THE LIBRARY LAN
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 Hamps
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 13 MAY, 1938 No. 8
ON AN AFRICAN FARM
OUT OF AFRICA, by Isak Dinesen.
Baroness Blixen has written something very different from her Seven Gothic
Tales in this account of her life in Africa, where she ran a coffee farm six thou-
sand feet up and just below the equator. Her love for the natives and for animals
has given her a deep insight into their feelings, and when she writes of them it is
with a glow that comes from the heart and can never be achieved by lesser natures.
Her style is as polished as it is simple. She writes of matters that might well be
trivial in other hands, but she gives them an abiding significance. She was doctor,
scribe, and arbiter to the natives, and was invited to their weddings, funerals, and
dances. A baby gazelle was brought up on the farm, the household's daintiest
member, who ever after came back to feed while her wild mate awaited her in the
woods. In the end the coffee farm failed and the baroness had to sell it and return
to Europe. She writes of her last days in Africa with a sense of tragedy but with
no feeling of defeat, for she had stored up riches of another kind.
BEACON HILL AND RYE BEACH IN THE JUNGLE
THE GOLD MISSUS, by Katherine Fowler-Lunn.
Kay Fowler of Beacon Hill shocked her parents by being too busy studying
geology at Bryn Mawr, Wisconsin, and Columbia to "come out." Attending an
International Geological Congress in South Africa she met and married a British
geologist stationed in the Gold Coast. Then they found that wives of government
officials weren't allowed in the Gold Coast, so Dr. Fowler-Lunn geologized by
herself in Sierra Leone, a colony only a few hundred miles away but far more
untamed. Her hair-raising difficulties of travel through the jungle with only
her native "boys", who called her "the Gold Missus", were merely incidents which
delayed her studies. Her discoveries were so important that she returned twice
to Sierra Leone for two mining companies, and now great gold, iron, and moly-
bdenum mines are operating in rich deposits that she found. Her exciting story
is interestingly told. The author now teaches at Wellesley and summers in New
Hampshire, studying White Mountain geology.
THESE FOREIGNERS, by William Seabrook.
In the town of Rhinebeck, N. Y., live a Russian blacksmith, an Italian barber,
a Greek restaurant keeper-good neighbors to the Yankees and the descendants
of the Dutch families who settled there 250 years ago. Seabrook was surprised to
discover that these Italians, Russians and Greeks were no longer foreigners, and
he set out to see whether the same thing had happened in other parts of this
country. He found out that for the most part it had, even where there were large
foreign-language groups. He visited blond Scandinavian farmers in Minnesota,
gay Italians in Bridgeport, Polish mechanics in Gary, and quiet German brewers
in St. Louis. They are neighbors now and "all American."
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EVERYBODY'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY, by Gertrude Stein.
Continuing where The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas left off, this book
tells more of Miss Stein's life and includes much about her friends, both here and
in France. Her rules of grammar and punctuation are certainly unique and she
loves words words words. Take this sentence for instance, where she refers
to her return to France after her lecture tour in this country: "It was all over
and we were going back again, of course it was all going on being there there where
we had been even if we were not there and it was as if we had not been." We
frankly confess that Miss Stein makes us dizzy if we read too much at one sit-
ting, but she assures us she is a genius, so the fault must be ours. Well anyway
we leave you to your own decision.
THE SUMMING UP, by W. Somerset Maugham.
This is less an autobiography than a book on the art of writing. In this field
Maugham is a serious student who finds a lifetime all too short to perfect himself
in the only activity that interests him. He has small respect for the slapdash
sentences of contemporary writers-for him the three requirements of a good
style are lucidity, simplicity, and euphony. Aspiring young authors would do
well to read this for the excellent advice it gives. While revealing little of his
outward life, Maugham writes quite fully of his intellectual development.
CONQUEST OF THE PAST, by Prince Hubertus zu Loewenstein.
