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THE 

BOOK REVIEW DIGEST 

NINETEENTH ANNUAL CUMULATION 



REVIEWS OF 1923 BOOKS 



EDITED BY 

MARION A. KNIGHT 

AND 

MERTICE M. JAMES 



NEW YORK 

THE H. W. WILSON COMPANY 

1924 








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THE BOOK REVIEW DIGEST 



Vol. XIX 



February, 1924 



Annual number 



PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY 

THE H. W. WILSON COMPANY 
958-972 University Avenue New York City 

Printed in U.S.A. 



Book Review Digest, published monthly (ex- 
cept February and July) by the H. W. Wilson 
Company, 958-972 University Avenue, N. Y. C. 

Terms of Advertising 

Combined rate for Book Review Digest, 
Cumulative Book Index and Readers' Guide to 
Periodical Literature $75 per page per month; 
two of these publications $60, one of these 
publications $45 per page per month. Smaller 
space, preferred position and contract rates fur- 
nished upon request. 



English and American publishers have 
counted 1913 as their record year. The total 
number of books published during that year 
in Great Britain was 12,379. In the United 
States it was 10,300. In both cases these totals 
were the greatest for any one year in the his- 
tory of publishing. Since 1913 the number of 
books published annually has steadily declined 
until 1918, when the lowest ebb was reached. 
From that date onward there has been an 
equally steady upward curve which in 1923, in 
Great Britain, reached the total of 12,274 
books, almost equal to the record of 1913. 
The United States, with its total of 7,500 for 
the same year, is still some distance behind its 
1913 record. In the English publishing output 
fiction still holds the first place, with books on 
religion next in number. The modern gener- 
ation can scarcely be called religious but the 
figures seem to show that people have a 
larger interest in religion than their church- 
going habits would indicate. Science has 
fallen from third place ten years ago to sev- 
enth in 1923. 

One-fourth of the English publishing total 
consists of new editions of older books, which 
shows that many readers are turning from the 
popular writers of the moment to modern 
writers who have become standard or to those 
whose work had won little recognition a decade 
ago. 

Among the new editions of standard mod- 
ern authors published during the last year 
are the works of W. H. Hudson in twenty- 
four volumes. The growing appreciation of 
this at first little recognized author is one of 
the most encouraging signs in the English 
reading world. His first romance, "The Pur- 



ple Land," was published almost forty years 
ago but the real recognition of his work has 
come within the last ten years. American 
readers are among his warmest admirers and 
have given impetus to the sale of his books. 
The simplicity of his style is one of the 
secrets of his charm. Only the great writer 
would dare to be so simple. He is thoroughly 
at one with the nature he observes so min- 
utely and lovingly. And his oneness with 
nature gives him a serenity which imparts it- 
self to all that he writes and in turn to the 
reader. "His work," says John Galsworthy, 
"is a vision of natural beauty and human life 
as it might be, quickened and sweetened by the 
sun and the wind and the rain, and by fel- 
lowship with all the other forms of life — the 
truest vision now being given to us, who are 
more in want of it than any generation has 
ever been. A very great writer; and — to my 
thinking — the most valuable our Age pos- 
sesses." 

In a review of Michael Pupin's "From Im- 
migrant to Inventor" Edwin E. Slosson writes: 
"There would be no better way of inculcating 
the spirit of true Americanism among the re- 
cent arrivals that have not yet gained it and 
among the old settlers that have lost it than 
for some philanthropist to get out a cheap 
edition of this book and circulate it broadcast 
throughout the country. The banner of patri- 
otism, which seems to be dropping from the 
nerveless hands of Americans of the old stock, 
is being picked up and carried forward again 
by the immigrants. The education of Henry 
Adams was a discouraging process. The edu- 
cation of Jacob Riis, Edward Bok, Edward Al- 
fred Steiner, and Michael Pupin inspires con- 
fidence in the power and permanency of the 
principles of 1776." 

In the Digest list of periodicals from which 
excerpts are made gains have been balanced 
by losses during the past year, so that the 
nurnber remains the same. It may have been 
noticed that quotations from the Nation and 
Athenaeum have been lacking for a part of 
the year. We have considerable difficulty, 
especially with some of the English reviews on 
our list, in securing the regular receipt of the 
two copies of each number which are neces- 
sary for our uses. And when the review is 
one which is also on the list of one of our 
periodical indexes it seems almost impossible 
to make it clear that one copy is not suffi- 
cient for all purposes of the H. W. Wilson 
Company. The Nation and Athenaeum is now- 
coming regularly and its reviews will again 
haye place among those from which our quo- 
tations are made. 



Publications from which Digests of Reviews are Made 



Administration — Administration. $5. Ronald Press Company, 20 Vesey St., New York. 

Am Econ R — American Economic Review. $5. Ameiican Economic Association, New Haven, 

Conn. 
Am Hist R — American Historical Review. $5. Macmillan Company. 66 Fifth Av., New York. 
Am J Soc — American Journal of Sociology. f3. Univeisity of Chicago Press, Chicago, 111. 
Am Pol Sci R — American Political Science Review $4. Frederic A. Ogg, University of Wis- 
consin, Madison, Wis. 
Ann Am Acad — Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. $5. 39th 

St. and Woodland Av., Philadelphia, Pa. 
ALh — Athenaeum. See Nation and Ath. 
Atlantic's Bookshelf — Atlantic Monthly. The reviews are reprinted separately in pamphlet 

form. Copies may be had by any librarian, without charge, on application to the Atlantic 

Monthly Company, 8 Arlington St., Boston. 
Booklist— Booklist. $2. A. L. A. Publishing Board, 78 East Washington St., Chicago, 111. 
Bookm — Bookman. $4. G. H. Doran Co, 244 Madison Av., New York. 
Boston Transcript — Boston Evening Transcript. $5.50. (Wednesday and Saturday). Boston 

Transcript Co., 324 Washington St., Boston, Mass. 
Canadian Hist R — Canadian Historical Review. $2. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ont. 
Cath World—Catholic World. $4. 120-122 West 60th St., New York. 
Class Philol — Classical Philology. $4. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, III. 
Dial— Dial. $5. Dial Pub Co., 152 West 13th St., New York. 

Educ R — Educational Review. $3. Doubleday, Page & Co., Garden City, N.Y. 
El School J — Elementary School Journal. $2.50. Dept. of Education, University of Chicago, 

Chicago, III. 
Eng Hist R— English Historical Review. 32s. Longmans, Green & Co., 55 Fifth Av., New York. 
Freeman — Freeman. |6. The Freeman, Inc., 116 West 13th St., New York. 
Ind — Independent. Published by the founders of the Weekly Review. $3. National Weekly 

Corporation, 140 Nassau St., New York. 
Int Bk K— Literary Digest IiiLernalional Book Review. $1.50. Funk & Wagntills Co.. 354-360 

P'ourth Av., New York 
Int J Ethics — International Journal of Ethics. $3. Prof. James H. Tufts, University of Chi- 
cago, Chicago, III. 
J Geol — Journal of Geology. $4. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 111. 
J Home Econ — Journal of Home Economics. $2.50. American Home Economics Assn., 1211 

Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. 
J Philos — Journal of Philosophy. $4. Sub-Station 84, New York. 

J Pol Econ — Journal of Political Economy. $4. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 111. 
J Religion — Journal of Religion. $3. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 111. 
Lit D— See Int Bk R. 
Lit R — Literary Review of the New York Evening Post. $2.50. N.Y. Evening Post, Inc., 20 

Vesey St.. New York. 
Mod Philol — Modern Philology. $4. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, III. 
Nation — Nation. $5. Nation Press, 20 Vesey St., New York. 

Nation and Ath — Nation and Atnenteum. $8.58. 10 Adelphi Terrace, London, W. C. 2. 
Nature — Nature. £2 17s. $14. Macmillan Company, 66 Fifth Av., New Yoik. 
New Repub— New Republic. $5. Republic Publishing Co., Inc., 421 West 21st St., New York. 
New Statesman— New Statesman. 30s. Statesman Pub. Co., 10 Great Queen St., Kingsw.ay, 

London, W. C. 2. 
N Y Times — New York Times Book Review. $1. N.Y. Times Co., Times Square, New York. 
N Y Tribune — New York Tribune. $4. 15 Nassau St., New York. 
.N Y World— 'J'he World $4. Pulitzer Building, Park Row, New York. 
No Am — North American Review $4. North American Review Corporation, 9 East 37th St., 

New York. 
Outlook— Outlook. $5. Outlook Co., 381 Fourth Av., New York 
Poetry— Poetry. $3. 543 Cass St.. Chicago. 111. 
Pol Sci Q— Political Science Quarterly. $5. (including supplement). Academy of Political 

Science, Kent Hall, Columbia University. New York. 
Pub W— Publishers' Weekly. Zones 1-5. $5; 6-8, $5.50 R. R. Bowker Co., 62 West 45th St., 

New York. 
R of Rs— American Review of Reviews. $4. Review of Reviews Corp., 30 Irving Place, New 

York. 
Sat R— Saturday Review. £1 10s. 9 King St., Covent Garden, London, W. C. 2 
Schoo Arts M— School Arts Magazine. $3. Davis Press, Inc., 25 Foster St., Worcester. Mass. 
3^^^°' 0^""?*^^°°' ^^.^'S^^'-.J^.BO. Dept. of Education. University of Chicago, Chicago, 111. 
Spec— Spectator. £2 3s 4d. 1 Wellington St., Strand. London, W C. 

Spnngf d Republican— Springfield Republican. $8. The Republican Pub Co., Springfield, Mass. 
Survey— Survey. $5. Survey Associates, Inc., 112 East 19th St New York 
The Trnies [London] Lit Sup— The Times Literary Supplement. 30s. $6. The Times, North 

American Office, The Fifth Avenue Building, 200 Fifth Av New York 

wfft^r^ ^''^^x^tP^^'^''*^. ■^'''^''' Magazine. $2. Theatre Arts, Inc. 7 East 42d St.. New York. 
Weekly R — Weekly Review. See Ind. 

Yale R n s— Yale Review (new series). $4. Yale Publishing Assn., Inc., 120 High St., New 
Haven, Conn. 

nr.^^^c/l*^'?^''",^ 1° the above list the Book Review Digest sometimes quotes from the Cleveland 
vS^S ^ J,'- Detroit News; Engineering News-Record; Greensboro (N.C.) Dally News; New 
OMo^f^^" i? H''*^'"^^ ^^'^. Technical Books; Pittsburgh Monthly Bulletin; Pratt Institute 
w^c^i^i-^ ?°v?'^''^^U ^/^F Institute Quarterly List of New Technical and Industry Books; 
Wisconsin Library Bulletin; and other bulletins. 



EXPLANATIONS 
The descriptive note is separated from critical notices of a book bv a dash. 

\^S "i^- f muius signs preceding the names of the magazine indicate the degree of favor 
tZ "'S'3.vor of the entire review. 

th«''fifT<fJ^*^1 *°*v.^ magazine, the first number refers to the volume, the next to the page 
me letters to the date and the last figures to the number of words in the review. 



Book Review Digest 

Devoted to the Valuation of Cunent Literature 
Reviews of 1923 books 



A. E., pseud. See Russell, G: W: 

ABBOTT, ELEANOR HALLOWELL (MRS 
FORDYCE COBURN). Silver Moon. 264p $2 
Dutton 

23-14567 
A rich spinster invites the eldest child of 
each of six men who had paid her court during 
their college days, to a house party. As luck 
would have it there are three girls and three 
men. Their hostess is suddenly taken ill and 
rather than disappoint every one, she pays a 
chaperon to look after things. Needless to say 
the yovmg people make many speculations as 
to the why and wherefore of such a gather- 
ing and interest centers on Mary Smith, called 
Silver Moon bj' some of her admirers. She is tho 
heroine of the romantic love affair which is the 
obvious outcome of the party, tho who the hero 
is to be keeps one guessing thru many chap- 
ters. 



" 'Silver Moon' has more substance than have 
most of Eleanor Hallowell Abbott's books, and 
though it is light and romantic in tone, it is 
very pleasant and entertaining reading." D. L. 
M. 

-) Boston Transcript pi N 10 '23 lOOOw 

"The chief charm of this grown-up fairy-tale 
lies in the frankness and spontaneity of the 
conversation." E. M. Corby 

+ Int Bk R pl53 Ja '24 380w 

"It's all moonshine, which is as it should be. 
Alas for that obscuring cloud of unnecessary 
words. There are so many it is impossible to 
keep them from qualifying the praise one sin- 
cerely desires to give to this gay excursion into 
the undiscovered land." Isabel Paterson 
h N Y Tribune p22 N 11 '23 600w 



ABBOTT, FRANK FROST. Roman politics. 
fOur debt to Greece and Rome) 177p $1.50 
Marshall Jones 

343.37 Rome — Politics and government 

23-10319 
From the wide range of Rome's political ex- 
perience, thru her many changes of govern- 
ment and development from a city-state to a 
world-wide empire, the author draws lessons to 
apnly to the political and social questions of 
today. He shows the identity of our prob- 
lems with those of Rome and also the theories 
and principles which we have inherited from 
her. 



"The necessary brevity of the essay has en- 
couraged looseness of statement, but it has 
also permitted suggestiveness and stimulation." 

H Am Pol Sci R 17:690 N '23 200w 

Booklist 20:16 O '23 

"The book is full of information adequately 
and interestingly presented, and deserves 
thorough study in schools as well as in private 
circles where present-day conditions are a 
matter of concern. Every legislator should be 
obliged by his constituents to pass an examina- 



tion on its contents. It has one fault, there 
is no index." N. H. D. • 

-) Boston Transcript p6 Ag 1 '23 1950w 

Cleveland p72 S '23 
New Repub 37:48 D 5 '23 50w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p734 N 
1 '23 lOOw 

ABBOTT, MRS JANE LUDLOW (DRAKE). 

Minglestreams. 320p 51.75 Lippincott 

23-7993 

Hester Browning and Jill Girard, a year after 
graduation from college, both turned rebel 
against social and family traditions and took 
over Appletree Inn, in the wilds of the Adiron- 
dacks, as an experiment in independence. 
They rescue a man in the woods who has lost 
his memory and both fall in love with him. Jill 
is his choice and when memory returns, under 
stress of circumstances, it turns out that John 
is the very person — a promising young diplomat 
fresh from Paris — whom her grandmother had 
picked out as a suitable husband for her. Hes- 
ter, the backbone and leading spirit of the 
Appletree Inn enterprise, is not so fortunate for 
her fate drags her back to a dutiful middle- 
class existence. 



Boston Transcript p4 Je 6 '23 540w 
"Its setting and theme are a little unusual, 
and its atmosphere (this for parents and guar- 
dians) is decidedly what is known as 'whole- 
some.' Except in the last chapters, sentiment- 
ality — the pitfall of the typical book for girls- 
is escaped. The language, too, is usually simple 
and straightforward." 

+ Lit R p916 Ag 18 '23 330w 
"This is a charming story of young people, 
written with a freshness of outlook and a sym- 
pathy in the affairs of the characters that can- 
not fail to meet with response from the readers 
for whom it is intended." Edith Leighton 
+ N Y Tribune p20 Je 10 '23 600w 
"Despite the fact that one will in all probabil- 
ity guess the outcome of this romance long 
before the last page, there is a certain potent 
spell about Mrs. Abbott's characterizations 
which holds one fairly interested until the last 
close-up. It is good, light reading." Ruth 
Snyder 

..j NY World p9e My 6 '23 SOOw 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

ACKERMAN, PHYLLIS. Wallpaper: its his- 
tory, design and use. 268p il $3.50 Stokes 

745 Wall paper 23-4797 

"This book is a consideration of the decora- 
tive qualities of wallpaper ilrst as revealed in 
its historical development, second as limited by 
its present mechanical production, third as de- 
termined by the requirements of good design, 
and fourth as realized in its appropriate use.' 
(Introd.) The author holds that wallpaper Is 
one of the most important means of education 
in design and that it can do more than any 



Subject, title and pseudonym Index at end of alphabet 



BOOK REVIEW DIGEST 



ACKERMAN, PHYLLIS Continued 

other decorative art either to stultify or to 
stimulate taste. Appendix, bibliography, index. 

Booklist 19:214 Ap '23 
"Hers is a most interesting and valuable 
study." 

4- Boston Transcript p4 Ag 25 '23 650w 
New Statesman 22:186 N 17 "23 800w 
"We are assured that Miss Ackerman's book 
is alone in its class. If it shall prove effective 
in proportion to its alluring make-up, it will 
be incalculably useful to the cause in which it 
is published." 

N Y World p9e Mr 18 '23 GOOw 
"Miss Ackerman has produced a most inter- 
esting and helpful work on the 'history, design, 
and use' of this form of mural decoration. It 
is full of sound sense and good ideas, and any- 
one who is engaged on the task of decorating 
a new house or even of redecorating a single 
room, should find tlrat time and money are 
saved and beauty is enhanced by a careful pe- 
rusal of its pages." 

+ Sat R 136:470 O 27 '23 750w 
"Phyllis Ackerman treats the subject in so 
extensive a manner as to interest both the 
antiquarian and the craftsman and, perhaps, 
even the layman, whose only thought of wall 
paper is when a room in the house needs 'doing 
over." " 

-I- Springf d Republican p7a N 4 '23 750w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p589 S 6 
•23 lOOw 

Wis Lib Bui 19:131 My '23 

ACOSTA, MERCEDES DE. Streets and shad- 
ows. 51p $1.25 Moffat 

811 22-10315 

" 'Streets and Shadows' is the expression of a 
simple, direct, and forceful personality reacting 
to city life. Without hurry or loss of time, 
without straining after effect, with an almost 
terrible economy of words Mercedes de Acosta 
gives thumbnail impressions as pointed as a 
church steeple in rhythms as broken as the sky 
line of New York." — Bookm 



"Evidently a disciple of Whitman, she has man- 
aged to evade the prolixity that so often ruined 
that master's efforts at self-realization. When 
she tries rhyme she is not herself and manages 
to be ridiculous." 

-] Bookm 57:97 Mr '23 160w 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 28 '22 1450w 

"Almost all in vers libre, almost all in jerky 
phrases, these artless, direct items bristle with 
the self-assertiveness that foreigners character- 
ize as American. Somehow the scattered frag- 
ments of which each picture is pieced together 
give the fragmentary impression that our great 
uncoordinated city gives. It is an unlovely im- 
pression, and one cannot yet say whether it is 
or is not a significant one." 

Lit R p476 F 17 '23 190w 

ADAMS, BERTRAM MARTIN (BILL ADAMS, 
pseud.). Fencele.ss meadows; tales of the sea. 
394p $2 Stokes 

23-14112 
Tales of the sea and of sailors by one who 
followed the sea till it broke him and who loves 
the memories it holds for him. Contents: Tak- 
ing departure; The lure; The ballad of the 
Ivanhoe; A debt at sea; Wanderer; Way for a 
.sailor! Flower of the morning; The bosun of 
the Goldenhorn's yarn; Stowaway; Twinkle- 
Bright; "I've been dreamin'"; Time comes; 
Peg-legr's fiddle; Amos Tregenna; Shore roads 
of April; The helmsman of the star; Flower 
child; Mother Carey's barn dance; The packet 
rat; The petrels; The stain; Old Ramble-Away; 
Ship's company; The fenceless meadows; The 
homeward hound (Landfall). 



horn's Yarn' and 'Time Comes.' One of these 
is already a sea-classic." 

-f Boston Transcript p3 N 3 '23 550w 
"It would be easy to become so enthusiastic 
over this sailor and his tales as to do him 
injury. He is good, most excellently good; one 
wonders where he found his haunting direct- 
ness of style. His stories are simple, as great 
things are." Fletcher Allen 

-f N Y Tribune p23 N 25 '23 650w 
"A good book, a rare book, a book for all 
who would taste on their lips the salt of sea 
adventure." 

+ Outlook 136:116 Ja 16 '24 150w 

ADAMS, BILL, pseud. See Adams, B. M. 

ADAMS, FRANKLIN PIERCE. So there! 124p 

11.50 Doubleday 

811 23-26232 

The book is a collection of rhymes and dit- 
ties, parodies. Odes of Horace in the vernacular 
and other humorous poetry taken from the au- 
thor's column. The conning tower, in the New 
York World. 



"Several of these stories have appeared in 
various magazines. All however will bear re- 
reading. Grimly compelling as is each one, there 
are four which are notably so: 'The I^ure.' 
'Way for a sailor,' 'The Bosun of the Golden- 



Booklist 19:245 My '23 
"Here is wit in abundance — smiling satire, 
rollicking humor, and excellent fooling of many 
sorts." D: Morton 

+ Bookm 57:461 Je '23 160w 
"F. P. A., as usual is keeping up to his 
normally excellent standard. No breakfast 
table should be without his humor. No fire- 
side without these excellent selections." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Ap 18 '23 300w 
Cleveland p36 My '23 
"F. P. A. is an artist. Neat and finished in 
execution, he knows all the tricks, but runs 
none of them to death. For so prolific a writer, 
the variety and freshness of his metres and 
methods are quite remarkable." A. P. Herbert 
+ Lit R p735 Je 2 '23 950w 
"We share with a good many other readers 
the conviction that it is in his writing of verse 
that F. P. A. reaches his peak of accomplish- 
ment, and 'So There!' seems to us to be a 
rather particularly satisfactory exhibit in that 
line. It is gratefully rich in those cheery adap- 
tations from Horace which fit so happily into 
anybody's lack of an education in the higher 
classics." E. W. O. 

-f N Y World p7e Mr 11 '23 350w 
" "So There' does not assay a very high degree 
of humorous invention or verbal dexterity 
save in a few of the translations from Horace; 
and in many of these 'F. P. A.' is somewhat 
less ingenious and graceful than his best. . . 
The entirely original poems too frequently 
illustrate the difference between quantity pro- 
duction and facility." 

— Springf'd Republican p7a Mr 25 '23 
380w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:410 Jl '23 

ADAMS, JAMES TRUSLOW. Revolutionary 
New England, 1691-1776. 469p il $5 Atlantic 
monthly 

974 New England — History 23-15926 

The first volume of this series, "The found- 
ing of New England" (Book Review Digest. 
1921) was chiefiy concerned with the origins of 
colonial life. In the present volume the story 
is carried from 1691 to the Declaration of In- 
dependence and the ending of the colonial 
status of the New England settlements. Mr 
Adams terms this whole period revolutionary 
and looks back to its earlier decades to find 
the origin of grievances, the slow growth of 
revolutionary sentiment, and the rise of a radi- 
cal party. He traces the growing divergence 
between the political philosophy of England 
and her colonies and the inevitable movement 
toward revolution, studying this movement 
not in the narrow sense of a quarrel between 
empire and colonies but as a phase of the 
world's advance during this period. 



BOOK REVIEW DIGEST 



"He has given us a hook which will long be 
indispensable to serious students of New Eng- 
land and of the American Revolution." E. B. 
Greene 

+ Am Hist R 29:343 Ja '24 680w 

"With the same integrity of purpose, felicity 
of expression, and appreciation of scholarship 
that characterized his earlier volume, Mr. Adams 
now comes forward with a further installment 
of his story, presenting with insight, imagina- 
tion, and an ever broadening vision those phases 
of New England's history that presaged the 
coming storm of revolt and accompanied the 
actual outbreak of hostilities." C: M. Andrews 
-|- Atlantic's Bookshelf D '23 600w 
Booklist 20:93 D "23 

"It is written with no effort to accentuate 
and It goes very deeply indeed into the unrest 
and the temperamental factors from which 
were largely evolved the events which brought 
about a separation which human nature made 
inevitable. At the outset Mr. Adams warns us 
that the statements contained here must be 
read with an understanding that they concern 
acts which were never maintained by a unan- 
imous opinion." S. L. Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p3 O 6 '23 2000w 

"No writer has summed up so comprehen- 
sively and skilfully as Mr. Adams the very large 
ainount of special investigation whose results 
have been published or otherwise been made 
available or given the story a setting which en- 
forces so convincingly the long-time develop- 
ment of the revolutionary movement. Broadly 
speaking, Mr Adams's work has no new thesis 
to propound or defend, but the thesis which he 
develops was, nevertheless, greatly in need of 
better definition and more all-round buttress- 
ing." W: MacDonald 

-h Lit R p281 N 24 '23 1400w 

"The new volume gives the reader the im- 
pression of abundant reserves of knowledge, ef- 
fective choice and arrangement of material, 
impartiality of judgment and charm of presen- 
tation. It is impossible to think of any future 
scholarly treatment of the history of New Eng- 
land that does not follow essentially the evo- 
lutionary lines traced by Mr. Adams." D: S. 
Muzzey 

-I- New Repub 37:181 Ja 9 '24 1650w 

"Mr. Adams leans toward the economic in- 
terpretation of history; and his book challeng- 
es a number of popular illusions." N: 
Roosevelt 

N Y Times pi O 21 '23 1650w 

Reviewed by L.: Weitzenkorn 

N Y World p7e D 30 '23 2000w 

"Naturally, his conclusions do not always 
square with the preconceptions of those of us 
who were brought up on the school histories of 
a bygone day, but most of them, we believe, 
will be accepted by those students of New Eng- 
land history who are most competent to form 
and hold opinions." 

+ R of Rs 68:558 N '23 240w 

"Sustains the reputation of the author for 
vivid, spirited, independent portrayal and in- 
terpretation of the life of our ancestors in the 
New England colonies. It abounds in details — 
graphic, revealing details, many of them un- 
familiar. It is zestfully readable and challeng- 
Ingly informing." 

4- Sprlngf'd Republican p7 O 21 '23 
1700W 

ADAMS, JOSEPH (CORRIGEEN, pseud.). Sal- 
mon and trout angling: its theory, and prac- 
tice on southern stream, torrent river, and 
mountain loch; with a foreword by the Mar- 
quess of Hartington. 2S8p il $6 Dutton [16s 
Hutchinson] 
799 Fishing 
_ An English authority on angling gives prac- 
tical advice on amateur rod -making, fly dress- 
ing, tackle and methods. With this information 
he combines a reminiscent account of his fishing 
experiences in Scotland, Ireland, and Canada. 



"The author is severely practical in the in- 
formation he is so well qualified to impart. He 
writes well, but, speaking generally, does not 
visualize the scenes of his adventures, or at 
least their environment, with all the sympathy 
one looks for in a book like this." 

H Sat R 135:776 Je 9 '23 550w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p367 My 
31 '23 780w 

ADAMS, JOSEPH QUINCY. Life of William 
Shakespeare. 561p il $7.50 Houghton 
822.33 Shakespeare, William — Biography 

23-9804 
Prof. Adams's researches in connection with 
the writing of "Shakespearean Playhouses" 
have furnished him with a complete background 
of contemporary theatrical life against which to 
picture the dramatist. The book is therefore 
not only a clear and full biography of Shakes- 
peare but a history of the theater of the day 
and of his relations with it as actor, playwright 
and theater proprietor. The author has pur- 
posely omitted aesthetic criticism and argu- 
ments on controversial points. The illustra- 
tions are many and admirable, including por- 
traits, facsimile title-pages, etc. 



N Y Tribune p22 O 28 '23 120w 
N Y World p6e N 4 '23 240w 



"It is something more than merely authorita- 
tive. Possessing that indispensable merit, it is 
also preeminently readable — a fascinating book 
in and of itself." J: Bakeless 

+ Atlantic's Bookshelf S '23 500w 
Booklist 20:12 O '23 

"Mr. Adams has been true to his purpose, in 
addition to which he has presented his col- 
lected information in a delightfully pleasing 
fashion." 

+ Bookm 58:89 S '23 250w 

"A book that makes Shakespeare understand- 
ably lifelike, removing him from the realm of 
near-myth." L. L. Goodnow 

Detroit News pl2 Jl 1 '23 500w 

"Professor Adams's excellent biography shows 
scholarship and imagination reinforcing and 
clarifying each other. Under his hands the poet 
ceases to be a mystery, a divine accident, and 
takes on the proportions and contours of a 
familiar mortal." Robert Hillyer 

+ Freeman 7:501 Ag 1 '23 1250w 

"It is in homage to the tercentenary that 
Professor Adams has completed this new Life, 
distinguished by both scholarship and clarity, 
by accuracy in detail and devotion to the mem- 
ory of Shakespeare." A. H. Thorndike 
+ Int Bk R p25 S '23 3000w 

"May be thought, on the whole, the most 
trustworthy and best proportioned Shakespeare 
biography." R. M. Alden 

+ Lit R p41 S 15 '23 1300w 

"Professor Adams, I believe, has come near- 
est to a legitimate and authentic portrait. He 
makes ample acknowledgment to his colleagues 
for what they have done to provide him with 
material, but the effectiveness of the book is 
due to his own judgment and skill." W: A. 
Neilson 

-f Nation 117:271 S 12 '23 750w 

"Mr. Adams's Life of William Shakespeare is 
a fine achievement, a book which every lover 
of Shakespeare will wish to possess. Thorough- 
ly abreast of the latest and best scholarship, 
distinguished by sane and logical reasoning, it 
will stimulate by its wealth of ingenious and 
original views as well as delight by the admir- 
able clarity and simplicity with which it is 
written." J: M. Manly 

-I- New Repub 36:supl S 26 '23 2200w 
New Statesman 22:248 D 1 '23 llOOw 

"The author has given us a book which l9 
engaging from first to last, and one that is 
surprisingly human, when one realizes that the 
bulk of the material is drawn from documents 
of various kinds, most of them literary and 
many of them legal." 

+ N Y Times p9 Je 17 '23 2300w 

"Like all biographies, this one is tinged. If 
ever so slightly, with the colors of the writer's 
mind. Professor Adams, like all the rest of us. 



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ADAMS, JOSEPH QUINCY — Continued 
had his own notion as to what Shakespeare 
was like, and he cannot be blamed very much 
if he finds that most of the evidence conforms 
to his preconceptions. The book is not the less 
interesting on that account." Burton Rascoe 
+ N Y Tribune pl7 Je 10 '23 1250w 
"Reading this volume one is convinced that no 
fact is stated without substantiation, that no 
nrobabilitv is pointed out without justification, 
yet the whole reads as smoothly and as con- 
vincinelv as a romance." 
vincinbiy^ Y World p8e Jl 22 '23 700w 

R of Rs 68:222 Ag "23 150w 
"This new book is an independent and in- 
teresting summary of all that is known and 
a great deal that is inferred, about the elusive 
•min of Stratford.' It is based on a wide ad 
deep study of all that has been published up 
to the present time bearing on the biography 
of Shakespeare." 

-I- Sat R 136:278 S 8 '23 llOOw 

"In the publication of Prof Adams's book 

American scholarship makes its timely ana 

praise-deserving contribution _ to an important 

Shakespearean event." C. D'E. m .oo 

+ Springfd Republican p7a Ag 19 -23 

1900W 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p573 Ag 
30 '23 40w 
"Admirable and useful book." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p907 D 
27 '23 2050W 

Wis Lib Bui 19:409 Jl '23 

ADCOCK, ARTHUR ST JOHN. Gods of 
modern Grub street; impressions of contem- 
porary authors. 326p il $2.50 Stokes [7s 6d 
Low] 

820.4 Authors, English 23-13132 

Biographical and critical sketches of contem- 
porary English authors, with portraits after 
photographs by E. O. Hoppe. Contents: 
Thomas Hardy; Hilaire Belloc; Arnold Ben- 
nett; J- D. Beresford; John Buchan; Donn 
Byrne; W: H: Davies; Walter de la Mare; Sir 
A C. Doyle; John Drinkwater; Jeffery Farnol; 
John Galsworthy; Sir A. H. Hawkins; A. fa. 
M. Hutchinson: Sheila Kaye-Smith; Rudyard 
Kipling- W: J: Locke; Stephen McKenna; 
Compto'n Mackenzie; A. E: W. Mason; W: S. 
Maugham; W: B. Maxwell; Leonard Merrick; 
A A. Milne; Alfred Noyes; E. Phillips Oppen- 
heim; May Sinclair; Frank Swinnerton; Hugh 
Walpole; H. G: Wells; Israel ZangwiU; Index. 

Booklist 20:136 Ja "24 
Boston Transcript plO N 14 '23 1150w 
"Mr Adcock furnishes the bones of biography, 
with some timid comments. His writing lacks 
personality." _,„ ^^^ 

— Dial 75:509 N '23 180w 

"The sense of proportion, the judicial temper, 
are merely not among Mr. Mais's critical vir- 
tues but he would probably despise them as 
part' of that body of 'old beliefs' which he is 
anxious to see die. 'We can make something ot 
life once the old beliefs are dead,' he says, in 
writing of one of his particular heroes, Mr 
Sherwood Anderson, in whose writings he finds 
'a clarion call to a new sweet philosophy,' the 
successor of Walt 'Whitman, 'a literature of 
vitality,' which 'means something.' Presumably 
all the great literature of the past meant noth- 
ing, and 'old beliefs' are for the scrapheap." 
R: Le Gallienne 

— Int Bk R pl9 N '23 1850w 
Lit R p312 D 1 '23 200w 

"If Mr. St John Adcock has little new to say 
about contemporary poets and novelists, he 
contrives to say it in decent, straightforward 
prose and with touches of lightness and urbani- 
ty." 

1_ New Statesman 22:sup28 O 13 '23 360w 

"His book loses by the fact that it is so 
patently written on bended knees, a position 
that has ever been dangerous to clear judg- 
ments." H. J. Mankiewicz 

1- N Y Times plO N 25 '23 llOw 



"Short journeyman personality sketches. 
The book is of value because of the portraits, 
which are excellent." Burton Rascoe 
-f N Y Tribune p25 O 14 '23 60w 

"Within his limits of universal praise Mr. 
Adcock is able to show some discrimination, 
and he keeps our attention by his lively style. 
It ia a book of the kind we read with interest 
and feel ashamed of reading." 

H Spec 131:430 S 29 '23 150w 

"These are all workmanlike chapters, agree- 
able and interestingly written, but choosing 
those aspects of an author about which some- 
thing pleasant may be said, or at least making 
such estimates and criticisms as he himself 
would not be likely to resent." 

-1 Springfd Republican p6 O 13 '23 400w 

"The 'gods' are well chosen for the most 
part, though one or two are more fervently 
worshippea in garden suburbs than in Grub- 
street. The essays combine anecdote with 
criticism in a quite informing way but some- 
times with the effect of recklessness." 

-I The Times [London] Lit Sup p622 S 

20 '23 150w 

ADCOCK, ARTHUR ST JOHN. With the gilt 
off. 296p $2 Putnam [7s 6d Philpot] 

23-14806 
Stories of low life in London streets. Con- 
tents: The soul of Penelope Sanders; The seal 
of repentance; Jenny chooses; A cash account; 
On the way back; The last chapter; Of two 
evils; A blooming plant; Don Juan of Haggers- 
ton; A spoilt idyll; The fugitive; An interrupted 
romance; Charity; The spectre of a sin; Tilly's 
sister; Helen of Bow; An extra turn; The wed- 
ding day. 



Lit R p372 D 15 '23 280w 
"These streets are far away from Burke's 
Limehouse. They are cockney, with the salt 
left out. If the stories were handled with any 
charm at all — either of line or color — or any 
subtle human understanding, 'With the Gilt Off' 
might justify its publication." 

— NY Times p9 N 4 '23 280w 
"The realism rings truest in the longer sto- 
ries; the shorter are magazine stuff." 

-\ Spec 131:164 Ag 4 '23 80w 

"Mr. Adcock gives what appear to be accurate 
reproductions of Cockney manners on the level 
which he has chosen, but conveys nothing of 
his own reaction to what he relates. We do not 
feel that he is sympathetic, ironical, amused, 
or even particularly curious or interested; 
sometimes, indeed, it is difficult not to suspect 
him of being bored." 

h The Times [London] Lit Sup p341 My 

17 '23 150w 

ADDINGTON, SARAH. Great adventure of 
Mrs Santa Glaus. 108p il $1.75 Little 

W23-28 
A Christmas story that tells of the Assistant 
Toymakers, of the hunt for the red-headed 
doll which results in a broken leg for Santa 
Claus, and of plucky Mrs Santa Claus who im- 
per.sonates him on Christmas Eve. Her ad- 
ventures end when she visits the little gypsy 
boy who had never before heard of Christmas. 



Reviewed by M. G. Bonner 

Int Bk R p77 O '23 90w 
"A fine story it is, one that should delight 
the child who receives it." Everett McNeil 
+ N Y Times p4 O 14 '23 200w 
"Sarah Addington writes engagingly of some 
well-known and popular personages." M. A. 
McLean 

+ N Y Tribune p31 O 14 '23 80w 

ADDINGTON, SARAH. Pied piper in Pudding 
Lane; being the truth about the Pied piper, 
as Santa, oldest son of Mr and Mrs Claus, 
discovered it before ever he left Pudding 
Lane. 97p il $2 Atlantic monthly 

23-13422 
When Santa Claus was a little boy he lived 

in Pudding Lane, that fascinating realm ruled 



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by old King Cole. When the story opens the 
king was anything but a merry old soul, for 
the Pied piper had absolutely refused to return 
the children of Hamelin. The edict had gone 
forth that the Piper must be found and pun- 
ished, but try as they would, no one could find 
him. One day Santa and Judy, one of the 
children of the old woman who lived in a shoe, 
met the Piper. He showed them the Cave of 
Dehght where he lived with the children of 
Hamelin, and a great collection of beggars and 
orphans. They were fed by a stream called 
the milk of human kindness which grew greater 
when the people of earth were kind. Santa 
and Judy went home and all that summer were 
so kind and thoughtful that when autumn came 
the children of Hamelin returned, riding on the 
stream of the milk of human kindness. 



The legumes; Securing sods; Live stock; Mois- 
ture; Tillage; Commercial fertilizers; Practical 
suggestions; Securing dividends. 



Booklist 20:143 Ja '24 
"A gay book for small children. But I can 
not help wishing that the author would turn 
her attention to new characters, for she writes 
with apparent ease and she has imagination. 
There is something a little confusing about all 
these old characters brought into new sur- 
roundings and mingling together with so much 
community spirit." M. G. Bonner 

-I Int Bk R p62 N '23 60w 

"What small child would not be delighted 
with a book like this?" Everett McNeil 
+ N Y Times p4 O 14 '23 780w 

ADES, ALBERT, and JOSIPOVICI, ALBERT. 

2 Goha the fool; with a preface by Octave Mir- 
beau; auth. translation by Morris Colman. 
347p $2.50 Lieber & Lewis 

23-1806C 
"A tale of 18th century Cairo — a collection of 
coherent episodes, progressively developing the 
life of this poor natural as he bumps against 
the rough sharp corners of Oriental life until 
a rich widow. Orientally ardent, moved by hi.s 
physical attractions, takes him as husband." — 
Springf'd Republican 



"The book offers so much along the way, a 
swarm of vivid, firmly painted flgiu-es; the con- 
viction of reality stamps the whole work; and 
we had better not concern ourselves with petty 
probabilities." C. C. 

4- Freeman 8:407 Ja 2 '24 300w 
"The book of Goha is filled to a remarkable 
extent with the odors and street noises of 
Cairo, and Goha himself is a character not 
unworthy of 'The Arabian Nights.' " 
Lit R pl68 O 20 '23 300w 
Reviewed by Leo Markun 

N Y Tribune p25 O 21 '23 1350w 
" 'Some books,' says Octave Mirbeau, 'achieve 
the miracle of gripping the mind despite the 
clamor of contemporary events. 'Goha the Fool' 
is one of these; it achieves the miracle.' " 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a D 30 '23 300w 

ADMIRE, HARRY F. Progressive typewriting. 
2 207p il $2.20 Macmillan 

652 Typewriting 23-9203 

"Attempts, through the exercises given, to 

teach the use of commercial terms, as well as 

the correct form of all business records and 

correspondence."— Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:532 D '23 

AGEE, ALVA. First steps in farming. 186p il 
$1.50 Harper 

630 Agriculture 23-4527 

The book comes under the Harper's Hand- 
books series edited by W. C. O'Kane. Its 
purpose is to help would-be farmers to decide 
whether they shall take up farming as a career, 
to understand the various phases of their 
undertaking, to find a market for their product, 
and to secure returns on their investment. Con- 
tents: Counting the cost; Finding the right 
farm; What the farm tells us; Crop rotation; 



Boston Transcript p4 Je 27 '23 200w 
"A good book for city people who are con- 
sidering taking up farming. Also useful for 
vocational reading in high schools and colleges. 
The appealing style and simplicity of treat- 
ment are commendable." 

+ Wis Lib Bui 19:157 Je '23 

AGRESTI, OLIVIA ROSSETTl. David Lubin: 
a siudy in practical idealism. 372p $3.50 Little 
B or 92 Lubin, David. International in- 
stitute of agriculture 22-23075 
David Lubin, 1849-1919, came to America a 
poor emigianL boy fiom I'oland, and alter some 
drifting esuiblishtd himself as a prosperous 
merchant in Caliiornia. His experiences de- 
veloped in him a burning desire to help his 
fellow men and he became the prophet ot a 
democracy based on the recognition of the eco- 
nomic and political importance of the small 
land holding farmer. His ideals for interna- 
tional crop reporting, cooperative systems of 
rural credit, stabilization of ocean freight rates 
and promotion of direct marketing found ex- 
pression thru the International institute of 
agriculture in Home to the permanent com- 
mittee of which he was appointed a delegate 
in 1906. The writer of this biography was Mr 
Lubin's secretary and was closely associated 
with him in organizing the Institute. 



Booklist 19:249 M> '23 
Boston Transcript p8 N 18 '22 I200w 
"In spite of blemishes, Signoi-a Agresti's 
sketch of the man and his work is fairly 
thorough and competent, and she has capped 
her services to him as secretary and interpreter 
in a manner that is not without distinction. 
The reader of her pages will find entertainment 
in a hundred human sidelights which have 
necessarily been toned out of this crude, black- 
and-white summary of David Lubin's life." 
L: Mumford 

h Freeman 6:570 F 21 '23 2300w 

"The purity oi Signora Agresti's Knglish and 
the simplicity with which she writes of eco- 
nomics are a constant pleasure. In every 
mental and physical aspect this is a book one 
wants to own." Ernestine Noa 

+ Lit R p413 Ja 27 '23 1150w 
"Few more fascinating stories have appeared 
in recent biography than this." L: Browne 
-|- Nation 116:603 My 23 "23 700w 
Reviewed by S. A. Coblentz 

N Y Tribune p21 F 18 '23 700w 
Outlook 132:624 D 6 '22 60w 
R of Rs 67:223 F '23 50w 
"A long, carefully written book, not light 
reading, but profitable for serious readers." 
Wis Lib Bui 19:23 Ja '23 



Pilgrimage of 



AIKEN, CONRAD POTTER. 

Festus. 75p $1.75 Knopf 

811 23-11507 

The poet conducts Festus on an imaginary 
pilgrimage in the world of himself, thru the 
recesses of his own mind, in an effort to under- 
stand the world and its riddles. From his ex- 
plorations Festus brings nothing conclusive, no 
definite answers to his questions, but a re- 
newed happiness in the beauty and youth of 
the world. He is content to let his questions 
lie unanswered, but his quest goes on. 



"It 



Booklist 20:12 O '23 
moves to a dreainlike and beautiful 



melody and, although it is never surprisingly 
beautiful, it holds to a certain high evenness 
of distinguished phrases. It is essentially at- 
mospheric poetry, always creating a world of 
its own for the reader, a world of dim forests 
and twilight and moonlight. One of its failings 
is that it grows tiresome after a time; the 



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AIKEN, CONRAD POTTER— Continued 

reader wearies with the eternal melancholy fall 
of the syllables." H. S. Gvinian 
-\ Bookm 58:332 N '23 500w 

Reviewed by N. H. Dole 

Boston Transcript p7 N 14 '23 1550w 

"We read on and on, our sensibilities are 
titillated, but we reach no conclusion about 
life, because the author is unable to draw any 
conclusion. "We are still waiting- for Mr. Aiken 
to make use of his considerable talents in the 
construction of a poem not dependent on as- 
sociations of the sentimental order, but in which 
the associations are related in an intellectual 
proportion to each other, coinciding towards a 
mentally-fixed conclusion." J: G. Fletcher 
— + Freeman 8:356 D 19 '23 300w 

Reviewed by C. H. Grant 

Lit R p84 S 29 '23 650w 

"In this most ambitious of all Mr. Aiken's 
poems music is still the medium through which 
the poet speaks and sees. Music, here as be- 
fore, is more than an inspiration for his rhythm; 
it is the creator of his diction, the very source 
of his thought. Mr. Aiken has rendered 'Faust' 
in terms of abstract harmony. For his Festus 
is a kind of Faust." Mark Van Doren 
+ Nation 117:271 S 12 '23 lOSOw 

"The most summary judgment to make of 
the Pilgrimage of Festus is in fact that it 
does not say much and what it does say is 
not said with the greatest possible clarity; but 
that there are decorations of beauty along the 
way which make the journey worth taking." 
H. P. Putnam 

-I New Repub 37:supl8 D 5 '23 980w 

"Once more, with a new perfection of elfin, 
unworldly inusic, Conrad Aiken has recorded 
the futility of man's eternal quest. The dis- 
covery is not particularly novel, indeed. But in 
achieving it he has given us a book packed 
with a rich and memorable beauty, which will 
go far toward proving him, if further proof 
is needed, one of the most gifted and in- 
dividual of American poets." Ted Olson 
+ N Y Tribune pl9 S 2 '23 1500w 

"Mr. Aiken has a real and powerful imagina- 
tion. He walks with sure steps among self- 
shaped fancies of staggering size and difficulty. 
He takes Festus, as he once took Lenlin, 
through a gamut of philosophies and creeds, 
searching for that which will satisfy. His 
conclusion is the old one — that the search is 
worth while for its own sake. This final optim- 
ism is a bit false. 'Festus' should have 
ended, at least, in tragedy." Maxwell Ander- 
son 

H NY World p7e Ag 19 '23 2300w 

AIKEN, MRS EDNAH (ROBINSON). Hinges 

of custom. 385p $2 Dodd 

23-4139 

"Wade Graeme, the hero, is exactly the same 
sort of shy, inarticulate, unappreciated young 
man as Mark Sabre. He too is unhappily mar- 
ried, though in his case the author offers a 
more or less plausible excuse. He was deliber- 
ately trapped into the marriage. The dis- 
covery of his wife's atrocious treachery, which 
dated back to before the wedding, gave him 
strength to break the galling bond. Inciden- 
tally, he was in love with another woman, 
equally ill-matched to a coarse, possessive 
brute. Many complications ensued. The war 
offered him a way out. The author intimates 
that he came back and built up a new life with 
his new love." — N Y Tribune 



Boston Transcript p3 Mr 3 '23 720w 
"Its style has the Jerky, truncate effusiveness 
cultivated at times by May Sinclair and at all 
times by the author of 'If Winter Comes*; and 
the general effect of the story is, if you can 
Imagine it, a sort of Sinclair-Hutchinson blend 
of revolt and sentimentality." H. W. Boynton 

Ind 110:232 Mr 31 '23 280w 

Int Bk R p48 Ag '23 250w 
"I think 'The Hinges of Custom' is a shy 
snowdrop in the wake of Hutchinson's winter. 



Style and subject matter are palely reminis- 
cent throughout. Perhaps those who liked the 
original will like the copy." 

N Y Tribune p22 Mr 11 '23 230w 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p8e F 18 '23 330w 
" 'The Hinges of Custom' contains no word 
of moralizing, nor preachment, though it does 
plumb the depths of despair." 

Springf'd Republican pSa Mr 11 '23 
3G0w 

AIKEN, MRS EDNAH (ROBINSON). If today 

be sweet. 272p $2 Dodd 

23-15160 

This story deals with the present nation-wide 
problem of prohibition enforcement. Beginning 
with the wets' last stand in the California legis- 
lature, it portrays the bitter struggle, after the 
enactment of the law, between the wine-mak- 
ers, the corrupt whiskey ring, and the enforce- 
rnent officers. Tho the latter be earnest, they 
are helpless in the hands of the unknown but 
powerful whiskey "bosses, who even plan 
their raids for them. George Roedel. heretofore 
an advocate of light wines, continues his ex- 
tensive wine-making till a conspiracy to ex- 
pose him unjustly decides his course. And as 
his millions of gallons of wine are being emptied 
into the sea, he feels he has passed the test: 
the test of a man's citizenship in the way he 
treats a law he does not like. The author also 
gives an impartial view of the dry law as seen 
by the foreign grape-pickers who rove up and 
down California with the harvests. 



"This book is one of the less interesting, less 
amusing and less intelligent products of the 
.young generation that are issuing from the co- 
educational colleges of the West." 
— Lit R p265 N 17 '2s 210w 

"There can be no doubt of [Mrs] Aiken's 
abilit.y to write well, for it is very evident that 
she takes a deal of care in her descriptions and 
character analysis. But the book is faulty and 
the chief reason appears to be because it is not 
thoroughlv integrated. It falls apart too easily." 
h N Y Times p9 N 11 '23 450w 

AIKMAN. HENRY G., pseud. See Armstrong, 
H: H. 

AINSLIE, DOUGLAS. Adventures: social and 
literary. 291p il $7 Dutton [21s Unwin] 

B or 92 [23-7140] 

"Douglas Ainslie has always been a bit of 
a cosmopolitan, pleased to think that he is by 
birth a Parisian, though of mixed Scottish and 
Welsh blood. His surname by rights, we are 
reminded, should have been Grant Duff — Sir 
Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff, Indian 
administrator and social diarist, was his uncle — 
but his father took the name of Ainslie Doug- 
las Ainslie on succeeding to Delgaty Castle, 
Aberdeen, and Bleuie in Morayshire. Delgaty 
Castle comes after Paris in Mr. Ainslie's rem- 
iniscences, and the Delgaty ghosts (strongly 
attested) provide an eerie page or two. Then 
by Eton we come to Oxford, to myths of the 
Jowett cycle, and the true tale of the founding 
of the O.U.D.S. Literary society has always 
been Mr. Ainslie's favourite recreation, and a 
chapter on 'Swinburne, Wilde, and Pater' 
gives among other anecdotes a tale of Wilde 
in his last ruined years at Paris. Mr. Ainslie 
saw diplomatic service at Athens, The Hague, 
and Paris, and has a tale to tell of his chief 
at Athens, Sir Edwin Egerton."— The Times 
[London] Lit Sup 



"Mr. Ainslie's adventures are always read- 
able and often entertaining. Of everyone he met 
he has some scrap of conversation or some 
personal detail to record. Though attached 
to numerous embassies, he steers clear of poli- 
tics, distilling. In his desultory wanderings 



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from capital to capital, the pure nectar of per- 
sonal encounters." 

+ New Statesman 20:386 D 30 '22 500w 
N Y World pile O 21 '23 780w 
"Mr Douglas Ainslie lets you know at once 
that his aim is principally to amuse you. We 
do not read much here of the serious business 
of diplomacy; it is plain that belles lettres 
were Mr Ainslie's real passion until in these 
latter days he began as Croce's disciple and 
translator, to scale the severer slopes of meta- 
physics." 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p836 D 
14 '22 850w 

AIRLIE, MABELL FRANCES ELIZABETH 
(GORE) OGILVY, countess of. Lady Palmer- 
ston and her times. 2v $7.50 Doran 

B or 92 Palmerston, Emily Mary (Lamb) 
viscountess. Great Britain — History — lOLh 
century 23-11770 

"Lady Palmerston was the sister of one 
Prime Minister and the wife of another. . . But 
the book is really more personal than political. 
Great issues come into it, of course; the Reform 
Bill, the Corn Laws, and Palmerston' s foreign 
policy. But there are no political discoveries in 
It and no important political letters. The book 
is not politics; it is a different thing, a picture 
Of the lives and characters, the ambitions and 
pleasures, of certain political persons. The 
heroine must herself be called that. For though 
it does not appear that she had any political 
views of importance she was evidently a woman 
who was born to e.xercise all the forms of fem- 
inine influence except those which an honour- 
able woman disdains; and she evidently knew 
it and enjoyed using them, first, so far as she 
could, for Melbourne, and then, supremely and 
triumphantly, for Palmerston." — The rimes 
[lyondon] Lit Sup 



AKELEY, CARL ETHAN. In brightest Africa. 

