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 Octboer 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, New Hampshire, under the
;ct of August 24. 1912.
Vol. 12 MAY. 1937 .-- No,. S
HIGH-RANKING BIOGRAPH X/ :
1IVHITAIAN, by Edgar Lee Masters.
The poet of Spoon River Anthlology is well-fitted to por hit ,t
voice of Jeffersonian democracy, and while he does not eet any new ani d
startling material, he handles a difficult biographical subje 4, delicate way,, /
Whitman was a sort of 19th century Carl Sandburg, and his N k, i e than thlat$ .
of any other poet of his time, influences the newest school of Aln cin pe?:I r He
is the great figure in "social consciousness" literature.
GREY ]O FALLODON, by George JI. Trcvcllyan.
Attracted by the charm of these two well-known names, we are not disappointed
in this fine biography, which presents a picture of Sir Edward Grey as an upright
and lovable character, at the same time giving us a detailed study of British politics
from 1906 to 1917. Students of modern European history will profit much from
the keen and accurate presentation of the World War and events leading up to it
as seen from the point of view of England's Foreign Office. The book transcends
a political document, however, for this statesman was also a naturalist, a lover
of birds, and an angler after the school of Sir Izaak Walton. It is a many-sided
figure introduced to us by this great historian.
THE BATTLE AXE RAMPANT
TRIAL OF LIZZIE BORDEN, by Edward Pearson.
Banker Borden, head of an ultra respectable Fall River family, was slain by an
axe one hot summer day in 1892. His wife suffered a similar fate. The family
crest boasted a battle axe as the central figure. Daughter Lizzie came under sus-
picion of the fell deed at once, for she had the motive and the opportunity. Read-
ers of dectective fiction will like Mr. Pearson's rendering of America's most famous
murder case. Since much of the actual court testimony is included, it is possible
to follow the exact proceeding of Massachusetts justice that acquitted Lizzie, al-
though it could not save her from subsequent condemnation of public opinion.
A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
PERUVIN.V PAGEANT, by Blair Niles.
In ultra modern fashion aboard an air clipper Mrs. Niles journeys back
through time, from New York City 1936 to Inca Peru. Her description of the
trip is a delightful product of reminiscences and scenic beauty. Upon arrival in
Lima she gradually works back in imagination through the ages of Peruvian civili-
zation. There are tales of ruined cities, families of mummies and buried treasure.
It is an enthusiastic mixture of modern personal narrative with research on the
history of Peru. The combination of past with present makes this a most readable
book on the highlights of Peruvian history. The fine photographs are by Robert
t. 3. re.q 9T^ *93
AN IRISH GITANA
DON GYPSY, by Il'alter Starkic.
Earning his way by playing his fiddle wherever there was an audience, the
author, a professor of Spanish in Dublin University, traveled through Spanish
Morocco. Andalusia, Malaga and other parts of Southern Spain just before the
outbreak of the civil war. He is an intellectual vagabond who successfully gives
the stay-at-home reader not only the sights but the sounds and smells of whatever
place he chooses to describe. At heart Dr. Starkie is a gypsy and whenever he
can find them. these are the companions he prefers to mingle with in his wander-
ings. He gives us an intimate, sympathetic picture of the Spanish lower classes
so that one gains a greater understanding of these people. There are folk tales.
songs and poems throughout the text.
BACK TO SHIRTSLEEVES
THE STONE FIELD, by Martha Ostenso.
Through both fair and dubious means, old Ashbrooke Hilyard gained much
land and became a powerful person in his community. His son. Leonard, mar-
ried and Eastern woman and their children were sent to the best schools and given
all the advantages that money can buy. Times became hard and monev scarce.
The degeneration of the family kept pace with the loss of land. The third genera-
tion consisted of Dorothy who married a man years older than herself because he
was wealthy Ashbrooke, a wastrel: and Royce whose unsuccessful marriage final-
ly led to his realizing that his real purpose in life was keeping Sky Valley Farm in-
tact. Jo Porte. a poor neighbor, followed the fortunes of the Hilvards from her
'childhood to maturity. She loved Royce for many years and it is through her
>eyes that we get an insight into this family tangle.
RECENT PROGRESS IN SCIENCE
SCIEYTIFIC PROGRESS, the Sir Halley Stfewart lectures. 1935.
These lectures by Sir James Jeans. J. B. S. Haldane. Julian Huxley, and
others, recount the recent advances in scientific investigation of problems in astron-
omv, electricity, etc. Haldane's lecture on eugenics, and Huxley's on science and
social needs, are particularly timely.
I'E IRE NOT ALONE, by James Hilton.
Those who loved Mr. Chips will love the "little doctor" of this brief novel.
who was too gentle for this harsh world. There is a delicate, dream-like quality
about the story of his friendship with a vaudeville dancer, and their martyrdom
to the smug self-righteousness of unimaginative people.
PORTRAITS FRO)11 LIFE, by Ford AMado.r Ford.
These ten or a dozen chapters are on as many "literary lights": each done
in characteristic style to bring out individualities. In no sense are these biographies
but merely introductory sketches like meetings at afternoon teas. They are de-
lightful additions to the lives of Conrad, Stephen Crane. Henry James. Swin-
burne and the rest.
GALLOIU'S HILL. by Frances ll'inwar.
Historical novel, with setting in old Salem, concerned chiefly with the witch-
craft panic and religious frenzy of the time. Cotton Mather appears as the mov-
ing spirit in the prosecution.
SAILI'AGE, by Roger Uercel.
Thrilling story of the sea, illustrating the unhesitating cleavage to the stern
dluty of rescuing a ship in distress despite personal consideration.
IN THE DANGEROUS ARCHIPELAGO
ROAD MIY BODY GOES. by Clifford Gessler.
Do not let this funereal title taken from a Tahitian song deter you from
reading the book. It is an excellent piece of reporting by a newspaper man who
joined an expedition sponsored by the Bishop Museum of Hawaii. Mr. Gessler
covers the whole trip, but he devotes most of his book to the three months which
he spent on the atoll of Tepuka with Kenneth P. Eniory, ethnologist of the ex-
pedition. His account of the communal life is quite different from the idyllic
existence which mention of the South Seas is apt to evoke. There are many
charming passages like the following: "The gods of evening shook out their crim-
son cloaks over many-spired Moorea . A wide moon climbs the worn stairway
of night." Unintentionally, Mr. Gessler has given us a deep glimpse into his own
THIS THING CALLED LIFE
THE LAURELS ARE CUT DOWN. by Archie Binns.
The author of Lightship turns to the pioneer days on Puget Sound for the
background of this novel. Alfred and George Tucker grew up on a farm near
the shore of the Sound. There was a strong bond between the brothers and deep
pride in their country. Still, they found clearing land a strenuous task and built
a sloop in which they went prospecting to Alaska. \hen America entered the
War, the boys returned home to enlist and both fell in love with the same girl
before leaving. Their unit was sent to Russia and they saw many horrors. Al-
fred returned alone and found a changed country which perplexed him, but which
he refused to leave when begged by Clarice.
OUR NEIGHBOR TO THE SOUTH
PORTR-AIT OF MEXICO, by Bertraim D. Wolfe and Diego Rivera.
Mr. Wolfe outlines Mexico's history and present condition with a keen appre-
ciation of the factors involved. Too many books on Mexico have been close to
hysteria. Rivera's pictures need no introduction here and the book is a worthy
successor to Portrait of Anerica.
MIDDLETOWN IN TRANSITION, by Robert and Mary Lynd.
The Lvnds have now followed up their momentous work. Middletowvn, with
another just as important and perhaps more significant to us today, beginning as
it does where the original study left off and continuing through the troublesome
ITS A FAR CRY. by Robert IW. Winston.
Judge Winston's autobiography, if such it can be labeled, makes an extremely
readable and entertaining story: but far more than this it is significant as an ex-
pression of the trend of liberalism in the South; his speech, Garland for Ashes, was
one of the boldest ever to be heard in a Southern auditorium. The book would at
first appear to be purely local in interest, being concerned as it is almost wholly
with North Carolina. its people and institutions, from the days of Reconstruction
to the present, yet it considerably transcends regionalism in its reflections.