The one hundred and one shots from the castle guns which greeted Prince
Hubertus' entrance into the world foretold the stormy times ahead for this Ba-
varian prince. His childhood was quite different from what one would expect and
certainly not that prescribed by present-day child psychologists. He gives us a
side of the War about which we have heard little: namely, the young school chil-
dren of his country and the privations they had to experience. After the War
came the unrest in Germany and the Prince found himself bewildered by the
changing order. While he was trying to decide which party to join, he was as-
sailed by religious doubts as well. The latter part of the book contains extracts
from his diaries between the years 1930 and 1933.
THREE ROUSING CHEERS, by Elizabeth Jordan.
Elizabeth Jordan was graduated from the Convent of Notre Dame in Mil-
waukee at the age of seventeen. She thought she would like to become a nun, but
instead embarked on a career in the newspaper world. She showed a natural talent
for writing, and certainly must have been a most charming person to meet. Down
through the years of her life she met all the most important political, commercial,
and literary personages of the day. Intimate pictures of such people as Henry
James, Arthur Brisbane, Noguchi, Carrel, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sinclair
Lewis, and many others are included in her autobiography. Miss Jordan has the
ability to tell an anecdote in the most effective way, and her whole life's story is
sprinkled very generously with them.
A POET'S LIFE, by Harriet Monroe.
A thrilling story, not so much of one poet as of the many poets both American
and English whom Harriet Monroe befriended as editor of the magazine Poetry.
In the period from 1893, the year of the Chicago World's Fair, to 1913, when
Poetry was founded, her story is full of meetings with famous people-painters,
architects, musicians, actors, authors, as well as political figures. She has included
many interesting and revealing letters, such as those from Ezra Pound, the first
"foreign correspondent," in which he vehemently sets forth his ideas of criticism
and Imagism. There is as a matter of fact so much here of literature, art, philos-
ophy, world affairs, and people that one can scarcely believe it all happened in
the life of one woman.
HAWAII: ISLES OF ENCHANTMENT, by Clifford Gessler.
While the sun-drenched beach at Waikiki spells Hawaii for many tourists, the
Islands have a deeper, broader meaning for Mr. Gessler, and his interpretation is
strengthened by Mr. Suydam's illustrations. He reviews the history of the Is-
lands, describes their scenic beauty, tells of Pele, of Father Damien and Brother
Joseph on Molokai, and of Poki, the ghost dog, and other superstitions. The rais-
ing of cane and pineapples are the chief industries of the country and the author
praises the handling of labor crises which have arisen. The section dealing with
the life of the Hawaiians explodes many false ideas about them. The Islands are
a natural stopping place for trans-Pacific airships, but their charm will lessen as
contact with the mainland increases.
COLONIAL TIMES RESTORED
OLD WILLIAMSBURG AND HER NEIGHBORS, by William Oliver Stevens.
Since 1927, when John D. Rockefeller, Jr., gave several millions to restore
Williamsburg, the little Virginia city has been subject to a process of tearing down
the new and rebuilding the old. Already the first section of the plan has been
completed, with the remarkable record of sixty-seven buildings restored and one
hundred and twenty-two reconstructed upon their old foundations, as well as
over five hundred post-colonial buildings removed. As a result, we can now
step back two hundred years into a colonial atmosphere which is as authentic
as research can make it. Not only architectural details, but the flowers in the
gardens and the costumes of the hostesses are carefully documented. A place
worth visiting, indeed, and this book will tell you the whole story, besides ad-
vising you of the charms of the many adjacent historic spots of the Old Dominion.
THEN CAME OIL, by C. B. Glasscock.
Mr. Glasscock lays an excellent foundation for his fascinating story of the
Oklahoma oil boom by giving the history of the various tribes who were removed
along the Trail of Tears from the Southeastern states out to Indian Territory.
Even out there the Indian was given the worst land but, as subsequent events
proved, the Indian had the last laugh because this apparently worthless land was
what covered the richest tracts of oil. The drama of settlement, the riches accu-
mulated, the follies committed and the story of how Big Money moved in on the
oil game all make very exciting reading.
