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ISSUE:  Spring 1942

and social renaissance of a hundred years ago. It is a piece of vivid reconstruction, grounded on a wealth of factual details. The insatiable intellectual curiosity and passion for life of this extraordinary woman, who knew and associated with Emerson and Hawthorne, and talked with Mazzini, Geoiges Sand, and Carlyle, arc revealed on every page of this brilliant book. If Margaret Fuller decided to “accept the universe,” it was certainly not with a passive acquiescence; for like “the transcendental cow” contributed by her to Brook Farm, she was recalcitrant: she kicked over the conventional milk-pail of thought and usage. Those who think of Margaret Fuller as n chilly embodiment of mental energy must change that conception in view of Miss Stern’s emphasis on her hunger for human love as shown in her romantic attachments. Her life is more interesting than her books, and its dramatic close by shipwreck in sight of her native shores, when she perished with her Italian husband and child, makes her the most tragic figure among the New England reformers.  Button $8.7 it

The Doctors Mayo, by II. B. Clapesattle.

This well documented volume is not merely an account of the Mayo brothers and their father; it is a layman’s history of American medicine from Minnesota pioneer days to the present, and from the common sense and crude skills of tho early practitioner to the methodical craftsmanship of the modern surgeon and the science, of the laboratory. Because of his many-sidedness the parent emerges as a more real character than the sons, whose lives are almost indistinguishable from their professional activities. The book sustains interest well without resorting to histrionics.  Minnesota $-1.7,5

American Giant, by Frances Win war.

“My book.” writes Miss Winwar in her introduction, “is a refutation of the cliche ‘good gray poet.’ ” Mb.s Winwar feels that the real Whitman has been obscured under a number of controversies, such as that over the poet’s possible sexual abnormality, which are not of real relevance in the appraisal of his genius. She therefore has attempted to clear the air of both the too lurid, charges and the too purifying defenses. The result is an

Below the Potomac


By Virginius Dabney

Editor Richmond Times Dispatch

HPlTAT a new South is rising out JL of the ashes of the old is the theme of this important book — a new South which is somewhere in between the nostalgic, traditional picture of the sentimentalists and the preoccupation with sadism, degeneracy and crime characteristic of the Caldwell-Faulkner school. With this as his theme, the author then examines the most persistent questions both Northerner and Southerner arc asking about the South today : Southern politics and the effect of the recent political purge, the enthusiasm for the New Deal, the poll tax which is on the hooks of eight Southern slates, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the South’s colleges and universities, the position of the Negro, the prevalence of gerrymandering in the South, the decline of sectionalism, the effect of the present war upon the New South, and finally what the future holds for the South.

Illustrated. $3.00

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iViViVlil at least comprehensive work in which the objectionably romantic qualities of some of Miss Winwar’s previous literary history are( less in evidence and therefore less objectionable.  Harper $3.1)0

Anthony Wayne, by Harry Einci’,;,m Wildes.’

Although not one of America’ < greatest soldiers, Mad Anthony Wayne was a colorful and dynamic figure. This readable biography, by an author better versed in the history of Pennsylvania than in that of New England and Virginia, is based in part on hitherto unused manuscripts,  T far court $3.75

Charles De. Gaulle, by Philippe Barres.

M. Barres is an ardent supporter of J.he Free French Movement, and he has written a book to support that cause. It is of some moment for its presentation of the facts of Dc Gaulle’s career and its elucidation of his military ideas, but it is in no sense a critical biography. The author has made no attempt to evaluate objectively De Gaulle’s policies and actions as the leader of the Free French or bis fitness for the task be has assumed.

Doubleday $2

Byron in Italy, by Peter Quennell.

The distinguished young English man of letters here presents the Byron who lias just bade farewell to England forever and carries the story forward to the eve of the Grecian adventure and death. “At Venice, there had been dissipation; at Ravenna, love; and when love waned, the dreams of a united Italy.” Quennell tells it all in a crisp and charming style, with great mastery of detail. lie blinks no facts of Byron’s shadier conduct, but puts the proper emphasis on literary and other friendships, courage, and an astounding poetic production.  Viking $8.50

John Sterling, by Anne Kimball Tuell.

The vogue for Victorian revaluations descends to a minor figure and rescues from comparative obscurity this “child of light, who had been accumulating wis-

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dom all In’s life . . . for the hoped for leadership which never came.” Undeterred by the distinction of Sterling’s earlier biographers (Hare and Carlyle) and encouraged by access to a niiiub.:y of unpublished letters, the author studies the mind of Sterling as a Victorian phc nomcuon. Despite a somewhat mannered style and an excess of academic paraphernalia, the book compresses into pithy paragraphs a wide and rich garner of Victorian memoir, Victorian religious experience, Victorian thought.

Macmillan $3.50

Sir-age Landor, by Malcolm Elwin.

The poet of classic grace and prose writer “whose aim and achievement was the ideal dignity of language” will never be a widely popular writer, hue bis long, contrasting, and tempestuous life, here presented in detail and with a frankness impossible to earlier biographers, may well win for the young rebel .and old Titan himself—and along with the man, for some of his works .also—a considerably wider interest and appreciation. Elwin rescues Landor from Dickens’s caricature of him as Boythorn in “Bleak House,” and now supersedes the Victorians, Forster and Colvin, as standard biographer.

Macmillan $//

A Venture in Remembrance, by M, A. De Wolfe Howe.

Here a distinguished biographer reports tb(’ discretions of bis youth and the discriminations of his maturity. The book’s pungency, or aridity, is that of its world, which is Boston. Not all the anecdotes are. good, but they arc all about good people. The account of “highbrow levity” will make the reader shudder slightly, but usually Boston appears at its best. Henry James described it with characteristic indirectness. Walking one day with Mr. Howe, James gazed down a most respectable thoroughfare and asked. “Do you feel that Marlborough Street |”a pause] is precisely [a longer pause] passionate?”

Little, Brown $.150

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The Double Man, by V. II. Auden.

Two long pieces: a fifty-five page “New Year Letter” followed by eighty-odd pages of notes, epigrams, improviza-tional atid bibliographical addenda; and a sequence of lyrics rather sentimentally conceived halfway between Hans Christian Andersen and b’razier’s “Golden Hough.” The “New Year Letter” is obvi( usly written on the margins of Make, Rimbaud, Baudelaire, Rilkc, and other great clinicians of Renaissance duality, and concerns the “double man” of good will and divided faith, adrift in the multiplicity of events, in both its shortcomings and its achievements, the poem is Auden’s own. At its best it shows an equilibrium hardly to be matched by any of Auden’s contemporaries, and the intelligence which has been directed upon the materials is at all times humane and venturesome. On the other hand, the line of its discourse itself is marred by an undergraduate bookishness which carries its homework to the text undistillcd. His professed model in the venture, doubtless, is Dryden, whom he invokes as “the master of the middle style”; the ring of the poem, however, is vers de socictc. A better model might have been found in Yeats.  ’ Random

Collected So<iwls, h Kdna St. Vincent Millay.

Miss Millay has in this volume collected Kit sonnets. In writing so many, she has necessarily had enough practice to master the form, and a few arc very good. Hut in most of them one cannot help feeling that she protests too much about her love and thinks too precisely on the event. Indeed, she has left little of it iinscaniied, unforced into a sonnet or two, all naked as it is.  Harpers $-1

Poems, by Anna Maria Armi.

Anna Maria Armi is announced as the discovery of Mark Van Doren and W. H. Auden. Her poems show an advanced technical mastery of the language and a

sensitive imagination. They lack, however, that close fusion of image and idea which makes the. compactness of the best poetry, and they are ti rc.fore, often rather tenuous and lacking in impact.

