THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June by the
Ha l n Smith Library, of the University
o0 o-f New Hampshire
Entered as.ei-g maiftem 0 10. 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire,
ie act of August 24, 1912
Vol. 9 IEMBER, 1933 No. 3
SAMERICA AND THE NEGRO
ALONG T.Lw4v. AY. by .Tameis eldon Johnson.
Despite ripc-.prejjj.-ice, James Weldon Johnson, best known for his classic
collections of 1Negr spirituals, has carved a secure niche for himself in American
literature and life. His story is that of the New Negro in the United States and his
struggle for recognition as an American citizen. Early in his versatile life Johnson
took up the battle for his race, and the fact that it has advanced far along the way
since the days of Reconstruction is due in no small way to the efforts of this able
exponent. His long career as a teacher, poet, lawyer, consul and journalist has
been filled with the essence of life during the last half century. That his life was
to be an exceptional one is perhaps presaged by the reversal of a Southern prac-
tice-he had a white "manmmy", a fact which he regards in no other way than as
natural. This autobiography has something to tell and the telling is well done.
A TRIOLOGY COMPLETED
ONE MORE RIVER, by John Galsworthy.
Galsworthy's last book completes the story of Dinny Charwell, begun in
Maid in Waiting and continued in Flowering Wilderness. Interwoven with
Dinny's story is that of her sister Clare, fugitive from a sadistic husband, pursued
by a charming young man and eventually by the law, a situation from which
Galsworthy extracts the most in social satire. Dinny takes up her sister's battle
in order to forget her own heartache, but knows that in her own life she has "one
more river to cross." She crosses it, to find on the other side "dignity and peace",
virtues not always apparent in the younger generation. But Dinny does not really
belong to the younger generation. She is a throw-back-or perhaps a throw-
forward-to the solid virtues which Galsworthy has portrayed so well in The
AN ARCTIC ISLAND
MOUNT WASHINGTON REOCCUPIED,, by Robert S. Monahan.
New Hampshire's pride, Mt. Washington, belongs by reason of its sub-zero
weather and plant life to the frozen Arctic regions of the North 'Pole. It really has
no business in a temperate zone. In conjunction with the Second International
Polar Year, three young observers, led by Robert Monahan, spent the winter of
1932-33 on the summit of Washington operating the observatory and taking me-
teorological records, and the book is a daily journal of experiences. That winter
must have been rather a mild one, as a 28 degrees below zero temperature and a
wind velocity of 152 miles per hour were respectively the lowest and highest re-
corded. Still the author reports that with the 98 mile wind and -25 temperature of
March I the cooling effect was three units greater than any such combination
recorded by the Byrd Little America expedition.
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EXIT THE CHERRIES
VANESSA, by Hugh t Walpole.
We meet Vanessa surrounded by the Herries family assembled to do honor
to Judith Paris on her one hundredth birthday. Loving Benjie, the black sheep
of their generation, Vanessa marries Sir Ellis Herries and becomes London's
most beautiful hostess. With a facile pen Mr. Walpole depicts the scintillating
society of the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. But the flame of Benjie's and
Vanessa's love never wavers and when life with Ellis becomes unbearable, Vanessa
flees with Benjie bringing scandal on the Herries name. Their idyll is short, for
as insanity increases its hold upon Ellis, he begs for Vanessa's return. Convinced
that in this way she must pay for her brief happiness, Vanessa goes back taking
Sally, her daughter by Benjie, to Hill Street with her. Vanessa's influence on
Benjie, Tom and Sally, is so strong that they feel her presence long after her
death. The best of the Herries saga.
A VERMONT VILLAGE
A MOUNTAIN TO WNSHIP, by Walter Hard.
Mr. Hard's poems have not the rhythm which we are accustomed to find in
poetry, but they contain an abundance of the rhythm of life. Fun, humor, pathos,
sorrow, joy, sickness, and death are all here. The introduction by Dorothy Can-
field Fisher suggests that the book should not be read at one sitting. It is good
advice. Make the acquaintance of this village and its people gradually. Laugh
with them, weep with them, but remember that Vermont is New England and do
not try to rush friendship.
"Calm twilight settles on the valley.
The birds are singing their evening song.
Come. It's time to go down."
STUDY OF A MODERN MARRIAGE
IDA ELISABETH, by Sigrid Undset.
A new novel by this author invariably provides food for reflection and is not
forgotten in a hurry. This is a powerful portrayal of a modern woman of Norway,
married too young to a husband who never grows up spiritually. Ida Elisabeth
bears on her own shoulders the responsibility of their family and in addition,
supports her childish husband who cannot hold a job. Eventually, she finds the
courage to break away from Frithjof before the birth of their youngest child.
Years of hardship follow and when it seems as if she is to experience happiness
at last, there arises the question of duty to her boys. Ida Elisabeth feels that if she
marries Toksvold she will side with him against her boys who do not like him.
Then the past rises up and she renounces her own happiness to answer its de-
BARE HANDS AND STONE WALLS, by Charles Edward Russell.
"As participant or expert observer Charles Edward Russell has been identi-
fied with practically every important political movement in America since the '8o's.
His life-story, which reads as if it had been written in flame rather than ink, is
the history of these movements and the men behind them, and the part that the
author played in the various crusades against corruption, tyranny, and hypocrisy
in the high places." "Muck raking", "trust busting", the Chautauqua circuit, Rus-
sia in the early days of the Revolution, Ireland and DeValera, Holland at the out-
break of the War, India under British rule are all grist to the mill of 'Mr. Russell's
THE COMEDY OF MAN
ENGLISH ECCENTRICS, by Elizabeth Sitwell.
