THE LIBRARY LANTERN
Published monthly from October to June.,b3. the
Hamilton Smith Library, of the University ./
of New Hampshire ; ,- /
Entered as second-class matter Octboer 10, 1927, at the post office at Durham, NewrCnirn.rhic. auder the
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 12 JUNE, 1937 No. 9
TIME STAYS-WE GO
THE YEARS, by Virginia Woolf.
A distinguished novelist adds to her .fame in this work, which covers a period
of fifty years and the lives of members of three families. There is little connected
narrative and we learn little about the lives of the characters. Rather we have
glimpses of them down through the years, as time relentlessly carries them toward
the ocean of oblivion. They know little of the whence or whither: they are groping
for reality, for the meaning of life; they are dogged by futility and inarticulateness:
for all of which reasons they are real and natural people. With such material Mrs.
Woolf has created a novel of profound and poetic beauty.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MODERN PLAYWRIGHT
PRESENT INDICATIVE, by Noel Coward.
Those people who are lovers of the stage and modern drama will find this
light autobiography amusing and enlightening. Mr. Coward gives us his life's
story with much the same witty, tongue-in-the-cheek attitude that one finds in his
sophisticated plays. His early life and struggles, revealed with a complete lack
of reticence, are particularly amusing. He writes about his associates in his
theatrical life, actors, producers, playwrights, but mostly, he writes about himself.
LIGHT WOMAN, by Zona Gale.
Zona Gale's newest novel moves in a comic mood around the brink of tragedy,
but her humorous characters completely steal the show from their more sober
companions. It is a character novel-not of the interplay of character-but with
each individual complete and capable of carrying on alone. Meet Grandma at
eighty, soothed by a pleasant case of gentle senile dementia into imagining herself
a bride. Bunchy, the maid, inquiring of dinner guests, "Would you guys like
some marmaladee" Jim and Genevieve. who first meet in front of the cage of the
spitting llama. "Oh," cried Mitty, "the uncertainty!" Recommended as an an-
tidote for the bulky, over-socialized fiction so many novelists are turning out.
IRISH DON QUIXOTE
RORY AND BRAN, by Lord Dunsany.
Imagine Rory as a young, Irish Don Quixote, and Bran as a more silent,
but none the less practical Sancho. Think of them going forth in knight-errantry,
(to the man in the lane, they were driving cattle to a fair in Connaught), through
a timeless Irish countryside; meeting the O'Harrigan, and the tinker who was
viceroy of the full moon; and saving Oriana from the mad-house at Mullingar. As
always, Lord Dunsany will cast spells for you, but you must go to him in willing-
ness, admitting there are elves and banshees, and that perhaps it is better to be
a little mad.
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BREAD AND WINE, by Ignazio Silone.
The dominant theme of this new novel by the author of Fontamara is the
ultimate fate of individual liberty under a dictatorship. Pietro Spina returns
to Italy after a long exile. Disguised as a priest, he divides his time between
the peasants of Abruzzi and the workers in Rome, plotting the overthrow of
"Etcetera Etcetera." Inevitably, the net closes around Pietro. The only avenue
of escape left open promises almost certain death, but is not death preferable to
capture under these circumstances? The author is himself an exile from Italy,
who has found a refuge in Switzerland.
I VISIT THE SOVIETS, by E. M. Delafield.
The majority of books about the U.S.S.R. fall into two classes: the ardent
pros and the pessimistic cons. The Provincial Lady is refreshingly neutral and
gives us an entertaining account of her trip to Russia, altho we hardly feel that it
comes up to her publisher's demand for a "funny book." She spent several months
on a collective farm and the picture of life there is not an attractive one. Even
if we do not admit that the Soviets have achieved the perfection they claim, after
reading this book we feel that the laurels should go to the Intourist Guides who have
become so adept in sidestepping arguments offered by the tourists.
GET A HORSE
GASOLINE AGE, by C. B. Glasscock.