- 284p il $5 Loubleday 

916.7 Africa, Kast. Hunting— Africa. Go- 
rillas 23-174U'J 
Mr. Akeley, who is connected with the Ameri- 
can museum of natural history, New York city, 
and who has done valuable work in the develop- 
ment of the art of taxidermy, has made sev- 
eral trips to Africa for the study and collection 
of big game. "In brightest Africa" tells of his 
experiences there and especially of his last trip 
which was undertaken for the purpose of study- 
ing the gorilla, securing specimens for the nm- 
seum, and arranging scenic backgrounds for the 
gorilla group. The book tells also of his train- 
ing as a taxidermist and sculptor and its closing 
chapter describes his conception of a great 
African hall in the museum "to perpetuate the 
animal life, the native customs and the scenic 
beauties of Africa." 



"A charming picture of English life and so- 
ciety in the early half of the nineteenth cen- 
tury." E. J. C. 

+ Boston Transcript pi My 12 '23 lOOOw 
Cleveland p62 Jl '23 
"Pedigrees here are not a tree but a forest, 
and as a devout and mature lady of Queen 
Mary's Court, Mabell, Countess of Airlie, to 
whom we owe these careful volumes, supplies 
a footnote to identify every twig. She is dis- 
cretion itself, and not a line issued under her 
editorship, will shock the susceptibilities of 
M-iiesty. But between the line.s there lurk the 
satires of Thackeray." P. W. Wilson 

-1- N Y Times p4 My 13 '23 245aw 
"It is a difficult feat to summon up a vanished 
society and to reconstruct the triumphs of the 
drawing room, and it cannot be said that 
Lady Airlie has been entirely successful in her 
attempt to accomplish it." Esther Murphy 
— NY Tribune pl8 Jl 8 '23 1400w 
"Lady Airlie carries the reticence of the 
biographer to its farthest limits. She never 
gets between us and her subjects. Above all, 
there is no foolish singing of the praises of the 
great days of old or depreciation of the little 
days of the new age. And so we get an easv, 
well-proportioned book. Lady Palmerston had 
no literary pretensions, and obviously had no 
notion of what an excellent letter writer she 
was. She wrote, not to show off her talent, 
but to please herself and her correspondents — 
wrote, that is, about things for which she cared 
and therefore always with vividness and 
charm." J. St L. Strachev 

+ Spec 129:923 D 16 '22 2100w 

"A very pleasant and readable. thouKh not 

very important, book. . . Lady Airlie is her.self 

the author of a great deal of it. and oertainlv 

not of the worst part. Her Introduction, on the 

parallel and the contrast between the world 

that was trying to recover from the war with 

Napoleon and our world which is trying a .■'till 

more difficult recovery to-day. is interestine- 

and indeed admirable. And the last words of 

all. which tell of her grent-erandmother's death. 

will show how simply and how well she writes." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p793 D 7 

'22 1750W 



"We have never read of a more stirring story 
of narrow escapes from death than the en- 
counters with an infuriated elephant and a 
leopard which the author details. Likewise, 
there are few accoimts of African game-hunt- 
ing that bring out the purely human side of 
both hunter and game with equal satisfaction. 
By description and by illustrations the author 
gives the public what appears to be a faithful 
account of his skill." F. P. H. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 N 17 '23 llOOw 

"The volume has much entertaining reminis- 
cence of the author's various trips into the 
African wilderness. There are thrilling accounts 
of a bare-handed fight with a leopard, of the 
charge of an infiu-iated elephant, of a breath- 
less contest with a grass fire, and many other 
adventures, while many pages tell of less dan- 
gerous but hardly less interesting experiences." 
+ N Y Times p2 N 18 '23 660w 

AKINS, ZOE. D6class6e; Daddy's gone a-hunt- 
2 ing; and Greatness — a comedy. 304p $2 Boni 

& Liveright 

812 23-14253 

The first two plays are tragedies, the one a 
society drama, the other a study of contrasted 
temperaments. "Greatness" is a comedy, pro- 
duced in New York as "The Texas night- 
ingale." 



Booklist 20:129 Ja '24 
"Miss Zoe Akins has an indifference to the 
conventional structure of successful playmaking 
which is at once her bulwark and her undoing. 
She never bends completely to the demands of 
her plots, and still she lacks the courage to 
flaunt them entirely. The result is something 
between pure comedy and pure literature." 
L. B. 

Freeman 8:215 N 7 '23 220w 

ALDER, WILLIAM FISHER. Men of the inner 

jungle. 296p il $2.50 Century 

919.11 Borneo — Description and travel. 
Dyaks 23-7135 

The natives described in this account of an 
expedition into the interior of Borneo, are not 
cannibals like the New Guinea natives in the 
author's "Isle of vanishing men." The Dyaks 
are head-hunters, yet kindly; trustworthy after 
their confidence is once gained, but revengeful 
when wronged. The travellers were hospitably 
entertained in their long-houses and allowed to 
take part in their feasts and orgies. The book 
describes in detail their daily round of life. 



"The reason why 'Men of the Inner Jungle' 
seems to us a successful book is because the 
reader too gets into the strange, beautiful, bru- 
tal jungle of Borneo." 

4- Bookm 57:566 Jl '23 80w 
Reviewed by I: Anderson 

Int Bk R p42 Je '23 120w 
"The hook is a spirited narrative of a very 
interesting experience." 

-f N Y Times plO Ap 22 '23 400w 
Reviewed by Edwin Clark 

N Y Tribune p25 S 9 '23 520w 



BOOK REVIEW DIGEST 



ALDER, W: F. — Continued 

"The book abounds in descriptive writing, but 
adds little to our store of knowledge." 
— + N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 40w 
"He has recorded in racy language the sur- 
vivals of many ancient customs which he wit- 
nessed *' 

+ Spec 131:562 O 20 '23 70w 
"A particularly unfortunate example of the 
misuse of rich material." 

— Springf d Republican p6 Je 11 '23 200w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p601 S 13 
•23 llOOw 

ALEXANDER, CHARLES. Fang in the forest. 

244p il $2 Dodd 

23-15296 

The life story of a dog, taken when a puppy 
to live among the Oregon forests. Black Buck's 
master was a miner, and all the dog's loyalty 
went out to him. When a treacherous pros- 
pector killed the miner and shot Black Buck 
in the nose, paralyzing his sense of smell, the 
dog had to forage for himself. By his superior 
intelligence he managed to outwit the other ani- 
mals in the forest and became a great and 
successful hunter, leader of a pack of wolves 
and feared by the few human beings who came 
in contact with him. At various times in his 
career he was temporarily deflected from his 
loneliness to be loyal to some human who had 
chanced to stray into his forest. The experi- 
ence he enjoyed most was the summer he be- 
friended a little boy who had been kidnapped 
and brought to the forest. Black Buck was 
instrumental in saving the boy and tho his 
heart went with the lad he would not follow 
him when he was rescued. So we leave Black 
Buck, huge, unconquerable, and sagacious, 
roaming the forests. 



"This is one of the best dog stories we have 
ever read. Mr. Alexander deserves to be placed 
side by side with the creator of Mowgli and 
the Jungle books. This is high praise. But it 
is not too much praise. The author of 'Fang 
in the Forest' has blended a love of forests 
and mountains with a warm sympathy for the 
four-footed friends, and even enemies, of man. 
He writes his story with such a rush of vitality, 
with such emotional appeal that he wins his 
readers before the tenth page." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 N 7 '23 420w 

"The author knows the Pacific wilds and 
knows animals. He has produced an out- 
standing dog story." Daniel Henderson 
Lit R p233 N 10 '23 120w 

"All grown-ups, as well as boys, who enjoy 
reading of dogs, where a human being inter- 
prets, or pretends to interpret, their innermost 
thoughts and feelings will find in this tale just 
the kind of a story they like. In addition, the 
adventures of Black Biick are sufficiently ex- 
citmg to awaken and hold the interest of almost 
any boy." Everett McNeil 

-h N Y Tribune p24 N 4 '23 lOOw 

Sprlngf'd Republican p9a D 16 '23 220w 

ALEXANDER, DE ALVA STANWOOD. Four 

famous New Yorkers. 488p $4 Holt 

974.7 New York (state)— Politics and gov- 
ernment. Cleveland, Grover. Plait. Tlionias 
Collier. Hill, David Bennett. Roosevelt, 
Theodore 23-9922 

Forming volume four of the author's "Polit- 
ical history of the state of New York," this 
book deals almost exclusively with the political 
careers of Grover Cleveland, Thomas C. Piatt 
David B. Hill, and Theodore Roosevelt The 
political activities of these four men really 
begiin in 1883, when Cleveland and Roosevelt 
cooperated to secure reform legislation and Hill 
;iml Piatt began building political machines 
which controlled New York State politics for 
nearly a _ quarter of a century. During these 
years this state furnished three presidents of 
the United States. 



tions and in its wealth of political anecdotes. 
This material might be used in a scientific 
analysis of political groupings in the state. It 
IS to be regretted that Mr. Alexander has not 
attempted to interpret the events about which 
he has written in the light of recent advances 
that have been made in the social sciences." 
H. F. Gosnell 

H Am Pol Sci R 17:670 N '23 800w 

"It is a detailed but orderly record, abound- 
ing in concise characterizations of men, mea- 
sures, and events, and enlivened by apt bits of 
quotation and unhackneyed anecdotes." R. J. 
Davis 

-I- Lit R pl48 O 20 '23 820w 

"The book is full of drama. It contains all 
the raw material except the love interest for 
the Great American Novel." Silas Bent 
+ N Y Times pll Jl 1 '23 1750w 

"Dr. Alexander's work will constitute a 
valuable record of how things went with the 
Empire State during nearly a quarter of a cen- 
tury of exceptionally absorbing struggles in the 
political arena." 

H NY World pl9 Jl 15 '23 500w 

"Mr. Alexander is at his best in the portrai- 
ture of these great leaders, while at the same 
time he gives a clear and intelligent account 
of their activities in both State and national 
affairs, and traces the effects upon the for- 
tunes of their followers." 

+ R of Rs 68:222 Ag '23 180w 



ALEXANDER, HARTLEY BURR. Nature and 
human nature; essays metaphysical and his- 
torical. 529p $3 Open ct. 

104 Philosophy 23-11340 

A collection of philosophical essays reprinted 
from the Hibbert journal, the International jour- 
nal of ethics, the Journal of philosophy, the 
Monist and other journals. The essays are 
idealistic in tone, reflecting a humanistic phi- 
losophy in search of "that truth which is knowl- 
edge of man's best self and of that wisdom 
which can make of this truth a spiritual helms- 
man." Contents: Of philosophy; Religion and 
race progress; The evolution of ideals; Truth 
and nature; The goodness and beauty of truth; 
Beauty and pain; Epilogue: Wrath and Ruth; 
Human personality; The Socratic Bergson; The 
definition of number; Plato's conception of the 
cosmos; Music and poeti-y; The philosophy of 
tragedy; Art and democracy; Hebraism as a 
mode of philosophy; Apologia pro fide; Index. 



"The essays are for the most part not tech- 
nical and seem well adapted, if not actually 
intended, for the intelligent layman." 
+ Bookm 58:337 N '23 120w 

"A life-time of thinking has gone into all 
of them, the material utilized has been drawn 
from well-nigh every department of human 
knowledge, and the outcoine is a volume which 
will take high rank for its stimulus to the 
reasoning faculty, its insight into the profound- 
est problems of man and the universe, and its 
inculcation of advanced moral and intellectual 

+ Boston Transcript p4 S 19 '23 550w 
Reviewed by C. E. Ayres 

New Repub 37:72 D 12 '23 1200w 
"Well considered and beautifully written 
thoughts." W. C. 

+ N Y Tribune pl8 O 21 '23 lOOw 

ALEXANDER, JEROME. Glue and gelatin. 

(Am. chemical soc. monographs) 230p $3 

Chemical catalog co. 

668.3 Glue. Gelatin 23-5294 

"Considerable attention to theory. A briefer 
treatment than R! H. Bogue's 'Chemistry and 
technology of gelatin and glue.' " — Pittsburgh 
Mo Bui 



"The value of this book lies in its vivid de- 
scriptions of national and state party conven- 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:294 Je '23 



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ALLCUT, EDGAR ALFRED, and KING, 
CHARLES J. Engineering inspection. 187p 
il $5 Van Nostrand [15s Routledge] 

621 Engineering inspection [22-17959] 

"A description of the various principles In- 
volved in the inspection of an engineering job 
from the raw material to the finished article. . . 
Mechanical engineering operations only are de- 
scribed." — Preface 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:293 Je '23 

ALLEN, HENRY TUREMAN. My Rhineland 
journal. 593p il $6 Houghton 

940.48 Germany — Occupation by allies, 1918. 

United States — Army. Reconstruction (Euro; 

pean war) 23-17485 

General Allen was in command of the Am- 
erican armv of occupation in the Rhineland 
from July, 1919. to February, 1923. His journal 
is an intimate diary of events, not strictly con- 
fined to his activities in Coblenz. He made fre- 
quent visits to the different embassies, took 
part in many conferences and interviews, and 
his pages are full of frank comments on men 
and matters of state. The book contributes to 
an understanding of the events now taking 
place in the Ruhr and the development of 
British, French and German policies now in 
action. 



Booklist 20:132 Ja '24 

"His book will not set men's hearts on fire, 
but its 580 well -indexed pages, without notes — 
thank goodness I — together with what may be 
read between the lines, are consistently tonic. 
They should serve as a corrective for those 
who are conscious of a certain astigmatism in 
their views, however detailed, of matters in 
Europe. General Allen offers no patent medi- 
cine and no crystal-gazing prophecies, but 
honest, intelligent, first-hand, well-rounded 
opinions couched in plain language." R. H. 
Allen 

4- Boston Transcript p3 N 10 '23 1200w 

Reviewed by Ferdinand Schevill 

New Repub 37:179 Ja 9 '24 1750w 

"Breezy, cheerful, cordial diary." 

4- N Y Times pi N 18 '23 2000w 
Reviewed by D. C. Seitz 

N Y World p9e N 18 '23 850w 
"An American army officer's work possessing 
unusual freshness, cultivation and charm, at 
once preserving sensitive impressions and re- 
cording facts of historical interest." 

+ Springf'Q Republican p8 N 10 '23 450w 

ALLEN, JAMES LANE. Alabaster box. 64p 
2 $1.25 Harper 

"A brief allegorical tale relating the currents 
of thought and conversation that accompany 
the funeral procession bearing the body of a 
certain kindly old southern gentleman to its 
last resting place. The narrative progresses 
as the somber procession passes, beginning with 
the indifferent driver of the hearse and record- 
ing the moods and comments of the occupants 
of each succeeding coach and carriage as in- 
spired by the funeral sermon preached by the 
new minister in town, who had spoken upon 
the theme of the alabaster box of precious 
ointment. Thus in many colors, from varied 
points of view, a philosophical character sketch 
Is drawn. While the dead man had always 
been gentle and considerate of others, he seems 
to have been actually mourned by only three 
of his fellow townsmen. Some thought his good- 
ness was a sham. Others, including his family, 
wei-e apparently bored by his virtue. A cynic 
argued that one spectacular good deed by a 
wilful waster is more deeply appreciated by 
one's fellow men than the habitually virtuous 
conduct of the constantly faithful." — Springf'd 
Republican 



ALLINGHAM, MARGERY. Black' erchief Dick. 
302p $1.90 Doubleday 

[23-13492] 

This tale of love and piracy and rum-smug- 
gling in seventeenth-century England is written 
by an eighteen-year-old girl and has a lauda- 
tory introduction by William McFee. The scene 
is the old Ship Tavern on Mersea island. Dick 
Delfazio, know as Black'erchief Dick, a Spani- 
ard, is uncannily skilful with his long, thin- 
bladed knife which before the story opens has 
already accounted for many lives. It takes 
many more lives during the course of the story, 
but he uses it once too often when he kills 
little Anny Farran, bar tender at the Ship. A 
few seconds later, the same knife in the hands 
of Anny's friend kills him. With the bodies 
buried and the pirate ship gone, the island life 
goes on as before. 



Int Bk R pl58 Ja '24 390w 

"It is onlv when one comes to examine the 
book, the style and atmosphere of which is so 
similar to Stevenson's great romance, that one 
discovers that the plot itself is little or noth- 
ing, being in reality a sort of character study 
of Dick Delfazio, the Spanish smuggler with 
the mysterious knife, and of that this style 
can tell us nothing. Nevertheless, as it stands, 
'Black'erchief Dick' is a good story and well 
told." 

H Lit R p266 N 17 '23 410w 

"Margery Allingham with her first book has 
earned for herself no mean place in the ranks 
of the writers of romantic adventure. Such 
weaknesses as she displays are clearly those 
of inexperience, and after taking account of 
them large measure of credit remains due her, 
even in view of the fact that she comes of a 
writing family." 

+ N Y Times p9 N 11 '23 250w 

"It is [a story] to please a young rather 
than a grown-up public and so the review 
of one young reader may be quoted — 'it is 
jolly exciting — all about smugglers and buxom 
wenches.' That is on the whole a very fair 
description." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p590 S 
6 '23 250w 



ALLINSON, ANNE CROSBY (EMERY) (MRS 
FRANCIS GREENLEAF ALLINSON). Chil- 
dren of the way. 193p $1.75 Harcourt 

23-12871 

"The nine sketches which make up this vol- 
ume of fiction are all concerned with the early 
Roman converts to Christianity, in the days 
before the new faith had begun to attract the 
attention and incur the antagonism of those in 
power. Its incidents all take place about the 
middle of the first century of the Christian 
era. Paul is a prisoner in Rome, but the little 
bands of his fellow-believers are free to meet 
unmolested in one another's homes and to tell 
their friends about the 'new way' which their 
feet have found. The author has been rather 
skillful in linking the stories together, carrying 
the central people of one sketch on into sub- 
ordinate roles in another and bringing the in- 
cidents of one story to result naturally from 
those of a preceding one." — N Y Times 



"Well written as this story essay is, it fails 
to carry any particular degree of conviction." 

H NY Times p9 N 25 '23 550w 

Springf'd Republican p9a D 16 '23 250w 



"Throughout these stories we remain cold, 
although in 'Not to the Flesh,' Mrs. Allinson 
almost makes us feel the significance of her 
nar.ative." D. F. G. 

h Boston Transcript p5 O 13 '23 600w 

"It is a rare pleasure to come upon fiction 
dealing with the ancient world that is at least 
free from surface anachronisms. The setting 
and background of Mrs. Allinson's tales of first 
century Rome are altogether charming, and one 
feels the accuracy as well as the brilliance of 
the coloring." 

+ Lit R p73 S 22 '23 300w 
N Y Times p7 S 30 '23 350w 



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AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS. 

Significance of the fine arts. 483p il textbook 
ed $3.50; library ed $7.50 Jones, Marshall 

709 Architecture. Art 23-26051 

Ten essays on the arts written for the college 
student and the general reader and published 
under the direction of the Committee on educa- 
tion of the American institiite of architects, in 
their campaign for a better understanding and 
appreciation of the fine arts. Each essay has its 
bibliography and there are 128 illustrations. 
Contents: Classical architecture, by C. H. Walk- 
er; The architecture of the middle ages, by R. 
A. Cram; The renaissance, by H. Van B. Ma- 
gonigle; Modern architecture, by P. P. Cret: 
Sculpture, by Lorado Taft; Painting, by Bryson 
Burroughs; Landscape design, by F. L. Olmsted; 
City planning, by E. H. Bennett; The industrial 
arts, by Huger Elliott; Music, by T: W. Surette. 



charm and deep appreciation he sketches the 
life, the character, the talent, the ideas of thi.s 
prophet of a new society. 



"Told in the simplest fashion, with liberal re- 
sort to history and anecdote, and with lavish em- 
ployment of illustration, the nariative at once 
informs and fascinates. It is the story of the 
romance as well as of the significance of the fine 
arts, and a widespread demand for it by the 
public may be predicted for it in advance." 
B. N. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 F 10 '23 720w 

Cleveland p59 Jl "23 
"A book that may be read with profit by 
persons deeply versed in the arts as a remark- 
able expression of the best trained American 
opinion. How far the book will do its mission- 
ary work in clubs and schools remains to be 
proved." 

H Lit R p915 Ag IS '23 300w 

"The present volume at its best is an abstract 
exhortation to choose the Beautifvil, and at its 
worst is an attempt to build up a public, from 
among the middle and upper classes, for certain 
National Brands in the Fine Arts line. Neither 
at its best nor at its worst does it give a fresh 
breath of thought or a deeper level of insight." 
L: Mumford 

— New Repub 34:supl4 Ap 11 '2.3 2200w 
"It is distinctly helpful and inspiring, the work 
of well-informed specialists who know how to 
put their thoughts in untechnical language." 
+ Outlook 133:411 F 28 '23 llOw 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:248 My '23 

AMES, JOSEPH BUSHNELL. Man from 
Painted Post. 336p $1.75 Century 

23-12968 
Dirk Drummond, cowboy, inherits a legacy 
which opens his way to buying a ranch and 
winning his girl. But Jed Hanby, a ranchei- 
with an unsavoury past and an unscrupulous 
present, seeks the same ends and is helped 
in his frame-ups of Dirk by numerous followers. 
Except during short intervals, Dirk is continu- 
ally pursued either by Hanby's men or the 
sheriff, but manages to outwit them both in 
brains and gun-play. While Mrs Foulkes, a 
shrewd old ranchwoman, is completing final ar- 
rangements for the sale of a ranch just before 
Dirk's option on it expires, he is rescuing the 
girl from Hanby in the nick of time. With his 
enemies dead or successfully cowed. Dirk is 
ready to start life with his girl and his ranch. 



"This is an entertaining novel. The charac- 
ter drawing is not good. But in the wide 
open spaces who cares about nuances." 

H Boston Transcript p4 D 1 '23 300w 

"It is a most interesting story, one of the 
best Mr. Ames has written." 

+ Lit R pl32 O 13 '23 llOw 

N Y Times p24 D 16 '23 330w 

AMIEL, HENRI FREDERIC. Jean Jacques 
Rousseau; tr. by Van Wyck Brooks. 94p $1 
Huebsch 

B or 92 Rousseau, Jean Jacques 23-816 
The author of the "Journal intime" delivered 
this discourse on the occasion of the commem- 
oration of the one-hundredth anniversary o( 
Rousseau's death. With brevity, with literary 



Booklist 19:220 Ap '23 
Bookm 57:224 Ap '23 120w 
Boston Transcript p6 Ja 6 '23 320w 
"Amiel's 'enumeration of the positive claims 
of the Genevese philosopher' has a very timely 
interest." 

+ Dial 74:313 Mr '23 160w 
+ Nation 116:703 Je 13 '23 130w 
"As a study of the career of Rousseau, the 
influence of his ideas in subsequent philosophic 
thought and the relation of those ideas to 
modern intellectual life, the essay is exceed- 
ingly valuable." 

+ Outlook 133:630 Ap 4 '23 150w 
"Mr. Brooks has made it an English essay 
of literary charm." 

+ Survey 50:458 Jl 15 '23 60w 

AMINOFF, LEONIE, baroness. Ambition. 
310p $2 Dutton 

23-17722 

"Third in the 'Torchlight' series of Napole- 
onic romances, 'Ambition' begins where 'Love' 
left off, with the marriage of Napoleon and 
Josephine. The period it covers is that of the 
few months intervening between this event 
and the day she joined him at Milan, which 
he had entered a conqueror. We see him making 
ardent love to the somewhat bored Josephine, 
writing lengthy and frequent letters to her and 
impatiently awaiting the answers, which came 
so very seldom. See him, too, visiting his mother 
at her home in Marseilles and get glimpses of 
him as he turned the 'Army of Italy' into a 
genuine fighting force, supervising everything, 
attending to everything, sampling the soldiers' 
food, bringing order out of chaos, and some de- 
gree of comfort to the much -tried troops, Junot 
and Murat, 'yellow-coated' Tallien and beauti- 
ful Madame Tallien, Talleyrand and many other 
historical figures appear at various times and 
for various lengths of time." — N Y Times 



"L^onie Aminoff has her own individual way 
of telling her story. There are times when we 
think this way is distinctly mannered. There 
is danger in her manner just as there is dan- 
ger in any too noticeable style. It will serve 
her ill in the long run if she allows it to ob- 
struct her story, for it is well at all times for 
the novelist to remember that in very truth 
the story is the thing. A certain amount of 
reality is obtained by the richness of her fabric, 
but this is most easily overdone. There are 
moments when she comes close to overdoing 
it in thi.s story, when in her discursiveness she 
wanders very far from her theme." D. L. M. 
— + Boston Transcript p2 Ag 11 '23 llOOw 

"One wonders if the laay has been eating 
hasheesh. And one hesitates to descend to such 
trivial criticism. We venture to predict that if 
the series of Napoleonic romances is continued 
in the same vein, the volumes will be read with 
eagerness — to see what the Baroness will say 
next!" D: S. Muzzey 

— Lit R p923 Ag 25 '23 850w 
"Unfortunately, the book is greatly injured 

by the author's delight in anecdotes which have 
nothing to do with the story. All of which, 
though the author seems to regard it as a 
display of cleverness, is very dull, very tedious, 
and draws the book out to an unconscionable 
length." 

— NY Times pl7 Ag 5 '23 480w 
"Positively, this is too bad. It's like being 

shown over a historic palace by an obtrusive, 
giggling guide who wants you to admire her 
new hat or listen to the latest cute saying of 
her infant prodigy, just when you are recaptur- 
ing an evasive illusion of bygone splendors, 
l.sabcl Paterson 

— NY Tribune p22 Ag 5 '23 750w 
N Y World p8e Jl 29 '23 550w 



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"The author seems much more interested in 
her own ideas than she is in anything else, and 
her book is unimportant and tedious." 

— Springf'd Republican p9a S 9 '23 150w 

ANDERSON, ADELAIDE MARY. Women in 
the factory; an administrative adventure, 
1893 to 1921. 316p $3 Button [7s 6d Murray] 

331.4 Woman — Employment 
"This book tells the story of the woman 
inspectorate of factories and workshops from 
its beginning in 1893, when the first women in- 
spectors . . . made their first inspection, until 
the year 1921, when thirty women inspectors 
saw the fruits of the work of their branch, not 
only in greatly developed protection for the 
woman worker, but also in her own increased 
capacity to help herself." — Foreword by Vis- 
count Cave 



"She writes optimistically of the gain to in- 
dustrial women from wartime experience. It 
may be regretted that the author, who gives 
a clear exposition of the advantages gained for 
industrial women by the various amendments 
of the Factory and Truck Acts, does not com- 
plete her work by a final chapter stating where 
the present code falls short, in her opinion, of 
the desirable minimum." M. W. 

New Statesman 20:364 D 23 '22 400w 

Reviewed by R. C. Feld 

N Y Times p8 Mr 4 '23 720w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:285 Je '23 

Reviewed by Mary La Dame 

Survey 49:806 Mr 15 .'23 500w 



ANDERSON, NELS. The hobo; the sociology 
of the homeless man; a study prepared for 
the Chicago council of social agencies under 
the direction of the Committee on homeless 
men. 302p $2.50 Univ. of Chicago press [12s 
6d Cambridge univ. press] 
339 Tramps. Chicago — Social conditions 

23-10481 
The book is a study of the homeless men and 
migratory workers of Chicago. They are shown 
in their own habitat, among the social sur- 
roundings which they have created for them- 
selves and with their own economic, social and 
political institutions. The districts where they 
concentrate are described, their camp>s or 
jungles on the outskirts of the city, their 
restaurants and stores, their ways of "getting 
by," the reasons why they leave home, the 
occupations they seek, their health conditions, 
reading, and social and welfare organizations. 
There is a chapter on their songs and ballads 
and one on the personalities of "Hobohemia." 



"It is written in a direct, straightforward 
style that gives an impression of sincerity and 
authority." A. J. Todd 

+ Am J Soc 29:238 S '23 600w 
Booklist 20:38 N '23 
"The book is the product of a well balanced 
observation — a splendid sequel to the work 
started by Carleton Parker." 

+ Bookm 57:649 Ag '23 250w 
Cleveland p69 S '23 
"Though his book is rather badly done from 
a literary point of view, he has been accurate 
as well as fair and sympathetic in his presen- 
tation of the life of the tramp and the tramp's 
point of view." Harry Kemp 

H New Repub 35:364 Ag 22 '23 1650w 

"A dispassionate but sympathetically under- 
standing survey of the homeless man. Mr. 
Anderson's own attitude toward his subject is 
humane and tolerant, even sympathetic, but 
he is never emotional, never anything but the 
scientist studying the characteristics of a 
species." 

+ N Y Times p21 Je 24 '23 320w 

Springf'd Republican pl4 Je 29 '23 650w 



ANDERSON, SHERWOOD. Horses and men. 

347p $2 Huebsch 

Of these "tales, long and short, from our 
American life," three at least are short novels. 
The appreciation of Theodore Dreiser forms 
the book's dedication. "I'm a fool" and "The 
man who became a woman" are stories of the 
turf. "Unused" reveals the psychological ef- 
fect upon a young girl of an unfortunate sex 
experience. "The sad horn blowers" is a tale 
of the loneliness of a young boy who had gone 
away from home to work in a factory. The 
other stories are: The triumph of a modern; 
A Chicago Hamlet; Milk bottles; The man's 
story; An Ohio pagan. 



Boston Transcript p4 D 19 '23 410w 
"Mr. Anderson is attempting — more or less 
unconsciously, no doubt — to fill the role of a 
kind of bardic poet; to put into simple and 
beautiful forms the vague and troubling pains 
of a bewildered people, lo personalize a rather 
mechanical life, to give new values to a world 
that has discarded its old ones as invalid. And 
that, as the teller of 'The Man's Story' says, 
'is I suppose what poetry is all about.' " 
Newton Arvin 

+ Freeman 8:307 D 5 '23 1500w 
"Mr. Anderson is a master of words, and he 
is a music master as well, for he can make 
words hum and sing. I never read him with- 
out being reminded of Walter Pater. Scarcely 
could two writers be more unlike, but they both 
succeed in making their prose flow to a 
murmurous melody like that of a rippling 
brook. In none of his other books has Mr. 
Anderson shown such consummate mastery of 
the inevitable word as in these tales, long and 
short, from our American life; and in none 
has he so successfully displayed his musical 
prose." Joseph Collins 

+ Int Bk R p42 D "23 750w 
"One is forced to admit in closing this vol- 
ume that the stories are if anything below 
the level of those included in his two former 
collections. One still awaits from this interest- 
ing author that complete and perfect story 
which his potentialities are constantly suggest- 
ing yet which never seems quite to materialize." 
Alyse Gregory 

h Lit R p333 D 8 '23 900w 

"There is nothing in Horses and Men half- 
way as good as I Want to Know Why or 
The Triumph of the Egg, yet these stories 
are a partial recovery from the heavy, fum- 
bling agony of Many Marriages. Mr. Anderson 
continues, with crude instruments and painful 
zeal, to work at his unreclaimed land, a fas- 
cinating, mysterious place, but a marsh none 
the less." Robert Littell 

— New Repub 37:99 D 19 '23 470w 
"The prim, the pretty, the idyllic, is not Mr. 
Anderson's province. His narratives are told 
by unlettered men in unfettered language. 
They are cross sections through a life that can 
be a very ugly and a very terrible affair." 
N Y Times p7 N 25 '23 1450w 
"The book contains Anderson's work at his 
best, or next best, and at his worst, his earlier 
and his maturer work. It indicates his limita- 
tions — limitations of form and clarity which it 
seems he will never transcend, and it indicates 
his power, which is certainly that of intuitive 
genius, the like of which is not to be found 
among any of the contemporary writers." 
Burton Rascoe 

^ NY Tribune p20 N 25 '23 200w 



ANDERSON, SHERWOOD. 

264p $2 Huebsch 



Many marriages. 
23-7319 



"There was a man named Webster. . . 
The incidents in the story are few. This 
Webster, a respectable manufacturer, in a 
small industrial town, on the threshold of 
middle-age, with a sudden about-face changes 
his entire life, makes love to his secretary 
and goes away with her, turning his back 
upon his business and, before his departure, 
elaborately staging an extraordinary parting 
from his wife and daughter. The whole is 



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ANDERSON, SHERWOOD— Continwed 

symbolic ot needed changes in our social struc- 
ture- — "the tearing down of walls and the tak- 
ing- ot people out of prisons" — of the living 
death of most people: of the body as the house 
of life within which is a deep well full of dark 
and hidden things held down by a heavy iron lid 
that must be torn open. Webster's cogitations 
fill the book and the author forestalls the 
verdict of the conventional reader by allowing 
his hero frequently to doubt his own sanity. 



"It is all neatly told. There is meaning to 
it — good psychological probing — and a sustained 
story interest. He has turned a searching eye 
into a bit of puritanism that should be des- 
troyed. It may shock some, but we feel cer- 
tain that you will enjoy it immensely." P. N. 
Stone 

+ Bookm 57:210 Ap '23 400w 

"A crudely conceived, a crudely constructed, 
crudely written story. It has not even the 
redeeming feature of a style that might make it 
readable. Its author is neither original nor 
successfully imitative." 

— Boston Transcript p6 Mr 7 '23 230w 
"For all the feebleness, even flabbiness, of 

the texture of Many Marriages it is not wholly 
devoid of the strange impressiveness which one 
feels in all Mr Anderson's work." Edmund Wil- 
son, Jr. 

H Dial 74:400 Ap '23 llOOw 

"Without being at all pornographic or 
obscene, it is the most clearly and completely 
immoral book that one can well imagine. I use 
the word 'immoral' with the conventional re- 
striction of its sense to a deviation from the 
commonly accepted code governing relations be- 
tween the sexes." G. W. J. 

Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p24 My 
13 '23 780w 

Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

ind 110:232 Mr 31 '23 600w 

"It is a rather terrible story, sordid in some 
of its details, almost unbearably literal in more, 
shocking also, though the mystic fervor of the 
writer makes a charge ot indecency irrelevant. 
. . A remarkable novel. It is remarkable as 
mere story, if it is possible to consider the 
story alone in a book under which Hows a 
broad stream of reverie and mystical interpreta- 
tion. It is remarkable for its style, which 
has the simplicity of great writing, and is 
beautiful in its plainness." II: S. Oanby 
-H Lit R p483 F 24 '23 1750w 

"The anguish and intensity behind the book 
have warped the story. Mr. Anderson has 
sought to make his fable at once real and 
symbolical. But, like Dreiser, he has no fe- 
licity of vision or of touch. He lapses into 
needless excesses of speech and episode. His 
symbols are grotesque, unconsciously grotesque. 
They have no inevitable fitness and so no 
carrying power. It is only the author's terrible 
earnestness that saves the strange and con- 
fused things from utter absurdity and futility." 

' — + Nation 116:368 Mr 28 '23 950w 
"It isn't a novel, it isn't much concerned with 
people, or things, and the complex combination 
of the two that make life, but with one thing 
only, the truth about sex. It is not a chase 
after truth in the open, hounds after hare. It 
is a crawling after truth in caverns, tunnels 
and mine chambers, a slow, stooping, agonizing 
search in all but darkness." Robert I^ittell 

New Repub 34:.sup6 Ap 11 '23 2600w 
N Y Times plO F 25 '23 880w 
" 'Many Marriages' is a soliloquy; and it is 
the very soliloquizing that gets Mr. Anderson 
into difficulties as an artist. The sermonizing 
of this story is too patent. The story is one 
on which Mr. Anderson has rung probably too 
many changes, i.e., one about a man who leaves 
his wife for another woman." Burton Rascoe 

— NY Tribune pl7 F 25 '23 1200w 

"A stirring, beautiful and muddled book. 
There is a certain futility in the book in 



spite of its brave honesty. The chief character 
remains a little aloof." Heywood Broun 

-1 NY World p6e F 25 '2'i GGUw 

"Of course, Mr. Anderson has an idea. He 
wants to express something about freedom, 
companionship, the beauty and mystery of the 
human body as the vehicle and expression of 
love. But these are simple things, and you 
cannot express simplicity by being afraid to 
be simple." Gerald Gould 

— Sat R 136:281 S 8 '23 470w 

"The essential ugliness oi the conception is 
imparced to the style; the writing for the most 
part is angular and uninspired. It is perhaps 
well for Mr Anderson to have divested his mind 
of this great burden of abnormality. Hereafter 
he may return to life. If he does not, he will 
soon be writing only for the population of mad- 
houses." 

— Springf d Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 180w 

ANDERTON, BASIL. Sketches from a library 

window. 182p $3 Appleton 

824 Literature [23-8906] 

With the exception of In Northumbrian sun- 
shine, which is a description of English scenery, 
this collection ot scholarly essays presents some 
quaint excursions into the held of literature. 
The first two concern themselves with Justus 
Liipsius, a stoic of the sixteenth century, giv- 
ing a translation of a portion of one of his 
books, "De constantia," some account of his 
life, an outline of his manual on stoicism and 
of his attitude towards Seneca. The other 
essays are: The lure of translation; A gour- 
mand's breviary; A Newcastle seaman 100 years 
ago: Nature and human nature (a study of 
Wordsworth); Sir Thomas Browne; Index. 



Boston Transcript p5 Je 2 '23 260w 
'■This book is varied in its contents. . . the 
work of a taster who has a refined palate for 
the good things of literature." 

-I- New Statesman 20:184 N 11 '22 600w 
"A book of papers which are at once readable 
and highly scholarly. Anderton displays all the 
erudition, especially in the classics, which one 
expects of the holder of the master's degree 
from an English university." 

-f N Y Times p9 Ap 29 '23 140w 
"Mr. Anderton is at his best in recounting his 
discoveries in the by-ways of literature. When 
he takes to literary criticism he is not success- 
ful; the essay on W^ords worth is commonplace, 
and that on Sir Thomas Browne overloaded 
with not very competent technical analysis." 

-I Spec 129:565 O 21 '22 180w 

"These eight essays are worthy and charac- 
teristic of a scholarly librarian." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p618 S 
28 '22 150w 

ANDREIEFF, LEONID NIKOLAEVICH. 

Anathema; a tragedy in seven scenes; auth. 

tr. by Herman Bernstein. 211p $1.50 Mac- 

millan 
891.72 

In this dramatic allegory the spirit of inquiry 
is represented as the Evil one, Anathema. He 
assails the silent guardian of the gates of 
eternity behind which dwells the beginning of 
everything, the supreme wisdom of the uni- 
verse. He tries by every possible means to 
induce the guardian to afford him a glimpse of 
eternity; failing to move him he casts dice for 
a human being to use as a tool to attain his 
ends. The choice falls upon David Leizer, a 
poor foolish old Jew, whose own extreme need 
and boundless love for suffering humanity he 
uses to elicit a sign from the nameless power. 
In the end a cryptic answer from the guardian 
assures Anathema of the hopelessness of his 
quest and the curtain falls upon his diabolic 
laughter. 



"Whatever he wrote he deemed equally ex- 
cellent. Like Midas, he transformed into gold 
whatever he touched— but the gold was of very 



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inferior quality. This is why his work fades so 
rapidly — half of what he wrote sounds childish 
now, almost like a parody." Isadore Lhevinne 
— Lit R p622 Ap 21 '23 1200w 

ANDREWS, WILLIAM, and LANG, ELSIE M. 

Old English towns. 438p il $4-50 Stokes 

[18s T. W. Laurie] 
914.2 England — Description and travel 

"In this group of forty-three sketches, part 
written by Mr. Andrews, part by Miss Lang, 
a comprehensive survey is made of various 
important towns of England. The story of 
each town is given from its earliest known 
origin. Its buildings are described. And many 
an anecdote is told re-vivifying certain pic- 
turesque phases of the old-time social life of 
each, as it was developed through the cen- 
turies under the protection of castle, cathedral, 
monastic house and royal patronage. These 
anecdotes — flashlights of history — reveal per- 
sons and periods in the same relative way as 
at the Tercentenary pageants in Plymouth of 
New England." — Boston Transcript 



Boston Transcript p3 N 10 '23 300w 
"Any writer will feel handicapped if he tries 
to indicate the whole story in each case. He 
must either treat a few aspects so that they 
form a coherent picture, or tell of many 
things, and so continually bombard the imagina- 
tion with individual facts. Mr. Andrews, in 
the first part of the book, leans to the latter 
course. It is not without compensation, allow- 
ing the introduction of a variet.v of items 
which have an appeal for their sidelight on 
the history of human quaintness; nevertheless, 
it makes transitions awkward and does not 
lend to an easy and light reading. Miss Lang, 
in the second part, works more successfully 
and weaves many threads neatly into her 
smoothly-knitted narrative." P. V. Morley 

H Lit R p237 N 10 '23 420w 

"Those who are interested in gossip about 
the past will undoubtedly find some interest- 
ing accounts of local custom and tradition 
scattered through these four hundred pages, 
but the manner in which this knowledge is 
imparted is commonplace." 

— + New Statesman 21:504 Ag 4 '23 650w 

ANGELL, NORMAN, pseud. (RALPH NOR- 
MAN ANGELL LANE). If Britain is to live. 
175p $1.50 Putnam [2s 6d Nisbet[ 
327 International law and relations. Great 
Britain — B^oreign relations. Economic policy 

23-5G06 
Applying principles similar to those which he 
has outlined in previous books, the author warns 
Britain that if she is to live and maintain her 
population, she must set herself to correct cer- 
tain inistakes of the past and must take her 
share of the cost and risk of placing international 
relations on a new and secure basis. The chief 
obstacles to be overcome, political frontiers, cus- 
toms barriers, cotnpeting armaments and the 
like, are the inevitable outcome of the national- 
ist organization of Europe. The discussion is 
chiefly concerned with the probleiri of economics 
and the author urges a foreign policy which shall 
substitute for the haphazard system of the past 
one based upon the principles of economic inter- 
nationalism. 



Reviewed by E. M. Patterson 

Ann Am Acad 108:226 Jl '23 550w 
"A book that should be read by everyone who 
desires a clear, concise, thoughtful, and acute 
statement of the problems confronting Europe 
today." 

+ Bookm 57:466 Je '23 ISOw 

Boston Transcript p2 Ap 14 '23 1250w 
Cleveland p44 Je '23 
Reviewed by M. A. White 

Int Bk R p61 Ag '23 70w 
"Little books like this should not be bound in 
cloth as if intended for library shelves. They 
should be paper-covered, sold at a quarter at 
most, on the railwav news-stands." L. S. G. 
Nation 116:sup444 Ap 11 '23 350w 



"The situation of Europe is serious. But no 
good is done by announcing more wolves than 
there are. This book is written to the British. 
It is called a 'challenge to complacency.' In 
reality it reads like a sermon to the converted." 
P. W. Wilson 

N Y Times p4 Ap 1 '23 2050w 
Reviewed by S. A. Coblentz 

N Y Tribune p30 My 13 '23 650w 
"Mr. Angell errs, as do so many, in under- 
valuing the effect of mental and spiritual forces 
even upon commerce and economics." J. L. H. 
— NY World p6e My 27 '23 720w 
"Mr. Angell's new book was written for the 
Briti.sh public without thought of American pub- 
lication. American readers will find in it, how- 
ever, an impressive statement of the argument 
against national isolation. While the author 
does not appeal directly to America, he offers 
facts which sooner or later must be taken into 
account by America in reaching her own deci- 
sions as to national action." 

R of Rs 67:446 Ap '23 130w 
"A clear, forcible and attractive exposition of 
the international situation as it conlronts this 
country to-day. We recommend it both for the 
pleasuie its witty pages can give and for its 
clear display of the needs of the hour." 
+ Spec 130:410 Mr 10 '23 720w 
"As always, Mr. Angell presents his argu- 
ments clearly and interestingly." 

+ Survey 50:supl02 My 1 '23 130w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p63 Ja 25 
'23 60w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:407 Jl '23 

ARCHER, WILLIAM. Old drama and the new; 
an essay in re -valuation. 396p $3 Small 

822.09 English drama — History and criti- 
cism 23-5545 
"Mr. Archer's thesis is that we are living in 
the midst of a great period of English dramatic 
authorship, a period that has been rendered 
illustrious by the creative compositions of such 
dramatists as Pinero, Jones, Barrie, Shaw, 
Barker, Galsworthy, and several others, and 
that this period has already produced a truer 
and a finer contribution to dramatic art than 
any previous period in the history of the Eng- 
lish theatre, not excepting the Restoration, nor 
even the Elizabethan age. . . He stoutly and 
relentlesslv attacks the most highly reputed of 
the Elizabethan dramatists— Webster and Ford 
and Fletcher and Tourneur and Middleton and 
Jonson — and intelligently argues that the best 
of them was not worthy to tie the shoe strmgs 
of Sir Arthur Pinero." — Lit R 



Dial 75:99 Jl '23 200w 
"These lectures make stimulating reading, 
since they challenge accepted judgments and in- 
vite controversy. For my part. I rejoice ui Mj;; 
Archer's assaults upon 'The Duchess of Malfi 
and the rest of that tribe of dull and dreary 
dramas. But I am not so sure that he is not 
wasting ammunition on straw men. W. f. 

^ °'V Freeman 7:355 Je 20 '23 1300w 
"Not only the best of his books but the most 
important study of the development of the 
English drama vet undertaken by anybody, it 
is the whole story which Mr. Archer has now 
told succinctly from the predecessors of Shake- 
speare to the rise and fall of the Irish theater. 
Brander Matthews 

+ Int Bk R p36 Ap '23 2500w 
"Mr Archer's book is sane and scholarly, and 
his argument is intelligent, disinterested, and 
dispassionate; but his dialectics are ]ust as 
destructive to long established critical opinions 
as Huxley's sweetly reasonable Preachments 
were destructive to the long-established re- 
ligious dogmas that were still current in his 
time." Clayton Hamilton 

+ Lit R p643 Ap 28 '23 1750w 

Reviewed by Stark Young m^n^r 

New Repub 35:78 Je 13 '23 1050w 

"Mr. Archer finishes his book with an exor- 
dium not to jeer at living lions while we bow 
down and worship dead dogs. lS.ow. theie is 



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ARCHER, WILLIAM — Continued 
no reason on earth why Mr. Archer should not 
enjoy his contemporaries to this extent, nor 
yet why he should not hate so many beautiful 
and amusing things. It is a little unjust of 
him, perhaps to suggest that those of us who 
love the earlier dramatists do so merely out 
of an affection for filth, but even that would 
pass. What one does not like is the thought 
of those teachers. Are they going to pass all 
this on to their pupils?" R. W. 

— New Statesman 22:52 O 20 '23 1300w 

" 'The Old Drama and the New' is one of the 
most delightful books on drama that may be 
read (it is compact with quaint twists of 
thought and a most felicitous style)." H. S. 
Gorman 

+ N Y Times p8 Mr 18 "23 1500w 

"Why spare a man who writes a first-rate 
melodrama such as 'The Green Goddess' to 
compile such a tiresome tome? This book is 
published in uniformity with Mr. Archer's ex- 
cellent 'Play-Making' but it is not worthy of a 
place on the same shelf. The only things in 
the book that make it valuable for the student 
are the discussions of the Knglish dramatists 
who wrote bad plays in the interval between 
Sheridan and Pinero, and they are for the blue- 
stocking of the closet drama and not for those 
keenly alive to the theatre of to-day." L. S. 

h N Y World p8e Mr 18 "23 420w 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:301 Je '23 

"His series of lectures simply develops the 
sound, well-reasoned synopsis of the theatre 
which one would expect them to contain. In 
essentials, and excluding the detailed examina- 
tion (mostly destructive) of a large number of 
scenes from secondary playwrights of the vari- 
ous periods, the book is read before it is opened, 
but it is none the worse for that." 
H Sat R 135:774 Je 9 '23 620w 

"William Archer devotes the greater part of 
his space to telling us what he doesn't like in 
the old drama. There is then little opportunity 
left for showing what he does like in the new. 
These lectures are more valuable as controversy 
than as history or criticism, but they supply 
not a little material for those who desire to 
argue about the Elizabethan or Restoration 
drama." 

h Sprlngf d Republican pl4 Ap 6 23 

880w 

"Mr. Archer is the champion of the realistic 
drama, and no one will quarrel with him for 
that: the trouble is that he feels bound to prove 
his loyalty by trying to overthrow other kinds 
of play. . . His book is instructive even when 
least "convincing, by the sharpness and force 
with which it defines the issues." 

— ^_ The Times [London] Lit Sup p383 Je 
7 '23 loOOw 
Theatre Arts M 7:348 O '23 220w 

ARDEN, CLIVE. Sinners in heaven. 352p $2 
Bobb.s [7s 6d L. Parsons] 

23-13010 

"The romance of a stranded English youth 
and maid who find impulses of love stealing 
upon their solitude for two into which they 
have fallen, in Australian desert places with 
the wreck of a voyaging air-plane. The story 
involves a wedding in the sight of God, a 
pretty scandal when Barbara Stockley is res- 
cued from wild men and other perils and re- 
turns to grimly Puritan Darbury and the dis- 
comfiture of young Hugh Rochdale, to whom 
Barbara has been engaged before her fateful 
flight with Alan Croft."— N Y World 



"The story is agreeably and competently writ- 
ten, though without any particular distinction 
or insight. The scenes of English village life 
are a good deal better than those laid on the 
Pacific island. As far as mere craftsmanship 
is concerned it is a creditable first novel." 
H Boston Transcript p5 O 20 '23 260w 

"Through all the indisputable nonsense of this 
book the writer seems to be grasping sincerely 
enough at an idea. It is an excellent idea. But 
that doesn't alter the fact that the present 
materialization of it is pretty bad, because in 



working it out the writer has found nothing 
better to do than to fall back on the old fa- 
miliar desert island stuff." 

1- Lit R pll4 O 6 '23 300w 

Reviewed by Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 21:144 My 12 '23 340w 
"On the whole, the novel is creditably written. 
It maintains the interest from beginning to 
end; it depicts the atmosphere of the English 
small town with reality, and that of the island 
with vividness." 

+ N Y Times pl6 D 9 '23 SOOw 
"The narrative could be read with complete 
enjoyment by persons not at all interested in 
either ethical or literary problems. It is not, 
in fact, an ultra-literary product; there are no 
Conradian overtones and nuances, no subtleties 
of diction or character drawing. There is a 
crudely lush quality in some of the love scenes 
which probably betokens the 'prentice hand. 
But the viewpoint is fresh and the zeal of the 
author never flags." Isabel Paterson 

+ N Y Tribune p22 O 7 '23 llOOw 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World plOe O 7 '23 120w 
"It is an agreeable if rather commonplace 
piece of story-telling, unmarked by any par- 
ticular originality." 

-+- — The Times [London] Lit Sup p305 My 
3 '23 250w 

ARLEN, MICHAEL, pseud. See Kuyumjian, D. 

ARMSTRONG, HAROLD HUNTER (HENRY 
G. AIKMAN, pseud.). Red-blood. 479p ?2 
Harper 

23-12450 
The dominant trait in Wellington Dennison 
McNicol was his will to power, spurred on 
by the taint of illegitimacy. Born in a small 
Canadian village and having achieved a medi- 
cal education by dint of his mother's small 
savings and self-denials, he resolves to marry 
the richest and prettiest girl in town and to 
become a great man. His partial success with 
both resolutions is recorded in the story. He 
does not marry Jenny Gough but her weaker 
reflection, her sister Lessie. His road to em- 
inence is an arduous one. Achieving great 
riches after years of struggle, without the 
greatness that he craves, he goes into politics. 
There too after a term as mayor of the city 
of Detroit, his star of greatness wanes. His 
domestic life is without glamor and his child- 
ren are a disappointment to him. His end is 
a lonely and pathetic one. This mixture of 
failure and success is shown to grow out of 
a duality in his nature. Underneath his ruth- 
less selfishness is the softer strain of the senti- 
mental Celt. Puritanical ideals, intrinsic 
honesty, something soft deep down, contradict- 
ing the hardness of his actions, interfere with 
the ultimate goal of his ambitions. 



"It reminds one of Dreiser and of Sinclair 
Lewis. Not so well written as 'Babbitt,' not so 
largely conceived as 'The Financier,' the book 
yet represents solid achievement in American 
fiction writing." J. F. 

