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Hamilton Smith Library, of the Univi
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Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at New Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912
Vol. 9 MARCH, 1934
LIFE IN THE 18th CENTURY
JOHNSON'S ENGLAND, ed. by A. S. Turberville.
In the words of the editor, these two volumes have been complied "foi
those who study a past epoch for the sheer pleasure it gives them, who enjoy
wandering in an England at once so familiar and so strange." As in Shake-
speare's England specialists in every aspect of the I8th century have cooperated
in writing the book. It has been the aim to give as many details and pictures, as
possible so that the reader may have a living picture of the age. For instance,
"the stage-coach is very familiar, but how frequent were its services, and what
were the fares? Every one has heard of Capability Brown and his landscape
gardening, but what sort of trees and flowers were to be found in the gardens?
Grub Street has become a legend, but how did authors get their books published
and what were they paid?" And so on, portraying town life, country life, manners
and meals, sports, costume, the arts, drama, music, education, science, news-
papers, the army, church, and travel. Nor is one allowed to forget that Johnson
was the great embodiment of this age and his views and remarks are aptly and
A DISTINGUISHED AMBASSADOR
WHAT ME BEFELL, by J. J. Jusserand.
French ambassador to the United States from 1902 to 1924, M. Jusserand
won great respect and admiration from the American people. It has been said
of him: "Whichever way he crosses the Atlantic he is going home." His remin-
iscences show a man of rare intelligence, a scholar and excellent diplomat. Before
he came to America at the age of 37, Jusserand had already had a distinguished
career, extending from England to Japan, and from Russia to Tunis. The chapters
on his three periods in London give charming anecdotes of the statesmen, the
artists, the men of letters of the time. In Washington President Roosevelt
became one of his many friends and their conversations roamed widely over many
subjects. For M. Jusserand had written books on poetry, mysticism!, wayfaring,
English literature and criticism, enthnology, politics, athletics-to mention some
of his interests. This autobiography was not finished before his death and ends
in 1907, but it gives no less a complete and delightful picture of an unusual man.
MEN AGAINST THE SEA, by Charles Nordhoff and James Hall.
The authors of Mutiny on the Bounty here take another major incident from
this famous mutiny on the seas and retell the story of Captain Bligh's voyage of
more than three thousand miles in a small open boat overloaded with eighteen
men. Set adrift from the Bounty with little food or water, Bligh and his men,
after weeks of privation and rough seas, complete the amazing voyage. A good
story and an excellent character study.
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A NEW O'NEILL PLAY
DAYS WITHOUT END,, by Eugene O'Neill.
Mr. O'Neill has been increasingly preoccupied with religion since the writing
of Dynamo and this, his latest play, has for its dominating theme, "the secret
longing of the 'heart for faith." The hero, John Loving, has a dual personality
portrayed on the stage by two men, one with a satiric mask of John's face, who
represents all the bitter, unhappy side of John's character. Son of devout Catho-
lics who has lost his faith and cursed God, John has never found any real peace.
His nearest approach to perfect happiness has been his marriage, but by some
power of his worse half, he has been unfaithful to his wife. Remorse, bitterness
and longing for rest and forgiveness battle within him. Not until his wife has
discovered his secret and has almost died of pneumonia does he return to his old
Church and find again the God of Love. "Life laughs with God's love again."
Unfortunately as a play this cannot he ranked among Mr. O'Neill's best. He is
so preoccupied with his theme that the plot and characters suffer.
THIS IS THE LIFE
BRAZILIAN ADVENTURE, by Peter Fleming.
Julian Duguid, author of Green Hell, calls this "a gallant, childish, irritating
book, which has the merit of being absolutely truthful." It is the account of an
expedition into the Matto Grosso to search for traces of Colonel Fawcett, with
some shooting for good measure. The organization of the party seems to have
been a very casual affair, and the last names of the members are not disclosed.
"Major 'Pingle" sounds like a myth, for how could a group of men have endured
him so long without calling his bluff? Ticks, alligators, and piranhas are all in
the day's run and not to be taken seriously. (In fact, the author says we cannot
appreciate his account of the enterprise if we take it seriously). When Major
Pingle stalls at the junction of the Araguaya River, Flemring and two others leave
the party and press on alone until they realize the folly of such a course. The
chapters on the race to Para are the most exciting ones in the book. But, was the
expedition as much of a lark as Mr. Fleming would have us believe?
RED MEDICINE, by Sir Arthur Newsholme and John A. Kingsbury.
"This vast and fascinating experiment in socialized health may not turn out
as well as its originators expected, or it may turn out better. In any .case it is
an experiment that the rest of the world cannot afford to ignore." A brief review
is given of Russian life and the acceptance of Communism. The new attitude
toward marriage and divorce is presented as it bears upon the health of women
and children. Night sanatoria, rest homes, creches, hospitals and clinics of every
kind were visited, and conferences held with the outstanding men and women in
the medical profession in Russia. The authors are not concerned with criticism,
but merely report their findings in the work which the Soviet government is doing
in preventive and curative medicine for its one hundred and sixty-five million
EVERYBODY'S LAMB, edited by A. C. Ward.
Lovers of Charles Lamb will welcome this generous selection of his writings.
For those who know Lamb only as Elia, his letters and other essays will prove
delightful reading. Alt'ho fate dealt Lamb a heavy blow, he was rich in friends
including Coleridge and the Wordsworths to whom many of his letters were
written. This is a companion volume to Everybody's Boswell and Ernest H.
Shepard has illustrated it in his inimitable manner.
MEMOIRS OF AN ACTRESS
AT 33, by Eva Le Gallienne.
From childhood Eva Le Gallienne has had one consuming passion: the theatre.
