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Published monthly from October to u y the O
Hamilton Smith Library, of th 'e
of New Hampshire 5*
Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office New Hampsh t r the
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 13 MARCH, 1938 j No. 6
FOR MUSIC LOVERS
OF MEN AND MUSIC, by Deems Taylor.
The distinguished radio commentator of the Sunday afternoon symphony con-
certs has collected his weekly talks into a very entertaining book. A common-sense
attitude towards music, whether classical or modern, a lively sense of humor, a
keen mind and facility of expression combine in a man very much worth listening
to by those who want to broaden their musical experience. Some of the talks are
on individual musicians or compositions, others discuss such questions as the
status of opera in America, and what should be done about modern music. The
last item, analyzing his fan mail for the season, proves Mr. Taylor to be a re-
markably good-tempered gentleman.
THERE LOOM THE DARK, BROAD SEAS
FOREVER ULYSSES, by C. P. Rodocanachi.
The author has woven out of his imagination an engaging tale of a modern
Greek-"eternal heir to the cunning of Ulysses, the courage of Achilles, the ideal-
ism of Plato"-who roams the world from childhood to the grave, making his
fortune at the expense of others, and losing it with the nonchalance of a born
winner. He is always quicker-witted than the next man, and so in a tight place
is able to save his skin and usually his fortune too. From the age of seven when
he leaves home to be a bootblack his sphere of activity constantly expands and his
financial operations grow in size and importance. From his native isle to Alex-
andria and thence to inner Africa, from grocer boy to caliph's favorite, he even-
tually comes to America to be a great financier. He becomes a gentleman, "with-
out", says a surprised Englishman, "ever having played cricket." (Which gives
the author a chance to tell the English a few things about playing ball.) Ulysses
is scarcely plausible as a person; he is the synthesis of the eternal wanderer, and
the author has a great deal of fun with him.
THE GREATEST CRUISE IN HISTORY
CONQUEROR OF THE SEAS, by Stefan Zweig.
Columbus' discovery of America started a veritable frenzy of adventuring;
the possibilities of Eastern trade, particularly in what was known as the Spice
Islands, took a firm hold on the European mind. Portugal and Spain were the
two leading nations in Europe, and it was a sorry day for Portugal when King
Emanuel turned his back on the reserved, taciturn, demanding Ferdinand Ma-
gellan. The latter transferred his allegiance to Spain. There, through influential
friends, he gained an audience with King Charles who gave him the opportunity
to find the Spice Islands and claim them for Spain, and to prove that the world
was quasi-spherical in form. On August 10, 1519, a fleet of five ships manned
by two hundred and sixty-five men left Seville. Three long years later, one ship
with eighteen of these men triumphantly sailed up river to Seville. Unfortunately,
Magellan was not one of the eighteen; he had lost his life but had fulfilled his
pledge. This is the story of the hardships and the wonders encountered on this,
te first circumnavigation of the world.
ISLAND OF BALI, by Miguel Covarrubius.
Caught by the magic spell of Bali, the author and his wife lived among the
Balinese, studied the language and customs, traditions and culture of these simple,
unspoiled people. The book is a timely record, for the invasion of our Western
civilization is rapidly destroying their native folkways. The author is particularly
bitter against missionaries and traders, but filled with admiration for the Dutch
system of colonization. The text is profusely illustrated and some sixty pages
are devoted to photographs taken by the author's wife.
MY NEW WORLD, by Ernest Dinmet.
Readers of My Old World will recall that Abbe Dimnet closed that volume
of his memoirs with his call to teach at the renowned College Stanislas in Paris.
Here he relates his experiences at the College, the heart-breaking War years, his
growing love for America which he visits annually, and his retirement from the
teaching profession. The keynote of his personality is sincerity and he has a
host of friends, Protestants and Catholics alike. One feels that his criticisms of
our country are prompted not by any wish to be disparaging, but because America
is so dear to his heart. The Abbe's guiding principles are these: Know your-
self-Be yourself-Be your best self. Today he carries on his literary career in
the shadow of Notre Dame.
