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Published monthly from October to'uite byihrs r i
Hamilton Smith Library, of theYUi.i ersity
of New Hampshire '"\
Entered as second-class matter October 10, 1927, at the post office at Nrham, _Nw- _am,. ire, 5iaer the
act of August 24, 1912. ..'
Vol. 14 APRIL, 1939 No. 7
THE OLD DOMINION
THE JAMES, by Blair Niles.
This is the fifth book in the RIVERS OF AMERICA series and maintains the
high standard set by its predecessors. The James tells a story familiar to most of
us, for Virginia holds a unique place in our country's history, but Mrs. Niles brings
to the telling a freshness and a deep love for her native state. Here are people
we all know: Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, George and Martha Washing-
ton, Blackbeard the pirate, Patrick Henry. Lee, Jefferson, Maury, and Edgar Allan
Poe. And as the James flowed ceaselessly on, so the country went on its way to
the maelstrom which was the war between the states, leaving an undeniable scar.
Now Virginia is the mecca of thousands who come to see the restoration of Wil-
liamsburg, the dream of a parson which came true.
OBSERVER OF WORLD EVENTS
DAYS OF OUR YEARS, by Pierre Van Paasen.
The days that Van Paasen tells of are the days which built the momentous
events which are toppling about us now. This partial autobiography begins in
detail about the year 1913 and continues up to some time in the year 1937. During
this time Mr. Van Paasen has travelled around the world watching history grow.
He started from the center of it-born as he was in a small Dutch town. His
early life was influenced by men who remembered the Franco-Prussian War with
a personal hatred, and especially by one man, his Uncle Kees, a liberal in a family
of staunch Calvinists. First a bystander then a roaming reporter Mr. Van Paasen
has observed the great world events for more than twenty years. And aside from
political events, crusades and wars, this is the story of a man who found in life won-
der and beauty and tells of it with thrilling words.
"A HUMAN BEING ON THE PLANET EARTH"
A PECULIAR TREASURE, by Edna Ferber.
The "treasure" is Edna Ferber's Jewish heritage and the fundamentals in-
herent therein. One feels that she must have been a rather prosaic child of a
prosaic Unorthodox Jewish family in prosaic surroundings but her autobiography
is not prosaic, because of the feeling of urgency with which it is written. The
times demand it; she is a Jew; the Jews are in trouble; she has risen like a pro-
phet and an interpreter. And yet this is in a way but a side issue for there is much
about Miss Ferber herself and about her books. And she ends, "I have lived in
the best of all possible worlds; it has been my privilege to be a human being on
the planet Earth."
HIS SOUL GOES MARCHING ON
ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS, by Robert E. Sherwood.
Carl Sandburg calls this "the full-statured drama that has come around the
legend of Lincoln." Full-statured because it penetrates deeply into the char-
acter of Lincoln, showing his development in the early years and the forces which
influenced him. There are twelve scenes, each representing an episode in Lincoln's
life, from the time he sat at Mentor Graham's feet learning the parts of speech until
he boarded the train for Washington to take the oath of office. Of the twelve
scenes only one is wholly fictitious, and this is an attempt to answer a real question.
This scene and the fictitious matter introduced elsewhere are justified by the author
in a postscript of sixty pages, which is good reading for its bearing on dramatic
technique as well as for its elucidation of the play. Sherwood has given us a Lin-
coln strongly rooted in the social background of his day, the present timeliness of
whose words is due to the fact that he was essentially a citizen of the world.
LINCOLN TALKS, compiled by Emanuel Hertz.
This book stores up the cream of the stories told by and about one of the great-
est of American story tellers and at the same time gives us a very revealing por-
trait of this great President. Mr. Hertz has collected here all the verified stories
told by contemporaries about President Lincoln as well as many stories that Lin-
coln himself told. Of the stories he told either to make a laugh or to illustrate a
point he said, "I don't make the stories mine by telling them. I am only a retail
dealer." Different from the host of books of Lincoln anecdotes this book contains
only authenticated stories. It is well indexed and is offered to the public not
just to read but to use.
SEVEN AGES OF WOMAN
YOKE OF STARS, by Frances Frost.
Judith York is seven years old when we meet her and forty-nine when we re-
luctantly turn the last page. It is her novel entirely, and her personality dominates
the entire set of episodic chapters which begin with her childhood and progress by
seven-year leaps. Always in the foreground is her love for music: at seven she
annoys her mother by making up tunes instead of practicing the set exercises; at
twenty-one she barely escapes expulsion from college because of a midnight stolen
visit to the auditorium to play the piano; at twenty-eight, her husband having de-
serted her, she is caring for her three children and trying to write a symphony.
Finally, at forty-nine, she has carved her niche in the musical world and settles
down to a somewhat calmer life of composition. Although definitely this is a
picture of a creative artist, as such, it does not neglect the fact that she is a woman
as well. Her home relationships with her father and her children are well described
and are as integral a part of the story as the progress of her musical career.
SUNDIALS, by R. N. and M. L. Mayall.
For the gardener who wants a sundial for the garden here is a book to consult.
It will tell both how to make one for yourself and how to judge commercial ones.
The amateur astronomer will find here much of interest in the history of sundials
and the technical points of their construction in relation to astronomy.
THE FISHERMAN'S FRIEND
TROUT, by Ray Bergman.
Mr. Bergman is an experienced angler and he has many amusing stories to
tell us about the fish he caught and the fish that got away. He has also a great
deal of information for lovers of the sport whose experience is not as wide as his.
Wet and dry fly fishing, how to tie flies, grayling and land-locked salmon are mat-
ters on which he has a great deal to say, and he includes an excellent chart of
materials for men who like to tie their own flies, as well as colored plates illustrat-
ing this kind of bait. When the weather is too bad for even the most ardent fisher-
man, we suggest that he stay inside and read Trout . it's the next best thing to
a real fishing trip.
WE SAW IT HAPPEN, by Thirteen Correspondents of the "New York Times."
When thirteen newspaper men get together and more or less reminisce it is
bound to be an interesting session. Local, national, international politics and in-
trigue, murder, high finance, sport and the theatre are all discussed. John Kieran
is heard on sports, Russell Owen on explorations, Arthur Krock on Washington,
Frank Nugent and Douglas Churchill on Hollywood. Elliott V. Bell writes of
Great Britain since the War and Hugh Byas describes Japan with a graphic pen.
Have you forgotten the Sacco-Vanzetti case, the Massie case, the Kingfish, the
resignation of Mayor Jimmie Walker? These are just a few of the front-page
stories of which you will be reminded when reading this book.
WHAT DID HAPPEN?
UNSOLVED MYSTERIES OF THE ARCTIC, by Vilhjalmur Stefansson.
Why did Franklin's Arctic expedition of 129 men all perish with scurvy when
they still had tinned food and plenty of game available? How did Andree and his
two companions die so suddenly just as they reached land with plenty of food and
equipment? What became of the flourishing Greenland Colony, America's first re-
public, that Christian colony with its own bishop and its vast commerce with
Europe? If you like to do your Arctic exploring in the Stephen Leacock manner
in your armchair by the fire on a winter's night and if you have read Andree's
records and other Arctic accounts, you will be lured on and on over the frozen
wastes to find, in Stefansson's book, the conclusions of these disasters.
FROM AN IVORY TOWER
UNFORGOTTEN YEARS, by Logan Pearsall Smith.
Accustomed as we are to fat, bulky autobiographies by many authors, Mr.
Smith's unpretentious volume comes as a surprise. He was born of Quaker parents
who were famous for their religious activities until his father's too literal inter-
pretation of the Scriptures caused a scandal. In spite of his knowledge of the
wages of Sin, small Logan peeked through his fingers at the circus acrobats when
all the little Quaker children were supposed to have their eyes tightly shut. The
family visited England a number of times and when Logan discovered that the
pursuit of business was not to his liking he went to Balliol College, Oxford. Later,
he settled in the English countryside with an allowance and devoted himself to the
art of writing. His chapter on the pursuit of missing manuscripts is one of the
most interesting in the book. He is not a prolific writer and his work belongs
strictly to the belles-lettres genre. The roster of his friends is almost a literary
Who's Who from Walt Whitman to Edith Wharton. In fact, much of his book
was written on a Mediterranean cruise as guest of Edith Wharton shortly before
her death. Mr. Smith is a true devotee of the Ivory Tower, but one must have
the admission fee even if one scorns the means of obtaining it.
THE MUSIC COLLECTION
The generosity of the Carnegie Corporation of New York has made possible
the excellent collection of books soon to be assembled in the new Art Division of
the Hamilton Smith library. The hundred-odd volumes making up this gift
cover a wide range of subjects within the general field of music. The greater num-
ber of books, however, are biography or autobiography. A few titles picked at
random follow: Delius, As I Knew Him, by Eric Fenby; Edward MacDowell, by
Lawrence Gilman; Memoirs, by Hector Berlioz; Mendelssohn, by S. S. Stratton;
Chopin, His Life, by William Murdoch. Those interested in the scientific side of
the subject will enjoy Sir James Jeans' volume Science and Music, and along sim-
ilar lines is D. C. Miller's The Science of Musical Sound. Opera enthusiasts, look-
ing for synopses of plots and brief biographies of composers, will find information in
volumes by Ernest Newman and Gustave Kobbe, while P. A. Scholes' A Miniature
History of Opera, gives a bird's eye picture of the development of the operatic art.
Musical instruments and orchestration are other subjects discussed by various
authors; three or four books deal with the folksongs of different countries; and
there are numerous books on music appreciation.
In addition to the volumes spoken of above, the Carnegie gift included a fine
phonograph, records, miniature scores for orchestrated numbers, and a large num-
ber of program notes. Library copies, which are duplicates except in size of the
scores that conductors use, may be used in the auditory rooms with the matching
records, thus enabling one to see as well as hear a symphony or concerto. Scores
for four operas, Aida, Orpheus, Don Giovanni, and Tristan und Isolde, include
words as well as orchestration.
And finally, as a further aid to appreciation, explanations of most of the
works recorded are available in the form of program notes. Containing usually a
short appreciation of the composer, they point out the technical structure of the
selection, development of themes, tricks of instrumentation, and so on. Together
with the score and the rendition via record, the music lover is well provided with
material to aid him in his understanding of the works of the masters.
ART DIVISION OF THE LIBRARY
The entire second floor of the Library, now consisting of the sound-proof audi-
tory rooms, a reading room, and an exhibition hall, is to be devoted to furthering
the voluntary appreciation of the fine arts. The records, books, and other items
of the Carnegie College Music Set will be housed here, as will the Library's rapidly
growing collection of books and other material on the fine arts. The auditory
rooms, each containing a fine console model electric phonograph, will be freely
available to groups of students by appointment. The art gallery will feature series
of scheduled exhibits of various types. Plans are being made to open this divi-
sion during the first week in May with an exhibit of local student art.
ART BOOKS RECENTLY ADDED
THE MUSEUM AND POPULAR CULTURE, by Thomas Adam.
DUTCH AND FLEMISH PAINTERS, by Carel van Mander.
THE STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ART.
WORLD FAMOUS PAINTINGS, by J. Pirie Grieg.
COLONIAL FURNITURE, by I. G. Shea and P. N. Wenger.