Her early acquaintance with actors fanned the flame. William Faversham and
Constance Collier were close friends, and she not only saw Sarah Bernhardt on
the stage but was introduced to her. Bernhardt was as gracious to the small child
as she would have been to a duchess. After making her stage debut at 15 and
playing a few small parts in London, Eva Le Gallienne set out to try her luck
in America. There were many discouragements,-lack of money, plays that failed,
and once she was even fired. Through all the years her vision of a repertory
theatre was before her, and how she finally established it tmay be read in the
latter part of the book. Many laments are heard on the state of the theatre today.
They would be heard no more if the theatre were entirely in the hands of those
who, like Eva Le Gallienne, love it for its own sake, not as a commercial under-
taking, but as a power for beauty in the lives of the people.
"IN WONDER AND ADMIRATION"
INTERNAL REVENUE, by Christopher Morley.
Christopher Morley enjoys living as much as any man, and unlike most, he
has time to analyse his pleasures, to get the most out of them, and write down
his reflections for the benefit of his fellow men. In this volume he recounts all
sorts of adventures, from climbing mountains to exploring sea bottoms in one
of William Beebe's diving helmets, from a walk on West End Avenue, New
York, to a trip to Hawaii. He discusses literature from "Saki" to the Book of
Common Prayer, and marvels at the state of the world as he deduces it from one
issue of the New York Times. He takes nothing too seriously; and was as much
amused, at a demonstration of the Lie-Detector, to beat the machine on his first
trial as he was to be shown up on his second. He rides in the cab of a railway
engine, and boards a tug in the Hudson River to help dock the Aquitania.
Through all his adventures, and indeed through all his waking hours, most of
which are adventures, he preserves the attitude expressed by the word which he
found in his Hawaiian dictionary: "'Makaleha, to lift the eyebrows in wonder
THE GREAT DIARIST
SAMUEL PEPYS, by Arthur Bryant.
This, the first of a two volume work, deals with "the man in the making".
It is an attempt to bring together all that is known of Pepy's life, in order to
present a rounded picture of a man whose faults are better known than his
services to his country. So we see Pepys not only as he revealed himself in his
diary, supping with friends or kissing a pretty wench, but also as a participant
in the historic events of his day, rising from the humble surroundings of his
youth to the position of Clerk of the Acts in the Navy Office, where a long
period of industry and service stand to his credit.
THE UNKNOWN BRAHMS, by Robert Haven Schauffer.
A study of Brahms founded on much new material discovered by the author,
who set out to interview before it was too late those who had known the great
musician. As a result of those interviews much is added to our knowledge of
Brahms' character-his generosity, modesty, his love of children, his biting
humour, his frequent boorishness. In the last section we have an analysis of the
music and an attempt to show how it reflects the character of the composer.
-NEGRO PORTRAITS -.
ROLL, JORDAN, ROLL, by Julia Peterkin and Doris Ulmnwm.
Sketches and stories of negroes .on a Southern plantation where life has
changed remarkably little since the days of slavery. Originally planned as a book
of photographs it was expanded into as much text as pictures. The latter are
excellent, often beautiful, studies of many negro types-at work, in church, at
home. Mrs. Peterkin's stories which accompany the photographs show the same
understanding and gift for catching the spirit and language of the coloured people
as have her novels. All the amusing, tragic, superstitious, religious, characteristics
of the race are portrayed in stories of members of the plantation-the Foreman,
the Baptist minister, the.Dreamer who goes all the way to Rome to warn the Pope
of his approaching death, the cook for the Big House, field hands and owners
of small acres.
IN THE CHILDREN'S ROOM
THE LOG OF THE BETSY ANN, by Frederick Way.
Mr. Way's father gave him the Betsy Ann for a Christmas present and this
is an account of his experiences with the steamioat carrying freight and
passengers from Cincinnati to Pittsburg.
DIGGING IN THE SOUTHWEST, by Ann Axtell Morris.
Mrs. Morris describes with enthusiasm the hunt for Indian treasures which
she and her husband have carried on in the Ainerican Southwest.
THE GYPSY AND THE BEAR, by Lucia M. Borski and Kate B. Miller.
A collection of delightful Polish fairy tales.
SHIP'S MONKEY, by Honore Morrow and William J. Swartman.
Chabu, a real monkey, was caught in the jungles of Sumatra and taken aboard
a sailing thip where he kept all the sailors in hot water with his monkeyshines,
but before the voyage was over he saved the ship.
SNIP, SNAP, SNURR AND THE MAGIC HORSE, by Maj. Lindman.
Three little boys have an exciting adventure on their magic rocking horse.
THE AB C BUNNY, by Wanda Gag.
A new kind of ABC book which the children will love at sight, and the
end papers are an ABC song.
I'M BUSY, by Maude Dutton Lynch.
Are you tired of your old play games and looking for something new to do?
This book is full of suggestions and instructions for games, having parties, caring
for pets, and even a game for sick-in-bed days.
THE HANDSOME DONKEY, by Mary Gould Davis.
This is a story of a little Italian donkey who wore red rosettes on his head-
strap and had his feet polished every morning. He is the real hero of the story,
but his dachshund friend plays an important part too.
JAPANESE HOLIDAY PICTURE TALES, by Chiyono Sugimoto.
A tale for every month in the year and you will have a hard time deciding,
which one you like best. The charming illustrations are the work of Tekisui Ishii.
AMERICA TRAVELS, by Alice Dalgliesh.
This is a fascinating book which tells us the story of travel in our own
country for a hundred years: from stagecoach to aeroplane.
THE LITTLE WHITE GOAT, by Dorothy P. Lathrop.
How the younger children will delight in the adventures of the little white
goat with Debby and 'Pats! Miss Lathrop's pictures have an appeal all their own.