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Published monthly from October to June b
Hamilton Smith Library, of the Univers r "
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. Io JANUARY, 1935 No. 4
DOWN TO DAVY JONES AND BACK!
HALF MILE DOWN, by William Beebe.
In this exciting book Mr. Beebe describes his descents to the sea bottom off
Bermuda in his famous bathysphere. Although he avers that words are inadequate
to describe the wonders of the submarine world, he has nevertheless succeeded in
giving us a very vivid picture of what he saw through his three-inch quartz win-
dow. At thirty feet there are brilliantly coloured corals, anemones, jelly fish and
crabs. Here one can walk about clad in a bathing suit and diving helmet. To go
lower a more complicated mechanism is necessary, hence the bathysphere with its
instruments to liberate oxygen and remove carbon dioxide and moisture. In this
steel ball Mr. Beebe descended to 3,000 feet, the region of perpetual night, and
watched fairy-like fish glide by, illuminated by rows of tiny lights along their bodies.
Mr. Beebe says nothing of courage, but how many people would have the cou-
rage even to enter the bathysphere, would remain calm as the door was bolted with
car-splitting noises, would be mentally poised and observant as it swung over the
side of the boat and down to the ocean's bottom on a steel cable a half mile long!
A GOOD HANDBOOK ON ART
ART IN AMERICA IN MODERN TIMES, edited by Holger Cahill.
This volume is the basis of the current season of Saturday night radio broad-
casts on art, and covers the same ground: American painting and sculpture since
the Civil War, architecture, stage design, American photography and the motion
picture. Individual artists are briefly discussed in relation to the trends of their
day. There are many half-tone illustrations and eight colour plates, including some
particularly interesting examples of contemporary art; also useful bibliographies,
a list of representative buildings arranged by city, and a list of painters and sculp-
tors with the location of some of their work.
SONGS OF THE SOIL
MAN WITH A BULL-TONGUE PLOW, by Jesse Stuart.
A Kentucky farmer has written this sequence of stanzas which some will ob-
ject to calling sonnets because the rhyme is not classical, the meter is sometimes
irregular and the number of lines varies. Nevertheless they are sonnets in ef-
fect, and the reader feels that the poet has too much to say to be bound by ad-
herence to a rigid formula. This book would seem to bear out the contention of
A. E. Housman that poetry is a secretion, for how else could seven hundred stan-
zas come forth so effortlessly? He sings of his farm on the hillside, the wind and
the trees, the dead leaves and bursting corn, the coming of the seasons. He tells
of his neighbors somewhat after the manner of the Spoon River Anthology. He
loves his soil and is content with his lot, and best of all for his readers, he is a poet.
PRISONER OF WAR
BLACK MONASTERY, by Aladar Kuncz.
Caught in France at the beginning of the war, this Hungarian schoolmaster
was interned in three hideous prisons until five months after the Armistice. It was
like a nightmare that lasted five years-an unreal, miserable, degrading existence.
Herded together like cattle, on a diet of turnip soup and bread with nothing to
break the monotony of the days, it was no wonder that illness, madness, revolt,
perversion and death should have seized most of the men. Mr. Kuncz's analysis of
his own mental experiences and his ability to see and understand the demoralizing
effect of years of confinement upon the varied characters of the other men make
this a remarkable and saddening book.
GONE RUSTIC, by Cecil Roberts.
"You haven't a garden? Then why are you an Englishman?" This fiercely
asked question drove Mr. Roberts, a professed wanderer, to look for the "perfect
house" somewhere in England. After months of seeking he accidentally discovered
"'Pilgrim Cottage" near Oxford and took possession. His experiences in making
the Elizabethan cottage a home and his inexperienced enthusiasm for his garden
are refreshingly told. Mr. Roberts is a poet, novelist and journalist who delights
in this new adventure.
A FRANK AUTOBIOGRAPHY
THE STORY OF MY LIFE, by Marie, Queen of Rumania.
The parade and pageantry of European nobility marches through this intensely
personal narrative of Rumania's romantic queen. Related by birth to most of the
royal families of Europe, she was married to Ferdinand, Crown Prince of Ruma-
nia, at the age of seventeen. Although the book rarely touches upon the political
aspects of the times, it is undoubtedly a record of historical importance for its
social revelations. Queen Marie has an excellent memory for detail and she des-
cribes the appearances and the characters of such persons as Queen Victoria, Kai-
ser Wilhelm, Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia and many others as she knows them.
To read this book is an excellent means of discovering how nobility disports itself.
A SYMPATHETIC BIOGRAPHY
NOT I, BUT THE WIND, by Frieda Lawrence.
The bulk of this biography is given over to letters that Lawrence wrote, most
of them to Frieda's family. There are excellent photographs and many snap-shots.
The biography contains very little concerning Lawrence's family and his wife miss-
ed an opportunity to clear up that mystery. She is most exact and bitter about the
war days when she and Lawrence were constantly being suspected of being spies.
The best letters are those written in the Bavarian days before the war. These are
vivid, full of freshness, and one of their most charming revelations was the tender-
ness and regard that Lawrence showed his mother-in-law. This book shows Law-
rence as a human being.
CHINESE COMMUNISTIC FRONT
ONE'S COMPANY, by Peter Fleming.
The London Times commissioned Mr. Fleming to write a series of articles on
the Manchuko situation, and in this book the author tells his experiences while
gathering material for the articles, His opinions concerning the Chinese and Jap-
anese situations are based on close personal observation. Mr. Fleming never misses
an opportunity to satirize his adventures and the narrative is replete with humor.
THE END OF A SAGA
PITCAIRN'S ISLAND, by Charles Nordhoff and James N. Hall.
This is the third book by Nordhoff and Hall on the Bounty mutiny and its
aftermath. The earlier volumes, Mutiny on the Bounty, and Men Against the Sea
were reviewed in earlier issues of the Lantern. Nine of the mutineers, together
with six men and twelve women, natives of Tahiti, settled on lonely Pitcairn Island
in 1790, destroyed the Bounty and determined remain there permanently. Treach-
ery, debauchery and murder reigned for a number of years and at the end of a
decade one man and ten women of the original twenty-seven were left alive. The
authors have sifted the various accounts of this tragic decade to give us a thrilling
story, much of which is of necessity largely conjecture, but which comes as near
being the complete facts as will perhaps ever be known.
MEET MR. WELLS!
EXPERIMENT IN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by H. G. Wells.
It is no new thing for Mr. Wells to write about himself. Many of his books
are based upon his own experiences, or his ideas of "a planned world." In this
autobiography of more than seven hundred pages, we have a detailed and candid
account of his life, and-to use the subtitle of the book-"Discoveries and Con-
clusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866)." The story of his humble start
in life and his early struggles is well known. So too, are his matrimonial difficul-
ties, but to them he brings his own interpretation. His sketches of his contempora-
ries often throw as much light on his own character as on the people he portrays.
A brief review does not afford space to touch on even the salient points of the
book. In the closing chapter, we see Wells after his interviews with President
Roosevelt and Stalin, "acutely frustrated and disappointed in my dream of doing
anything worth while to define an understanding between the essentially revolu-
tionary drives towards an organized socialism in America and Russia respectively."
Mr. Wells is not satisfied with the "What?" and "Why?". He must know, or at
least anticipate the "Wherefore."
A TIME TO KEEP, by Halliday Sutherland.
The Arches of the Year won a host of friends for Dr. Sutherland. He
possesses a generous share of the art of the raconteur and this new book of mem-
oirs is as full of charm as his first one. His recollections of his boyhood are de-
lightfully refreshing, although occasionally our sympathies are divided. Imagine
Grandmother Sutherland's surprise on discovering the old white cart horse stand-
ing in her sitting-room! The restraint and simplicity with which he tells of his
conversion to the Roman Catholic Church carry more weight than pages of effusive
assurance that he has found the only true faith. We hope that the author will be
moved to share still more of his life with us.
PRINCE OF HUMANISTS
ERASMIUS OF ROTTERDAM, by Stefan Zweig.
A brilliant and judicious biography of the "first European." Erasmus an es-
sentially modern spirit, had a genius for conciliation, for trying to unify the people
of the world into one reasonable community. All his life he used his brilliant in-
cis;ive intelligence to achieve this ideal-to fight every form of fanaticism and bigo-
try. His tragedy was that he was born in a time that witnessed "one of the willdest
cutlireaks of national and religious mass-passion that history has ever had to re-
late,"and that he had as antagonist Luther, a man of passion, force and dynamic
strength. Mr. Zweig's prueentation of this drama against the exciting background
of the Reformation and his analysis of his chief characters, Erasmus and Luther,
are aeiiral le and w\rit ln in a most stimulating style.
AN ENGLISH MUNCHAUSEN
JORKENS REMEMBERS AFRICA, by Lord Edward John Dunsany.
Lord Dunsany in his usual whimsical manner has written again of Jorkens,
that intrepid world traveler and relater of most fantastic tales. Jorkens doesn't
need much encouragement-"Just a little something to get the dryness out of my
throat," he says, and he is off, until his throat gets dry again. The scenes of his
adventures are usually in some sunny spot of the earth, and his listeners are carried
away from the London fog hovering outside to sunshine and adventure. Jorkens
once discovered a method of making gold-but his housekeeper put the recipe in
the bowl into which Jorkens poured the molten mass. Jorkens once found a beach
completely covered with pearls-but he has forgotten the longitude and latitude of
the spot. And perhaps best of all, Jorkens once saw a unicorn. Of course, there
are always some doubting Thomases in a group and because of this, Jorkens has
a great deal to put up with.
A WELSH CHILDHOOD
DEW ON THE GRASS, by Eiluned Lewis.
The preface for this charming book is by none other than Charles Morgan.
It is the story of the four Gwyn children, Delia, Lucy, Maurice and Miriam, who
live at Pengarth near the "young Severn." Especially is it Lucy's story, and we
suspect that Miss Lewis is the Lucy of whom she writes so feelingly. Here is no
cloying sentimentalism, but a wholesome, natural, recording of the "fleeting ecstasy
of sensitive youth." Unconsciously too, we absorb a picture of the Welsh country-
side and the customs of the people. Now and then one hears echoes of one's own
childhood and perhaps a twinge of envy creeps in when reading of Aunt Shan's
enchanting garden. It is almost impossible not to slip away into the Land of
Memory after closing the book, and feeling the nostalgia which the author so
plainly felt when she wrote it.
CROMWELL, by Hillaire Belloc.
In a brilliant study of the Great Protector, Belloc has succeeded rather tho-
roughly in dispelling the two contrasting myths-of Cromwell, the villian and
hypocrite, and of Cromwell, hero and super-man.
THE SENTIMENTAL YEARS, 1836-1860, by E. Douglas Branch.
Literature, art, religion, education, etc., between Jackson and Lincoln- "a
social discussion of the first generation of the American middle class".
A CONQUEST OF TIBET, by Sven Hedin.
Many books have been written on the enchanting and mysterious land of Tibet,
and Hedin knows the country as few do. In this fascinating book he reviews his
adventures and travels there many years ago.
ISAAC NEWTON, a biography, by Louis T. More.
Sir Isaac Newton lived in the early days of science as it is known today but
he has been called the "greatest of scientific geniuses". This volume will undoubt-
edly become the standard indispensable work on him.
CAPTAIN CAUTION, by Kenneth Roberts.
Mr. Roberts continues his series of Arundel chronicles with a fine historical
novel of the War of 1812. A splendid story backed up by Robert's well known
fidelity to historical truth.
SMART SET ANTHOLOGY, ed. by Burton Rascoe.
The earlier works of such authors as Branch Cabell, Julia 'Peterkin, Theodore
Dreiser, Eugene O'Neill, the Benets, and a host of others equally well known, ap-
peared first in The Smart Set while it was being edited by the trio of Wright,
Nathan and Mencken.