ANTIQUE FAKES AND REPRODUCTIONS, by Ruth Webb Lee.
Just the book you've been looking for! Innumerable illustrations of originals,
reproductions and fakes with explanations of their places and dates of manu-
facture; also something about prices and how to distinguish at least some of the
originals. Although the book is largely about glass there is some discussion
of porcelains, silver and iron.
I, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, by Leslie Hotson.
In his will Shakespeare named one "Thomas Russell, Esq.," an overseer. Led
on by scant knowledge of both Shakespeare and his friend and neighbor, Professor
Hotson has searched court records for facts about the life of Thomas Russell of
Strensham. From these cold meagre facts is built up a life of this friend of the
poet and his part in Shakespeare's life.
COMPLETE BOOK OF BALLETS, by Cyril W. Beaumont.
This is a very comprehensive and interesting book of the ballet. It contains
an excellent index of the choreographers, the ballets and numerous other items.
There is a chronological table of the choreographers; there are many good illus-
trations; there are synopses of the ballets and many biographical sketches as well
as much ballet history.
IOSEPH IN EGYPT, by Thomas Mann.
This is the third in the series "Joseph and his Brothers" by a'man who is
considered by many to be one of the great novelists of all time.' Here the con-
densed Bible story is elaborated, not for the sake of elaboration but in the interest
of comprehension. "Joseph is made to undergo the growth and unfolding of the
spirit which for Thomas Mann is the essence of life, and therefore the central
problem of all individual human existence."
THE YEARLING, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
This is a delicate and lovely story running swiftly in the steps of a boy and
a deer living in the Florida scrub. In the year that they hunted and roamed to-
gether Jody began to realize that life was grim in spite of its beauty and joy.
The fortress of home on "Baxter's Island," he found, could not always protect
him, for fiii-ds came rotting the potatoes, and the wolves came, and "Old Slew-
foot", the bear. Yet in spite of these hardships Jody came to love the wild loneli-
ness of the scrub so that even after losing Flag he would stay and work the poor
VILLAGE TALE, by John DeMeyer.
When the villagers of Gull's Cove, Maine, saw the smart-looking young lady
from New York settle down among them out of season, they knew no good would
come of it, but they did not suspect that she would entice Michael, the minister's
son, into writing a novel about the village and villagers, etching their pettiness
and narrowness so truly that each individual recognized himself instantly on read-
ing Michael's book. Michael had always been teased by the villagers and had
been deeply hurt as well. He wrote the book in a spirit of revenge, sparing no
one. What happened after the publication of the novel is a unique study in
village psychological reactions.
SEVEN MUST DIE, by James Warner Bellah.
Here is a tale of mystery and romance which holds our interest from start
to finish. An odd assortment of characters sign up with Captain MacVey for a
pleasure cruise out from Honolulu. That sounds innocent enough, but things
happen thick and fast and soon the cruise becomes a race for sunken treasure:
gleaming pearls, hundreds of them, which disappeared with King Bradley. That
is all we can tell you without spoiling your pleasure in the story. This book
would make a splendid movie. Can't you picture the scene where Sherman ex-
plores the old "Albatross," while Connie sits in the boat managing the air pump?
OTHER RECENT ACCESSIONS
I LIVE UNDER A BLACK SUN, by Edith Sitwell.
THE PASQUIER CHRONICLES, by Georges Duhamel.
REVOLT U. S. A., by Lamar Middleton.
THE CULTURE OF CITIES, by Lewis Mumford.
THE LAW AND MR. SMITH, by Max Radin.
THE MORTAL STORM, by Phyllis Bottome.
THE STORY OF RECONSTRUCTION, by Robert Selph Henry.
CHILDREN OF THE RISING SUN, by Willard Price.
CAROLINE ENGLAND, by Noel Streatfeild.
THE FATE OF THE "GROSVENOR", a true account of the wreck of the
East Indiaman, and of the fate of its survivors, by Jonathan Lee.
THE MARKET PLACE, reminiscences of a financial editor, by Alexander Dana