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ISSUE:  Autumn 1943

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WAR & PEACE Jheg Were Expendable, by W. L. White.

Told by members of MTB Squadron 3, Ihis account is one which can thrill because of the gallantry and courage of our lighting men, but one which can depress because the story of too little and too late is again repeated. Because wc arc a democracy, the mistakes of battle can k told, and here they arc told grimly, realistically. The defense of the Philippines, “America’s little Dunkirk,” is a tragedy which cannot be read with complacency, and the telling of it should end all false optimism and deliver a challenge to all Americans. Harcourt, Brace $2.00

Queen of the Flat-Tops, by Stanley Johnston.

As a result of his experience aboard the aircraft carrier Lexington during her last weeks, Mr. Johnston writes revcal-jngly and interestingly of the marvelously organized life on a great warship, of carrier functions and tactics, of the training and duties of the personnel, and not least of the lady Lex’s Pacific engagements: the first action at Bougainville, smashing the Japs at Lac and Snlamnun, destroying a Jap ffcet at Tuagi and the Coral Sea battle, from Misima to Tagula, until the ship is gutted by internal fires. As a reporter who has a background of naval and aerial knowledge, Mr. Johnston selects his events wisely and lets the facts and reports of eyewitness pilots speak for themselves. The facts evoke a vivid drama that makes memorable these pages of naval history and heroism.

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Lifelines of Victory, by Squadron Leader Murray Harris.

This sane and logical discussion of the importance of maintaining supply routes for our armed effort is the answer to those who wish an all-out offensive, even a premature one, without thinking of the probable effect. The control of communications, the routes by which oil, food, ammunition must be delivered, must remain in our hands. The war can be won only when such lines arc secure and when the



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ix Axis’ lines are cut. Not until then can an offensive be launched which will succeed. The first step, Harris argues, is the reopening of the Mediterranean. Since his principles seem to be a part of the strategy of our command, this book reveals the value of a Fabian delay and is an encouraging commentary on our waging of the war.  Putnam $2

A Layman’s Guide to Naval Strategy, by Bernard Brodie,

The average reader will do well to turn to this book for a clear account of the principles governing naval action and the facts and methods by which naval strategy is implemented. Sea power in modern war, command of the sea, the defense of shipping, land-sca operations, bases, the place of the airplane in naval warfare, the tactics of fleet action: these are some of the intricate background of naval strategy discussed by Mr. Brodie in full detail, yet with detail always subordinated to the basic aim of the discussion.

Princeton $2.50

Democratic Ideals and Reality, by Halford J. Mackinder.

Although first printed in 1919, this volume is still an excellent introduction to geopolitics. With convincing clarity the author demonstrates the relationship between geography and the strategy of war and peace. The chapters showing how the world’s geography has influenced both sea-power and land-power are alone worth the book’s price.  Holt $2.50

Conditions of Peace, by Edward II. Carr.

No peaceful society is possible if government is to be dominated by business and bureaucracy, if economic life is to be motivated solely by profits, and if national loyalty continues to mean the old nationalism and self-determination. Rather than apply tottering doctrines to postwar Europe, the author recommends a European Planning Board which, necessary for immediate post-war reconstruction, may be expediently developed into a practical, permanent economic and political organization. Professor Carr’s analysis, although keen, realistic, and ex-

trcmcly clear, is perhaps weakened by his virtual ignoring of the Oriental peoples,

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Agenda for a Post-War World, by J, B Condliffe.

The emphasis of this book is on the economic measures that the United Nations must undertake if both they and the conquered hope to escape post-war chaos in trade, agriculture, and finance, Professor Condliffe indicates that some existing agencies may lay the foundation for “a politically hard but economically generous peace.” A careful, sane discussion by a scholar who sees the interdependence of politics and economics.

Norton $2.50

Permanent Revolution, by Sigmund Neumann.

The aims and impact of the totalitarian state are discussed in considerable detail, and the conflict between democracy and dictatorship growing out of weaknesses of the former, yet calling out its strength in opposition, is analyzed with great care. “In world politics it is nationalism that is on trial,” writes Dr. Neumann; “Within the nations the political institutions must be treated anew . . . the individual . . . will have to redefine his position in the community.” To survive, the democracies “must strike a balance on all three planes: international, national, and personal.” The book is aimed at all who are concerned in the conflict; the extensive bibliography at the end is intended primarily for the expert.  Harper $$


Victor Hugo: A Realistic Biography of the Great Romantic, by Matthew Joseph-son.

The author of “Zola and His Time” and “Jean-Jacques Rousseau” has added to his studies of French literary-political figures a detailed and painstaking biography of the giant of French literature. Hugo, from his Royalist boyhood in the Napoleonic era to his apotheosis as the great democrat and beloved Pere Hugo of the Third Republic, epitomizes the nineteenth New Books from


century—its romanticism, its political idealism, its amazing literary vitality. Mr, Josephson has attempted to cover nil phases of his stormy career. The long Juel with Napoleon III and the extraordinary fifty-year liaison with Juliette flrotiet arc given equal attention; the thunders of “I.cs Miserables” have not drowned out the delicate and beautiful poetry. The reader may grow impatient with the detailed explanation 0f the relationship between Madame Hugo and Saintc-Bcuve, with the long synopses of well known novels and deservedly forgotten plays, with the harping on Freudian psychology. But much new material has been woven into this hook, which will probably not soon be supplanted as the best biography in English of the “Great Romantic.” Doubleday, Doran $8.50

The Man Who Made News. A Biography of James Gordon Bennett, 1705-1872, by Oliver Carlson.

When the elder Bennett founded the New York Herald in 1835 he brought into being the first modern newspaper. He revolutionized American and British journalism by insisting that newspapers should be 7ic7twpapers. Bennett transformed them from drab journals of opinion into journals of information, dependent upon mass circulation and mass support, presenting the news as fully, as accurately, and as quickly as possible. For over three decades he was the best known, the most feared, mid the most hated editor in America. His Herald was the most sensational and sardonic newspaper in the world, and had the largest circulation. The “satanic” and unscrupulous Bennett was unsurpassed in a day of great editors for skill and daring iii gathering and printing news, for editorial independence, and for introducing innovations. Not only was he the father of “yellow journalism” but he was the first editor to employ the direct interview, the first to insist upon cash in advance for advertisements, the first to give financial news and stock-market reports, the first to give news summaries on the front page, the first to make full use of illustrations, and to have regular departments cover->ng sporting, theatrical, religious, and social news,

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By HELMUT KUHN. Three advance readers report this by far thj best statement they have seen on the basic conditions leading to the war. A masterpiece of condensation and clarity, January 31. $2.00


By CHARLES EDWARD EATON. Sixty short lyric poems, of whose author Paul Green says, “he has a fine eye and ear and us fine a mind for an appraisement of the scene around htm.” December S.



By ERV1N P. HEXNER. A study of the Steel Cartel and Its economic implications, with special attention to American participation and to the influence of the ISC on international affairs. January 17. $6.00


By STANTON L. WORMLEY. Heine in Eng. lish translation, in English criticism, in English informal opinion, and his influence on English poetry. January 23. $4.00


By KARL R. WALLACE. Stressing Bacon’s view of Rhetoric’s peculiar function of “recommending reason to the imagination for the better moving of the will,” the author studies Bacon’s theory of communication and rhetoric as seen in his writings, both formal and informal. January 30. $5.00


By HARVEY M. RICE. The life and times of a .-.tan who was an active participant—lawyer, landowner, director of railroads and banks, politician, State Auditor of Virginia during the Civil War-in the growth of western Virginia, as It emerged from a pioneer agricultural section to full-grown, industrialized statehood, January 23. $3,50


By KATE PORTER LEWIS. Five one-act plays particularly adapted for Little Theatre, high school and college production. The third volume in The Carolina Playmaker Series, January 30. $2.50

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biography of the amazing Bennett. It is an informed, well-balanced, and lively account of the Scottish immigrant who became the “Napoleon of the Press,” of the evolution of the modern newspaper, and of American life as reflected in the press from the days of John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay to Lincoln and President Grant.

Ducll, Sloan and Pearcc $3.50

This Was Cicero, by II. J. Haskell.

In this book the editor of the Kansas City Star presents Cicero the political!. The career of Rome’s first orator is shown against the events which saw the change from republic to monarchy. In readable, lively narrative we follow the rise of a “new man” to the highest office in the Roman state. Mr. Haskell is obviously familiar with the sources and literature of the period which he treats, but he interprets them from a fresh and personal point of view.  Knopf $8,50

Thucydides, by John II. Finley, Jr.

The ancient Greeks had their Great World War and waged it for most of thirty years, until the side of enlightenment and democracy was beaten to the earth. They were fortunate in having a great historian to record the struggle. Mr. Finley has studied anew Thucydides against his background, his art as historian, his analysis of the motives which caused the war and of its progress. In clear, readable prose, without unduly stressing the parallels and with due attention to the differences between the 5th century B. C. and the 20th A. D., he sets forth the collapse of an imperial democracy which forgot the first principles of democracy.

Harvard $3.50

Admiral Sims and the Modern American Navy, by Elting E. Morison.

“Reform in a democracy is a tedious business,” Mr. Morison declares, and this brilliant biography of William Sowden Sims would seem to prove it. Sims struggled to perfect target practice, to establish the convoy system, and to achieve a central high command in the Navy. Seldom succeeding in his requests, he led


a career bent on the improvement of out navy and was never discouraged bv apathy. The reforms he instituted to make our modern navy may have been a tedious business, but in this biographer’s hands they make interesting and pertinent reading.  Houghton Mifflin §

Dr. Bard of Hyde Park, by J. Brett Lane-staff.

Pieced together chronologically here is a chronicle of one of the chief medical figures in early New York. One learns not only of Dr. Bard’s personal and professional life, but of medical training at Edinburgh, the founding of the medical school at King’s College, and early attempts to fight disease. There are, too, sidelights on conflicting loyalties in 1776, on schisms in science and religion, and on a multitude of tangential people. The crowd of personalities almost results in a source-book; indeed, the author provides a 44-page biographical index. Although somewhat stiff in style and naive in its interpretations, the work appears accurate as to fact and makes copious use of primary sources.  Dutton $8.16

Builders of Latin America, by Watt StcM’art and Harold F. Peterson.

The biographical approach, used in “Builders of Latin America,” is always interesting and always popular, and any collection of life sketches is of value in teaching. Hence this group of 22 biographies, arranged more or less in chronological order and somewhat connected by context, might well serve as a text book for the teaching of Latin American history in high schools if not in colleges. The whole work forms a pleasing method of presenting the development of Latin American civilization. The volume is greatly enhanced in value by the excellent illustrations and by several maps.


No Royal Road. Luco Pacioli and his Times, by R. Emmett Taylor.

This biography of Luca Pacioli, the great Renaissance mathematician and close friend of Leonardo da Vinci, attempts to reconstruct once more the globus ye »rsoftliefi^tecntn century in Italy. The full career of Pacioli, which brought him into contact with many of

the gfeatoi!lis ^aya^owstncautllor abundant opportunity to display his

knowledge of the times

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Storm Over the Land, by Carl Sandburg.

This “Profile of the Civil War,” taken mainly from the highly praised “Abraham Lincoln: The War Years,” is Mr. Sandburg’s story of the four years of struggle which ended in making these states truly united. The story itself is a complete one here, of the campaigns, the politics, the human weaknesses, the tears and the joys of all the people. It is a story of triumph and of despair: crowded as it is into these pages, it never lacks the necessary detail and it is powerful in its brevity. Many photographs by Brady arc published here for the first time. Harcourt, Brace $3.50

The Golden Age of Colonial Culture, by Thomas J. Wertenbakcr.

In the Anson G. Phelps lectures for 1942 at New York University, published under the above title, Professor Wertcn-baker has presented graphic sketches of the late colonial culture of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Williamsburg, and Charleston. Though the towns were small and the culture not too original, the basis of American civilization was largely laid in those times and places. The author regrets that the developments were not more democratic and American, hut he obviously considers them more interesting than later manifestations of these qualities. Concise and well written, the lectures will appeal to the general reader.  Ne7v York University. $8

Zones of International Friction: The Great Lakes Frontier, Canada, The West hdies, India 17J,8-115Jh by Lawrence Henry Gipson.

This work represents the fifth volume in Mr. Gipson’s exhaustive study, “The British Empire before the American Revolution.” It maintains the high standards of scholarship and literary craft-manship that characterized the earlier volumes. Mr. Gipson has made a serious and successful effort to avoid the dry

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mi political and diplomatic treatment that is usually given this period of European history. He emphasizes social and economic conditions, and in this particular volume has much interesting information on the fur trade, the life of the Canadians, and the social and political structure of the American Indians.  Knopf $5

Latin America. Its Place in World Life, by Samuel Guy Inman.

For nearly three decades Dr. Inman has been a close student, at first hand, of events in Latin America. This book, as well as its predecessor published in 1937, attests to his clear perception of the characteristics of the genus Latinoamericano. Hence his work is that of a mature student and a philosopher who is eminently able to interpret Latin American life to outsiders.

The author has presented a panorama of Latin American civilization from colonial days to the present, with special emphasis on racial backgrounds, character molds, social trends, economic progress, political development, foreign interference, and United States imperialism, Pan Americanism, and good neighborli-ness. Moreover, post-Pearl Harbor events in Latin America arc connected with world affairs. The author concludes that “the American Continent is one in its devotion to the ‘American way of life’ and in its determination to stand against despotism.”

This book might well be “must” rending for students of the contemporary scene in Latin America, whether or not they be inside or outside of the class room. A bibliographical essay, a list of “Important dates in Latin American history,” and a fair index add considerably to the vnlue of the volume.

Harcourt, Brace $3.76


Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction, by Wallace Stevens.

Divided into three sections, “It must be abstract,” “It must change,” “It must give pleasure,” this commentary on the

philosophy behind the creation of the “supreme fiction” weaves subtle variations on the themes. Mr. Stevens known for his piquant and puzzling verse is more articulate here than in some oi his other work, but this does not damage the inventiveness of his verse, the striking mosaics of his speech, or the keen parallelism of his imagery.

The Cummington Press $S

The Revolutionists, by Selden Rodman.

The second of three long poems on the destination of modern man, this blank verse drama of the rebellion of the Haitian slaves led by Toussaint Louvcrture is a study in the emotion of revolution: the first blow against a decaying order, the triumph of the clever over the sincere, and the final, fatal struggle among the revolutionists. For such a study the background of the Haitian revolution was well chosen; its events themselves arc dramatic enough. But to these Mr. Hodman adds subtle characterizations, confident verse, and a more than adequate knowledge of stagecraft. Illustrations by Rudolf von Ripper.