-j Bookm 58:321 N '23 220w 

"A remarkably well written bit of fictitious 
biography. Of an interesting character in a 
changeful period Mr. Armstrong has made an 
absorbing story." S. L. R. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 S 15 '23 550w 

Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 111:172 O 13 '23 llOOw 

"Mr. Armstrong's pictui-e is so harsh that 
some strokes suggest caricature. As a con- 
sequence, the novel lacks integration." Allan 
Nevins 

h Lit R P279 N 24 '23 650w 

"As in Mr Armstrong's earlier novel, Zell, we 
are chiefly conscious of the mass of raw mate- 
rial, of real experience. But the leading char- 
acter does not integrate it. The magnate 
whose financial, social and political adventures 
we follow in the last half of the book is not 



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the young doctor wh6m we know In the first 
half." 

— New Repub 36:188 O 10 "23 150w 

"Skillfully wrought character study. In his 
central character, Mr. Armstrong has made a 
figure of genuine appeal." 

-i- N Y Times pl4 S 9 '23 660w 

"Mr. Armstrong seems more conscious of his 
obligation to his central character than to his 
reader. Detail after detail is set down with 
a painstaking effort to be honest in his char- 
acterization. In the end the book wins the 
reader by the power and flow of its theme, 
but the reader is ignored completely. The 
veteran novel reader, who likes them long and 
filled with characters, can find sanctuary from 
the sophisticates in this book." Laurence 
Stallings 

+ N Y World p9 N 19 '23 820w 

ARMSTRONG, MARTIN. Puppet show. 153p 

$2 Brentano's 

"This is a collection of little sketches. Each 
is concerned with some particular trait of char- 
acter or phase of life." — N Y Tribune 

Dial 75:301 S '23 80w 

"It seems to me the most interesting first 
book of fiction that has appeared for a long 
time." M. L. Franklin 

+ Ind 111:141 S 29 '23 400w 

"Written with a firm touch, an able command 
of the sul)ject-matter, and a fluent and dis- 
tinguished style that at times is admirably 
succinct and at times is jewelled with beauti- 
ful and picturesque expressions." 
+ Lit R p8S4 Ag 4 '23 240w 

"In 'The Puppet Show' Mr. Martin Arm- 
strong, already known to the discriminating 
as a considerable poet, reveals himself as a 
writer of excellent prose. Some of the satires 
strike us as a little mechanical; others as neat 
gestures and nothing more." 

H New Statesman 19:330 Je 24 '22 280w 

"Deftly and neatly written, with a particular 
knack of clear characterization. But that does 
not obviate the fact that the sketches are sin- 
gularly colorless. It is all very clever, but when 
you have once closed the book you cannot, for 
the life of you, remember one sketch from the 
other." E. L. 

-1 NY Tribune p20 Je 24 '23 220w 

"This little bundle of snapshots and pastels 
and squibs is not sufficient evidence of what 
the author's full powers may be; but he cer- 
tainly has wit, craftsmanship and imagination, 
and we shall be curious to see his future devel- 
opment." 

+ Sat R 133:660 Je 24 '22 160w 

"It possesses the indefinable quality of charm. 
Here and there, unfortunately, is a little care- 
lessness in diction. Is It this occasional slack- 
ness and the aforesaid charm that somehow 
unite to blind us. to the remarkable cleverness 
and virtuosity of the book?" 

H Spec 129:247 Ag 19 '22 900w 

"There is only one touch of true bad taste 
in all this mischievous book; and that is where 
Mr. Armstrong jolts us out of one very good 
kind of fun into another inappropriate and less 
amusing kind of fun by a silly joke about mys- 
tic cycles and bicycles. He has stores of wis- 
dom — which we call instinctive or spiritual, be- 
cause they cannot come from experience — out 
of which fine prose and poetry are made. And 
yet he is as mischievous as anv bov of ten." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p362 Je 

1 '23 lOOOw 

ARNOLD, MATTHEW. Unpublished letters of 
Matthew Arnold; ed. by Arnold Whitridge. 
(Amasa Stone Mather memorial publication 
fund) 70p $1.50 Yale univ. press 

B or 92 23-12573 

Many of the letters in this little volume 
written by Matthew Arnold between 1849 and 
1884. are intimate family letters and most of 
these are addressed to his sister, Mrs Forster 
whose sympathy and opinion he sought on every 
venture literary or otherwise. The letters con- 



tain frank comment on his own work and that 
of his contemporaries and things in general. 
Two long letters to Arnold from Cardinal New- 
man are included, with Arnold's replies. 



"Delightful touches of his family life, his al- 
together naive exuberance in being a member 
of the Athenaeum, and the confession of his 
own limitations outweigh any very slight ex- 
amples of a polemical dogmatism elsewhere ap- 
parent. After all, a man whose ruling ideas 
came from Goethe, Wordsworth, Sainte-Beuve 
and Newman had something to be dogmatic 
about." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 17 '23 300w 

"It seems absurd to say that the Matthew 
Arnold of this sheaf of sixty-seven pages was 
the Matthew Arnold we were searching for in 
the earlier letters in vain. Nevertheless, like 
many absurd things, it is true. It is as if we 
spent an entire afternoon with a preoccupied 
friend, wondering if this were really he whom 
we had known. Then, days later, in five min- 
utes' conversation (to wit, this tiny collection 
of letters) we behold the old gesture and smile, 
those of the creator of certain favorite things 
of ours in prose and verse. That the new 
letters revive the charm of Matthew Arnold is 
perhaps all that need be said for the collec- 
tion." S. T. Williams 

+ Lit R p207 N 3 '23 550w 

ARNOLD, WILLIAM HARRIS. Ventures in 
book collecting. 356p il $3.50 Scribner 

010 Book collecting 23-13796 

An enthusiastic book collector tells how he 
became one and how some of his choicest 
treasures were secured. He began by gather- 
ing books at random but gradually concentrated 
his attention on Tennyson and Stevenson, with 
the result that his collection of Tennysoniana 
has become famous on both sides of the At- 
lantic. He was also interested in collecting 
autographed manuscripts, letters, etc. and one 
of his chapters is devoted to letters of notable 
women. There are numerous illustrations and 
facsimile title-pages. Contents: The making 
of a book-collector; A book-hunter's garner; 
Luck of a book-collector; Some eighteenth - 
century books and letters; Some Victorian books 
and letters; My Tennysons; My Stevensons; 
Letters of notable women; Index. 



Boston Transcript p5 N 17 '23 650w 

"His book is engagingly chatty and tells the 
tales of his adventures with a simple directness 
and a naivete of delight that appeal and dis- 
arm criticism. Collectors will find much in this 
book to take to heart, and also much to bear 
In mind." T. S. 

+ Freeman 8:263 N 21 '23 380w 

"Mr. Arnold may have been primarily a col- 
lector of letters and first editions, but the 
motive force behind his zeal was that of a genu- 
ine lover of literature. He kindles the ardor, not 
alone of the connoisseur, but that of the mere 
student of literary history as well. His selection 
of topics is catholic, and he has brought to 
them a background of culture which makes a 
personal hobby doubly fascinating." 
+ Nation 117:531 N 7 '23 90w 

"It is the feature of intrinsic human interest 
which seems always to have appealed so much 
to the author in his collecting of books, auto- 
graphs and letters that makes his volume one 
of unusual charm." 

-I- N Y Times p24 O 28 '23 600w 

"It is not nearly so entertaining a work as 
Mr. Newton's 'Amenities of Book Collecting,' 
but it is interesting, and on the bibliographical 
side it is valuable." Vincent Starrett 

H NY Tribune pt8 O 21 '23 900w 

"Will delight those who follow that agreeable 
pastime and tempt others to begin its pursuit." 
-f- N Y Wcrld p9 O 14 '23 120w 

"There are a number of previously unpub- 
lished letters and fragments which make enter- 
taining reading and give the book a permanent 
value." 

-f- Sat R 136:475 O 27 '23 180w 



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ARTHUR, SIR GEORGE COMPTON ARCHI- 
BALD. Sarah Bernhardt. 178p $2 Double- 
day [6s Heinemann] 

B or 92 Bernhardt, Sarah [23-14390] 

The writer was for many years a friend of 
Sarah Bernhardt. His book is not a connected 
biography but a sketch recalling impressions of 
her personality which have stayed in his mem- 
ory, and describing her principal roles and the 
means which he has seen her use on various 
occasions to secure her effects on the stage. 
Many anecdotes are included and some of her 
letters. 



Bookm 58:586 Ja '24 190w 
"Sir George Arthur recalls in a deprecating 
■way Matthew Arnold's verdict on Bernhardt: 
'Something is wanting. That something is high 
intellectual power.' It may be that this was 
a thoroughly unjust charge, but the one thing 
lacking in Sir George Arthur's book, for all its 
charm of portraiture, is evidence to refute the 
accusation." 

+ — The Times [London] Lit Sup p467 Jl 
12 '23 850w 

AS thev are; French political portraits; tr. from 
s the French by Winifred Katzin. 217p $2.50 
Knopf 

923.2 Statesmen, French. France — Biogra- 
phy. France — Politics and government 

23-16308 

Sharply etched portraits of twenty-six con- 
temporary Frenchmen who control directly or 
indirectly the political policy of France. Con- 
tents: Avant-propos: Georges Clemenceau; 
Joseph Caillaux; Henry Cheron; Maurice Colrat; 
Paul Doumer; Pierre Forgeot; Edouard Herriot; 
Charles Jonnart; Andre Lefevre; Louis Lou- 
cheur; Georges Mandel; Alexandre Millerand; 
Paul Painleve; Raoul Peret; Andr6 Tardieu; 
Anatole de Monzie; Maurice Bokanowski; Rene 
Viviani; Aristide Briand; Raymond Poincar€; 
Louis Barthou; L4on Berard; Henry Berenger; 
Andr6 Berthelot; Marshall Foch; Maurice Mau- 
noury. 



Reviewed bv L: S. Gannett 

Nation 117:666 D 5 '23 600w 

ASHBEE, CHARLES ROBERT. Palestine note- 
= hook. 1918-1923. 27Sp $3.50 Doubleday [12s 

6d Heinemann] 

915.69 Palestine. Zionism 23-17929 

The "Palestine notebook" is a commentary on 
the British administration of Palestine, 1918- 
1923, during which time as civic adviser of the 
city of Jerusalem, the author helped in the new 
plans for the reconstruction of the city. In 
the course of his investigations connected with 
the city survey he gathered notes for recon- 
struction and talked with British officials and 
Jews, drawing his conclusions along the way. 
He has much to say on the subject of Zionism 
and he includes personal portraits of General 
Allenby. Herbert Samuel, Lord Milner and 
others. 



Boston Transcript p5 N 24 '23 880w 
"The effect of his literary method of being 
confusing is really enlightening, for there is 
apparently no effort to 'write' a great addition 
to the world's literature. Whether his con- 
clusions be favorably or unfavorably received, 
one can not but accord him the credit of being 
honest, vigorous, and effective in his descrip- 
tions. To one interested in the future of Pales- 
tine this attractive volume is sure to be of 
beneficial interest." 

H Detroit News p23 D 9 '23 190w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p886 D 
20 '23 900w 

ASHBY, PHILIP. Mad rani; and other 

sketches of Indian life and thought. 239p 

$3 Dutton [7s 6d Routledge] 

The stories and sketches in this volume, 

drawn from the author's twenty-five years' 

experience in India, strike into the unfamiliar 

mind of the Indian people and show how dif- 



ferent is this mind from that of the West. 
Contents: Twice-hanged: Indian hysterics; 
The hysterical father; The butchers' strike; 
The honour of caste; The mad rani; The re- 
luctant adoption; The 6 down express; The 
plague riots; The gate of bathing; Rehoboam's 
revenge; The postmaster's daughter; Water; 
An amateur parson; A religion of brotherly 
unity; Indigo; Retribution; The lady-doctor; 
"The successor to the prophet"; "Quantum 
mutatus ab illo Hectorel" The trident; A new 
Abraham; Satti; Strophanthin; The girl of 
great price; A victim of politics; the Sarju- 
bridge; Two women. 



"Mr. Ashby's sketches stand on their own 
merits. He needs no college course in fiction 
to give us what we want. We can readily con- 
ceive of this wealth of material being care- 
fully husbanded, tricked out in the frills and 
furbelows of magazine fiction and expanded to 
thrice its length. But now and then we prefer 
our stories 'straight,' and in an age of prohi- 
bition and dilution they are increasingly diffi- 
cult to come by." 

+ N Y Times pl7 N 11 '23 780w 

"Mr. Ashby in these sketches of Indian life 
and mentality, has struck a new note. In none 
of the stories does he attempt a climax, nor 
does he on any occasion avail himself of the 
legitimate means for achieving the atmos- 
pheric effect we are accustomed to appreciate 
in all writings about the East. His method is 
really extraordinarily successful; and this 
lack of garniture has the unexpected double 
effect of emphasizing the strangeness of the 
Indian mind at work and, at the same time, 
of putting us in sympathy with the justice of 
motives and actions that, described by any 
other writer (except Mr. Edmund Candler, per- 
haps), would seem to us wholly repulsive and 
incomprehensible." 

+ Spec 131:228 Ag 18 '23 160w 

"It is noticeable in this collection of sketches 
that those which one continues to think about 
longest are not those in which Mr. Ashby has 
been at pains to develop a coherent plot. He 
is most interesting where he has followed his 
natural bent^when he has not sought to add 
the strangeness of ordered drama to isolated 
actions which are strange to us because they 
spring from ways of thought that are not ours. 
What he succeeds in doing is to tell his stories 
so that while we continue to think that these 
Indians are acting strangely we recognize that 
there may be a point of view from which they 
are acting naturally." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p338 My 
17 '23 650w 

ASQUITH, LADY CYNTHIA MARY EVELYN 
(CHARTERIS). Child at home. 278p $1.50 
Scribner 

173 Children — Management and training 

23-12121 
This is no serious manual on the rearing of 
children but a book in which a mother, draw- 
ing from the memories of an evidently happy 
childhood, advises other mothers how to make 
of childhood a joyous thing. She dwells on 
the lighter side of parenthood, on the fun that 
mother and children may have together, on 
such things as reading aloud, going for a walk, 
pets, the first experience of the theater, a trip 
to the zoo, shopping, dressing up, being photo- 
graphed, etc. There are some more serious 
chapters on choosing a nurse, manners at 
table, the family doctor and the children's 
relations to the grandparents. 

Booklist 20:81 D '23 

"Almost the only virtue in Lady Cynthia 
\squith's book, 'The Child at Home,' is that 
it intimates, rather between the lines than in 
them, that a child and its mother can have a 
really good time together, if they don't overdo 
it." Ruth Hale 

h Bookm 58:329 N '23 70w 

"It is a thoroughly sensible book, and one 
which undoubtedly would be valuable for the 
parents of some American children. Common 



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sense rather than innovation seems the key- 
note of most of her talks." 

+ Boston Transcript p3 D 29 '23 200w 
Dial 75:614 D '23 80w 
"The essays are unpretentious and by no 
means unreadable." 

H Ind 111:141 S 29 '23 lOOw 

"Though in no sense a 'Mothers' Manual,' 
Lady Cynthia Asquith's book does provide, in- 
directly, many useful hints to the better un- 
derstanding of children and, incidentally, some 
delightful reading about childhood. Her book 
is entirely free from mawkish sentiment; and 
this is rare in the case of books about chil- 
dren." 

+ New Statesman 22:90 O 27 '23 210w 

N Y Times p24 D 23 '23 llOOw 
"Lady Cynthia Asquith, who is the wife of 
a son of former Premier Asquith, makes a 
very able and sympathetic attorney for child- 
hood. Her angle is, delightfully, that of a 
grown-up child gifted with adult vision who 
remembers just how she felt about everything, 
rather than that of a grown-up, pure and 
simple, regarding children objectively, as a 
species." 

+ Outlook 135:150 S 26 '23 400w 
"Full of that best sort of wisdom which is 
derived from an obviously happy childhood not 
forgotten." 

-f Sat R 136:251 S 1 '23 300w 
Spec 131:323 S 8 '23 300w 
"She writes pleasantly, informally, and very 
evidently from her own personal experience. 
She gives much valuable advice to mothers; 
sound common sense advice, dictated by a 
sympathetic imagination, a sense of humor and 
the keen insight shown in all her dealings 
with children." 

-j- Springf'd Republican p7a O 7 '23 550w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p505 Jl 
26 '23 lOOw 

ASQUITH, HERBERT HENRY. Genesis of 

the war. 405p $6 Doran 

940.311 European war, 1914-1919 — Causes. 
Great Britain — Foreign relations 

23-16306 

Mr. Asquith was prime minister of England 
for six years before the war and two years 
after it began. His purpose is to trace its 
genesis thru all the antecedent stages up to 
its actual outbreak with special reference to 
the policy pursued by Great Britain during the 
ten years preceding. He considers such topics 
as the alleged "enciiclement" of Germany, the 
development of the Entente and Great Britain's 
participation in it, the naval expansion of Ger- 
many and Great Britain, the pre-war prepara- 
tions, and the mediatoiy negotiations of Sir 
Edward Grey for peace. 



"Mr. Asquith does not favor us with startl- 
ing revelations, but he illuminates known facts 
by presenting them in explanatory settings. . . 
This Dook has a certain distinction in its sober 
balancing of reticence and revelation, in what 
it refrains from telling as well as in what it 
tells." V: P. Clark 

+ Atlantic's Bookshelf N '23 760w 

Reviewed by C: Seymour 

Bookm 58:479 D '23 lOOOw 

"A book of plain statements told in sober, 
and even scholarly, fashion by a man who 
commands a precise but not precious English." 
C. A. Plaver 

+ Detroit News p23 D 9 '23 360w 

"Obviously ISIr. Asquith's liook, like that of 
the Kaiser, will be of interest to the student 
of political psychology rather than to the his- 
torian. Books like Mr. Asquith's, however, 
are not wholly without value. Under critical 
examination they afford for the common man 
a glimpse of the sorry lies for which he is 
hoaxed into offering himself as a sacrifice." 
Harold Kellock 

— Freeman 8:378 D 26 '23 2500w 

Reviewed by C: Seymour 

Lit R p423 Ja 5 '24 300w 



Reviewed by H. W. Horwill 

Nation 117:745 D 26 '23 750w 

"There are three chapters in this book — and 
only three — which tell us something really new. 
. . Mr. Asquith puts us back in the murky 
atmosphere of war propaganda. He writes as 
a politician seeking to make a case, not as 
a historian searching to know the truth. He 
who would know the real genesis of the war 
will not find it in Mr. Asquith's pages." S. B. 
Fay 

— New Repub 37:154 Ja 2 '23 1500w 

"Mr. Asquith's book, as we have said, is 
'history.' It is a record, not a defence. It is so 
unromantic that it is almost dull. Indeed, it is 
only not dull because it is so brief and so 
precise. It reveals with even tempered and un- 
mistakable exactitude what the rulers of Eng- 
land thought and did in the fateful years that 
preceded the great catastrophe." 

+ New Statesman 21:622 S 8 '23 2000w 

"Mr. Asquith has written what the critic him- 
self must call a perfect book. In a few hours 
one had read it and one rose refreshed. Here 
is the hard, the good writing which means 
easy reading." P. W. Wilson 

4- N Y Times plO N 18 '23 2100w 
Sat R 136:305 S 15 '23 1250w 
Spec 131:319 S 8 '23 1900w 

"This book contains no gossip, no triviali- 
ties and no vanity. It is in every sense a public 
document dealing with public affairs, and deal- 
ing with them from a public, not from a pri- 
vate or personal, point of view. . . Mr. Asquith 
is before all things a practical man and a law- 
yer. He has here the greatest happiness which 
can come to a lawyer, that of having a very 
strong brief, a cause in w^hich he believes, and 
a client whom he adm.ires and loves." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p595 S 
13 '23 2100W 

ASTON, FRANCIS WILLIAM. Isotopes. 152p il 

$3 Longmans [9s Arnold] 

541.2 Isotopes [22-13210] 

"A consideration of substances with identical 
chemical and spectroscopic properties but differ- 
ing in atomic weight." (Pittsburgh Mo Bui) 
"He has continued the investigation begun by 
Sir J. J. Thomson in 1912, improved and extend- 
ed its methods, greatly enlarged our ideas of the 
elements, and made a very handsome contribu- 
tion to knowledge." (Chem Age [London], 1922) 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:58 F '23 

ASTOR, NANCY WITCHER (LANGHORNE) 
viscountess. My two countries. 117p $1.25 
Doubleday 

304 Women in politics 23-7474 

This little book contains nine of Lady Astor's 
addresses delivered in the United States during 
her recent visit, in Canada and in Plymouth, 
England, on her return. Her themes are politics 
and especially women in politics, England and 
her ideals, the bond between America and Great 
Britain, peace and the League of nations. 



"In their entirety they are even more impress- 
ing than they were in a condensed form. There 
is no attempt to startle; no desire to make a 
big blaze in the heavens. There is nothing but 
common sense and good taste. America and 
England should both be proud of her restraint.' 
+ Bookm 57:339 My '23 160w 

Boston Transcript p4 My 26 '23 260w 

"The nine speeches here reproduced are well 
worth reading. In the first place they are full 
of hard common sense decorated and lightened 
by manv striking phrases. They are, in ad- 
dition very simple 'homely' talks of an Ameri- 
can girl of the best type who has done things 
worth while but who is chiefly unfeignedly glad 
to be back at home. And lastly, they are so 
full of the charming personality of their auth- 
or that the reader can readily understand how 
she happened to be the first woman to sit in 
the Mother of Parliaments." 

-f- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p7 Ap 
1 '23 450w 



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ASTOR, NANCY WITCHER — Continued 

"Every page of the book is frank, direct, 
simple, and quite without the highfalutin which 
many of the male M. P.'s and Congressmen 
seem to think is essential in a speech." E. L. 
Pearson 

+ ind 110:231 Mr 31 '23 60w 
"A reasonable and better hope for civilization 
is given in this little book. Lady Astor's 
speeches radiate her fearlessness, her humor 
and her tact." 

+ N Y Times p22 Mr 25 '23 450w 

"Here is Lady Astor at her best, pleading 

for a better understanding between the two 

kindred nations, praising each to the other and 

each to itself for its sterling qualities, while 

deploring the existence of types of people and 

types of mind that fall far short of perfection." 

+ Springf'd Republican p8 Ap 2 "23 300w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p443 Je 

28 '23 50w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:406 Jl '23 

ATKIN, GRACE IVIURRAY. That which is 
passed. 334p $1.75 Crowell 

23-13452 

The scene of this story is laid in Paris but 
the main characters are English. Believing 
himself an orphan Peter Magdalen accepts his 
usual good luck and regular allowances with 
boyish cheerfulness, not troubling himself to 
inquire into their source. He meets P6re For- 
mol who has grown old and bitter in his 
realization of the failure of his art. Thru him 
he gains the acquaintance of Lady Gilchrist 
who attracts him to the point of adora- 
tion. WTien the cynical old man reveals to 
Peter his claim as father, Peter's vision of 
his dream-mother also suffers, for he cannot 
connect his mother with P6re Formol in his 
present pitiable condition. The death of the 
latter brings discovery of his mother — Lady 
Gilchrist. Her romantic early marriage to 
Peter's father and its sudden annullment ac- 
counted for the secrecy surrounding the boy's 
birth. When her husband enters upon the 
scene wnth the assertion that he has known 
everything beforehand, his ready forgiveness 
creates a place for Peter in the home of his 
mother, but it is a Peter more mature and 
with the awakening of love in his heart. 



"Miss Atkin, curiously enough, expends too 
much emotional ammunition upon common- 
places. The moments when she ought to make 
us weep are tearless, because she has called 
upon our sympathies too frequently. On the 
other hand. Lady Gilchrist's character is mag- 
nificently studied." D. F. G. 

'r Boston Transcript p4 N 10 '23 600w 

"An able writer might have done this book 
in fifteen hundred words and being so much 
less prolix, attained power; but Miss Atkin in 
her anxiety to preserve restraint at any cost 
has defeated her own ends." 

— NY Times p22 N 4 "23 300w 

ATKINS. ELIZABETH. Poet's poet. 361p 

$2.50 Marshall Jones 

821 Poets. English poetry 23-105 

"Essays on the character and mission of the 
poet as interpreted in English verse during the 
last one hundred and fifty years." (Subtitle) 
The author reviews the poetry of this period 
botli in England and America to discover what 
unity there is in the ideas of many poets about 
themselves. Among the different phases of the 
subject which her study covers, are the poet's 
egotism, the physical in his nature, the poet 
as a lover and as prophet and reformer, his 
morality and religion, and the mystery of his in- 
spiration. The analysis is not confined to the 
major poets. 



the very necessary sense of the humorous, as 
well as an immense multifarious reading, to her 
task." R: Le Gallienne 

-f N Y Times p7 Mr 14 '23 2050w 

Springf'd Republican p8 Ja 6 '23 120w 

ATWOOD. MILLARD VAN MARTER. Country 
newspaper. (National social science ser.) 
137p $1 McClurg 

070 Newspapers 23-7702 

"The author, who was himself editor of a 
country newspaper for twelve years, shows such 
a paper's diflficulties and possibilities and its 
importance to a small town and rural com- 
munity. Gives some interesting statistics and 
the country editor's creed." — Cleveland 



Am Pol Scl R 17:521 Ag '23 70w 
Booklist 20:5 O '23 
"Few of the many thousands of persons who 
receive their daily or weekly newspaper have 
any considerable idea of how it is planned and 
arranged for, week by week, or of the difflculties 
in production. This little book will supply 
much interesting information along that line 
thus enablng subscribers the better to appreci- 
ate the enterprises which give them so much 
enjoyment." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Je 27 '23 300w 
Cleveland p52 Jl '23 
"As a handbook it is useful because it is 
terse and simple, giving in small compass, yet 
in sufficiently ample detail, the main facts 
about the production of a country newspaper. 
As an essay it appeals because it reflects a 
keen insight into small-town newspaper pro- 
duction as a human problem." L. G. 

+ Greensboro (N. C.) Daily News p8 S 23 

'23 600w 

"This is an attempt to assay the value of the 

country newspaper, and it has many valuable 

suggestions and facts, but very little criticism." 

O. G. Villard 

H Nation 117:270 S 12 '23 300w 

Reviewed by Ellery Rand 

N Y Times pl5 S 2 '23 750w 
N Y Tribune pl8 My 13 '23 130w 
"Will prove a book of practical helpfulness to 
small-town publishers and newspaper workers 
quite aside from its discussion of the social im- 
portance of the country press." 

+ Springf'd Republican p8 Ag 17 '23 420w 

"It is sentimental more often than racy, and 

it does not rise much above the presentation of 

a present-day situation, but it does carry the 

feel of country journalism." G. S. 

\- Survey 51:353 D 15 '23 80w 

AUER, LEOPOLD. My long life in music. 

377p il $5 Stokes 

B or 92 Musicians 23-13535 

Leopold Auer left Russia in 1917, at the out- 
break of the revolution, after having lived 
nearly half a century in St Petersburg. He 
had lost everything. AH that he could take 
away with him were his memories of the musi- 
cal life of Russia from 1868 when he was called 
to St Petersburg to become a professor in 
the Conservatoire. He describes musical life 
there and at the Russian courts, his experiences 
as orchestral director, concert performer and 
violin teacher. He knew all the great musi- 
cians of his time and writes of them intimately, 
always in a manner mellow and sympathetic 
and anecdotal. The last chapters are given to 
the succession of talented young violinists who 
came to St Petersburg to study with him, and 
to his musical life and teaching in America. 



"A fascinating book, which is the most com- 
plete and searching analysis of the poet's na- 
ture and the most convincing presentation of 
his significance in the social order that I have 
come across. No aspect of the poet as he ap- 
pears to himself, and as he appears to his fel- 
low-men, is overlooked, and Dr. Atkins brings 



Booklist 20:97 D '23 
"His book is not merely entertaining, it is 
far more: it is stimulating and inspiring as 
well." N. H. D. 

-I- Boston Transcript p3 D 22 "23 1050w 

"It is a wonderful book!" G. W. J. 

-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO N 
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Reviewed by M. E. Opdycke 

New Repub 37:102 D 19 '23 500w 

"As a memoir it is unique, royal with its air 
of Old World courts, revolutionary with its 
flight from Russia's last convulsion, always 
and everywhere conciliatory and wisely re- 
served. For here is a vital, venerable man, 
who, when he turns his strong, trained bow- 
arm to human marksmanship, hits the mark 
squarely, and when he turns to penmanship, 
writes with ripe sympathy, sagacity and hu- 
mor." W. B. Chase 

+ N Y Times pi O 14 '23 2300W 

AUERBACH, JOSEPH SMITH. Essays and 
miscellanies, v 3 340p $2.50 Harper 

814 
Some of the papers in this volume have 
previously been printed in separate form or 
published in magazines. The first. Mum's boy, 
records the comings and goings, the sayings 
and doings, of the author's little son. Letter 
to a neighbor. Commencement day address, 
and Our welcome to the soldier have the war 
for their underlying theme. Several of the 
papers are addresses before the court in the 
author's capacity of la.wyer, one of which, Oral 
argument against the suppression of "The 
genius," is a plea for freedom of thought and 
expression. This same theme, including literary 
appreciation in a larger sense, is discussed in 
the essay. Athenaeum club. A collection of 
poems ends the volume. 



"Joseph Auerbach has written with a nice 
sense for word values of subjects whose time- 
liness was but no longer is. Two of the papers, 
however, escape this criticism." 

h Bookm 57:344 My *23 120w 

Boston Transcript p3 Ja 27 '23 600w 
Lit R p446 F 17 '23 900w 

"His style, both in his courtroom arguments 
and in his general essays, shows signs of the 
spurious rhetoric which his profession incul- 
cates. As to the author's verse, his apology for 
having written it is unnecessary. What need 
he had. though, to publish it is not clear." 
— Nation 116:703 Je 13 '23 150w 

"One derives from the pages something of 
the same sort of pleasure one derives from 
reading Sumner. Dr. Auerbach avoids the 
floridnesses which abound in the Senator's en- 
comium on Massachusetts, and properly, as 
being out of date in our present era. But there 
is much quiet embellishment of his lines, em- 
bellishments frequently drawn from the poets 
with whom Dr. Auerbach has a wide acquaint- 
ance." 

4- N Y Times p9 F 4 '23 820w 

"The book is decidedly mediocre, and in places 
worse than mediocre. The first essay, 'Mum's 
Boy,' is indeed a creditable piece of work; it is 
a well-written, sincere, but somewhat long- 
drawn-out essay on a small boy and is worth 
more than the rest of the book combined." S. A. 
Coblentz 

h N Y Tribune p23 Mr 11 '23 520w 

"The finished workmanship of poems and es- 
says alike makes one rejoice that a man so 
engrossingly busy over the tasks of his pro- 
fession, as Mr Auerbach assuredly is, can find 
time to make so valuable contributions to the 
totally different field of letters." 

-f Springf'd Republican p7a Je 17 '23 420w 

AUIMONIER, STACY. Miss Bracegirdle, and 
others. 332p $2 Doubleday [7s 6d Hutchinson] 

23-16040 
A collection of thirteen short stories. The 
title-story is of a prim and decorous English 
lady from a sleepy cathedral town who came 
reluctantly to Paris to meet a relative and in 
one short night in a hotel lived thru an intensely 
dramatic experience. Contents: Miss Brace- 
girdle does her duty; Where was Wych street? 
The octave of jealousy; The funny man's day; 
The beautiful, merciless lady; The accident of 
crime; "Old fags"; The angel of accomplish- 
ment; The match; Mrs Beelbrow's lions; A man 
of letters; "Face"; The brown wallet. 



"The book, as a whole, gives the impression 
of being practically without weak spots. The 
author's technique is admirably adapted to the 
type of story he tells so well." 

-f Lit R p373 D 15 '23 300w 
"Mr. Aumonier has a way of making his 
readers at one with his characters." 
+ N \ Times p8 N 4 '23 650w 
Reviewed by Ruth Snyder 

N Y World plOm Ja 6 '24 290w 
"Mr. Aumonier is a writer who always makes 
the best of whatever material he lays hands 
on, but in the present volume he seems to have 
accumulated a good many rather shoddy and 
intractable characters. Generally the charac- 
ters suffer from having to play their part in a 
short story, and the author's skill never quite 
reaches that point at which it becomes life- 
giving. Mr. Aumonier is a puppet-mastei-, and 
his show is chiefly entertaining for the bright 
colouring of its fantastic little figures." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p389 Je 

7 '23 200w 

AUSTEN, JANE. The Watsons; concluded by 
L. Oulton. 211p $1.75 Appleton [7s 6d Hutchin- 
son] 

23-6147 
The original manuscript of "The Watsons" 
was left by the author an unnamed fragment, 
not even divided into chapters. From these 
notes Miss Oulton has worked out her con- 
tinuation. It has a studied simplicity, but little 
of the charm and humor of Miss Austen's 
finished work. The Watsons are a small pro- 
vincial family and the plot centers about the 
love affairs of one of the daughters, Emma. 



Cleveland p50 Jl '23 

"Miss L. Oulton, who completed the book, 
undertook the impossible, and although she 
does, in some manner, catch the style of the 
author, she has committed one or two grave 
incongruities." Marjorie Avery 

1- Detroit News pl2 Ag 12 "23 700w 

"Miss Oulton does not delay to sink. It would 
be absurd to blame her seriously for not suc- 
ceeding, as not even a great artist could com- 
plete a great artist's work; but it does seem to 
me that she has left the future a little more 
glaring than it need have been bv abandoning 
not perhaps the style of her author, but the 
characteristic features of her technique. Her 
continuation is interesting because it heightens 
our sense of what Miss Austen's method actually 
was." Edmund Wilson, Jr. 
1- Dial 74:621 Je '23 960w 

Reviewed bv Alyse Gregorv 

Freeman 7:188 My 2 '23 750w 

" 'The Watsons' shows little of the spirit, 
little of the irony and the wit, which belong to 
her finished work. But it is valuable as show- 
ing how very much her novels must have owed 
to careful polishing, the taking of infinite 
pains." 

h Int Bk R p21 Jl '23 850w 

"Miss Oulton's continuation of 'The Watsons' 
is a valiant effort, but the chief impression left 
by it upon the reader is of the chasm that 
yawns between the engaging simplicity of Miss 
Austen's work and the careful pretence at sim- 
plicity achieved by her imitator." 
1- Lit R p535 Mr 17 '23 720w 

"Miss Oulton is abrupt where Miss Austen 
would have been natural; she is brisk where 
she should have been neat; crude instead of 
subtle, outspokenly tender instead of reserved, 
sentimental where she should be slyly amused; 
worst of all, she is not quiet! The indictment 
against Miss Oulton, therefore, is long; yet she 
has done no disservice to Jane Austen." 
Dorothy Graffe 

\- Nation 115:576 My 16 '23 650w 

"Jane Austen for some reason thought her 
story not worth finishing. Miss Oulton has fin- 
ished it for her. The two sections are dovetailed 
imperceptibly together, so that if anyone wi.shes 
to test his taste here is an excellent opportunity. 
The Watsons is not one of Miss Austen's mas- 
terpieces." V. W. 

New Statesman 20:662 Mr 10 '23 1800w 



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AUSTEN, JANE — Continued 

"Miss L. Oulton has done her work well, 
catching the style of the great novelist not as 
it appears in her completed work, but as it 
shows itself in this rough draft of a story. For 
it remains distinctly the framework of a tale 
we have here, the form of a plot, hints for the 
characters, with only a semi-occasional touch 
of the wit, the deft phrasing, the sense of 
individuality, the appreciation of the irony and 
humor of the human comedy which we find in 
its author's finished books." 

+ N Y Times pll Mr 18 '23 1150w 

"Although the fragment of 'The Watsons' 
which Jane Austen wrote is not by any means 
in her best vein, it is, nevertheless, a very char- 
acteristic performance." Esther Murphy 
H NY Tribune p27 Ap 29 '23 llOOw 

"Miss Oulton's conclusion of The Watsons 
throws into vivid relief Jane Austen's excel- 
lence, for soon after she has taken up the tale, 
we become aware that all the rich reality has 
faded out of it and from being, as it were, a 
perfect little Dresden group, it has shrunk to 
a two-dimensional drawing." 

1- Spec 130:369 Mr 3 '23 540w 

"Miss Oulton's continuation will find defend- 
ers and assailants. Some will be glad to have 
more of the admired Jane given to the world 
under circumstances that cannot fail to awaken 
new interest in her writings. Others will object 
to what they will term 'desecration' of the orig- 
inal text. However, the balance of argument 
lies between these points. 'The Watsons' can- 
not be denied an interest of its own. Its dialog 
is lively and delicately satirical." 

-f — Springf d Republican pl2 My 9 '23 650w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:413 Jl '23 

AUSTIN, FREDERICK BRITTEN. On the 

borderland. 279p .$1.75 Doubleday 

23-17475 

The borderland of these stories is the dim 
region of the subconscious mind. In the first 
story a young girl reveals by automatic writing 
the location of a buried treasure. Another is 
the story of a madman pursued in his imagina- 
tion by a white dog, the symbol of his doom. 
Still another is a case of dissociation of per- 
sonality in a soldier reported killed in the 
Argonne. Contents: Buried treasure; A prob- 
lem in reprisals; Secret service; The strange 
case of Mr Todmorden; Through the gate of 
horn; The white dog; A point of ethics; The 
lovers; Held in bondage; She who came back; 
From the depths; Yellow magic. 



of Amerindian songs, and a group of her own 
poems in native American rhythm." — Publish- 
er's note 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 

"The author's style is even, terse and con- 
ventional. Its quality of compactness admir- 
ably suits the subject matter." 

+ Lit R pl34 O 13 '23 450w 

"Mr. Austin takes you right up to the border- 
land, and there you stay. The sentences march 
in a procession of words carefully arranged. 
The plots lack distinction, and you are conscious 
of their mediocrity only because the words do 
not evoke a mood of terror. The whole per- 
formance is quite nice and very nicely got up, 
but your hair retains its color and even its 
parting, you do not shiver, you do not thrill." 
1- N Y Tribune p23 O 21 '23 

AUSTIN, MRS MARY (HUNTER). American 

rhythm. 155p $1.60 Harcourt 

811 American poetry. Indians of North 
America— Poetry 23-6369 

"In this book Mrs. Austin presents the results 
of many years of research into the beginnings 
of poetry, and especially into the effect of the 
American environment. She gives her conclu- 
sions about the psychological and organic origin 
of rhythm and accent in verse, following the 
poetic process back as far as It has been 
possible to follow it among the Amerind tribes 
of the United States. Her studies show that 
the characteristic movements of average Amer- 
ican life are in the modern poetry, just as the 
Indian songs and dances took their rhythms 
from the environment which produced them. 
There are also translations of more than a score 



"Mrs. Austin hais not given us very many 
poems; other poets, however, have found the 
same treasure trove, and we may expect, if 
the work of reinterpretation is well done, the 
salvaging of a most beautiful and significant 
body of pure poetry." Llewellvn Jones 
h Bookm 57:647 Ag '23 600w 

"Mrs. Austin's book is a very interesting docu- 
ment. It goes deeper into the matter than 
many readers of poetry will be willing to go, 
but she presents many fascinating new ideas." 
B. L. M. 

-f Boston Transcript p3 My 12 '23 860w 
Cleveland p35 My '23 

"Mrs. Austin does not lack courage, nor does 
she lack knowledge and sympathy with her 
special subject, which is the American Indian; 
but what she does lack is a sense of proportion, 
or, as others might call it, a sense of humour." 
J: G. Fletcher 

H Freeman 7:621 S 5 '23 450w 

"There may be more in Mrs. Austin's theo- 
ries than she has taken time to make clear, 
and, even if there is nothing in them at all, 
there is a wealth of suggestiveness in her 
studies of that difficult realm where primitive 
life, religion, and poetry meet to make us wish 
that she may return to them again and again." 
R. M. Alden 

1- Lit R p204 N 3 '23 1450w 

"Mary Austin is a true mystic when it comes 
to American poetry. She is thorough. She is 
ready to sacrifice all that we have for the sake 
of something that we might have if we saw 
poetry and America as she sees them. Her 
essay, together with her 'Amerindian Songs' 
and her 'Songs in the American Manner,' is an 
attempt to translate her vision into words. 
Though it is not wholly successful — the vision 
is difficult, and words never were Mrs. Austin's 
forte — it is impressive, and though it is not 
convincing it is great." Mark Van Doren 
H • Nation 116:472 Ap 18 '23 lOOOw 

"In her interest in the communal environment 
of poetry, in her appreciation of literature, 
music and the dance as essential to the well- 
being of men, Mrs. Austin's work is as im- 
portant as it is vigorous and wise — and it is 
very vigorous and wise. The first weakness is 
that it is easier to accept Mrs. Austin's general 
thesis than it is to follow her particular illus- 
trations. And when Mrs. Austin finds the 
rhythm of the woodland stride and the swing- 
ing ax in Lincoln's Gettysburg speech it seems 
to me, frankly, that she is letting her imagina- 
tion run away with her." L: Mumford 

j^ New Repub 35:23 My 30 '23 2400w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:409 Jl '23 

AUSTIN, WILLIAM E. Principles and practice 
of fur dressing and fur dyeing. 191p il $4 Van 
Nostrand 

675 Fur 22-15981 

"Contains hrief descriptions of various furs, 

but the methods of dressing and dyeing are 

treated in a general way, not for individual 

furs."— Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:111 Mr '23 

AUTOLYCUS, pseud. See Bacon, L. 

AYRES, RUBY MILDRED (MRS REGINALD 
WILLIAM POCOCK). Romance of a rogue. 
257p $1.75 Doran [7s 6d Hodder & S.] 

23-16269 
"Bruce Lowry has just been released after 
serving six years' imprisonment for a man- 
slaughter which was certainly provoked. He 
is filled with bitterness against his sweetheart, 
who cast him off in his trouble. He obtauis 
shelter from an old musician who provides the 
orchestra for a dancing hall, and then learns 
from his .solicitor that one of his investments 
has turned out well and will provide him with 
at least an independence. In the meantime he 



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has found that his former sweetheart has fall- 
en on evil times and is herself playing in the 
orchestra. The kernel of the story is the re- 
conciliation of the lovers." — The Times [Lon- 
don] Lit Sup 



"Now the great fault of a novel of this type 
is its misrepresentation of human motives. The 
author has really the material for an interest- 
ing- story. She completely fails to utilize it." 
D. F. G. 

— + Boston Transcript p8 N 24 '23 420w 
"The author has worked out her theme quite 
carefully and with a good deal of skill and 
ingenuity in devising turns and twists and 
obstacles in the development of events and in 
keeping the reader in suspense as to how, 
after all the story will turn out. . . There is 
overmuch sentimentality in the telling of the 
tale and the author's style is strongly marked 
with conventionality and an excess of emo- 
tional tension." 

4 NY Times pl9 N 4 '23 400w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p773 N 
15 '23 lOOw 

AYSCOUGH, JOHN, pseud. (FRANCIS 

BROWNING DREW BICKERSTAFFE- 

DREW). Dobachi. 284p $2 Macmillan [7s 6d 
Chapman & Dodd] 

23-7284 

It is the purpose of the story to contrast an 
emasculated Protestantism with a warm and 
vital Catholicism. A tiny fishing village on the 
bleakest spot of the Now England coast, settled 
in pilgrim days by a religious sect from Corn- 
wall, is a fitting environment for the bleakness 
of a religion that retains but a feeble hold upon 
the descendants of tlie original "Marchers to 
Zion." The title character, Dobachi, is the last 
descendant of the founders and is lovingly and 
carefully reared by her parents and a doting 
old sea captain. Rony Trogg, shy and sullen 
offspring of a drunken father, early has thrust 
upon him the role of bl.ack sheep In the com- 
munity. Aided by the old captain a romance 
between the young people is slowly coming to 
maturity when Rony's conversion to Catholicism 
adds the last touch to the humanizing of a stern 
character and the unfolding of a soul. 



"Unquestionably 'Dobachi' is Mr. Bickerstaffe- 
Drew's masterpiece so far. It puts him on a 
plane, or rather, a plateau, far above tlie 
pleasant valleys where he has been used to 
meander." I. W. I>. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Je 9 '23 600w 

Cleveland p50 Jl '23 
"The nairative, with its setting a New Eng- 
land village of Cornish puritans, fails to come 
to life under the prodding of a laborious pen." 
— Dial 75:507 N '23 160w 
"A bright, readable novel — or should we say 
novelette? — a little marred perhaps by religious 
propaganda." 

H Lit R p773 Je 16 '23 400w 

"The hackgroimd is apparently portrayed with 
accuracy and the situations are natural and un- 
forced, and while the book is marred by oc- 
casional lapses of style, it has the vitality and 
the unaffected strength that often attaches to 
the commonplace things of life." 

-] NY Times p24 Ap 15 '23 600w 

"The story is pleasantly told, with a good 
deal of quiet humor. There is, however, one 
little trick of the author's which occasionally 
becomes annoying. That is his habit of putting 
as many as six or seven parentheses on a 
page." Leo Markun 

H NY Tribune p23 Jl 29 '23 700w 



B 



Norcrosse, had pledged their love. When the 
war comes Norcrosse, who is a strong believer 
in the Union, joins the northern army. Ann 
Leuin's people are all Confederates. The feeling 
for Lincoln is divided and there is much dislike 
of him even among federalists. As the war pro- 
ceeds the two lovers lose touch and after her 
period of nursing southern soldiers is over Ann 
begins her quest for Norcrosse. The latter is 
now in the secret service at Washington, has 
met Lincoln and conceived a great admiration 
for him. Ann also meets Lincoln and experi- 
ences a change of heart as do all people to 
whom he reveals his soul. The day is set for 
Lincoln to reunite the lovers when his assassina- 
tion takes place. This event is minutely de- 
scribed in the story. The finding of Ann by 
both her father and Norcrosse at the same time 
becomes symbolic of the wiping out of scores 
between North and South. 



Booklist 20:55 N '23 
"While the plot is entirely conventional and 
is provided with the conventional happy ending, 
yet the author writes with an appealing 
warmth that holds the reader's interest until 
the end." S. A. Coblentz 

H Lit R p799 Je 30 '23 650w 

"By this book and her previous novel, 'The 
Soul of Ann Rutledge.' Mrs. Babcock has 
taken an honorable place among the interpret- 
ers of Lincoln's character. And she has em- 
bodied in this book a moving and appealing 
story of the Civil War wherein she keeps an 
admirable balance of sympathy and interest 
between its Southern and its Northern char- 
acters. It is especially well worth reading for 
its vivid and thrilling and historically accurate 
portrayal of war times and events." 

+ N Y Times p28 Je 10 '23 lOSOw 
"The tale is full of action and is placed amid 
rapidly changing scenes. Apparently Mrs. 
Babcock has studied her history of the open- 
ing sixties with care. Her two romances cen- 
tring about the acts and personality of Lincoln 
should take high place in the literature of 
emancipation " E. W. Osborn 

+ N Y World pl9 Je 17 '23 190w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p879 D 
13 '23 130w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 



BABCOCK, EDWINA STANTON. Under the 
law. 359p $1.75 Penn 

23-1302 

"Youth and restraint, not always bosom 
friends, are completely estranged in Edwina 
Stanton Babcock's new book. It is a story 
of the younger generation's revolt against ex- 
isting social laws and comprises such delicious 
bits as sprightly liquor parties, questionable 
roadhouse dances and other tempestuous amuse- 
ments of the present age. Sard Bogart, a 
judge's daughter, the principal character in 
the story, seeing the undesirableness of free- 
dom and license, plans her life along different 
lines, only to be caught under the law in quite 
as iiksome a fashion as her more boisterous 
playmates. She falls in love, seemingly with 
the wrong man, and her difficulties, while 
eventually reaching a logical conclusion, are 
many." — Springf'd Republican 



BABCOCK. MRS BERNIE (SMADE). Soul of 

Abe Lincoln. 328p $2 Lippincott 

23-11081 

On the very eve of the Civil war two young 
people of the South, Ann Leuin Laury and Del 



" 'Under the Law' is one of the more serious 
discussions of the problems of the young peo- 
ple. It has, moreover, a thoroughly good story 
running along with its discussion of ideals. 
In fact it has mystery and romance and a 
frank discussion of ideas — three thoroughly 
good qualities to find in a new novel." 

-j- Boston Transcript p4 F 21 '23 300w 

"The chief value of this sort of novel, which 
has small artistic merit, lies in the real feeling 
behind the machinery; the realization that 
something is apparently wrong with our society, 
and that something new ought to be done about 
it." 

Lit R p473 F 17 '23 220w 

"Trite and tedious noveL" 
— + N Y Times p22 Ja 28 "23 SOOw 



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BABCOCK, EDWINA STANTON — Continued 

"A negligible book is at once the best and 
the worst that can be said for it." Isabel 
Paterson 

— NY Tribune p22 F 18 '23 520w 
"Tlie story, while possessing little besides its 
extremes to distinguish it from other sensa- 
tional portrayals ot the jazz age, arouses some 
interest with its mystery and romance." 

H Springf'd Republican p7a F 18 '23 190w 

BACHELLER, IRVING ADDISON. The Scud- 
ders, a story of to-day. 201p $1.50 Macmillan 

23-8184 
The story, told in the first person, relates the 
experiences a prominent lawyer of a Con- 
necticut town is supposed to have had with the 
family of one of his clients. This family sym- 
bolises the commercial age, the decay of home 
life and all the follies of present day society 
at its worst. The lawyer, having known both 
man and wife before their marriage, follows 
their fortunes from moderate means to im- 
mense wealth, counsels both parents — always 
separately — as to the course to be pursued with 
the children and sees them both spoiled and 
brought- to ruin, thru the mother's foolish pride 
in them. He is unable to prevent the estrange- 
ment between man and wife and the downward 
crash of a fortune the building up of which had 
corroded every thought and every heart-beat 
of his friend Mose Scudder. 



Booklist 19:317 Jl '23 

Boston Transcript p4 My 29 '23 1050w 

"Mr. Bacheller is a literary surgeon who uses 
his scalpel and lancet as a well-trained sur- 
geon ought to do — mercifully; he is an artist; 
he knows the technique of his profession, he 
sees his current of life clearly; and consequent- 
ly he has written a novel worth reading." M. F. 
Egan 

-I- Int Bk R p28 Ag '23 lOOOw 

"The book has no literary excellence, nor do 
we believe it was intended to have any other 
than a requisite simplicity. How much more 
enjoyable and profitable the Hon. Sock Potter 
would have been if only he had devoted his 
gift of pleasant narration to a shrewd display 
of wit and humor instead of to didacticism!" 
Eva Goldbeck 

h Lit R p747 Je 9 '23 640w 

"The thing has been done so often, and to so 
little purpose, that it no longer has any mean- 
ing." 

— Nation 117:247 S 5 '23 lOOw 
"Unquestionably there is a good deal of truth 

In what Mr. Bacheller has to say about present- 
day conditions, taut he does not say it well. His 
characters are puppets, not human beings; they 
behave as he wants them to do in order to illus- 
trate his thesis. There is too much of a rather 
cheap spread-eagleism in the book." 

— NY Times pll My 6 '23 700w 
Reviewed by Edwin Clark 

— NY Tribune plS .Te 17 '23 300w 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World pSe My 6 '23 200w 
"The book is both pointed and amusing." 
-f- Outlook 134:48 My 23 '23 40w 

Springf'd Republican p7a My 27 '23 
600w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

BACON, CHARLOTTE. The Grays. 369p $2 

Putnam [7s 6d J. Cape] 

23-6290 

We meet the Grays first in their family 
circle in which the father'.'? exacting invalidism 
and his wife's intense loyalty have created an 
unnecessarily strained and mirthless atmos- 
phere. As a result the youngest daughter, in 
frank selfishness, breaks away and goes on the 
stage; Hewan. the son, throws up the business 
career planned for him, to seek his fortunes as 
a writer; while only Theodora, the oldest, sup- 
presses her own desires and remains the main- 
stay of her parents. Hewan has all his father's 
exacting egotism which he fondly nurses as 
artistic temperament until it wrecks his mar- 



riage with a richly endowed but entirely un- 
formed girl. Thru his deeply loving and under- 
standing sister, Theodora, his eyes are opened 
to a realization of his own conduct and the 
way is paved for a reconstruction of his life 
with his wife, June. The fortunes and inner 
struggles of other lives than those of Hewan 
an^d June enter into the fabric of the story. 

