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 Hampshire,
under the act of August 24, 1912.
Vol. 17 OCTOBER, 1941 No. 1
LEGENDS OF ANGRIA
THE BRONTES' WEB OF CHILDHOOD, by Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford.
Once upon a time the Bronto children, Branwell, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne,
built for themselves a wonderful dream-world, an imaginary kingdom in Africa,
called the Glasstown Confederacy, and peopled with heroes. Under the guidance
of the four Chief Genii, Brani, Talli, Emmi, and Anni, wonderful adventures befell
their heroes-such wonderful adventures that very soon the children began writing
them down, and even drew pictures of their characters.
For more than twenty years the dream, adapted to suit the needs of the pass-
ing years, influenced every manuscript which came from the Bronte pens. In The
Brontes' Web of Childhood Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford tells the extraordinary story
of the development of this childish play into the mature genius of Charlotte and
Emily Bronte's novels. In this book you will learn how the dashing, Byronic Duke
of Zamorna, King of Angria, gradually became the exciting Rochester of Jane Eyre;
how Emily's dark youth Douglas became that most famous Bronte hero, Heathcliff
of Wuthering Heights.
THE HEART OF THE EMPIRE
THE STREETS OF LONDON, by Thomas Burke.
If you have loved this great, ugly, beautiful city, you will be smitten with
nostalgia when you read The Streets of London, by Thomas Burke; and if you have
not known it, you will want to go there when the war is over to see the places
which this book describes. All the rogues and murderers and gallants who ever
swaggered across a page of fiction here have their true stories told. We meet our
old friend Pepys, quoted in many a passage dealing with historical events or with
mere every-day customs. We stroll in Vauxhall Gardens with a beau of the eight-
eenth century or in the Crystal Palace with a Browningesque gentleman of Victoria's
Mr. Burke was writing his preface in September, 1940, when the indiscriminate
bombing of London was smashing some of the loveliest buildings ever built by man
for his own use or for the glorification of God. But here there is a bull-dog British
belief-no, let us call it knowledge-that those who are left when this horror is
over will rebuild the shattered city, and it will still be the London that it always
o..l PERIC:r AL
ISLES IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC
A YANKEE DOCTOR IN PARADISE, by Sylvester Lambert.
Dr. Sylvester Lambert in his book maintains that there are no longer fron-
tiers in the world today. Rapid transportation and communication systems have
broken through to even the most remote places. Secluded races have been rudely
awakened within the space of a few years from their centuries-long Stone Age
existence. And always the visitor leaves with his welcoming host, all the diseases
he has inherited or collected.
Truly a search for yaws, dysentry, tuberculosis and intestinal parasites seems
a most prosaic quest, but one-third of our planet's inhabitants are hosts to the
hookworm and the people among whom Dr. Lambert worked showed an infection
of ninety-four percent. These people make the book. As a public health physi-
cian working for the Rockefeller Foundation, the doctor had to be a "bit of an
anthropologist, a bit of a politician and a bit of an historian". and thereby hangs
LA BELLISIMA NEGRA
THE SUN IS MY UNDOING, by Marguerite Steen.
Jilted by the gorgeous Pallas Burnester, Matthew Flood boards his slaver
and sails for the reeking, black coast of Africa to indulge in the horrible slave
trade. It is from here that he goes to the black jungle of Omo and later abducts
Sheba, "la bellisima negra". In the fair Bahamas, Matthew is reintroduced to
civilized life; in gay and scheming Cuba he flaunts his beautiful dusky mistress
before the best of Cuban society; in the Barbary haunts of the pirates his ship and
all on board disappear; in the Madrid palace his grand-daughter barely escapes
with her life; and in Bristol a man comes to life and reads his own tombstone.
SAGA OF KING OLAF'S PEOPLE
MISSION TO THE NORTH, by Florence Jaffray Harriman.
It is pleasant, when one knows the tragic end of the story, to see that only
four chapters of Mission to the North deal with the invasion and its consequences,
and that the rest of the book is devoted to the American Minister's experiences
and travels in the land of the midnight sun. Mrs. Harriman cannot say enough
in praise of the beauty of Norway, nor of its delightful people, whose cooperation
in striving for mutual progress she admires deeply. Nor can she praise too much
the Norwegian way of life: the real art put into everyday things, the joy in nature,
and the simple, kindly ways of that great-hearted people, whose story is now
hidden behind the curtain of Nazi darkness.
But the end is not so desolate as it seems. Mrs. Harriman writes: "In
Norway I found joyful assurance that a Christian world is practical and that
sharing creates abundance." She holds out this example and this hope to our
stricken world and bids us follow suit.
THE BLIND MAN'S HOUSE, by Hugh Walpole.
This is an emotional novel of two fine people in an abnormal situation. Beau-
tiful young Celia is overcome with an unknown fear as she drives into Garth in
Roselands, her new home, with Julius, her blind husband. Julius, fifteen years
older than Celia, was blinded in the last war. Their ardent love and the village
folk create difficulties. As always Walpole's characters are individual and vital.