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Sonnets to Orpheus, by Raincr Maria Rilke. Translated by M. D. Hester Morton.

“Our task,” wrote Rilke, “is so deeply and so passionately to impress upon ourselves this provisional and perishable earth, that its essential being will arise again ‘invisibly’ in us.” It was his own store of the “invisible,” accumulated through years of an almost unparalleled intensity of introversion, which he poured into his later poetry, the Duino Elegies and these magnificent sonnets. Mrs. Morton’s translation is admirable in its lucidity and accuracy but (perhaps wisely) makes no attempt to retain cither Rilke’s rhymes or the more subtle music of his rhythm and cadences, on which a good part of the meaning, not to say benuty, of his poetry relies. Fortunately, however, this edition prints the German on pages opposite the English.

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A Wreath of Christmas Poems.

An old and still pleasant idea is exemplified in this collection of nineteen poems on the theme of Christ’s birth. The authors run in time from Virgil to Phyllis McGinley; but, as might be expected, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance contribute more than the moderns in number and substance. This little volume is delightful to look at and would make a really charming gift for Christmas.  Nexv Directions $1

Bells and Grass, by Walter de la Mare.

These poems are typically de la Mare, although they are not all first class examples of the poet’s fey and whimsical gifts. In an Introduction delving back into his early poetic past, Mr. de la Mare hints that these are poems for the young, whatever their age in birthdays may be. But they are, as usual, for the subtle and enigmatic child-in-mind rather than for the crude and boisterous. The illustrations and end papers, drawn by Dorothy Lathrop, are charming. Viking $2.50

Natalie Maisie and PavilastuJcay, by John Masefield.

Two idealistic narrative poems by England’s laureate make up this book. One is a love story laid in the Russia of Peter the Great, with the plot mainly based on that monarch’s legendary bullish temperament; the other recounts the thoughts and emotions of a rather hazy Englishman wandering as one of a group of tourists through the remains of a lost civilization.

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The Globe Playhouse: Its Design and Equipment, by John Cranford Adams.

There is no other physical circumstance that has more to do with the intelligent interpretation of an Elizabethan play than the nature of the playhouse in which it was presented. A formidable amount of careful research went into the writing of Sir Edmund Chambers’ large volumes and the monographs by J. Q. Adams, W. J. Lawrence, and others. It


remained true that no clear and satisfying explanation had been given that met all the conditions to explain the presentation of a Shakespeare play in the Globe Theatre. John C. Adams in “The Globe Playhouse” has reconstructed every detail of that wooden O with such minute study of architectural and legal evidence and with such convincing logic in fitting the structure to the requirements of the stage directions of the plays that if last words were ever written, this should he the last word at the sign of “Hercules and his load.” Even when not completely convinced, the reader feels safe in surrendering his imagination for a working reconstruction of the plays to Mr. Adams, confident that a specialist who has reasoned so well on so much is as likely, in any minor matter, to be right as the next one. Illustrations and designs are good and the author knows bow to make intricate details interesting. The most modest Shakespearean library should include “The Globe Playhouse.” Harvard $

The Starlit Dome, by G. Wilson Knight.

In the present group of essays Professor Knight, known for his imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare, employs his very personal technique of “symbolistic translation” on the four great Romantic poets, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats. The very sensitively realized insights which result are often thrilling and at all times provocative. The author’s pages look as of old—crowded with an intimidating plethora of quotations and line references.  Oxford $4.1)0

The One Wordsworth, by Mary E. Butler.

A perhaps too fervent defense of the character and poetic genius of the later Wordsworth, made from a study of the revisions of “The Prelude.” In chapters dealing with such matters as the poet’s improvement of the diction of his great autobiographical poem and his emendations of its redundancies, the author seeks first and last to prove the older Wordsworth “a vastly better poet than his younger self.” ”  North Carolina $S Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, edited by E. de Selincourt.

It is the fashion in some circles today to exaggerate Dorothy Wordsworth’s literary gifts, in direct opposition to her own opinion of them. The reader who wishes to draw his own conclusions can find no better place than this nearly complete edition of the “Journals,” which presents more fully than any previous volume those diaries and accounts of tours and excursions which Dorothy wrote for a public, although an extremely limited one. Besides displaying her literary ability, the “Journals” show with clarity the poet’s life in particular and domestic life in general in early nineteenth century England. The illustrations and the maps, especially, deserve an extra note of praise.

Macmillan $10

The Death of the Moth and Other Essays, by Virginia Woolf.

Had the granting of one boon been promised to the lovers of Virginia Woolf’s books, it is to be guessed that those who prized her most woidd have chosen a novel that could be put beside “To the Lighthouse.” Yet in the long test of time it is probable that more readers would call for a third “Common Reader.” In the collection of twenty-eight papers garnered since her death to make the volume “The Death of the Moth” the total impression is not of such rounded perfection as distinguished “the Common Reader” and “The Second Common Reader.” A few of the pieces seem ephemeral. Others are exquisite— Virginia Woolf at her best. “The Historian and ‘The Gibbon,’ ” and the three reviews of Henry James, for example, remind us that the great tradition of the essay was not dead while Virginia Woolf lived. Though most of these papers were written for magazine publication and many as reviews, the book will prove one of the most durable of Virginia Woolf’s publications. And, as she says of Henry James’ “The Middle Years,” if she could have chosen, her last words “would have been like these, words of recollection and of love.”  Harcourt, Brace $3

Virginia Woolf, by David Daiches. Mr. Daiches, has understanding and

imagination. He has not impaled the I butterfly upon a pin, but he has traced with 1 insight the pattern of its gossamer wings For the reader of Virginia Woolf’s novels who wishes to have them placed in relation to each other, or who desires to see their subtler meanings made clearer by tactful analysis, this is an invaluable book.

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Virginia Woolf, by E. M. Forster. i

Of Mr. Forster’s novels, Virginia Woolf  1

wrote, “We feel that something has failed  ’

us at the critical moment.” Of Virginia  1

Woolf, Mr. Forster says, “Life eternal she  I

could seldom give.” In “Virginia Woolf”  ’

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more delightful as a Forster essay than  , enlightening as an evaluation of Virginia Woolf. Harcourt, Brace <jl


‘Thomas Mann’s World, by Joseph Gerard  i

Rrcnnan.  i

A helpful but unprofound and not very I original inquiry into the art and philosophy 1 of Thomas Mann, deriving chiefly from ’ “The Magic Mountain” and works pre- : ceding it. In spite of the fact that this 1 book makes no pretense at being a complete study of Mann, one finds recurrent 1 reason to regret that its author should have ’ chosen to avoid nearly the whole problem of the. Joseph epic—a masterpiece which, although unfinished, is certainly clear J enough in its outlines, substance, and ’ technique to have its place in any discussion of Mann’s work. Columbia $2.50 j


On Native Grounds. An Interpretation j of Modern American Prose Literature, by I Alfred Kazin. !

This excellent book, parts of which ap- I poured first in the Virginia Quarterly Rc- « view, proclaims its young author a vigor- ’ ous critical intelligence to be reckoned with I now and in years to come. In pages of exuberant judgment, sure erudition, and I spacious perspective, novelists, historians, d critics of the last few decades are dealt 3th not only as figures in the literary history of our time hut also, as Mr. Kazin ’ Jics as forces in our moral history. 15 ’  Regnal anil Hitchcock $8.75

fcopleof l‘oros, by Peter Gray.

Poros i » “n island across the Saronic Gulf from Athens. This hook tells of the author’s return to the island after an absence, of his hilarious welcome by his old friends and of his life there for some Ivro years. Greek fishermen and sailors and their women folk move through its s. By his sympathy and insight and through his expressive prose, Mr. Gray jives us a glimpse of the people who make up the little nation which dared to stand up against the Nazi war-machine, of their joys and sorrows, of the dee]) sense of a tradition which links them with a remote past, against the background of Greek sea and mountains. Whittlesey House $8

The Mediterranean, by Kmil Ludwig.

“This is not a travel book,” the author need hardly say; “it is nature and history as I see them.” And it is with Wellsiaii assiduity that Ludwig tackles his largest ob yet—the life story of the Mediterranean, “the Helen among oceans,” and all the civilizations that have flourished on its shores. Although this work Jacks the novelty of form and substance of “The .Vile,” it is written in the familiar Ludwig manner (“putting the human element in the foreground”), and thus should have its appeal for many. Whittlesey House $3.75

Virginia Is a State of Mind, by Virginia Moore.

Miss Moore lias carefully stitched a patchwork quilt of famous figures and incidents, personal reminiscences, poetic geography, and simple folks to interpret the intangible qualities of Virginia. The state’s brilliant, soft, and dull colors are worked into the pattern side by side against a background of character and individualism shown in the lives of Virginia’s great and little in fame. A detailed index draws together the informal collection of information about places, people, and history.

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cam The Days of Ofelia, by Gertrude Diamant.

The author went to Mexico to determine the I. Q. of the Otomf Indians, but she found out more than that. For her extraordinary maid, the ten year old Ofelia, introduced her to the vital, elemental Mexican life: in place of a sociological study of or a guide book to Mexico, we have a faithful human document of the people whose whole spirit Gertrude Diamant has read. “The Days of Ofelia,” rich in the atmosphere of that strange, tropical nation that is our neighbor, is a too intimate description of an important people to be overlooked by any American reader. Illustrations by John O’Hara Cosgravc II.

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The Turning Point, by Klaus Mann.

Thomas Mann’s son, who has lived thirty-five years in this century, writes his autobiography as a restrained study of a post-war generation plunged into another catastrophe. Valuable as it is for its portrait of the Mann family, for its keen criticism of modern writers, for its intimate impressions of celebrities, and for its vivid observations on continental and American life, it is far more valuable as a pronouncement against barbarism by a sensitive and gifted writer who believes that his testimony, as every testimony, means much in these days of crisis.  Fischer $3

The Weald of Youth, by Siegfried Sas-soon.

This excursion in autobiography is a continuation of “The Old Century”: recreated here is the period in Sassoon’s life from his first publication in a “real” magazine to England’s entrance into the first World War, 1909 to 1914. The England of this time is filled with steeple-chasing, cricket, and hunting, and Sassoon lived the romantic life he described in his character George Sherston. A charming quality of peace and restfulness, coupled with intimate glances of Englishmen of letters, make this a varied and interesting book.  Viking $2.76

Van Loon’s IAves, by Hendrik Willcm Van Loon.

Many authors, including William Haa-

litt, have ventured to choose from the b> mous dead those whom they would have liked to know; but no one save Mr. Van Loon has had the temerity to entertain them at dinner, with food, music, and conversation chosen to suit each guest. The guests range from “the greatest inventor of all time,” the primitive man who first made a knife, to Thomas Jefferson and Erasmus. Their behavior and their ideas run the same gamut, and provide Mr. Van Loon with a delightful if not chronological history of the growth of man’s mind and ideals.  Simon $ Schuster $3,U

The Walter Clinton Jackson F.ssays, edited by Vera Largent.

This volume of essays in the social sciences attains a high level of excellence, Breadth of interest, timeliness, sound scholarship, and originality characterize such contributions as “the Definition of the General Will” by John A. Clark, “Scientific Method and Democratic Procedure” by Elizabeth Duffy, “Psychology, Social Science, and Democracy” by Wilton P. Chase, “Napoleon and Hitler: Ncv Order and Grand Design” by Eugene E. Pfnff, “The Colonial Status of the South” by Benjamin B. Kendrick, and “Impressment during the American Revolution” by Elizabeth Cometti. ‘The editorial work of Miss Vera Largent reflects credit upon the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, the fiftieth anniversary of which this volume memorializes.

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Men at War, edited with an introduction, by Ernest Hemingway.

This collection of stories, accounts, and narratives has been selected with the prime intention of giving a true picture of men at war. Timely in its conception and informative as well as entertaining, this anthology draws on noted writers from Xenophon to Lawrence of Arabia and includes stories or descriptions of almost every great historical conflict from the fall of Troy and the battle of Jericho to the evacuation of Dunkirk and the victory

at Midway.  Crown $S


a Danish sailing vessel. His eventual success comes after an exciting series of hand to hand fights and mysterious encounters. The dash and airiness of the author’s style make the reader forget his inadequate characterization and swecjis him along into a world of vigorous men.

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0. Hairy Memorial Award Prise Stories of 194%, edited by Herschel Brickell.

The current volume of the O. Henry Prize Stories is more notable for the skill and competence of the craftsmanship of the writers presented rather than for any positive distinction or merit. The stories of the first and second prize winners, Eu-dora Welty and Wallace Stegner, are highly bucolic in setting and atmosphere. In this volume one finds William Faulkner in a strangely sentimental mood, while John Steinbeck is whimsical. Carson Mc-Cullers is gratifyingly psychopathic. One is inclined to agree with Mr. Brickell in preferring Nancy Hale’s “Sunday—1918” over the judges’ choice as the prize winning story. Doubleday, Doran $2.60

The Best American Short Stories and the Yearbook of the American Short Story, Edited by Martha Foley.

The new editor of this volume follows O’Brien’s principles of selection. In her introduction, she says that the most exciting story writing is found in the small regional magazine, and also mentions the excellence of The New Yorker short stories, often overlooked. These 30 stories cover a wide variety and include such authors as Nancy Hale, John Steinbeck, William Saroyan, and James Thur-ber.  Houghton Mifflin $2.75


A Study of War, by Quincy Wright.

Mr. Wright has presented in these two volumes a summary of the results of a fiftccn-ycar research project conducted at the University of Chicago. The book covers every conceivable aspect of war, ranging from prehistoric war to modern battle and including animal warfare and

methods of eliminating war. In it the, methodologies of sociology, international law, political science, and history pre. dominate, although all disciplines are em-ployed in an effort to secure a comprehensive treatment. The two most notable influences on the author in constructing the ideological edifice of his book are the concepts of Arnold J. Toynbcc and Pitirim Sorokin. As an effort to relate fully the phenomenon of war with the larger problem of the history of civilization the book suffers from the rather heterogeneous organization. As a work of reference and guide for scholarly students the work will immediately secure a prominent position.

Chicago 2 vols. $16

Principles of Poxocr. The Great Political Crises of History, by Guglielmo Fer-rcro.

Although this is an easy book to praise, it is much more difficult to understand or agree with it. Ferrero’s historical studies have covered widely divergent periods. As a young man he made an intensive study of imperial Rome, while in his later life after his exile from Italy he turned his attention to the history of the nineteenth century in an effort to understand his own times. But this book is more than a statement of what he believed to be the fundamental pattern of the historical process. It is equally significant as one of the most impassioned and moving testimonials of faith in liberal democracy of our day.  Put nam $3 AO

Sea Lanes in Wartime, the American Experience 1775-19.1,2, by Robert Grccnhalgh Albion and Jennie Barnes Pope.

For all those interested in the significance and status of sea routes in the present conflict this book cannot be too highly recommended. Although half the book is devoted to American experiences prior to 1.017, the material is used to illuminate later phases of sea warfare. The hook is well organized; and while it is sober in its approach, the dramatic incident has not been neglected. The greatest defect lies in the absence of maps.

Xorton $3.50

iVtVtviv Utncralt and Geographers, by Hans W. ft’eigert.

This German liberal, who served as a tmber of two Prussian ministries before living Germany in 1938, brings Geopol-jjjcs to the support of the United Nations ID this book to which he has given the subtitle, “The Twilight of Geopolitics.” Pf Weigert clears away some of the misconceptions regarding Geopolitics. He devotes a considerable part to explaining lj,e ffork of Halford McKinder and Karl Hsushofer, the development of Geopolitical thought in Germany, and its influence on military strategy. In his contusions, however, he differs from the authors of other hooks on this subject. Dr. ll’eigert believes it is time for us to learn j lesson in humanized Geopolitics. If the United Nations arc to build a lasting peace he sees a necessity for an understanding of the Weltanschauung of Ilaus-tofer. He believes that not so much the Imd-masses as the people of the nations told the power of the future, that “in the land-masses of North America, Asiatic Russia, and China the trails of mankind’s future will be blazed” with democracy becoming a world cause as global as the vanishing imperialism of f;hc Totalitarian powers.  Oxford $3

.V «w h a Weapon, by Matthew Gordon.

This is not so much an analysis of propaganda as an exposure of Axis moth’s for using news as an integrated weapon over the radio and in the press. It is written by a man who thoroughly understands both media, for Mr. Gordon was s newspaper writer and editor before he taamc news editor for the Columbia Broadcasting System in New York. lie is now chief of the Foreign Service of the Office of War Information and his book das the endorsement of an introduction by Elmer Davis. While he was with C. B. S. Ihe author was able to make systematic notes on how the news weapon of the Axis is put to work and he quotes freely from his case histories. The focus of this Wok is on the enemy’s use of news, but a concluding chapter suggests methods for parrying this weapon and for turning it against the Axis.  Knopf $2.50

A Week with Gandhi, by Louis Fischer. Mr, Fischer, who visited Gandhi in the

A wholly new picture that answers an historic riddle


By Marie Kimball

This freshly written, revealing biography goes deeply into the early period of Jefferson’s life fr;- the explanation of this born aristocrat’s democratic convictions. The humanitarian who wrote the Declaration of Independence at the age of thirty-three is here shown, in the formative years that led to that event: Jefferson the schoolboy and heir to great estates, the student, the gay young blade and boon companion, the lover and devoted young husband, the lawyer riding circuit and, finally, the aristocrat transformed by reflection, on natural laws and government into the friend and champion of human rights. JEFFERSON: THE ROAD TO GLORY: 1743-1776 is a biography that portrays the man and his thinking as few have done before. Illustrated. $4.00

Marie Kimball is a well-known Jefferson scholar, the author of many monographs on Jefferson and his period, and the editor of the Martha Washington Cook Book.

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ODXSCV summer of HH2. here gives a hrief and skillfully uncmbroidercd aeeount of tlieir conversations together. An interesting final chapter is composed of tlie author’s sympathetic and incisive comments on Gandhi’s character. The portrait throughout is of a great man possessed with hut one idea, the freedom of India.

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Warning to the Went, by Shridharani.

An eloquent summary of the failure of western civilization to recognize the reawakened Asia of Chiang Kai-shek, Nehru, and Gandhi, an Asia which wishes to dispel the western conqueror but keep the western friend. iSh rid ha rani, the author of “My India, My America,” gives a vital picture of these men and their political views. Emphasizing the trends in India, he warns the West of the need for a revolution in its insular psychology. His lucid prose and candid expression gives force to his arguments and strength to his thesis. Duel], Sloan $> Pearce $2.50

The British Colonial Empire, by W. E. Simnett.

Any survey of the forty odd British colonics must necessarily have an encyclopedic flavor, but the brevity of this volume accentuates that condition. Most of this book is devoted to a hasty survey of each colony. A few extremely general chapters on administration, pioneers, imperialistic organizations, and colonial systems of other nations complete the account. Those who are seriously interested in the subject may find the bibliography useful. ’  ’  Norton $3

“Freely to Pass”, bv Edward W. Beattie, Jr.

This is the record of a reporter and his passport. The reporter is now the head of the London Bureau of the United Press, While he held the passport, he was free to pass from country to country, at first ahead of war, then in its midst. This is no “think piece” on why war came, but a news correspondent’s report of what he saw as it came: Chamberlain losing his umbrella at Munich, Czechs

singing their national anthem as Hit|e> entered Prague, France fleeing before tht invaders, Londoners stiffening under tin blitz. Mr. Beattie, has crowded his record with details, colored it with intiniaci « and lightened it with humor.

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Bnlconn Empire, by Bey nobis and Klcanor Packard.

A crack newspaper team give a round by round account of three and a half vein of Fascist Italy at war as seen from their ringside seats as United Press correspondents in Rome. They have looked behind the dignity of the Roman portico into tti{ sham and intrigue of Mussolini’s vanish’ ing empire. No less interesting than theit inside view of events that have shaken the world is their account of how news h gathered, censored, and distributed in an Axis nation. And they are now able to include many details, some grim, some humorous, kept by the censors from their cabled correspondence,  Oxford ft

A Latin American Speaks, by Luis Quid-tanilln.

The former Counselor of the Mexican Embassy in Washington and now Minister to Russia, an authority on inter-Amor-ican affairs, interprets in this timely volume the spirit and facts of our relations with the twenty republics south of lis. Pointing out the popular misconceptions of each other by the North and South American peoples, he asserts that America is really one, or ought to be. The “good neighbor” policy, he thinks, will make this unity of aim and action all the more realistic. He feels that the divisions and irritations caused by the Monroe Doctrine are disappearing and that a “blali-blali Americanism” has been followed by a practical Pan-Americanism. Simon Bol-ivar was the first to have a great dream of the United Americas and Franklin D-Roosevelt the first to make it come true. Mr. Quintanilla, a strong internationalist, is not content with inter-Americanism but pleads for extra-Americanism as the fulfillment of our “united destiny”: the aspiration of democracy is world unity. “The League of Nations,” he declares, New Books front


“is not dead, and we cannot conceive the world of today, much less the world of jonlorrow, without the existence of the League or a similar body.” This is an eloquent hook by a scholar and diplomat who has spent many years in the United States and who thoroughly understands the history of this country as well as that of our Latin-American neighbors.

Macmillan $2.50

Man anil Society in Calamity, by Fitirim A. Sorokin.

Professor Sorokin writes of war, pestilence, and famine, and of their effect on individual and social behavior. I low and when and why these calamities modify behavior, the author makes clear in generalizations that are supported by striking examples drawn from great historic calamities and that are applied, finally, to today’s calamities. The student of sociology will find little news in the generalizations, and may decry the scarcity of experimental and statistical evidence. The general reader may find much that is not only interesting but instructive.

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A Time for Greatness, by Herbert Agar.

If as a pamphleteer Mr. Agar does not rank with such an impassioned humanist and intellectual as Lewis Mumford, his exaltation of “the American idea” is none the less worthwhile. And if his advice to business, labor, government, and Americans generally is so undetailed as to seem in many instances without force, it may succeed nevertheless in inducing proper attitudes from which proper thinking and action will come. At least he does a good job of convincing us of our past sins, and his advocated means of atonement for them are sound and commendable.  Little, Hi VIK’H $2.50

let the People Know, by Norman Angcll.

Mr. Angcll’s formula for a better postwar world calls for an international body sufficiently effective to administer a police We that would preserve the rights of a weak nation against powerful aggressors. His argument is frankly built on the analogy that national law and order is to Jhc defense of the individual’s rights as international law and order is to the dc-


By HELMUT KHUN. What is this freedom about which we hear so much tnlk? If it is something worth lighting for, would it not he well for us to know what freedom is? Here is an informed statement on this subject, one which exposes the shallowness of current views, how their German versions prepared the way for Nazism, and how the winning of the war is dependent on recovery of that idea of freedom embodied in 2,500 years of western civilization.  April 24. $2.50


fly LODWICK HARTLEY. For a century and a half the Reverend Laurence Sterne has been an enigma to students of English letters. This delightful introduction tr> his life mid works reveals Sterne the urtist—an tin forgettable and gullant figure.

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fly C. HERMAN PRITCHETT. A brilliant analysis of the background of the T.V.A., its multiple-purpose program, its development as one of the greatest power agencies in the world, and its role as n regional planner.  April 17. $3.50


Ity WALTER It. AGARI). A challenging, stimulating hook with :i practical application for us today.  Ready. $2.50


lly CHARLES EDWARD EATON. A volume of collected poems. Reudy. $2.00


By ERVIN HEXNER.  Ready. 86.00

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iiwtcvii fense of a country’s rights; ergo, what has worked in the one case is at least worth trying in the other. Particularly good is his interpretation of the causes of the present war and of current, fifth column criticisms that undermine Allied co-operation. As always Mr. Angcll writes clearly and with considerable conviction.

Viking $2.60


A Summary View of the Rights of British America, by Thomas Jefferson: with an Introduction and a Biographical Note by Thomas P. Abernethy.

Thomas Jefferson’s important “Summary View” was printed in Williamsburg, Philadelphia, and London in 1774. The rare Williamsburg first printing by Clementina Rind has been reproduced in facsimile, together with the letter “To the King” by Arthur Lee, which formed the preface to the London edition. The introduction is altogether satisfying. It gives a complete orientation for the pamphlet even to the identification of the owner of the John Carter Brown Library copy from which the facsimile is made. Professor Abernethy is able to establish the high probability that it was on September 23, 1774, over the breakfast table that this man received his copy from the hands of Patrick Henry. The format of this edition is admirable.

Scholar’s Facsimile «y Reprints $2

The Valley of Virginia in the American Revolution, 1763-1789, by Freeman II. Hart.

No section of the United States holds more of historic interest than the verdant Valley of Virginia, made famous by the events of two major wars. Settled largely by men who were alien to the English of Virginia, it became intensely American; a frontier region when the Federal Constitution was adopted, it was strongly nationalistic and conservative in its political attitudes. Dr. Hart has studied the annals of the Valley with great care and has written what is perhaps the most illuminating account of the life of its

people during the stirring period of our War for Independence.

North Carolina $3,51)

Mr, Rutlcdge of South Carolina, by J, Richard Barry.

John Rutlcdge was first President of the Republic of South Carolina—virtually its dictator—and later Governor of the State of South Carolina. He was for a brief time Chief Justice of the United States; but perhaps he performed his most important service to posterity as chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution, the final draft of which, containing corrections and additions in Rutlcdgc’s own handwriting, was unearthed by the author of this biography. Rutlcdge was a man of great political ability and executive force and one to be reckoned with in the councils of the founding fathers. He generally placed the good of his country above his own selfish interests and when, at the first Continental Congress, it became necessary for South Carolina to choose between an embargo on rice and one on indigo, Rutlcdge said abruptly, “All right. We take rice,” although the choice meant the risk of his own personal fortune and that of his family. His most deplorable action was his “deal” with the hard-fisted, pleasure-hating Connecticut Yankee, Roger Sherman, which resulted in the continuation of the slave trade: Massachusetts and Connecticut combined with Georgia and the Carolinas to win a five to four decision for it at the Constitutional Convention. The decision was to the monetary advantage of both sections. In the hands of his present biographer, Rutlcdge seldom comes to life as an individual, although his importance as a force in the molding of our national government is clearly shown.  Duell, Sloan cy Pcarce $3.75

Charles Carroll of Carrollton, by Ellen Hart Smith.

In this conscientious, straightforward biography of the outstanding Revolutionary statesman from Maryland, the personality of the man is somewhat obscured by a multitude of facts about his family and his times. Like his father and his grandfather he was at first deprived of

the * ° °^eenco^onm^ America because he was a Roman Catholic. The political freedom and public recognition which he finally gained were won the hard way—by sheer ability—and the fight which he was obliged to make for his own rights made him battle all the more vigorously for the rights of others. Although bis tastes were scholarly and his nature retiring, he, like Washington and Jefferson and many another Revolutionary patriot, sacrificed his personal desires for the sake of public duty. He loved his country .well but his State more; and when the choice was forced upon him, he did not hesitate to resign his seat in the Senate of the United States in order to hold one in the Senate of Maryland. It is perhaps more surprising than significant to learn that Charles Carroll of Carrollton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, lived long enough to be apostrophized by Daniel Webster as a “venerable object” and to lift the first shovel full of earth in the construction of the B. & 0. Railroad.

Harvard $3.75

The Culture of Early Charleston, by Frederick P. Bowes.

It is not often that a doctoral dissertation represents such extensive research, careful analysis, and lucid interpretation as docs Dr. Bowes’ work, which deals with the religious, educational, literary, artistic, and scientific interests of the people of Charleston. The final chapter discusses the Charleston aristocracy, and the economic basis of the social organization of the community is cogently presented. One would wish to know more of the part played by minority elements in Charleston society, yet a small book cannot cover everything.

North Carolina $2.50

America. The Story of a Free People, by Allan Ncvins and Henry Steele Com-mager.

A short narrative account “of a people intelligent enough to want freedom and willing to work for it and to fight for it,” authentic, yet lively and dramatic, by two eminent historians who have distinguished themselves by their ability to present graphically the colorful panorama of American history. One of the very best

John Dewey


The Living Thoughts of THOMAS JEFFERSON

In this volume of about 60,000 words, John Dewey gathers from the voluminous letters, writings and other records the essence of the universal genius that was Jefferson. Both the introductory essay and the selection give point to the near miracle that “a single person could find time and energy for such a range of diverse interests.” “It is extremely doubtful whether airy other living man could or would have made a better selection.”—Southern Literary Messenger. $1.50

LONGMANS, GREEN & CO. 55 Fifth Avenue, New York

Thomas Jefferson’s


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of the University of Virginia

A timely book, built about Jefferson’s manuscript record of the garden he loved, and revealing many interesting chapters in the early development of American horticulture and agriculture. The extensive annotations by Dr. Bctts include an outline of Jefferson’s principal activities for each of the 59 years (1766-1824) during which the Garden Book was kept, as well as quotations from his correspondence on gardening and farming and the introduction of useful foreign plants. The Sully portrait of Jefferson, facsimiles of certain pages of the Garden Book, photographs of Monticello, and Jefferson’s own, diagrams of the garden are among the illustrations.

American Philosophical Society Memoirs Vol. 21. About 750 pp. 1943- $5-00

AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY Independence Square  Philadelphia, Pa.

xooxix introductions to the subject for the student and the layman.  Little, liroxcn $3

Lincoln and His Parti/ in the Secession Crisis, by David M. Potter.

This is a careful and interesting study of the Republican party’s policy from the election of Lincoln to the fall of Sumter. Clearly explained and fully documented is the story of the party leaders’ disbelief in the threats of secession, their mistaken confidence in the strength of Southern Unionism, and their strategy of silence and delay in the hope that Southern sentiment against secession would soon set in. Such a stand accounts for their refusal to consider seriously the essential issues, particularly the territorial question. A scholarly account, dispassionately and ably presented. Yale $3.75

Voices of History, edited bv Franklin Watts.

This (550-page collection of some of history’s materials for 19-tl deserves attention and praise. Aided and directed by Charles A. Beard, Mr. Watts has reprinted, from official and responsible sources and in unabridged form, many of the speeches, messages, special letters, and orders of the world’s chief political rulers. Included, also, arc a few international pacts and agreements, although the bulk of the materials arc speeches. The selections seem to represent fairly and accurately Axis policies and intentions as well as those of the United Nations. The arrangement is by months, each month being preceded by a brief calendar of events. Subsequent volumes are planned.  Franklin Watts $3.50

The Mad Forties, by Grace Adams and Fdward Ilutter.

To the student of the. United States of Edgar Poe’s time a number of very minor names are familiar, among them Mrs, Mary Govc-Nichols, Mrs. Louise Shew, Colonel W. L. Stone, Andrew Jackson Davis, Mrs. Elizabeth Oakes Smith, and some of the mediums in whom Mrs. Whitman of Providence was interested. These are some of the people whose erratic pursuits of nostrums, Utopias, and new


“ideas” form the subject of this amusing ” story of “The Mad Forties.” Here enter J also the venerable Bronson Alcott, the ” father of the great Henry James, and tne t’l redoubtable Arthur Brisbane. The an- 5 thors of this entertaining book have not I? taken their scholarship too seriously or 18 their inhibitions too prudently to inter- 11 fere with the enjoyment of the mildlr ^ scandalous subject matter. Harper $2$ i

The English Yeoman under Elizabeth and  !(

the Early Stuarts, by Mildred Campbell.  1

The walls of the National Gallery and of great men’s houses show us the faces  ^ and the garments of England’s gentry. To know “the mettle of pasture,” the yeo-  ” men of England, it is necessary to rum-  ^ mage, in “local archives, the muniment rooms and attics,” in old diaries and records. Mildred Campbell’s book for the  (| historian and the student of literature lias  ^ gathered material, with profuse docu-  ^ mentation, to show the yeoman, “bed,  j board, and roof-tree,” earning a living,  | at school, and at church. This hook is  j( an important addition to the Yale His-  (( torical Publications. It is interesting for  j what it contains, but is not light reading  [ for the curious. Yale $3.75  j,

The (irent (YWeill, by Sean OTaolain. J

This carefully and knowingly written I life of the wild Irish prince, Hugh O’Neill, amounts to more than just biography ; it depicts the life and death struggles of the Celtic and English, mediaeval and renaissance worlds, and should add immeasurably to one’s understanding of at least one set of problems confronting the Virgin Queen.

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(1. B. S„ by Hesketh Pearson.

‘Phis “full-length portrait” of George Bernard Shaw by Hesketh Pearson, author of many other biographical studies, is professedly Boswellian. Questions are fired at the old socialist, critic, and playwright, and in reply be coruscates in the witty, paradoxical monologue which has long been familiar to all the world. Letters are also freely used. But Shaw’s personality is more interesting than his opinions

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in revealing with marked success. His astonishing vitality jnd versatility, his irreverence, his sativi-tflhirnior (he resented the tongue-in-the-â– lieek accusation, protesting his serious-less), his aptness in puncturing inflated people and pretentious posturing, have juade him immensely popular with youth jnd other scorners of tradition. A very human and at times a very kindly individual is the Shaw of these, pages, frankly egotistic hut able to laugh at him-jtlf. His wife, he says, who “knows all nr old stories and conversational stunts jy heart,” often begged him to give other people a chance to talk; “and so I do; hut Ihc-y won’t take them: they conic to hear Bietalk—to he entertained by me, not to entertain me.” And surely G. B. S. has deen the great entertainer with a purpose of his generation. He has shown himself I social reformer, of course, and more than once has proved himself a prophet. When Hitler invaded Russia in 1941 Shaw at once predicted in a letter to a London paper a certain Russian victory, lie thought he knew Russia and Stalin, for had he not visited that Communist country and its leader some years before? His comments on his visit, along with Lord and Lady Astor, form an illuminating episode in the story of his life. There emerges from the pages of Mr. Pearson’s book a very life-like person whom this latest Boswcll calls “the greatest character” of his age.  Harper $8.71”)

ilr. Justice Holmes, by Francis Piddle.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Civil War soldier, Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice for twenty years, and member of United States Supreme. Court for thirty years, was in active service as a jurist until he was ninety-one. He was a great philosopher, cultured humanist, very learned judge, easily one. of

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tvli a man whose profound learning was equalled only by his large humanity. His judicial decisions, letters, and addresses were grounded in fundamental concepts and expressed in language of great richness with occasional poetic coloring. In a speech at the fiftieth anniversary of his class at Harvard Justice Holmes declared that philosophy tried “to find the unity behind the details, even if there were not unity.” “Life,” said he, “is painting a picture, not doing a sum . . . Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is bound to act.” His search for the underlying philosophy of an act has given his utterances, whether judicial or general, an abiding quality. He had, moreover, an eye for beauty in the passing scene. After wading through a long legal document, sent from the court for his approval or rejection, he wrote on the margin: “This afternoon I was walking on the towpath and saw a cardinal. It seemed to me to be the first sign of Spring. By the way, I concur.” Mr. Biddlc haj contributed a charming picture of his master, who memorably interpreted both law and life.  ’ Scribner’s $2.50

Willard Gibbs, by Muriel Rukcyscr.

This work succeeds in impressing the reader with the imagination and mathematical genius of Willard Gibbs and indicates the general character of his contributions to the physical sciences. Although the reader unfamiliar with mathematics and science may hot fully understand Gibbs’ innovations, he is more than compensated by learning much of the seminal discoveries of other nineteenth century scientists. Despite the rhetorical lyricism of the opening chapter and a disposition to let Gibbs’ contemporaries push him off the stage, Miss Rukcyscr lias presented the scientific imagination with considerable interest and insight.

Doubleday, Doran $3.50

The Dark ltain Falling, bv Gilbert Maxwell.

The poems in this somewhat carelessly gotten together volume range, from ineptly


sentimental to memorably genuine. Then is evident in most a melodic sense, which, however, compensates only in part for<k ficieiicies in thought. In some—fot (8. stance, the group called “Georgia”—!^ quality of experience embodied is iiniqm and haunting; and the love sonnets “Eighteenth Century Octet” are better than average. Deehr

Person, Place and Thing, by Karl J « Shapiro.

Although Audcn has not without reason been mentioned as the mentor of Karl Shapiro, the latter, as this book abundantly demonstrates, is himself first of ill and speaks with a clear, new voice, sometimes angry and hurt, “a tower of bitterness,” but always bravely unhesitant, “Nothing can escape the clean hard focus of the eye,” he says in one of his poems, and certainly very little has escaped his own vision of life and objects about him. With an often remorseless wit and with a remarkable technical exactitude and sense of form he has written of various localized aspects of American culture. A fw poems are included which have been written since he arrived in Australia as a soldier. They arc excellent war poem and show a tenderness hitherto absent from his work.  Jicijnal § Hitchcoclt P.

Poems, by Stefan George. Translated br Carol North Valhopc and Ernst Morwitz.

This is the first English-German edition of a comprehensive selection of the poetry of George, who for many years was the inspirer and leader of a German cult of art for art’s sake like that of the English Pre-Raphaclitcs and the French Symbolists. Although reflecting a strict and indeed beautiful formalism, his lyrics are of n kind which he rightly allowed to be called “static.” a kind making next to no concessions to the reader. In view of the fact, the lengthy cxcgctical introduction by Ernst Morwitz, a past member of the George circle, is a welcome accessory, although it too has its obscurities. The translations usually succeed in preserving the rhythms and rhymes of the German. The format of the volume is handsome.

Pantheon $2M Mediaeval Art, by Charles Morcy.

This history of mediaeval sculpture and pictorial art has everything that impeccable I (aJ(eflnd profound scholarship can give it. ]t is a hook for sedulous reading, completely devoid of incidental comment, and virtually exhaustive within its comparatively short length. Any suggestion of popularized “interpretative approach” is avoided, yet the text is full of succinct, acutely perceptive,—frequently downright revelatory,—descriptive phrases.

Perhaps because of wartime exigencies, the hook is marred by the use. of line drawings for illustrations. These are particularly inadequate when they represent sculpture. Even so, there are 179 illustrations in half-tone, made from photographs of surprisingly uneven quality.

Norton $0.50

The Artist in America, by Cnvl Zigrosser.

Mr. Zigrosser deals with the work of only twenty-four artists. He has not selected the twenty-four “best” or best known. Furthermore, he deals with them only as printmakers (several of them happen to he painters also) and he uses prints alone as illustrations—all of which is preliminary to saying that nevertheless he has given a better all-round picture of the American artist than any of the elaborately inclusive books on American painting which have been appearing recently. The illustrations are superbly selected and hrillinntly reproduced, and the. book is good-looking in every respect. Any reservations made concerning it must be the result of personal bias. This reviewer is bothered by Mr. Zigrosser’s tendency to offer romantic symbols as criticism (Paul Landacrc is a wild petrel with a wounded M’ing); but, on the other hand, the device may be valuable in addressing the, layman, and for the layman this book is a first-rate picture of contemporary American art.

Knopf $5

The Secret Life of Salvador Dali, by .Salvador Dali.

Dali’s book, like Dali’s painting, irritates by boasting its debt to Freud, but never acknowledging what it has learned from Bamum. Several years ago Dali was an arresting novelty, but he has

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This is a handsomely made volume, elaborately illustrated. For anybody not weary of DaHnian posturing, it is a must. For anybody else it has curiosity value. On page 291 Dali explains that certain bizarre inventions of his were never produced commercially because “everyone underestimated the unconscious masochistic buyer who wis avidly looking for the object capable of making him suffer.” If Dali has thus correctly analyzed the buying public, his book should have a tremendous sale, and many thousands of people will read it from cover to cover in exquisite agony.  Dial $G

The History of Music in Performance, by Frederick Dorian.

In the time of Falestrina and Jlaeh, composers were more often than not their own interpreters. They were satisfied with scores which are no more than sketches for the modern performer. Hut even an elaborately punctuated Schonhcrg manuscript is only a little less elusive. It still leaves out of account intangibles that cannot be expressed by a method of writing music. Dr. Dorian has amassed the clues for tracking down these intangibles. Here are signposts for discovery of the inner language behind the symbols, evidences of the traditions, manners, and customs surrounding great musical scores of the various epochs at the time of their creation. His material is controversial, his sleuthing sound, the resulting book delightful. Required study for the singer and player, fascinating cover to cover reading for anyone interested in music, or indeed for anyone responsible for that recognizable intangible we call “style.”

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The Hook of Modern Composers, edited by David Fiwen.

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the lives and works of twenty-nine content- ^ porary composers, the editor has compiled this series of biographical .sketches and analytical essays from various sources His attempt has been partially successful and while the book adds little to information already available, the average render curious about music of our own times, will find it useful. The best essay is the introductory one, “Modern music: its styles and techniques,” written by Slonimskv, Kxccllent plates and superficial lists of compositions and recordings are included.

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The Tragical History of Christopher Marlowe, by John Hakeless.

This work, the. final one. to grow out of the author’s twenty years of research, docs not possess quite all the matter its title might lead one interested in the deeper problems of Marlowe’s life and art to hope for. There is indeed embodied here a kind of painstaking scholarship par excellence, however weakened it may be by lack of critical discrimination and shaping power. The first two hundred pages, which deal with Marlowe’s life, are weighed down with every available bit of documentary evidence; and the following five hundred, given over to a consideration of each of his works, arc filled with tlic usual discussion of sources, dates of composition, influences, parallel passages, and the rest. A bibliography of more than a hundred pages brings the book to an appropriate close. Harvard ;.’ vols. $1M

Will Shakespeare and the Dyer’s Hand, by Alden Hrooks.

The contention of Alden Hrooks’ hook is that the man, Shakespeare, was a trafficker in plays, a literary agent or broker, who became the figurehead of an Elizabethan hoax. As his candidate for the real author of the plays, Mr. Brooks brings forward Sir Edward Dyer as the real bard, not Hacon, Earl of Oxford, Earl of Derby, Karl of Rutland, nor any other. This is a long, tedious book filled with condescension toward all the scholars with , erudition iss” puffed’out. To those who liavr been interested in the dull Mine of finding someone not named Sb «kc «prHrt: to father Shakespeare’s plays, here’s one more diversion. Others may perhaps find that though “reasons are as plentiful as blackberries” they lack all flavor if they lack reasonableness and logic.

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(liori/c Whetstone, Mid-Vlirjitbethan (ien-tlemau of Letters, by Thomas (‘.. Izard.

A very competent treatment of the carter and works of a minor Elizabethan, fl-lio the author admits had no great importance or influence, except that a play of his furnished Shakespeare the plot of “Measure for Measure.” However, this study is valuable in that it corrects a number of false statements which scholars, hitherto unwilling to examine Whetstone thoroughly, have made. Columbia $3.75

Stella, by Herbert Davis.