"Get a Horse" was the street cry which greeted the automobiles of forty years
ago, and indeed many of them needed horses to pull them off when they broke down
or drag them out of the sloughs of city streets. What a terrific change and ad-
vance in these few short years! Glasscock's Gasoline Age is a combination of
anecdote, fact, and impression garnered from leaders in the industry, advertising
specialists, editors and lawyers. While not strictly a history of the automobile in-
dustry, it is full of meaty information; it is a "reflection of high accomplishment
of noteworthy Americans devoting their energy and ability toward a great end."
Of course Ford, Olds, Haynes, WVinton, Packard, Pierce and many others appear
in these pages, their stories told with whimsical appreciation of people and the
times. The book has entertaining photographs, a good bibliography and an in-
teresting chronology of the early automobiles.
A MODERN ODYSSEY
CRUISE OF THE CONRAD, by Alan Villiers.
Magellan was the first to circumnavigate the globe in a sailing vessel; will
Villiers be the last? And does it take more courage to sail into the unknown
with the best vessel obtainable or to sail into the known with the last frigate in
the world? This is what Villiers did on a staunch little 212 foot square rigged
vessel, rechristened the Joseph Conrad. With a crew largely of boys, Villiers
made the world circuit; his account is full of the salty tang of a sea not always
gentle, of strange lands, but not as strange as Magellan found them. It is a book
for the seaman or the traveller.
QUEEN'S FOLLY, by Elswyth Thane.
Elswyth Thane, a student of English history, is well equipped to write just
such a romantic novel as Queen's Folly. Her Tudor Wench, a biography of Queen
Elizabeth had the style and fascination of fiction and now in the present work we
find fiction with the semblance of fact. In the imaginative story of the name-
less man who saved Elizabeth's life at the time of Edward's death we have the
story of the queen's gratitude to this man and his reward, her portrait and a house.
These rewards carry the story from Elizabethan days to the present.
THE AMERICAN SCENE
EVERY DAY BUT SUNDAY, by Jennie Copeland.
To make local history seem of national importance is a task to challenge any
writer's powers, but this particular attempt, presenting the changing activities of
a small Massachusetts town from the milling of bog iron in the seventeenth century
to a torch light procession in the 1880's, is both entertaining and valuable. New
England antiquities, history of working conditions, the rise of capitalism, and
material of "human interest" are woven in as homely a way, and with as charm-
ing results, as the straw-shop girls wove the bonnets of 1860.
THE DEVIL AND DANIEL WIEBSTER, by Stephen Vincent Benet.
New Hampshire to the core is this tale of the struggle between the silver-
tongued Daniel Webster and the Devil, to save from perdition the soul of one
Jabez Stone. Daniel was "a man with a mouth like a mastiff, a brow like a moun-
tain and eyes like burning anthracite . and the biggest case he argued never
got written down in books, for he argued it against the devil, nip and tuck and no
holds barred." A trial was held and the jury consisted of the dead: Walter But-
ler, the New York incendiary loyalist of Revolutionary days, Simon Girty, the
renegade, who helped the Indians burn white men at the stake, King Philip,
Governor Dale, Morton of Merry Mount, Teach. the Pirate, and others. Beau-
tifully written, this long, short-story should make New Hampshire proud to claim
Webster as its native son.
BUCKSKIN BREECHES, by Phil Strong.
This is the story of a family and their removal to the Iowa frontier in 1836-
38 when a financial depression had hit the Eastern seaboard and families were mov-
ing westward to a fresh start in life. Jesse Ellison, a tavern-keeper of Merkum-
ville, Ohio, had fought in 1812 and through the subsequent Indian difficulties, was
an excellent shot and a first-class woodsman. The increasing population of his
town irked him considerably and he found that for the salvation of his family and
himself, he must go to a new country: a tavern was no place to rear his family.
The story of their move across the plains in the (lead of winter, their arrival in
Iowa and the building of their new home on rich bottom-land beside the Des
Moines river has the ring of authentic American pioneer history. It is the best
writing which Mr. Strong has done to date, perhaps because it is somewhat the
story of his own family.
LET ME SHOW YOU VERMONT, by Charles E. Crane.