The English seem to excel in being defiantly different and Miss Sitwell pre-
sents in the most delightful way her collection of these human oddities. Queer
quacks, sportsmen, scholars, travellers, ornamental hermits and ancients all find a
welcome in her pages, retrieved from the dust-heaps of the centuries.
Do you aspire to outlive Mrs. Louisa Trusco who survived to her 175th year,
or to join "splendid Lord Petersham in his carriage shaped like a scallop shell,
painted a lively 'blue and bearing his device of a cock, 'While I Live, I'll Crow' ?
There is Mr Hirst who goes to the hunt on a bull followed by "a crowd of viva-
cious and sagacious pigs" and Princess Caraboo from China, (India, or perhaps
Sumatra?) who is identified as an English serving-girl from Devonshire, to the
disappointment of half England. Besides these many long-forgotten characters,
Miss Sitwell recreates in her own inimitable way some better-known Englishmen,
such as Beau Brummell, Richard Porson, Herbert Spencer and, lone American in
this long English gallery, Margaret Fuller.
MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
END AND BEGINNING, by John Masefield.
A narrative poom of Mary Stuart's last night and execution. In Mr. Mase-
field's imagination, Mary is a beautiful and wronged Queen, dying through no
fault of her own, except her religion. All the tales of plot against England were
false and Mary says,
"I take God
To witness on this Testament that never
Never did I desire, seek nor favour
The killing of your Queen."
At any rate she accepts her fate nobly and dies defending her ancient faith, leaving
a memory of beauty in the minds of men.
"So she was left alone
Kneeling upon the cushion near the block.
In the dead stillness her clear thrilling voice
Spoke out with rapture: In te Domine."
A CHINESE CLASSIC
ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS; tr. by Pearl S. Buck.
For centuries this great novel has delighted the Chinese public, with numer-
ous stories of every type of Chinese-men, women and children, priests, scholars,
robbers, courtesans, soldiers, emperors, captains, kings, princes, governors, gaolers,
vendors, prisoners. The main theme is a version of Robin Hood-the robbers'
band which steals from the rich and befriends the poor and around its 135 mem-
bers is woven a magnificent pageant of the whole people. The tales of oppression
and uprisings of the poor seem as if written of modern China instead of the 13th
century and the characters might have lived in any age.
The charm of the novel lies in its hundreds of good stories and the simplicity
and poetry of the style. According to a Chinese reviewer, Mrs Buck has retained
this flavor of the Chinese vernacular remarkably well. Whether it is the delicacy
and poetry of the style. According to a Chinese reviewer, Mrs. Buick has retained
Chinese characters, one finds an irresistible delight in the book and can understand
why it has been loved for so many years.
"THE LAST OF ALL THE TALIFERS"
TALIFER, by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
A new narrative poem with an old theme-the love of one man for two wo-
men. Talifer forsakes his .betrothed Althea for the blue-stocking Karen, thinking
to find peace but discovering after a year of marriage that the classics are more to
Karen than love. So he returns to Althea, marries her, and has a son to carry on
his line. There is a fourth person in the poem, Dr. Quick, fun-loving but sharp-
tongued, fond of giving advice and of descanting on the situation in which his
three friends find themselves.
WHAT IS GOOD LITERATURE?
THE ANATOMY OF CRITICISM, by Henry Hazlitt.
In dialogue form the prospective editor of the "American Mercury" has writ-
ten a very entertaining criticism of criticism .Are there any eternal standards
against which the cirtic can measure a literary work, or is all criticism merely the
expression of personal tastes and prejudices? To this battle between objectivity
and subjectivity the author brings the reconciling idea of the Social Mind. There
are many individual opinions of the merit bf a given author, the outcome of which
is his reputation, that is to say, the estimate of the social mind. The critic may
agree with this estimate or not, but if not he should distinguish between those
cases where the social mind has erred, and those where some defect of his own
prevents him from concurring in the verdict of the social mind. This is only one
of the provocative lines of thought developed by Elder, Young, and Middleton,
the three speakers whom the author designates respectively as Thesis, Antithesis,
FLUSH, by Virginia Woolf.
This is a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's famous cockerel spaniel.
If you like dogs or charm in writing do not fail to read this delightful book.
GIVE YOUR HEART TO THE HAWKS, by Robinson Jcffers.
One long poem and several shorter ones by one of America's poets who is
best known for his dramatic narratives of violence and tragedy. This is perhaps his
best work, and though one may shudder at its starkness of description, its drama
and power of sweeping lines cannot be easily forgotten.
ARCHES OF THE YEARS, by Halliday Sutherland.
That the Scots are a doughty race we have always known, but this is the first
Scot we have heard of to play a bull in the good old Spanish way. The story of the
bull-fight, and of how a real matador came to the rescue, is one of the best things
in this very interesting autobiography. Dr. Sutherland has had an adventurous
life. He has met events with a capacity for enjoyment and a sense of humor which
lifts them out of the commonplace. As a physician he has met all kinds and classes
of people, none of whom got the better of him for long. The story of his life is
something that the armchair adventurer will enjoy.
We have had much favorable comment on the work of Everett Bridgman, a
collection of whose paintings of landscapes and still life has been on exhibit in
the library during the past month. We now have to offer an exhibit of Japanese
Woodblock Prints during the first three weeks of December. Copies of these prints
may be secured at very (moderate prices.