With acumen and uncommon :<>ed sense Dr. Davis rc-cvaluates, in this s” .1 volume, (he Swift-Esther Johnson friendship, emphasizing, through a careful consideration of the satire, comedy, and sentiment in Swift’s writings to “Stella”, his sane conception of the rising middle-class gentlewoman, wholly different from her namesake, the romanticized, aristocratic “Stella” of Sir Philip Sidney.

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Thr llackgmund of Thomson’s Seasons, by Alan Dugald McKillop.

Tin’s learned study concerns itself with the relation of “The Seasons” to the intellectual currents of the early eighteenth century. After a general survey of the erudite Thomson’s philosophic ideas, Professor McKillop, thoroughly acquainted with nearly all possible influences on Thomson, turns to a painstaking examination of the poetry with the aim of tracing the poet’s interest and learning in eon-temporary science, and in geography, travel, and the history of society.

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Wordsworth and the Vocabulary of Kmoiion, by Josephine Miles.

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cclvii who would dogmatize on “essentially poetic” language, Miss Miles studies the vocabulary of emotion that appears in Wordsworth’s poetry, observing words that name emotion (e. g., sorrow, pleasure) and phrases that eitlier contain the name of an emotion (laughed in glee) or manifestly point to an emotion (stifled in her bliss). She makes clear that such words make up about one sixth of the poet’s works, demonstrates that Wordsworth knew what he was doing when he used them, and that they had richer associations for the eighteenth century than they may have for us. In using quantitative methods sanely and in interpreting wisely. Miss Miles shows herself to be an extremely competent literary historian.

California $2

Frank Norris: A Stud if, by Ernest Mnr-ehand.

This book is the first fully detailed critical study of Frank Norris; it offers not perhaps a final estimate of the man and his work, but a welcome one even so. The author deals interestingly with Norm’s theories and practices as novelist and with his social ideas. There is a final chapter describing the body of criticism which has grown up about his novels, particularly his single masterpiece, “McTcague.”

Stanford $3

Marcel Proust; Reviews and Estimates in English, compiled by Gladys Dudley Lindner.

In a chronological and abridged form Mrs. Lindner has arranged the important English criticism of Proust which, with the exception of one piece, has appeared since his death in 1922. Such eminent writers and critics as Joseph Conrad. Arnold Bennett, Haveloek Ellis, Edmund Wilson, Anatole France, and Georges Lemaitre are represented. As Nr. Le-maitre points out in his Foreword to the book, this, better than any single study, initiates us into the “unbelievably complex and rich contribution that Proust was able to make to our culture.”

Stanford $8.60


Under a Thatched Hoof, by James Norman Hall.

Here, by a co-author of the Rountj trilogy, are not only a number of rathe exquisite and urbane examples of the ol<j[ time informal and very intimate essay, but also pleasing experiments in fantasy nnd the burlesque story. There is even a small patch of nonsense verse. One finds Mr, Hall, by implication or direct statement, throughout, hymning the blessings of leisure and idle contemplation; and one emerges from these whole delightful pieces.; with an understanding and appreciation o, his statement that he loves “a eircum* scribed world, small enough to he com-? prehended at a glance, so to speak, yett large enough to offer a certain amount of variety.”  Houghton Mifflin $2.75

Charles Pegu if: Manic Ferities, translated by Ann and Julian Green.

In this selection of Peguy’s prose anil poetry, accompanied by the original text, the salient qualities of the genius that was Peguy’s stand forth. A sincere, religious person, a man of the people, he speaks simply and directly on such questions as socialism, the Jewish problem, freedom, war, and peace. Well chosen and excellently translated, these selections make clear the spiritual actuality of Peguy’s message to Frenchmen—to all men—at this time.  Pantheon $2.75

Icelandic Poems and Stories, edited by Richard Reek.

This volume of translations from modern Icelandic literature of the nineteenth mid twentieth centuries reveals along with unique national traits the dee.)) and lasting effect of European romanticism of tlic early nineteenth century upon Icelandic literature. The poetry is notable for both its deep religious feeling and its reserved interpretation of nature. The short stories with few exceptions are sensitive and tender in their exposition of the characters and emotions of the simple farmer and fisher folk.  Princeton $$

iiiviii Xew Directions HU/2 (Number 7), edited by .James Laughlin.

A newly-translated Kafka fable, a play by William Carlos Williams, three umisttal essays by Paul Goodman, and a symposium, “Homage to Ford Madox Ford,” lend particular distinction to this annual anthology. The editor performs his customary task of presenting a varied selection of experimental writing—abstract, surrealistic, fantastic, and satiric.

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Innocent Merriment, selected by Franklin P. Adams.

The selections in this anthology of English and American light verse were made by “F. P. A.” (of “Information Please” and “The Conning Tower”) on the arbitrary basis of purely personal taste. Although the compiler engagingly admits that his judgment is faulty, few readers will quarrel with it. The poets range from Robert Herriek to Dorothy Parker and the poems are classified as Hurlesquc, Parody, Innocent Merriment. Love. Nonsense, Panegyric, Satire, Song and .Story, Sport, and Translation—Paraphrase. A timely and cheering volume, a wholesome and delightful remedy for war nerves.

Whittlesey House $3

A Treasury of British Humor, edited by Morris Rishop.

After reading the editor’s witty and pleasant introduction, one is inclined to trust both his taste and risibilities, and one’s disappointments are few. He has given his anthology a simple chronological arrangement, with a justifiably large section devoted to the present. Mr. Hishop contends that American and liritish humor are one, but this collection is no match for its companion volume, E. 15. and Kather-ine White’s “Subtreasiiry of American Humor.”  Coward-McCann -$3

The Wit and Wisdom of China, edited by Fin Yutang.

Eleven hundred pages about evenly divided between the great writings of India and the great writings of China. Con siderations of space have led the editor to exclude from this volume such readily

available, works as the “Mahabaratu” anj Kalidasa’s “Shakuntala,” but he has givn us the whole of the “Ramayaim,” and tk-“Rhagavad-Oita” together with a skillfull, chosen collection of other Indian wort In the section dealing with China, Laotse Confucius, Li Po, “The Rook of History’ parables and proverbs are chosen in ” « effort to unravel some of the mysteries ol the Oriental, and specifically the. Cliinesi point of view-—some of the basic ways of looking at things as revealed in natin Chinese literature and philosophy”. Th< editor’s introductory notes and translation seem excellent to this reader,

Random House

Christianity and Social Order, by Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Working on what he calls the fund; mental Christian postulate, that man wm lose his self-ceiitredness and understand himself a child of God, the Arclibislicj proceeds to a discussion of three derivative Christian social principles—freedom, fd lowship, and service. After an impressively thoughtful explanation of how sucl principles may he made to work prnctieallj for a better world, he concludes: “theain of a Christian social order is the fullest possible development of individual nor sonality in the widest and deepest possible fellowship.” Penguin Booh 2k

The Path to Reconstruction. A Brief Introduction lo Alherl Schweitzer’s Philoto-ghy of Civilization, bv Mrs. Charles I R.’ Russell.

For many years thinkers have been attracted by the figure of Albert Sell-weitzer, the German theologian, biographer, and musician who in 101.3 abandoned his European career and went to French Equatorial Africa, where lie li »s been engaged in humanitarian efforts mi since. He has shown himself a philosopher with the rare courage to shape life into at once a practical and beautiful illustration of his world-view, and therefore commands great respect. Mrs, Russell here expounds in simple terms and with almost undue brevity the ethics of Schweitzer’s “reverence for life.”



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The American Spirit, by Charles A. and Mary R. Beard.

This fourth volume in the series, “The Rise of American Civilization,” by the Beards, is an attempt to arrive at the meaning of “civilization” in the United States as set forth in books, articles, and speeches by eminent Americans and others. From Thomas Paine and de Toc-queville to Henry Adams and John Dewey the political and philosophical implications of democracy in this country are explored. By their interpretations of hundreds of opinions, liberally quoted and commented upon, the authors of “The American Spirit” seek to discover what is that spirit today. The intellectual and moral qualities inherent in the word “civilization” as repeatedly used in written and spoken statements are deduced by an illuminating analysis. It is shown how the thoughts of our statesmen, philosophers, and literary and social historians have gradually developed from provincial interest to I world-wide concern. Statesmen like Jef-| ferson and John Quincy Adams, in the earlier period, and Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the Inter, are quoted to illustrate our increasing understanding of and participation in international movements and to make clear our purposes and programs as a nation. Thus the authors of “The Rise of American | Civilization” conclude that it has been a I steady and systematic development. The tendency to attain “a world mission under aims is revealed in our advocacy of



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A New Constitution Now, by Henry Hazlitt.

For any American genuinely interested in making his national government reflect his will and opinion more closely than it now does, this book is indispensable reading. Inspired chiefly by Bagchot, Bryce, and Laski, it is a clear primer of argument for abandoning presidential government in favor of a cabinet system somewhat after the English method. The reader is shown explicitly how such a change in the executive and legislative branches would make for greater political democracy. Realistically aware that sweeping changes may not at once find wide support, Mr. Hazlitt suggests that we can at least start at once with a series of minor reforms. For these, too, he makes an excellent case.

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The Age of Enterprise, by Thomas C. Cochran and William Miller.

The history of the growth of American industry and business has attracted many writers, but few have succeeded as well as Messrs. Cochran and Miller in writing a book that is both authoritative and entertaining. Based upon a survey of the chief scholarly monographs, “The Age of Enterprise” views American industry and business in a comprehensive sweep from its inception to the present time. The authors do not confine themselves to a mere history of the development of business, but go beyond in stimulating discus-

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Pioneer to the Past, by Charles Breasted, The first person to hold a chair of Egyptology in this country was James Henry Breasted of the University of Chicago, whom his son aptly calls “Pfo. ncer to the Past.” More than forty yearj of Professor Breastcd’s busy life were devoted with singular consecration to exploring, deciphering, and interpreting Egyptian and other Oriental remains. A great linguist, he was familiar with the languages, ancient and modern, of the1 j peoples among whom his archaeological labors were carried on. He raised large sums of money for numerous expeditions to the Nile Valley, old Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and also for endowing a museum in his own university and in Jerusalem. He was present twenty years ago at that thrilling event, the excavation of Tutank-amen’s tomb. In the last decade of his fruitful life Breasted wistfully remarked to his son: “A man like me ought to hare nine lives and the strength of Goliath.” Into his own life of seventy years, indeed, he crowded work enough as explorer, teacher, and author for several lifetimes. To this Illinois country boy came recognition from famous European scholars and universities as America’s foremost Orientalist. Through all the honors, detractions, praise, and indifference that cheered and chilled him, Breasted maintained a fine humanity tempered by the scholar’s humility. Much of his son’s biography consists of extracts from the journal which the elder Breasted regularly kept through his years of Oriental travel and exploration. This journal is both a record and a commentary, a valuable document for future historians of America’s contribution toward unveiling the hidden life of the mystic East. His son’s biography is a fascinating picture of a great scholar and humanist, presented in a style of lucidity and distinction.  ’  Scribner’s $3,60

Georqe Washington Carver, by Rackham Holt!

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Jaeii js that 01* George Washington Carver, scientific wizard of Tuskegee. Born of I slave patents, stolen in infancy, rescued 11. „ yndly Missouri family, working his »ay through school and college in Kansas and Iowa, Carver finally became a teacher at Tuskegee Institute where he spent forty-seven years. He early became known as “the plant doctor” because of his curative skill with various species of diseased or stunted flora. He freely applied his wide knowledge of chemistry to the discovery and development of agricultural products for the common good. All the world now knows of his three hundred derivatives from the peanut and more than a hundred from the sweet potato. He was, moreover, a discoverer of dyes from Alabama clays and plants and vras himself a successful painter of trees and flowers. Dr. Carver worked with no thought of financial reward, spending his time and strength for the benefit of all, living frugally and dressing more like a beggar than a famous scientist. His humility was as noteworthy as his devotion to his task. “Never in his life,” says Mrs. Holt, “did he discuss the race question publicly. He was a thinker, not a lighter—a laboratory scientist, not a sociologist, and he realized that if once he should become involved in controversy he would have no time for his work.” When lie appeared by request before Congressional committees and other groups his modesty, his great knowledge, and his sense of humor won admiration; thoso who came to scoff remained to applaud. From Negro cabin to fellowship in the Royal Society of England and international acclaim is a progress rare, perhaps unique, in race history. Without being dramatic, Dr. Carver’s life was a series of quiet triumphs in applied science. He early found out his work and stuck to it wjth singular consecration to the end. This biography, vividly written, though somewhat uneven in style, stresses the personal qualities of Carver; a later one should deal more fully with the teacher »nd the scientist. Doubleday, Doran $3,60

Sunrite in the South, by Walter Russell Bowie.

The title of this book refers to the educational renaissance in certain Southern states in the earlier years of the century.

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An economist appraises the South in terms of regional differences. An able and timely analysis.

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Morgan and His Raiders, by Cecil Fletcher Holland.

Exploiting a wealth of new material, the author has written an entertaining, penetrating biography of the Blue Grass woolen manufacturer who within fourteen months became a brigadier-general and one of the South’s most dreaded raiders. He shared the romance and glamor that attraches to Jeb Stuart and Stonewall Jackson. One of his troopers said that in time of peril he never once thought of trusting in God, but relied wholly on the skill and wisdom of Morgan. .Throughout the book the guerilla fighter and his men move against a background of war in rowdy, exciting procession.

Macmillan $8.50

With Sherman to the Sea, by Theodore F. Upson. Edited by Oscar Osburn Win-ther.

This journal of a simple Indiana farm boy, who at seventeen became a scout in

Sherman’s army, gives a realistic picture I of war as experienced by the men in tin ranks. The reader —  at least the Southern reader—will not be unduly exercised over the “great shock, hunger, and pain” undergone by the writer, in view of tht death and desolation inflicted in their sweep through the South, where, as Upson boasted, they left “nothing but the ground.” His attitude toward the Negro is interesting. He was aghast at the prospect of being offered a commission In a Negro regiment, stating that he would rather be a private among his comradei than a captain among the blacks. His fellow-soldiers shared his views, insisting that the struggle was “a white man’s war.”


Confederate Mississippi, by John K. Betters worth.

Beginning with the Secession Convention, the author presents a well written, properly documented story of Mississippi during the war years. The concluding chapters dealing with the impact of war on the cultural, social, and economic life of the state are a distinct contribution, Throughout the upheaval many public and private schools continued to function; books were bought and read—there being, for instance, several Confederate editions of “Lcs Miserables”—; but the havoc of war finally stopped all advance in the arts and sciences as well as in industry. This book goes far toward explaining why, in some quarters, the South is considered to be the “problem child” of the nation.  Louisiana, $$


American Opinion and the War, by Archibald MacLeish.

Mr. MacLcish’s Rede Lecture, delivered at the University of Cambridge in July, 1912, is reprinted in this booklet. His address is an affirmation that this is the people’s war and that the people of Britain and America have seen the war as a cause for liberty and humanity. 1” I America the isolationists have tried to dc- I stroy and obscure this fact. He is firm in his conviction that the people will not ujjt a mere termination of hostilities but will firmly stand behind Roosevelt and Churchill in their determination to make (his the century of the common man.

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]’t Can Win This War, by Colonel W. F. Kernan.

The title of this book is ambiguous in that it can run the gamut from doubt to smugness, depending on the word chosen for emphasis; but there is no ambiguity in the book itself. To win this war, Colonel Kernan states bluntly, “we must abandon the method of ‘whittle’ and take up wholeheartedly the method of ‘punch.’” But besides a revolution in strategy, another revolution must be accomplished — a revolution within ourselves, based on a recognition of the fact that “there exists an intimate and indissoluble bond between Democracy and Christianity . . .” and that “to win this

Iwar the Cross must be placed once more in our hearts and the classic strategy returned to our battlefields.”

Little, Brown $1.50

1 Saw the Fall of the Philippines, by Colonel Carlos P. Romulo.

Colonel Romulo’s book is not only a record of his hair raising experiences on Bataan and Corregidor, but also a commentary on the whole system of western imperialism written from the point of view of a cultured Filipino patriot. In the months before the attack on Pearl Harbor he travelled about the East and was saddened by the disrespect of Europeans for the natives and the hostility of the native toward the Europeans. The Filipinos were an exception because they had been promised freedom and had faith in the promises of America. It is not an entirely favorable account of America’s war effort in the Philippines, as the deletions made by the War Department indicate, but it is a fair and intelligent summary of a trying time for his country.

Doubleday Doran $8

Guadalcanal Diary, by Richard Tregaskis.

This day-to-day account of the first few months of the Guadalcanal campaign well compensates in realism and sincerity for what it lacks in literary grace. Mr. Tregaskis hns given an account of the




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Into the Valley, by John Hersey.

This account of a short and unsuccessful (in the sense of gaining the immediate objective) skirmish in a valley on Guadalcanal well deserves the acclaim with which it has been greeted. Hersey records with truth and sincerity—and yet with discretion—what it was like to go down into that jungle valley, to meet the enemy there, not in open battle, but in a trap, and to withdraw again. There is great skill in the apparently simple way in which he presents the situation, the men, and what happened. Knopf $2

They Came as Friends, by Tor Myklebost Translated by Trygve M. Ager.

An authentic resume of the Nazi conquest of Norway shows how the subtle plans for friendly nazification fail under Quisling and his kind and arc replaced by stronger measures—terror and force—under Heydrich. Tor Myklebost is a journalist and in vivid, timely episodes he pictures the smoldering Norwegian hatred as it develops into an organized resistance—resolute and determined.

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A Surgeon’s Fight to Rebuild Men, bv Dr. Fred H. Albee.

This autobiography of a great American surgeon is an intensely interesting record of extraordinary achievement. Dr. Albee, eminent specialist in bone plastic surgery, wholly or partly restored six thousand soldiers and sailors in the first World War and has, during his professional career, performed thirty thousand operations. Decorated by sixteen countries, where he has wrought miracles of restoration besides lecturing before scientific bodies, he continues his work at his great New Jersey hospital. As a small boy in Maine the future surgeon watched an uncle graft apple-trees and this observation stood him in good

stead later in the practice of bone graft, ing. He invented a “bone-mill” by which broken or injured legs and arms can be built back into normal condition, And he demonstrates that men crippled in industry or unfit for military service may be reclaimed by plastic surgery. While war and machinery are wrecking the human anatomy, here is one reconstructive agency that emphasizes at once the beneficence of modern surgery and the tragic wastefulness of war. The “Fight to Rebuild Men” is a tribute to human ingenuity working to conserve life against the devastating forces of our once-boasted civilization.  Dutton $8M0

Miracles of Military Medicine, by Albert Q. Maisel.

This is a very good book on three counts. Its information appears to be strictly accurate, although Mr. Maisel is not himself a physician. Its simple, lucid, and logical exposition makes extremely interesting reading. It provides a convincing demonstration that technical material can be made fascinating without resort to the pyrotechnic rhetoric of a de Kruif; indeed, if the descriptions that open each chapter were more concise, the book might be a model for those who would make knowledge available to the millions. Duel!, Sloan «$ Pearce $2.15

Flying Men and Medicine, by E. Osmun Barr, M. D.

This is the first book on medicine and aviation for prospective flyers and laymen interested in this increasingly important war activity. Its author, Dr. Barr, earned his wings as a pilot during the first World War and was an instructor in aviation, and is consequently able to speak as an expert on the medical needs of both military and civilian flyers. The technique of aviation and medical treatment of wounded aviators in preventive and curative aspects are discussed in non-technical language. Dr, Barr is ft distinguished alumnus of the University of Virginia who has been honored by various scientific societies for his numerous publications in surgery and anthropology. This latest book of his is highly


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jjr0Wnstone Eclogues and Other Poems, |>y Conrad Aiken.

The stream of Conrad Aiken’s never tomplacent talent takes yet another turn-in this latest volume of his distin-8„.Jed poetry. He has chosen a series }f realistically studied aspects of life in I large city for the subjects of his so-tallcd eclogues, whose stanzaic form is in unusual but curiously effective quanta, There are occasional passages jhich felicitously recapture the haunting, very lyrical cadences which marked (is earlier verse, and there are also a somber of poems reminiscent of his formerly characteristic sense of mystical (lustration and spiritual isolation; but pervading the whole is not only a new preoccupation with concrete imagery and littily manipulated language, but also a new profundity, a broadened acceptance ind understanding of life.

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Mm Maria Rillce. Poems, translated ly Jessie Lemont.

Miss Lemont has lavished many years in translating the poems of the most powerful and the most elusive of modern German poets. Her translations have achieved an unusual perfection in recap-nring the loveliness, fragility, and mysti-al atmosphere of Rilke’s work. Since ler theory of translation docs not involve literal transcription, Miss Lemont has occasionally refined and condensed Rilke’s Itought to the point of complete obscurity. Fortunately, this occurs rarely.

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Anglo-American Literary Relations, by George Stuart Gordon.

Published posthumously under the editorship of R. W. Chapman, this series of slightly fragmentary lectures constitutes one of the h.ost sympathetic and revealing modern English treatments of Anglo-American literary associations. Gordon surveys the relationship during the rise of American literature, in terms of authors’ correspondence, and in the bitter copyright controversy.  Oxford $1.60

Conrad and His Contemporaries, by J. H. Rctingcr.

J. H. Rctingcr is a Pole who for a period in Conrad’s life saw the great novelist at his home on terms of intimacy. He traveled with him to Poland in the momentous summer of 1914. This is not a biography and not a literary study: it is rather a footnote on the man. Conrad as a younger man saw him. The personality of Rctingcr is almost as prominent as that of Ford Madox Ford was in his portrait study of Conrad. It is an interesting book to read, sketchy and personal, and giving some information about Conrad that has value. Roy Publishers $2.60


The Fighting South, by John Temple Graves.

The belligerent spirit of the South before World War II began and its eagerness to join Britain in the fight for democracy, the extent and significance of renewed agitation on the race question, the persistence of the “aristocratic tradi-

tion,” and the economic outlook in the South—these are a few of the matters considered in this entertaining book by the well-known Southern journalist. Mr. Graves writes out of a varied experience as contributor to American magazines and newspapers and as lecturer in various parts of the country. Much autobiographical material makes personal and even intimate several chapters of sentimental recollection, philosophizing, and industrial comment. A chapter on the “aristocratic tradition” and one on “woman Is pleasing” treat favorite old romantic themes in discriminating modern fashion.

The chapter entitled “Far Tight” is an admirable little lecture on chivalry in the South, romantic and practical. In Southern tradition and present thinking the author finds “robust qualities outnumbering the decadent, hope stronger than despair, and certain persistent ideals of living which, even though unsoundly based or without base at all, are proper ideals for all people at all times.” A refreshingly sane and hopeful volume for reading in these critical times. Putnam $2.15

Evolution: ‘The Modern Synthesis, by Julian Huxley.

While Mr. Huxley’s book is primarily intended for the specialist, and consequently contains much technical matter, it will no doubt appeal to a wider public, not only because of the weight of the author’s name, but also because of his ability to state clearly and concisely the chief problems involved. It is a comprehensive survey and synthesis of the evidence and theories underlying the modern concept of evolution, and reaffirms the validity of Darwin’s theory of natural selection as the most significant factor in the evolutionary process. The last chapter con-’ tains a provocative discussion of future evolutionary trends.  Harper $5

The Value Doctrine of Karl Marx, by Albert G. A. Balz.

In this essay Professor Balz contends that in his analysis of value Marx assumed an Aristotelian point of view, and (hat in nis fauurcto recognize fully the consequences of his own analysis, he reveals his philosophical inadequacy.

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Southern Harvest, by Clare Leighton.

This book, according to the author, is her endeavor to push her roots deep into America and to establish her kinship here. So she pictures the South, in words and in wood-engravings, as she found it— strange, and yet strangely familiar in many ways. One may wish for more engravings like those of the cotton pickers, the hog killing, the water mill and the sorghum mill, of spring flowers, of houses, and of people; for while Miss Leighton’s prose is sensitive and clear, it cannot equal the distinction of her drawings.

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Good Neighbours, by Walter Rose.

Anyone who reads this book will learn a great deal, not only about life in an English village fifty years ago and the people who worked and plnycd and died there, but also about the qualities bred in the bone of these people that still serve their descendants well. The English village that Mr. Rose records has changed with the years, and will change again; but in his book we have a memorable account of the village crafts and craftsmen, of work on the land, of market day, of customs as old as the village and as full of life. Reminiscences of this kind are frequently over-roseate and sentimental. Not the least virtue of Mr. Rose’s book is its complete freedom from these weaknesses. Macmillan-Cambridge $2.76

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As a novel, “The Fall of Paris” cannot be proclaimed “great,” if only for the reason that its characters are not human beings, but simply puppets, each given a form and name and way of speaking by which he may be distinguished from the others. But as a chronicle of the fall of France, it merits high praise for veracity, as far as one can judge, and for conveying fully and convincingly to the reader the terrible inertia and despair of the French nation in the fatal years preceding the fall of Paris.  Knopf $3

The Fifth Seal, by Mark Aldanov. Translated by Nicholas Wredcn.

The title of this novel, as well as the novel itself, is in the mood of cynical but extremely subtle and ironic comedy. With his Russian breadth and roundness of characterization, and with more than a touch of satiric genius, Aldanov presents an unforgettable group of Red Russians who arc traveling abroad, and an equally memorable assortment of Frenchmen, among whom are a great writer and an anarchist murderer. Nearly everyone is in his own fashion disillusioned and for his own reasons convinced that everything is in vain. But the novel seldom becomes dull, because Aldanov’s writing is fluent and high-spirited, and because his complex arrangement of characters and of incidents is filled with implications. Scribner’s $8

Dark Wedding, by Ramon J. Sender.

The scene of this novel is a prison island in the Caribbean freed from rule by the sudden murder of its director. Convict bands struggle between themselves for leadership and for the bride of the murdered official. Dario, a young schoolmaster, attempts to keep her from injury and from full knowledge of the brutal revolt. The story is more successful as a study in the macabre than as a serious attempt at psychological understanding of the temperaments involved in the action of the plot.  Doubleday, Doran $2.50


Hungry Hill, by Daphne du Maurier.

Projected on an epic scale, “Hungry Hill” is a dynastic novel in which, as in some of Hardy’s stories, the background is as important as the characters. Indeed one feels that several of the leading characters are types rather than real individuals, impersonations of wildness or gentleness or sircnlike charm. However that may be, this fateful story of doomed mortals, entangled in the web of circumstance and heredity, holds the reader by its vivid delineation. Doubleday, Doran $2.15

Dawn’s Early Light, by Elswyth Thane.

Romance and history are mingled against a background of Williamsburg during the Revolution in a novel best suited for adolescent or unsophisticated readers. Washington, Greene, Lafayette, Jefferson, and others appear and convince Julian Day, a young Tory schoolmaster, that America’s idea of liberty is worth fighting for. During the course of battles in Virginia and the Carolinas, Julian’s child pupil, Tibby, grows up and provides an idealistic love story.

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The Last Inspection, by Alun Lewis,

Made up of sketches dealing with army and civilian life in wartime England, this book is convincingly—and durably—real. There is considerable monotony in the repetition in situation and characters, but this undoubtedly grows out of the fact that the stories, “written out of immediate experience, . . . are personal observations rather than detached compositions.” Daily life, even in war time is monotonous.

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The title of this anthology is taken from n whimsical fantasy by Lord Dunsany which is included in it. Most of the stories arc of a bizarre and weird nature dealing with the semi-supernatural and arc most uneven in quality. The best arc those of a satirical or psychological nature, One of the most charming is Lord Renters’ “The Camel.” All of these tales originally appeared in the magazine, Story. Carlotta Petrina has provided delightful pen drawings.  Dial $8

Winter’s Tales, by Isak Dinescn.

These curious and enigmatic stories could only be written out of and against the background of an aristocratic tradition—an old one, gone subtly to seed. Although uneven in quality, even the least successful talc clearly illustrates the words of old Granze, the Wendisb thrall, in “The Fish”: “You, too, have the lusts and the fears of your fathers in your blood, but their knowledge you have not”; and the best, such as “Sorrow-Acre,” show Isak Dinesen’s remarkable narrative skill nt its highest level.  Random House $2,50


Origins of the American Revolution, by John C. Miller.

Professor Miller has based his work almost exclusively upon original sources and has written a fresh and interesting account of the origins of the American Revolution, He has stressed the political cleavages which existed in the various colonics on the eve of the conflict, and has pointed up the social cleavages and the democratic movement that underlay the dispute, with England. Yet he has paid scant attention to the numerous scholars who have preceded him in this field, and for that reason his work is lacking in balance, and sometimes in accuracy. He has neglected the problem of the West as it affected the Revolution, and his statement that the Quebec Act ruined the prospects of the Vandalia “colony in which Washington, [and] Patrick Henry” were members, shows that he understands very little of that subject. Little, Brown $8.60

The Journal and Letters of Philip Pickers Fithian, 1778-177Jh edited by Hunter Dickinson Parish.

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Letters of General J. E. B. Stuart to hit Wife, 1861, edited by Bingham Duncan,

These letters, printed from the collection I of Emory University, are spontaneouj and intimate, full of tenderness, wit, and a little slang. They express some of the vitality of the youthful brigadier-general of twenty-eight, and are in marked contrast to the usual stilted communications of that day. They are prefaced by an enlightening introduction by Professor Duncan.

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Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Statesman, by Robert Douthat Meade.

A smart, foreign-born Jew who became a great lawyer, a United States Senator, a member of the Confederate Cabinet, Judah P. Benjamin lived a life compounded of drama. After Appomattox he fled to England, where in time he made another fortune and became a leader of the English bar. Mr. Meade has made the most of this dramatic material, and from many untapped sources has brought to life the shrewd, versatile man. Told with judicious temper and sustaining a high degree of narrative interest, this biography fills a conspicuous gap in the Confederate bookshelf.  Oxford $8.16

William Preston Johnston, a Transitional Figure of the Confederacy, by Arthur Marvin Shaw.

Although overshadowed by the greater fame of his father, General Albert Sidney Johnston, William Preston Johnston was an important man in bis time. He was aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis and rendered valuable service to the Confederacy.

Icecem The most memorable portrayal in the book js that of the lean years following the war when Johnston taught at Lexington under Robert E. Lee. Later he became the first president of Tulane University. This biography, based largely on family letters and papers, gives the impression that the author Is perhaps a little too devoted to his subject.  Louisiana $3

John Sharp Williams, by George Coleman Osborn.

The last “planter-statesman of the deep South,” John Sharp Williams, of Mississippi, was a colorful figure. Democratic kader in the House of Representatives and the Wilson administration leader in the Senate, he was nationally known as a brilliant debater whose caustic wit involved him in many congressional frays, but his picturesque phrasing, gifts as a raconteur, frankness, and sincerity of purpose won him many friends in and out of Congress. Mr. Osborn’s biography shows extensive research and is remarkably well documented. In his illustrative anecdotes, quotations from letters and speeches, he presents a vivid picture of the man whose wit, readiness and vigor in debate, and great knowledge suggested favorable comparison with earlier .Southern statesmen.

Louisiana $Jf

Young Lady Randolph, by Rene Kraus.

This story of the brilliant and beautiful Brooklyn girl who became Winston Churchill’s mother is fact that reads like fiction. As a young woman in Paris, Jeanette Jerome knew Napoleon III and the Empress Eugenie and the political and literary figures of their court; later, in England, she was a friend of many Victorians, including royalty, Disraeli, and the young G. B. Shaw. Indeed, she knew everybody in Europe worth knowing. As Lady Randolph Churchill she threw herself with energy into English social and political life; she worked with her husband in his campaigns for Parliament, proving herself a ready and forceful speaker. After Lord Randolph’s early retirement from the cabinet, the two made many trips to foreign lands, including several to her own native country. The volume closes with the British statesman’s untimely death at the age of forty-six, with


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Napoleon III, by Albert Guerard.

Bismarck once summed up his imperial French contemporary thus: “From afar, something; near at hand, nothing; a great misunderstood incapacity.” To historians Napoleon III has remained an enigmatical figure, and to his own generation he was “the Sphinx of the Tuilleries.” In this most recent biography of Louis Napoleon, in the “Makers of Modern Europe” series, Mr. Guerard presents a very different interpretation of the man. The Imperial Legend, fear of disorder, and humanitarian democracy are the three forces, he thinks, that made the nephew of the great Napoleon ruler of France for over twenty years. Though he was by nature and early experience an adventurer, he was at heart a kindly, practical reformer devoted to noble causes, sincerely eager to help the French people. His love of democracy was his strongest trait. The last decade of his reign was marked by two big mistakes—the Maximilian fiasco in Mexico and the war with Prussia which proved his undoing. But these blunders happened when he was already “a damaged soul in a damaged body.” Mentally, Louis Napoleon was not a giant, though he was shrewd and occasionally profound; his thinking was always slow. But in the main, he was conscientious, and he had a “sense of the future,” was sometimes even prophetic. He believed in direct democracy, his theory of government resembling the American and grounded in humanitarian principles. Mr. Guerard has writ-ton a very plausible defense of Napoleon III in this brilliant piece of philosophic interpretation; he has painted an alluring portrait of a tragic and puzzling figure.

Harvard $8.50

Religion and Empire. The Alliance between Piety and Commerce in English Expansion, 1558-1625, by Louis B. Wright. Originally presented as a series of lec-

tures on the Walker-Ames Foundation of the University of Washington, this study evaluates the role of the clergy in molding expansionist thought in England. By a careful analysis of sermons, of the writ-ings of Hakluyt and Purehas, and of the records of the various trading companies Mr. Wright shows the relation between religious publieism and the growth of a sense of destiny among Englishmen in relation to the establishment of an empire. The book closes with some general comments on the importance of moral force in colonial and international affairs. Despite the limitations of the lecture form, Mr, Wright’s evidence and conclusions are a convincing and scholarly contribution to the study of colonial expansion.

North Carolina $2

The Arabs: A Short History, by Philip K. Hitti.

Mr. Hitti’s massive history of the Arabs appeared several years ago and through its general excellence quickly became standard. The present trim condensation, a rather small fraction of the complete work, is intended to acquaint the reader with only enough of Arabian culture and the growth of Islam to enable him to appreciate the civilization which war has brought our forces into contact with. A few of the original maps are included, and there is a serviceable index. Princeton $%


The Teeth of the Lion, by Kenneth Pat-chen.

Patchen is a genuine surrealist, and his dream intellect a powerful one from which gush images that are as wonderful and terrifying as they are logically inexplicable. Although he is capable of tenderness, he prefers to dwell on the nightmarish cruelty of experience. It may be due only to the poet’s unripeness that his lion teeth, while they are always threatening to bite, never quite do.

New Directions $1

The Virginia Poems, by Francis Coleman Rosenberger. Only once or twice in the course of this

hwtviv jjjjef collection of a young poet’s pieces is one likely to feel the shock of the fresh and unexpected accompanying fine poetry. The dominant theme of death in the early poems is replaced by that of war in the later ones; the imagery employed is occasionally labored, the thought too often apparent, the diction repetitive. But the poet may prove interesting in his future development if he can find poetic substance worthy of his pains, for at his best he has a quiet, lyrical charm which counts for much. Gotham Book Mart $1

Come In and Other Poems, by Robert Frost. Selection, biographical introduction, and commentary by Louis Unter-meycr.

There will be readers who prefer their Frost favorites untouched by even so adept a band as Mr. Untermcyer’s; they may still take pleasure in this attractively bound and printed selection from all of the poet’s volumes. The eighty-odd poems are grouped in general by subject, and are perceptively illustrated with line drawings by John OTIara Cosgrave, who has also furnished the book with beautiful endpapers.  Holt $2,60

Some Poems of Friedrich Holderlin, Translated by Frederic Prokosch.

This thin paper bound volume is one of the “Poets of the Year” series issued by the New Directions press. The modern interest in Holderlin is coincident with the interest in Stefan George, for George and his circle were responsible for the rediscovery of this German romantic and mystical contemporary of Goethe. The fifteen poems presented with text and translation are all nature poems of a moody and melancholy character. The translations are ably and finely wrought, reproducing the Greek metres of the original.

New Directions 50 cents

The Best Poems of 191,2, selected by Thomas Moult.

Mr. Moult here makes the twenty-first selection of the “best” poems from American and British periodicals. Whether his series now comes of age, as he claims, his readers must decide. He is as usual slow to recognize advance-guard talents, no matter how exciting, and quick to cater




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lObWOBV to the comfortably mediocre. Fortunately, de la Mare, Auslander, Tom Boggs, David Morton, Edmund Blunden, and several others provide delightful breaks in the slight and oft heard music of the rest of his little volume, the format of which, except for necessarily inferior paper, is as pleasing as before. Harcourt, Brace $2

Francis Bacon on Communication and Rhetoric, by Karl R. Wallace.

By liberal quotation and extensive interpretative comment, Mr. Wallace has made a lucid and comprehensive exposition of Bacon’s views as a rhetorical theorist. He shows that the great Elizabethan, though he owed much to classical, medieval, and contemporary writers, made original contributions to the ,art in the way of practical suggestions, especially in his emphasis on the content of public address rather than on style and what we call “delivery.” Mr. Wallace thinks that “he was the first to work out the central function of rhetoric on psychological grounds.” Bacon centered his interest in style on three qualities —clearness, appropriateness, and agree-ableness; and his own style, as the selections from his writings show, is remarkably clear and precise in an age when English prose was often vague and confused. The present work is more than an elaborate exposition of Bacon as a writer on rhetorical technique: it reveals him as the philosophic thinker on the aims and methods of knowledge, concerned with the motives of human action, seeking to combine the theoretical and the practical or utilitarian. He was both an Aristotelian and a Platonist, with a good Ciceronian infusion, as the author shows in his fine chapter on “Bacon and the Classical Rhetoricians.” This is a work of thorough and broad scholarship, showing familiarity with ancient, renaissance, and modern writers on the art of rhetoric. The extensive bibliography should prove invaluable to students of the subject.

North Carolina $5

This Is Lorence, by Lodwick Hartley.

A devil of a saint was he! That is what this latest book on Laurence Sterne makes very clear. And, also, that he was very

much of a genius. Mr. Hartley’s account of the Yorkshire parson and novelist is realistic and racy. He succeeds in vividly dramatizing the jester-philosopher, himself a consummate actor with whom teats and laughter were alternately on tap: “I laugh till I cry, and in the same tender moments cry till I laugh.” “Laugh, my Lord, I will,” wrote Sterne to a rebuking bishop. Sterne’s visits to London, especially while “Tristam Shandy” . was a best-seller, are properly dwelt upon at considerable length. There he was lionized for a season by lords and ladies, there he had several affaires du coeur, thither he returned when the long disease of his life made his jesting pathetic, and there he diedi All his life, from his Cambridge days, he had been leading Death a merry dance: at home (where a neurotic wife and a sickly daughter made the domestic scene uncomfortable), and in France, where he was happy in more than one sentimental journey. Were there ever so many contradictory sensations in one person as abounded in the Reverend Laurence Sterne, the sermonizing vicar and prebendary and the serio-comic commentator on Human nature? Mr. Hartley has written an entertaining character-study of the eighteenth-century sentimentalist whose enigmatical personality has challenged scholars and fascinated readers.

North Carolina .$3

Thomas Hardy, by Edmund Blunden,

This critical biography is a notable addition to the English Men of Letters Series. The earlier chapters are given over largely to a condensed statement of the critical reception of Hardy’s works as they appeared; but in the latter part of the book, Mr. Blunden offers bis own well-considered appraisals of the novels, the poetry, and Hardy’s entire achievement as artist. His chapter on “The Dynasts” is of particular importance and excellence. The writing is always sensitive, sometimes brilliant.  Macmillan $8

Gerard Mauley Hopkins: Priest and Poet, by John Pick.

Believing that “interest in Hopkins the technician has been disproportionately ireat” and *nata study of his religious thought and development, the very inspiration and substance of his poetry as of his life is essential to an understanding of this poet who was a priest as well,” Dr. Pick has written a study of Hopkins’ life and work based on the idea that “there is really only one date . . . that has any great significance . . . On one side is the unformed youth, on the other is the Jesuit priest. On the one side is his early verse, on the other is his great poetry.” To the lay reader it seems as biassed to make the priest completely responsible for the poet as to refuse to acknowledge the priest in the poet. But there is great interest and merit in Dr. Pick’s thorough and careful discussion of the manner in which Hopkins’ spiritual life as a Jesuit influenced and moulded his poetry.  Oxford $2.76

Chariot of Wrath. The Message of John Milton to Democracy at War, by G. Wilson Knight.

Even the reader already well acquainted with Professor Knight’s critical methods will be amazed and very possibly nettled by his present twisting and bending of Milton’s “message” to accord with his own eccentric vision. From his adducing of “Miltonic references to define the terms of our struggle,” we find that Milton was in truth a royalist using royalistic symbols; that the Miltonic Messiah is meant to be equated with Great Britain; and that in the Messiah-nation, which is destined to assume “sovereign authority” nmoryj nations, totnl goodness and total power must coalesce. With the word “power” is struck the disturbing keynote of Knight’s interpretation. “Milton,” he. asserts, “admires power almost as an absolute,” and is “our supreme exponent of power in all its grades.” It comes as no surprise that Knight finally links Milton’s Messiah with’ Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and concludes: ‘Democracy’ and ‘freedom’ are not enough. This war has forced us to that recognition of the rights of power and need of authority insistent throughout Milton.”  Transatlantic Arts $8.25

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the third volume in New Directions’ “Makers of Modern Literature Series/’ Mr. Trilling does an excellent job of providing readers with a good general knowledge of Forster’s background, a detailed critical guide to the novels, and an illuminating estimate of his human and literary values. This last is summed up, perhaps, in the sentence with which he ends the introductory chapter on “Forster and the Liberal Imagination”: “He is one of the thinking people who were never led by thought to suppose they could be more than human and who, in bad times, will not become less.” New Directions $1.60

The Poems of Alexander Pope: Vol. II, The Rape of the Loch, etc., edited by Geoffrey Tillotson. Vol. IV, Imitations of Horace, etc., edited by John Butt.

The sound, careful scholarship and physical attractiveness of these first two volumes augur well for the remaining four in the projected six volume Twickenham edition of Pope’s poems (excluding the Homerian translations) under the general editorship of John Butt. The editors of the individual volumes, having at their disposal the great m.iss of Popeiana unearthed since the Elwin-Courthope edition, pay considerable attention to the not overly involved textual problems, but make an especial effort to annotate the text extensively, offering full and welcome introductions, notes, and appendices.

Oxford $4 each

Robert Burns, edited by Robert T. Fitz-hugh and DeLanccy Ferguson.

Fitzhugh brings together and evaluates for the first time a group of minor but revealing manuscripts concerning Burns written by his contemporaries and associates Train, Grierson, Young, and Hope. Ferguson edits the Scotch poet’s brief but extremely readable “The Journal of the Border Tour” kept during May, 1787.  North Carolina $3

Baudelaire the Critic, by Margaret Gilman.