If you haven't yet started out to see America, you will want to when you
see and read this book. with its many fine photographs of beauties so near at
hand. True, Vermont is no more beautiful than our own state, but she has some-
thing we lack, the Long Trail, a footpath running the length of the state along
the tops of the Green Mountains. Mountains, "gulfs", and lakes furnish a variety
of scenery for the traveller, or, if your interests are antiquarian, you will find this
an excellent guide in that direction also. In fact, all aspects of the state are ad-
PARADISE, by Esther Forbes.
An outstanding, historical romance. In 1639, Jude Parre and a handful of
settlers founded the town of Canaan on the banks of the Catacoonamaug. Jude
built his home and called it Paradise. Here he managed his estate, dispensed
justice to the community, holding court in the great hall of Paradise. But Jude's
children were not angels. They were flesh and blood, full of weakness and strength.
Christopher wore a scarlet A branded upon his forehead, and became a missionary
to the Indians. Miss Forbes' Indians are just as convincing as her other char-
acters and the chapters on King Philip's War are perhaps the most exciting in
this stirring tale of early Puritan days.
OPEN HOUSE IN NEW ENGLAND, by Samuel Chamberlain.
ON A NEW ENGLAND CAMPUS, by Frances S. Warner.
HOUSMAN, THE SCHOLAR
A. E. HOUSMAN, by A. S. F. Gow.
There are two main parts to the hook, the first a sketch of Housman's life
and character, which cannot fail to appeal to anyone interested either in poetry
or in human nature; the second, a bibliography of Housman's works, which are
not limited to three volumes of verse and a published lecture, as many people sup-
pose. It was for his translations from the Latin, particularly from Manilius, that
Housman expected his name to survive. Since he evaluates himself highest as a
scholar, these pages filled with anecdotes of his university career and his contro-
versies with other classical scholars of his time, illuminate a side of the poet too
often dismissed as secondary. Students of Housman do not need to be told of
the value of the bibliography.
COLLECTING FIRST EDITIONS
FIRST EDITIONS OF TODAY .., by H. S. Boutell.
A second edition of the author's compilation of statements from publishers
of the U. S. and England as to methods used by them in identifying editions of
their books. A very useful little handbook for collectors of modern firsts.
THIS BOOK COLLECTING RACKET, by Harry W. Schwcartz.
The collector of first editions must always be on the alert against forgeries.
and misrepresentations. This book is a much needed exposure of some of the
more flagrant abuses in book collecting, and one which should be of particular in-
terest to the beginner.
LINCOLN STEFFENS SPEAKING.
During the last ten years of his life Lincoln Steffens wrote a weekly column
for several California papers. Excerpts from these, together with some longer
pieces, are reprinted in this volume, a savoury collection of his thoughts, and dedi-
cated "to perplexed students, teachers, statesmen, businessmen, crooks, and ar-
tists." Whether or not the perplexity of these will be lessened, it will be teased
by the pungent comments and sharp thrusts at the foes of liberalism and enlight-
enment. Steffens writes of his small son Pete with great joy; one of the finest
things in the book is the essay Youth and Plenty, in which it is discovered for
Pete that grown-ups have done a pretty bad job with the world, and that it is
the task and opportunity of the young to do a better one.
BY TITLE ONLY
WITHOUT BENEFIT OF ARCHITECT, by Frazier F. Peters.
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, by Laura Thornborough.
ROAMING IN HtAWAII, by Harry C. Franck.
BLOOD ON THE MOON, by Linton Wells.
W/ESTPWARD FROM RIO, by Heath Bowman and Stirling Dickinson.
A CITY OF BELLS, by Elizabeth Goudge.
MAKING POTTERY, by IWalter A. DeSager.
EXCUSE IT, PLEASE, by Cornelia Otis Skinner.
GENTLEMEN FROM ENGLAND, by Maud and Delos Lovelace.
BY DAY AND BY NIGHT, by Johan Bojer.
THE RING IS CLOSED, by Knut Hamnsun.
JORDANSTOW'N, by Josephine Johnison.
SPY MEETS SPY, by Frederick Frost.
THREE COMRADES, by Erich MA. Remarque.
NONE SHALL LOOK BACK, by Caroline Gordon.
THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN, by Martha Gellhorn.
THE MIRACLE OF ENGLAND, by Andre Maurois.
THE THREE HEADED ANGEL, by Roark Bradford.
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman.