THE LIBRARY LAN N
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 Ham un the
act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 13 JUNE, 1938 No. 9
NEW HAMPSHIRE IN DRAMA
OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder.
Plays without scenery are not new, but we do know of 'a previous attempt
to create atmosphere with a table and two chairs for a house, a step ladder for
the upper storey, a board across two chairs for the soda fountain at the corner
drug store, and several rows of chairs for the graves in the cemetery. That this
attempt is successful is evidenced by the award of the Pulitzer Prize to Thornton
Wilder for "Our Town", whose locale is "Grover's Corners", New Hampshire.
The drama is provided by experiences common to everyone-birth, life, and death,
and people living out their lives with so much unrealized, unfelt, unenjoyed,
because only death can teach the wonder of life.
YORKSHIRE IN FICTION
SLEEP IN PEACE, by Phyllis Bentley.
Against a background of a Yorkshire textile industry is unfolded the story
of the Armisteads and the Hinchcliffes, joint proprietors in a swollen mill. The
Armisteads were an aristocratic lot, the Hinchcliffes were of the people. There
were three children in each family and most of the story deals with their prob-
lems. All of the characters are completely individual and, as a result, their re-
actions to economic and social conditions through the period from pre-war to
post-war times are varied. The way in which Miss Bentley keeps her many char-
acters on an even basis is proof that this is an expertly written novel.
FROM MATTER TO ENERGY
THE EVOLUTION OF PHYSICS, by Albert Einstein and Leopold Infeld.
It is no small achievement for men accustomed to think in mathematical terms
to write a book without a single equation, an absorbing and imaginative book for
all who are sufficiently stirred by the achievements of modern physics to want to
know more about them. Take a science that was considered practically finished
little more than fifty years ago. Then see what new ideas suddenly changed its
whole structure, brought it to life and revealed lines of thought as long as the
rest of man's intellectual life. Einstein and Infeld tell the story in simple lan-
guage, although necessarily omitting much, and requiring the reader to accept
on faith results which cannot be stated in non-mathematical language. Even so,
it is no easy reading, although any interested reader with the willingness to think
will have no difficulty in comprehending any of the ideas presented. Perhaps the
most exciting section is that dealing with the electromagnetic wave (a special
case of which is the radio wave). The discovery of this wave theoretically before
it was found in experiment is one of the greatest achievements in the history
of science. The section on relativity requires of the reader a good deal of mental
gymnastics with moving rooms, falling elevators, and beams of light, which lead
to an understanding of some of the fundamental aspects of that highly intriguing
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DANCER IN M.ADRID, by Janet Riesenfeld.
This American born dancer was on her way to Madrid for a dancing engage-
ment and to join her fiance when the train was stopped at the Spanish border and
the passengers were informed of the outbreak of the revolution and denied ad-
mission. Aided by a newspaper correspondent she managed to reach Madrid and
was there for six months. The Spain she found was not one of smiling skies
and fiestas, it was a country under the dark shadow of conflict and of sudden death
to loved ones. At the border Miss Riesenfeld had thought that the revolution
could not affect her, but she quickly learned how mistaken she had been. The
,story of her experiences in Spain is vivid and dramatic.
OVERLAND WITH THE NOMAD LAPPS, by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik.
The earliest history of the Lapps is unknown. Lapland is neither a geograph-
ical nor a political unity but has been pushed by civilization into the northerly parts
of Norway, Finland, and Russia. There are three great groups: the Nomad. the
Forest and the Fisher Lapps.
The author of this book and his wife made the difficult journey to the moun-
tains with the Nomad Lapps where the vast reindeer herds are pastured for the
summer. This account of the life and folklore of these little-known people is most
interesting; the many photographs are excellent.
FIFTY SOUTH TO FIFTY SOUTH, by Warwick M. Tompkins.
Take an old German built pilot boat. recondition her in Rockland. Maine and
sail South West around Cape Horn and you have the makings of an adventure
and a good sea narrative.