You will want to know what becomes of them all: the wealthy Cromwells, the
rector and his family, the old maids and the ne'er-do-wells.
"THIS PRECIOUS STONE SET IN THE SILVER SEA"
THIS REALM, THIS ENGLAND ..., edited by Samuel Chamberlain.
To portray the real, living England is the single purpose in this collection of
etchings and photographs by England's outstanding graphic artists. It is England
as some of her greatest artists have seen her. Here is portrayed the England her
people are fighting to preserve. A composite and heart-rending picture of England
as it was has been drawn here by these generations of print makers. Havell, Cot-
man, Lucas and Turner give a revealing glimpse of earlier and more peaceful days.
Whistler, Haden, Pennell and Griggs represent the great age of etching at the turn
of the century. Bone, Cameron, McBey and Short, the masters of today, make the
most conspicuous contributions. The younger generation of British etchers, many
of whom are in the Services, bring the picture up to date.
ARE THEY WHAT THEY SEEM?
N OR M? by Agatha Christie.
Deborah and Derek, the dear young things, feel certain that they are running
the war. Parents should stay at home and knit. This is enough to make their par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Beresford, restive; and when Lord Easthampton of the In-
telligence Office has a little problem they step into the roles of Mrs. Blenkensop,
the twittery widow at Sans Souci, and Mr. Meadowes, a dull Englishman, who
practices his golf and wits on Commander Haydock, retired English sailor. Also
at Sans Souci are: proprietress Mrs. Perenna and daughter Sheila, who falls in
love with Von Deinim, a German refugee; Mr. and Mrs. Cayley, Miss Minton, dom-
ineering Mrs. O'Rourke, Mrs. Sprot, the silly mother of Baby Betty and old Major
Bletchley. Sort them out if you can; it's a good up-to-the-minute spy story.
HAMILTON SMITH LIBRARY
The Undergraduate Reading Room, a delightfully pleasant and inviting room,
offering readers' advisory service, has been equipped for the undergraduate stu-
dents at the Hamilton Smith Library. A special book collection for the room is
being built up emphasizing recent books of fiction, travel, biography, and current
affairs. To this will be added a good number of the classics in attractive editions,
and also books useful to clubs, organizations, and interest groups. All students are
invited and encouraged to use the room and the service to the utmost.
HAVE YOU READ THESE YET?
OF MEN AND WOMEN, by Pearl Buck.
Miss Buck claims that American men are educated and put to work; American
women are educated and put to grass. In this series of essays she presents a fresh
and original attack on the much discussed theme that the American middle class
women are discontented.
The author is certain that the root of the trouble lies in the fact that American
women are given paper quality, not the real thing, that now the home is not enough,
and that woman has no work to do. She emphasizes the fact that where this sul-
len, vacant discontent exists is fertile ground for the nostrums of dictators. Miss
Buck compares the American and Chinese way of living and provides plenty of
material for discussion.
THE PASSIONATE WITCH, by Thorne Smith.
This is a very numerous story about an evil witch who takes the form of a
beautiful young lady. She marries the most conservative man in town, who is also
the wealthiest, then proceeds to change him completely. Some changes are made
by her unorthodox actions and others by casting "spells" upon him. The unhappy
man is never the same again.
SODOM BY THE SEA, by Oliver Pilat and Jo Ranson.
The authors call this an "affectionate history" of Coney Island. We are
taken behind the scenes of this resort from its first beginning in 1830, when four
pirates came ashore to bury their stolen treasure there, to the present time--when
no less than 100,000,000 frankfurters are consumed in one season! Many great
fortunes were made and lost there during the years. Politics, sports, murder, gang-
sters, and entertainment of all description played an important role in its history.
I'LL EAT YOU LAST, by H. C. Branson.
When John Bent began to investigate the sudden death of Senator Maitland's
wife, he found it had been no accident-it had been murder! The Senator's neigh-
bors, who were religious fanatics, sent threatening letters and started rumors to the
effect that the Senator had murdered his wife. The college president who always
dressed like an undertaker, his frightened wife, the Senator's nephew and his
friend, both on the college faculty and the secretary-another of his relatives-all
make excellent suspects. It takes a detective with the intelligence of John Bent to
untangle this web of mystery.
CHILE, LAND OF PROGRESS, by Earl Parker Hanson.
More than a book on that South American country, this is the profile and
biography of a nation and the thrilling and lucid story of a great human adventure.
Rising out of the disaster of earthquake and world depression, Chile is building its
industries, reshaping its agriculture, putting into force new laws made to protect its
workers, reorganizing its educational system into one of the most advanced in
THE ODOR OF VIOLETS, by Baynard Kendrick.
It all started when the once-famous stage star was found dead in his apart-
ment, and in his desk's secret compartment, there lingered the faint odor of violets.
Luckily there was the blind Captain Duncan Maclain to investigate the murder.
Aided by his Seeing-Eye dog, Schnucke, and his own keen sense of smell, the de-
tective tracked down the band of international spies who were plotting to cripple
New York City.