THE PINE TREE STATE
MAINE: A GUIDE 'DOWN EAST'.
This is the fourth in the series of guide books by the Federal Writers' Pro-
ject which is to cover all the states in the Union, Alaska and Puerto Rico. It con-
tains a store of information on the history, resources, economic conditions, recre-
ational opportunities, points of historic interest and other phases relating to the
everyday lives of the people of this fine state. Many photographs and maps are
included, nineteen "tour descriptions" for the motorist and a subject bibliography.
THIS PROUD HEART, by Pearl Buck.
Susan Gaylord was a gifted and versatile person. She was a good house-
keeper, a good mother, somewhat of a pianist, but beyond all this she was a
gifted sculptor. The overwhelming desire to create clay figures took her often
away from the family she adored. So "this proud heart" was ever lonely. In
this, Pearl Buck's first novel in the American setting, is given the story of a
warm, vibrant women who wanted everything.
DESIGN IN NATURE, by James A. Ritchie.
Nature moving in an eternally rhythmic pattern through days and nights;
through changing seasons is a design of wonder and beauty. This cycle motivated
by the sun affects all life by causing the growth of plants which in turn directly
or indirectly nourish all animals. In this small book Professor Ritchie has given
a fine picture of the world of nature which, without intricate scientific details,
makes fascinating reading.
ENDS AND MEANS, by Aldous Huxley.
There is general agreement about the ideal goal of human effort, but none
about the means of attaining that goal. The few freest human beings of all time,
the free philosophers and founders of religions, have agreed that the ideal man
is the non-attached man. Non-attachment is at the root of all religions and
requires the practice of all virtues. How can contemporary man be transformed
into this ideal? In this "practical cookery book of reform" Aldous Huxley at-
tempts to answer the question.
"THERE IS WHITE MOONLIGHT ON THE FIELDS"
YEAR'S END, by Josephine W. Johnson.
This is a collection of forty-seven poems of various lengths. The medium
employed is mostly free verse, and Miss Johnson proves herself an accomplished
and subtle craftsman. She writes hauntingly beautiful lines as well as ironic
spear-like thrusts, such as one finds in To A Certain Author. In the title poem,
the author reviews the beauties and discomforts in life and concludes: "And there
shall be no peace Until each of us have said, 'It is I, Lord, it is I!' "
THE THREE FALSE MARTYRS
BOW DOWN TO WOOD AND STONE, by Josephine Lawrence.
This is the story of three women who tried to give the impression that they
were sacrificing their lives for ideals when, in reality, they were doing what they
most wanted to do. Seneth, who "gave up everything for her children" expected
them to reciprocate. Brosia, meticulous and correct, subtly impressed her friends
with the fact that she was a mistreated wife. Gillian, the least harmful of the
three, gave up all good things in this world hoping that she would be rewarded
in the next.
CLEOPATRA, by Emil Ludwig.
Ludwig's subtle touch has succeeded in showing Cleopatra as a woman, a
wife, a mother and a queen rather than the lover. He has also succeeded in build-
ing up the atmosphere, mental attitudes and psychological reactions which might
have gone on to make Cleopatra the woman she was. The early maturity of
southern women, the custom of Egyptian princesses marrying brothers, and the
all powerful motive of revenge which played such a part in royal policy-all these
must have had deep seated influence in determining the Queen's manner of deal-
ing with government and people. And of course there were Casar and Antony.
THE PRODIGAL PARENTS, by Sinclair Lewis.
This is a satirical comedy on the "advanced and liberal" ideas and wisdom
of the college student who undertakes to manage his parents. It is difficult for
Howard Cornplow to realize that life is a serious, settled business and that Dad
Cornplow really does know something about it. It takes sister Sara equally long
to find the inconsistency between living on Dad's generous allowance and being
a Communist. That the wise and understanding parents finally rebel and have
their fling is no wonder. Full of humorous bits of wisdom.
YOUNG CATHERINE, by E. M. Almnedingen.
An interesting trend in present day biography and historical fiction is that
writers appear to be devoting more attention to the early years of their subjects.