Random $2

The Listening Landscape, hy Marya Za-turenska.

Miss Zaturenska’s third volume pursues the theme, of sanctuary in an clement of hall-lights, serenities, and muted effects of trance and melancholy. Many of these lyrics arc delicately assembled, though the “quiet” which they celebrate brings the author even farther into the realm of genre and artifice. The landscape here is confessedly after I’oussin. Repose is achieved primarily in terms of pleasing arrangements, rather than resolved experiences: “secret lakes,” islands, forests, “q,iiet countries,” where the monstrous, the innocent, the mythic contemplate terror “in an always tranquil clime.”  Macmillan $t.7f>

If est of Midnight, by Paul Kngle.

The poem which gives this volume its title proposes the image and sets the theme: America and the daylight of democracy lie to the west of the dark, bomb -rcuded night of Europe. Kngle versifies so smoothly and chooses his images so judiciously that he forces one to call him competent, yet his poetry goes not very much, if at all, beyond a certain smooth competence. And as far as the meaning of democracy is concerned, he has been able to add little to what Irving llerlin has already set to music.

Random >$ii

Colieeteil Poems of Louis MacNeice.

In collecting his work for publication in a single volume, Louis MncNcico reminds the reader that “all poems are not written the same way,” that there may he legitimate occasions “for flatness and hyperbole, for concentration and diffuse-ness, for both the unusual and the obvious,” The difference between the earlier pieces and the later ones in the present

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volume—a dill’erciicc between the intense, the compact and the garrulous, the perfunctory—docs not present a very attractive brief for bis argument. Like Auden, MacNeice is doubtless arguing for the “middle style.” Like Auden, MacNeice, in l!).’J8, works at commonplaces in an “Autumn .Journal,” the “debris of day-liy-day experience.” The genre is not without its appeal; but in the end, the journalist ‘nas both disarmed the poet and devaluated his function: as a craftsman, by a slapdash vulgarity (“nifty hero,” “Ireland is hooey”) and a pervasive rhythm of personal fatigue; as a “man of good will,” by an ethical mm cominit-talism; as a lyricist, by the tired complaint that “All I woidd like to be is human.” The issue is worth posing in terms of a charge, because two-thirds of Ibis collection nu’kcs it (dear that one is dealing with a port of lively and superior endowments.  Random $,.’..r>()

Backbone of the IFcrr’nif/, by Curtis Uok.

Do not let the title of this book frighten you. It is a delightful book, rich in insight, dotted with humor and written in a prose which, despite occasional evidence of “fine writing,” combines real power and much grace. The author opens by saying: “This book is about justice.” (The title is taken from the oath on the Isle of Man: “. . . to do justice . . . as equally as the backbone of the herring doth lie midmost of the fish.”) Hut you do not have to read far to sec that to the author justice is a very human thing indeed. It is true bid inadequate to say tliat here are short penetrating glimpses into the lives of certain litigants wdio happened to appeal to a Philadelphia judge still in his forties. This is inadequate simply because the author goes deeper. Indeed, he is close to the great tiuinanists of the sixteenth century who knew that tragedy and humor were akin and that dignity, an inner thing, is never solemn. For the learned let it be said that the author’s genial approach to law seems near to the “realism” of Max Ratlin and will thus be suspect by those “juris-prudes” who prefer abstractions to human beings.  Knopf $8

PEMBERTON: Defender of Vicksburg

By John C. 1’embeiton. A review of the life of I lie Confederate general who opposed (Irani at Vieksburg and a rc-evahialion of the military .situation in Mississippi as it was in 1862 and T>3. Illustrated. $3.50


By Walter l’ Taylor. The first serious appraisal of (he novel of social protest in America. The author’s estimate of such figures as Mark Twain and W. D. Ilowells supersedes earlier work in its careful intcgra-(ion of causes and motives. $4.00


A Handbook for the MidOk oouth

By lilisabelh Lawrence. A collection of practical notes on Hardening jn (]u. South—what flowers to plant, when to plant them, where to get them, and how much to nurse them. $.100



Their Interpretation and Revision

By Conlcy Hall Dillon. A timely discussion of the International Labor Organization’s making, application, and particularly revision, of international treaties. It points a practical path for future international law. $3.00


By Milton B. Kennedy. A study of the orations in .Shakespeare’s plays, including their sources, classification, structure, dramatic integration, and relation to Elizabethan oratory and education. $3.00


By Wylie Sypher. A careful study of anli-slavery literature of the eighteenth century, with revealing accounts of slave-ship horrors and West Indian revolts. $3.00


lidiied by I’redson Bozvcrs. A manuscript play attributed to Thomas Randolph, here printed for the first time. With textual and critical notes.


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aWiViv lilack Lamb and Grey Falcon, by Rebecca West.

This book tells a history of events centuries long and written mainly in blood and suffering, but its purpose is that of true history: to illuminate the spirit of the peoples who make up Yugoslavia. The form, that of a travel book, has a triviality about it that suits neither the aim nor the achievement. Hut this must be. accepted. “I was obliged.” says Miss West, “to write a long and complicated history, and to swell that with an account of myself and the people who went with me on my travels, since it was my aim to show the past side by side with the present it created.” It is tin important hook because it has more than the sharp immediate life of individual perceptions, and more than the satisfactory solidness that comes from knowledge. It has also the dignity of synthesis; it fulfils the duly of judgment that writers of our time most consistently evade. It records, therefore, the values of national traditions different from our vn in terms common to all human organizations not based on terror, in the terms on which we must depend if our civilization is lo stand: the worth of the human spirit and the truth of courage, fortitude, and love. Two volumes, illustrated,  rikinu $7.5(1

Intimate i’irijinianu, by Anne Fontaine Maury.

Selections from letters and diaries written by members of the much trat led Maury family from the day of the Black Rail line packets to the first steam trains.

Diet:: $:{/>()

The Creation of I’urchasiiiif Power, bv David M. Wright.

Rccaiisc of the tremendous increase in our ability to produce physical wealth—-which has been accompanied by great unemployment and economic distress-the important problem of our peacetime economy is the maintenance of siiflicient purchasing power. Mr. Wright directs his attention to this problem. After first considering the important factors in stabilizing purchasing power, be presents his interpretation of various schemes which


have recently been proposed and selects from these a set of proposals which he considers to be most suitable for the solution of this important problem.

Harvard $8

The F.mjUsh Notebooks, by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Kditcd by Randall Stewart.

Hawthorne, drew upon these journals in writing “Our Old Home” and Mrs. Hawthorne published in 1870 “Passages from the English Note-Rooks.” Neither of those publications gave, a fair idea of the frankness and freshness of the Notebooks as Hawthorne first wrote thein. This edition, printed from the original manuscripts, reveals Hawthorne’s mind and personality richly, and gives a more satisfying impression of the man than any of the biographies. Hawthorne was speaking truly when he wrote: “they arc much too good and true to bear publication.” There are racy accounts of the people he met and the occasions which he attended. He described the places he visited with fidelity and vigor. The introduction is a valuable essay on Mrs. Hawthorne’s editing and on Hawthorne, in England.

Modern Lani/iiat/e Association $0

James Joyce, by Harry Levin.

This is the portrait of an artist who ’ rejected the culture of cities to build his own fabulous city with love of language aiid upon the Iclicf that the artist has some function ec-n in a world which exiles poets. Avoiding the excesses of esotericism ami the defects of pedantic philology, it is the best study of Joyce yet to appear. Rut although excellent on thr significance of Joyce’s work for Joyce, it is weak on the significance of that work for its readers. New Directions $1M0

From the Land of Silent People, by Robert St. John.

