand's pen. "Here
was Lima; I read the name in white letters on the grass of the air station..
Lima, built with the blood and sweat of Indians; the city of kings-
Ciudad de los Reyes, as Pizarro christened it in 1535-an Oriental city
of houses in terraces, miradors and flowering boulevards...a happy city
with its bouquet of steeples and the yellow towers of its cathedrals."
Besides these vivid pictures of plains, mountains and cities, M. Morand
has also been able to capture the fascination of the mixture of cultures,
Indian, Spanish and European which account for so much of the strange
beauty of South America. Nor does he forget those civilizations that
no longer exist, the monoliths of pre-historic man at Tiahuanaco and
Inca sanctuaries of the Sun and Moon.
FROM MOSES TO EINSTEIN
HISTORY AND DESTINY OF THE JEWS, by Josef Kastein.
One of the most remarkable facts of history, from the Gentile point
of view, is the perseverance of the Jews through centuries of oppression,
under which a less virile race would have perished. In spite of their
position as aliens in the very lands of their birth, they have made some
of the greatest contributions to European thought and art, while the world's
most famous scientist of today is a Jew. Add to this the oft-forgotten
fact that the Jews gave Christianity to the world, and we see why Jewish
history is important: to Jews, as giving them a concept of their position
in the world and their contributions to world culture; to Gentiles, as indicat-
ing their debts and responsibilities to the Jews. The author of this book
treats Jewish history very fully, with sympathy but objectivity, from
Moses to the present day.
MAKERS OF HISTORY
AMERICA THROUGH WOMEN'S EYES, edited by Mary R. Beard.
History, as written by men, has been concerned mostly with politi-
cal and economic happenings, wherein men have been the protagonists.
Mrs. Beard sees a new tendency in the intellectual world today,-the break-
ing down of distinctions between the various categories of human thought
and action, and the integration of all phases of social life into a whole
which can be studied only as such. Looking at history from this point
of view she sees women behind the scenes in all times, their position
at the centre of family life swaying events and building civilization. This
volume, with its quotations from letters, diaries, and writings of women
from colonial times until today, shows the part which women have played
in American history.
SNOWS OF HELICON, by H. M. Tomlinson.
An unusual novel of an English architect who wishes to save one
remnant of beauty in this ugly, machine-ridden civilization where men
"accept what is hideous and foul the sky with their engines and rioting."
He becomes involved in a romantic plot to thwart the destruction of a
Greek temple about to be demolished for the establishment of a wireless
station. The "snows of Helicon" as symbolized in this temple gleam for
Travers as a beacon which draws him from his wife and career and leads
him to queer places of the earth, to revolution and bloodshed, before his
disastrous quest for beauty finally ends at Colonna. The plot is vague and
scarcely of great importance but the distinction of the story lies in its
musical prose and in the suggestive musings of the architect, which voice
Mr. Tomlinson's own protest against the loss of what is excellent from the
traditions of men.
THE FARM, by Louis Bromfield.
Returning to the substance of the Green Bay Tree Mr. Bromfield now
gives us an American saga of the Middle West during the nineteenth
century. It is a chronicle of four generations of the families of Colonel
MacDougal and Jorge Van Essen who settled in Ohio in the early years
of that century. Under the Colonel's hand the Farm emerges from the
virgin forest and reaches its zenith under Jamie's guidance. Steadily
the town grows up, crowds closer and closer, until the day Jamie hears
from the wood-lot the roar of munition factories "pounding out shells."
The pages are thronged with a wealth of description and characteriza-
tion: vigorous characters whose eccentricities seem but to make them more
convincingly real. Through the whole book runs a nostalgia for these days
so lovingly described by Mr. Bromfield for his three daughters.
MISS BISHOP, by Bess Streeter Aldrich.
Mrs. Aldrich has given us another lovable character in the person of
Ella Bishop. She graduates with the first class from Midwestern believ-
ing that "she could do with her life as she wished." However, life
demands of her self-sacrifice and frustrated hopes in place of fulfilled
dreams and longings. But Ella Bishop does not become a bitter old maid
and finds that sorrow serves to accentuate joy.
PRESENTING LILY MARS, by Booth Tarkington.
A story of the theatre and of a young girl's debut upon the stage.
Lily Mars had an unwavering belief in her genius and destiny, but her
progress from a small town to the footlights of Broadway was more like
a hurricane than a summer breeze. Shipwrecked hearts lay in the wake
of her rapid passage, and as for her first play,-her genius nearly wrecked
THE FAULT OF ANGELS, by Paul Horgan.
A new American novelist arrives on the scene by capturing the
Harper Prize Novel of 1933. A successful analysis of America's well-to-
do in its superficial search for culture. Nina, beautiful wife of the town's
Russian opera conductor, attempts to show that a soul is necessary for
an appreciation of the arts.
THE CAMERA RECORDS HISTORY
FIRST WORLD WAR, ed. by Lawrence Stallings.
The mere title of this book, in the light of post war upheaval and
bitterness, gives us food for serious thought. How soon will the pro-
pagandist succeed in making us forget the horror and utter uselessness
of the 1914-18 debauchery? This is a collection of over five hundred actual
war photographs arranged in rough chronological sequence, with captions
by the editor, and without undue emphasis on any side. It is a book which
will help to keep alive memories of what modern warfare involves. Among
other things it involves the rapid disintegration of civilization and the
return of barbarism with a resultant cheapening of the value of human
A FEW NEW BOOKS OF THE SUMMER
Allen, Hervey. Anthony Adverse.
Armstrong, H. F. Hitler's Reich; the first phase.
Benet, Wm. Rose. Fifty poets.
Elton, Oliver. The English muse.
Fallada, Hans. Little man, what now?
Keppel, Fred P. The arts in American life.
Masters, Edgar Lee. The tale of Chicago.
Newberry, Julia. Diary
Remains, Jules. Men of good will.
Seldes, George. World Panorama, 1918-1933.
Skinner, Constance. Beaver, kings and cabins.
Stong, Phil. Stranger's return.
IMPORTANT REFERENCE WORK
ENCICLOPEDIA ITALIANA. (To be complete in 36 volumes).
Added to the reference room collection in June, this is the most
important accession of the year. It is generally regarded as the finest
example of encyclopedia making the world has yet seen in any language.
In addition to its excellence for encyclopedic material it is remarkable for
the many fine illustrations-colored plates, dark sepia plates, and in-
numerable text illustrations. Seventeen volumes covering the A to Gs
part of the alphabet have now been published.