Excellent illustrations from photographs, moving pictures, sketches, full
drawings, plans, charts, and diagrams.
DANGER IS MY BUSINESS, by John D. Craig.
Have you ever had a wounded tiger climb a tree after you, or had an octopus
wind his tentacles about you, or had the air line of your diving helmet caught by
a manta ray leaving you just eight minutes to live? These are a few of the
dangers experienced by Mr. Craig who made a fortune in oil wells when he was
twenty, travelled for three years, becoming a cameraman in India and on his re-
turn to California organized expeditions to obtain under-water pictures. If all
goes well, he will be one of the crew to attempt to reach the Lusitania this sum-
mer. In the latter part of the book, he describes the experiments to develop a self-
contained diver's dress for deep sea work and enumerates some of the treasures
on the floor of the ocean, so far, beyond the present reach of man. The simple,
direct manner which Mr. Craig employs in telling his story makes it fascinating
THE ROCKY ROAD TO DUBLIN, by Seumas MacManus.
"The lad who lilted along this cogglesome road, and whose life and memories
this book is built around, was Jaimie. In Glen Ainey he grew . Throngs
of pictures crowd the lad's far memory." And it is these pictures which the author
proceeds to give us: life, laughter, work and sorrows of a poor Irish village. There
are infrequent, but thrilling rides in jaunting cars, weddings, story-tellings by
the Shanachics, wakes, schooling hard come by, and the wondrous day when
the lad broke into literature. A fascinating story of the simple, Irish people sym-
pathetically told in prose that is rich in poetic value.
GLASS HOUSES, ten years of free-lancing, by Carleton Beals.
JOURNEY TO MANAOS, by Earl Parker Hanson.
Adventures on a scientific expedition to South America, with photographs by
THE WORLD AT MY SHOULDER, by Eunice Tietjens.
A poet who doesn't live in an ivory tower.
HELLO AMERICA! by Cesar Saerchinger.
The first foreign representative of American radio interests tells the story
of his adventures in search of programs for American listeners. When we hear
a king, a pope, or a poet speaking from across the Atlantic, we little realize the
diplomatic and technical difficulties that were faced in getting him before the
microphone, not to mention the attempts of a rival network to steal the celebrity
for a prior broadcast. Mr. Saerchinger has gone after rulers of the right, left,
and centre; he has broadcast wars, nightingales, and the midnight sun. He throws
many interesting sidelights on European politics and his book is a valuable com-
mentary on contemporary events.
NEW BOOKS IN VARIOUS FIELDS
HELEN'S TOWER, by Harold Nicolson.
Supposedly the biography of Lord Dufferin, Governor-general of Canada, vice-
roy of India, and outstanding diplomat of Great Britain, this turns out to be a
mass of pictures from the lives of three generations. Beginning with many refer-
ences to Helen, Lady Dufferin, the mother of the viceroy, and ending with per-
sonal reminiscences of the author, his nephew, the book covers the middle period
of the Victorian era at the time when the empire was at its most glorious.
ADONAIS, a life of John Keats, by Dorothy Hewlett.
A life which aims to present Keats against the Georgian background. A fea-
ture of the book is its inclusion of contemporary reviews of the poet's works and
his reactions thereto.
THESE NAMES OF OURS, a book of surnames, by Augustus Wilfred Dellquest.
An interesting account of the origins of many familiar English surnames.
FASHION IS SPINACH, by Elizabeth Hawes.
A designer of women's clothes debunks fashion, which is what "they" say is
being worn, and champions style, which is "the right clothes for your life in
COLD MORNING SKY, by Marya Zaturenska.
Lyric poems-Current Pulitzer Prize winner.
THE TRIPLE THINKERS: ten essays in literature, by Edmund Wilson.
P. E. More, Pushkin, Housman, Flaubert, Henry James, John Jay Chapman,
Samuel Butler, and G. B. S. are the subjects of eight of the essays. The other
two discuss technique in verse and Marxism in literature.