Always just ahead of the invader, an American correspondent fled from Yugoslavia to Greece to Crete to Alexandria. This book is his report on the disastrous Balkan campaign. It is an exciting personal adventure and it reveals military facts that censorship had .suppressed, lint these things are incidental to Mr. St. John’s main purpose, which is “to tell vou what I saw and studied and heard,” to report the intimate daily experience of destruction, terror, and death.

Doiildedai/ $>t

Tin- Sim;/ of Modem Art, liy Sheldon Cheney.

Unlike his proselytizing “I’rimer of Modern Art.” which has led more Americans by the band through the isms of contemporary painting than any other single volume, Mr. Cheney’s new book is a compilation of no longer controversial material into the most convenient form it has so far been given. The illustrations are profuse and skilfully selected.

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Shakespeare without Tears, by Margaret. Webster.

Margaret Webster, who directed the Maurice Evans Shakespearean plays, has wri’.a’ii a book as refreshing in its own I ty as I.ogan Pcarsall Smith’s “On .ending Shakespeare.” She is intelligently familiar and sympathetic with the best modern Shakespearean scholarship, but she writes not as the scholar but as the play producer thinking of Shake spcarc’s dramas in terms of the theater. In the first part of the book she attempts to set the Elizabethan stage and recapture the spirit of the plays as Shakespeare saw them played. The second section discusses the plays in seven groups, play by play, with sensitive understanding of the characters and of the modern playhouse. A hook to be read for pleasure, it cannot be read without profit.

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The Heart of Europe, hy Denis de Hougc-menl and Charlotte Muret.

Hy describing and analyzing Swiss culture and institutions, tin- authors convincingly support the thesis that Switzerland is a working model for a future Europe pursuing a federative way of life. Because it recognizes that political institutions have a context of culture, the book

is worth a bale of current legalistic blueprints for world confederation.

Duell JfttiM

‘The Destiny of Sea Tower, by John Philips Cranwcll,

The. tank and the bomber, together with their auxiliary machines, may he expected to follow sea power’s lead both in problems of strategy and in technical design; for sea power is the parent of mechanization and is thus east in the role of instructor to land and air power. Of course, sea power’s chief function is to keep the sea lanes open, and hence, until air transport matches sea borne commerce it may be expected that sea power will continue to be a vigorous if not dominant partner in the trinity of power. In time, however, it will be. displaced by air power as the dominant partner. The author sustains this interesting and timely thesis both historically and analytically. If at times his analogies seem oversimplified it is a price gladly paid for a work which the expert is not apt to disdain and which the layman will find richly rewarding.  Nor I on $2.7 fi

The Mind of the Maker, by Dorothy L Savers,

I,ike a modern Augustine, Miss Sayers develops an intellectually delightful feast of analogies between the creative activity of the human artist and the creative activity of God. In these chapters, the theological propositions concerning the Trinity cease to he musty ecclesiastical dogmatisms and become the vital, illuminating principles of our most familiar human experiences and actions. On the other hand, her analysis of human creative work, and the (dear, lofty perspective in which she places artistic activity, put to shame the respected modern theorists of u’.sthetics and criticism, and reveal their shallowness.  Hareottrt $2

The Intent of the Critic, edited bv Donald A. Htauffcr.

A collection of four essays concerning the function of literary criticism. Edmund Wilson proposes the historical approach; Norman Eoerster suggests a tlcli-

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:vlii cote bnlimce between the ethical and esthetic factors as bis standard of criticism. John Crowe Ransom measures the artist’s value by his ability to embody a special dimension of abstract form; W. II. Auden requires literature, to present a single human life or experience as “an isoniorph of a general human life.” In n general way, all agree that literature, to have enduring significance, must root itself much deeper in the fertile soil of our Western tradition. Princeton $iiftO

J,ct Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee and Walker Evans.

Despite gratuitous passages that remark critically upon the arts and complain about the hazards of communication by language, this portrait of three Alabama tenant families is as honest and real as any yet presented; better yet, it is more accurate and complete. The portrait is partly in the nature of a document, secured partly through the use of photographs, partly through reportorial details that catalogue even the contents of bureau drawers, and partly a lyric, secured principally through its impressionistic images and its many moments of intense emotion. Because Agee, living among the Gudgcrs, the Ricketts, and the Woods, tries to make the. reader feel as he felt, the book is also a psychological ^itdy of Agee himself. If the desperate effort to communicate produces some torn I and wrenched writing, it is more than offset, as in the consummate description of working the cotton crop, by other passages of striking be/inty. Houghton $;{/>()

The if Taut/hi Themselves, by Sidney Janis.

The clement of suspicion which the “modern primitive” inspires is dispelled by pictures like Pickett’s “Manchester Valley,” and by the extraordinary expressive, lucidity of paintings juxtaposed by Mr. Janis against photographs of their subjects. Suspicion is re-established by the second-rate work included, and particularly by the insistence., in the biographies, autobiographies, and photographs of the painters, upon their novelty as characters. Rut if the book is only

| partially .successful as a missionary, it is completely so as an engaging, beauti-

! fully printed volume.  Dial $Sf,0


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ivl-iu Time linns Out, by Henry J. Taylor.

On October 4, 1!)H, Henry J. Taylor left LnGuardia Airport by clipper on the first stage of a journey that was to take him to England, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal. His companion part of the way was Prince Charles of Sweden, in Helsinki be was the guest at the home of President Rysto Ryti, and at Gibraltar he intcrvieAved Lord Gort. In Berlin he learned something of Thyssen and listened to German stories of Rudolf Hess. At Vichy he learned enough to break to the Avorld the ncAVs of the dismissal of General Wey-gand. From any point of vieAV this story by the last American to be permitted in and out of Germany would be of absorbing contemporary interest. The reader enters into the excitement of the narrator in entering country after country with no assurance of getting out. The situation in each, bristling with personalities, is surveyed Avith realistic frankness by the author. Mr. Taylor has the art of making the features of men come clear to the imagination and of conveying his own sense of confidence ov of mistrust. The importance of the book may depend upon the authority’and Avisdom of the author’s judgments. Its success as a vivid account of one of the most amazing voyages ever made is brilliant. It is a book that can help sound the alarum that should be sounded in America, and in addition it is more entertaining to read than the most exciting fantasy—especially now. Avben time is running out.  Doubledat/ $3

The Last Time J Saw Paris, bv Fdliot Paul.

This rich and varied biography of a small street, portraying the intimate lives of dozens of Parisians between World Wars I and II, is skillfully written by one avIio really knoAvs, Ioats and appreciates the French people. Revealing their baseness and nobility, their hopes and fears, and all their very human and very French foibles, the author, with charm

and a nice sense of humor, brings them to life against their social, political and philosophical background. Incidentally, one gets through them a pretty thorough understanding of the fundamental reasons for the French collapse. Random $2,75

The Panama Canal in Peaee and War, by Norman J. Padelford.

This authoritative, .scholarly report, issued by the Harvard-Radcliffe Bureau of International Research, gives a good historical survey of the building and administration of the Canal together with an analysis of its Avnrtime and peacetime commercial importance. In no sense “popular,” it may well become a standard reference work for a considerable period.

Macmillan $3

Radio Goes to War, by Charles .1. Rolo.