"This thoughtful and carefully planned story 
of a familiar phase of English life would com- 
mand respect if only for its manifest sincerity, 
its colorful prose, and because it marks the ap- 
pearance, always welcome, of a new author in 
communion with nature." J. F. S. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 My 19 '23 650w 
Cleveland p66 S '23 
"Nothing very original in conception, but 
something very human, very true, and very 
faithfully and skillfully depicted." S. S. A. 

4- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO O 
21 '23 340w 
"She writes with appealing earnestness, and 
there is much that is thoughtful and not a 
little that is beautiful about her work. The 
most serious fault to be urged against her is 
that she has not learned economy of method." 
S. A. Coblentz 

-j Lit R p619 Ap 21 '23 600w 

"Capable and interesting in its craftsman- 
ship, rich and varied in its knowledge of hu- 
man nature and delicately sure in its portrayal 
of the interactions between temperaments and 
Detween character and life." 

+ N Y Times pl8 Mr 25 '23 450w 
"As a novel of character this book has some 
excellent features. It has made the people of 
the story so real that one wants to argue 
about them and that alone is an elementary 
test. . . There are certain discrepancies which 
are surprising to find in a writer of Mrs. 
Bacon's ability." Edith Leighton 

H NY Tribune p20 Ap 22 '23 650w 

" 'The Gray.=:' is the product of a cultured 
mind. The soul of the author lives in the story. 
There are many passages which can be read 
over and over again. 'They are passages with 
lessons behind them." Ruth Snyder 

H NY World p7e Ag 12 '23 700w 

"It would be dull if the writing were not so 
good. Even as it is, I am not quite sure that 
at the end I am convinced — the imagination 
seems to get a little less fine in quality. But 
the sole solid defect of an otherwise admirable 
book is the tendency of the characters to be 
crudely arch in their lighter conversation." 
Gerald Gould 

H Sat R 134:290 Ag 19 '22 400w 

"If, as the title-page seems to indicate, this 
book is a first novel, it is a very promising 
piece of work. Its faults are the faults of 
youth — for the author takes life with almost 
pompous seriousness. Also, she seems to have 
extremely little sense of humour. On the other 
hand, her character drawing is very clearly 
defined." 

-^ Spec 129:216 Ag 12 '22 220w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 1 '23 
480w 
"Rather long and carefully-written novel." 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p461 Jl 13 
'22 130w 

BACON, JOSEPHINE DODGE (DASKAM) 
(MRS SELDEN BACON). Blind Cupid. 353p 
$2 Appleton 

23-4901 
The theme of this collection of short stories 
Is the strange ways of love, how unexpectedly 
and, from a conventional point of view, in- 
congruously people fall in love. In the title 
story the son of an aristocratic and wealthy 
New England family, unromantic by inheritance 
and long a widower, falls in love with a gifted 
girl without "family" and marries her. He ex- 
pects her to share his staid, prosaic life and 
she becomes matronly beyond her years. On 
the first suspicion that she has yielded to 
another attraction, the husband, like a young 
romantic lover, seeks and finds his death. 
Other instances of Cupid's blindness are a 



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highly connected young girl who marries an 
ex-convict, another who marries a chauffeur, a 
banker's son a chorus-girl, etc. Contents: 
Blind Cupid; Nor iron bars a cage; The new 
Liochinvar; Crossed wires; The islanders; Peter 
and the stage door; In September. 



the ways of bureaucracy and the births of 
Messianic legends." — N Y Times 



"There is a sophistication in Mrs. Bacon's 
style which is delightful. Her few digressions 
are always interesting. She has that rare gift 
of the story-teller of making us leel she could 
make things even more interesting if she 
wanted to." 

-|- Boston Transcript p4 Mr 14 '23 230w 
"It is an entirely delightful book for reading 
at odd moments." 

-h N Y Times pl4 F 4 '23 506w 
N Y Tribune p26 Ap 8 '23 750w 
"If you like to read Josephine Daskam 
Bacon's stories at all you are going to like 
these stories. We confess we do, at the same 
time patting ourselves on the back for our 
keen judgment in this matter. We like our 
author's breezy, narrative style. We like her 
because she talks to us. She asks our opinion. 
That includes us in the story." Ruth Synder 
-I- N Y World p9e Mr 18 '23 550w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 8 '23 
220w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

BACON, JOSEPHINE DODGE (DASKAM) 

(MRS SELDEN BACON). Truth o' woinen; 

last words from ladies long vanished. 137p 

$1.50 Appleton 

811 23-13431 

"Truth o' Women" is made up of short 
poems in which women of all sorts, of all 
ages, speak from their graves — much in the 
manner of the "Spoon River Anthology." What 
they say is frank as no words could have been 
in their lifetime. They speak of the men they 
have loved, of the men who loved them, of 
what life meant to them, and what it brought 
them. The briefer epitaphs are followed by a 
series of drainatic monologues spoken by the 
mother of Joan of Arc, Lincoln's mother, Mil- 
ton's daughters and the wives of Shakespeare, 
Pilate, Caesar, Adam, Dante and others. 



"Some of the verses have a truly poetic con- 
ception and a few are touched with a depth 
of feeling that makes them really beautiful." 
+ Bookm 58:581 Ja '24 180w 
"Mrs. Bacon knows a great deal about the 
human heart. She has a profound insight Into 
the souls of her own sex. In each poem she 
tells a story. It may not be the whole story; 
and at best it is a sad and moving story. But 
all women, and a few men, who read her 
poems will recognize her rare penetration 
coupled with her ability for fusing her poetic 
gift into a series of dramatic revelations." D. 
F. G. 

-I- Boston Transcript p5 N 17 '23 650w 
"Some of the poems are poignant, some sub- 
tle and suggestive. As character sketches 
many are vivid and interesting, but as poems 
they lack emotional intensity and melody. 
None of them contains the true lyric note, or 
any real lift of poetic feeling. For the most 
part they are little prose descriptions written 
in rhythm." 

-I Springf'd Republican plO D 11 '23 

450w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p839 N 
29 '23 40w 

BACON, LEONARD (AUTOLYCUS, pseud.). 
' Ulug Beg. 292p $2.50 Knopf 

811 23-1S404 

" 'Ulug Beg' is a long epic poem, designed 
to be, says its 'Autolycus' author, 'the history 
of the origin, progress and explosion of a super- 
stition.' In the course of his seven cantos, 
however, more than one superstition is deftly 
turned and exposed to the withering light of 
irony. Among the subjects of his scorn are 



"The character-drawing is excellent, and thfe 
atmosphere is highly seasoned with harems, 
and caravans, and Usbegs, and whatnot. The 
story itself is profitless. Only the satire and 
the clever handling make it worth reading, and 
only those who have plenty of time will wish 
to read it. And for the curious, there is the 
question, why was it written?" 

-j- — Boston Transcript p5 Ja 5 '24 500w 

"The ballad stanzas are well handled by the 
anonymous author, but his courageous attempt 
merely proves anew that the epic poem, as a 
vehicle for social satire, died a deserved death 
in a world of hurried readers and the sporadic 
revivals are at best to be regarded as tours de 
force." H. J. Mankiewicz 

_] NY Times p9 Ja 13 "24 130w 

BACOURT, PIERRE DAREUTIERE DE, and 
CUNLIFFE, JOHN WILLIAM. French litera- 
ture during the last liall-century. 407p $2.50 
Macmillan 

840.9 French literature— History and criti- 
cism 23-10720 
A survey of contemporary French literature 
since 1870, by two Columbia professors. In 
the earlier part of the period only those au- 
thors are discu.^sed whose work has been shown 
by the test of time to be of first-rate impor- 
tance, either for its artistic value or for its 
effect on subsequent literary development, in 
Fiance and elsewhere. In the latter part of 
the book the endeavor has been to select those 
authors of the last quarter-century who repre- 
sent prevailing currents of literary interest and 
give promise for the future. Excellent bibli- 
ographies are provided. Contents: Introductory; 
Emile Zola; Guy de Maupassant; Alphonse 
Daudet; Pierre Eoti; Anatole France; Paul 
Bourget; Maurice Barrfes; Charles Maurras; Ro- 
main Holland ; Eug&ne Brieux; Edmond Rostand; 
Maurice Maeterlinck; The symbolist movement; 
Contemporary poetry; Contemporary drama; 
The new novel; Index. 



Booklist 20:12 O '23 
Bookm 58:338 N '23 150w 
Cleveland p77 S '23 
"The puzzle is why they should have written 
a history of literature, concealing in it all sign 
of enthusiasm for literature as such Perhaps 
their twin passions for accuracy, and for I< ranee 
rieiit or wrong, have swallowed up all their 
other capacities and given the child of their co- 
operative conception such a bleak look, i'or 
bleak it is." E. M. 

_ Freeman 8:167 O 24 '23 600w 
"Very interesting and promises to be ex- 
ceedingly useful, not only to university stu- 
dents but also to every one who has a genuine 
interest in literature." ^ ^ ^ ., ^, » a oq 

-I- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p& S 23 
•23 750w 
"This textbook approaches the great figures 
of modern French literature with a good deal of 
tolerance even though it is occasionally lack- 
ing in understanding. The biographies are com- 
prehensive, if primary, and the criticism in- 
telligent, if stodgy." ^ „„ ,„„ 
+ — Nation 117:273 S 12 '23 lOOw 
"\Ithough to secure space for biographical 
and' critical matter for the familiar Vv-riters of 
the older schools, the discussion of contem- 
porary work is reduced almost to an annotated 
list, the book is a useful sur\'ey, with valu- 
able detailed bibliographies." E. R. 

New Repub 36:160 O 3 '23 130w 
"Enjoys the happy advantage of presenting 
scholarly niateiial in a scholarly manner, with- 
out the didactic tedium of dry fact and foot- 
note too often ascribed to volumes of informa- 

*^°"" -|_ N Y Times p2 Ag 12 '23 600w 

"Unlike the recent history of French litera- 
ture by Profe.=!sors Nitze and Dargan, of Chi- 
cago University, this less pretentious volume 
really achieves its purpose and justifies its ex- 



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BACOURT, P. D. DE — Continued 
istence as a,n addition to the many handbooks 
on French literature. The bibliographies are as 
complete as is necessary." Ernest Boyd 

+ N Y Tribune pl9 O 28 '23 1150w 
"On the whole the book is not for the initiate, 
but is at least a very sound introduction to 
the literature of modern France for. English 
readers. No aspects are neglected, and a very 
fair standard of proportion is reached." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p783 N 22 
•23 880w 

BAER, LAURA. Retail selling methods: 
everyday sales problems and their solution. 
250p $2 McGraw 

658 Retail trade 23-10480 

"The problems discussed deal largely with 

selling dry-goods, clothing, and shoes." — 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Booklist 20:124 Ja '24 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:421 O '23 

BAERLEIN, HENRY PHILIP BERNARD. 

House of the fighting cocks. 306p $2 Harcourt 

[7s 6d L.. Parsons] 

23-9947 

The story is told in the first person by a Mex- 
ican boy, Juan, son of a breeder of fighting- 
cocks — an irrelevant fact useful as a back- 
ground. A wandering Spanish scholar, Don 
Eugenio Gil, comes to the house and Juan is 
entrusted to his keeping to be educated. To- 
gether they journey away to the house of a 
wealthy, half-mad hermit, the Noahcite, whose 
pet obsession is that all wisdom and knowledge 
resided in the head of Noah and tha,t by ascer- 
taining precisely what is in the earth one may 
learn what lay in Noah's head. This com- 
mitted him to the pursuit of g;eology as the 
greatest of all sciences. The time being the 
turbulent reign of Maximilian, the adventures 
of Juan and his tutor are wildly exciting and 
beautiful Indian girls for love-making are fortli- 
coming. The gist of the tale lies in Don 
Eugenio's instructive talks with Juan, full of 
mellow and comfortable wisdom, both religious 
and mundane, and in his conversations with the 
Noahcite, ranging from religion, philosophy and 
politics to alchemy and modern science and 
disguising their humor and satire behind a 
serious pose. 



Boston Transcript p5 Ap 14 '23 200w 

"A book of somber and embittered irony, 
shot through with a sort of anguished tender- 
ness. The slight but well rounded action is 
adorned with an extraordinary gloss of re- 
condite learning and fantastic philosophizing." 
H. W. Boynton 

+ Ind 110:232 Mr 31 '23 220w 

"The author's style is lucid, flowing, gener- 
ous — smacking rather of another age, and, so, 
appropriate to the time and the country. Its 
humor is ubiquitous though never boisterous, 
appearing as an undercurrent, and more in 
situations than in anecdote and sprightly con- 
verse." Drake De Kay 

+ Lit R p799 Je 30 '23 850w 

"His novel is good. Its humor, its erudition, 
its humanity, its romance, and the charm of 
its style, mark it as a book to be bought and 
treasured, not borrowed from a library, and 
certainly it is a book to be re-read." Forrest 
Reid 

-f- Nation and Ath 31:688 Ag 19 "22 450w 

"If it be in some sort subduing, when the 
erudition appals, the humor lightens. For Don 
Eugenio has a wicked wit. His profound irony 
spares no helpful platitude. In the last part 
of the book, however, his elucidations are too 
long, the speeches too glaringly beyond belief 
for a novel by Juanito, even for a novel sui 
generis, as is this one. Yet the spell cast by 
Don Eugenio over every person of the story 
falls upon the reader. Let him talk on, in the 
face of death, starvation and exile! His in- 
domitable suavity ennobles life." Marian Storm 
-i New Repub 36:107 S 19 '23 llOOw 



Reviewed by Rebecca West 

New Statesman 19:588 S 2 '22 150w 
"It is never slack in interest and quite often 
it sparkles and ripples with a malicious himior 
and observation that is nuich more Latin than 
Anglo-Saxon. Just who Henry Baerlein is 
remains a secret so far, but he is quite evi- 
dently a writer with a well-developed gift of 
satire and gentle humor, a man who has thor- 
oughly imbibed the spirit of Spanish letters and 
yet who can write English in the most facile 
fashion." 

+ N Y Times pl4 Mr 11 '23 700w 
Reviewed by Isabel Paterson 

N Y Tribune p22 Ap 29 '23 260w 
"The atmosphere is perfect: the characteri- 
zation, though remote, is utterly convincing: 
but the story does not move fast enough. His 
book is like no other that one has ever read or 
even, wildly, dreamt about. He is, for all the 
reminders in his manner, himself." Gerald Gould 

H Sat R 134:321 Ag 2G '22 350w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p478 Jl 
20 '22 200w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

BAIKIE, JAMES. Bible story; a connected nar- 
- rative retold from Holy Scripture. 472p il 

$5 Macmillan 
220.9 Bible, Whole— History 23-13305 

"In retelling the Biblical narrative, not for 
young readers only, but for all readers in our 
day who wish to get a connected presentation 
of the scriptural record. Dr. Baikie has avoided 
language of an archaic character and yet has 
pieserved to a great degree the stateliness of 
diction which graced the King James version. 
The story is given in its true historical order, 
with the omission of details unessential to the 
narrative itself. This method is pursued for 
both the Old and the New Testament, and the 
author has added a section in which the course 
of history between the closing of the Old Testa- 
ment story and the opening of that of the New 
Testament is briefly traced. There are fifty 
full-page illustrations in color by J. H. Hartley, 
who recently made a special journey to the 
Holy Land for the purpose of inaking these 
sketches." — R of Rs 

"Quite apart from the spiritual meaning of 
the Biblical narrative, the stories that compose 
it have an vnirivalled literary charm." 
-1- R of Rs 69:112 Ja '24 220w 

"In the matter of language the author has 
made an effort to maintain a form which, while 
'avoiding the archaic and unintelligible, avoids 
also the familiar and modern.' In this the 
author succeeds well. The 50 full-page colored 
plates by J. H. Hartley are beautiful and re- 

+ Springf'd Republican plO D 27 "23 150w 

BAIKIE, JAMES. Life of the ancient East, be- 
ing some chapters of the romance of mod- 
ern excavation. 463p il $4 Macmillan 

913 Egypt — Antiquities. Greece — Antiqui- 
ties. Mesopotamia — Antiquities. Archeol- 
ogy 23-16679 
The book recounts the story of modern exca- 
vations in Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. 
The sites chosen are Abydos, Tell-el-Amarna, 
Thebes, the Valley of the Kings, Lagash, Bab- 
ylon, Nineveh, Troy, Mycense, Knossus and 
Gezer. The story of the excavation on each 
site is told with some detail and the work of 
the archeologists chiefly connected with the 
excavations is summarized, also the new 
knowledge which their discoveries have opened 
up to us of the life of ancient peoples. 

"This volume is indisputably one of the most 
informative of recent years on the work of the 
enthusiastic excavator in revealing priceless 
relics of antiquity and in outlining the new 
knowledge and how the great pioneer peoples 
of the ancient East lived, thought, beUeved and 
died." F. P. H. 

+ Boston Transcript p2 D 22 '23 950w 
N Y World pSe N 18 '23 120w 



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"The ability to make such things really at- 
tractive reading with nothing of the lesson 
about them is rare, and this book shows that 
Mr. Baikie has it." 

+ Outlook 136:116 Ja 16 '23 200w 
"His account is clear and straightforward, 
without any of the fashionable effervescence, 
and he lets the principal actors speak for them- 
selves." 

+ Sat R 136:598 D 1 '23 160w 
"As a popular account of excavations, the 
estimate which the author gives of the differ- 
ent results is fair and well-balanced, and to 
those who do not care to spend the time to 
obtain first-hand knowledge of the different 
explorations the book will have considerable 
value." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p772 N 
15 '23 280w 

BAILEY, LIBERTY HYDE. Seven stars. 165p 

$1.50 Macmillan 

170 Conduct of life 23-9805 

In the person of Questor the author depicts 
a mature young man at the end of his college 
career, reviewing life as he knows it, inquiring 
into its meaning, its motives, its end. In his 
attempt to see everything with new eyes, he 
wanders forth in thought over city and village, 
becomes in turn the man from Mars and Rip 
van Winkle and observes the garishness and 
ugliness of our civilization. He communes with 
nature and the stars and puts his doubts and 
queries into letters to a friend. With the help 
of the answers he receives his conclusions be- 
come practical and his grip on the economic 
necessities is strengthened. The gist of his 
conclusions is that we must accept the condi- 
tions of life as we find them, not rejecting 
creature comforts and amenities; never let 
money be the prime consideration; never lose 
sight of our aspirations; and keep as our chief 
aim the artistic expression of life. 



Booklist 20:81 D '23 

"All parts of the book are appropriate and 
well wrought out. It makes the reader feel 
that while he must necessarily have a part in 
material things, he does not need to be governed 
by them." 

4- Boston Transcript p5 Ag 4 '23 200w 
Lit R p816 Jl 7 '23 

"With its singling out of the deepest values 
in life, the little book is a significant addition 
to the increasing number of volumes that are 
trying to find and reveal spiritual currents and 
guidances in our troubled and materialistic 
time. There could be no better graduation 
present for any thoughtful young person look- 
ing forward just now to embarking on the 
voyage of life. And many an older one will 
find in its pages much clarifying of modern 
problems in a way to make the real and last- 
ing satisfactions and the important ideals of 
life stand out from their obscuring surround- 
ings." 

-f N Y Times p26 Jl 8 '23 600w 

BAILEY, TEMPLE. Dim lantern. 344p il $2 

Penn 

23-1444 

"To Evans FoUette, a returned soldier who 
has lost his grip, Jane is a 'dim lantern,' shin- 
ing through the fog of his despair, and to a 
jaded middle-aged millionaire she is the spirit 
of youth. How she chooses between these two, 
together with the love affair of her brother 
and the millionaire's runaway niece, make 
pleasant reading. The scene is Washington, 
D.C."— Cleveland 



"A wholesome little story which will have a 
popular appeal." 

-f- Booklist 19:189 Mr '23 
Cleveland pl8 Mr '23 
N Y Times p24 Ja 28 '23 330w 
"A pleasant little story which I should think 
any young girl would like and get no harm 
from." T.«aV>eI Peterson 

+ N y Tribune p20 F 11 '23 400w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:212 My '23 



"The action of the story and the character 
drawing are commonplace, and the feminine 
element given to extravagance." 

— Springf'd Republican p7a My 20 '23 
250w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p325 My 
10 '23 40w 

BAITSELL, GEORGE ALFRED, ed. Evolution 
of man. 202p il $3 Yale univ. press 

575 Evolution 22-21928 

"This book embodies a series of lectures de- 
livered before the Yale chapter of Sigma Xi by 
a number of eminent biologists and psychol- 
ogists. Professor Lull of Yale gives the pale- 
ontological evidence for the evolution of man. 
Professor Ferris of the same university deals 
with the evidence for evolution found in the 
development and structure of present-day man. 
Professor Parker of Harvard and President 
Angell of Yale have articles dealing with the 
evolution of the nervous system of man and of 
the development of intelligence. Professor Kel- 
ler of Yale presents the question of evolution 
from the point of view of human society and, 
finally. Professor Conklin of Princeton discusses 
the trend or future of evolution." — N Y Times 



"It is a clearly written, objective and alto- 
gether unbiassed effort, sure to have its success 
affirmed by wide reading, to set forth the 
deliverances of science on the subject of man's 
evolution from lower forms of life." B. N. 
+ Boston Transcript p7 N 18 '22 1300w 

"The addresses are somewhat unequal, but 
they contain much information and thought, 
and may be commended to the attention of the 
scholar, though they are hardly likely to attract 
or hold the general reader." 

H Cath World 117:426 Je '23 400w 

"Professor Ferris's contribution is much the 
most substantial; and it is interesting to note 
how definitely, in contradiction to the hyper- 
sceptical attitude of some modern writers 
whose interests lie in other than morphological 
lines, he accepts the law of recapitulation in 
the interpretation of embryonic development. 
There is only one criticism to be made of the 
author's deft and often masterly exposition: 
he fairly swamps his readers with detail. On 
the whole, the volume merits a warm welcome 
as a serious attempt at legitimate populariza- 
tion." R. H. Lowie 

H Freeman 7:284 My 30 '23 950w 

Reviewed by B: Harrow 

N Y Times p9 F 18 '23 1900w 

BALD, MARJORY AMELIA. Women-writers 
of the nineteenth century. 288p $4.20 Macmil- 
lan [10s 6d Cambridge univ. press] 

820.4 Authors, English. Women as authors 

[23-11954] 

"This volume does not examine the contribu- 
tion made by women to nineteenth-century 
literature; it is simply a number of studies of 
the outstanding women writers, Jane Austen, 
the Brontes, Mrs. Gaskell, George Eliot, Mrs. 
Browning, and Christina Rossetti. Miss Bald's 
critical method is what might be called the 
•personality' method, the object of which is to 
explain the personality of a writer by means 
of his or her work. The result in this instance 
is of particular importance, because the critic 
is a woman dealing with women writers." — Spec 

Booklist 20:129 Ja '24 

"A most painstaking piece of work. But, her 
book lacks the originality, the reach of thought, 
the flashes of insight and sympathy that lend 
essays in literary appreciation distinction and 
delight." 

(- Lit R P804 Je 30 '23 220w 

"She has not extracted from her material a 
criticism that satisfies. Her writing, for one 
thing, is often awkward and wandering." 

— New Statesman 20:784 Ap 7 '23 260w 

"Although her subjects are all women, the 
author takes pain to explain, what her readers 
will quickly discover, that the book is in no 
sense a feminist treatise, that she h&s no ae- 



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BALD, MARJORY AMELIA — Continued 
sire even to seem to be engaged in feminist 
propaganda. Her work is far above that level 
and deserves to be ranked with critical literary 
discussions of consequence, whether of men or 
women authors." 

-I- N Y Times p20 Je 3 '23 700w 
"We have certainly not discovered a suc- 
cessor to Arnold or Pater or Mr. Lytton 
Strachey. What we have found is a book ot 
criticism that is sufficiently good to be disap- 
pointing that it is not better. The book, how- 
ever, is written with care and knowledge if 
without any deep appreciation of literature con- 
sidered as an art. We hope that the section 
devoted to Mrs. Gaskell may do something to 
revive the memory of a tender and charming 
writer, now too often forgotten." 

H Sat R 135:438 Mr 31 '23 500w 

"It is a very painstaking and thorough piece 
of criticism, the work of a mind at once acute 
and sensitive. The studies are not all of 
equal value. The one on Jane Austen is rather 
short, and as it happens that so many critics 
of the first rank have written about her. Miss 
Bald's study strikes one as being somewhat 
below the level of the rest of the volume." 

H Spec 130:892 My 26 '23 250w 

"Miss Bald has not quite made up her mind 
about her point of attack, with the conse- 
quence that she wastes much valuable time in 
fruitless deployments. Some of her best sparks 
are struck out, one might say, when she is 
least engrossed. Much as we can appreciate 
the care and good sense with which, for in- 
stance, she follows out the character and de- 
velopment of Charlotte Bronte or the mental 
phases of George Eliot, we find more illumina- 
tion of either author in chance remarks which 
belong, in point of place, to the study of the 
other. ' ' 

-j • The Times [London] Lit Sup pl73 Mr 

15 '23 1500W 

BALDUS, SIMON ALEXANDER. New capi- 
talism. 48yp $3.85 O'Donnell press, 621 Ply- 
mouth court, Chicago 

331 Capitalism 23-7900 

The author confines himself to analysing the 
economic conditions in the United States and 
in his examination of the merits of the various 
terms applied to class divisions — such as upper, 
naiddle and lower class — discards them all and 
divides society into the investor and the non- 
invesLor group. He then goes on in Part 1 of 
the book. The established order, to describe the 
present day mammonistic capitalism and to 
demonstrate how under it a few thousand per- 
sons control the entire economic and industrial 
system of the country. in Part II, The new 
order, he develops a scheme of organization 
by which labor can provide its own capital. 



of beneficial and injurious nabits. The un- 
usually beautiful illustrations in color are by 
Robert Bruce Horsfall, painter of backgrounds 
in habitat groups, American museum of natural 
history. New York city. 



"Fluent in phraseology, vigorous in its in- 
vestigation of modern industrial methods, start- 
ling in its proposals, yet conservative in eco- 
nomic principle, this book occupies a classifica- 
tion that is largely its own." 

+ Cath World 117:707 Ag '23 480w 
"Mr. Baldus's 500 huge pages bristle with 
ostensibly documented charges against the pres- 
ent capitalism, some of them quite justified." 
J: Corbin 

1- N Y Times pl3 Je 19 '23 280w 

N Y World pl9 Je 17 '23 580w 

BALDWIN, FAITH. See Cuthrell, F. 

BALL, ALICE ELIZA. Bird biographies. 295p 

il $5 Dodd 

598.2 Birds 23-6424 

In this guide-book for beginners 150 of the 
common birds of the eastern United States are 
described and made easy of identification. Each 
is given a one-page description in brief — gen- 
eral appearance, note, habitat and range. This 
is followed by a fuller description of charac- 
teristics arui behavior, with frequent quotations 
from other bird observers, and a summing-up 



"A book to be owned by all those who 'long 
to know birds intimately and intelligently, and 
who wish to belong to the great company of 
bird students who are doing their bit to con- 
serve the Life-saving Army of our forests.' " 
+ Boston Transcript p3 Mr 31 '23 450w 
Cleveland p73 S '23 
Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 

Int Bk R p42 My '23 lOOw 

BALLANTINE, STUART. Radio telephony for 
amateurs. 2d ed 296p il J2 McKay [7s 6d Chap- 
man & H.] 

654.6 Radio telephone [22-15574] 

The book addresses itself to the non-tech- 
nical amateur whose enthusiasm overbalances 
his theoretical knowledge, and claims not to 
enter into competition with elementary treat- 
ments of the theory of radio communication on 
the one hand and with systematic engineering 
texts on the other. Its aim is to furnish a 
maximum amount of practical information with 
an elementary theoretical web for this informa- 
tion and reasons for the suggestions and recom- 
mendations that have been made. Diagrams. 
Index. 

BALLARD, GEORGE ALEXANDER. America 
and the Atlantic. 351p $5 Dutton 

970 America — History. Atlantic ocean. 
Sea power 23-7838 

The book studies the influence of the Atlantic 
ocean on the course of American history, show- 
ing how this history was affected from time to 
time thru changes in the maritime ascendancy 
of the Atlantic powers during the period in 
which America was receiving and raising the 
earlier generations of her peoples of European 
blood. The author shows the successive effects 
of the decline of Spanish naval power, of the 
rise of British naval supremacy, of the com- 
petition of France for a time and, on a minor 
scale, of Holland, and, finally, how the control- 
ling effects of sea power began to lessen when 
a domestic quarrel split the Anglo-Saxon race. 



Nation 117:531 N 7 '23 230w 
"He is right in claiming that the subject is 
magnificent, worthy of the pen of a Gibbon. 
His own pen is modest enough but he is some- 
thing better than a mere Admiralty annalist, 
being, indeed, an open-minded and thoughtful 
historian." 

+ New Statesman 21:400 Jl 7 '23 300w 
Reviewed by N: Roosevelt 

N Y Times p5 N 4 '23 lOOOw 
Outlook 134:240 Je 20 '23 200w 
"Admiral Ballard's study will be found in 
the highest degree stimulating; it is fresh in 
thought and informed by the large practical 
experience of an officer. Even where the au- 
thor does not completely convince, he musters 
his arguments well and can show a strong 
case." 

+ ~ Sat R 135:839 Je 23 '23 llOOw 
"He does not always write gracefully nor 
need we accept all his readings of political 
causes or intentions, but he has traced a 
fascinating thread of history through four 
centuries." 

H Spec 131:230 S 18 '23 150w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p463 Jl 
12 '23 550w 

BALMER, EDWIN. Keeban. 295p ?1.75 Little 

23-7832 
One of a pair of twins, who at the age of 
two had wandered off, is found and adopted by 
a rich Chicago family and brought up with 
their son of the same age. Little Jerry becomes 
close brother to Steve Fanneal but prattles 
much about one "Keeban"— evidently his com- 



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panion of former days. Some occurrences in 
their college days make it appear that Jerry 
has a double. Then suddenly one day Jerry's 
fiancee is carried off and robbed of her jewels 
apparently by Jerry himself. He is arrested, 
but escapes, and while in hiding, makes it his 
business to find and bring to book this double 
who he feels sure is "Keeban" and his twin. 
Steve assists him and together they go thru 
the most wonderful underworld experiences 
with crime of every description, including 
counterfeiting and murder. The brothers win 
out, Keeban is killed, and Steve secures a bride. 



leave them together superintending the building 
of their home on a spacious hillside near Twin 
Bridges. 



"It is one of the most baffling and ingenious 
crook stories which it has been our good fortune 
to read for many a long day. . . It is full of 
ingenuity, surprise, and its English is well 
turned and effective. Of its kind it is a really 
exemplary story." S. L. C. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 My 5 '23 650w 
"The plot has all the twists of a contortion- 
ist. It uses the old device of mistaken identi- 
ties, brought up to date with modern improve- 
ments." 

— Lit R p755 Je 9 '23 230w 
"Mr. Balmer has written 'Keeban' for the avid 
readers of mystery stories to whom the es.sen- 
tial thing is a swiftly moving narrative, piling 
complication on complication." 

-f- N Y Times p25 Ap 29 '23 420w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p692 O 18 
•23 lOOw 

BALZAC, HONORE DE. Wisdom of Balzac; 

comp. by Harry Rickel. 352p il $3.50 Putnam 
843 23-8817 

"His philosophy, wit, epigrams and reflec- 
tions drawn from the 'Human Comedy' and 
other writings of the great novelist." (Sub- 
title) Of this compilation Michael Monohan 
says in his preface that nothing of its ampli- 
tude and scope has heretofore been published 
in French or English: that it will carry to the 
general reader a new and impressive idea of 
Balzac's intellectual powers and that it is a 
treasury of wisdom, a deep-hearted, all-inclu- 
sive commentary on life. 

Booklist 20:12 O '23 
"This book, which consists of a collection of 
aphorisms, witty sayings, and philosophic ob- 
servations, is interesting as showing 'the depth 
and breadth and height' that the great novel- 
ist's mind could reach — the extent of his 
knowledge, the range of his experience, the 
scope of his interests and the freedom of his 
thought." S. A. Coblentz 

-f- N Y Times pl4 Je 3 '23 1900w 
"This is a compendium to stand among the 
great crystallizations of human experience." 
Burton Kascoe 

-f- N Y Tribune plS Je 3 '23 230w 
"The book is monstrously complete." Lau- 
rence Stallings 

-f N Y World p9e Je 3 '23 1150w 

BANNING, MARGARET CULKIN. Country 

club people. 308p ?2 Doran 

23-8187 

The story concerns the frequenters of a newly 
built country club house in a middle western 
town and their various attitudes towards the 
standard of living which it connotes. Ruth 
DriscoU, daughter of the millionaire backer of 
the club house, views it and the small town life 
about it with scornful detachment. She has 
traveled much, imbibed radical ideas, and is 
well read in the modern sex novel. Marrying 
and settling down in Twin Bridges is not to be 
thought of, yet she is exceedingly curious about 
life's most intimate revelations and dallies with 
the thought of experimenting. Always her 
middle-class conscience and bringing-up bar 
her from taking the last step. Finally she 
compromises by marrying in secret a man to 
whom she is strongly attracted, and on the con- 
dition that she may live her own life away 
from him and divorce him whenever she likes. 
After some misunderstanding and several 
months of probation apart, both husband and 
wife decide that love is everything, and we 



"Mrs. Banning has very clearly taken the 
stuff of her stories from life itself, and the 
remarkable part of her achievement is that 
without twisting or straining it out of shape, 
she has found justification and understanding 
for her people and the ideas under which they 
live. Mrs. Banning's ideas and hei people have 
always been intei-esting, and in this book she 
has very clearly gained in power." D. L. M. 
+ Boston Transcript p4 My 23 '23 1300w 

"Unquestionably an honest attempt to por- 
tray a certain phase of American social life. 
As a story to be read for entertainment or 
literary pleasure, the book is a failure." 
h Cath World 117:862 S '23 70w 

"Such bourgeois people, usually uninterest- 
ing to meet, should be highly interesting to a 
novelist. But they haven't been made that way 
by the author. The book is written badly, too." 
Howard Weeks 

— Detroit News pl2 Ag 12 '23 240w 
"Photographs it undoubtedly contains, other- 
wise it would not be human history. So, too, 
it may be made a channel for propaganda. It 
is an interesting and readable story." 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Dally News p8 Ag 
5 '23 300w 
"Miss Banning's book proves nothing, one 
way or the other, as to the attitude of young 
people towards the complexities of modern life. 
It fails, moreover, to present convincing char- 
acters. The reader seems to be wandering in a 
maze of abnormality in which the reactions of 
the characters to any given situation can 
never be counted upon. The only person who 
even makes an attempt to escape from the tri- 
vial life she is leading makes of it merely a 
futile gesture." 

— Lit R p819 Jl 7 '23 350w 

"Such ideas as she gives to her leading char- 
acter — the intellectual modern girl — are rather 
hackneyed; certainly they do not exert anything 
like a predominant influence on the novel. For 
this reason. Ruth, the girl of intellect, lack? 
vital reality. What we receive in the place ot 
character delineation is melodrama. Nor is it 
the result of plot; it accrues from hasty and 
shoddy craftsmanship. A good story, a real 
theme, has been obliterated by faulty execu- 
tion. Margaret Culkin Banning hovers between 
Harold BeU Wright and Elinor Glyn." 
1- N Y Times pl9 Ap 29 '23 780w 

"Mrs. Banning has a very deft pen; her 
people are consistent and credible. She has so 
nearly done what she set out to do that she 
may feel a just pride and satisfaction. It is a 
clever book, and barely misses being more than 
clever." Isabel Paterson 

-I NY Tribune p22 Ap 29 '23 850w 

Sprlngf'd Republican p7a Jl 8 '23 330w 

BARETTO DE SOUZA, JOSEPH MICHAEL 

THOMAS. Bipmentarv equitation; principles 
of horsebackriding. 338p il $3.50 Dutton 

798 Horsemanship 22-24932 

The object of the book is to give simple and 
elementary instruction in horsemanship, follow- 
ine the same progression that the author ob- 
serves with pupils who want to learn how to 
ride merelv to be able to appear in the park. 
This includes some technical knowledge of the 
handling of the horse's mouth, and therefore, 
some practical advice as to the means of im- 
proving a ridor's hands. The numerous draw- 
ings are made by Victor Nickol under the 
author's directions. 

"Manv books have been written to instruct 
the novice in riding. But there has been none 
that so clearly, so logically with so much pre- 
cision and so much detail inculcates correct 
principles as this one, by a great master of the 

-t- N Y Times p20 D 24 '22 780w 

BARGONE, CHARLES. See Farr6re, C, pseud. 



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BARING, MAURICE. His Majesty's embassy, 
and other plays. 222p $2.50 Little [7s 6d 
Heinemann] 

822 23-14820 

The title-play is a comedy satirizing the offi- 
cial life and social intrigues of a British em- 
bassy staff in an un-named capital, while war 
is hanging in the balance. The second play. 
Manfroy of Athens, is a tragedy the action of 
which takes place in and about Athens and in 
Cyprus "during the period of the French or 
Italian domination, as fantastically described by 
Boccaccio." The third play, June — and after, 
is a comedy about a man never out of love 
who, having missed marrying June and, eight- 
een years afterward, June's daughter, returns 
to June when her widowhood makes her once 
more available. 



Booklist 20:90 D '23 

New Statesman 21:474 Jl 28 '23 1050w 

" 'His Majesty's Embassy' might be called 
the "Loom of Youth' of diplomacy. It is an 
astonishingly vivid, and, one imagines, ac- 
curate account of singularly little. The 
reader, however humbly bred, lays it down 
feeling that he. too, has been in the carrifere. 
The plot is so fine that vocal utterance even in 
the chair would destroy it. The drama is now 
not in the whitening coals nor on the mantel- 
piece, but in the reader's mind. Much the same 
might be said of 'June and After,' except that 
it is really a novel with the descriptions (which 
might easily be boring) left out." 
H Sat R 136:249 S 1 '23 230w 

"It is impossible to do more than guess, with- 
out seeing them acted, at the stage quality of 
Mr. Maurice Baring's His Majesty's Embassy 
and Manfroy, but from reading them I should 
say that they were not very high. I doubt if 
His Majesty's Embassy, with its perfect re- 
production of the atmosphere of the diplomatic 
world, would be as good acted as read." 
1- Spec 130:803 My 12 "23 800w 

"His Majesty's Embassy, we should guess. Is 
one of those plays which yield up their content 
more readily in the study than in the theatre. 
The first act is, at any rate, admirable fun in 
the reading." 

-\ The Times [London] Lit Sup p299 My 

3 '23 900w 

BARKER, HARLEY GRANVILLE. Secret 
hfe; a play in three acts. 125p $1.50 Little 
822 23-12808 

" 'The Secret Life,' a play of present-day 
England, may perhaps best be described in 
the words of one of its characters, as the de- 
lineation of 'the conflict between the inner life 
of the soul —the generation of the spirit, which 
withholds so much— and the generation of the 
flesh that dies to know it serves a greater end 
than its own.' In this play there is the con- 
flict of the politician who devotes his life to 
his country's interests: the conflict of the fi- 
nancier who, despite his inner ideals, makes 
more and more money; the conflict of the lov- 
ers who deep within themselves realize the 
fleeting futility of the emotions that drive 
them." — Publisher's note 



It is vigorous, witty, elusive, richly and 
humanly intellectual, and genuinely profound. 
Because of its profundity the play is not 
easily understood." Martin Armstrong 

-f Spec 131:742 N 17 '23 250w 
"Without committing ourselves to the word 
poetry, we may recognize in this strange and 
challenging play a rarity and a movement 
that are far from prosaic. There is no conclu- 
sion, in idea or in incident. The drama lies 
in the shimmering inter-play of the elements." 

-f- The Times [London] Lit Sup p615 S 

BARNES, DJUNA. A book. 220p il $2.50 

Boni & Liveright 

23-14379 

In "A night among the horses" John, the 
stable boy, is desired by his mistress as a 



husband. He feels keenly the position in which 
her whim places him, and, from a social eve- 
ning during which by some break he has shown 
his commonness, he rushes away to his horses 
who, he feels, accept him as he is — but they 
do not recognize him in evening dress and 
trample upon him. The other stories in the 
volume are similar in that they portray a 
single incident of life. Interspersed with the 
stories are short plays, poems and drawings, 
all from the hand of the author. 



Bookm 58:582 Ja '24 140w 

"If it were only as 'austere' and cleverly ugly 
as the six drawings by the author herself it would 
be a pleasure to recommend it; but who will 
want to read such things, except out of morbid 
curiosity?" 

— Boston Transcript p5 D 12 '23 500w 

"The whole book, when one has ceased to 
ponder its unintelligibilities, leaves a sense of 
the writer's deep temperamental sympathy with 
the simple and mindless lives of the beasts: it 
is in dealing with these lives, and with the lives 
of men and women in moods which approach 
such simplicity and mindlessness, that she at- 
tains a momentary but genuine i>ower." Floyd 
Dell 

Nation 118:14 Ja 2 '24 480w 
N Y Times pl4 Ja 6 '24 800w 

"In escaping the commonplace, the platitude, 
the clich6 and the formula Miss Barnes has 
retreated so far into ironic and disillusioned dis- 
dain that she has seemingly nothing left but a 
will for acrid observations and grim absurdities. 
Her book is one of the curiosities of modern 
American letters, and it has unusual qualities 
which make it something more than a curiosity. 
For one thing it is intelligently entertaining." 
Burton Rascoe 

1- N Y Tribune p25 O 14 '23 700w 

" 'A Book' is not a comfortable or pleasant 
volume. It is exotic, hectic and full of pose. 
Most of Miss Barnes's characters are Russian, 
with not a few Jewish types, one and all being 
the embodiment of something evil or ugly, and 
often both. Miss Barnes has, however, the trick 
of making her characters seem detached from ex- 
istence as if they were able to step out of 
themselves and watch the passing show." 

1- Springf'd Republican p7a O 28 '23 300w 

BARNES, ELEANOR C. See Yarrow, E. C. 

BARNES, GERALD. Swimming and diving. 

140p il $1.50 Scribner 

796 Swimming. Diving 22-23177 

"Learning to swim is an individual problem. 
The instructor who clamps a steel-ribbed sys- 
tem on every personality under him is as in- 
competent as the kindergartener who has but 
one inflexible method for all children. . . There 
is much psychology in learning to swim, and 
the teacher or pupil who fails to take it into 
account, loses a valuable ally. . . For the 
beginner the best prescription is hard work 
and courage." (Chapter II) Constant attention 
is called to the danger of forming bad habits, 
and some instruction is given in life-saving 
and resuscitation and in managing a swimming 
meet. 



Booklist 19:150 F '23 
"Mr. Barnes has been swimming instructor 
in universities. Such practical instruction makes 
his book careful, clear and concise, his analyses 
detailed and lucid." R. D. W. 

-I- Boston Transcript p7 D 2 '22 600w 
Ind 111:118 S 15 '23 llOw 
Reviewed bv A. D. Douglas 

Int Bk R p46 My '23 340w 
"To a person soinewhat familiar with the 
sport the book is intelligible enough; to others, 
it is to be feared, it will appear too sketchy 
and seem to take too much for granted. In 
other words, it is scarcely satisfactory." 
— Lit R p475 F 17 '23 280w 
"Will prove helpful alike to the beginner, the 
advanced swimmer and the coach." 

-1- Springrd Republican p7a Ag 19 '23 
120w 



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BARNES, JAMES. Drake and his yeomen; a 
true accounting of the character and adven- 
tures of Sir Francis Drake as told by Sir 
Matthew Maunsell, his friend and follower; 
wherein also is set forth much of the narra- 
tor's private history. 415p il $2 Macmillan 
"Matthew was an Englishman, son of a 
Spanish lady, who witnessed life in Spanish 
palaces, saw some of the horrors of the Spanish 
Inquisition, fled away to Prance, and finally, 
coming once more to his native land, set forth 
with Sir Francis Drake upon an adventure in 
Nombre Dios Bay. They went for treasure, 
and got it, and fought the Spaniards joyously. 
Returning home, they were in time for the 
Armada, and many things besides." — Boston 
Transcript 



"He who loves life on the bounding billows, 
with the romance of the sea and the lure of 
pirating in the Caribbean, he who revels in 
tales of historical adventures, or "who likes a 
tale of true love well told, should read this." 
I. W. L. 

-f- Boston Transcript p3 Jo 30 '23 600w 
"This is historical romance, as it should be, 
bolstered with much ripe learning. The pic- 
tures too have their story to tell." 
+ Lit R p916 Ag 18 '23 220w 
"James Barnes has hitherto proved himself 
an expert in stories of naval daring. A new 
book from his pen 'Drake and His Yeomen,' 
will enhance this reputation." 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a My 13 '23 
240w 

BARNETT, LIONEL DAVID. Hindu gods and 
heroes; studies in the history of the religion 
of India. 120p $1.50 Dutton [3s 6d Murray] 

294 Hinduism. Mythology, Hindu 22-22915 
The book comes under the Wisdom of the 
East series edited by L. Cranmer-Byng and 
S. A. Kapadia. It is a condensed history of 
Hindu religion including the Vedic age with 
its Rig- Veda and chief god Vishnu; the age 
of the Brahmanas with its Upanishads and 
Krishna; the epics and later religious develop- 
ments. The purpose is to show the growth of 
the people's spiritual experience moulded by 
the character of its religious teachers. 



Boston Transcript p4 Ja 27 '23 300w 
"The Bible student will find more than one 
valuable comparison between Old Testament 
stories and those which have come down to us 
from the epics known as the Bhagavad-Gita." 

N Y Times p26 Ja 28 '23 580w 
"It is the merit of Dr. Barnett's small book 
that he has constantly remembered the diffi- 
culties and thereby avoided the presentation of 
Hinduism as solid, definite, closely accordant 
with its prime theories. He has understood, 
though he does not put it so, that Hinduism 
is extraordinarily wasteful, both in the appar- 
ently superfluous development of certain ideas 
and in the retention through the ages of con- 
cepts never utilized." 

+ Sat R 134:927 D 16 '22 350w 

BARNOUW, ADRIAAN JACOB. Holland under 

Queen Wilhelmina : with a foreword by 

Edward W. Bok. 321p il $3 Scribner 

949.2 Netherlands — History. Wilhelmina, 

queen of the Netherlands 23-12156 

The book tells the quarter-of-a-century story 

of the kingdom of the Netherlands under the 

enlightened rule of Queen Wilhelmina. Her 

name occurs seldom on its pages, for, in the 

author's words, "hers is the self-effacing task 

of a constitutional monarch," but there is no 

phase in the development recorded in which she 

has not taken an influential, tho inconspicuous 

part. The book is chiefly a review of domestic 

and foreign policies since 1898, with a brief 

survey of Dutch literature, art and science 

during this period. 



no way overstates the significant achievements 
of his native land." H: S. Lucas 

-t- Am Hist R 29:374 Ja '24 370w 
Booklist 20:94 D '23 
"Dr Barnouw gives us a most comprehensive 
review of Holland's troubles from the moment 
the queen ascended the throne before approach- 
ing the problems that developed the moment 
that Germany invaded Belgium. He must have 
been in possession of extensive Government 
documents to present the story in such detail 
and with such clearness." F. P. H. 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 O 6 '23 900w 
"Dr. Barnouw goes fully and carefully into 
the political aspect of affairs, treats freely, and 
yet fairly, the parties and the problems that 
are alive in the low country." J. D. Haag 
+ Detroit News pl9 O 7 "23 480w 
"Here is a solid and serious, but very read- 
able, hook treating of Holland from the inside. 
Here is the latest chapter, eloquently told, in 
the history of a small people that has ever 
been a great nation. . . The insight and sym- 
pathies, judicial poise and thoroughness of the 
author make his book a masterpiece." W: E. 
Griffis 

-I- Lit R p85 S 29 '23 llOOw 
Nation 117:614 N 28 '23 lOOw 
"A valuable and illuminating contribution." 
+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p758 N 
15 '23 1500w 

BAROJA Y NESSI, PIO. Weeds; tr. from the 
Spanish by Isaac Goldberg. 344p $2.50 Knopf 

23-17477 
This is the second volume of the trilogy, 
"The struggle for life" of which "The quest" 
has already appeared. It is a continuation of 
the first book, and carries the adventures of 
Manuel into other scenes of the lower life of 
Madrid. In contrast to the weak-willed drift- 
ing characters with whom Manuel is thrown 
for the most part, the author introduces an 
Englishman, Robert Hastings, drawn from an 
incident in real life which created a great stir 
in Spain some years ago. 



"Students of contemporary European history 
will be pleased with this admirable statement. 
He has accurate knowledge of the subject and in 



"It is true that the reader sees with Pio 
Baroja's eyes. Things are narrated with a 
clearness possibly beyond Manuel's faculties, 
did he live to be a hundred years old. Shud- 
dering impressions of color in a building, a 
horizon and a bit of sky are described, which 
it is rather likely Manuel was inarticulately 
aware of, if at all. But the feel of the pave- 
ments, the expressions of people's faces, the 
cold of the hours before dawn, all that is Man- 
uel's experience, the reader is not allowed. to 
forget for an instant." R. H. A. 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 N 24 '23 720w 

"This book represents, in the opinion of the 
great majority of critics, Baroja's high-water 
mark as a realist. It suffers, nevertheless, 
from the same defects of technique from which 
the majority of the works of Baroja suffer. It 
lacks a consistent, well-defined unity. But 
this defect is less grave than it at first ap- 
pears to be, since life, as Baroja sees it, can- 
not be subjected to the strait-jacket of a plot." 
Eliseo Vivas 

H Lit R p302 D 1 '23 600w 

"As a record these books are immensely valu- 
able and perhaps there is more than that to 
thern. There is dignity and restraint in the 
writing, a quietly distilled poetic energy that 
is very hard to describe." J: Dos Passos 
-t- Nation 118:36 Ja 9 '24 760w 

"In sensitive and profound understanding of 
his people and times, in loveliness of style and 
full realization of material, in deftness of tech- 
nique and unity of organization, Baroja is 
comparable only to the late Louis Couperus. 
'Weeds' is almost a perfect novel." 
+ N Y Times p9 N 18 '23 500w 

BARRINGTON, E., pseud. Chaste Diana. 325p 
*2 Dodd 23-7992 

The story revolves about the first production 

of "The beggar's opera," in London in 1728. 



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BARRINGTON, E., pseud. — Continved 
The heroine is Diana Beswick, who played Polly 
Peachum, creating a great sensation. The con- 
ditions of the theatre at that time were such 
that the enchanting Diana was much pursued 
by men, among them Lord Baltimore. She 
comes under the protection of the Duchess of 
Queensbury and thru her meets the Duke of 
Bolton who, altho a married man, lives the life 
of a bachelor. He becomes deeply enamored of 
Diana. In the course of the story, which por- 
trays the courtly life of the period and the- 
atrical intrigues connected with Diana, Bolton's 
love becomes known both to Diana and the 
duchess. The latter resolves to promote and 
sponser publicly a free union between the two 
to take the place of a legal marriage. A social 
affair is made the occasion for the announce- 
ment, in the presence of Swift, Pope, John Gay 
and other notables. 



Booklist 19:.317 Jl '23 
"The story runs smoothly and lightly its des- 
tined way, sometimes delightful in its resem- 
blance to the best in its model, sometimes 
alack reflecting the worst, and in a persistent 
use of si.Tch phrases as 'have gave.' If the 
story has not all the substance we might wish, 
at least it has plausibility and charm, deli- 
cacy and appreciation." S'. L. C 

-I Boston Transcript p4 My 26 '23 1250w 

"Its style is, from a scholarly point of view, 
well thought out and studied. Unfortunately, 
however, as much cannot be said for the plot, 
which, from an excellent beginning, degenerates 
into the conventionality of commonplace melo- 
drama." 

h Lit R p835 Jl 14 '23 350w 

"It is all very far from what may be the his- 
torical value of the century, but the illusion 
does not entirely miss convincing. With all its 
artifice, the book has a certain pleasing vitality. 
It is nowhere deliberately squeamish; the out- 
spokenness of the age is indicated." 