More famous for his criticism of life in HOC

“Fleurs du mal,” Baudelaire is here presented as an art critic. The author has sought to understand the predominant in-fluences which produced Baudelaire’s point of view and then to follow the development of his criticism to its full flowering.


Heinrich Heine: Works of Prose, edited by Hermann Kestcn.

In the sparkling introductory essay Hermann Kesten contributes to his selection of Heine’s too little known prose, he admits that he has displayed primarily Heine’s humor and wit, in the hope that he may thus entice many readers to turn to the greater riches of the Complete Works. The samples offered here from Heine’s correspondence and from his essays on literary, political, and philosophical subjects all succeed in communicating his wonderful perception in life of the terrible, the beautiful, and the ludicrous. Particularly interesting and enlightening at the moment arc those portions of his writing which reveal his keen understanding of the character of his native Germany. The translation, a new one by E. B. Ashton, is excellent. Fischer $S

Heine in England, by Stanton L. Wormley.

The author of this Iong-called-for study deals fully with Heine’s English translators and critics, and works comniendably at the more difficult task of tracing his influence in English poetry. Unfortunately, the result does not completely illuminate Heine’s real relationship to English literature. Any large truth about the elusive Heine must come through a certain critical discernment which the work can hardly claim.  North Carolina #j

Essays on the Greek Romances, by Elizabeth Ilazelton Haight.

These essays merit a warm reception by all who are interested in the history of the novel. After an introductory chapter on dates and origins, individual and detailed studies are presented of seven of the ancient romances. Criticism is based chiefly on a consideration of the importance and treatment given by each author to three elements, love, adventure, and religion. It is a comprehensive and most interesting presentation of subject matter too commonly neglected. Longmans, Green $2.60

They Also Ran, by Irving Stone.

The nineteen defeated candidates for the presidency are put through their paces in a belated national sweepstakes and compared personally and potentially with their successful rivals. The thrice-defeated Henry Clay is regarded as a conscienceless politician and William Jennings Bryan, who “also ran” three times, is rated as a demagogue gifted with “a voice without a brain.” Our presidential elections from Jackson to Franklin Roosevelt are so dramatized as to become almost contemporary performances. The book is a lively review of the many issues on which the American electorate have voted for more than a hundred years. It is an interesting guess as to how different our domestic and foreign policies might have been had these defeated candidates been successful—if Douglas had beaten Lincoln, if Hughes had won instead of Wilson, if Willkie had defeated Roosevelt three years ago. Perhaps American history would not have been greatly changed, for the popular trend of events might only have been delayed. Mr. Stone rather arbitrarily presents his presidential losers in professional groups, as editors (Greeley and Cox), judges (Parker and Hughes), generals (Scott, Fremont, McClellan, Hancock), governors (Cass, Seymour, Smith, Landon), Wall Street lawyers (Davis, Willkie), the generals and the governors being the most numerous professionally of the defeated.

Doubleday, Doran $3.60

Autobiography of a Curmudgeon, by Harold Le Clair Ickes.

In his autobiography Mr. Ickes writes in the manner he deems appropriate for a curmudgeon. His attitude is that of a man who is on the defensive before a group of highly unreasonable people. However, with the exception of his early boyhood he

limits his narrative primarily to his early newspaper and political experiences. The whole is told with a great deal of humor, if somewhat ponderous at times. The experiences of more recent years are passed over casually, and it is much to his credit that he does not air any personal grievances in this book. Reynal Hitchcock $8

History of Bigotry in the United States, by Gustavus Myers.

Gustavus Myers’ last book, completed shortly before his death, is by no means an original contribution as were some of his earlier works. It is extremely general in character, neither exploring new sources, nor considering any out of the way aspects of the subject. He has confined himself solely to religious bigotry, and then only to the wellknown phases of anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The whole ip prefaced by a brief consideration of bigotry in the colonial period. The manner of presentation is fresh and stimulating, although not highly original.

Random House $8.60

Mind, Medicine, and Man, by Gregory Zilboorg, M. D.

For many years medicine and its practitioners have been trying to gain fuller knowledge of the mind of man and of the reciprocal relationship of bodily ills and mental states, and to arrive at a scientific understanding of this inter-relationship. An impressive nomenclature has resulted: psycho-analysis, psychiatry, psychoses, neuroses, and the rest. These terms seem to be the offspring of medical science and the old psychology, married some forty or fifty years ago by that scientific psychologist Sigmund Freud, who, it seems, owed something to Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. This book, by a practising psychiatrist of New York City but a native of Russia, is a defense and elaboration of Freud’s theories and practice. Much of the volume is devoted to demonstrating how psychiatric knowledge can and does affect a person’s thinking on crime, religion, war, and especially his own “maladjustments.” In short, this book will enlighten readers “who wish to know

ODCl what medicine has discovered of man’s mental and emotional nature.” The author has immense knowledge of his own subject and related subjects, from biological science to speculative philosophy. The layman is likely to be bewildered at this wealth of technical terminology, but he will not fail to be impressed by the author’s learning and facility of expression.

Harcourt, Brace $8

America at War, A Geographical Analysis, edited by Samuel van Valkenburg.

The strengths and weaknesses, the assets and liabilities, of America at war are assayed by six expert geographers who find that the nation can face the dangers of the present world with confidence. The quality of our people is first considered, then our land and its coastline, its climate, its food, its raw materials nnd industrial capacity, and its defenses, Atlantic and Pacific. A final chapter offers a plan for possible geographical contributions to a better world after the war.

Prentice-Hall $2/>0

Queens Die Proudly, by William L. White.

The “queens” are flying fortresses who fight gallantly and die with the same spirit that carried Mary, Queen of Scots, proudly to the scaffold. This story of our air force, told mostly by pilot Frank Kurtz, who holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Silver Star, is a simple tale of the crew of The Swoose, only survivor of the 19th bombardment group to reach America after the battles in the Pacific. From this small group, however, comes another revealment of the tragic lack of equipment, unpreparedness, and stupidities of our early fighting days in the Pacific along with the heroism and staunchness of the men. Hut the real import lies in the graphic and detailed functioning of the fortresses as they retreated from the Philippines to Australia.

Harcourt, Brace $2f>0

Men in Motion, by Henry J. Taylor.

The second book by the author of “Time Runs Out” is all too frequently a bewilder-

ing blend of political realism and scnti-mentalism, ’ When Mr. Taylor writes about questions of international policy or military strategy, he exhibits a sound and hnrdheaded realism, but when he turns to American conditions, he becomes sentimental and writes with all the limitations of a rugged individualist of a generation ago. It hardly seems possible that the man who damns the New Deal as “collcctivist” can be the same as the one who considers the real enemy in Germany to be the conservative industrialists and traditionalists, who have backed Hitler and who will try to keep Germany from fighting the war out to the bitter end. Of even greater originality and penetration than his remarks on German affairs are his shrewd analysis of Turkish foreign policy, his presentation of the battle strategy of both sides in Africa, and his account of the African invasion, which contains much new information.  Doubleday, Dorau #3

Journey among Warriors, by live Curie, By special dispensation of the powers that be, live Curie, as a representative of an American newspaper syndicate, was permitted to fly on the first voyage on the newly established clipper route to Africa in November, 1941. After viewing the African battle scene, she moved on to Turkey, Russia, India, and China, recording her impressions of the people, the soldiers and their leaders, with much charm, clarity, and intelligence. One must not expect searching analysis from this book, for it i;> a travel journal written in war-torn countries. Those who seek a factual and vivid picture of the daily life and problems of the countries she visited will not be disappointed in this book.

Doubleday, Doran $$

War in the Sun, by James L. Hodson.

This fat diary presents the observations of an English newspaper correspondent on about two years of warfare. Day by day Mr. Hodson tells what he sees, hears, and thinks while on a troop transport, while reporting the fighting in the Middle East and Burma, and while traveling in India and West Africa. His best quality consists in being matter of fact about grimly cxciting events. He never overwrites, but be is not able to write as well as his experience demands—perhaps no one is. At any rate, he lays a very solid background against which the war might be put. Sometimes an entry does not seem to catch the significance that he found—it is the sort of note that one jots down, full of a sense of its importance, and reads later to find that it conveys nothing. Sometimes one remembered sentence is full as an egg of meaning: a Yorkshire bomber pilot said, “They got so close with the flak tonight that it was tough luck not to get us.” The book is formless but it has a cumulative effect. Through it a civilian probably can come as close as he will get to the daily experience of a fighting man. Mr. Hodson has sharp eyes and ears, a clear, honest, unreflective mind—when he thinks, he puts facts together, often very well— and his diary offers in equal measure the dullness and fascination that represent anyone’s consciousness and therefore cause people to like diaries.  Dial $3

Twentieth Century Philosophy. Edited by Dagobert D. Runes.

The essays in this collection are intended to present a survey of modern philosophical thought both in the traditional divisions and in the newer branches. There is no bond of union between these essays other than that they appear in the same volume, for the editor’s purpose was merely to include a survey of as many subjects as possible. Consequently, the book has even less unity than most collaborative works of this nature. Such famous names as Whitehead, Pound, Santa-yana, Dewey, Russell, and Maritain are represented by excerpts from their previously published works. The other contributions are for the most part written by men of established position and reputation in the field of philosophy.

The Philosophical Library $G

The Maritain Volume of The Thomist.

Here in book form is Volume V of “The Thomist,” honoring Jacques Maritain on his sixtieth birthday and containing nineteen philosophical and theological

contributions by distinguished thinkers Catholic and otherwise. Included also are two portraits, a biographical imprcs-sion, a motet composed by Arthur Lourie’ and a bibliography of writings by and about Maritain. Sliced and Ward $8.50

The Screwtape Letters, by C. A. Lewis.

These letters arc written by a “superior devil, one Screwtape, to a lesser devil on earth. The subject is the temptation of a young Christian. Screwtape, erudite in the ways of the Enemy and the wishes of Our Father Below, by the inverted method shows a deep insight into the Christian philosophy in his effort to circumvent it. To those to whose especial taste the method and wisdom of these letters will appeal, this will prove a book of unique value.

Macmillan $1.60

The World of Yesterday. An Autobiography by Stefan Zwcig.

Zweig has written the story not of his own life but of the places and times he knew, and of the great souls his own touched and loved. His reconstruction of the rapturous, art-mad Vienna of his youth is quite wonderful, as are the portraits of his friends—the incredible youth Hoff-mannsthal, the quiet, faultlessly sensitive Rilke, Rodin gloriously absorbed in his labor, rugged Richard Strauss, passionately humanistic Romain Rolland. Yet this elegantly styled book, thus beautiful and happy in many of its memories, is in its wholeness terrible, for it lays bare the tragedy of an artist who wished like many of his kind to live in detachment, aloof from the political scene, but was pursued and at last defeated by the forces he would not seek to change. Viking $3

Thomas Wolfe’s Letters to His Mother, Julia Elizabeth Wolfe.

The author of “Look Homeward, Angel” has left an autobiography, from Chapel Hill student days to his death, in the letters to his mother, a strong, powerful character. Among a great deal of prosaic matter such as bills, rent, health, and lawsuits are recorded some dynamic passages concerning the writer’s ambitions, compromises with life, and burning eagerness to know and interpret America. Professor John Terry, Wolfe’s closest friend at flew York University, has edited these letters and written a biographical sketch of Mrs. Wolfe.  Scrilmer’s $3

The Dwelling Place, by Anne Goodwin Winslow.

Memories and experiences in an old Southern mansion delightfully told by a surviving member of the family who still lives there. Pull, happy days, made luminous by poetic touches in the telling and enriched with a mystic wistfulness, live again in these pages, The book is an interpretation in short chapters that reflect the sunshine and shadow of the life that was and is, expressed with humor and restrained sentiment. Mrs. Winslow, who knows many lands and many books and who is an accomplished story-teller and poet, has written an altogether charming volume about her ancestral dwelling-place near Memphis, one of the few remaining places tvpieal of the old South.

Knopf $2.60

The Ports of British Columbia, by Agnes Rothery.

The Doubleday Doran Seaport Series presents the story of Canada’s great northwest Pacific ports, Vancouver and Victoria, through the eyes of a travelled and facile writer. They arc fascinating cities, each with its own flavor, which comes out in the impressive racy youth of Vancouver and the historic lovely charm of Victoria. The problems and industries of western Canada center here in the fur trade, gold, lumber, fisheries, shipbuilding, fusion of peoples, and relations with America and the Orient. Among the navigators and explorers, the most important is George Vancouver, whose name is perpetuated in the bustling city and the picturesque island on which Victoria is situated.  Doubleday, Doran $8

Papcrmaking: The. History and Technique of an Ancient Craft, by Dard Hunter.

Dard Hunter probably knows more about papcrmaking and its history than any other man alive today. This volume

makes available to the public at large the results of those studies which he has formerly presented only in limited or expensive editions. The story runs from the writing materials of the ancients to the work of Dr. Charles Holmes Herty with the paper industry in the South. The illustrations arc excellent and numerous; the annotated bibliography alone is worth the price of the book. Knopf $4.60

Down-East Spirituals and Others, by George Pullen Jackson.

Mr. Jackson’s distinguished researches in the religious folk songs of the United States are well known. This, the third volume which he has issued, contains songs to supplement those found in the earlier volumes. The author’s discovery that the folk-hymn singing tradition was first brought from England to the Northeast by the Baptists, and later to the South is of particular interest. Many of the songs are very beautiful and the editing all that could be desired. .7. J. Augustin $6.50

The Challenge of Listening, By Howard D. McKinncy and W. R. Anderson.

In this latest of a host of books on how to listen to music, the authors attempt to make every man his own music critic. To give him the necessary background they have written a series of essays ranging from brief accounts of musical styles to an excellent consideration of music criticism. Much of the book is stimulating, although the occasional lapses into a chatty style arc irritating. The difficulties in writing a book of this kind are almost insurmountable: a really distinguished work on the general subject remains to be written.

Rutgers $2.76

Eulogy of Judges, by Piero Calamandrei.

A handsomely produced book and a charming piece of legal literature in which Professor Calamandrei of the University of Florence with irony and gentle satire lays open some of the foibles of lawyer, judge, and client. The many urbane anecdotes probe the pretensions of the art of litigation without losing an air of mature wisdom and respect that marks the sympathetic critic.  Princeton $2



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