OF MICE AND MEN, by John Steinbeck.
OLD HISTORIC CHURCHES OF AMERICA, by Edward F. Rines.
ARMY WITHOUT BANNERS, by Ernie O'Malley.
CATALOGUE OF BRITISH PAINTINGS IN THE HENRY E. HUNT-
INGTON LIBRARY AND ART GALLERY.
ONE MIGHTY TORRENT, by Edgar Johnson.
MY FATHER'S HOUSE, by Pierrepont Noyes.
AROUSE AND BEWARE. by MacKinlay Kantor.
THEY SAY THE FORTIES, by Howard M. Jones.
READING AND COLLECTING
A special faculty committee of the University will soon award a prize to the
student owning what it considers the best private library, as announced in The
New Hampshire on March 12. Initiation of this award at the University of New
Hampshire is intended, as at many other such institutions, to encourage and to
foster private ownership of books among students and to encourage voluntary
reading. In order to give easy access to material on the subjects of book collect-
ing, reading and publishing, the Library will maintain the following special shelf
of books near the circulation desk during the next few weeks. The list is not in-
tended as an exhaustive bibliography of the best material on the subjects but is
simply a selection from the library's collection. Included on the special shelf is
a facsimile reprint of the first edition of The Bay Psalm Book, 1640, which has the
distinction of being the first book printed in British North America. Our students
are urged to browse, to taste and to digest.
Aldis. Harry G.; The printed book.
Arnold, William II.: Ventures in book collecting.
Aungerville. Richard: The love of books: the Philobiblion of Richard de Bury.
Becker, May Lamberton: A reader's guide book.
Bennett, Jesse L.: What books can do for you.
Bostwick, Arthur E.: The making of an American's library.
Brehner. J. B. ed.: Classics of the Western world.
Brewer. Reginald: The delightful diversion.
Burchot. IIenri: The printed book. its history, illustration, and adornment.
Burton, John H.: The book hunter.
Carter, John, ed.: New paths in book collecting.
Compton, Charles C.: Who reads what?
De Ricri. Seymour: Etnglish collectors of books and manuscript (1530-1930) and their marks of
Dickinson, Asa D.: One thousand hest books.
Dickinson, Asa D.: The best books of our lime.
Graham, Bessie: The bookman's manual.
Haines, Helen E.: Living with books.
Jackson. Guy A.: Rare books ind first editions.
Jackson, Holbrook: Anatomy of bibliomania.
James. M. R.: The wanderings and homes of manuscripts.
Kenyon, Frederick G.: Books and readers in ancient Greece and Rome.
Kerfoot. J. B.: How to read.
Koopman. H. L.: The book lover and his books.
McMurtrie. Douglas C.: The golden book.
Massachusetts Library Association: Books we like.
Morley, Christopher: Ex Libris Carissimis.
Newton, A. Edward: This book-collecting game.
Newton, A. Edward: The amenities of book-collecting.
Newton, A. Edward: Bibliography and pseudo-bibliography.
Orcutt, William Dana: Master makers of the book.
Orcutt, William Dana: In quest of the perfect book.
Orcutt. William Dana: The kingdom of books.
Oswald, John C.: A history of printing.
Page, \alter H.: A publisher's confession.
Poortenaar. Jan: The art of the book and its illustration.
Pond, Ezra: A B C of reading.
Putnam. George II.: Iooks and their makers during the Middle Ages.
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur: On tlle art of reading.
Roberts, W.: Rare books and their prices.
Rosenbach, A. S. W.: A book hunter's holiday.
Rosenbach, A. S. W.: Books and bidders.
Savage, Ernest A.: The story of libraries and book-collecting.
Winterich, John T.: Books and the man.
Winterich, John T.: Early American books and printing.
There will be on display in the reading rooms of the Library, beginning about May 15 and continuing
for two weeks, an exhibition entitled Survey of Painting, consisting of 75 good color reproductions of the
works of leading artists from the fourteenth through the nineteenth centuries, circulated by the American
Federation of Arts.