-{-NY Times pl4 My 13 '23 780w 
Reviewed bv Leo Markun 

N Y Tribune p23 My 6 '23 900w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:160 Je '23 

BARRY, FLORENCE VALENTINE. Century 
of children's books. 257p $2 Doran [7s 6d Me- 
thuen] 

028.5 Children's literature 23-12678 

The age of children's books began in the 
eighteenth century and the present volume is 
an account of the output of that century, show- 
ing how the first wild growth of the chap-book 
and the ballad gave way to the cultivated 
garden of the teacher and the moralist, before 
the real needs of child nature came to be recog- 
nized. Contents: Chap-books and ballads: Fairy 
tales and eastern stories; The Lilliputian li- 
brary; Rousseau and the moral tale; The Eng- 
lish school of Rousseau; Devices of the moral- 
ist; Some great writers of little books; Miss 
Edgeworth's tales for children; The old-fash- 
ioned garden of verses. Appendix. 



Booklist 20:80 D '23 

"Her appreciation of the subject in its rela- 
tion to children and childhood is fresh and un- 
studied. It is a pity the footnotes and paren- 
theses which so persistently pursue the text 
were not relegated to the back of the book." 
A. C. Moore 

J Bookm 57:358 My '23 80w 

"She has brought humor and sympathv, as 
well as scholarship, to the task, and her 'find- 
ings make an enjoyable study." M. L. Franklin 
+ Ind 111:141 S 29 '23 660w 

"The author has obviously studied her sub- 
ject, and the result is a book which will both 
help and delight any one interested in litera- 
ture for children. It seems imusually smooth 
and finished, too, in its writing, and never 
does one have the sensation of jumping from 
one bit of information to another as is often 
the case with such works." M. G. Bonner 
+ Int Bk R p54 O '23 lOOw 



"Miss Barry has told her story with possibly 
too much detail and unfortunately has omit- 
ted an index, but it is a valuable record of 
various theories of education and their effects 
on juvenile literature. She does not, however, 
clear up the mystery of Mother Goose, and un- 
til that is done the last, last word will not 
have been said on the subject." Dorothy Graff e 
h Nation 117:560 N 14 '23 250w 

"So many volumes attract her attention that 
the landmarks and main influences are partial- 
ly obscured in a clutter of names and titles, 
many of which need only have been listed in 
the Appendix. But no one who knows a child 
or who remembers sympathetically his own 
first literary adventures will be deterred by this 
untidiness, for no book for children is wholly 
dull, and Miss Barry has an anecdotal way 
with her that triumphs even over the prosiest." 
-1 New Statesman 20:636 Mr 3 '23 llODw 

"A piece of real scholarship that evidences 
widely ranging and thoroughgoing research, 
keen and fruitful reading and never-fiagging 
Interest. Students of literature will find it a 
fresh and suggestive survey that, as a phase 
and an important one, has very little atten- 
tion." 

+ N Y Times plO S 9 '23 660w 

Reviewed by "Will Cuppy 

N Y Tribune pl8 N 11 '23 1550w 

BARRY, FRANK RUSSELL. Christianity and 
^ psychology; lectures towards on introduction. 

195p .$1.50 Doran [5s Student Christian 

movement] 
201 Religion — Psychology. Psychology 

[A23-2130] 

A study of psychology as it affects religion. 
It opens with a brief and clear summary of the 
leading theories with which psychology is to- 
day concerned, the new light that has been 
thrown on instinct, the unconscious, sugges- 
tion and will. The rest of the book is a dis- 
cussion of the practical application of the new 
psychological discoveries to the development of 
the Christian life. The author believes that 
Christianity, more fully than any other religion, 
meets the facts that psychology has presented 
to us. 



"There are, no doubt, some logical gaps in his 
argument. In so brief a treatment of so large 
a subject, that is perhaps inevitable. But all 
the same we can think of no better introduc- 
tion to the subject. Nobody could read it with- 
out profit." 

-f Sat R 136:309 S 15 '23 500w 
"Students of the psychology of religion should 
take care to read this excellent book." 

-f- The Times [London] Lit Sup p307 My 
3 '23 350w 

BARRY, IRIS. Splashing into society. 149p 
$2 Dutton [4s 6d Constable] 

23-13654 

This little book relating the experiences of 
Harold Withersquash and his Sella is a satire 
on London's Bohemia, after the manner and 
spelling of Daisy Ashford. Harold, having been 
left a large sum of money by his uncle, decides 
to break into society and have a run for his 
money. He and Sella have an unbroken series 
of successes. They consort with poets and 
artists, are "sycoanalyzed" and are even invited 
to tea at Buckingham Palace. "We take leave 
of Harold and Sella "surrounded by royalty and 
the flower of England's socierty, he the Head 
Poet and she the Queen of Sport." 



Boston Transcript p4 D 9 '23 280w 
"Ko doubt many people will think this little 
book amusing." 

— NY Times p9 O 21 '23 310w 
"Whether we are to condemn the book as 
snobbish or not, we must admit that in spots 
it is very funny." Leo Markun 

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"Is a very amusing satire on modern May- 
fair, written by a super-civilized and sophis- 
ticated adult in the manner of The Young 
Visiters." 

-f- -^ Spec 131:198 Ag 11 '23 lOOw 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p489 Jl 
19 '23 220w 

BARTLETT, F. C. Psychology and primitive 
^ culture. 294p $2.75 Macmillan [8s 6d Cam- 
bridge univ. press] 

301 Social psychology 
"Director Bartlett's main aim in this im- 
portant work is to show that the psychological 
study of primitive culture forms may be used 
and should be used, as an introduction to the 
psychology of contemporary social life. He be- 
gins by particulttrizing the most important and 
most fundamental tendencies, both active and 
effective, which find expression in human be- 
havior; his next care is to consider how such 
tendencies act and react upon one another, set- 
ting forth which of them are dominant at cer- 
tain stages of development, and also taking 
into account how they may be affected by the 
external environment within which they are 
called upon to work. And having surveyed the 
main determining conditions of behavior in a 
primitive group he goes on to indicate the ways 
in which such conditions lead to the develop- 
ment of customs, institutions and social struc- 
ture." — Boston Transcript 



Boston Transcript p4 D 22 '23 360w 
"His book is tightly packed with new ideas, 
some faintly delineated, some merely hinted 
at, and a great deal will have to be done to 
render them more precise. The first maps of 
a new district are bound to be sketchy, and the 
merit of this book lies in the extraordinary 
number of outlines, marking new fields fur in- 
vestigation, which it contains." W. J. H. S. 
-H New Statesman 22:343 D 22 '23 1050w 
"This is an industrious book about the psy- 
chological traits at work in early as in ad- 
vanced society, but it is a saddening one. Still, 
the story of the diffusion of culture and of its 
elaboration is diligently set forth, and the book 
in general may be safely recommended to stu- 
dents at seats of learning, whose duty it is 
for purposes of their degree, to approach the 
study of man from this academic angle." 
i- Spec 131:808 N 24 '23 180w 

BARTLEY, IV1RS NALBRO ISADORAH. Up 

and coming. 364p $1.90 Putnam 

23-4006 

When Jones Bynight — third of the name 
under which his penniless grandfather 
came to America — had achieved an education 
and unusual success, with the aid of a self-sacri- 
ficing mother; had surrounded her with every 
comiort wealth could buy and had helped both 
his sisters to the kind of happiness each was 
fitted for, he was on the point of becoming an 
eccentric old bachelor who had missed that 
essential of human contentment — personal lib- 
erty. Always weighed down with a sense of his 
obligations to others and vaguely resentful of 
his fetters, it remained for the girl of his 
dreams — when she at last turned up — to hold 
up the mirror to him and show him his variety 
of moral cowardice. During a nervous break- 
down which followed, his watching mother also 
had a revelation. She saw that the time had 
come for her to step aside — her last act of 
heroism. 



Reviewed by D. L. Mann 

Boston Transcript p5 F 17 '23 llOOw 
"It is a story of American life which carries 
some conviction, a study of character with 
power and insight." 

H Lit R p668 My 5 '23 300w 

"An extremely readable book, important in 
subject matter, but not too important to be 
easy light reading." 

-H N Y Times pl9 F 11 '23 220w 
"In spite of her frequently impossible sen- 
tence structure, her curious spellings, her ec- 
centric changes from realism to romance and 



from romance to naturalism, Nalbro Hartley 
in her last novel manages to present a con- 
siderable phase of American life in a manner 
both superficial and trenchantly vigorous. If 
this statement is paradox, so is 'Up and 
Coming.' It is one of the worst treatments of 
a gooa subject in the season's offering of genre 
novels." Kenneth i? uessle 

1- N Y Tribune p20 Mr 11 '23 llOOw 

Springf'd Republican p7a F 25 '23 
260w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p405 Je 
14 '23 150w 

BASSETT, SARA WARE. Walter and the 

wireless. 256p il $1.65 Little 

23-5969 

"Walter, the hero, who really wanted to go 
on a fishing cruise to the Grand Banks, takes 
instead a position to look after some very valu- 
able dogs of a New Yorker who spends his 
summer at Lovell's Harbor because that posi- 
tion offers better money than the fishing cruise, 
and his mother needs the money. Things turn 
out better than hero or reader expect. An 
interesting detective story follows, in which a 
small dog is the lost heroine, and Walter's 
knowledge of wireless the power that finally 
untangles the mystery, and establishes Walter 
in the Crowninshield family's estimation as a 
fine operator, and makes of the influential New 
York people good friends for himself and his 
mother." — Boston Transcript 



"To be able to keep abreast of the times and 
while doing so turn out a book that boys and 
girls [will like] ... is something of an art. 
Sara Ware Bassett, in her invention series is 
such an artist." 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Ap 7 '23 200w 
"Will interest radio enthusiasts, the it does 
not require a technical knowledge of wireless 
to enjoy the tale." M. G. Bonner 
-I- Int Bk R p36 Ag '23 30w 
"The fourth in Miss Bassett's Invention 
Series, this radio story is not told as convinc- 
ingly as its predecessors, which had to do with 
the printing press, the steam engine and the 
telephone." 

— Lit R p612 Ap 14 '23 lOOw 
"A capably handled story." M. G. Bonner 
-h N Y Times pll Je 24 '23 60w 

BATTERSEA, CONSTANCE, lady. Reminis- 
cences. 470p il $7.50 (21s) Macmillan 

B or 92 
"The daughter of Anthony Rothschild and 
his cousin Louisa Montefiore, Constance, the 
present Lady Battersea, belongs to two eminent 
Jewish families, and if only because her book 
is in its earlier pages a serious attempt to 
record the characteristics of her many dis- 
tinguished relations, it would possess a value 
for the historian of social life in the Victorian 
era. . . With such friends from childhood or 
girlhood and such others as her husband's 
charm brought her and her own admirable 
work and talent as a hostess won, Lady Bat- 
tersea has no lack of personal material. The 
Ishmaelites and Bohemians are missing, but 
almost all the other chief Victorian figures are 
in the book." — Sat R 



"Lady Battersea's memoirs are very good 
memoirs indeed, all the more so because of their 
good nature and total lack of any pretension to 
cleverness." C: L. Moore 

+ Lit R p703 My 19 '23 780w 

Reviewed by M. F. Egan 

N Y Times pi Ja 14 '23 2300w 

"Lady Battersea writes unpretentiously, 
pleasantly, with some skill in describing the 
appearance of the celebrities she recalls, and 
the leisure and spaciousness of the life recorded 
are agreeable to contemplate." 

+ Sat R 134:886 D 9 '22 450w 

"Her backward look over a past century ia 
so bland and cheerful that she keeps the reader 
going, even when the language of her chron- 
icle is less vivid than no doubt her vision was. 



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BATTERSEA, CONSTANCE — Continued 
It is honest material, set down honestly, which 
illustrates an age and a point of view — an age 
of large country houses and leisurely entertain- 
ments." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p773 N 30 
■22 llOOw 



BAU, MINGCHIEN JOSHUA. Open door doc- 
trine in relation to China. 245p $2.50 Mac- 
millan 

327 Eastern question (Far East). China — 
Foreign relations 23-10566 

The material of the book Is drawn mainly 
from United States government publications 
and British state papers. It explains the origin, 
history, meaning, and application of the open 
door doctrine and points out its relation to the 
integrity of China, spheres of influence, the 
Chinese railways, Japan's special interests and 
the new international banking consortium. The 
appendix gives the important documents re- 
lating to the doctrine. Bibliography. Index. 



Am Hist R 29:376 Ja '24 420w 
Reviewed by G. N. Steiger 

Am Pol Sol R 17:662 N '23 300w 
Booklist 20:94 D '23 
-I- Boston Transcript p6 S 3 '23 lOOw 
Cleveland p72 S '23 
"Dr. Bau's clear and admirably judicial work 
is as interesting and readable as it is histori- 
cally accurate and fair-minded. A copious in- 
dex, a bibliography and several appendices con- 
taining texts of treaties and other govern- 
mental documents add to the value of the book 
which not only historical students and others 
especially interested in its subject but all read- 
ers who wish to form intelligent opinions about 
our national and international policies will find 
very inuch worth while." 

+ N Y Times p20 Ag 5 '23 720w 

Springf'd Republican p6 D 26 "23 450w 

BAUSMAN, FREDERICK. I^et France explain. 
2nd ed 264p $2.85 Beyer's bookstore, 207 Ful- 
ton St., New York [8s 6d Allen & U.] 

940.311 European war, 1914-1919 — Causes. 
European war, 1914-1919 — France 

[22-14062] 

"In this book Mr. Frederick Bausman, who 
was formerly a member of the Supreme Court 
of the State of Washington, has drawn an in- 
dictment against France, who, he alleges, was 
the real instigator of the War. He is deeply 
impressed by the secret treaties between 
France and Russia, which the Bolsheviks pub- 
lished after the revolution. . . His general con- 
clusions are that the Alliance of France and 
Russia was unnecessary to the safety of France 
and was hostile to the peace of Europe; that 
France deliberately encouraged Russia to be 
aggressive against Germany; that German ar- 
maments were rendered necessary by the wan- 
ton increase of Russian armaments; that Rus- 
sia had no motive in Serbia except to extend 
her Empire in the Balkans; that Germany, 
after discovering that Russia actually would 
go to war as a result of the Serbian affair, 
did everything possible to avert war; that the 
Russians when they thought war likely to be 
avoided, hurriedly mobilized in order to make 
war inevitable; and that France, in the few 
days preceding the War, did nothing to pre- 
vent the catastrophe." — Spec 



"That the author, being a lawyer by profes- 
sion, should have given his book a closely 
argumentative form is comprehensible. But in 
the ardour of the battle he often goes too far, 
and runs the risk of producing a revulsion in 
the reader who has a liking for a little more 
elbow-room in forming his conclusions. Yet 
when all is said, the American public will find 
here an excellent corrective of its particular 
war-bias." Ferdinand Schevill 

1- Freeman 7:406 Jl 4 '23 700w 



"Mr. Bausman's findings are precise, and 
here and there they are stated in the tone 
and language of rhetoric. But his case is 
closely documented, and, if we are not mis- 
taken, he has put his finger on the questions 
that must for years to come disquiet the con- 
science of Europe, until an answer of equity 
has been found to them. . . Mr. Bausman's 
remarkable book has suffered a little from 
haste in production, and we shall look to a 
second edition for the correction of some me- 
chanical errors in the text and in the quota- 
tions from French documents." 

H Nation and Ath 131:443 Je 24 '22 1350w 

"An indictment of France so savage — and in 
part so inaccurate — that it will repel as many 
as it may convert. . . All this reads like Ger- 
man propaganda, and Mr. Bausman does well 
to state that 'no German suggested this book' 
or 'ever saw the written page.' It is written 
in the spirit of propaganda, in spite of the 
documentary evidence adduced to support many 
of the contentions. Mr. Bausman has been so 
astonished and disgusted by his researches that 
his indignation has overtoppled his balance." 
B. E. Schmitt 

— New Repub 33:255 Ja 31 '23 lOOOw 
"No one has the slightest chance of finding 

his way in the twilight of diplomatic history 
unless he has first stripped the scales of every 
prejudice from his eyes. Mr. Bausman is so 
blind with prejudices that he could not cross a 
historical high road in broad daylight with 
any kind of certainty or safety. It must be 
confessed that this fact gives to his book a 
kind of pathological interest." L. W. 

— New Statesman 19:470 Jl 29 '22 550w 
"He is, of course, trained in judicial methods, 

but we cannot honestly say that he observes 
them in this work, for we find a good deal 
more rhetoric than judgment. . . Although this 
book is a misreading of history in the solemn 
garb of moral indignation, it would be just as 
well that the French should take note of it." 

— Spec 129:113 Jl 22 '22 lOOOw 

"It would be well if the author acquainted 
himself before he set to work to instruct his 
own country. When we come to the outbreak 
of the war, he believes everything that the 
German apologists tell us, but in the true Teu- 
tonic style dismisses with contempt the evi- 
dence of any writer of whatever nationality 
which tells against Germany. . . Mr. Bausman 
shows some real understanding and insight into 
the position and policy of this country; he has, 
however, completely failed to use the same dis- 
cernment in his interpretation of French 
policy." 

h The Times [London] Lit Sup p431 Je 

29 '22 350w 



BAX, CLIFFORD. Up-stream; a drama in 
three acts. (British drama league library of 
modern drama) 85p $1.25 Brentano's [3s 6d 
Blackwell] 

822 2.M8020 

" 'Up Stream' is a play the scene of which 
is laid in the forests of Bolivia. George Gil- 
lespie is the chief engineer of an expedition 
which is building a railway into the jungle. 
He is rapacious, cruel and totally lacking in 
any moral feeling. He has caused the death of 
an assistant engineer who opposed him, ana 
is planning the death of a scientist attached to 
the expedition, being actuated b.v the fear that 
the scientist, on his return to the States, will 
reveal the murder. The scientist, Wyatt, is 
leaving at dawn, but Gillespie does not know 
whether he plans to walk down the railroad 
line to where the steamer is lying in the river, 
or whether he will go by canoe. In order to 
find out he sends his ward to seduce Wyatt 
and find out. The girl, who is truly in love 
with the scientist, informs on her father. But 
Wyatt does not trust her, and tells her that 
he is going by canoe when his intention is to 
walk down the line. The girl, trusting Wyatt, 
in order to save him gives the opposite version 
to what he told her, with the result that he is 
murdered by the assassin sent out by her 



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father. In a word, the girl becomes unwit- 
tingly, the cause of her lover's death." — N Y 
Times 



Boston Transcript p6 Ag 15 '23 250w 
"The play is well knit, the action moves 
swiftly and the dialogue is generally sharp and 
crisp. But the impression of the drama as a 
whole is one of crudeness." 

^ -NY Times p7 My 20 '23 600w 

BAXTER, GEORGE OWEN. Donnegan; a 
western story. 320p $1.75 Chelsea house 

23-1647 

"Into a little mining town on the edge of the 
desert there drifts a hobo endowed with an 
agility almost superhuman. He falls foul of 
the local gang of bad men at once and has a 
series of hair-raising adventures before he suc- 
ceeds in rescuing The Girl from their clutches." 
— N Y Tribune 

"Those readers who want 'something exciting 
and plenty of it,' and are not particular about 
verisimilitude, will enjoy this lurid tale." F. B. 

— Boston Transcript pi Je 23 '23 600w 
"For the most part the book is shaped along 

well-ordered lines, lines that have proved safe 
in the past and presumably will have their 
public for many years to come." 

— NY Times p24 Mr 14 '23 330w 
N Y Tribune p22 Mr 25 '23 40w 

BEACH, REX ELLINGWOOD. Big brother, 
2 and other stories. 367p $2 Harper 

23-14204 
The scene of the first of these short stories. 
Big Brother, is laid in New York city. Jimmy 
Donovan, leader of the toughs known as the 
Car Barn gang of the lower East side, is en- 
trusted with the care of Midge Murray, the 
little brother of a gangster who was killed. In 
order to bring him up to be straight Jimmy 
puts up a stiff fight, and wins not only the 
right to bring up Midge but also the hand ot 
the charming Kitty Costello. The other stories 
are: "The white brant"; Recoil; The obvious 
thing; The talking vase; Too fat to fight. 



"As reading matter the book provides the 
lightest kind of diversion for a credulous mood. 
Wliatever interest it holds is due principally to 
Mr. Beach's very real and not to be undervalued 
ability for putting a certain dramatic quality 
into even his slightest work. Let the material 
be ever so banal and false and he still con- 
trives to get action, movement, a semblance of 
life into its development. In short, he is an 
excellent craftsman." 

+ — N Y Times pl6 N 25 '23 550w 

Springf d Republican p7a D 30 '23 180w 

BEALS, CARLETON. Rome or death; the 
story of Fascism. 347p il $2.50 Century 

945 Italy— Fascisti movement 23-13033 

An account of the rise to power of Mussolini 
and his Black Shirts by an eye-witness of many 
of the events described. The background and 
origins of Fascism are sketched, the develop- 
ment and triumphs of the movement, the leaders 
it has produced, its program, both internal and 
international, and the larger ends toward which 
it is working. 



"His story of the rise and development of 
the Fascisti movement is vivid and full of color. 
He does not ignore the many acts of violence 
and intimidation committed by roving bands of 
the Fascisti, but takes pains to point out how 
the movement from its inception has been es- 
sentially a revolutionary and extra-legal one." 
O. McK., jr. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 31 '23 420w 

"Prof. Carleton Beals's study is calm, reason- 
able and exceptionally well informed." 
-H N Y World p9 O 14 '23 450w 



BEAUMONT, ISABEL, pseud. See Smith, C. I. 

BECK, JAMES MONTGOMERY. Constitution 
of the United States. 280p $2 Doran [7s 
6d Hodder & S.] 

342.73 United States— Constitution 23-2414 
"A course of three lectures delivered by the 
distinguished American lawyer in Gray's Inn 
Hall in June on the invitation of the University 
of London; with, besides Lord Balfour's pre- 
face, an introduction by Sir John Simon." (The 
Times [London] Lit Sup) "A brief study of 
the genesis, formulation and political philo.sophy 
of the Constitution of the United States." (Sub- 
title) 



Am Pol Sci R 17:344 My '23 150w 
Bookm 56:772 F '23 160w 
Boston Transcript p4 Ap 4 '23 400vv 
Reviewed by R G. Fuller 

Int Bk R p42 N '23 2450w 
"Mr. Beck is a stylist of no mean order, and 
the narrative of the events leading up to the 
Convention of 1787, as well as of the course of 
discussion in that famous assembly, is, con- 
sidering its brevity, surprisingly full of atmos- 
phere. The lecture on 'The Political Philosophy 
of the (Constitution' evinces the same graces, 
but for all that does not avoid throwing down 
a challenge to opinion on certain points." E: 
S. (Corwin 

+ Lit R p549 Mr 24 '23 570w 
Reviewed by BoyquS Jean 

Nation 116:sup436 Ap 11 '23 1350w 
Reviewed by J: R. Powell 

New Repub 33:297 F 7 '23 850w 
"The book is replete with the scholarship 
and instinct with the graceful style that the 
American bar has long recognized as charac- 
teristic of Mr. Beck." Abraham Benedict 
+ H y Times p2 Ap 29 '23 2250w 
Reviewed by S. A. Coblentz 

N Y Tribune pl9 Ap 15 '23 250w 
"One cf the best brief expositions of the 
American Constitution in words such as the 
layman can understand. . . A good deal of 
it is necessarily controversial — a view and not 
a Papal Encyclical." 

+ Spec 130:21 Ja 6 '23 950w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p635 O 
5 '22 40w 



BECK, JOHN OSCAR. Windows in Diagon 

Town. 81 p .$3 Brimmer 
811 

"The author of 'Windows in Dragon Town' 
begs in a foreword the question whether the 
contents of his book are prose or verse by say- 
ing that he has tried to tell stories in the 
manner that seemed to him most effective with- 
out bothering very much what the manner 
might be called." (Boston Transcript S 29 '23) 
"With two exceptions, Mr. Beck's poems are 
in the form of veis libre, with short lines of a 
word or two and others as long as an Old 
Testament paragraph." (Boston Transcript Ag 
29 '23) 



"Mr. Beck shows a good deal of originality, 
and there is good excuse for his pessimism, 
for it is not unredeemed by rays of light and 
beauty." 

H Boston Transcript p6 Ag 29 '23 220w 

"In most of the poems there is a timely 
note that is not exactly journalistic, but rather 
significant of a man who is busy with the 
present, alive to its possibilities, and not too 
busy to think about it playfully, musically, sol- 
emnly, or passionately as the mood strikes him. 
G H C 

+ Boston Transcript p4 S 29 '23 400w 

"His construction strikes me as chaotic; he 
seems to have little instinct for finality of form, 
little sense of selection of detail." W: R. Benet 
— Lit R p680 My 12 '23 llOw 



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BECK, L. ADAMS. Perfume of the rainbow, 
^^ and other stories. 324p $2 Dodd 

23-17381 
This collection of tales of the Orient covers 
a wide range, from excerpts from the Day book 
of a court lady of old Japan to some of the 
old ghost plays of the same land. Dreams and 
tales of romance are included, tales of the 
sensualities of dead imperial courts, of the pur- 
ity of the Himalayan heights, the secrets of 
Oriental thought and the mysteries of ancient 
faiths. India, Burma, Java, China and Japan 
have all been covered by the author in his 
search for this material. Contents: The man 
and the lesser gods; Juana; The courtesan of 
Vaisali; The flute of Krishna; The emperor and 
the silk goddess; The loveliest lady of China; 
The ghost plays of Japan; The marvels of 
Xanadu; From the ape to the Buddha; The sor- 
row of the queen; The perfect one; The way 
of attainment; The day book of a court lady 
of old Japan; The courtesan princess; The happy 
solitudes; The desolate city. 



Boston Transcript p4 D 22 '23 900w 
"The author has approached the immemorial 
fountain of romance with scholarship, sympathy 
and reverence. He can hardly fail to stimulate 
the same attitude on the part of his audience." 
+ N Y Times p8 D 2 '23 660w 
"Tales of court intrigue and kingdoms which 
have a surprising modernity and naturalness, 
yet the author gets much of the gorgeousness 
of these old courts into his descriptions." 
-f N Y World p7e D 16 '23 300w 

BEER, GEORGE LOUIS. African questions at 
' the Paris peace conference; with papers on 
Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the colonial settle- 
ment; ed. with introd., annexes, and addi- 
tional notes by Louis Herbert Gray. 628p 
$6 Macmillan 

940.314 Africa — Colonization. European war, 
1914-1919 — Territorial questions. Germany 
— Colonies. Peace conference, 1919 23-15285 
The author was chief of the Colonial divi.sion 
of the American delegation to negotiate peace 
and member of the commission on mandates. 
His studies in connection with this work are 
here collected. The subjects covered are the 
German colonies in Africa before and during the 
war and their disposition; the problem of mid- 
dle Africa, in its economic aspects as a source 
of supply and as a market for the western 
world; Egyptian questions at the Peace con- 
ference; the future of Mesopotamia. Among 
his recommendations is included the suggestion 
for the idea of international control which was 
later embodied in the mandate article of the 
Covenant of the League of nations. There are 
six maps and an index. 



Boston Transcript p4 D 12 '23 700w 
R of Rs 69:108 Ja '24 lOOw 

BEER, THOMAS. Stephen Crane; a study in 
American letters. 248p $2.50 Knopf 

B or 92 Crane, Stephen 23-17713 

The deep friendship of Stephen Crane and 
Joseph Conrad, two kindred spirits, is delight- 
fully set forth by Conrad in the lengthy in- 
troduction which prefaces this study of the 
writer of the "Red Badge of Courage." The 
primary object of the book would seem to be 
an attempt to create a revival of interest in 
Crane's work. The author gives a detailed ac- 
count of the career of Crane and refutes many 
of the slanders which attacked the good name 
of the young writer. 



"Thomas Beer pays tribute to the art of 
Stephen Crane and excoriates the literary spirit 
of the generation in which he lived and wrote. 
This is a study in American letters of singular 
Interest and importance." R. D. Paine 
4- Bookm 58:470 D '23 920w 

"If Mr. Beer is fortunate in a subject, Mr. 
Crane is equally fortunate in his biographer. 
Mr. Beer's book proves that no better man 
could have been selected to write it. He under- 



stands Mr. Crane and his work. He has affec- 
tionate insight and imagination. We have no 
apologies to offer for the use of the latter word. 
Imagination in biography is not invention. It 
is that quality which evolves truth from bare 
facts, which puts warm flesh upon dry bones, 
and Mr. Beer uses it neither luxuriantly nor 
frugally, but in the exact proportion which gives 
life to his subject." S. L. Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p5 D 1 '23 1350w 

"The truth which Mr. Beer now tells, like 
the truth which Crane as an artist always 
insisted upon the right to tell, is more fas- 
cinating than most fiction. If the book is 
indeed a novel, and it reads like one from the 
first page to the last, it is the sort which 
Crane might have written about himself had 
he had the inclination and had he known as 
much about himself as his biographer does." 
Mark Van Doren 

+ Nation 118:66 Ja 16 '24 780w 

"Mr. Beer, in spite of some defects of style, 
has written an incredibly entertaining book 
about one of the most unpromising of periods." 
Edmund Wilson 

H New Repub 37:153 Ja 2 '24 2000w 

"While containing high praise for the author 
of 'The Red Badge,' the volume is not written 
in unduly glowing terms nor with the air of 
the idol-worshiper." S. A. Coblentz 

-I- N Y Times p8 D 30 '23 llOOw 

"Perhaps the author will excuse me if 1 take 
the liberty of tr\'ing to assi^^t in the revival 
of Crane. T feel tha; Beer has written a suc- 
cessful book. It is dramatic and imaginative 
narrative and does not concern itstlf wiih le- 
printing documents that lull the soul of the 
reader. His staunch, and for me, loyal defense 
of Crane against calumny somewhat weakens 
his work. Perhaps I am unmoral. I could ap- 
preciate Crane as an artist even if he had 
swallowed all the dope claimed to have been 
seized by the New York Police Department." 
J NY World p8e N 18 '23 ISOOw 

BEERBOHM, MAX. Things new and old. 57p il 
^ $6 Doubleday [25s Heinemann] 
741 Caricatures and cartoons 
"The present volume is made up of the cari- 
catures which were exhibited last summer at 
the Leicester Galleries in London, minus most 
of those dealing with the royal family." — N Y 
World 



"There will be other cartoonists, but it is 
doubtful whether there can be another with 
that profound sense of happy devastation which 
is Max's. He is the master of the ironic, the 
civilized; the fearfully knowing method of mak- 
ing certain people wish they had never been 
born. . . The- urbanity of it all! The delicate 
manner in which the thin blade of the satire 
finds the chink in the armor!" Rollin Kirby 
4- N Y World p6e D 16 '23 1200w 
"Humour is a great antiseptic against the 
ravages of time, and this quality Max possesses 
abundantly." H. Strachey 

4- Spec 131:845 D 1 '23 1150w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p730 N 1 

•23 lOOw 

"One wants to say of nearly every cartoon 

that this, positively, is the best of all the lot." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p803 N 29 

'23 520w 

BEERBOHM, MAX. Yet again. * 306p $2.50 
2 Knopf 

824 [22-16726] 

This collection of essays first appeared in 
London in 1909 and shortly went out of print. 
It has never before been published in America. 
The longer essays are followed by a group of 
word pictures of paintings. (.Contents: The fire; 
Seeing people off; A memory of a midnight ex- 
press; Porro unum; A club in ruins; '273'; A 
study in dejection: A pathetic imposture; The 
decline of the graces; Whistler's writing: Icha- 
bod; General elections; A parallel; A Morris for 



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May-day; The House of commons manner; 
Sympat; The naming of streets; On Shakes- 
peare's birthday; A homecoming; 'The ragged 
regiment"; The humour of the public; Dulcedo 
judiciorum; Words for pictures. 

BEGBIE, HAROLD. More twice-born men 
(Eng title Life changers) ; narratives of a re- 
cent movement in the spirit of personal re- 
ligion. 164p $2.50 Putnam [5s Mills & B.] 
248 Conversion 23-13878 

Like the author's "Twice-born men," this 
volume is a record of religious experiences and 
testifies to the power of religion to change 
men's lives. But unlike the earlier volume, in 
which the men converted were from the under- 
world of London and hardened in crime, the 
cases of conversion here described are young 
men mostly from the universities whose spir- 
itual growth has been impeded by some secret 
sin, disturbing to peace, happiness and power. 
Binding the narratives together and giving unity 
to the book is the personality of the "soul sur- 
geon," an American and a friend of the author, 
who is able to unlock the hearts of these 
young men, get their sins into the open, and 
perform what Mr Begbie calls "miracles of 
conversion." 



"This is an unpleasant little book, and with- 
out impugning the good intentions of the au- 
thor, we regret its publication." 

— Sat R 135:602 My 5 '23 320w 
Spec 130:1012 Je 16 '23 150w 
"Mr. Begbie has found a new theme exactly 
suited to his faculty in expounding practical 
religious experiences with a ready diffuseness. 
They are tales narrated in his best optimistic 
religious vein." 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p251 Ap 
12 '23 250w 

BEITH, JOHN HAY (IAN HAY, pseud.). 
Lucky number. 355p $2 Houghton 

23-6499 
Of these thirteen short stories some have 
already appeared in magazine form and others 
are published for the first time. The first and 
longest is the story of an old man who has 
established a reputation for scholarship and 
every night entertains his neighbors with 
"readings" and discourses from his library — 
when in reality he can neither read nor write. 
A remarkable memory enables him to repeat 
long extracts which had been read aloud to 
him. Scally is a dog story, and there are three 
war or post-war stories. Contents: "The liber- 
ry"; Natural causes: "Scally"; Ocean air; Petit- 
.Jean; The cure; The side-step; Our pirate; 
Locum tenens; "Bill Bailey"; A wire entangle- 
ment; A sporting college; Fowl play. 



"The sheer joy of a volume from the pen of 
Major Beith is one of the events of a year. The 
present book is even more varied than usual 
because it is a collection of short stories, all 
containing folk so typically part of the fabric 
of English life that one would feel perfectly 
comfortable at having them all together in one 
story." I. W. Lawrence 

-f Boston Transcript p4 Mr 31 '23 1350w 
"On the whole the collection is entertaining. 
But one comes back to 'The Liberry.' It alone is 
outstanding; it will be remembered long after the 
rest have yellowed in the dusty stack of yester- 
year's popular magazines." 

+ Int Bk R p58 My '23 350w 
"Major Beith's humor is always genuine, and 
when he satirizes the foibles of the long- 
suffering English middle classes he still con- 
trives to show them in a sympathetic light." 

+ Lit R p666 My 5 '23 450w 
"A collection of amusing magazine stories of 
the higher grade. They are workmanlike pieces 
of fiction of this marked type. The one ex- 
ception is the story of endangered domestic 
bliss, which rises ambitiously above the level 
of its companions." 

+ N Y Times pl4 Ap 8 '23 820w 



Reviewed by R. D. Townsend 

Outlook 133:720 Ap 18 '23 20w 
Spec 130:934 Je 2 '23 20w 
"The stories were written at various times 
since 1905, and will add nothing to the major's 
literary reputation. In most of the stories, 
Maj. Beith finds opportunity to give rein to 
his humor; but It is no disparagement to say 
that the short story is not his best medium. ' 
— + Springf d Republican p7a Ap 15 '23 
200w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:160 Je '23 

BELL, AUBREY FITZ GERALD. Spanish 

Galicia. 200p il ?2.50 Duflield [7s 6d Lane] 

914.61 Galicia, Spain [23-1533] 

Notes of travel in this ancient province of 

northwestern Spain. Country and people are 

described and special attention is given to the 

almost unknown towns, villages and scenery 

of the remoter parts. Translations of some 

old Galician songs and of some modern poems 

and quatrains are given in the appendices as 

well as several songs in musical setting. There 

is a bibliography and a vocabulary. Index. 



"For such a land of poetry we would have 
wished not a greater lover, but a more able 
commentator, for Mr. Bell has so choked his 
narrative with a constant stream of redundant 
detail that the outhnes fail to clarify themselves 
in the general heterogeneous maze of impres- 
sion." C. T. C. 

h Boston Transcript p4 D 15 '23 520w 

Nation and Ath 31:660 Ag 12 '22 500w 
"An excellent handbook. It gives a vivid idea 
of the charm and interest of a country still 
little known to tourists." 

4- New Statesman 19:336 Je 24 '22 20w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bul 28:193 Ap '23 
"Charming little book by an accomplished 
Spanish scholar and traveller which fulfils its 
purpose by making the reader desire eagerly 
to visit Galicia." 

+ Spec 128:791 Je 24 '22 180w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p311 My 
11 '22 250w 

BELL, CLIVE. On British freedom. 86p $1.35 

Harcourt [3s 6d Chatto & W.] 
323.44 Liberty 

"It is personal and not political freedom which 
Mr Bell sets out to save, and he does not ex- 
aggerate the state of childish obedience in 
which this renowned nation has sunk. England 
is a gigantic nursery where already nearly all 
our toys are put away at ten o'clock, and some 
of them long before that." (Spec) "Here is Mr. 
Bell telling us, to our confusion, that Great 
Britain is one of the least free countries in the 
world. More than that the Englishman to-day 
is at least as much a slave as he was under 
Cromwell and his generals. More still; he is 
less free than a slave was in the time of 
Hadrian. For the Roman slave might read, or 
hear, the unexpurgated classics." (The Times 
[London] Lit Sup) 

"In this volume, as in his art criticism, he 
trumpets tolerance, and his style, which con- 
tains pleasing learned allusions, winds in and 
out and moves like a bicycle on a cobbled street, 
taking all the bumps of the difiBcult road off 
onto its pneumatic wheels." J. W. L. 

+ Boston Transcript p6 N 17 '23 400w 

"It is indeed a brilliant piece of writing— but 
it is somewhat overcharged with venom against 
police-women and other moralist crusaders and 
it lacks the nobility and depth of thought that 
one finds in any one of Mill's great arguments. 
However, for the young intellectual it is the 
ideal Christmas present." 

-] Ind 111:285 D 8 '23 150w 

"Although I disagree upon points too numer- 
ous to deal with, I believe that the book will 
prove beneficial. Mr. Bell's pamphlet is the 



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BELL, CLIVE — Continued 

most spirited, swift, admirably written on- 
slaught I have read since I read one of Shaw's 

+ New Statesman 21:329 Je 23 "23 1850w 
N Y Times p3 O 14 '23 500w 

"Such bracing- attacks as this of Mr. Bell 
should fall on us more frequently." 
+ Spec 131:226 Ag IS '23 650w 

"Mr. Bell is a defender of enjoyment. It is 
as good a theme for a pamphlet as many, but 
what is a little astonishing is to find that this 
one, with all its vivacity, has an intense 
seriousness which somehow works mischief with 
the proportions. . . Mr. Bell's analysis of the 
sort of reforming mind which he dislikes is the 
liveliest part of his book; shrewd grains of 
truth drop out from it, as well as remarks which 
might have been omitted. But one's general 
impression is that he has taken the part for 
the whole." 

-| The Times [London] Lit Sup p449 Jl 

5 '23 1050W 

BELL, HAROLD SILL. American petroleum 

refining. 456p il $5 Van Nostrand 

665.5 Petroleum 23-6404 

"Covers refinery plant and practice in con- 
siderable detail, and includes storage and trans- 
portation of oil and manufacture of containers. 
Much of the information should be of value to 
chemical engineers not definitely interested in 
oil refining." — -Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



war experiences. Contents: The last of the 
line; The neophyte; Bonfires and elms, 1919; 
Malebolge, 1920; The garden of Epicurus, 1921; 
The day, 1922; Scapa flow; "Some dropped by 
the wayside," 1919; Flotsam; The swashbuckler; 
The Odyssey of Percival Fiske. 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:363 Jl '23 

BELL, JOHN KEBLE (KEBLE HOWARD, 
pseud.). King of the castle. 296p $1.90 Small 

23-3890 
"The story is based upon the unusual require- 
ment in a rich man's will that unless the widow 
should remarry within two years the whole 
estate would go to the next of kin. How to 
transform a marriage of convenience into a love 
match is the problem that troubles the princi- 
pals and their lawyer, while the opposition is 
concerned with preventing the eleventh hour 
marriage or proving it illegal. The story is 
laid in London with Lady Oxborrow's castle far 
up-country and Capt O'Farrall's 'castle' on the 
south coast as auxiliary settings. The prin- 
cipals are decidedly in love with each other, but 
each supposes the other to be acting only on a 
business basis to save the lady's money, so that 
strained relations continue to near the end." — 
Springf'd Republican 

"Mr. Howard's wholly charming romance 
leaves the reader untroubled, and undefiled. It 
is in his minor characters that Mr. Howard 
shows real skill, and they lift the book a little 
above the average love story." 

+ Lit R p491 F 24 '23 160w 

"In 'King of the Castle," the creation of 
Ezekiel is probably Mr. Howard's most notable 
achievement. But it is not his only achieve- 
ment. He has written a book that braves all 
the modern conventions. He is not afraid to 
shape his phrases with care." 

-}- N Y Times p27 F 11 '23 650w 

"An entertaining love story. There are fre- 
quent touches in the author's style reminiscent 
of Dickens, which add to the general charm of 
the story." 

-f- Springf'd Republican p7a Mr 4 '23 180w 

BELLAH, JAMES WARNER. Sketch book of 
== a cadet from Gascony. 148p $1.50 Knopf 

23-16464 
This book containing eleven stories and sket- 
ches has received the third annual Knopf award 
for the best book of the year bv a Columbia 
undergraduate. Five of the sketches deal with 
college life. Wesleyan, not Columbia forms the 
background of these. There are also stories of 



"The fault of the book, we can see now, lies 
in the touted fact that it was written in nine- 
teen hours. In the same number of months, 
with revisions, with many a cut and substitu- 
tion, with elimination of at least five of the 
eleven sketches, the book might have been quite 
worth while. But when you must have a manu- 
script in the hands of a publisher before mid- 
night of a certain date.!" C. B. O. 

— -i- Boston Transcript p5 D 15 '23 360w 

"These boys are more the real thing than 
many met hitherto in the frat houses and col- 
lege yards of fiction. 'The Neophyte,' dealing 
with neither war nor student days, is the surest 
and the strongest." 

+ N Y Times p22 N 18 '23 500w 

BELLAMANN, HENRY, Cups of illusion. 

123p $1.50 Houghton 

811 23-12023 

" 'Cups of Illusion' is that rather rare thing — 
a book of verse with a personality. "Throughout 
it all speaks the musician, the man with a de- 
sire to build up, through the suggestion of 
words, images of beauty, sense impressions 
of sound and color. Like Lanier, Bellamann 
has a faith in the untold possibilities which 
music holds for one who would write poetry. 
Unlike Lanier, this South Carolina poet keeps 
almost entirely to free verse forms." — Greens- 
boro (N.C.) Daily News 



"There is a very delicate fancy running 
through these poems; color and finely touched 
harmonics of interpretation are here. These 
are poems for poets, slight at times, but never 
unpoetic." 

-I- Bookm 58:339 N '23 120w 
Reviewed by J: G. Fletcher 

Freeman 8:356 D 19 '23 70w 
"In this book of poems, the reader will find 
free verse with a purpose behind it, much 
beauty of imagery, the music of elfin pipes, 
and a suggestiveness which feeds the flames 
of fantasy. And this is much for a single vol- 
ume of verse in these days." C. A. H. 

-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 O 
14 "23 720w 
"This is a collection of poeme, for the most 
part in the freer forms, which show a lively 
sensitiveness to color and sound and the sub- 
tle movements of the mind." 

-f Outlook 135:281 O 17 '23 llOw 

BELLOC, HI LAI RE. Modern traveller; with 
pictures by B. T. B. 80p il $1.50 Knopf [3s 6d 
E. Arnold] 

827 
This satire in nonsense-verse describing the 

adventures of a trio of explorers in the heart 

of Africa is in the form of an interview with 

the only survivor of the party. 



"The lines have a sting to them, and the en- 
tire expedition is a gay absurdity in verse of 
quick tempo and deft rhvming." 
Dial 75:400 O "23 60w 
"The tone of this small but most lively book 
recalls "W. S. Gilbert. The illustrations fitly 
embellish the text. Certain references would 
seem to date the volume as of decidedly pre- 
war vintage. But, for all that, it is amusing 
enough at the present date."" 

+ Lit R pll S 1 '23 220w 

+ N Y Times p22 Jl 22 '23 320w 

BELLOC, HILAIRE. On. 253p $2 Doran 

824 23-5777 

In this collection of papers the author dis- 
courses on a variety of things with good- 
natured satire and whimsical fancies. The sub- 



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jects comprise the whole gamut of human 
affairs and interests. Partial contents: On an 
educational reform; On mumbo-jumbo (mean- 
ing all the over-awing pretensions to which 
humans become willing slaves); On footnotes; 
On the Cathedral of Seville and "The Mis- 
anthi'ope"; On titles; On bad verse; On inac- 
curacy; On the accursed climate; On accent; On 
sailing the seas; On a piece of rope; On the 
last infirmity. 



Booklist 19:245 My '23 

"Always he writes with Keen humour, ram- 
bling ease, and a quaint individuality of man- 
ner that keeps the reader always in a pleasant 
state of uncertainty." 

+ Bookm 58:89 S '23 120w 

"A collection of thirty -one short essays that 
possess less individuality than diversity, and 
rather more suavity than the urbanity of actual 
charm." 

h Dial 74:522 My '23 60w 

Reviewed by Theodore Maynard 

Freeman 7:186 My 2 '23 2750w 

"In order to come to the full enjoyment of 
Mr. Belloc one must cease to take hiin very 
seriously as a guide to history or social sci- 
ence, but take him cordially by the hand when- 
ever he sets out travelling on foot. In many 
of the casual papers of this latest collection 
he has permitted his haste lo tempt him into 
flippancy and smartness, but that is no habit 
of his style, which is one of the soundest of 
styles. In almost any essay where Mr. Belloc 
becomes dogmatic or argumentative, the pic- 
ture seems to spring up of a very active young 
person throwing sticks at his elders. The mo- 
tions are graceful, the aim too ambitious, and 
as to the justice and discretion of it, the less 
said the better." A. W. Colton 

H Lit R p565 Mr 31 '23 1250w 

Reviewed by H. I. Young 

Nation 117:530 N 7 '23 150w 

"I should not like to say that Mr. Belloc's 
newest book of essays is equal to the best books 
Mr. Belloc has written. I had rather exaggerate, 
however, and say that it is as good as his best 
than that it is worse. One does not feel like 
being sparing of enthusiasm when a man of 
genius, who seemed for years to be lost in a 
wilderness of war maps and politics, suddenly 
emerges again into the green places." Robert 
Lynd 

New Statesman 20:776 Ap 7 '23 1700w 

"Belloc is more than ordinarily engaging as 
a writer, and "On' is far from being the least of 
his books." 

+ N Y Times p6 Mr 11 "23 1450w 

"He has a cold logic as cutting as a steel 
blade and a hilarious joy like a rousing chorus. 
And a majesty of style." R. C. Holliday 
-I- N Y Tribune p23 Mr 4 '23 1150w 

"Mr. Belloc has the gentle rippling manner 
of the man capable of any sort of practical 
joke. And as a writer of short prose pieces 
there are few who can compete with him on 
equal terms." L. S. 

+ N Y World pGe Mr 4 '23 550w 

"The intrepidity of Mr. Belloc's mind is ex- 
emplified in his choice of several themes, about 
which it is not to be admitted that he speaks 
with any authority. But on all of them he 
speaks with confidence and high spirits, and 
on most he would, we feel, accept contradiction 
w^ith a hurst of merriment. Unfortunately, Mr. 
'Belloc is not always so human and genial as 
this. He has his harsh, fanatical moods, in 
which he harks or vaps like a sea-lion." 

^ Sat R 135:372 Mr 17 '23 600w 

Spec 130:765 My 5 '23 30w 
"There is hardly anything finer in this mainly 
satirical group of miscellaneous essays, than 
Mr. Belloc's appreciation of 'The Misanthrope." 
One almost wishes that Mr. Belloc had given us 
more literary criticism." 

Springf d Republican plO F 27 '23 780w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup pl95 Mr 
22 '23 lOOOw 



BEMAN, LAMAR TANEY, comp. Selected 
articles on current problems in municipal 
government. (Handbook ser.) 542p $2.40 Wil- 
son, H. W. 

352 Municipal government 23-10923 

Part one presents general considerations on 
municipal government, its evolution, the evils 
which have developed and their causes. 
Each of the remaining three parts of the 
book deals with one of the remedies 
proposed: municipal home rule; the com- 
mission plan; the city manager plan. In 
each part selections are reproduced from 
the best that has been written on the subject 
and a classified bibliography points the way 
to a wider field of literature. In the parts 
where a controversial question is presented, a 
debaters' brief is given. 



"This volume should be helpful not only as 
a reference book but also for discussion clubs, 
in preparing debates, and in many other ways." 
-h Am Pol Sci R 17:692 N '23 220w 
Booklist 20:6 O '23 
"The reader gets a rich variety of viewpoints 
on the various matters under discussion." 
+ Survey 51:235 N 15 '23 80w 

SEMIS, SAMUEL FLAGG. Jays treaty; a 
study in commerce and diplomacy. 388p $3.25 
Macmillan 

973.43 Jay's treaty, 1794. United States- 
History — Constitutional period, 1789-1809. 
United States — Foreign relations — Great 
Britain. Great Britain — Foreign relations — 
United States 23-7277 

A study of the negotiations between the 
United States and Great Britain in the years 
between the treaty of peace, 1783, and the 
ratification of Jay's treaty, 1795, and of the 
vital national and international questions in- 
volved. The two chief factors with which 
Anglo-American diplomatic history of this 
period is concerned are the complications aris- 
ing from the surrender tay the British of the 
frontier posts on our northern border and the 
navigation regulations bearing upon commerce 
between Great Britain and the United States. 
Both these questions are fully treated, as well 
as the negotiations leading up to the treaty. 
The text of the treaty is given in an appendix. 
Bibliography. Index. 



Am Hist R 29:345 Ja '24 850w 
Am Pol Sci R 17:691 N '23 180w 

"An historical treatise written with great 
clarity, profound understanding and extensive 
research. . . Professor Bemis is clear-eyed and 
temperate, his writing carries conviction and 
its every page is interesting and revealing. His 
book is worth much as a history of this par- 
ticular treaty. It is worth .still more as an ex- 
ample of the doubts and difficulties which beset 
a weak but courageous nation at a time when 
it was hardly out of its colonial swaddling 
clothes." S. L. Cook 

-I- Boston Transcript p3 My 5 '23 1900w 

"Aptitude, industry, talent, and training have 
combined to produce a historical study which 
is a model of its kind." 

-f Cath World 117:848 S '23 800w 

"It is to be hoped that the laudable stimulus 
to historical publications by the Knights of 
Columbus which this monograph represents will 
result in the same high level of achievement 
in the future. In any event, students of Amer- 
ican history will be grateful for the present ser- 
vice." H. E. Barnes 

-f New Repub 36:27 Ag 29 '23 300w 

"The book exhibits a high standard of re- 
seorch. The story as told is compact, yet clear; 
judicial, yet vivid in many portions; smoothly 
flowing and interesting from beginning to end. 
+ N Y Times p5 Jl 1 "23 2000w 

"Dr. Bemis has produced an admirable book 
upon this subject, quite the best available. 
Gaillard Hunt does not exaggerate in calling it 
'a masterpiece of American historical writ- 
ing.' " J: L. Heaton ,„,„ 
4- N Y World p9e My 13 '23 1850w 



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BEMIS, SAMUEL FLAGG— Continued 

"The author has done an exceptionally able 
and scholarly piece of work. Delivering his 
facts to a large extent from little-used papers 
in the archives of Canada, Great Britain and 
the United States, he has handled them with 
unusual skill and objectivity." 