As a chronicle of the development of radio into the “fourth front” of modern Avar fare, as a study of the psychology or strategy of radio in maintaining or disrupting civilian and military morale, and as a suggestion of Iioav radio is Avorking and can be made to Avork in the democratic offensive, this book is well worth reading. It is well authenticated and contains numerous interesting examples.


Kings and Desperate Men, by Louis Krononbergcr.

Blandly disclaiming pretensions to the scholarship Avhicb this book docs not possess, the author attempts to provide a picture of life in eighteenth century England. It is haphazardly compounded of palaces and gin-mills, court intrigue and backstage gossip, and such names as Walpole, Swift, Chesterfield, Fielding, Gainsborough, Dr. Johnson, Pitt, and countless others avIio gaA’c color and significance to a great age.  Knopf $8.50

Behind the Mask of Medicine, by Miles Atkinson, M. I).

Not a biography, this book embraces nearly all the controversial aspects of

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Ui the medical profession—high cost of medical care, socialized medicine, specialism. The style is easy, nontechnical, and frequently witty. The author discusses the various problems with fearlessness, clarity, and an open mind. Highly recommended to both physicians and laymen.

Scribners $3

The Strength of Nations, by George Sonic.

This book is another plea for the discovery, development and application of a social science which shall be as successful in treating human social ills as the technological sciences have, been in controlling inanimate nature. In the first half of the discussion, Mr. Sonic restates briefly the now available knowledge of man—physics, medicine, psychology, economics, anthropology, history, political science. The last four are criticized for their lack of an adequate psychological basis of interpretation. We can all agree with Mr. Soule that the first requirement for a treatment of our present social ills is a better knowledge of man. Hut we may wonder if contemporary psychology is as yet able to furnish the ultimate foundation for this knowledge.

Macmillan $2.50

Georgia: Unfinished State, by Hal Steed.

Primarily a factual book relying on the devices of fiction to make its subject matter vivid and readable, this informal historical survey of Georgia is the work of a native Georgian with thirty-two years of journalistic experience in the state behind him. In this series of colloquial impressions of the manners and customs of the people, Mr. Steed sketches in the past, shows the faults and virtues of the present, and tries to indicate what must be done in the future if Georgia is to realize her potentialities.  Knopf $3.50

Uncensorcd France, by Roy P. Porter.

Everyday life in occupied France through the eyes of an AP correspondent. His accounts of the average man’s hardships and reactions are more illuminating than arc his efforts to characterize the French politicians.  Dial $2.75

Ail-Out on the lioad to Smolensk, by Erskine Caldwell.

A reporter’s account of the first three months of the Russian-German conflict, showing the swift transformation of the Soviet people into an all-out fighting machine. The bombings of Moscow, the tank battles at Smolensk, the difficulties of broadcasting during an air-raid, the efficiency of the People’s Army are extremely well described. The brief discussions of life and polities, however, lack depth and comprehension. Mr. Caldwell stresses repeatedly the unity of the Russian people and their indomitable will to win the war.  Duell $2.50

Sea Power in Conflict, by Paul Schubert.

The first part. “The Weapons,” is an account—a most interesting one—of the development and organization of naval power in World War II, with a discussion of the American, British, French, German. Italian, and Japanese navies. “The War at Sea. 1939-1911,” which forms Part II, discusses marine battles from Norway and Dunkerquc through Pearl Harbor. The two parts supplement each other and provide a useful synthesis of what for most people is probably scattered information. This book is meant for the general reader: it is non-technical and readable.

Corvard-McCann $2.50


William Henry Harrison, His Life and Times, by James A. Green.

As a representative of our early Western democracy, Andrew Jackson has so overshadowed William Henry Harrison that the significance of Harrison’s career is not often given its proper place in the picture. The two men had much in common. Eaeli gained his fame on the Western front during the war of 1812, and each arrived at the Presidency because of that fact. But Jackson was a commoner who, except in politics, undertook â– <> be an aristocrat, and Harrison was an aristocrat who grew to be a Western democrat. The author of this newest life of Harrison is an Ohioan who loves bis section and the men who made the Middle West.

It is obvious that his work has been the product of such feelings, and his researches have been both extensive and intensive, lie has put the breath of life into the figure of his hero and into the people and scenes of his environment. While the book is well written, the bibliography is uncritical and the lack of citations makes it difficult for the reader to evaluate the author’s findings.

Garrett ty Massie $5

Thomas Jefferson; World Citizen, by Senator Elbert D. Thomas.

Jefferson is portrayed as the champion and embodiment of the world’s struggle for freedom in relation to the present crisis in human liberty. The author’s burning desire to rededicate the world to democracy is more evident than his grasp of the Jcffcrsonian ideal of freedom for the individual, or his mastery of the materials of his gospel. Modern Age $2.75

Lover of Life, by Zsolt dc Ilarsanyi. Translated from the Hungarian by Paul Tabor, Willa and Edwin Muir.

From the author of “The Star-Gazer” comes this extremely readable new fictionalized biography of the Flemish diplomat and painter, Peter Paul Rubens, whose rich life is sketched in against a background of political intrigue and Renaissance art. ,  Putnam $3

General Douglas MacArthur, Fighter for Freedom, by Francis Trevelyan Miller.

Mr. Miller carries the dramatic life of General MacArthur up through March !), 1912 (according to the verso of the title page, the first printing was March 12). Sample chapters are “With Cadet Mac-Arthur at West Point,” “World War I— With MacArthur on the Battlefields of France,” “Love and War—Women in the MacArthur Family.” Hardly definitive.

John C. Winston $1.35

George B. McClellan, the Man Who Saved the Union, by H. J. Eckenrodc and Bryan Conrad.

It is somewhat daring for Southern authors to maintain that McClellan, rather than Lincoln or Grant, was “the man who

saved the Union.” The. authors of this study are not without skill as military historians, and they have written an interesting volume. Yet their meagre foot-notes do not indicate the use of anything more than the well-known sources, and there is no bibliography. North Carolina $3.50

The Life of Sir Francis Drake, by A. E. W. Mason.

This unhappy product of a popular detective story writer turned biographer is at best an honest, seemingly accurate study of Drake’s life, displaying considerable nautical knowledge on the part of its author. The style is, however, irritatingly uneven, and the portrayal of the traditional swash-buckling scadog is seldom convincing.  Doubleday Doran $3.75

Sherwood Anderson’s M^emoirs.

This book is full of the sense of poetry, yet it is amusing, and unsentimental. The facts narrated are. those of his childhood in a small town in Ohio, of bis ne’er do well father, of his Horatio Alger rise in the advertising business, of his brutal and desperate breaking away in order that he might save his own soul. The last half of the book is less successful than the earlier pages, which are like Anderson’s description of Chicago: “The beauty of the loose and undisciplined, unfinished and unlimited. Something half wild and very alive in yourself is there.”

Harcourt $3.75


Flight to Arras, by Antoinc de Saint-Exupery.

In rich, imaginative and arresting prose, Saint-Exupery gives a reflective account of a reconnaissance flight over northern France, then in her death throes. Much broader and deeper than mere narration, it is an attempt to restate in modern terms those ethical, political and philosophical principles which are based on the freedom, dignity and worth of the individual. Reynal and Hitchcock $2.7$

The Private Header, by Mark Van Dorcn. Engagingly and deftly written, these



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Uv criticisms of poetry, books, and motion pictures represent the conviction that art, whatever its medium, must have a “subject” and tell the truth about it in intelligible form. Especially good are the remarks on Whitman, Frost, and the Seventeenth Century poets.  Holt $2.75

Heroes I Have Known, Twelve Who ]lave Lived Great Lives, by Max Eastman.

Max Eastman’s sprightly style and candid hero-worship give this collection of sketches a naive appeal. In his incongruous Hall of Fame his mother has a niche in company which includes Eugene Debs,’ Anatole France. Isadora Duncan, Charlie Chaplin, Leon Trotsky. Sig-mund Freud, and John Dcwev.

Simon ty Schuster $8

From My Highest Hill, by Olive Tilford Dargan (Fielding Burke).

This collection of sketches about the Carolina mountain folk is an excellent piece of reporting, demonstrating that these people are much more interesting in fact than in fiction. The fine photographs by Bayard Woottcn add much to the text.

Lippincott $8.50

The Book of Bays, by William Becbe.

Dr. Becbe writes charmingly and often dramatically of the bays, the fish in them, the birds above them, and the people on their shores, as observed by the 38th Expedition of the Department of Tropical Research of the New York Zoological Society. The record of this V.a:a venture is no less enjoyable than the previous ones,  Harcourt $3.50

The Wisdom of the Heart, by Ilenrv Miller.

This is a collection of essays mostly on literary subjects: D. II. Lawrence, Key-serling, Balzac, etc. There arc also several stories. The author’s style and his mannered and Carlylean philosophy, will possibly annoy some readers. Definitely cultist.  New Directions $2.50

Dialectic of Morals, by Mortimer J. Adler.

Adler’s charge that modern scholasticism has failed because it is expository, not

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explorative, and his promises that this book will be an exploration for moral principles arc encouraging. But would the book’s conclusions have been so clear and easy had the “student” who argues with Mr. Adlcr in its pages been Johnny Jones rather than Adlcr’s interpretation of what his students think?

The Review of Politics $1,80


Horace Walpole’s Correspondence with George Montagu, edited by W. L. Lewis and Ralph S. Brown, Jr.

These two volumes containing the Wal-pole-Montagu letters comprise the ninth and tenth of the Yale edition of Horace Walpole’s correspondence, which by now has become almost as famous as it deserves to be. According to Mr. Lewis, these letters to Montagu are “of more general interest than arc those, written to any other correspondent”—even those to Lady Os-sory—owing to their gaiety and to the key they provide to the fashionable society of the day. While this observation may be perfectly correct, (and no one is in a better position to judge than Mr. Lewis) it should perhaps be qualified by recalling that Walpole was above all a man of many special interests and that it is his ardor in the pursuit of each of them that gives to his correspondence its unique charm and value. A Walpole enthusiast would have difficulty in making up his mind to trade the Montagu letters for those to Cole, or Madame du Dcffand, or even Grays But this is a mere quibble over two of the best volumes in the. series which is certainly destined to rank as one of the greatest achievements of American scholarship.

Yale $15

A Xew Dictionary of Quotations, by II. L. Mencken.

This bulky volume, planned and executed on historical principles, with an elaborate scheme of cross-references instead of the usual index, is the result of twenty-five years of collecting and is designed to appeal to readers whose tastes

and ideas are similar to Mr. Mencken’s own. Although the compiler has deliberately added “some immemorial imbecilities” to provide amusement for the casual reader, his main aim has been to omit platitudes and include effective and pithy, if not always familiar, quotations. In this aim he has succeeded. Knopf $7.50

Houses of Old Richmond, by Mary Wing-field Scott.

A city’s museum sponsors the publication of a thoroughly documented and really valuable record of its rapidly disappearing architecture, marred by mediocre photography. Valentine Museum $5

The Southern Negro and the Public Library, by Eliza Atkins Gleason.

Tin’s “study of the government and administration of public library service to Negroes in the South” will probably he of interest mainly to the specialist in educational work, Mrs. Gleason has inspected every library in the South which offers service to Negroes, and she presents in a very effective way facts and figures about the state of this service which have never been brought together before.  Chicago $2.50

The Oration in Shakespeare, by Milton Boone Kennedy.

Aftn setting them against the rhetorical tradition of classical and medieval times and relating them to rhetorical theory and education in Elizabethan England, Professor Kennedy classifies and analyses all of the orations in Shakespeare’s plays. He. then draws two main conclusions: the speeches are classical rather than sophistical; and they are used by Shakespeare to make dianoia an integral part of the plot. North Carolina $8

F-om Madrigal to Modern Music, by Douglas Moore.

A description of representative compositions in relation to the spirit, the habits of thought and style, the technical resources and limitations of the musical periods in which they were written. The

Iviii compositions and consequently the thematic material used for illustration are commendably selected with an eye to their availability in recorded form.

Norton $3.76

Greatness in Music, by Alfred Einstein, translated by Cesar Saerchinger.

Greatness in music is partly an esthetic, partly a historical, and partly a philosophical problem. Einstein surveys the great names and periods of music from the psychological and historical points of view. A book of distinct importance for its critical conclusions and lucid thought.

Oxford $3

The Far// Knight, edited by Fredson Thayer Bowers.

The first printing of an unsigned manuscript of a play which is preserved in the Folger Memorial Library. The editor presents the evidence for his conclusion that this play is an expansion of an earlier play by the seventeenth century playwright, Thomas Randolph.

North Carolina $3

Our Singing Country, by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax.

This second volume of American ballads and folk songs brought together by the Lo-maxes, perc et fils, includes religious songs (Negro and White), social songs of many types, songs of men at uork on sea and land, outlaw songs, hollers and blues, Negro gang songs. The book has the combination of popular appeal and sound editing expected of its compilers. Ruth Crawford Scegar makes a valuable contribution as music editor.  Macmillan $5

A. Witness Tree, by Robert Frost.

This new book of poems will not add much to Frost’s stature as a poet, though certainly it will take nothing away. The best of them, some half a dozen, are very line poems in the characteristic Frostian manner, carrying the real weight of meaning under the guise of small things seen intimately. The New England microcosm is still for Frost the exponent of the universe and his symbolic anecdotes, when he is successful with them, are still effective. They still fall occasionally into mere local color, or even bathos, when they are given insufficient meaning.  Holt $2

is the thrilling new book by Henry J. Taylor, a distinguished University of Virginia graduate, who took a dangerous and almost incredible airplane trip through Northern, and Western Europe, just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. His whole book is well worth anybody’s time. A vivid and dramatic piece of eyewitness reporting, it conveys to the reader a sense of the urgencies which face America and the civilized world in this terrible war for survival.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch.

” DIRECT. VITAL AND CONVINCING. And the writer’s breadth of spirit is as admirable as his sincerity and courage.”—Katherine Woods, N. Y. Times Book Reviciv.


amazingly informative book,”—Alice Dixon Bond, Boston Herald.


By Henry J. Taylor

$3.00  Doubleday, Doran fieri on

Tin- Son;/ of Bernailette, by Franz Werfel.

The story of the miracle of I.ourdcs is lure told almost as elaborately and with as much attention to the remote riunilica-tions of the subject as is “The Brothers Knramastov”—and almost as effectively. Although at first thought the book may seem over long, the reader soon realizes that length is essential to the effect of scientific thoroughness and impartiality that the author so skilfully achieves. It is a curious and interesting experience to observe a modern mind, as brilliant and (â– native as Mr. Wcrfcl’s, at grips with the experiences of a genuine mystic; but it is even more interesting to follow his analysis of the impact of the “miracle” on the clergy, the local intellectuals, the town boosters, the schoolmates of the girl Bern-adette, and on the simple-minded people of the town.  I”iking $3

Out on Any Limb, by John Myers Myers.

A picaresque novel of Elizabethan England. “Out on Any I.hub” carols the excitement, danger, and devil-may-care view of an age in which a youth’s troubles and defeat in love seem bearable because of the promise of new danger. The characters are examples of lusty soldiers of fortune who mix learning and poetry with love-making and drinking. In spite of some modern locutions, they, talk and swear like soldiers of the Queen. A very entertaining trifle.  Dutton $,!.’><)

Tlir Killrr ami the Slain, bv Hugh Walpole.

This is a psychological curiosity about a man who is “possessed” by his tormentor, whom he has killed after years of real and imagined suffering at his hands. Physically as well as psychologically, the killer is transformed from a thin, timid introvert into an uncontrolled sadist. The book is something between a “shocker” and a modern parable of the power of evil.

Doiihlt’day, Doran $2.of)

Mini on tlir Stars, bv William Bradford Hllie.

A Southern writer looks back over ji thirty year span of tumultuous years in an effort to explain his anabasis through cynicism and bitterness to a belief that the stars will shine clear again. This story of Garth’avor and his reactions to the national experience since lie-gins in the Tennessee Valley, covers his college experiences at the University of Alabama, his exciting days as a newspaper man in Birmingham, a drifting stay in California, and his return to the Tennessee Valley, where he enlists as a private in the army. An honest attempt to interpret the effect of the warring forces of the present world on one individual.

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The .Ycrc Day, by .lules Hoiuains la ted by Gerard Hopkins.

In this tenth volume of “Men of Good Will” Romaics continues with his usual omniscience his huge story of life in the twentieth century. The time is 1922. Jallez and Jerpbanion, once more figuring prominently, go on journeys to Russia and study the communistic experiment in the belief that they may find hope for .1 Europe disillusioned and demoralized. |!’ron> Despite its occasional episodic brilliance, ’ ow1 this present volume is a little on the dullish side - probably for the very reason that it is a faithful, naturalistic reflection of ,1 despairing, exhausted time.




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/ Can Lick Siren, by Hubert Richards.

Melaiicthon Pnwinklc. who once could lick ten Vankees but only seven after one arm was amputated, returns from war to find himself in love with bis brother’s widow and with the Mississippi land which is his inheritance, Taxes and jealousy of a Yankee captain introduce complications which are settled in a I’o-winkle way. Rich in the atmosphere of the Reconstruction period, this is the firsl novel of a capable voung writer. {(jvm

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The Commandos, by Elliott Arnold.

The inside glance that Mr. Arnold is able to give us on the training and experience of the Commandos and on the underground resistance of the Norwegians constitute the best part of this rather poorly executed novel of life in a Nazi-dominated N’orway. Although this novel lacks the smoothness and intensity of Steinbeck’s recent treatment of a similar subject, there arc times when the novel rises to something nearly powerful.

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Tales from Beciive Bridge, by Mary Lavin.

In his introduction to this collection of (en short stories, Lord Dunsany finds Miss Eavin’s work “reminiscent of the Russians more than of any other school of writers.” Part of this is true: she has the searching insight and deep understanding of the Russians, but she presents her stories in a manner more delicate and wistful and with a good humor more Irish than Russian.  Little, Brown $2.50


foieen’s Court, by Elizabeth Bowen.

The author weaves a dual pattern of family history and of Ireland’s history in her latest book. The chronicle of Boav-[fit’s Court, an “isolated, partly unfinished I house, grandly conceived and plainly and [strongly built,” is more than the tale of [how one family established itself by force Iand by assimilation in a hostile though beautiful country side; it is the whole tragic tale of Ireland, told impartially yet tory personally by the descendant of one of those Protestant families whose domination of that country has so long and so hurningly been resented. Miss Bowen has, in her own words, “relied upon no luthority who did not place fact above passion or interest.” This scrupulous respect for historical verity coupled with the intensity of her preoccupation with Hie shadowy figures of her past gives the rolmne m’orth and substance, but also fakes it less interesting and much less subtle than her novels. Knopf $3/>0

Nf- Pre-Raphaelite Tragedy, by William Gaunt.

A new treatment of the P. R. B. and its

THE FLOOR OF THE OCEAN: New Light on Old Mysteries

By REGINALD A. DALY. In a field of inves-tigation still In its initial stage, the author reports findings on the composition and thickness ol the earth’s submarine crust, the mountain structures of the sea floor, with special attention to the island belts of the East and West Indies; the cubmerged continental slopes and their systems of great valleys, with a possible explanation of these submarine valleys in accordance with the glacial control hypothesis. The Page-Borbour Lectures at the University of Virginia, Maps, charts, and photographs,

October 24. $2-50


By T. V. SMITH. Discusses the necessity of dynamic discipline for individuals in a democracy and deals specifically with science as the discipline of truth, art as the discipline of beauty, and politics as the discipline o( goodness. The Weil Lectures at the University of North Carolina.  October 24. $2.00


Luca Pacioli and His Times

By R. EMMETT TAYLOR. The life and work of a versatile Franciscan friar and Renaissance mathematician, friend of Leonardo da Vinci and other great men, who made generally known the double-entry system of bookkeeping. Illustrated.

October 10. $4.00


Translated By PRESTON II. EPPS. An at-

tempt to make available a translation which an average student with reasonable industry can hope to un-stand without having to consult too many “aids and explanations.” Ready.  Paper .50


By JOHN D. ALLEN. A critical biography of a Virginia poet and gentleman, 1816-1850, elder brother of John Esten Cooke and cousin of John Pendleton Kennedy.  October 17. $2.00


fly EDMUND deS. BRUNNER. A five-year

experiment in community organization carried on in Greenville, South Carolina.  October 17. $2 00


By FREDERICK P. BOWES. An account of

Charleston before the American Revolution—education, literature, art, science, and religion—with a final chapter on the opulent Charleston aristocracy.

November 7. J2.S0

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hviv offspring. The term Pre-Rnphaclitism is given a large and somewhat confusing variety of connotations, hut in general is taken to denote a revolt against the materialism of Victorian times. The author’s interest seems mainly in the contrasting lives and personalities of the Pre-Raphael-ites—particular attention being paid to Rossetti. Millais, Hunt, and Morris. Containing almost no literary or art criticism, this lively study manages to re-f’oeus modern eyes on a strange and important nineteenth century phenomenon.

Harcourt, Brace $3. 0(1

Wall Whitman: Port of Democracy, by Hugh L’Anson Fausset.

Fausset excels in biography of a type permitting, within artistic confines, criticism of both tin’ man and his work. By being judiciously psychoanalytical, he has largely built this life of Whitman about the thesis that Whitman’s abnormally adjusted bi-sexual nature caused him to fail in integrating the elements of his own personality and therefore to fail also in imparting to his poetry the wholeness of form and of truth contained by great art. The author with his familiar liberal point of view manages to appraise American democracy of Whitman’s day in terms suited for the present. A balanced and intelligent book, with a polished stvle.

Yale ‘$3.00

John Wool man: American Quaker, by Janet Whitney.

This full length portrait of the great anti-slavery Quaker of colonial times is a study that has long been needed. The biography itself is authoritative and well documented, and. although it is written in a rather labored prose, it succeeds Whit-tier’s brief account of Woodman by reason of its accuracy and completeness.

hit tic, Brown, $3.7ii

Jones Very: Emerson’s “Brave Saint,” by William Irving Bnrtlctt.

Written in a style that is New England in its clarity, this thorough study of the life and works of Jones Very is aimed at giving this friend of Emerson and “laureate of Salem” his proper position in the American transcendental group. He is

shown as a mystic poet of narrow range whose possible uniqueness lies in his “humility, his complete simplicity of expression, and his rich, mystical communion with God.” Seventy-one hitherto unpublished poems serve as examples of his poetic qualities.  Duke $3.00

Elizabeth, by Hilaire Belloc.