BIRDS AGAINST MEN, by Louis J. Halle.
"One person's experience of the ways of birds and men."
AMERICA GOES TO WAR, by Charles Callan Tansill.
A study of the reasons for America's entry into the World War.
SAVAGE SYMPHONY, by Eva Lips.
What happens to "Aryans" in Germany who won't sell their souls.
LET ME SHOW YOU NEW HAMPSHIRE, by Ella Shannon Bowles.
LAND OF THE FREE, by Archibald MacLeish.
U. S. ONE, Maine to Florida.
Three new volumes in the American Guide Series produced by the Federal
THE LAST GENRO, ... the man who westernized Japan, by Bunji Omura.
WILD LIFE NEAR AND FAR
WARDENS OF THE WILD, by T. C. Bridges.
Mr. Bridges writes of the work of the wardens and rangers in the principal
sanctuaries of the world. The eleventh hour rescue of the buffalo is well known.
At present, the Canadian beaver is coming back to its own, largely through the
intervention of Grey Owl whose untimely death has saddened his many friends.
In Australia, the koala, known as the "teddy-bear animal" is rigidly protected.
Africa is striving to protect her elephants, but their prodigious appetites are a
serious problem. Mr. Jones' bird sanctuary in Vancouver is quite unique. Most
people experience a greater thrill at having a deer nibble at their fingers, or to
see a lion in its native haunts unafraid of them, than to see the same animals dead.
May we have bigger and better sanctuaries!
FLYING FOX AND DRIFTING SAND, by Francis Ratcliffe.
During the years 1929 to 1931 Mr. Ratcliffe travelled extensively around
Queensland studying the haunts and habits of the flying fox. Flying fox is the
name given to a species of migrating bats common in Australia where they have
done much harm to the fruit crops. Later in 1936 the author was appointed to
investigate the causes of soil erosion and drift in South Australia and especially
to find out whether it had any relation to the large number of rabbits during
certain bad seasons. The book however is no dry account of discoveries but a
lively and entertaining collection of incidents about the people the author met
on his travels and a great deal of data about the plant and animal life of the
FOR THE SUMMER HAMMOCK
THEY SAILED FOR SENEGAL, byvD. Wilson MacArthur.
Vicomte de Chailmareys was barely' twenty-five when Napoleon's power tem-
porarily extinguished.the Royal Navy and with it Chaumareys' naval career. The
Restoration and .a;revival of the Navy found, Chaumareys, age fifty, in command
of the frigate Medusa bounL for Senegal, South Africa. Suddenly, with utter
dismay and fear for his own pride the commander found himself hopelessly out
of date. From thence follows a tale of gross incompetence leading to terror, hor-
ror, destruction and'.such gruesome misery as only shipwreck and starvation can
bring. The story is a ficti6nized',accourit taken from records of the wreck of
THREE BARS OF FLESH, by T. S. Stribling.
Humorous adventures of Andrew Barnett, member of the Georgia legisla-
ture who came to a Northern University to get the degree required by his new
position as County Superintendent of schools. A highly-exaggerated satirical pic-
ture of present-day higher education.
CELIA, by E. H. Young.
Celia's chief interest for the reader is in her ability to meet life with a careless
disregard for time and action, her assumed detachment, which was always mis-
leading her family; her humor which mollified and mitigated many of the trying
petty annoyances of her middle class English life. But why all four of the midde
aged couples should try to have their flings and how they turned out is for the
reader to discover.
WHAT PEOPLE SAID, by W. L. White.
This story is a realistic portrayal of the old adage "Like father, like son."
The Carroughs, father and son, honest, humane, staunch supporters of the Pro-
gressive Party are examples of what is good in the American scene. Isaac Nors-
sex, good friend of the Carroughs, overstepping the bounds of business ethics, kiting
checks and worse, produces a son who eventually is jailed for bond forgeries.
Woven into the background are all the elements of life in the small Oklahoma town:
what people thought and did about the war, the boom of 1929 and the Depression.