+ Springf'd Republican pl2 JI 13 '23 650w 

BENAVENTE Y MARTINEZ, JACINTO. Plays; 
third series; tr. from the Spanish, with an 
introd. by John Garrett Underbill. 219p $2.50 
Scribner 

862 23-6267 

Four plays are contained in the Spanish 
dramatist's third series of dramas. The first, 
"The prince who learned everything out of 
books," is an allegorical fantasy and satire — 
the story of a prince who goes out into the 
world with the illusions of youth and little 
other knowledge. "Saturday night" is a pag- 
eant in five tableaux of life at a Riviera winter 
resort. "In the clouds" is a two-act comedy of 
middle-class life in modern Madrid, and "The 
truth" is a brief dialog. 



"Bonavente has a fluent pen and a shallow 
intelligence; he can write a pl.ny in any genre 
without enriching it. . . Saturday Night is an 
elaborate cheat. We puzzle through a slack 
labyrinth of noise, colour, epigram, and violence 
to arrive at the sub-structure — which turns out 
to be a .stal3 allegory of Ambition, Youth, and 
Imagination. Indubitably, a very properly gilded 
brick for Drama Leaguers." 

— Dial 7,5:97 Jl '23 150w 
Reviewed by Stark Young 

New Repub 35:25 My 30 '23 800w 
Reviewed by P. A. Hutchison 

N Y Times p8 Ap 1 '23 3500w 
N Y World p9e Ap S '23 600w 
Reviewed by W.ilter Starkie 

Spec 131:503 O 13 '23 1250w 
"Jacinto Benavenle is a great dramatist, not, 
howevei', because he has invented a new way 
of dramatizing truth but because of the 
deep descent he has made into the hidden caves 
of truth, where it waits in patience for the 
discoveier." Willard Thorpe 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a Je 24 '23 
900w 

"The artist's power to transform life by giv- 
ing it significance is very clear in these plays. 
A common situation strikes down to the nether 
springs or soars out of sight; and this with 
no sacrifice of the common humanity of the 
characters and the comparative inarticulateness 
of middle-cJass people." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p352 My 
24 '23 1250W 

BENET, STEPHEN VINCENT. Jean Hugue- 
not. 292p $2 Holt 

23-13372 
Unlike her tradition -bound Southern ances- 
tors, Jean Huguenot, the last of her line, has 
a vivid imagination and an intense love of life. 
Boy-girl flirtations and a short but ardent love 
affair leave her with a sense of unfulfllment. 
iiaffled by life's perplexities, she marries Shaw 
Ashley. There is no love between them, but 
on her side a craving for companionship and 
on his a desire for possession of her beauty. 
The death of her child brings about utter cold- 
ness between them. In France, she leaves 
Shaw for Hugues Parette, who arouses in her 
all the depths of love. Jean is infinitely happy. 
With the death of Hugues in the war, she is 
once more set adrift and she sells herself to 
earn money for the care of Hugues' child by 
a peasant girl. We leave her reinstated to 
respectability, her fire of youth gone, but 
calmly happy with Hugues's child. 



For sheer spirit, charm, and impetuosity 
you will find few characters this season to 
match wild Jean Huguenot." 

+ Bookm 58:201 O '23 ISOw 



"Mr. Benet has done a very able piece of 
writing. This is a better novel than either 
'The Beginning of Wisdom' or 'Young People's 
Pride.' " F. A. Goell 

-j- Boston Transcript p4 O 20 '23 1700w 

Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 111:287 D 8 '23 410w 

"He has made a poignant and convincing 
study of a woman's values, and when we speak 
of his technical cleverness we do not mean 
something apart from the 'story,' but simply 
that he achieves something which the novelist 
who despises technique — The writer of the 
Dreiserian school — misses: he presents to us 
beyond peradventure what the others have to 
ask us to accept on their mere word." Lle- 
wellyn Jones 

+ Lit R p256 N 17 '23 700w 

"Parts of the novel are written in a poetic 
style which is occasionally very lovely." 
4- N y Times p9 O 14 '23 330w 

"There is somethng fatiguing in the present 
tense in which her adventures are mainly set 
forth. Mr. Benet's style makes concentration 
difficult because he strives too hard to fix at- 
tention. He gets his effect by a series of pic- 
tures, sometimes clear-cut, generally pretty, 
but not sufficiently continuous." Isabel Pater- 
son 

1- N Y Tribune p34 O 14 '23 720w 

BENNETT, ARNOLD, How to make the best 
of life. 224p $2 Doran 

170 Conduct of life 23-8428 

The novelist of the commonplace here appears 
as moralist in the same domain. In these 
homilies he discusses temperament and habits; 
establishing good humor; the business of edu- 
cation; falling in love; marriage; children; 
middle-age; being interested in the community. 



Booklist 19:298 Jl '23 
Bookm 58:82 S '23 200w 
"Especially to be recommended, in these days 
of fast-growing difficulties in married life, is 
the chapter on Continuation of Alarriage.' 
People who have trouble in bringing up children 
will doubtless find many beneficial hints in a 
chapter devoted to that subject, for Mr. Bennett 
speaks, it would appear, from a wealth of 
experience or observation." 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 My 19 '23 450w 
"When 'How to Make the Best of Life' has 
been given its full measure of praise for what 
it is, namely, a useful and not unentertaining 
collection of curtain talks on the art of living, 
a question remains. Has the book distinction? 
And there is but one answer — it has not." 

H NY Times pl4 My 13 '23 720w 

"Mr. Bennett is often trite and seldom subtle, 
but he is never silly, and not being silly in a 
wilderness of advice to the young is a dis- 
tinguished accomplishment. Indeed, in the con- 
struction of redoubtable commonplaces Mr. 
Bennett may come off the victor against the 
more ingenious who surround their emptiness 
with a crackle of burnished epigrams." A. D. 
Douglas 

-\ NY Tribune p20 My 13 '23 800w 

"Probably no other writer but Mr. Bennett 
could have covered so much ground in one vol- 
ume without setting down something absolutely 
sillv; whereas here there is nothing absolutely 
silly. But again, probably no other writer, of 
anything like the same standing, but Mr. Ben- 
nett could have written such a book without 
giving us something at once memorable and 
wise, a flash of light in the darkness; whereas 
here, again, there is nothing memorable and 
wise, no flash of light." 

-\ Spec 130:927 Je 2 '23 1350w 

"It is in the application of old formulas to 
the modern version of the problem that Mr. 
Bennett earns the gratitude of those who seek 
to be shown the narrow path to successful liv- 
ing. His real task is in the pointing out of 
certain dangerous corners where the claims of 
different personalities are likely to be in con- 
flict. His solution is not one to entice the 
lotus-eater, for it is, In short, to put more work 



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tnto the Job, and to control events by under- 
standing: their causes." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p337 My 
17 '23 850w 

BENNETT, ARNOLD. Riceyman Steps. 386p $2 

Doran 

The setting: a small book shop on a shabby 
London square and the living quarters over the 
shop. The characters: the middle-aged book- 
seller, Henry Earlforward; the widow, Violet 
Arb whom he marries early in the course of the 
story; the young charwoman, Elsie, and her 
lover, a shell-shocked ex-soldier. The book is 
a study of miserliness amounting to a passion 
almost dramatic on the part of the husband. 
Both the husband and wife, despite their un- 
attractive penuriousness, remain thruout the 
book slightly pathetic figures. Both die as the 
result of undernutrition and the tragedy, un- 
accented, is genuine. Elsie, their servant, un- 
selfish and responsible, is the pivot on which 
the family life revolves. Though forced to steal 
food from the cupboard to appease her normal 
hunger, she feels no resentment. After the 
death of her master and mistress, she marries 
her handicapped soldier and assumes responsi- 
bility for his welfare. 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 

"It is not a gay story; yet it is filled with 
humor, both fantastic and grim. I think that 
if you like a skilful novel of character you will 
find this last book of Arnold Bennett's 
thoroughly enjoyable." J. F. 

Bookm 58:566 Ja '24 200w 

"Grim as the story is in many of its details, 
and in its conclusion, it is pervaded by a humor 
that even at times arises from the procedure 
and circumstances of the unfortunate Earlfor- 
ward household." E. F. Edgett 

+ Boston Transcript p4 D 1 '23 ISOOw 

"If there is too much of Mr. Bennett's obnox- 
ious habit of giving his characters his left hand 
while he stabs them with his right, theie is 
nevertheless a great deal of genuine humour, 
irony and pathos." E. S. 

Freeman 8:359 D 19 '23 270w 

Reviewed by Mrs Cecil Chesterton 
Ind 111:316 D 22 '23 270w 

Reviewed bv Rebecca West 

Int Bk R pl09 Ja '24 1450w 

"To compare 'Riceyman Steps' with 'The Old 
Wives' Tale' is to go too far, as it would be 
to compare with that masterpiece any but two 
or three English novels of the century. But 
it is fair to say that Mr. Bennett in his latest 
novel appears at all but his very best — shrewd, 
kind, readable, the least distorted mirror of 
the modern British bourgeoisie." Carl Van 
Doren 

I Lit R p387 D 22 '23 950w 

"An excellent novel and quite the best which 
its author has written in some years." J. W. 
Krutch 

+ Nation 117:717 D 19 '23 750w 

"It is the most serious novel Mr. Bennett has 
written, without the least surrender to popular 
taste." Raymond Mortimer 

4- New Statesman 22:146 N 10 '23 600w 

"I wish the book and its spirit could be really 
appreciated by some of the younger school of 
novelists; it would be a wonderful lesson to 
them in treatment. For the few characters in 
the book are all sordid, not to say squalid, and 
the opportunities for plunging into a kind of 
realism that is popular with writers of the 
moment — the realism of the ca^talogue and the 
photograph — are unlimited. But the book is full 
of an atmosphere of spiritual charm and even 
beauty. I will not say that it is free from senti- 
mentalitv, becau.^e it is not." Filson Young 
-I NY Times p7 N 18 '23 500w 

"In his latest novel Mr. Arnold Bennett has 
seen life steadily and nearly whole. He has 
seen life steadily by recognizing the tremendous 
importance of trifles, by inflating molehills to 
the size of mountains. In a style no more 



ornate than the neighborhood it portrays Mr. 
Bennett unfolds the unlovely story of his three 
chief characters." 

-f N Y Times p6 D 2 '23 1900w 

"The material of the book is brutally chosen, 
yet of very common, and very dry clay, a work 
of art has been molded. Not quite so convinc- 
ing in its finality as 'The Old Wives Tale.' the 
new novel is the book of the year to date." 
-^ N Y Tribune pl8 N 25 '23 150w 

"It is a serious, a solid, piece of work. It 
has almost all the old Bennett dexterity of 
manipulation, it has even flashes of the old 
Bennett poetry. It is so good that our excite- 
ment over what its author will give us next be- 
comes a positive fever. It may be — it may be — 
that Mr. Bennett is coming back after all. But I 
cannot think that he has come." Gerald Gould 
H Sat R 136:525 N 10 '23 800w 

"Mr. Bennett the novelist here joins hands 
with the common-sense sociologist. Both are 
aware of the connexion between comfort and 
happiness and that gives the zest of curiosity 
to his studv of this couple who sacrifice their 
comfort and yet enjoy a sort of happiness. And 
because he does not quite understand such con- 
duct he has rather overdrawn his characters, 
and the catastrophe looks more like the re- 
venge of the author than the judgment of natu- 
ral law^." 

h The Times [London] Lit Sup p726 N 1 

'23 650w 

BENNETT, ARNOLD. Things that have in- 
terested me; second series. 2C4p $2.50 Doran 

824 23-5774 

The things that interest the authoi- take in 
the whole range of human affairs: the theatre 
and opera, actors and playwrights, legal pro- 
ceedings, critics, health, dress and customs, 
dancing, sex and marriage, games, autobio- 
graphical reflections and reminiscences of 
southern France. To each topic he devotes a 
short sketch or essay. 



"The pleasant hours that went into the mak- 
ing of the book are as nothing compared to the 
pleasant hours that will be spent in reading 
it." 

+ Bookm 57:653 Ag '23 150w 
"Mr. Bennett's book is absolutely readable 
and remarkably varied." S. Ij. C. 

-I- Boston Transcript p6 Mr 7 '23 1200w 
Dial 74:522 My '23 150w 
Lit R p630 Ap 21 '23 210p 
"The best pages are those which record Mr. 
Bennett's impressions during a little tour In 
Southern France and a visit to Portugal. These 
read like admirable letters; they are informal, 
vivid, precise and informative." 

-f New Statesman 21:20 Ap 14 '23 1150w 
"What impresses one in the present volume 
is the author's zest in observing. Observation 
is his delight. He is the ever-questing natural- 
ist; but. unlike the naturalist, he insists that 
everything shall be brought into relation with 
human life. In this his power lies. This is 
why he succeeds in his book with its irritating 
title." 

-f N Y Times p9 F 25 '23 1450w 
Reviewed by Burton Rascoe 

N Y Tribune p26 F IS '23 520w 
"There isn't a thing in this entire book that 
is new, startling or very far away from the 
tune of a good, libera! editorial page. This 
second series of things that have interested Mr. 
Bennett will however, interest most of his ad- 
mirers." L: Weitzenkorn 

H NY World p6e F 25 '23 BOOw 

BENNETT, GEORGE EDWARD. Advanced 

accounting. 661p $4 McGraw 

657 Accounting 22-23899 

"Based on the course in advanced accounting 
given in the College of business administration 
at Syracuse University. Gives a brief review 
of fundamental principles, considerable detail on 



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BENNETT, GEORGE EDWARD — Continued 
the principles of corporate accounting, and 
several chapters on statement analysis and 
fiduciary work." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Booklist 19:303 Jl '23 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:67 F '23 

BENNETT, IDA DANDRIDGE. Vegetable gar- 
den; rev. and enl., by Adolph Kruhm. (Ama- 
teur's book of the garden ser.) 231p $1.75 
Doubleday 

635 Vegetable gardening 23-7979 

"A practical well illustrated guide, including 
information on planting, fertilizers, tools, con- 
struction of hotbeds, extermination of garden 
pests, and the culture of such individual crops 
as can be grown in a back-yard garden." — 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



"The whole book is simple and enlightening. 
Even an academic amateur seeking light on 
"turnip green plants' will be able to understand 
it. And the most experienced gardener will find 
plenty of profitable information in it." J. G. 
de R. H. 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p7 Ap 
1 '23 1150w 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:419 O '23 

BENSON, ALLAN LOUIS. New Henry Ford; 

an authentic biography. 360p il $2 Funk 
B or 92 Ford, Henry 23-12061 

Another attempt to interpret the personality 
and genius of Henry Ford from close-ups 
gained during daily conversations between him 
and his biographer. Mr Benson believes he has 
discovered a new Henry Ford, of quite differ- 
ent stature than the Ford of 1914, one who has 
broadened the scope of his interests and who 
desires to use his talent for order in an effort 
to reduce waste and disorder thruout the na- 
tion and the world. The author sketches his 
life, transcribes his opinions on economics, 
manufacturing and farming, on health and long 
life. He also gives statistics of the extent of 
his fortune and of the holdings of original 
stockholders in the business. The last chapter 
is devoted to Ford and the presidency. 



Bookm 58:339 N '23 180w 
Boston Transcript p5 S 19 '23 550w 
"The reader who is hungry to know all about 
the boyhood and early manhood of one of Ameri- 
ca's most unique characters will be disap- 
pointed with the result. Mr. Benson ought 
to have done better. Nobody has ever had 
so free a hand in getting material or been 
given so much of Mr. Ford's time, and a better 
result might have been expected. . . And scat- 
tered all through the book are fine anecdotes. 
Incidents, and quotations which- lend value to 
it." J. G. de R. H. 

h Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO O 

28 '23 lOOOw 
"Merely as a story of achievement and as a 
pen-picture of a striking personality this book 
can give a good account of itself." E. L. Shu- 
man 

+ Int Bk R p42 S '23 2800w 
"He deals in excited picture and eulogy, and 
is eager to present his hero as the greatest 
benefactor to the race." 

— New Statesman 21:690 S 22 '23 200w 
N Y Tribune p34 O 14 '23 130w 

"The work is unquestionably designed, both 
by writer and publisher to make as much 
money as possible. Benson has made no effort 
to write a literary or even a psychological bi- 
ography of Ford." L: "Weitzenkorn 

— NY World p7e Ag 26 '23 1250w 

Survey 51:185 N 1 '23 1050w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p621 S 
20 '23 200w 



BENSON, EDWARD FREDERIC. Colin. 334p 

$2 Doran [7s 6d Hutchinson] 

23-12674 

The legend of an English noble family whose 
founder, Colin Stanier, had made a bargain with 
the devil in return for wealth and power Is 
shown in all its sinister working in the story 
of his namesake three hundred years later. The 
great house of Stanier had grown in wealth 
and pride with each generation but the taint 
transmitted by the first Colin left its mark on 
each succeeding earl of Yardley. It showed 
itself in a peculiar hardness of heart, a cruelty 
which blighted those who came within its close 
range, especially the women who one after 
another were chosen to preside over the splen- 
dors of Stanier. The present Colin closely re- 
sembled the outwardly charming youth whom 
Queen Elizabeth had singled out for her special 
favors. In him the taint took the form of a 
vindictive and relentless hate for his twin 
brother whose half hour's start of Colin into 
the world made him the heir of Stanier. The 
theme of the story is the working out of this 
bitter hate. The author promises a second in- 
stallment which will tell the final fading of the 
legend. 



Reviewed by E. F. Edgett 

Boston Transcript p4 S 29 '23 1500w 

"In this book one meets none but hateful and 
nasty people, people, in fact, of the most as- 
tounding and brazen immorality; yet the story 
holds." C. P. 

h Cath World 118:424 D '23 500w 

Lit R p267 N 17 '23 400w 

"In the hands of a less skillful writer the 
tale of so unparalleled a villain might easily be 
fumbled and go against the grain. If even Mr. 
Benson cannot make his hero a lovable figure, 
he has given him a flair, told his story with 
so much zest, a,nd built it up so adroitly that 
once having started with Colin on his career we 
are loath to leave him until the end." 
N Y Times p4 S 30 '23 720w 

"Mr. Benson makes his hero-villain's wicked- 
ness crudely and grossly apparent. He gives 
him an impossible accumulation of beauty, 
chann, wealth, success. He dowers him with 
the glamour of an old family legend. He em- 
broiders a facile tapestry of cruelty and deceit. 
And he fails to achieve unity, though certainly 
not to achieve interest, because you cannot 
weave into this trivial texture the substance of 
darkness and sin." 

1- Sat R 135:604 My 5 '23 350w 

"Although the method of life of the Earls of 
Yardley in the mansion which is known by their 
own family name of 'Stanier' is so mediaeval as 
to be impossible, Mr. Benson gives us such a 
vivid picture that it almost convinces us of its 
truth. Certainly the principal character in the 
present story, a modern Colin, is so wicked 
that he appears still to have given himself to 
the powers of darkness, and it is difficult to 
see how, if the fate of this character is to be 
'continued in our next,' the final result can be, 
as Mr. Benson promises, the fading of the 
legend." 

+ Spec 130:1047 Je 23 '23 150w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p266 Ap 
19 '23 450w 



BENSON, STELLA. Poor man. 253p $2 
(6s) Macmillan 

23-2977 

The author employs a staccato style, chopping 
out her information in short sentences rather 
than narrating. Her unheroic hero is a com- 
plete failure of a man. Deaf, morbid, half- 
hearted in everything and never successful, 
pitying himself and courting pity from others, 
he is without dignity or sense of honor in ac- 
cepting or using other people's money, and has 
a weakness for drink. In very helplessness he 
throws himself upon a girl expecting to be 
propped by her love and, from lack of any other 
purpose in life, shows persistence in pursuing 



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her. The chapters are preluded by poetry and 
all the characters are more or less out of the 
normal. 



"The story is well written, as are all Miss 
Benson's novels, and there is a modern lack of 
reticence that may help it to become a 'best 
seller,' but which is disappointing in Miss Ben- 
son who has been endowed with an unusually 
gracious gift. We do not like to see her barter 
it for the pottage of this epoch's popularity." 
L. H. G. 

H Boston Transcript p5 Mr 3 '23 450w 

"If a .-series of not very interesting psycho- 
pathological case histories, with an occasional 
interpolated poem, comment, or travel impres- 
sion, is a novel, the book is classical." 

— Int Bk R p67 O '23 220w 

"In 'The Poor Man' her cleverness is too 
twisted in the grain." W: R. Benet 

— Lit R p675 My 12 '23 1250w 
"There is this about The Poor Man. You can- 
not be satisfied to speak only of its defects though 
these are far more conspicuous than its merits. 
For when you think you have resolved upon 
its position in your memory you become aware 
of a difference, a faint suggestion of new color 
which enters where a direct appraisal of the 
book itself could never hope to go. Then you 
are willing to be certain that the thing from 
which this color emanates can be no inconsider- 
able quality of life." Raymond Holden 

(- New Repub 36:81 S 12 '23 750w 

"Miss Benson has the gift of telling a story. 
Her characters live and her action moves 
briskly and naturally. She is witty, epigram- 
matic, at times sparkling." Joseph Collins 
+ N Y Times p7 Ja 28 '23 2850w 
Reviewed by Will Cuppy 

N Y Tribune p23 Mr 18 '23 1800w 
"It is a crammed book, rich from so many 
points of view that emphasis on one or two 
of them is an iniustice to the whole." 
+ Spec 129:839 D 2 '22 950w 
"It is a strange piece of work, as her other 
work has been strange; but it is firmer, it is 
better controlled, it is more lucid than hitherto, 
and it proves at length that Miss Benson is 
finding her way towards the mastery of her 
singular talent." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p686 O 26 
'22 700w 

BENSON. WILLIAIVI SHEPHERD. Merchant 

marine. 183p $1.75 Macmillan 

387 Merchant marine — United States 

23-8602 

Admiral Benson's book, which emphasizes 
thruout the need for a merchant marine under 
our own flag, opens with a brief survey of 
water-borne commerce in earliest times and 
the early activities of Great Britain in the 
development of a merchant marine. Then in 
successive chapters he treats the colonial period 
in American shipping, the whaling industry, 
packets and clipper ships, and steam naviga- 
tion. There f^re three chapters on government 
aid and the book concludes with an account of 
the United States shipping board. 



Am Pol Sci R 17:693 N '23 200w 
Booklist 20:122 Ja '24 
"Straight -forward, clearly reasoned and writ- 
ten with the simplicity to be expected of a 
competent naval ofl^cer." 

+ Boston Transcript p6 S 5 '23 150w 
"While the appearance of a new book on 
shipping is an event, an event can sometimes 
be disappointing. In it there is much chaff 
among the wheat. There is little interest and 
no profit in starting a book supposed to be deal- 
ing with our present shipping problem by ref- 
erence to the Phoenicians and Carthaginians." 
E. S. Gregg 

— Lit R p22 S 8 '23 1300w 
Reviewed by N: Roosevelt 

N Y Times p.5 N 4 '23 250w 

R of Rs 68:224 Ag '23 70w 

Springf'd Republican pl2 O 31 '23 200w 



BERCOVICI, KONRAD. Murdo. 228p ?2 Boni 

& Liveright 

23-6947 

This collection of gypsy stories is from the 
pen of one who knows them, their lives and 
their psychology. Murdo is a chief of unusual 
wisdom of which the title story gives proof. 
He knows nature, the power of music, the ways 
of the world and the ways of women with men. 
His death, described in the last story, is heroic. 
Having no son worthy to succeed him as chief 
and feeling that he must choose some one 
before he dies whom the tribe can believe 
greater than he was, he invents a private witch 
for himself whose incantations he proclaims are 
more potent than those of the tribal witch. 
The tribal witch's son is his choice of a suc- 
cessor. He arranges a duel with him, then 
secretly extracts the bullet from his own pistol 
to prove by his own death that the other is 
the better man. 



Booklist 19:317 Jl '23 
Cleveland p51 Jl '23 
Int Bk R pl58 Ja '24 390w 
"It is unfortunate that nobody has thought to 
film these stories, for they are packed with 
quick and intelligible action, and despite their 
sameness are extremely interesting to read. 
Not literature but the moving pictures are the 
true field for exoticism." 

i- Lit R pl94 O 27 '23 200w 

"In the Gipsy sagas which he relates is the 
breath of freedom, and the rhythm of poetry, 
and the sense of intimacy that proves the close 
imaginative relationship between the author 
and his wild creations. . . Yet it is just as 
certain that the book will not enhance Mr. Ber- 
covici's reputation. For 'Murdo,' valuable and 
interesting in itself, adds nothing to the stature 
of the author of 'Ghitza' ; it is an enlargement, 
not a growth." J. J. Smertenko 

-i Nation 117:43 Jl 11 '23 250w 

"By the big public that prefers, or must re- 
main content with, its romance and its passion 
by proxy, 'Murdo' will find a welcome. For 
poetry, romance and passion form its very es- 
sence '' 

-t- N Y Times pl9 Ap 1 '23 600w 
"Stories of vivid fancy, based on sound In- 
formation, and colored with irony which is 
nicely felt but not so nicely employed. The 
story of Ileana is a fair example. It is a good 
story, but it ought to be better." Charlotte 
Dean 

H NY Tribune p24 Ap 29 '23 850w 

" 'Murdo' carries the very essence of dramatic 

quality through its every division. It throbs 

with life, abounds in color, seems to pass vividly 

before the reader in forms of ceaseless action." 

+ N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 420w 

Wis Lib Bui 20:443 O '23 



BERESFORD, JOHN DAVYS. Love's pilgrim. 

313p $2 Bobbs [7s 6d Collins] 

23-13487 

"There are two parts of the present story, 
which is simply the account by Foster Innes, 
a sensitive, congenitally lame heir to a barony, 
of the emotional experiences which led to his 
finding the wife not only of his heart but of 
his fancy. The first part — and this division is 
ours alone— deals with the unsuccessful ex- 
periments and the young man's reactions to 
them; the second part recounts the finding of 
Claire, the predestined mate, who is unfor- 
tunately daughter of a man quite recently and 
doubtfully acquitted of murdering his wife, 
and the struggle against mother and family 
tic which determination to marry her in- 
volved." — The Times [London] Lit Sup 



Booklist 20:100 D '23 
"Beresford's realism is that of insinuation 
rather than of microspection; his complexities 
are presented, but not explained, and his char- 
acters develop by fleeting glimpses of word 
and action. 'Love's Pilgrim,' if it does not 



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BERESFORD, JOHN DAVIS — Continued 
qualify as a novel, at least passes the mark 
as an adroit study of a unique character." Irene 
ElUs 

h Detroit News pl9 O 7 '23 400w 

"Despite its obvious faults, Mr. Beresford's 
book is one of far more than usual merit. At 
its best it is excellent, with an excellence that 
derives from an interpretative intelligence and 
a literary art of real distinction. It is at once 
searching and finely discriminating in its psy- 
chological analysis, is wrought with sincerity, 
and even in its most intense moments is han- 
dled with nice restraint. It will well repay the 
reading." Amy Loveman 

H Lit R p59 S 22 '23 800w 

"It is not, like most of his earlier books, close 
packed with that detail of the familiar human 
adventure which in the hands of a master be- 
comes more exciting than the most highly 
colored romantic melodrama. It is a quiet and, 
it seems to me, a very personal book, in which 
the pain of life and love has become tran- 
quillized by reflection into a serene beauty." 
Floyd Dell 

-H N Y Tribune pl8 O 14 "23 720w 
Sat R 135:572 Ap 28 '23 450w 

"Mr. J. D. Beresford is hardly as successful 
in describing the amatory passions as in deal- 
ing in a prophetic vein with Revolution in 
England. It is diflicult to believe in the early 
sentimental and matrimonial adventures of Fos- 
ter Innes, and 'Tertia' and 'Grace,' as well 
as the fleeting vision of 'Nita,' do not impress 
us as real flesh-and-blood women. . . The in- 
terest of the book is intended to lie in the 
hero's introspective view of his own personal- 
ity. This is so overlaid and obstructed by his 
sensitiveness as to be entirely abnormal." 
— Spec 130:1047 Je 23 '23 500w 

"It is very diflicult to couch an appreciation 
of this author in just words, for his merits are 
not those which call out spontaneously the rap- 
turous words of praise that follow, all too 
easily, certain more obvious appeals to our 
aesthetic emotions; and while one praises his 
sensitive intelligence, his care, his dignified 
simplicity of style and his grasp of individual 
psychoses — to use a word which Mr. Beres- 
ford never obtrudes into his art — one is con- 
scious of niaking certain reservations on the 
other side which give the verdict rather a dif- 
fident and bloodless character." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p286 Ap 

26 '23 750w 



BERGENGREN, ROY F. Cooperative banking; 

a credit union book. 398p il |3 (14s) Macmillan 
334.2 Building and loan associations. Banks 
and banking. Cooperative. Credit unions 

23-8231 

The book explains certain phases of coopera- 
tive banking as exemplified by the credit union 
and some other types of cooperative banks. 
The present extent of credit unions in the 
United States is shown and its two types of 
development, the industrial and the rural, are 
described. The book considers also the bear- 
ing of the credit union on thrift promotion, on 
the problem of usury, and on the annual waste 
thru "wild cat" speculation. Some suggestions 
are made which have to do with supplement- 
ing the banking system by the extension of 
various systems of cooperative banking. The 
appendix provides a tentative draft of a credit 
union law. 



Cleveland ti71 S '23 
"Reading the book, one is at every page im- 
pressed by the fact that it was undoubtedly 
writton as a labor of love. To label its author 
an enthusiast would be using too mild a term. 
Credit unions are his passion. From this at- 
titude of the author no doubt springs much of 
the charm as well a.=; much of the weakness 
of the book." C. T. M. 

-I Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p20 Ag 

26 '23 600w 



"Mr. Bergengren's book is written in popular 
style and is quite readable, but it is somewhat 
given to repetition. It contains, too, a great 
deal of platitude on the value of thrift and on 
allied themes that can have little interest for 
the reader who does not need to be convinced 
along these lines and who would prefer a little 
more information on the subject of cooperative 
banking." 

H Lit R p915 Ag 18 '23 350w 

Reviewed by L. D. Woodworth 

Management & Adm 6:783 D '23 900w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p534 Ag 
9 '23 30w 

BERGUER, GEORGES. Some aspects of the 

2 life of Jesus from the psychological and 

psycho-analytic point of view; tr. by Eleanor 

Stimson Brooks and Van Wyck Brooks. 332p 

$3.50 Harcourt [15s Williams & H.] 

232 Jesus Christ 23-12901 

"Introductory chapters on methods and 
sources, footnotes, an appendix, an eight-page 
bibliography, and a full index, all combine to 
reveal the author as a trained scholar, engaged 
in the task of presenting a work of careful 
original research." — Nation 



"His distinction between spiritual truth and 
the degeneration of such truth into material 
fictions, and his examination into the laws un- 
derlying such degeneration no doubt call for 
an enormous amount of skill, so that the book, 
while it contains bits of subtle exegesis, does 
not suffer from vagueness and shiftiness of 
approach." 

+ Dial 75:613 D '23 120w 

"The book is fascinating reading, thanks in 
part to an admirable translation by Eleanor 
and Van Wyck Brooks." J: H. Holmes 
-I- Nation 117:664 D 5 '23 550w 

"This mode of approach is new, and to be 
reckoned with. That it is liable to abuse in in- 
competent hands is obvious; and the charge of 
one-sidedness brought against its inductions is 
not to be dismissed summarily; the meta- 
physical que.stion remains. But, when all has 
been said and done, there is enough to serve 
as a real foundation: these methods have passed 
out of the stage of conjecture and hypothesis; 
the results with which they present us supply 
the material of solid knowledge, though this 
material requires to be chiselled, and even hewn 
into shape, by the action of the mind. To 
have taken a real step in this direction, in so 
far as concerns religion, is the achievement of 
M. Berguer'.s book." .Mfred Fawkes 
-I Spec 131:506 O 13 '23 BOOw 

"His book is scholarly in treatment and 
unique." 

+ Springf'd Republican plO D 11 '23 700w 

"The book before us is, we believe, of ex- 
ceptional importance. It is rare that a new 
theological work can be described as strikingly 
original, but M. Berguer breaks new ground." 
-I- The Times [London] Lit Sup p664 O 
11 '23 2100W 

BERRIDGE, WALTER SYDNEY. Animal 
curiosities. 252p il $2 Small [7s 6d T. Butter- 
worth] 

591.5 Animals — Habits and behavior 23-7175 
The book is made up of papers describing in 
popular style the peculiar habits and structure 
of some queer and little known animals, birds, 
and reptiles. Chapters on animal voices, on 
animals that change color, and on lummous 
animals are included. 



Booklist 19:303 Jl '23 
"It has splendid photographs, and any one in- 
terested in animal life will welcome this book. 
It is singularly well adapted to the 'lay' reader, 
yet is filled with data only a zoologist could 
give." M. G. Bonner 

4- Int Bk R p36 Ag '23 40w 

N Y Times p4 Ap 29 '23 330w 



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"This book is popular rather than scientific 
in its appeal, and is decidedly interesting in 
its presentation of information gathered in 
various sources about remarkable birds and 
animals. The photographs are unusually good." 
+ Outlook 133:901 My 16 '23 30w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:80 Mr '23 

BERRIDGE, WILLIAM ARTHUR. Cycles of 
unemployment in the United States, 1903-1922. 
(Publications of the Pollak foundation for 
economic research) 88p $1.25 Houghton 

331.8 Unemployment 23-10536 

A statistical study of the volume and distri- 
bution of unemployment during tiie last twenty 
years and the relation of cycles of unemploy- 
ment to fluctuations of production, prices, and 
other variable elements. The first chapter con- 
siders the use of an employment index and the 
methods of constructing one. 

Reviewed by A. H. Hansen 

Am Econ R 13:739 D '23 ISOOw 
Am Pol Sol R 17:695 N '23 150w 
"The book is the most comprehensive presen- 
tation of the current statistics of employment 
which the writer of this review has seen. Some 
of the work goes over ground which has already 
previously been covered. Dr. Berridge's treat- 
ment of the available data in terms of devia- 
tions from trend is new, however, and his 
bringing together of all the data within the 
compass of a single essay is valuable." W. R. 
Burgess 

+ Management & Adm 6:372 S '23 1150w 
Reviewed by H; R. Mussey 

Nation 117:744 D 26 '23 ]60w 
"Some time it may be expected actual ac- 
counting will be kept of employment and un- 
employment, and estimates arrived at by long 
mathematical detours will then be obsolete. 
But until the facts are obtained the Berridge 
calculations should prove highly useful. Cer- 
tainly no better information concerning the 
state of the labor market is available." 
+ N Y Times pl5 Jl 29 '23 330w 
Reviewed by H. Feldman 

Pol Sci Q 38:523 S '23 750w 
R of Rs 68:335 S '23 40w 

BESSON. FRANK SCHAFFER. City pave- 
2 ments. 421p il $5 McGraw 

625.8 Pavements 23-10013 

"Discusses at some length the organization 
and administration of a city bureau of high- 
ways, giving suggestions regarding street sys- 
tems, street zoning, and weight and volume of 
traflSc. The section on paving materials and 
paving construction takes up concrete, bitu- 
minous, and block paving, in each case con- 
sidering materials and tests, design of mixture, 
and construction plants and methods. The 
author is a major in the engineering corps of 
the United States Army." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:528 D '23 

BESTON, HENRY B. Starlight wonder book. 

263p il $3 Atlantic monthly 

23-13421 

*'A dozen fairy tales relating the picturesque 
happenings that befell the grave grenadier who 
slew the dreadful hippodrac to win a princess, 
the young minstrel who wandered over the 
world in search of the notes of a marvelous 
tune, of the enchanted prince who was invisible 
until the Master Thief of the Adamant Moun- 
tains restored the all-powerful spell-dispeller, 
and others." — N Y Tribune 



"Is just as alluring as its title indicates. 
Every story is a gleaming, merrily twinkling 
wonder tale." M. G. Bonner 

+ Int Bk R p62 N '23 50w 
Reviewed by Constance Naar 

New Repub 36:315 N 14 '23 20w 
"These are real stories and will delight 
those children who want their fairy tales filled 
with marvelous and daring adventures, with 
weird and mystical beings in the wonderful 
realms of fairyland. Henry B. Beston has an 
unusually poetic imagination and these tales 
are rich in gorgeous and poetic descriptions 
that will delight the imaginative child." Ever- 
ett McNeal 

+ N y Times p4 O 14 '23 llOw 
Reviewed by M. A. MacLean 

N Y Tribune p31 O 14 '23 70w 
"Mr. Beston has the rare gift of a poetic 
imagination, and in these stories he has allowed 
his fancy to paint gorgeous and beautiful pic- 
tures that will long linger in a child's mind 
and add beauty to his waking and sleeping 
dreams." Everett McNeil 

+ N Y Tribune p20 N 25 '23 130w 

Springf'd Republican p7a D 2 '23 llOw 

BIBESCO, MARTHE LUCIE (LAHOVARY) 
(PRINCESS G. V. BIBESCO). Eight para- 
dises; travel pictures in Persia, Asia Minor, 
and Constantinople. 261p $2.50 Dutton 

915.5 Asia Minor — Description and travel. 
Persia — Description and travel. Constanti- 
nople—Description 23-16779 
The eight paradises of these travel pictures 
are Resht, Teheran, Khoum the Holy, Kashan, 
Ispahan. Lenkoran. Trebizond and Constanti- 
nople. 'The sketches are impressionistic and 
concerned wholly with the writer's esthetic 
enjoyment of these cities and the sensa- 
tions aroused by their beauty. With the pic- 
tures of gardens and palaces, bazaars and 
mosques, caravans and deserts, are combined 
native legends and bits of Eastern verse. 



Booklist 20:62 N '23 
"Henry B. Beston has dipped his pen in a 
well of pure English to write another book of 
his romantic out of door tales." A. C. Moore 
-f Bookm 58:189 O '23 150w 

"It is better than the enchanted carpet of 
the ancients." D. Jp. G. 

+ Boston Transcript p8 O 6 '23 400w 



"The Princess has made of 'The Eight Para- 
dises' an atmospheric book; a succession, so to 
speak, of states of mind induced by these an- 
cient cities and their gardens, by the desert, 
bv the art of ancient poets and the visible life 
of people who seem still to be part and parcel 
of their verse and philosophy. Such absorption 
in the literature and esthetics of the East may 
seem somewhat odd and unreal to most of us 
who inhabit the West. Readers who respond 
least to this atmosphere will not get far; those 
who respond most will heartily approve the 
French Academy in the affair of the crown." 
Ralph Bergengren 

-I Boston Transcript p3 N 17 '23 1500w 

"Her book is redolent with the perfume of 
the East." 

-f N Y Times pll Ja 13 '24 1450w 

"In comparison with the bold and heavy out- 
line drawing of many booKs of travel, 'The 
Eight PaT'adises' frequently has the effect ol 
dainty and fanciful etching." 

+ Springf'd Republican pl4 D 7 '23 120w 

BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. New Testament; 
an American translation, by Edgar J. Good- 
speed. 481p $2.50 Univ. of Chicago press 
225.5 Bible. New Testament — Versions 

23-15842 

"The New Testament was written not in clas- 
sical Greek, nor in the 'biblical' Greek of the 
Greek version of the Old Testament, nor even 
in the literary Greek of its own day, but in 
the common language of everyday life. It fol- 
lows that the most appropriate English form 
for the New Testament is the simple, straight- 
forward English of everyday expression." (Pref- 
ace) Such a text is provided in Professor 
Goodspeed's American translation. Chapter and 
verse divisions have been omitted so that each 
book may be read as a unit. 



Reviewed by J. F. Newton 

Bookm 58:471 D '23 400w 



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BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT — Continued 

"The modern translators of the New Testa- 
ment are doing a distinct disservice when they 
try to break down the rich religious terminology 
which has been evolved by the English-speaking 
peoples. . . The present translator has gone 
beyond any modern translator of the New Testa- 
ment in destroying this rich language of rev- 
erence." F. W. Collin 

— Boston Transcript p2 N 3 '23 1500w 

"We have here a rendering of the Greek New 
Testament into the language of modern Amer- 
ican literature, the translator having taken as 
much liberty as he wished. To expect from 
any modern scholar a better rendering than that 
adopted by scholars such as Lightfoot and Hort 
is quite another matter." B: W. Bacon 
-i Lit R p335 D 8 '23 900w 

"Professor Goodspeed ha.s achieved a texture 
of present-day English which is not only clear 
and simple, but which is so clear and so simple 
that it deserves to take its place as a standard 
of English prose as we speak it today." P. L. 
-I- New Repub 37:21 N 28 '23 1600w 

"By modernizing the form in which the New 
Testament is printed; the translator has suc- 
ceeded in making a very readable volume. The 
work is too dignified in tone and too close to 
the original in its reference to be a populariza- 
tion. On the whole it will riot address itself 
widely to those who have not the historical 
and literary background for appreciating the 
King James version and those having such 
background will naturally cling to the form 
around which so much of their religious senti- 
ment gathers." 

H Survey 51:240 N 15 '23 300w 

"Opinion will perhaps continue to differ on 
the point whether anything is gained in lucidity 
by writing (e.g.) 'Now these are the circum- 
stances of the birth of Jesus Christ' for 'Now 
the birth of Jesus Christ was in this wise'; 
or 'In the beginning the Word existed' for 'In 
the beginning was the Word.' But there can 
be no doubt of the great pains that Professor 
Goodspeed has taken over his translation." 

-| The Times [London] Lit Sup p695 O 

18 '23 lOOw 

BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. Thomas Jeffer- 
son Bible; arranged by Thomas Jefferson; tr. 
by R. F. Weymouth; ed. by Henry E. Jack- 
son. 333p $2.50 Boni & Liveright 

225 Jesus Christ — Teaching. Jefferson, 
Thomas 23-13672 

Thomas Jefferson was a profound student of 
the teachings of Jesus and compiled for his 
own satisfaction a digest of Christ's principles 
"selecting those only whose style and spirit 
proved them genuine, and his own." Later, 
he made a more careful digest, and in four 
languages, Greek, Latin, French and English. 
This book he entitled "The Morals of Jesus" 
and had bound in leather. It was prepared for 
his own private use and he withheld it from 
publication. Seventy-five years later it was 
discovered and in 1904 was published as a gov- 
ernment document. Since its publication it has 
become known as the "Jefferson Bible." It is 
here reprinted with a 130-page introduction and 
interpretation by the editor. 



"Dr. Jackson has done a public service in 
preparing this volume. It has its chief value in 
emphasizing certain neglected or misunderstood 
aspects r.f the character of the author of the 
Declaration of Independence." 

+ Lit R p323 D 1 '23 300w 

Sprlngf'd Republican p8 Ja 8 '24 700w 

BIBLE. NEW TESTAMENT. Riverside New 
= Testament. 449p $3 Houghton 

225.5 Bible. New Testament — Versions 

23-9311 
"A translation from the original Greek into 
the English of today, by William Gay Ballan- 
tme."— Subtitle 



"Simple but not cheap, popular but not col- 
loquial, achieving literary beauty without aca- 
demic stiffness, making the most modern of 
books real and vivid in the living language of 
living men." J. F. Newton 

+ Bookm 58:471 D '23 1300w 

"This translation, like all other individual at- 
tempts, will fail to replace the great English 
versions, bvit it will be of great value to all 
lovers of the New Testament. In .some re- 
spects such a translation is the best kind of 
commentary." F. W. C. 

Boston Transcript p5 Je 30 '23 800w 

"On the whole the translation is dignified and 
clear, although not strikingly original or dra- 
matic. At many points, however, it contributes 
to the ultimate twentieth century translation 
of the New Testament." 

H Lit R p378 D 15 '23 400w 

"He commits the egregiou.s error of retrans- 
lating the Lord's Prayer, and with an awkward- 
ness well-nigh unforgivable. Save for this, 
however, the translation shows exemplary taste 
and intelligence in his renditions." L: Browne 
H Nation 118:38 Ja 9 '24 350w 

"We find pages after pages which might be 
read aloud to us without giving us the sus- 
picion that a reviser had been aliroad with 
sharp linguistic shears and shapers. Mr. Bal- 
lantine's researches into the original Greek haye 
not moved him to any wholesale departure from 
the rhythms and cadences of the book our 
fathers knew." E. W. Osborn 

N Y World pl9 Je 17 '23 lOOOw 

BICKERSTAFF-DREW, FRANCIS BROWN- 
ING DREW. See Ayscough, J:, pseud. 

BICKNELL. PERCY FAVOR. Human side of 

fabre. 340p il $2.50 Century 

B or 92 Fabre, Jean Henri Casimir 

23-12943 

Largely in his own words is here told the 
story of the long and busy life of the French 
naturalist whose insect studies have been so 
widely read liy old and young. He imparted 
human interest to his descriptions of his be- 
loved insects and thru them inade many self- 
revelations showing his own warm human na- 
ture. It is therefore to Fabre's "Souvenirs 
Entomologiques" that the author turns for much 
of the material in this biography. 



"Scholarly and significant work." W. L. 
Sperry 

-|- Atlantic's Bookshelf D '23 330w 



Booklist 20:97 D '23 
"Falire, his work, his interests, his person- 
ality, are delightfully portrayed for us, and with 
easy continuity." 

-f- Bookm 58:487 D '23 120w 
"To read Mr. Bicknell's book is to get a 
vivid picture of thi.s unique man and a desire 
to enter at once, through the magic pages of 
Fabre's own books the magic world of little 
creatures that he has given us in epic form." 
L. H. G. 

-f- Boston Transcript p5 N 10 '23 550w 
Freeman 8:239 N 14 '23 220w 
Reviewed bv E. E. Slosson 

New Repub 37:101 D 19 '23 lOOOw 
"A great deal of Mr. Bicknell's text consists 
of quotations from Fabre's works. This gives 
the volume a pleasing flavor of autobiography 
and also furnishes a little library of Fabre's 
own words — far too brief, of course, even in 
this good-sized book, for the real lover of na- 
ture." W. C. 

-f N Y Tribune p24 O 14 '23 130w 

BIGELOW, POULTNEY. Japan and her col- 
' onies; being extracts from a diary made 

whilst visiting Formosa, Manchuria, Shantung, 

Korea and Saghalin in the year 1921. 276p 

il $5 Longmans [15s Arnold] 

915.2 Japan — Description and travel. Japan 
— Colonies 

Since 1876 Mr Bigelow has made five trips to 
Japan. His last visit was for the special pur- 
pose of studying Japan's colonial administration 
and most of the book is concerned with the 
work of Japan in her newly acquired posses- 



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slons, Formosa, Manchuria, Shantung, Korea 
and Sakhalin. He has brought away a very 
favorable opinion of Japan and her achieve- 
ments in colonization which he likens to those 
of Great Britain in India. 



Boston Transcript p2 D 15 '23 980w 
"Mr. Bigelow has made a valuable and in- 
teresting book. His trenchant style and plain 
speaking add value to his lucid observations." 
-I- Spec 131:912 D 8 '23 300w 



BIGHAM, CLIVE. Chief ministers of England. 

422p il $8 [21s Murray] 

923.2 Prime ministers [23-13497] 

The book gives an epitome of the lives of 
twenty-seven chief ministers of England — be- 
fore the evolution of the Prime Minister — whose 
power depended on the personal choice and 
favor of the king. The period covers eight 
hundred years from King Edward the Elder, 
son of Alfred the Great, to Queen Anne, whose 
reign marks the transition from the rule by the 
Sovereign to the rule by Parliament. Illustra- 
tions; chronological list of chief ministers; bib- 
liography. Index. 



"A scholarly, interesting and intensely human 
account." 

-I- Am Pol Sci R 17:677 N '23 350w 

"The author has exhibited great industry of 
research and ripened historical gifts, and in 
this companion volume to his 'Prime Ministers 
of Britain,' completes a survey that is in every 
way admirable, and gives one a wide historic 
grasp which proves how far biography becomes 
the essence of history." S. L. Cook 

-I- Boston Transcript p3 Ag 11 '23 1900w 

"Written in a pleasant scholarly style. From 
the viewpoint of a layman, it seems at first as 
though Mr. Bigham were a little too undiscrim- 
inating in the analyses he makes of individ- 
ual characters, for he is always ready to see 
constructive good in the worst of men. But 
this tendency is, on second thought, necessary 
to the development and unity of his book and 
so may be readily forgiven him." J: F. Carter, 

H Lit R p62 S 22 '23 850w 

"Clearly, in its centuries of beginnings, Eng- 
land grew quite as often in spite of its niin- 
isters as by aid of them. As a piece of popular 
exposition, however, Mr. Bigham' s work has 
been commendably done. He knows his au- 
thorities and uses them, his judgments are 
sympathetic as well as scholarly, and his style 
is always readable." W: MacDonald 
-I- Nation 118:14 Ja 2 '23 500w 

Reviewed by H: L. Stuart 

N Y Times pl8 Ja 6 '24 2800w 

"Mr. Bigham is to be congratulated on the 
skillful way in which he has disinterred the 
facts of their lives and services from dry and 
dusty historical source books and woven them 
into pleasing narrative form. His book should 
find many readers, and they in turn will find 
it both entertaining and profitable reading." 
-f N Y Tribune p26 O 7 '23 920w 

"Prodigal, wasteful times; picturesque to 
read about; who would wish them back again? 
Yet. to understand the present, it is well a little 
while now and then to read of the past. The 
Hon. Clive Bigham is a good guide through the 
old days." J. C. H. 

-f N Y World p7e Ag 19 '23 780w 

"Mr. Bigham has spared no pains, but the 
skilful presentation of his industry has none of 
the i'-ritating affectation of erudite superiority; 
and the attached bibliography, which is a list of 
neai'ly two hundred works to which reference 
is made in the text, gives the reader comfor- 
table confidence that statements of facts can 
be relied upon." 

+ Sat R 135:873 Je 30 '23 600w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p363 My 
31 '23 650w 



BILBY, JULIAN W. Among unknown Eskimo. 

2SUp il $5 Lippincott 
919.8 Arctic regions. Eskimos [23-8916] 

Baffin Land, oi- Batiin Island — the country 
with which this book has to do — is an inn- 
mense portion of the Canadian arctic archipel- 
ago. It seems now to be established that it 
is one great island, the third largest in the 
world, 'i'he author is concerned with the pure 
and unmixed Eskimo stock of the island, their 
life and customs and beliefs as uninfluenced by 
the forces of trade and civilization. He de- 
scribes the activities of a day in an Eskimo 
encampment, both the men's share and the 
women's, their family and tribal life, their 
language, legends, rites and ceremonies, their 
sport and hunting. Map. Index. 



"Himself a Fellow of the Royal Geographical 
Society and a member of the Folk l^ore So- 
ciety, Mr. Bilby has made a notable addition 
to the literature of each in this keen, yet sym- 
pathetic analysis and interpretation of a uniquely 
childlike peoples exhibiting today many of the 
characteristics of the childhood of the human 
race." F. B. 

-I- Boston Transcript pi Ap 7 '23 llOOw 

"We have rarely met with a inore intelligent 

and sympathetic account of a strange people." 