This book is neither a full fledged biography, nor a history, but rather an Elizabethan commentary, treating principally the changing religious situation of the age and setting forth the idea that Elizabeth was largely a creature of circumstance, swept into power by a rising class of property owners wdio gained much of their wealth from the plundered monasteries.

Harper $2.75

History anil Its Neighbors, by Edward Mnsliti I Inline.

Mr. Hulmc’s essays dealing with the aims and methodology of history, criticism of sources, interpretation of data and the use of libraries are of a general nature, presenting no new views. The neighbors will be found in the last third of the volume where they turn out to be, merely poor relations. Some thirty sciences and humanistic disciplines arc treated in this section in an encyclopedic fashion with little attempt to point out their relation to history.  Oxford $2.00

Glimpses of World History, by Jawaharlal Nehru.

During an imprisonment Pandit Nehru wrote this large and deceptively well-organized book in the form of letters to his young daughter. Done without much of the material of the professional historian, it yet manages successfully to present world history from a refreshing perspective in which the Orient assumes a properly great importance. A very personalized treatment of history is to be found throughout; on almost every page is reflected the author’s oriental disdain for the individual and his hatred of imperialism and capitalism, especially as they are represented by (treat Britain. There are h’ftv excellent maps bv J. V. Horrabin.

John Day $IW The Man Who Sold Louisiana, by E. Wilson Lyon.

In a brief and eameo-like biography Mr. Lyon quietly exposes the remarkable career of Barbc-Marbois who held offices in France almost continuously from’1708 to ISM. He served under more regimes than Talleyrand, but was a figure of much less consequence and talent. Mnrbois was a bureaucrat, no more and no ..-ss. In politics he Mas a conservative, but his views were not strong enough to make enemies. The story of this unexciting “average man” (as the author calls him) is narrated simply and with little emphasis on background.  Oklahoma $3.00

Canton Captain, by James B. Connolly.

The author of “The Port of Gloucester” has made an exciting and dramatic sea storv out of the reminiscences of Captain Robert Bcnnet Forbes. “Black Ben” Forbes makes a colorful hero with bis bold sailing and his not entirely h gal trading in Canton just before the Opium War. Mr. Connolly is inclined to make too much of the adventurous episodes of sailing and trading and to ignore the more solid interests of Forbes in screw propelled steamboats and in literary activities. A salt water yarn rather than a biography.

Doubleday, Doran $3.00

Commodore J’anderbilt: An Epic of the Steam Aye, by Wheaton J. Lane.

From the viewpoint of the general reader the winner of the first Knopf Fellowship in Biography lias produced an interesting account of the economic life of one of the great figures of American business enterprise. Mr. Lane, has made the history of steamboat ferries and the watering of railroad stock exciting and dramatic, as well as historically accurate. It is in no sense a personal biography, but covers in detail the chief economic activities of the Commodore. The little known activities of Vnnderhilt in the creation of a New York to San Francisco steamboat service by way of Nicaragua in the 1850’.s are fully treated.  Knopf $3.7 n

Ambassadors in White bv Charles Morrow Wilson.

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in the fore-front, this book is not only timely but contains sonic of the vital information necessary to the future progress of the Western Hemisphere. The deplorable but preventable conditions of mass ill health in the tropics are discussed analytically. Biographical sketches of some of the best known figures in tropical medicine are given. The. necessity for more and still more doctors of this type is driven home. Unfortunately, the style is such that an interest in medicine, is probably necessary for the reader to appreciate the’importance of the book, or for him to give it his undivided attention throughout.  Holt $8.50

Anton Briickner, by Werner Wolff.

Many of Bruckner’s compositions are considered by German critics to be superior to those of Brahms and “not inferior” to the works of Beethoven. As few persons in this country hold such an opinion, Mr. Wolff has attempted to remedy our underestimation of Briickner with a book which is half biography and half analysis. While the biography is satisfactory, anyone seriously interested iti the music will be disappointed by the “program note” analyses of the gigantic symphonies and the lack of musical quotations from the. choral works. A partial list of compositions and a good bibliography arc included.  Dutton $3.75

Pictures in the Hallway, by Sean O’Cascy.

The time, that Hew swiftly in Sean O’Case.y’s life, from the. death of 1’arnell to the Boer War has left its shadow behind in these sprightly sketches which continue bis autobiography begun in “I Knock at the Door.” Written in an Irish-poetic manner, this story of Johnny Cas-side, an enthusiastic amateur actor, an employee of several Dublin firms, and n Gaelic Leaguer, is one of the development of the artist to the time of his determination to create “pictures worth hanging in the Hallway for other people to see.”

Macmillan $2.75

The Confession of an Ocloqenarian, by L. P. Jacks.

Dr. Jacks, Principal of Manchester

College, and for forty years editor of the Hibbert Journal, here offers with the introspective wisdom and poise of a long, full life, not only what he chooses to call the testimony of a common man, but also a penetrating analysis of the growth of a very subtle personality. Particularly absorbing are the early chapters of the book, relating bis parentage and middle-class education in Nottinghamshire. The author’s career has indeed, as he modestly says, kept him “in contact with currents of vitalizing thought coining in from all quarters,” and these currents flow through all the pages of his book.

Macmillan $3MO


The liases of Artistic Creation, Essays hy Maxwell Anderson, Roy Harris, and Rhys Carpenter.

Three essays on modern drama, music, and art by men distinguished in their fields, with commentaries on Harris and Carpenter by Oscar Thompson and Joseph Sloane. In this first volume in the Rutgers anniversary publications Anderson sees the basis of artistic creation in drama as morality; Harris, the basis in music as individuality; and Carpenter, that in art as traditionalism. But all three agree on the timelessness of art. Authoritative, provocative discussions. Rutgers $1.27)

The Film Sense, by Sergei Kiscnstein.

This first book by the great Russian director is a brilliant, if rather technical, discussion of the modern motion picture. In part an explanation of the author’s own methods, it is also a challenge to the cinema to realize, its fullest artistic possibilities. His analysis of montage is stimulating writing and may perhaps be considered definitive. Not a book for the general reader interested in “the movies,” but one which film directors, amateur as well as professional, should find provocative.  Harcourt, Brace $3.00

The Actor’s Art and Job, by Harry Irvine.

A book about actors and acting for actors, this manages to be pleasant, informelive reading l’or anyone. Mr. Irvine’s essay is neither too technical nor too academic; it is a happy combination of both. Not a textbook in the usual sense, i’. is recommended for tbosi dramatic students who have an eye toward Broadway, or even the little theater.  Dutton &.’.>”

Ha::::le-Da::r:le, bv William Saroyan.

In his latest book, subtitled “The Human Ballet, Opera anil Circus or There’s Something 1 Got to Tell You, Being Many Kinds of Short Plays as Well as the Story of the Writing of Them,” Mr. Saroyan admits “careless and cheap feelings, cleverness and petty bitterness, spoofing and kidding” but insists there are deeper feelings to be found by the seeker. At times bis satire is successful, his regard for the common man sincere; but often this admitted disciple of Shaw lacks the incisive ncss of his master and is unsuccessful in his attempt to cover it up by mere rant. Harcourt, llracc $.j..rit)

Three Greek Tragedies in Trauxlatian, by David Grene.

Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound.’ Sophocles’ “Oedipus the King,” and Kuripidcs’ “Hippolytus” are here translated with remarkable accuracy and vigor. The free-verse choral renderings are perhaps less melodic than the Greek seems to require, but the blank verse in the dialogue is so well handled as to make out wish Mr. Grciic bad not left the more “common place” passages in prose. The introductory essays, particularly that for the “Prometheus Bound,” present in convine ing fashion some new viewpoints in critical interpretation of the plays. Chieaijo $â– .’.”><>

tin jihad.

The latest of the Phaidon series. The introduction (by W. K. Suida) calls Raphael’s art “perfect.” The illustrations are so well chosen and so well reproduced, however, that they reveal this painter’s progress from graceful sentiment to stuffy pretension, for Raphael lovers only.  Oxford 7r7

Ktruxcan Sculpture.

Repeated hu/./.ars for the Phaidon peo-

ple and photographer Sehncidcrl.cngycl, This exciting book, the only first-rate collection of photographs of this comparatively little-known sculpture, is one which nobody interested in owning art books can aH’ord to be without.  Oxford .ft}..70


Although this hook was issued a year ago. it is mentioned here because it is one of the best of the superb Phaidon series. The photographs by Use Schneider-I.eugycl must certainly include some of the finest photographs of sculpture ever made. The Phaidon books have increased in price, but at double their price they woidd still be bargains.  Oxford ^.’/.otl

Heellioren in France, by Leo Schrade.

Beethoven’s influence upon the history of French music and French thought is generally acknowledged. Mr. Schrade has made a detailed and scholarly study of this influence in all its aspects from (In-early performances of the symphonies and quartets in Paris, through the great enthusiasm of the Romantics and the consequent reaction to the “groping after ‘Beethoven et nous’ ” of the present time. The bonk will be of value to historians of music and of French culture. Yale %i.(HI


Slrnlei/if for I‘iclori/, by Hanson V. Baldwin.

This “program lo defeat the dictators” is an attempt on the part of an authority on naval and military affairs to “see tin-war whole” and to bring home to tliu .American people the facts they need to know. Mr. Baldwin’s formula for victory is one thai is simple in expression, complex in rcali/.atiou: Total War must he. fought with “Total Kfl’ort; All Kll’ort; Unlimited Kll’ort.” Neither a visionary nor a foolish optimist, the author is firm, logical, and convincing in his belief that the Axis is not unbeatable, but that wc most and can pay the full price of victory by total mobilization and by taking the offensive on land. sea. and in the air.

Xorlon $L’h’> ’/’/if Price (if Free World Victory, by ||rnry A. Wallace.

The Vh’c President’s now familiar declaration of our war aims, pronounced before a meeting of the free World Association. Included arc a few hasty and enthusiastic responses made to the speech |ir five well-known columnists and radio ,’onuncntators,  I,. H. Fischer $.75

fhc I’ n finished Task: Economic Re-(onslritction for Democracy, by Lewis Carey.

The author performs a valuable service in planning the economic groundwork for uliat he calls “a functional democracy.” Holding that our present capitalism is not a possible or desirable future alternative to tile fascist corporate state, he proceeds to explain how the democratization of monopolies may be clVcctcd. and labor, government, and management made

! (a work fointlv.

Ilnlif the Stars Are Xentral, by Quentin Reynolds.

Written on a ship coining from Cardiff iIn Halifax, this personal journal of a noted foreign correspondent tells of f.on iliin, .Moscow, Kuibyshev. Cairo, and the Egyptian front under fire. Mr. Reynolds, I man with the knack of being in the rifdit place at the right time, an admirer of the Russian war cflicicncy, and a de-(|iiser of censorship of all forms, gives (xciting and adventurous accounts of his (ravels and of the personalities lie cn-((iiintcred.  Random House $.!.:’><)

Miracle on the Coikjo, by Hen L ’ II lliirinai).

A well known American novelist gives I first hand account of the Free French front in French Equatorial Africa. His explanation of the power-loving Fetain’s capitulation to Germany is especially interesting, and the descriptions of the sol ilicr’s life in the jungle and on the desert arc informative sections. Mr. Murman’s look is not a great war book, but it is a I’orthy contribution to the great testament of faith in democracy.

.John Da if $1.75

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litwvii inducted into our army, lie usually keeps on writing. That is what this feature, editor of the Charlotte (N. C.) News did, and the accounts he gives of the routine of cam]) are both revealing and packed with a ready wit. The preface of the hook is bv Maxwell Anderson.

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Red Hilts and Cotton, by Hen Robertson.

A nephew of Daniel Boone, a cousin of Tom Wolfe, this foreign correspondent for PM presents a rambling but effective portrait of Twelve Mile. Valley in up-country South Carolina where bis people arc land-owning .Baptist Democrats. The Robertson family is typical of Southern farmers, proud of blood ties, rich in lineal inheritance, and full of faith for the future, of this the book, personal as it is, is a valuable document on contemporary life.  Knopf $2.ii0

Small Town South, by Sain Byrd.

A Southerner, his eyes made keener by residence in New York. Sam Byrd (Dude Lester of “Tobacco Road”) conies home to North Carolina, rediscovering there and in Florida the South that he loved as a child. Conversational, uneven, sincere in its love for the South, this book is the latest publication of the Lifc-in America series.  Houf/hton, Mifflin $2.7’)

liliir Ridge Country, by Jean Thomas.

In the fifth book of the American Polk-way Scries, edited by l’.rskine Caldwell, the “Traipsin’ Woman” has garnered ballads, customs, superstitions, and legends from the Southern Appalachians. This loosely integrated collection touches lightly a fair representation of mountain songs, animosities, traditions, and beliefs, and ends with a discussion of the. changing scene that industry has effected. Index.

Duell, Sloan, and Pearce. $3.50

The Port of Nezc Orleans, by Harold Sinclair. Illustrated with end papers, old prints and halftones.

Mr. Sinclair realizes that an enchanting city like a woman needs no further enhancement, and he therefore presents bis material impersonally and factually in

his contribution to the Seaport Series. His biography of New Orleans reveals the multi-sided character of a city that has made history under five flags and in as many wars, that has royally guarded the Mississippi Valley, and earned a reputation for food and luxury.

Doubleday, Doran $3,50

‘Phe Challenije of the Creel,- and Other Essays, by T. R. Clover.

In what he recognizes as a kind of intellectual autobiography, the author offers a lifetime’s accumulation of thoughts on Greek civilization and its relation to life today. Full of bits of unusual information, interesting references to well-known classical scholars, and pleasant personal reflection, the book ranges in subject matter from the culinary habits of the Greeks to their belief in individualism and its value to the present world. The wealth of scholarship behind these essays is evident but never obtrusive.

Macmillan $2.75

Mytholoi/y, by F.ditb Hamilton. Illustrated by Steele Savage.

The author of “The Greek Way” and “The Roman Way” retells the ancient Greek, Roman, and Norse myths in a popular manner, retaining the flavor of the original writers’ style. Introductory sections tie up some of the loose ends from the myths, acknowledge our debt to a culture which originated in them, and point out the significance of the gods to the life of the time The eternal qualities of these myths, formed when the world was younger, keep them stiniulat-ingly alive today. Little, Brown $3.50

How to Read a Par/e, by I. A. Richards.

The most recent in a lengthy series of controversial essays on .semantics, tills volume stands as a retort to the ideas of Adlcr and Iliichanan. The author undertakes to point the most direct way to efficient reading through the study of the important meanings of one hundred key words and oilers to the reader a group of connected trial passages with analyses so that he may watch his progress as lie reads. ’  Norton $2.50



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