One hears a great deal about Catherine the Great but little about "Figgy". It
helps in understanding Catherine to know Babette, her governess, and to see her
foolish young mother complaining of her lot merely because Christian Augustus'
army pay didn't permit extravagances. By reason of this study we can better un-
derstand the Catherine of history.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN VICTORIAN FICTION, by E. M. Delafield.
Typical Victorians were, of course, ladies and gentlemen at all times. To us
their life is amusing but insincere, bounded as it was by a shell of "whalebone and
brocade". This book presents the life of the period by means of selected scenes
and passages from Victorian novels.
ROBBERY BY MAIL, by Karl Baarslag.
An accurate account of the various schemes and rackets used by swindlers
and confidence men, by which the public is "taken in" to the tune of millions of
dollars by the use of the U. S. mails, and the steps taken by Postal Inspectors
to put a stop to it.
FROM MISS FERBER'S PEN
NOBODY'S IN TOWN, by Edna Ferber.
Two long short stories are included in this book: the one which gives it its
title and Trees Die At The Top. In the first of these, Mrs. Alan Career departs
for Europe with her little daughter and her mother after assuring her husband
that "nobody's in town." Miss Ferber proceeds to show that there are many
people besides Alan Career left in the sweltering heat of mid-July in New York.
Deftly she presents Dahlia, the Careers' colored cook, Lacy Bigger, Dahlia's musi-
cal boy friend, Dan Brophy and Noonan of the Water Works and the many other
"little" people upon whom the Careers and their kind unwittingly depend. Trees
Die At The Top is less forceful. Here we meet the Jay Contents bound for Cali-
fornia and the death-bed of Old Jared. As the luxurious train speeds across the
continent we learn the story of Old Jared's crossing in '49 with his parents, and
Miss Ferber tries to convey the fact that the present generation shows up to dis-
advantage in comparison with the pioneer branch of the family.
CELIA TO ROSALIND
LETTERS TO .1 FRIEND, by Winifred Holtby.
Winifred Holtby's untimely death soon after the completion of her brilliant
novel, South Riding, was a blow to those who had hoped for further novels from
her pen. Now we have something much more personal-her letters to a friend
in South Africa,. bubbling with life and enthusiasm. The two shared war work
in 1918 close to the front lines, where they strove rather pathetically to imagine
they were in the Forest of Arden. At the end of the war Miss Holtby returned
to Oxford to get her degree, after which she led a very active life, lecturing and
writing. Her letters are filled with the news of daily happenings, often trivial
in themselves but told from an artist's viewpoint. Her two brilliant friends, Vera
Brittain and Clare Leighton, are frequently met in these pages, as well as many
RECOGNITION OF ROBERT FROST, ed. by Richard Thornton.
In view of the fact that during the first twenty years of his writing career
America did little to recognize Robert Frost, it seems fitting that Mr. Thornton
should have collected into this book all the criticisms of him since his first poem
was printed in 1894. Now one of the foremost poets in this country, his first
recognition came from England where he published in 1913 the small volume, A
Boy's Will. A year later came North of Boston and with it came recognition in
this country. Since then his fame has spread far.
THE MEMOIRS OF SIR RONALD STORRS.
"They who discover this book will agree that it is, taken for all in all, one
of the fine autobiographies of the period." An important book for those who
are even slightly interested in the Near East.
TOMBS, TRAVEL AND TROUBLE, by Lawrence Griswold.
Interesting and well-written account of an archaeologists' adventures and dis-
coveries in Central and South America.
THE JOURNAL OF EUGENE DELACROIX, tr. by Walter Pach.
SIX CENTURIES OF FINE PRINTS, by Carl Zingrosser.
A history and commentary on prints and print makers, accompanied by
488 illustration in black and white.
THE MOON IS MAKING, by Storm Jameson.
TRUMPETS CALLING, by Dora Aydelotte.
GRASSROOT JUNGLES: A BOOK OF INSECTS, by Edwin W. Teale.
A popularly written account of the habits and behavior of common insects to
be found in the grassy jungles of our back yards.