+ New Statesman 20:732 Mr 24 '23 210w 

BINDLOSS, HAROLD. Bush-rancher. 316p 

$1.75 Stokes 

23-5364 

"The story of Bob Caverhill and of the 
country north of Vancouver. Bob has a ranch 
inherited from a pioneer father. He has also, 
but this in his level head, a scheme of water 
power development which he holds will make a 
great town of Helensville and carry many be- 
sides himself along the road to prosperity un- 
bounded. Counter-schemes crop up and ene- 
mies reveal themselves. Bob has a hard road 
to travel and sees himself once booked, ap- 
parently, for a crushing failure. But he gets 
his water rights, wins back the most weakly 
wavering investors in Helensville. and has for 
his leward the heart of a girl who having come 
to prey, remains to love." — N Y World 



Booklist 19:251 My '23 
"The substance of the present volume is not 
so bad as the style." 

h Boston Transcript p4 Ap 18 '23 450w 

Cleveland p42 Je '23 
"The novel truly voices the spirit that trans- 
forms the wilderness into bus.v cities, but it 
must be said that Mr. Bindloss has lost some 
of the vitality that informed his earlier stories 
and Che deftne.ss with which they were written. 
The movement of the tale, the characters and 
the method of telling all begin to show a de- 
plorable stiffness and angularity." 

f- N Y Times p22 Mr 11 '23 380w 

"Mr. Bindloss has found the vein growing 
thin and has jazzed the pattern; it is growing, 
with his approach to his twenty-fifth or so 
novel, more complex, even to the extent of 
literary. This, however, .should not disturb his 
clientele, for he still writes a rapid-moving yarn 
of the Great Open West." E. W. Clark 

1- N Y Tribune p25 Mr 18 '23 680w 

Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p6e Mr 11 '23 180w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:276 Je '23 
"Mr Bindloss, who is an Englishman, is not 
impressive «s an interpreter of Canadians or 
Canadian life. . . As is his custom, he con- 
ceives a strong plot but his dreary narrative 
style robs it of much of its inherent action 
and thrills. The author's gift for description 
is, however, effectively employed." 

1- Springf'd Republican p7a Ag 12 '23 

300w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:160 Je '23 

BINDLOSS, HAROLD. Wilderness patrol. 

330p $1.90 Stokes 

A story of the Canadian Northwest mounted 
police. Constable Fothergill was sent to patrol 
a territory where Lafarge, a noted fur thief, 



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BINDLOSS, HAROLD— Continued 
was operating. Clues were few and Fothergill 
had almost despaired of getting his man, when 
his best friend on the force was killed by the 
thief. This determined Fothergill to fight to 
the finish and altho he almost lost his life, he 
got his man, and won promotion. 

"If the sweep of the narrative be not unflag- 
ging, and the careful attention to detail at 
times a bit wearisome, the wonder is, not that 
it is so, but that it is not more so. For this is 
the fortieth novel of its kind by which Mr. 
Bindloss; has given generous pleasure to lovers 
of adventure stories. Even Dumas repeats 
himself." 

H Boston Transcript p4 O 24 '23 200w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p692 O 18 
•23 80w 

BINGHAM. EUGENE COOK. Fluidity and 
pla.sticity. (International chemical ser.) 440p 
il $4 McGraw 

539.6 Matter— Properties. Viscosity 22-8140 
"The author has brought together and at- 
tempted to co-ordinate the vast amount of 
information on the flow of materials under 
shearing stress which has hitherto been scattered 
through the journals; and the resulting voiume 
is valuable and welcome. The subject matter 
falls into two categories — namely, instruments 
and methods for measuring rates of flow, to- 
gether with the necessary mathematical theory; 
and the relations of the results of such measure- 
ments to the physical and chemical properties 
of the various fluid or semi-fluid materials in 
question. (Chem and Metallurgical Engineering 
1922)"— Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:166 Ap '23 

BINYON, LAURENCE. Arthur; a tragedy. 

127p ?1.50 Small [6s Heinemann] 
822 23-8046 

"The book is drawn from Malory, and it is a 
very skilful dramatization of the events lead- 
ing up to the ruin of the Round Table Fellow- 
ship. The guilty passion of Launcelot and 
Guenevere is the acid which dissolves all 
Arthur's endeavour to consolidate the kingdom. 
Mr. Binyon does not succeed in removing that 
taint of priggishness which has hung over 
Arthur since Victorian times." — Spec 



Booklist 20:48 N '23 

Lit R p899 Ag 11 '23 350w 

"Any reader who takes pleasure in poetry and 
in the poetic drama will find much to delight 
him in L.aurence Binyon's 'Arthur.' Laurence 
Binyon is to be thanked for bringing before us 
in new guise these ancient tales that are half 
legend and wholly true." 

-f N Y Times p5 My 6 '23 850w 
N Y Tribune pl9 Ag 5 '23 30w 

"Mr. Binyon holds his pen firmly in hand and 
takes his heroes unwinking to their doom, with 
all the risk that comes of trying to better the 
best. The work is interesting and neatly done, 
but does not imperil the fame of the late 
laureate." 

H NY World p9e My 13 '23 lOOw 

"His verse is always adequate to the occa- 
sion, and if it at no time soars to great heights, 
it keeps a level which is only one step below 
poetry," 

+ Spec 130:675 Ap 21 '23 80w 

"It is very interesting to see the rambling 
medieval manner of the old tale changed into 
the tenseness of conflicting desires and action. 
The characters, however, lack force and con- 
viction. They are a bit wooden and their long 
speeches are sometimes rather set and color- 
less." 

H Springf d Republican p6 S 4 '23 250w 

"If the story of Arthur is taken on the level 
that Mr. Binyon has chosen, the weak spot in 
it must always be Arthur. Arthur was not a 
poor creature. He was one of the world's great 
seers and saints, a mighty doer. Mr. Binyon, 
by choosing to tell the story on the tragic level, 
has forgone the chance of showing Arthur as 



he was. And no care in structure, no consider- 
ation for the stage, no variety in the poetry 
of the dialogue, can make up for the funda- 
mental lack." 

1- The Times [London] Lit Sup p229 Ap 

5 '23 1050W 

BIRMINGHAM, GEORGE A., pseud. See Han- 
nay, J. O. 

BIRON, SIR CHARTRES. Pious opinions. 2&4p 
13.50 Brentano's [10s 6d Duckworth] 

824 
"Group of essays largely reprinted from tht 
Fortnightly and National Keviews of London 
The writer's tastes are catholic and his enthu- 
siasms contagious; he ranges from 'Clarissa 
Harlowe' through St. Simon, Psalmanazar and 
Captain Marryat to Wilkie Collins, Anthony 
TroUope and Dickens." — Boston Transcript 



"Sir Chartres Biron's topics are as inviting as 
his style is agreeable. There is not one oi 
these essays which is not easily readable, a 
tempting excursion into the richly stored 
realms of a cultivated mind gifted with the 
power of expressing well-considered thought in 
the happiest of fluent Englisn." F. A. G. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 N 3 '23 900w 

"His opinions, though neither particularly 
pious nor impious, are pleasant reading for 
those who care to range lightly over the 
eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. If the 
scholar finds nothing to arrest his attention the 
layman is not made to feel that the enjoyment 
of literary history is only for the elect. For the 
reader who is glutted with contemporary lit- 
erature and wants a mild stimulus from the 
past we recommend these 'Pious Opinions.' 
They assume neither more nor less than a 
gentlemanly familiarity with the books our 
grandfathers enjoyed." Arnold Whitridge 
H Lit R pl84 O 27 '23 650w 

"The author has no thesis to expound. He 
merely desires to acquaint his readers with 
those aspects of literature which have most 
delighted him. . . Sir Chartres Biron's success is 
contained in his skill in communicating to his 
readers his own affection or interest toward the 
literary figures and writers that appear in his 
essays. "The reader gazes through the writer's 
eyes and shares that delight which the writer 
so honestly possesses." 

-f N Y Times p6 N 11 '23 1550w 

"Sir Chartres Biron's literary studies suggest 
the genial raconteur rather than the original 
critic. The last essay on 'Clarissa Harlowe,' 
reveals him at his best. It is the one piece of 
real creative criticism in a book which, for all 
its athor's justice of mind and competent learn- 
ing, is somewhat tame." 

— + The Times [London] Lit Sup p484 Jl 
19 '23 700w 

BIRRELL, AUGUSTINE. Collected essays and 
addresses, 1880-1920. 3v $10 Scribner [31s 6d 
Dent] 
824 
"Mr. Birrell has collected in these three vol- 
umes all the papers contained in his six books 
of essays, of which the first, 'Obiter Dicta,' ap- 
peared in 1884, and the last, 'In the Name of 
the Bodleian,' in 1905. Five pieces are added 
which have before appeared in no collection." 
—The Times [London] Lit Sup 



Booklist 19:327 .11 '23 
Bookm 57:469 Je '23 210w 

"From page to page of each of these three 
volumes the reader may follow Mr. Birrell's 
literary course. Each essay is carefully dated 
with the year of its first appearance in print 
and their entire sum and substance furnishes 
an excellent consnectus of English literary and 
social essays." E. F. Edgett 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Mr 17 '23 1550w 

"These collected writings of Mr. Birrell, in 
their range of subject-matter, sympathies and 
understanding, as also by virtue of their sound 
and fascinating style, their unexpected turns 
of whimsical fancy, their rich humanity, their 



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deep and thrilling- insight into things both 
'human and divine," proclaim him as incontest- 
ably, by long odds, the best critic, the most 
engaging essayist, and the broadest and best- 
equipped 'publicist' now alive and writing ir 
the English tongue." R: Le Gallienne 
4- int Bk R p25 Jl '23 700vv 

"Mr. Birrell is chiefly distinguished by shrewd 
commonsense. There is something engagingly 
downright about him; he never loses nis head 
or his sensa of humour; and he cannot be fooled 
by prevailing cant or solemn platitudes. There 
is always a not unpleasant pugnacity, a whim- 
sical aggressiveness, in the way he lets us 
know his opinions of books and authors. He 
does not prostrate himself before authors, not 
even the greatest, but measures them with a 
shrewd eye." 

4- Spec 130:292 F 17 '23 680w 

"When all is said the salt that keeps these 
essays from decay is just their humour." 

1- The Times [London] Lit Sup p25 Ja 

11 '23 1350W 

BISCH, LOUIS EDWARD. Conquest of self. 

326p $2 Doubleday 

170 Conduct of life 23-13138 

Discussions of the principles governing right 
living and the more important everyday rela- 
tionships, in the light of a simple directive psy- 
chology. The talks are grouped under work, 
home, and personal problems. Among the 
questions discussed are how to develop your 
personality, how to become a progressive em- 
ployer, standards of success, how to excel as 
father or as mother, how to be a good citizen, 
how to overcome handicaps, danger signals of 
temperai.ient, etc. 



"This is a collection of the usual bromidic 
maxinns by which the failure can become a 
success, the poor rich. It is one of Arnold 
Bennett's pocket philosophies, written without 
any of his technique, but with some psycho- 
analytic overtones." 

— Lit R p376 D 15 '23 150w 

"Instructive and interesting, without any 
trace of sugar-coating or preaching." E. M. L. 
+ N Y Tribune p25 O 7 '23 280w 

BISHOP, AVARD LONGLEV. Outlines of 
American foreign commerce. 321p $3 Ginn 
382 United States — Commerce. Foreign 
trade 23-8519 

The author, who is professor of business ad- 
ministration in Yale university, has written this 
book for mature beginners in the study of 
foreign commerce and for business men whose 
interests lie in the foreign field. An outline of 
the principles of trade is followed by a survey 
of our industries and resources, chapters on the 
relation between foreign and domestic trade, 
between import and export trade and on bal- 
ance of trade. The remaining chapters are 
concerned with important features of our for- 
eign trade, such as pertain to transportation, 
marine insurance and finance. A discussion of 
commercial policy concludes the volume. 



"A distinctly useful book." 

■•r Am Pol Scl R 17:522 Ag '23 90w 

"Particularly interesting at the present time 
is Pr.ofessor Bishop's description of the post- 
war plans of Great Britain, France and Ger- 
many for the development of an organization 
that will win for each of them a large share 
of the foreign trade of the world. These plans 
are sufficiently comprehensive to make it ad- 
visable that our business man devise ways and 
means of meeting this competition." 

-|- Boston Transcript p5 Ag 18 '23 350w 

BJORKMAN, EDWIN AUGUST. Gates of life. 

384p $2.50 Knopf . 

23-26336 

A continuation of the ston,' of Keith Well- 
ander, as begun in "The soul of a child," (Book 
Review Digest. 1922) to his twenty-fifth vear. 
As a small child Keith "formed a picture of 
life as a continuous passage through an end- 



less succession of walls," each one promising 
to be the last one, beyond which lay the open 
country. Loneliness, parental restraint, re- 
ligious questionings, irksome work, stirrings of 
sex — these were the walls which one after an- 
other Keith faced. Always he found a gate 
and some kind of a key to unlock it, but never 
the open country beyond, onlv a different sort 
of restraint. His youth rebounded from each 
new disappointment but he seemed to gather 
little strength or experience for the next en- 
counter. Finally the gate of America opened 
to him, with new horizons, and doubtless new 
obstacles. 



"This is a disconcerting book because, with- 
out being great, it has most of the primary 
attributable qualities of greatness. It is real. 
We do not find imagination in 'Gates of Life. 
It lacks freshness of perception. It is a storr 
written about a boy, not by him. We do not 
mean, of course, that it should be written in 
the first person. There is not enough linger- 
ing over scenes and emotions; their possibilities 
are seldom exhausted as they might be either 
in a dozen lines or a hundred pages." W. A. X 

-\ Boston Transcript p2 Mr 31 '23 lOOOw 

Cleveland p42 Je '23 
"Gates of Life reveals once more the fine 
perception, the artistic restraint, and the nar- 
rative skill which distinguished The Soul of a 
Child. Mr Bjorkman sustains his theme with- 
out racing up bypaths in search of climax; he 
writes with a refreshing freedom from either 
sentimentality or swagger." 
-h Dial 75:97 Jl '23 lOOw 
"In developing one individual so fully, so 
truthfully and so unpretentiously, Mr. Bjork- 
man has deepened our understanding of all 
youth." E. G. 

+ Freeman 7:214 My 9 '23 250w 
" 'Gates of Life' is a novel appealing both ir. 
subject and in treatment; sane and honest. 
Superlatives would do it injustice, for they have 
become lifeless — and this is a novel too vivid 
to warrant such detracting criticism." 
-f Int Bk R p59 Je '23 480w 
"Although Mr. Bjorkman communicates with 
remarkable felicity his intimate knowledge of 
Keith and his boon companions, it is, signifi- 
cantly enough, in depicting the home of his hero 
that he rises to great beauty of conception and 
delicacy of treatment. The parents of Keith 
keep the faith with society, with its laws nn I 
ideals, even with its verdict that 'the Wellanders 
are going.' Their unshaken integrity is the 
only heroic note in the novel; their innate no- 
bility the only token and justification for the 
success which— in the next book — Keith may 
find in the new world." 

+ Lit R p620 Ap 21 '23 600w 
"Although the story is not without an oc- 
casional gleam of humor, the author is at alP 
times serious, serious in his psychologizing of 
the central character, serious in his outlook 
upon life; and the novel represents a studious, 
interesting and by no means unsuccessful at- 
tempt to describe the fundamental forces, ex- 
periences and mental processes that dominate 
the life and determine the career of the adoles- 
cent boy." 

-I- N Y Times p22 Ap 1 '23 650w 
"A hard seriousness invests the book as a 
whole, but there are infrequent flashes of humor 
that are as delightful as the.v are rare." Char- 
lotte Dean 

-I NY Tribune p22 Mr 18 '23 1300w 

BLACK, ALEXANDER. Jo Ellen. 325p ?2 

Harper 

23-13102 

"She who gives title to Mr. Black's latest 
romnnce is a girl living up Inwood way and 
familiar with all the paths to the riverside and 
to the Palisades. The fine daughter of a house- 
hold measuiaiily strange, Jo Ellen grows up 
through much girlish adventure into a young 
womanhood keenly marked by circumstances of 
love, pursuit and the wrong marriage. Local 
color, the reign of jazz and the revolt against 
the straitlace are strong in Mr. Black's 
pages. 'Jo Ellen' is a lively story from which 



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BLACK, A\-EXANDER— Continued 

readers may draw text and sermon as they will, 
with neither aid nor hindrance from the author. 
When the tale is told, we are a trifle shady as 
to the future of its heroine, who has still her 
advantages of youth, beautv and appreciation 
of the joy of life."— N Y World 



"It is Mr. Black's liking for the girl Jo Ellen, 
his desire to spare her any real suffering, 
which puts the protective screen about her 
every time. The result, so far as we are con- 
cerned, is that for us, too, the tragedy of the 
book is distinctly muted. It is not nearly so 
big a book as it might have been, had not 
Mr. Black spared our emotions as well as those 
of Jo Ellen." U. L. Mann 

— Boston Transcript p6 D 1 '23 1150w 

Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 111:256 N 24 '23 620w 

"What Mr. Black does give us is a fine, 
tmderstanding study of a girl who faces life 
quietly and honestly, and with a sense of 
humor." Maxwell Aley 

+ Int Bk R p45 D '23 1600w 

"One feels that the story, while it is worth 
telling, could be told with greater effect in 
a more condensed form. Mr. Black inclines to 
the periphrastic." Drake de Kay 
h Lit R p333 D 8 '23 540w 

"Rewritten and cut down by at least one- 
half, Alexander Black's new story of 'Jo Ellen' 
might be made into a fairly entertaining novel. 
As it stands it is very much too wordy." 
^ N Y Times p8 O 21 '23 350w 

Reviewed bv Bruce Gould 

N Y Tribune p23 N 25 '23 850w 

"Thpre is no doubt that the story has served 
for us the first-aid purpose of entertainment, 
and we do not choose to care that it has left 
for us little burden of the atterthought." E. W. 
Osborn 

-I NY World p8 O 14 "23 300w 

"There are one or two well-drawn characters, 
but viewed as a whole, the narrative is long 
drawn out and rather unavailing." 

h Sprlngf'd Republican p9a D 23 '23 380w 

BLAIR, WILFRID. Life and death of Mrs Tid- 
muss; an epic of insignificance. 69p $1 Apple- 
ton 

811 23-9961 

"In Mr. Blair's poem we have a straight, 
unaffected narrative outlining the life of a 
woman whose entire existence is the small petty 
round of meagre girlhood, marriage, childbear- 
ing, poverty, and death. The shy, ignorant, 
rabbit-like Mrs. Tidmuss, going so helplessly 
through her daily tasks with now and then a 
half fiightened and barely coherent dream of 
greater things gradually unfolds until she seems 
to be vaster than herself. She becomes a 
symbol, a symbol of that patient, submerged 
type of woman who carries the ends of the 
earth upon her toil-bowed shoulders. They live 
their little days in little houses, cooking, clean- 
ing, and, as the years pass on, suffering the 
ironic insults of time. Their children make 
nations and carry on wars." — Lit R 



"The real significance in Mr. Blair's achieve- 
ment is the fact that without any particular 
dexterity in the technique of verse he has 
managed to convey an indubitable atmosphere 
of poignancy and beauty to the reader. . . Its 
prime virtue is a spirit of social sympathy and 
undeniable love for those shy souls that are 
so maltreated by time." H. S. Gorman 
H Lit R p65 S 22 '23 660w 

"We cannot have too many of these por- 
traits. The more we have of them, the sooner 
will the new day be ushered in. If life is like 
that, cry all generous spirits, then by the eter- 
nal gods it shall be changed! So it is that a 
work like this is an integral part of the hope 
of the world." Mary Siegrist 

+ N Y Times pl2 Ag 12 '23 2000w 

Reviewed by W^eir Vernon 

N Y Tribune p24 O 21 '23 220w 



"Although the verse is marred on occasion 
by incongruous archaisms and verbal infelici- 
ties, on the whole it is competent workman- 
ship." 

-I Outlook 135:506 N 21 '23 170w 

"The proportion of dreariness is too high; and 
the art by which the author introduces the 
richer qualities is frequently abrupt. Neverthe- 
less, there is many a beauty in this curious 
epic to distinguish him." 

h The Times [London] Lit Sup pl83 Mr 

15 '23 aoow 

Wis Lib Bui 19:442 O '23 

BLAND, MILES CARLISLE. Handbook of steel 

erection. 241p il $2.50 McGraw 

691.7 Steel construction 23-4550 

"A very useful little book on a subject on 
which little has been written. Considers meth- 
ods and equipment for erection of various 
structures and includes both theory and prac- 
tice." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:288 Je '23 

BLASCO IBANEZ, VICENTE. Temptress (La 
tierra de todos); auth. tr. by Leo Ongley. 
405p $2 Button 

23-26840 
Elena, wife of the Marquis de Torre Bianca, 
them off to the Argentine where he was en- 
tirely mercenary. After she had drained her 
husband of his last cent as well as of his 
strength and driven her paramour to suicide, 
a former classmate of the marquis rescued the 
couple from their Paris debacle and carried 
them off to the Argentine where he was en- 
gaged on an extensive irrigation project. In 
the construction settlement she became the 
"Gualicho," the evil demon of the place. She 
made fools of the various engineers and con- 
tractors, sowed dissension among them, ending 
in crime and murder, and became an object of 
abhorrence among the laborers. One of her 
dupes fled with her to Paris where she finally 
ended her career as a common prostitute. 



Booklist 20:55 N '23 
Boston Transcript p4 Ja 9 '24 450w 
Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 
ind 111:171 O 13 '23 700w 

"A rapid, a tense, an interesting book." Ar- 
thur Livingston 

-f Int Bk R plO S '23 3750w 

"We recommend the book to those who want 
nothing more than a story of rattling pace, 
high colors, and florid sentiment. The crafts- 
manship is satisfactory. In conception and 
style the novel is several cuts above the best 
American thrillers. To those who demand sub- 
tlety, artistry, intellectual stimulation — well, 
they have probably learned by this time not to 
knock at Blasco Ibdfie%'s door." Allan Nevins 
-f — Lit R p589 Jl 28 '23 420w 

"Take it as you will, 'The Temptress' is an 
entertaining novel, apart from the questions 
which it may or may not arouse within the 
reader's mind." 

4 NY Times p]9 Jl 29 '23 1450w 

"The only flaw in the book is what in other 
circumstances would be a merit. tVhen it 
comes to landscapes and humble folks, Ibanez 
has a knack of simple and unforced realism 
which makes his more spectacular personage 
seem tawdry and hollow." Isabel Paterson 
H NY Tribune p22 Ag 5 '23 lOOOw 

"'The Temptress' has been heralded as 'Ibanez 
at his best.' We cannot agree. Nevertheless, 
there is much to be said for the vivid quality 
of this new attempt of an Ibanez whose name 
seems to be sufficient advertisement for 
A.merican readers." Ruth Snyder 

h N Y World p6e Ag 5 '23 850w 

"The South American background of the story 
is unusual and well brought out. The novel 
is decidedly one of the author's best books, 
and from the standpoint of literary execution 
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great success, 'The Four Horsemen.' " R. D. 
'fownsend 

H Outlook 134:676 Ag 29 "23 270w 

BLATHWAYT, RAYMOND. Tapestry of life. 
2 391p f3.50 Dutton 

B or 92 23-15705 

The author of these recollections is a clergy- 
man of the Church of England, who has travel- 
led all over the world as a journalist and who 
now, at the age of sixty-eight, is rounding oul 
his experiences as a movie-actor at Hollywood. 
His book is a discursive commentary on a 
varied, colorful and much enjoyed life, en- 
livened with many anecdotes and glimpses of 
celebrities. 



"It is confused, trivial and poorly conceived. 
To have associated with people of consequence 
may be interesting. It requires talent to con- 
vey one's experiences so that they subjugate 
those who are unaccustomed to the charms of 
such society. In this case the enterprise is 
present but the talent is lacking." 

— Boston Transcript p4 D 12 '23 350w 
"He has been everywhere and seen most 
things, and his remarks are startling and enjoy- 
able." W. C. 

+ N Y Tribune p27 N 25 '23 200w 
"The book is exceedingly well written and is 
commendable not only for its method but for 
its manner." 

+ Outlook 135:642 D 12 '23 40w 

Sprlngf'd Republican p6 D 30 '23 40iw 



BLOOMFIELD, DANIEL, comp. Financial in- 
centives for employees and executives; with 
an introd. by Meyer Bloomfleld. (Modern ex- 
ecutive's lib. J 2v 325:407p $4.80 Wilson, H. W. 
331.2 "Wages. Employment management. 
Bonus system 

"The mterest in all forms of financial incen- 
tives for employees and executives is a growing 
one, and with such interest has come the wide- 
spread need for a handy reference book de- 
scribing incentives in detail. Better systems of 
reward for effort of employees are being devised 
constantly and the present work brings together 
the best of them, with suggestions for adapta- 
tion to the individual organization. The ex- 
ecutive will find in this compilation a wealth 
of material gathered from a large number of 
publications and reports, and by original investi- 
gations of the Bloomfleld organization, cover- 
ing over one thousand concerns and plans. The 
volume discusses ti pes of wage systems, piece, 
day and week work, bonus systems, thrift 
plans, profit sharing, stock participation plans, 
mutual benefit associations and pension sys- 
tems, and methods of compensation for retail 
stores, salesmen, office workers, foremen and 
executives." — Publisher's note 



"The author discusses every possible phase of 
the incentive idea which has been tried out, 
showing its applicability under certain condi- 
tions and its lesser utility under others. The 
book is a mine of information, and any employer 
is likely to find in it a plan which, with some 
modifications, will accord with the particular 
conditions obtaining in his plant." R. M Binder 
+ Management & Adm 6:511 O '23 1450w 

"It serves a most useful purpose not hitherto 
met in anything like as comprehensive a way 
It IS true, a mere comparison of all these themes 
will not enable an employer to arrive at a 
workable or desirable method to meet his par- 
ticular needs. Nor can the book be considered 
altogether exhaustive in its enumeration of pos- 
sible plans. Of course, the authors have dealt 
with some of these considerations in other 
books, and, even as it is, the present work is 
very large. But we should have liked to see 
more of a suggestion that before embarking 
upon any of the methods described here an 
employer would do well to canvass a larger 
field of possibilities." 

H Survey 50:458 Jl 15 '23 200w 



BLOOMFIELD, DANIEL, comp. and ed. Prob- 
lems in personnel management; introd. by 
Meyer Bloomfield. (Modern executive's lib.) 
557p ?3.50 V.^ilson, H.W. 

658.7 Employment management 23-13351 
"From a large mass of scattered papers, arti- 
cles, and addresses which have made the litera- 
ture of management in its human relations 
phases a source of interest and practical benefit 
these ten years past the present volume is com- 
piled. The editor's experience and contributions 
m this new and important field assure the judg- 
ment needed to make such a compilation valu- 
able. . . There is little new, now, to say about 
personnel management — the administration of 
human relationships in organization. This type 
of service has been recognized, approved, and 
made part of modern management. Hundreds 
of first rate executives are conducting person- 
nel departments. The present volume gives 
little space to theories in personnel work — it 
confines itself to the practical realities which 
make the work what it is, and give it promise 
of further development."- — Introd. 



Am Econ R 13:695 D '23 40w 
Booklist 20:83 D '23 

BLUNDEN, EDMUND CHARLES. Bon- 
adventure: a random journal of an Atlantic 
holiday. 245p $2 Putnam 

910.4 Voyages and travels. Ocean travel 

23-7448 
The book is a poet's record, in prose, of a 
round trip on a cargo ship, from England to 
South America, as one of the crew. H. M. 
Tonilinson, in his introduction, says of it: 
"a reader is as likely to get from it the grit 
from the funnel as the full moon on the billows 
of the North-East trades. . . Blunden rep- 
resents here that world where seamen are at 
home, a world which is full of romantic possi- 
bilities to us because we do not know it and 
cannot enter it. He compels a simple faith in 
the veracity of his imaginative record. We feel 
we know the Bonadventure and her men and 
her circumstances." 



"Mr. Blunden fails to put any glow or color 
into his narrative; he describes his experiences 
in a way that may be vastly entertaining to 
himself, but that leaves the reader cold." 
— Bookm 57:558 Jl '23 180w 

"Because it was an entirely leisurely voyage, 
it also makes an entirely leisurely book. It 
is not a book to keep one awake, even, to 
make one long to take one like it. But it is 
delightfully human, and that has been the 
first requirement of literature since the stone 
age gentlemen wrote their e.sploits on the low 
walls of their caves." I. W. L. 

4- Boston Transcript p4 Je 2 '23 590w 

"There will be no doubt of [one's] enjoyment 
of Mr. Blunden's 'log.' " 

+ Lit R p6 S 1 '23 220w 

-j- Nation 117:122 Ag 1 '23 160w 

"Probably much is to be forgiven a man re- 
covering from the effects of chlorine gas, and 
it must be said that 'The Bonadventure' cannot 
pass without some forgiveness. True, the jour- 
nal is written in a companionable way, the 
sentences are cadenced and the author's ac- 
counts of his relations with officers and crew 
give a human touch to the pages which renders 
them pleasant reading. But the book as a whole 
is an opportunity missed." 

h N Y Times p6 My 20 '23 720w 

"He pictures some interesting sea types in 
the officers of the craft, its seamen and stokers, 
and embellishes the rather humdrum routine 
of life on shipboard with much humor and 
philosophy." 

-f N Y World p8e Ap 22 '23 180w 

"Here and there come evidences of hasty 
writing and here and there small vices of style — 
artificialities and archaisms. But on the whole 
the book shows him as witty, quick-sighted, 
and of engaging honesty; his prose is flexible 
and sound; he will give no handle to those who 
still believe that poets are nincompoops." 
-I Spec 130:758 My 5 '23 llOOw 



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BLUNDEN, E. C: — Continued 

"Blessed are they who have the gift of being 
readable; and therefore blessed is Edmund 
Blunden. There was not an episode out of the 
ordinary on the voyage; and yet one can turn 
the pages of his book on and on with satisfac- 
tion." 

+ Springf d Republican pl2 Ap 25 '23 180w 

BLUNT, WILFRID SCAWEN. Poems. 237p 

$2.50 Knopf 
821 23-7952 

The selection of poems in this volume was 
made, with the author's approval, by Floyd 
Dell. They are chiefly interesting today as the 
expression in verse of that passion for freedom 
in every aspect of life which was the inspira- 
tion of this gallant anti-imperialist. Of his 
poetry Floyd Dell writes: "A rebel in literature 
as in life, he brought with his poetry the breath 
of a new candor to the Victorian age. Incap- 
able of ever becoming 'classics' in the dull 
schoolroom sense, these poems have a classic 
simplicity, sincerity and power that make them 
enduring achievements in English literature." 



as president and condemns some of the trivial 
and unjust criticism of him. 



Booklist 20:48 N '23 
Reviewed by D: Morton 

Bookm 57:460 Je '23 250w 
"His work is so good that we cannot help 
regretting that he did not test and prune it 
by a better technique." N. H. Dole 

H Boston Transcript p5 My 5 '23 1500w 

Cleveland p37 My '23 
"Blunt's disregard for form, his refusal to 
polish or revise, makes a good deal of his 
poetry incoherent and uncouth, and even, it 
must be said, dull and tiresome to the reader. 
So far from striving for the final and inevitable 
expression of his emotion, he seemed to be con- 
tent with any expression that recorded it at 
all, if that expression had the virtue of vehe- 
mence." Newton Arvin 

— Freeman 7:70 Mr 28 '23 1050w 
"The beauty and emotion of this series has 
never received -the praise that has been rightly 
its due. Blunt was unequal as a poet but he 
did touch a far height at times." H. S. Gorman 
+ Int Bk R p24 Je '23 620w 
"No collection of recent British poetry would 
be complete without the inclusion of the poetry 
of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, despite all criticism 
that may be offered. One of the greatest spirits 
of recent times strains at its earthly bonds in 
these pages." W: R. Benet 

Lit R p680 My 12 '23 350w 
"The selection could hardly be bettered." S: 
C. Chew 

-f Nation 116:636 My 30 '23 400w 

New Statesman 22:272 D 8 '23 230w 
Reviewed by F. L. Lucas 

New Statesman 22:341 D 22 '23 880w 
"The poetry is too diffused, the workmanship 
is often careless, we feel that the poet has not 
taken enough pains. There is a feeling of 
artistic formlessness, and true poetic energy 
always results in form. . . Mr. Blunt had the 
old-fashioned, well-bred modesty of a poet who 
was also a great gentleman, to be which was 
not the least of his distinctions." R: Le 
Gallienne 

-I NY Times p7 F 11 '23 2300w 

"Mr. Blunt is often like a Swinburne with- 
out Swmburne's genius of style, and without 
his imaginative sense of the universal. He 
never writes badly, but greatness is out of his 
reach." 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p687 O 
18 '23 llOOw 



BLYTHE, SAMUEL GEORGE. Calm review of 
a calm man. 47p 75c Cosmopolitan bk. 

B or 92 Harding, Warren Gamaliel 23-12063 

In this article reprinted from the Saturday 

Evening Post a political observer makes an 

appraisal of Mr. Harding's qualities as man and 



Booklist 20:52 N '23 

"The book has a striking merit. It was writ- 
ten before there was any thought of the Presi- 
dent's fatal illness. It thus has the good for- 
tune to escape being classified as a part of the 
emotional outburst which followed upon that 
unfortunate event. For that reason, perhaps, it 
is more impressive than it deserves to be." 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO N 
26 '23 800w 

"Had it not been for the fact that Mrs Hard- 
ing was reading Samuel G. Blythe's 'A Calm 
Review of a Calm Man' to her husband just be- 
fore his death, it would probably never have 
received more attention than thousands of other 
such articles. Certainly, it would not have 
found its way into book form, for when 
divorced from an unavoidably sympathetic 
background, the review does not in any sense 
stand out as an exceptional piece of work. It 
ia within its limits, interesting and enlighten- 
ing as Mr. Blythe's political dissertations al- 
ways are." 

1- Springf d Republican plO N 7 '23 280w 

BODENHEIM, MAXWELL. Blackguard. 215p 

$2 Covici-McGee 

23-6500 

"In 'Blackguard' Mr. Bodenheim records ob- 
viously his own unsaLisfactoi'y contact with 
workaday life. Even in his depiction of the 
physical outlines of Carl Feldman, the hero of 
the novel, we have what passes for an acute 
description of Mr. Bodenheim himself. And it 
is not difficult to recognize under their thin 
disguises the poets, editors, sculptors, critics 
and newspaper men in Chicago and New York 
with whom Mr. Bodenheim has come into con- 
tact. 'Blackguard' contains a love idyll truth- 
fully and poetically conceived and set forth with 
beauty and poignancy — a love affair wherein 
an illiterate girl senses in the poet something 
higher, finer than her own physical need for 
him, and in so sensing shows herself to be 
in the ultimate higher and finer than the poet 
himself. For the rest the book is a record of 
rebuffs, disconcerting, disillusioning, painful and 
mellowing. It traverses a series of episodes 
which result in ironical retrospection and ends 
upon a deft and strange note of mysticism 
wherein a vagabond poet who was 'born to be 
a monk' enters upon a platonic relationship 
with a prostitute who was 'born to be a nun.' " 
— N Y Tribune 



"The novel is rich in excellent epigram and 
has a few entertaining portraits, but is chiefly 
important as something for Maxwell Bodenheim 
to put behind him." 

1- Dial 74:632 Je '23 140w 

"There is the spirit of a healthy revolt in 
these pages, and many flashes of fine passion- 
ate writing, but there are other times when 
the story should be allowed to tell itself — with- 
out the aid of a verbal monkey-wrench thrown 
into the machinery." L. B. 

f- Freeman 7:623 S 5 '23 220w 

"He knows how to write. From the first page 
to the. last his novel is written. The central 
theme, the familiar conflict of a poetic dreamer 
with a hard prosaic world, is interesting enough, 
but less interesting than the details of the 
dream, the emotional adventures by the way, 
and the subtlety and sincerity of the expres- 
sion. Sometimes Mr. Bodenheim's adjectives 
and adverbs flourish too abundantly and he is 
over-literary." J: Macy 

4- Lit R p563 Mr 31 '23 lOOOw 

"Mr. Bodenheim belongs with the poets whose 
discontent goes deeper than a mere discon- 
tent with the present state of culture. Like 
all absolute idealists he beats against the limi- 
tations of the human animal itself, seeking 
for that absolute beauty and absolute freedom 
of which any attainable beauty or attainable 
freedom seems only an unsubstantial shadow." 
J. W. Krutch 

Nation 116:496 Ap 25 '23 1450w 



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"There is in this novel much of the peculiar 
phrasal brilliancy of Mr. Bodenheim's poetry, 
a poetry in which emotion is constantly held in 
balance by intelligence, a unique sort of poetry 
wherein sentiment is guided in its loftiest flight 
by the sagacious covmsel of irony and humor." 
Burton Rascoe 

+ N Y Tribune p26 Ap 1 '23 1300w 

"The poet is not always easy in his new 
medium. He tries, occasionally, to make his 
prose jingle too much. Phrases fascinate him 
inordinately. And some of them are cheap. 
But to our taste 'Blackguard' is a better book 
than 'Erik Dorn' or 'Gargoyles.' There is fully 
as much surface brilliance and rather more 
emotion. As a sophisticate Mr. Bodenheim does 
nicely, but it is in his more naive moods that 
he is sometimes magnificent." Heywood Broun 
H NY World p8e Mr -25 '23 550w 

BODENHEIM, MAXWELL. Sardonic arm. 58p 

13.50 Covici-McGee 
811 23-7491 

"The aim of Mr. Bodenheim's last poem is to 
dissolve the flesh of appearances and discover 
the small, insoluble deposit of thought beneath 
— the fine, silver wire of irony that eats like 
a worm at the center. E>ven then there is disil- 
lusion. Surfaces bore him; so does the space 
within. Outwardly life is dull; inwardly it is 
meaningless. The world is a heap of rubbish 
for his wit to penetrate and refine. Nothing 
will result, of course, but his mind is restless, 
and this will have been something for it to 
do." — Nation 



"There is in the preface to the book consider- 
able angered sorrow expressed over various 
misfortunes which have befallen subtlety, style, 
delicate fantasy and irony. One searches hope- 
fully and, later, hopelessly through the verses 
in this book for these four qualities. Alas, 
Mr. Bodenheim has fashioned words into com- 
positions which topple before the criticism 
which precedes them. No one who loves those 
who love themselves should miss the foreword, 
nor should those who enjoy the spectacle of 
self-deceit." 

— Bookm 58:83 3 "23 300w 

"The Sardonic Arm by Maxwell Bodenheim 
is written according to the formula of his other 
volumes:, words tossed rashly about and some- 
times hitting their mark, fantasy and fantastic 
irony, a mob of excited metaphors. Boden- 
heim's work is sometimes careless and some- 
times exhilarating: it is never mediocre." 
h Dial 75:202 Ag '23 lOOw 

"Mr. Bodenheim must be content to address a 
very small band. But they will call him excel- 
lent, and they will be right. He has learned 
to put all his brains, and he has many, into 
each line. He has developed a subtle and brit- 
tle rhythm: he has chastened his style until its 
accuracy is uncanny — perhaps unreal. "Wrenched 
as his diction sounds at first, it has a way of 
sticking in the memory, as gargoyles do." Mark 
Van Doren 

+ Nation 116:668 Je 6 '23 1050w 

The Tltnes [London] Lit Sup p491 Jl 19 
'23 lOOw 

Reviewed by W: R. Ben^t 

Yale R n s 13:162 O '23 200w 

BOECKEL, RICHARD. Labor's money. 181p 

$1.30 Harcourt 

334.2 Banks and banking. Trade union 

23-13058 

The labor bank is a movement of the workers 
to assume control of their own money for use 
in their own interest. The first labor bank in 
the United States, organized and operated under 
the dirpotion of a trade union, was opened 
in Washington in 1920. Three years after, a 
dozen labor banks with combined resources of 
over $30,000,000 were in operation in widely 
scattered American cities and others were in 
process of organization. The book sketches the 
history of these banks and tells how they are 
being used. 



Reviewed by H. A. Millis 

Am J See 29:368 N '23 lOOw 

"Mr. Boeckel's book comes at a strategic 
time. If widely read it will doubtless be very 
instrumental in spreading an intelligent under- 
standing of the new unionism, not only among 
unionists themselves, but also among that in- 
creasingly large group of the amphorous 'gen- 
eral public' who see in the labor movement the 
hope of a sorely vexed society." D: E. Lilien- 
thal 

+ Nation 117:466 O 24 '23 900w 
"This little book is of profound significance. 
Here at last we have leaders seeing economic 
facts as they are and dealing with them as 
such." T: Corbin 

+ N Y Times p5 O 21 '23 1250w 

"Mr. Boeckel's book will serve a valuable 
purpose if the facts it sets forth will call to 
public attention the essential and difficult char- 
acter of the banking function in modem so- 
ciety." Ordway Tead 

Survey 51:228 N 15 '23 600w 

BOGAN, LOUISE. Body of this death. 30p $1.50 
McBride 

811 23-18294 

This little volume contains only twenty-seven 
poems, but these are wrought with the utmost 
care and charged with intense emotion. 

"Her poetry is not convincingly good, but it 
deserves the attention of any one interested in 
the art of putting words together to convey 
meaning. We believe that 'Body of This Death' 
speaks the highest praise for Miss Bogan's 
poetic equipment and the highest praise for 
her future, for the next book, or perhaps the 
book after the next, that she will write; but 
we believe it says only moderate things for it- 
self. It is beautifully fugitive." Fillmore Hvde 
H Lit R p259 N 17 '23 600w 

"The thirty pages which they cover are 
packed as tightly with pure poetry as any thir- 
ty pages have been for a generation. The poet 
would be rare at any time who could achieve 
so much concentration and so unquestionably 
sustain it. Practicall.v every one of these bare, 
stricken lines is suggestive of riches; the words 
dig deep, bringing up odors of earth and life 
that will live a. long time in the memory. There 
is no rhetoric — hardly a phrase could be reduced 
by a word — but there is the sheer eloquence 
of passion. Miss Bogan has spoken always 
with intensity and intelligent skill; she 
has not always spoken clearly. Now and then 
her poetry comes too immediately from a per- 
sonal source to mean very much to others. 
Nevertheless, this first volume places her near 
the lead of those poets today— Anna Wickham, 
Charlotte Mev^^ Genevieve Taggard, and others 
— who are passionately exploring the endless, 
narrow paths of woman's (and man's) experi- 
ence." Mark Van Doren 

+ Nation 117:494 O 31 '23 880w 

"In lines as haunting in their graven beauty 
as they are appalling in their implications, the 
poems unroll a screen of intense and unforget- 
table appearances." A. D. Douglas 

4- New Repub 37:sup20 D 5 '23 1200w 

"There is no plentitude in her, no promise of 
luxurious growth or completer ripening, but 
authentic stuff, all of it, cut from the rock." 
Maxwell Anderson 

-f- N Y World p7e D 30 '23 630w 

BOGGS, THEODORE HARDING. International 
trade balance in theory and practice. 221p 
$2 Macmill^n 

382 Commerce. Foreign exchange 22-24680 
"This book is an attempt to set forth, with 
a reasonable measure of fullness, the principles 
underlying the theory of the balance of trade, 
and their practical application as revealed in 
the trade balances of various countries. In 
order to facilitate a comparison of the results 
obtained, the writer has estimated these bal- 
ances, for the several countries considered, for 
the same period, namely, the years 1911-13. 
The closely related question of foreign ex- 
changes has necessarily also received a con- 



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BOGGS, THEODORE HARDING — Continued 
siderable measuie of attention." (Preface; The 
opening: chapter explains the intimate relation- 
ship that exists between foreign trade and the 
International ebb and flow of capital. The rest 
of the book is devoted to the trade balances 
of the United States, the United Kingdom. 
Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand and 
South Africa. 



"The hook is useful chiefly for a general 
sui'vey of the subject." 

Am Pol Sci R 17:522 Ag '23 50w 

Cleveland p44 Je '23 
St Louis 21:98 My '23 

BOILEAU, ETHEL. Box of spikenard. 263p $2 
Doran [7s 6d Hutchinson] 

23-7016 

"The story of Feo Clonshannon's great love 
for Rory Sarrel, a love that hoped and endured, 
that held fast through all trials, and did not 
die with the death of illusion. The relations 
of these two, the man who took, and the 
woman who gave, are vividly drawn, and the 
author has not made the mistake of indicat- 
ing, for the sake of a happy ending, an entire 
change in Rory Barrel's point of view. An 
egoist to the core, he could not, at his age. 
alter his whole nature, even though he had 
learned a lesson which undoubtedly modified it 
for the better. He could never love as Feo 
did: always the great gift she gave must be 
more or less wasted on a hard man who, in 
spite of his many good qualities, really cared 
for only one person in the world — himself." — 
N Y Times 



Cleveland p67 S '23 
"The book is well written, and the characters 
are all clearly individualized." 

+ N Y Times p22 Je 24 '23 490w 
"Distinctly a drawing room novel, I imagine 
there are plenty of women who would like it 
very well and with reason enough. It reads 
smoothly ind e.-isilv." Tsnbel Pater.con 
!- N Y Tribune p20 Je 24 '23 230w 

BOJER. JOHAN. Last of the vikings: tr. from 
the Norwegian by .lessie Mui^. 302p il $2 Cen- 
tury 

23-8605 
The latest novel by this Norwegian author is 
an epic of the lives of the Lofoten fishermen. 
Kristflver Myran. the "last of the vikings" 
spent the greater part of his days on the sea, 
chaining his wife with her six children to a 
life of bitter anxiety during the months of his 
absence. In this narrative Krist^ver has taken 
his oldest son Lars on a long anticipated first 
fishing trip and we follow the intrepid fishermen 
on the sea and in the fishing station on Lofoten 
island which was the headquarters of the crew 
during the season. It is a life of almost unimag- 
inable rigor and hardship, bravely borne and 
described with the utmost simplicity. When 
Krist^ver is one day brought home to his wife 
in his coffin, she turns her back on the sea and 
its memories and moves inland with her family, 
away from wind and w^ave. 



Booklist 19:317 Jl '23 
Boston Transcript p4 Je 23 '23 470w 
Cleveland p42 Je '23 
"It is a novel for those who do not respect 
literature less because they love life more; and 
whether or not it punctuates a period in letters, 
it celebrates the end of an epoch in civiliza- 
tion." L. C. M. 

Freeman 7:71 S 26 '23 180w 
Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 110:352 My 26 '23 350w 
Reviewed by I: Anderson 

Int Bk R p54 Je '23 880w 
"Two great characters stand out conspicu- 
ously in modern Norwegian fiction — Isac, of 
Knut Hamsun's 'The Growth of the Soil,' and 
Krista,ver Myran of Bojer's last work. It is 
4ifRcult to say which of these is the greatest. 



As 'The Growth of the Soil' wrote Itself down as 
an epic of the cultivator's labor, so assuredly 
'The Last of the Vikings' must be assigned a 
place as an epic of the sea." Julius Moritzen 
-F N Y Times p7 Ap 29 '23 3000w 

" 'The Last of the Vikings' is rather a failure 
as a novel, and is rather a record of opportun- 
ity lost. His story lacks any focal center. In 
consequence it is aimless — both confusing and 
confused. And this is not because he had no 
material for a story. There was a richness of 
material, but it lay unutilized." T: C. Chubb 
f- N Y Tribune pl8 Je 10 '23 1350w 

" 'The Last of the Vikings' is going to impel 
us to read more Scandinavian literature here- 
after. "We think we are doomed to disappoint- 
ment. "^Ve doubt whether Norway can boast 
of any other books as fine as this of Mr. 
Bojer'.s. As a matter of fact we don't think 
there are so very many in the literature of all 
nations that can excel it." F: F. Van de Water 
-f N Y Tribune pl9 Jl 22 '23 1250w 

"A work of genius bulwarked by simplicity. 
It has real literary power. It compels both 
sympathy and admiration." C. S. 

-f N Y World p9e My 6 '23 600w 
"A sound piece of writing and an obviously 
true seascape drawn from natvire is this power- 
ful romance of the Lofoten Islands." R. D. 
Townsend 

+ Outlook 135:33 S 5 '23 600w 
"Probably no better example of the new Nor- 
wegian fiction, aiming at portrayal and reality, 
could be named than Bojer's books, and speci- 
fically 'The Last of the Vikings.' " 

+ Springf'd Republican p9a S 2 '23 900w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p534 Ag 
9 '23 210w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:150 Je '23 



BOK, EDWARD WILLIAIVI. Man from Maine. 

278p il $3 Scribner 

B or 92 Curtis, Cvrus Hermann Kotzschmar 

23-7402 

The "Man from Maine" is Cyrus H. K. Curtis, 
head of the Curtis Publishing Company of 
Philadelphia, with the first of wliose great pub- 
lishing enterprises, the Ladies' Home .Journal, 
Mr Bok was connected as editor for thirty years. 
Of Mr Curtis's career from his first boyhood 
venture in selling newspapers thru the building 
up of his o\vn papers, with their immense cir- 
culations, the author makes a romance of busi- 
ness, a great adventure thru which shines a 
character of singular courage, simplicity and 
single-mindedness. 



"A triumphant, dream-compelling book." 
Gamaliel Bradford 

+ Atlantic's Booksehlf S '23 330w 
Booklist 19:315 Jl '23 
"In spite of Mr. Bok's very evident desire 
to throw roses from the wings, he has at least 
given the world a conventional picture of a 
man in whom many people are very likely In- 
terested " 

Bookm 57:563 Jl '23 150w 
Boston Transcript p4 Je 13 '23 720w 
"It is of the sort that will satisfy the whole 
being of the admirer of individual achievement 
against heavy odds, and, as it satisfies, it will 
whet the appetite for more like it." 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 My 

27 '23 1850w 

"I won't say that we know nothing about 

Mr. Curtis when we have finished, but we 

don't — at lea.st I don't — know much," M. L, 

Franklin 

— Ind 110:348 My 26 '23 800w 
"One misses in this book the picture of an 
inside view of the struggles in those magazine 
offices, the gossip and anecdotes of men and 
women and of national events surging about 
them. One misses an intimate picture of the 
man within, his thoughts his speculations apart 
from business affairs. There must be more to 
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with so much sagacity, which Mr. Bok de- 
scribes with some dramatic power." C: M. 
Pucltette 

— Lit R p677 My 12 '23 750w 

"Mr. Bok borrows Fielding's trick of inter- 
spersing his thrills with chapters that have 
nothing to do with the case. One such chapter 
is entitled 'Is there dishonesty in business?" Of 
course, the author proves that there is not, 
which is in entire accord with the philosophy 
of life set forth in the Ladies' Home Journal. 
The only trouble with these stray chapters is 
that there are no red lights in the channel of 
discourse to warn you that you are approach- 
ing them and .should steer clear of danger." 
A. W. Douglas 

-I Management & Adm 6:107 Jl '23 llOOw 

" 'A Man from Maine' has no more value as 
a biography than Judge Gary's account of a 
steel strike would have as history." Eugenia 
Ketterlinus 

— Nation 117:302 S 19 '23 250w 

"The well known facts in Mr. Curtis's career 
are all recited duly and properly; but the great 
secret, whatever it is, eludes the author." B. 
B. 

— New Repub 35:335 Ag 16 '23 1450w 

" 'A Man From Maine' i.s the same sort of 
racing narrative as 'The Americanization of 
Edward Bok," having the same glow, the same 
human touch, that led the late Lord North- 
cliffe to call the latter "book the best autobiog- 
raphy of the time. Nevertheless, it is a sermon, 
with Cyrus Curtis for the text and the example; 
and if this be borne in mind when reading, 
the volume will acquire a degree of dignity 
and a degree of romantic beauty which might 
otherwise be missed." 

+ N Y Times p8 Ap 8 '23 2550w 

Reviewed by Hymen Rose 

N Y Tribune pl8 Je 24 '23 1200w 

"It has the same qualities of freshness, direct- 
ness, Dutch gumption transplanted into Yankee- 
ism. It swims at high tide of the current 
fashion of stories by men about men in busi- 

+ N Y World pile Ap 15 '23 950w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:303 Je '23 
R of Rs 67:670 Je '23 130w 
"Some may feel that Mr Bok has written 
his book too little as a record of a picturesque 
career and too much as a sermon on thrift 
and resolution to American boys. He Insists 
everywhere on Mr Curtis's ambition." 

