THE LIBRARY LA ERN
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. II JANUARY, 1936 No. 4
THE TRAIL ENDS
OUR TIMES: THE TWENTIES, by Mark Sullivan.
This is the sixth and concluding volume of a great work which covers the
years 1900-1925. We hope, however, that Mr. Sullivan will be persuaded to con-
tinue the series to date. There is nothing quite like it in our national literature,
and we venture to say that it has done more than any other single work to interest
the layman of our generation in American history. The serious historian will per-
haps question it for great historical significance, yet no one can deny it its place as a
lively and entertaining record of a generation.
The present volume covers roughly the years 1920-1925, and the principle
theme is the Harding administration. The account of inside workings of the Re-
publican National Convention of 1920 will, we believe, come very near to being the
final definitive account of this unique American political extravaganza which no-
minated the Harding "dark horse." Lively accounts are given of such significant
events as the oil scandals, labor disturbances, the Sacco-Vanzetti episode, the Wash-
ington Naval Conference, prohibition enforcement efforts, etc.
"A DYNASTY IN HERSELF"
AMY LOWELL; A CHRONICLE, by Samuel Foster Damon.
A very detailed biography of this remarkable woman, including much of
her correspondence, especially with D. H. Lawrence, and a chronological biblio-
graphy of the first printing of her poems and prose. Hampered by ill-health, she
was able to accomplish a tremendous amount of work, writing, travelling, making
both friends and enemies, selling her own manuscripts and those of others, lectur-
ing and championing the cause of "new" poetry. Making her acquaintance in this
book brings a fuller understanding and appreciation of her poetry.
LITTLE AMERICA AGAIN
DISCOVERY, by Richard Evelyn Byrd.
The story of the second Byrd expedition is one of adventure, hairbreadth
escapes, and daring enterprises; also, what is more important, of the accumulation
of a great mass of scientific information, the value of which is not measurable in
financial terms. Much of this information was gathered by Admiral Byrd himself
in his lonely buried shack a hundred miles south of Little America, a feat the value
and wisdom of which have been questioned, but are here, we think, justified. Of
all the scientific discoveries, perhaps the most dramatic was that of fossilized tree
trunks, up to 18 inches in diameter, only 207 miles from the South Pole, indicating
a once mild climate and luxuriant vegetation.
Here, then, both the scientist and the arm-chair adventurer may read of ex-
ploits after their fancy, and of the heroes, dogs as well as men, and, we might add,
airpanes and tractors too, who accomplished them.
^M A,Y Jr. (
THE MYSTERY OF OUR EXISTENCE
MAN THE UNKNOWN, by Alexis Carrel.
Modern science has dissected man and divided the pieces into compartments
labelled anatomy, physiology, pathology, psychology, biophysics, etc. The author
does not believe that man can ever be greatly benefited by this process, for man
lives and acts as a whole, his mind influenced by his body, his body by his mind.
In this book we have a fascinating account of man from all these points of view,
though not a popularization intended for those who have no background in the
field. Known facts are presented in an unusual way, making us aware of our
oneness with the universe, of the reality of mental and spiritual activities, of the
expansibility of personality beyond the body. He stresses the need for discipline
in the development of both body and mind-"constant struggle, mental and muscu-
lar effort, physiological and moral discipline, and some privations. Such conditions
inure the body to fatigue and to sorrows. They protect it against disease, and
especially against nervous diseases. They irresistibly drive humanity to the con-
quest of the external world."
THIS BODY THE EARTH, by Paul Green.
This sociological novel by a well known southern writer, better known for
his authorship of many plays, is an accurate and passionate portrayal of one class
of tenant-farmers in the south. The story revolves around the efforts of young
Alvin Barnes to rise above the station of his shiftless kinsmen commonly designated
as "the no-'count Barnses." He is possessed with a burning desire to become a
land owner. After years of herculean effort he succeeds in buying a portion of
land, or at least making the "down payment." Scheming land-owners and a series
of unfortunate circumstances break him, and he sinks back to die, while yet a
youth, the final climax being to have one of his own children spoken of as "one
of them no-'count Barnes younguns."
"A STERN AND ROCK-BOUND COAST"
RED SKY IN THE MORNING, by Robert P. Tristram Coffin.
That "stern and rock-bound coast" does things to people. In Mr. Coffin
it inspires a deep understanding love for Maine which, as a poet, he can share with
others through his superb descriptions of storm, water, sound, and people in this
book. To the descendents of the old seafaring Prince family it does far other
things; it turns Will's adolescence to mental anguish over his father and mother
and ends in his tragedy. The story is neither very interesting nor pleasant but the
poetic beauty is there, so that in parts the book is a work of art.
ANOTHER NOVEL OF THE MAINE COAST
SILAS CROCKETT, by Mary Ellen Chase.
In this new book by the author of Mary Peters we follow the lives of four
generations of a Miaine seafaring family. More than this, it is a history of the
decline of sailing ships as the scorned steam-driven craft gain favor, and the great
grandson of Silas Crockett is forced to work in a herring plant instead of proudly
treading his own deck. Happiness comes to those wives of Crocketts who accept
the fact that ships and the sea play the larger part in the lives of their men. De-
borah refuses to understand this and makes her own and Nicholas's life unhappy.
As sailing declines, so Saturday Cove resembles less and less the thriving ship-
building village of the eighteen thirties when Silas Crockett was married to Solace
Winship. One by one the stately homes of the sea captains become the property
of the "summer people," and antique hunters get possession of the family treasures.
"AN AFRICAN SAFARI"
GREEN HILLS OF AFRICA, by Ernest Henkingway.
"The writer has attempted to write an absolutely true book to see whether
the shape of a country and the pattern of a month's action can, if truly presented,
complete with a work of the imagination": foreword. We think on the whole,
Hemingway's fiction is far superior to his attempt at truth. When he writes about
the hunt, the natives, the animals, he writes well. The hunts are particularly good.
One lives in the bush, feels the mid-day heat, and holds his breath as the author
inches himself within shooting range of a kudu. Hemingway "having the brag-
gies" is also amusing. Hemingway reliving his life in America, Paris, Cuba, Spain,
is very boring. However, the book is worth reading.
OUR FIRST COLLEGE
THE FOUNDING OF HARVARD COLLEGE, by Samuel Eliot Morison.
This volume, -carrying the history of Harvard down to 1650, is to be fol-
lowed by three more dealing respectively with the seventeenth and eighteenth cen-
turies, and the nineteenth down to 1869. After the opening chapters on the early
and medieval universities, those of Great Britain are studied, with special attention
to Cambridge, which supplied the model for Harvard and most of her original
personnel. This is an entertaining volume as well as a valuable contribution to the
history of Harvard and of New England.
THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW, by Marguerite Harrison.
Mrs. Harrison's early life gave little warning of the exciting years which
she experienced later. She began her newspaper career as a society editor for the
Baltimore Sun. In 1918 she went to Germany as a correspondent for her news-
paper-and as a spy for the Military Department, gathering information of a social
and economic nature. Later she went to Russia in the same dual capacity and
twice played into the hands of the powerful Cheka. The second time she was in
prison for more than six months. Another thrilling adventure was her trip thru
'Persia with Merian Cooper during the filming of the famous film "Grass." A very
A NEBRASKA SAGA
OLD JULES, by Mari Sandos.
Jules Ami Sandoz was a young Swiss medical student who wanted more
money than his family could give him. To spite them he left school, his sweet-
heart Rosalie, and started for America. He went as far as his money would take
him, to northeastern Nebraska, and settled there for the rest of his days. What
follows is the story of Jules as "a locator, a builder of communities, a bringer of
fruit to the Panhandle." Jules' career was a turbulent one: he spent much of his
life engaged in lawsuits, and some of it in jail. He married four times. His first
three wives divorced him; life with Jules was too uncertain for them. This book,
written by his daughter, won the Atlantic Non-Fiction Contest.
AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR AUTHOR
FROM DEATH TO MORNING, by Thomas Wolfe.
People who are interested in following Mir. Wolfe's career will find this
book of short sketches different from his other works only in length. One finds
the same intenseness concerning anything connected with the senses: heightened
color, loudness or minuteness of sound, etc. One can hardly call some of the
sketches stories; rather, they are lyrical essays, moods of reminiscence.
A RUSSIAN ADVENTURE
I WRITE AS I PLEASE, by Walter Duranty,
The experiences of fourteen years as special correspondent for the New
York Times in Russia furnissh the substance for this popular, rambling, racy
chronicle of an ex-war correspondent in post-war Baltic states and Russia. It is a
conglomerate of savory and unsavory anecdotes and folk tales with a good bit of
political and diplomatic information mixed with biographical bits. Duranty says
t4at after all he really hasn't written "as he pleases" but rather "as he talks," which
makes the book most readable.
THE POWER OF MAN
NANGA PARBAT ADVENTURE, by Fritz Bechtold.
A simply told narrative of the stupendous achievements of men over
mountains. Th courage, perseverance, and endurance of. the German expedition
of 1934 to Nanga Parbat in the Himalayas is almost unbelievable. The grandeur
of the mountains as shown in the 114 illustrations is really more vividly thrilling
than the tale itself.
KING JASPER, by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
The last work of one of the most loved of modern poets.
SAMUEL PEPYS; the years of peril, by Arthur Bryant.
Covering the period between the close of his first published Diary in
1669 and the start of the second in 1683. Based for the most part on manuscript
material hitherto unknown.
I'JlR 17, by Walter Havzghurst.
A novel dealing with the Pacific coast longshoremen's strike of 1934.
THE POLITICIAN; his habits, outcries and protective coloring, by J. H. Wallis.
What to eat and wear; which sports to champion and colleges not to
attend; which institutions to attack and which to defend; whom to greet, kiss,
eulogize, excoriate, sympathize with, oppose, and befriend if you want to be a
MEN AND MOUNTAINS, by M. Ilin (I. I. Marshak).
Another book by the author of "New Russia's Primer". showing how
the Soviet is conquering natural forces.
THE LORDS OF CREATION, by Frederick Lewis Allen.
"The story of the immense financial and corporate expansion which
took place . between 1890 and 1930, and what its collapse means to all of us."
DOCTOR IBRAHIM, by John Knittel.
"A strange and enthralling tale of an Egyptian street urchin whose flaming
ambition to become a great healer leads him through a gamut of adventures to a
pinnacle of success that turns to the dust and ashes of human futility."
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF EARTH, by John Hodgdon Bradley.
The story of earth told with philosophic and poetic feeling.
DICTATORSHIP IN THE MODERN WORLD, ed. by Guy Stanton Ford.
The pattern of dictatorships, how they work in Europe and Spanish Ameri-
ca; the prospects for democracy.
THERE IS NO TRUCE, by Rudolph W. Chamberlain.
A life of Thomas Mott Osborne.
CRIME INCORPORATED, by Martin Mooney.
Crime pays when politicians and police are so easily bought.