— + Springf'd Republican pl4 My 11 '23 
660w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je "23 



BONE, DAVID WILLIAM. Lookoutman. 220p 
il $2.50 Harcourt [7s 6d J. Cape] 

6^3.8 Ships 23-26841 

"Capt Bone's new book is about ships — vari- 
ous classes of ship.s — and he imparts to his de- 
scriptive chapters not merely knowledge but 
a sense of reality. . . Mail liners, cargo liners, 
tramp steamers, oil tankers, steam yachts and 
cross-channel steamers, coasters, fishing craft, 
pleasure steamers, dredgers, and tugs and port- 
service vessels are all described as well as the 
superliners. Capt Bone is more concerned with 
boats and their varied individualities than with 
the science of navigation." — Springf'd Repub- 
lican 



Biooklist 20:42 N '23 
Reviewed by W: McFee 

Bookm 58:322 N '23 2750w 
Boston Transcript p5 O 13 '23 800w 
Reviewed by H. M. Tomlinson 

Lit R p283 N 24 '23 lOOOw 
"The new book is considerably more than 
the survey which it purports to be of the prin- 
cipal types of craft now afloat; it is a descrip- 
tion beguilingly briny with salt air yet temp- 
ered witli the restraint of professional knowl- 
edge and experience." Arthur Warner 
+ Nation 117:558 N 14 '23 800w 



"It is a very interesting book, well written, 
as one would expect from Mr. Bone and well 
printed. And an excellent present for a boy at 
any time, or for oneself if one were going for 
a voyage or were holiday -making near a port. 
Mr. Bone, however, should be doing the much 
more difficult job of telling us of the real life 
of the sea, and leaving pleasant chatter about 
funnel-markings and the distinctive features 
of various types of ships to those with no eye 
for human nature." 

-J New Statesman 21:748 O 6 '23 250w 

Spec 131:762 N 17 '23 250w 

"Capt Bone shows the master mariner's re- 
straint. While revealing the journalist's knack 
of selection and arrangement, he is faithful to 
what actually happens and what he actually 
sees and feels. For the art of handling a vessel, 
and the responsibility that goes with it impose 
a certain discipline that may be absent from 
the work of a man whose seafaring is mainly 
literary. Yet he embodies his observations in 
nervous and sensitive English, gracefully ela- 
borated, emotionally modulated and not un- 
touched with humor. He imparts to his de- 
scriptive chapters not merely knowledge, but a 
sense of reality." 

-|^ Springf'd Republican p9a S 2 '23 1800w 

"It is one of many services rendered by this 
book that it should enable the passenger to 
answer a number of his own questions for him- 
self, and, if that is his bent, to pose as an au- 
thority. Properly constituted boys know some- 
thing of flags and funnels, for those who cater 
for them supply tables in which they are set 
forth. Mr. Bone is not much concerned with 
these mechanical aids; he points out how a 
ship may be put in her class without the help 
of a crib." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p613 S 20 
'23 850w 

BOOTH, EDWARD CHARLES. Tree of the 
garden. 392p $2 Appleton 

23-3441 

Mrs Openshaw, an overfond mother, guards 
her son Guy with jealous love and shields him 
from every contact with the hard facts of life. 
Sent to a farm in Yorkshire for his health in 
his early teens, his appearance works a trans- 
formation in the life of a dirty, unkempt waif 
of a girl living with her drunken grandfather 
on a neighboring farm. On a second visit some 
years later, Guy finds Thursday Hardrip a 
comely, clean and hard-working young woman 
and they fall in love. To have Thursday edu- 
cated and marry her is his innocent plan. But 
before he can confide in his mother she hears 
of the affair and takes steps to separate the 
two. When Guy rediscovers Thursday she 
is outside the social pale and as a result of their 
meeting Guy faces his mother as one who has 
tasted of "the tree of the garden." Stung by 
remorse and overwhelmed by her love for her 
son, Mrs Openshaw now rises to the occasion 
and befriends Thursday. 

"Scene, plot, characters, alike hold the rapt 
attention of the reader. It is a beautiful love 
story, and it is also a faithful chronicle of the 
Yorkshire country side. It places Mr. Booth 
high among contemporary English novelists, as 
a writer who knows life, who can see it whole, 
and who can make his Action both a record 
of and a commentary upon human nature." E. 
F. Edgett 

+ Boston Transcript plO Mr 24 '23 1550w 

Cleveland p66 S '23 
•'Here is one of those rare books which rise 
head and shoulders above the mass of medioc- 
rity. It is excellent enough to establish the 
rank of its author as a master, to put him in 
the front rank of contemporary English novel- 
ists." S. S. A. ,„ ^, 
+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO K 
18 '23 640w 
"What might have been a very commonplace 
thesis story becomes, if not a great novel, at 
least a very interesting and rather mellow one. 
There is humanity in it." 

-f- Ult R p739 Je 2 '23 210w 



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BOOTH, E: C: — Continued 

"The author's main concern is not with the 
story but with the setting. His evocations of 
atmosphere are brilliant and sometimes beauti- 
ful; his panegyrics on love feeble and frequently 
ludicrous. The essay or prose poem, rather 
than the novel, would seem to be Mr. Booth's 
forte." Eva Goldbeck 

\- Nation 116:522 My 2 '23 250w 

N Y Times pl6 F 11 '23 450w 
"A fair enough yarn, in which sentimentality 
is often mated with sound obser\'ation, and 
which is something of a lullaby for adults and 
adolescents." Burton Rascoe 

^ NY Tribune pl7 F 25 '23 1200w 

"It is not a pretty story, though some pas- 
sages of it are written rather well, and we can- 
not see that it is likely to be a particularly 
useful one." E. W. Osborn 

1- N Y World p6e F 25 '23 350w 

"Hackneyed as the plot sounds, stated in 
outline, it comes fresh and real in all of a 
very long book except the ending. Character 
and background belong to one another, and are 
alike conceived in the spirit of high tragedy, 
not unrelieved with simple comedy. The rich, 
deep quality of the writing is apt to the de- 
sign; rich and deep is the soul of the girl 
whose simplicity and suffering make the tragic 
theme." Gerald Gould 

-] Sat R 134:596 O 21 '22 250w 

"Powerful and beautiful novel." 

-j- Springf d Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 550w 
"The ending Is disappointing and shows a list- 
lessness for which the zest and irony of the 
whole book has not prepared us." 

4- — The Times [London] Lit Sup p669 O 
19 '22 300w 

BORDEN-TURNER, MARY (BRIDGET MAC- 
LAGEN, pseud.). Jane — our stranger. 353p 

^-'■'^ ^"^^^^ 23-13337 

The story of an international mesalliance. 
Ftom the simple western town of St Mary's 
Plains where she had been brought up by her 
puritan aunt, Jane Carpenter is transplanteO 
to Paris by her mother, a rich and ambitious 
expatriate, to unite her millions with the title 
of the impoverished and decadent Philibert, 
marquis de Joigny. In marrying Philibert Jane 
marries the whole family, who align themselves 
as her enemies. Jane is from the first an alien 
element disdained by the aristocratic Joignys 
and made to suffer every refinement of cruelty 
from her husband. Her innnate morality re- 
coils from his faithlessness and the rottenness 
of the society into which she is plunged, but 
her soul is never conquered. She achieves a 
high place in society and for years keeps up 
her proud pretense. When her daughter grows 
up a true Joigny and is turned over by her 
father to a degenerate, Jane goes back to her 
plains of St Mary as to a place of refuge. 



Booklist 20:100 D '23 

Boston Transcript p4 N 24 '23 780w 
Reviewed by Roger Thomas 

Detroit News pl7 O 21 '23 520w 
"The effect of the novel is that of a painting 
in flat colours done by a hand that knows how 
to give design to unusual flexibilities of style 
and to convey an impression of substance by 
outlines." 

Dial 75:611 D '23 80w 
"The story proceeds like a corkscrew, ap- 
parently turning futilely in continuous spirals, 
but really penetrating more and more deeply 
into the core of the matter, until at last it is 
extracted and we see it in its entirety. Cir- 
cuitous and slow in approach at first, the nar- 
ration becomes constantly more direct, more 
intense and immediate, so that the climax 
almost coincides with the end. . . The novel 
has a strange shape, formed with freedom and 
imaginative knowledge to give a complex story 
pliant expression. Its voice, sounding on an 



intricate minor chord, rings slightly deadened, 
true, and haunting." Eva Goldbeck 

H Lit R pl23 O 13 '23 850w 

New Statesman 22:274 D 8 '23 50w 

BORGESE, GIUSEPPE ANTONIO. Rubft; auth. 

tr. by Isaac Goldberg. (European lib.) 394p 

$2 Harcourt 

23-3445 

Filippo RubS, the subject of this Italian novel, 
was a born neurasthenic given to paralyzing 
introspections that marked him for failure. We 
meet him first at the age of thirty, a lawyer 
by profession, with a logical nnind capable of 
splitting a hair into four, an oratorical gift 
and a faith that he could do great things. 
Without success in his practice and without 
zest in life he welcomes the excitement of the 
World war and volunteers at once with some 
swagger. At the first sign of real danger he 
collapses in a panic of tear and ever after, 
in his introspective orgies, alternately denounces 
himself for a craven and deludes himself into a 
heroic pose. His standards of life become en- 
tirely confused and his career resolves itself 
into a series of impossible situations with his 
state of mind in a perpetual delirium except 
for an occasional scathing lucidity of percep- 
tion. 



" 'Rub§' is an uncommonly powerful novel, 
and we easily believe that it has made a noise 
in Europe. The vast merit of the performance 
lies, as always with the big novel, in the cre- 
ator's successful expression of his theme in 
human terms. You believe without effort — you 
can't help believing — in the reality of RubS and 
his whole human entourage." H. W. Boynton 
+ Bookm 57:208 Ap '23 300w 
Dial 74:521 My '23 80w 
"It is a book which, unmistakably for its 
quality as well as for its timeliness, has made 
an uncommon stir abroad. As a piece of art 
it would be the better for some compression 
and even excision." H. W. Boynton 

H Ind 110:196 Mr 17 '23 540w 

"A remarkable novel. Not even the so-so 
translation of Isaac Goldberg is a sufficient 
bushel to hide its light." Edwin Seaver 
4- Lit R p626 Ap 21 '23 550w 
Nation 116:525 My 2 '23 20w 
"One of those rarely successful combinations 
that both sums up an epoch and portrays a 
man. The period of the war and the years 
immediately after are so ably drawn the reader 
is filled with astonishment that any writer who 
has lived through them should be able to detach 
himself sufl^iciently for such amazingly search- 
ing study." H: J. Forman 

+ N Y Times p8 F 11 '23 1750w 
Reviewed by Ernest Boyd 

N Y Tribune p25 Mr 11 '23 1700w 
"The book is remarkable — ^full, various, pain- 
ful. From the restless start to the barren close, 
every incident is told with power. What Is 
lacking is beauty." Gerald Gould 

H Sat R 136:409 O 13 '23 550w 

"Though we cannot believe in Rub& as Tur- 
genev or Dostoievsky would have made us be- 
lieve in him, Signer Borgese's novel is a fine 
work ardently written and with a range of 
experience and observation rare in modern fic- 
tion. If it is not always easy to read, the fault 
is not wholly the author's. Uncomfortable 
words like 'inorganicity,' 'improrogable' and 'ir- 
remissively' disfigure a translation which is usu- 
ally excellent but is happier, oddly enough, in 
a coloured than in a plain style." L. P. Hartley 

H Spec 131:521 O 13 '23 850w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p590 S 
6 '23 20w 

BORN, MAX. Constitution of matter; modern 
2 atomic and electron theories; tr. from the 

2d rev. German cd. by E. W. Blair, and T. S. 

WTieeler. 80p il $2.50 Button [6s Methuen] 
541 Matter — Constitution 23-14246 

The three essays in this volume deal with one 
subject, the physical theory of atoms, from 
different points of view. Contents: The atom; 



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From mechanical ether to electrical matter; The 
fusion of chemistry and physics. 



"Although written in simple form and with- 
out mathematical details, it pre-supposes a 
knowledge on the part of the reader oi Liie ele- 
ments of physics and chemistry. The book is 
to be especially commended for the beautilul 
illustrations which it contains." 

4- Lit R p432 Ja 5 '24 50Uw 

New Statesman 22:sup24 O 13 '23 170w 
"An interesting translation of Max Born's 
valuable summary of recent work on the con- 
stitution of matter." Amethe McEwen 
+ Spec 131:426 S 29 '23 6Uw 

BOTTOME, PHYLLIS (MRS FORBES DEN- 
NIS). Victim; and The worm. 2y2p $1.75 Doran 

23-8183 

In the first story the father of two daughters 
chooses to become the victim of his own sa- 
gacity rather than witness the wrecking of his 
younger daughter's happiness at the hands of 
the elder. The older, Hermione, an artful, sel- 
fish creature who, by posing as a saint and a 
martyr, uses her excessive nervous energy for 
mischief-making, has in.sinuated herself between 
htr newly wedded young sister and her husband. 
The result promises to be disastrous and the 
watching father who sees in Hermione the 
counterpart of her mother, under whose rule he 
has suffered, finds ways and means to induce 
Hermione to leave England and go with him 
to Paris. The second story describes with much 
humor the involuntary triumph of the least of 
her pupils — whose squirming shyness had earned 
her the nickname of the "worm" — over Miss 
Onoria Strickland, the music teacher, who ruled 
her small world by tolerating no nonsense in 
herself or others and always did what was "the 
most sensible thing to do." 



tive qualities. As such it deserves high praise, 
and only a pedant would seriously chide the 
author for the lack of accuracy which has oc- 
casionally crept into the bibliography, the foot- 
notes, and alas! the grammar." K. W. BigelQW 
-^ New Repub 36:209 O 17 '23 2200w 

"Professor Boucke proves his point. But he 
devotes s-o much space to it that he is forced 
to be entirely inadequate in dealing with the 
problem which is by far the most important 
at present: i. e., what kind of economics is 
to take the place of marginalism? As an icono- 
clast Thorstein Vebien still reigns supreme — 
the builder of the new economics is yet to 
come." Boris Stern 

1- Survey 50:354 Je 15 '23 SOOw 

"The average seeker after light and guidance 
will not, we fear, find in this volume that pre- 
cision of statement and lucidity of exposition 
which he rightly demands from teachers o£ 
economics. Professor Boucke's method of ex- 
position is cloudy, and he deals with many other 
sciences than his own." , . . „ „r,o * 

— The Times ILondon] Lit Sup p272 Ap 
19 '23 130w 

BOURN, MARY. The geese fly south. 254p 
$1.75 Doubleday ^3-9228 

"When the story opens, Jean's uncle had left 
her miles and miles of redwood forest lands. 
The will carried a codicil, so dear to uncles anrt 
aunts of rtction, asking her to find and marry 
her uncle's favorite goason and to live tor tnree 
months in the lodge in the forest. Jean goes 
to the forest and there comes in contact witn 
Peter Balder, who, it is said, loves the redwood 
trees, and Thorndike, who w ishes to win by tair 
means or foul the right to cut down Jeans 
forest to feed his mills. It is not dirticult tor 
the reader to guess which influence finally tri- 
umphs with Jean."— N Y Times 



" 'The Victim' is a very skillfully written 
story. It has its touches of humor, it is full 
of the author's keen appreciation of the foibles 
of human nature, and it ends with a strong 
note of pathos. For so brief a story the impres- 
sion it leaves is excellently vivid." D. L. M. 
+ Boston Transcript p5 Jl 7 23 luOOw 
Cleveland p43 Je '23 
Dial 75:398 O '23 15Cw 
" 'The Victim* especially we could not spare 
from any shell of piesent-day literary tiduiis. 
This, on second thought, is too inconsiderable 
a term for so delightful a little story. Full of 
spice and condiment, it is written also with a 
large measure of reflection, and its satire goes 
much deeper than mere wiity piquancy." M. C. 
Dodd 

+ Lit R p747 Je 9 '23 660w 

N Y Times p22 My 6 '23 750w 
"These two stories make an entertaining vol- 
ume of light fiction. The author has a deft 
touch and a fresh i oini of view that are par- 
ticularly welcomi' in -unimer reiding, and these, 
being .studies cf cb-Trticter, have a somewhat 
more permanent value as well." Edith Leigh- 
ton 

+ N Y Tribune p22 Jl 22 '23 600w 

BOUCKE, OSWALD FRED. Critique of econ- 
2 omics, doctrinal and methodological. 305p $2 

(9s) Macmillan 
330.1 Economics 22-20966 

"Professor Boucke's purpose has been nothing 
less than an exhaustive examination of the pres- 
ent position of economics as a science, with an 
eye to determining what its value now is and 
how that value may be increased. For an un- 
derstanding of the present position of econom- 
ics. Professor Boucke goes back to its founders 
and finds the key to the problem in their notions 
of science and particularly of psychology." — New 
Kepub 



"Professor Boucke specifically avows the ten- 
tative character [of the book] and it should be 
Judged, not as dogma, but from the point of 
view of its suggestive, clarifying, and stimula- 



"This book shows how a hackneyed plot may 
be utilized to advantage. The simplicity ot 
the book supports its weakness; its unpreten- 
tiousness makes it likable." 

-\ Lit R p867 Jl 28 '23 220w 

"A sufficiently good title to be backed up with 
afiner_bo^ok^"^.^^^ pl5 Je 17 '23 290w 

"The story is a rather trite one, but one 
that is sure to have a certain appeal for that 
very certain type of fiction lovers who never 
tire of reading of the forest, of love of adven- 
ture and of ihe sweet things of life that he 
nearest to nature.' ,„ .oo oon^ 

-I NY World p7e Ag 12 '23 330w 

"A tale that is seemingly improbable and 
borders much on the melodramatic at timt^s. 
Springf'd Republican p7a Je 17 23 nuw 

BOUSFIELD, EDWARD GEORGE PAUL. 

Omnipotent self. 183p $2 Button [5s K. Paul]. 
130 Psychoanalysis. Mental suggestion Self- 
interest 23-1U4U4 

The book deals with psychoanalysis in some 
of its non-sexual aspects. In particular it is 
concerned with the various manifestations of 
Narcissism or the tendency toward self-interest, 
self-importance, self-worship. The book ex- 
amines the development of this characteristic, 
which is possessed to some degree by every- 
body, and the ways in which it gets beyond 
control or associates itself with other instincts 
and works to our undoing. A method of seit- 
analysis and self-assistance is outlined, by 
which to overcome extreme manifestations ot 
selfishness and to displace phantasy by reality 
and directive thinking. 



Boston Transcript p5 Je 9 '23 320w 
"Simple largely free from technicalities, and 
full of useful information and much sound 
practical advice: indeed, the criticism which 
we have to make of Dr. Bousfleld s book is 
that it is too severely and narrowly practical. 
+ _ Spec 130:414 Mr 10 '23 160w 



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BOVET. PIERRE. Fighting instinct; auth. 

English tr. by J. Y. T. Greig. 252p $4 Dodd 

[10s 6d Allen & U.] 

158 Instinct. Pugnacity. War 

Published in France in 1917, this book is 
based on a course in moral psychology given 
in the Jean Jacques Rousseau Institute at 
Geneva by the author, who is its director. He 
examines the question whether war is inevit- 
able among civilized people and while believing 
that it is man's instinct to flght, concludes that 
there is in the nature of things no everlasting 
necessity to direct this instinct to the whole- 
sale slaughter of his fellows. The book com- 
prises first, an analysis of the fighting instinct 
in the child, taking for its starting-point some 
extracts from narratives written by schoolboys, 
describing tussles in which they or their ac- 
quaintances were involved; second, a study of 
the way in which the fighting instinct evolves 
and alters under the pressure of social needs; 
third, some reflections on the practical con- 
clusions educationists may draw from such 
facts. 



Reviewed by E. J. D. Radclyffe 
Spec 131:802 N 24 *23 80w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p639 S 
27 '23 80w 
"The book is not a long one, but it covers a 
large amount of ground and raises interesting 
questions, psychological and political. It is not 
particularly easy to read, being discursive and 
often repetitive. These are but the defects of 
its quality, which is that of a work of prepara- 
tion and suggestion rather than a systematic 
body of conclusions." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p719 N 

1 "23 1400W 

BOWEN, MARJORIE, pseud. Stinging nettles. 

382p ?2 Small 

23-13314 

"Ever since 'This Freedom' proved such a 
notable success various writers have been en- 
deavoring to echo its profitable repetition of 
the old anti-suffrage slogan, 'Woman's place is 
the home.' Lucie Uden had had a worthless 
father and a useless mother; she married a 
Sicilian, Pio Simonetti, without being in the 
least in love with him. He proved a diseased 
wastrel. Lucie nursed him while he was slowly 
dying of some especially loathsome form of 
tuberculosis in an Italian villa where nurses 
and good doctors were unprocurable. Before 
he finally expired, however, Lucie had met Carlo 
Ghisleri, with whom she fell in love, while he 
adored her. But when her husband's death at 
last set her free, Ghisleri, who, like Pio, was 
an Italian, developed some unnamed disease 
and refused to permit her to sacrifice herself 
by becoming his wife, whereupon she promptly 
marries an estimable young Englishman and 
devotes herself to her husband, her two chil- 
dren and letters to Ghisleri."— N Y Times 



"Miss Bowen's conclusions are admirable for 
the particular situation she pictures, but they 
seem to us far from representative in regard 
to situation or in regard to characters." 
D. L. M. 

-I Boston Transcript p4 S 19 '23 llOOw 

"Excessively long and exceedingly dull novel." 
— NY Times p22 S 16 '23 470w 

Reviewed by B. F. Wilson 

N Y Tribune p6 S 23 '23 650w 

"There is a crude sincerity about the char- 
acter drawing which makes it convincing. The 
author loves her heroine and does not care 
whether the reader loves her or not. We feel 
we have been looking at a fine portrait of a 
detestable face drawn with sympathy. Herein 
lies the sting of the story — and its merit." 
Spec 131:359 S 15 '23 150w 

"We have to acknowledge that as a counter- 
revolutionary document on feminism a con- 
siderable portion of her book deals with events 
that lack bearing on the argument and might 
indeed be used in confutation of it — the long- 
sustained account of Lucie's unloving self-de- 
votion to her half-mad and dying husband and 



her love for Dr Ghisleri. The great antifem- 
inist novel remains yet to be written." 

— Springf'd Republican pl2 S 28 '23 780w 
"Miss Bowen puts a great deal of energy into 

her first novel of modern life without achiev- 
ing any very attractive result or quite convinc- 
ing us of the truth of her observation. She has 
got together a number of drearj' people, mostly 
women, of the pseudo-artistic kind, whom she 
seems to dislike very much — not without rea- 
son. They are vulgar, selfish, and ineffectually 
vicious, and with the exception of the heroine, 
have scarcely a single good quality among 
them. The resulting picture is very depressing 
and not very convincing." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p489 Jl 
19 '23 280w 

BOWEN, WILBUR PARDON, and MITCHELL, 
ELMER D. Practice of organized play; play 
activities classified and described. (Theory and 
practice of organized play) 218p il $2 Barnes, 
A. S. & CO. 

790 Play. Games 23-7210 

"Hero we have exercises in the very simplest 
form of play, which, if followed, will train the 
young mind and body to be alert and eager for 
more elaborate dramatizations later on. There 
are first simple imitation games, like following 
'The Wee Bogna Man,' then Story Plays, a trip 
to the orchard, building a bonfire, running away 
from the incoming little waves on the beach, 
going for the Christmas Tree, or building the 
snow man. More delightful, and more true to 
primitive traditions, are the rhythmic plays, 
'Did .vou ever see a lassie do this way, and that 
wa.v?' 'Heigh, oh, for Rowley oh, the Farmer 
in the Dell' ; and the even more historically valu- 
able 'Adam did have seven sons.' There are 
also instructions, advice, and charts of accom- 
plishments for contests between individuals, 
group contests, and all sorts of games, which 
are really group contests; goal games, tag 
games, and team games" — Boston Transcript 



"There are excellent bibliographies." 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Je 2 '23 380w 
"In the preface the authors say that their 
book is primarily a textbook to serve normal 
school and college students. It is technical and 
not popular in its presentation." 

N Y Times p20 Ap 1 '23 280w 
Survey 50:supl97 My 1 '23 60w 
"Valuable handbook for playground directors. 
Also a useful book for any school or public li- 
brary." 

+ Wis Lib Bui 19:409 Jl '23 

BOWER, B. M., pseud. (BERTHA [MUZZY] 
SINCLAIR-COWAN). Parowan Bonanza. 305p 
$1.75 Little 

23-11706 

" 'Hopeful Bill' Dale is a cheery sort of young 
miner. He carries about with him a travel- 
ing menagerie of a parrot, a turtle and an 
Airedale. When he 'strikes it rich' at last he 
rejoices out loud to the parrot Luella, and the 
parrot in turn repeats his glowing phrases in 
the main street of Goldfield. The result is that 
no sooner has Hopeful Bill returned to his dig- 
gings than the crooks come panting on his 
trail. The incorporation of the Parowan Bon- 
anza and the tremendous sale of its stock, the 
rise and fall of the boom town of Parowan, the 
crushing of Hopeful Bill's dreams through the 
treachery of the piratical associates who In- 
sinuate themselves into his confidence — all these 
follow upon the careless chatter of Luella. 
Other things happen as well, for romance rus- 
tles in the attractive person of Doris Hunter." 
— N Y Times 



Booklist 20:102 D '23 
"A stunning story of real life in Nevada now, 
full of humor and unexpected sidelights of hu- 
man nature. The author never allows herself 
to be led down the tempted bypaths of sensa- 
tionalism, so frequent in Nevada." I. W. L. 
+ Boston Transcript p4 S 15 '23 750w 



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"It is simply a smooth-running, well-told tale 
that works itself out naturally and leaves the 
reader with a comfortable sense of having seen 
the desert country at close range, of having 
known its mysterious, starlit nights and burn- 
ing days, and ot having participated for a time 
in all the surge and rush of a minmg town in 
its making and in its debacle." 

-f N Y Times pl9 S 16 '23 500w 
Reviewed by Wells Root 

N Y World p7e S 2 '23 230w 
Springf'd Republican p7a D 2 '23 120w 

BOWER, B. M., pseud. (MRS BERTHA 
LMUZ2YJ SINCLAIR). Voice at Johnny- 
water. 3U0p $1.75 Little 

23-3439 
Patricia Connolly bought a ranch at Johnny- 
water Canon, a desolate, out-of-the-way region 
in JSIevada, m the hope of luring her lover, 
Uarj Marshall, the handsome movie-actor, into 
a more manly occupation. He goes to inspect 
the ranch without informing her. He finds it 
an uncanny place, apparently haunted by a 
ghost, with a weird mysterious voice wailing 
from the mountains and a psychic cat on the 
premises. He also finds traces of gold and 
goes prospecting. On his tours he locates the 
voice, lays the ghost and is himself imprisoned 
in a cave by a cave-in. His neighbor, fearing 
foul play, summons Pat. She too hears a voice 
but this time it is the voice of the half-star\ed 
Gary in his hole in the ground. 



Booklist 19:254 My '23 
"A fast-moving mystery story. There is a 
likable spontaneousness about the telling, and 
the sequence is good. There is also huinor here 
and there. The writing itself is not above the 
average, and the climaxes have not always been 
used to their fullest advantage. Yet, in spite 
of this, the book has sustained interest and a 
plausible plot." 

-I Int Bk R p55 Mr '23 250w 

"A moderately entertaining story. The book 
has occasional mildly amusing passages, and on 
the whole is neither more nor less meritorious 
than scores of Western novels that annually 
issue from our press." 

■i Lit R p507 Mr 3 '23 160w 

N Y Times pl6 F 18 '23 380w 
"The author writes pleasantly, even charm- 
ingly, for sentences at a time. Her eyes notice 
amusing bits of human nature which she records 
in worthwhile fashion. But undeniably let us 
say clearly this book i.s hardly more than a bag 
of tricks." Bruce Gould 

h N Y Tribune p25 Ap 29 '23 550w 

Reviewed hv E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p7e Mr 11 '23 SOOw 
Pratt p38 spring '23 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p622 S 
20 '23 140w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:84 Mr '23 

BOYCE, NEITH (MRS HUTCHINS HAP- 
GOOD). Harry; a portrait. 144p $2 Seltzer 

B or 92 
A mother's portrait of her son who died in 
the influenza epidemic of 1918. It is the period 
of his life from his seventeenth to his eigh- 
teenth year of which she writes, when he was 
constantly with her and she was learning in 
her wisdom and sympathy to understand him 
and the urge of his unnusual nature. He was 
a straight, manly boy but one who did not fit 
into the ordinary scheme of things, and who 
presented many problems to his parents. He 
hated study and the schools had not been able 
to do anything for him. Active in body and 
restless in mind he desired to go out west to 
work on a ranch. His parents gave their per- 
mis.sion and he went, never to return. His 
mother tells the story with dignity and re- 
straint. 



who have never really understood and assimi- 
lated it; who view the country people as the 
"summer boarder' sees them, failing to grasp 
their aloofness and their confidences. The final 
chapter is remarkably well written, but the 
chief value of the book is in the relief it gives 
to the feelings of the stricken mother." 

— + Boston Transcript p8 N 21 '23 320w 

"A simple, dignified story told in simple dig- 
nified English." Ruth Snyder 

-|- N Y World p6e N 25 '23 250w 

"The author is preeminently a mother, but 
she is also an artist, who has been able to 
maintain a fine balance between her roles." 

i- Springf'd Republican p9a D 23 '23 320w 

BOYCE, NEITH (MRS HUTCHINS HAPGOOD). 

Proud lady. 316p $2.50 Knopf 

23-2881 

A stoi-y of opposing temperaments Viith a 
background of small-town life in the Aliddle 
West in the years innnediately following the 
Civil war. At the end Mary Carlin, faced with 
the prospect of her husband's death, comes to 
realize how far her seif- righteousness and lack 
ol symi^athetic understanding has been respon- 
sible foi- the failure of their marriage. 



"As for the pictures of New England life — it 
is such a picture as can be drawn only by those 



Cleveland p26 Ap '23 
"This is the first novel Keith Boyce has given 
us in fifteen years. The moral of its artistic 
e.xcellence might be worth the consideration of 
some of our book-a-year performers." H. W. 
Bovnton 

-I- Ind 110:163 Mr 3 '23 600w 
"There is nothing wrong in the development 
of the plot, the exposition of character, the 
naturalness of the dialog, the trim and ordered 
style. There is no accent of greatness, and 
never the heart of life beating in troubled and 
passionate unrest. In so many or even so few 
woids you can't say that anything is wrong 
with the novel. It is just a mean between the 
extreme of greatness and the extreme of rub- 
bish, but it is not a golden mean." A. D. 
Douglas 

h Int Bk R p44 Jl '23 350w 

"One is struck throughout the book with the 
excellence of the writing and the author's keen 
sense of the background of her story. But all 
the vividness of the setting, the touches which 
make the people so sure a part of their sur- 
roundings, are secondary to the tragic figure of 
the proud lady and the victims of her pride." 
Rebecca Lowrie 

-I- Lit R p531 Mr 17 '23 420w 
"Neith Boyce has written a gentle novel in 
a day of boisterous fiction brawls and strident 
jeers, a novel often pretty with its quaint 
descriptions, at times beautiful in its treatment 
of home life. Occasionally it seems verbose." 

-I NY Times pl4 Ja 28 '23 880w 

Reviewed hv Isabel Paterson 

N Y Tribune pl9 F 4 '23 1400w 
Spec 131:<'08 D 8 '23 ISOw 
"The work is free from the meretricious ex- 
citement of the realistic method as practiced 
today, and it gains thereby in fidelity to what 
most of us know as normal American life. The 
work breathes the solid calm and reveals the 
penetration of the Howells method." 

4- Springf'd Republican p7a F 18 '23 270w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p709 O 
25 '23 150w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:83 Mr '23 

BOYD, THOMAS. Through the wheat. 266p $1.75 
Scribner 

23-8058 

" 'Through the Wheat" records the experiences 
of William Hicks of the marines, who never 
distinguished himself, but who never flinched, 
who never fled from action or responsibility and 
who never cultivated glory and bravado for 
their own sakes. Heroism was incidental and 
unavoidable. . . Throughout the novel Hicks is 
never far from the front line. The ugly business 
of war consumes all his strength. He does not 
cut loose and end up in the guardhouse. And 
although he never quite forgets himself, never 
deliberately merges his own individuality in 



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the whole affair or loses himself entirely in a 
great cause, neither does he think only of him- 
self or become neurotic. In the end, in the most 
furious attack of his experience. Hicks became 
acclimated. The effect of attack after attack, 
numberless tragedies day after day, unceasing 
danger, was to deaden his senses completely. 
His companions concluded, not without reason, 
that he was mad. He wandered about under 
fire with perfect composure — not because he 
was more brave than his fellows, but because 
he was psychologically dead." — N Y Times 



Booklist 19:317 Jl '23 

"As a picture of the war it is far better 
than Dos Passos's 'Three Soldiers,' and far more 
terrible because it is well rounded. It is less 
a novel than 'Three Soldiers' because it lacks 
the passionate drive and purpose of that one- 
sided picture; it lacks the incident and color. 
Yet there is superb characterization in 'Through 
the Wheat,' and there is beauty because there 
is such noble truth." J. F. 

-1 Bookm 57:658 Ag '23 400w 

"It is a rough book, as is entirely proper, the 
language exact and scarcely poetic. Again a 
welcome change from introspectve analyses of 
man^' another war volume. Others could have 
written the equivalent — others did for that mat- 
ter — but as an objective account it satisfies, as 
vet another first-hand iinpression." 

4- Boston Transcript p4 My 25 '23 llOw 
Cleveland p50 Jl '23 

"This is probably the only candid account 
on record of what it meant to be a hero in the 
Marines, and a valuable document on the or- 
dinary human virtues in reaction to the condi- 
tions of modern warfare." Edmund Wilson 
-f- Dial 75:93 Jl '23 1300w 

"Take now your copy of 'The Red Badge of 
Courage,' remove it respectfully from your 11- 
brai-y shelves, and bestow it in the attic. For 
it is obsolete. It is superseded. It must give 
place, after a generation of unquestioned su- 
premacy in its line, to a better book. In its 
loom insert 'Through the Wheat," the mighti- 
est story of arms and the man this century 
has produced." G. W. J. 

-f Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p6 Jl 15 
'23 llOOw 

Reviewed bv M. L. Franklin 

Ind il0:378 Je 9 '23 lOOw 

"It is an exceptionally graphic, well-balanced 
account of the war as it seemed to a private 
soldier." I^. M. Field 

-f Int Bk R p38 Ag '23 600w 

"There is a fine unity about it all which only 
becomes fully apparent when this note is struck. 
The effect is cumulative in the sheerest sense; 
there are no skies and stars and dawns pointed 
out to give significance to the insignificant or 
to Imply a connection where there is no connec- 
tion. The whole book is written in the light of 
one sharp emotion and hence it is as a work 
of art rather than as a textbook for patrioteer 
or pacifist that the book is arresting." F. S. 
Fitzgerald 

+ Lit R p715 My 26 '23 880w 

"Mr. Boyd falters at the end. Hicks is a 
little undefined and his spiritual disintegration 
is thereby rendered less poignant. The author 
seems to hesitate between a finality and a 
progression and achieves neither. 'Through the 
Wheat' is neverlheless a remarkable fir.st 
novel." J: W. Crawford 

-1 Nation 117:66 Jl 18 '23 650w 

"It has remained for Thomas Bo.vd to write 
the least partisan and the most brilliant of 
doughboy reminiscences. Mr. Boyd has recorded 
as nearly as he can recall it, and without 
grinding an axe or proving a thesis, the physical 
and spiritual progress (or is it retrogression?) 
of a normal youth, an enlisted man in the 
marines, neither holier nor viler than the run 
of his comrades." 

4- N Y Times pl4 Ap 29 '23 900w 

"We like this novel better than 'Three Sol- 
diers,' for the reason that it is organically more 
sound and because there is more about the 
actual fighting man's war in It than in the 



Dos Passos story. Besides, although marred 
with jejune fretting here and there, it suffers 
less from that quality than did the earlier book. 
"Three Soldiers' dealt too definitely with odd 
fish. Hicks, the protagonist of this novel, lives 
in many places on this earth. Therefore, his 
tragedy has a wider significance for us, if we 
take this book as a novel of purpose. . . In 
the main it sets down the truth about war in 
the unforgettable manner of passionate sober- 
ness. The scene is splashed in whole, and then 
sharpened with accurate bits of action, brought 
into relief with vehement description, and given 
the lasting color of conviction." Bruce Gould 
-f N Y Tribune p20 My 6 '23 1200w 
"A remarkable book young Mr. Boyd has 
written. It will be much read, much and perhaps 
fiercely debated. It should not be without ef- 
fect." J. L. H. 

(NY World p8e My 6 '23 650w 
Reviewed by Gerald Gould 

Sat R 136:390 O 6 '23 200w 
■\- Springf'd Republican p7a Je 24 '23 550w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p621 S 
20 '23 250w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:414 Jl '23 

BOYD, WOODWARD (MRS THOMAS A. 
BOYD). Lazy laughter. 295p $2 Scribner 

23-15583 

Dagmar Hallowell came honestly by her lazi- 
ness. Her grandfather had built his beautiful 
house close to the street so that he would have 
only a few steps to walk from his carriage to 
the door. He had accumulated some wealth, 
but more thru luck than industry. His daughter, 
Margaret, has two children, and it is with her 
first-born, Dagmar, that most of the story deals. 
Dagmar has ambitions. First the stage, then 
journali.sm, and finally a post with the School 
Liovers' l^eague claim her attention. In all her 
attempts at a career she fails thru sheer lazi- 
ness. Even in her love life Dagmar cannot 
rouse herself from her self indulgence enough 
to marry her poor but ambitious lover, but 
takes the easier way of accepting a middle- 
aged millionaire. However, this decision is not 
prompted purely by selfishness, since it con- 
tains also the higher motive of a desire to 
provide for her mother and wastrel brother. 

Boston Transcript p8 N 21 '23 lOSOw 

"Without verbosity, without the slightest 
mannerism, with professional simplicity and 
ease. Woodward Boyd presents her enfant ter- 
rible. . . The farce and the melodrama of the 
latter half of the novel would be all very well 
in their place, but they are exhibits of the popu- 
lar sort, very much in demand and marketable 
at a high figure in standard magazines, that 
are in most painful discord with the achieve- 
ment of earlier chapters — an achievement that 
pointed towards success of a very different order 
as long as its mood held, its cool scruples 
guided." E: T. Booth 

-I Lit R p229 N 10 '23 800w 

"The characters in 'L,azy Laughter' are un- 
usually well drawn. On the whole 'Lazy Laugh- 
ter' is a very creditable piece of work and a 
distinct advance on Mrs. Boyd's earlier novel, 
"The Love Legend.' " 

-) NY Times p8 N 4 '23 720w 

" 'Lazy Laughter' holds more of promise than 
of performance; but it is distinctly interesting 
in both ways." Isabel Paterson 

-I- — N Y Tribune p22 N 25 '23 llOOw 

"Woodward Boyd has written her story in a 
very nice way, but we must admit that we 
cannot understand the why and wherefore of 
Dagmar's career. We enjoyed reading of the 
heroine's amusing experiences. We enjoyed the 
subordinated and briefly-sketched associates. 
But we failed to find for our author any deep 
and underlying motive." 

H NY World p9e N 18 '23 430w 

BOYLE, CONSTANCE ANTONINA. Out of the 

frying pan. 383p $2 Seltzer 

23-7545 

It was Ma isle Pleydell's fate to jump from the 
frying pan into the Are whenever she changed 



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her environment. After her bringing up in a 
"high-class educational establishment," with a 
mythical mother in the background, she sud- 
denly wakes up to find herself alone and pen- 
niless in the world. Her efforts at self-support 
bring her into questionable surroundings from 
which the discovery of her mother seems a 
happy escape. Then gradually it dawns upon 
her guileless mind that she is living in a gam- 
bling establishment and worse. On the death 
of her mother she learns that her supposedly 
dead father is still alive and goes to him. But 
as he is a criminal and resorts with criminals 
Maisie only escapes from one scorching to 
rush into another. Mysteries, sordidness and 
crime, with some dashes of kindly human na- 
ture, are the elements of this story. 



Boston Transcript p4 Mr 28 '23 400w 
"This is an ingenious and readable story of a 
familiar species." 

Lit R p633 Ap 21 '23 160w 
"One is aware of an undertone of suppressed 
laughter following Maisie into the most ter- 
rifying cul-de-sacs of villainy. The slightly 
ironic treatment touching off Maisie's serious 
young naJvete is a delicious stroke. It is an 
entertaining and diverting tale, glorifying the 
English young gentlewoman." J: W. Crawford 
-1- Nation 116:396 Ap 4 '23 250w 
" 'Out of the Frying Pan' offers a world of 
movement and mystery. Threads are logically 
followed, clues are put to good use. Surely it 
will appeal to those who like intrigue for its 
o^vn S3,kG ** 

-i- N Y Times pl2 P 25 '23 440w 

BOYLE, JOHN D. Reactionism; the science of 

you. 232p $2 Putnam 

150 Psychology. Psychology, Applied 23-10956 

The author is not a trained psychologist but 
an expert advertising man who has made a 
lifelong study of human beings. In this book 
he formulates his system of universal law to 
which he gives the name reactionism. The 
book is divided into two parts, in the first of 
which he studies the science of you — yourself, 
your mind, your future life, your reactions, 
character, will, instincts, emotions, and power 
of suggestion. In the second part he makes an 
application to the self of the principles he has 
formulated, in the shape of a daily method of 
self-development by means of which he con- 
centrates attention each day on some one fac- 
ulty or emotion. 



Boston Transcript p5 Ag 18 '23 lOOw 
N Y Times p28 Je 19 '23 220w 
"The serious depths of Mr. Boyle's thoughts 
and the sincerity of his convictions can be 
doubted by no one." 

4- N Y World p9e Ag 5 '23 280w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p623 S 20 
•23 80w 

BOYNTON. PERCY HOLMES. American liter- 
ature; a textbook for secondary schools. 462o 
11 $1.60 Ginn 

810.9 American literature — History and 
criticism 23-7699 

As the book is intended for students of high- 
school age "the attempt has been made to sug- 
gest such reading as students can understand, 
to deal with such phases of it as they can 
grasp and to discuss these In language that will 
not require the use of a dictionary." (Preface) 
There are footnotes for technical literary terms, 
outlines at the heads of chapters, questions to 
keep in mind as the student reads the literature 
and review questions at the end of chapters. 
Contemporary poetry and drama are Included, 
but not the most modern fiction. 



"Professor Boynton has provided an excellent 
ground plan for the use of a competent teacher, 
but with all its excellence, not a work for the 
indiscriminate use of students." 

H Cath World 118:281 N '23 180w 

"The volume is substantially and attractively 
made." W. H. Dunn 

4- Educ R 67:55 Ja '24 300w 

"Those high-school teachers who are already 
acquainted with Boynton's History of American 
Literature will need little introduction to his 
new book for use In secondary schools. The 
main body of the text is the same, with some 
simplification of diction and some abridgments. 
Lesson helps, illustrations, chronological charts, 
and literary maps are added. Like the college 
text, this book Is a comprehensive, scholarly, 
and authoritative body of literary fact and criti- 
cism in biographical and historical setting." 
Gladys CRmpbell 

-f School R 31:469 Je '23 600w 

BRADFORD, GAMALIEL. Damaged souls. 285p 
$3 Houghton 

920 United States— Biography 23-9082 

Under the above arresting title, Mr Bradford 
h.ns brought together these biographical studies 
of "a group of somewhnt discredited figures" 
in Americin history. He has tried, without 
whitewashing their characters, to bring out 
their renl humanity and the elements of their 
.strength and weakness, and at the same time 
to ."Show how the spiritual damage their souls 
had suffered was sufficient to explain the 
.'^tigma attaching to their names. An introduc- 
tory chapter explaining the principle on which 
he groups them is followed by studies of 
Benedict Arnold, Thomas Paine, Aaron Burr, 
John Randolph of Roanoke, John Brown, P. T. 
Barnum and B. F. Butler. 



Booklist 20:90 D '23 
"Mr. Boynton's book offers an excellent sum- 
mary of our literature from the earliest times to 
the present day. It contains valualile historical 
tables and many illustrations from drawings." 
E. F. E. 

-f Boston Transcript p5 Ap 18 '23 700w 



"The Introductory essay, unembarrassed by a 
biographical Intention, is wholly delightful. If 
Mr. Bradford would only adopt a sounder tech- 
nique, abandon formula, and give himself to 
rhythm, what a delightful biographer he might 
be." N. W. S. 

f- Am Hist R 29:180 O '23 600w 

Am Pol Sci R 17:688 N '23 230w 
"His sketches are not biographies; they are 
spiritual silhouettes— psychographs, as he cor- 
rectly insists on calling them. The more one 
knows of the character depicted, the deeper 
is apt to be the appreciation; but every imagi- 
native and cultivated reader is able, through 
Mr. Bradford's fidelity, to enter into Intimate 
companlon.ship with the most notable Ameri- 
cans." A. W. Vernon 

+ Atlantic's Bookshelf Jl '23 450w 
Booklist 19:315 Jl '23 
" 'Damaged Soul.s' Is a good book, one that 
will add to the enjoyment of the intelligent 
reader, and to the author's reputation." W: L. 
Phelps 

4- Bookm 57:548 Jl '23 1200w 
"Probably no biographer has ever combined 
more successfully the elements of keenness and 
kindliness with that quality of imagination 
which such writing must pos.sess. Call It soul, 
heart, nature, what you will. Mr. Bradford 
penetrates it and. with a sympathy for the 
human animal that is unfeigned, he draws por- 
traits with an exceptional appeal. With each 
sketch he seems to rescue another individual 
from the cold limbo of hare history and add 
him to the human family." S. L. Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p5 My 19 '23 3100w 

Dial 75:613 D '23 80w 
Freeman 7:358 Je 20 '23 ISOOw 
"One is staggered by the audacity of the 
coup — and then amused by its success. For 
successful it Is, beyond peradventure.' G. W. J. 
4- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO Jl 
8 '23 850w 
Reviewed by M. L. Franklin 

Ind 110:426 Jl 7 '23 350w 
"In these seven essays in psychography Mr. 
Bradford has made a substantial contribution 
to American biography, to American history, 



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BRADFORD, GAMALIEL — Continued 
and to American literature. The volume which 
contains them confirms Mr. Bradford's position 
as one of the foremost of our contemporary men 
of letters. The book is well planned and well 
executed and well written. Mr. Bradford con- 
structs with an admirably architectural skill; 
and he writes with clarity and with charm. He 
has humor and he has wit; and he uses both 
these tools of the trade without calling our 
attention to the chips of his workshop." Bran- 
der Matthews 

+ Int Bk R pl3 Jl '23 2250w 

Reviewed bv H. L. Mencken 

Lit R p746 Je 9 '23 750w 

"The first five subjects of his inquiry are 
worthy of his deft sympathy; the last two — 
Phineas Taylor Barnum and Benjamin Frank- 
lin Butler — are hardly subjects for such nice 
treatment, for Barnum's was not the sort of 
soul that could sustain serious damage and 
Butler's was too much patched and mauled to 
make the effort of repair worth while. But 
the portraitist's finest art has gone into the 
other studies." S: C. Chew 

H Nation 117:196 Ag 22 '23 750w 

Revewed bv P. H. Boynton 

New Repub 36:184 O 10 '23 lOOQw 

"Perhaps it is due to his New England an- 
cestry that Mr. Bradford is so scrupulous in 
apportioning praise and blame, so ready to 
qualify; but whatever the reason, the results 
are good, for it encourages one to believe in 
him as essentially fair in mind — as indeed it is 
intended. . . The little book of historicaJi 
sketches has great merit and will be appreci- 
ated bv candid minds." C: de Kay 

4- N Y Times p4 My 20 '23 1450w 

"In this book particularly, and in most of Mr 
Bradford's other books as well, he has elected 
to write in an all too decorous manner about 
men and women whose lives were far from 
decorous. . . Forgetting for the moment his un- 
fortunate timidity his biographical method is 
the most nearly perfect, the most thoroughly 
honest one conceivable. He tries, in so far as 
possil)Ie. to get inside his subject's ego, feel 
his emotions, share his motives, think with his 
intellect, act with his intelligence. He does for 
a historical figure exactly what a novelist of 
the caliber of Hai'dy or Conrad does with a 
character he creates." Burton Rascoe 

-I- N Y Tribune pl7 My 13 '23 3200w 

"Mr. Bradford has done what we think is a 
tremendous and arresting book." F; F. Van 
de Water 

-+- N Y Tribune pl9 My 27 "23 1500w 
N Y World p7e My 27 '23 600w 

"Mr. Bradford has done an excellent piece 
of work, and his judgments and conclusions 
are generally sound." L. F. Abbott 

+ Outlook 134:334 Jl 4 '23 2800w 
R of Rs 67:671 Je '23 170w 
Spec 131:910 D 8 '23 250w 
Sprlngf'd Republican p7a My 20 '23 
1650W 

"Mr. Bradford's analyses are subtle and sym- 
pathetic, agreealjly free from sentimentality and 
its other extreme, cynicism. He has composed 
from the black portraits of enemies and the 
over-cleaned records of friends seven very 
pleasing studies in silver-greys." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p666 O 11 
•23 500w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

BRADLEY, H. DENNIS. Eternal masquerade. 

268p $2 Boni & Liveright [7s 6d T. W. Laurie] 
391 Clothing and dress [23-128] 

With many brilliant, witty and cynical sallies 
into philosophy, art, morals and customs, his- 
tory and politics, the book discourses on clothes, 
from earliest times to the present. In his own 
words the author has hung his philosophy on a 
clothes-peg and has given his readers "a new 
vision of the perennial masquerade ... a review 
of the fantasy of life and the farce of history." 



"His book, except for its pacifist propaganda, 
is a saucy, delightful, and, assumedly, authorita- 
tive account." 

+ Lit R p690 My 12 "23 400w 

Nation 117:200 Ag 22 '23 160w 
"Always sprightly and epigrammatic in style, 
always satiric in tendency, philosophic in out- 
look, crisp and pleasing in manner." 
+ N Y Times p8 Mr 4 '23 550w 
Reviewed bv Hunter Stagg 

N Y Tribune p23 My 13 '23 980w 
" 'The Eternal Masquerade' is a good title for 
this not so thoughtful but avidly written brief 
on the clothing of the English race. The 
book catchQs our fancy as a piece of entertain- 
ing poppycock, written by a Petronlus so vastly 
pleased with his own conceptions that he 
charms us into believing himself to be a first 
class sartorial wit." Laurence Stallings 

-j NY World p9e F 18 '23 llGOw 

"The fashion parade reveals the author as 
thoroughly conversant with the styles of a mil- 
lennium, and he sets them forth seriously, flip- 
pantly, impudently by turns. He has an ex- 
planation for many of the whimsical turns of 
fashion in hats, hosiery and all between; and 
one gets much entertainment from the display 
under the amusing talk of the showman who is 
a philosopher as well, albeit a member of the 
school in which Diogenes flourished." 

Springf'd Republican p8 My 28 '23 320w 
"It is all very entertaining and sprightly." 
-j- The Times [London") Lit Sup p398 Je 
15 '22 420w 

BRADLEY, MRS MARY (HASTINGS). On (he 

gorilla trail. 270p il $.S Appleton 

916.7 Africa, East — Description and travel. 
Gorillas 22-25825 

An account of an e.xpeclition into the Eastern 
Congo made by the author in company with 
her husband, her five-year-old daughter, IMr. 
Akeley of the American Museum of natural 
history of New York and others. Their ob- 
ject was to study the gorilla in his native 
havmts in oi'der to bring back materi.Tl for a 
museum group and photographic and scien- 
tific records. Not only was this object ac- 
complished but the gorilla hunts were sup- 
plemented with a thiilling lion and elephant 
hunt. Instead of the Dark Continent of un- 
known horrors the party found "Africa the 
beautiful, a land of wonder and delight, of 
wide plains and mighty forests and glacier- 
peaked mountains, a world of tropic splendors 
roamed by primitive peoples and magnificent 
beasts." There is a final chapter on equip- 
ments and an index. 



.Bookm 57:342 My '23 loOw 



Booklist 19:187 Mr '23 
Bookm 57:342 My '23 120w 
"This book is a thrilling tale of travel into 
the very heart of the African Continent, and 
of happenings there, a tale which holds the 
attention with so strong a grip that one finds 
it exceedingly difficult to lay down the book 
even for a moment." E. J. C. 

-I- Boston Transcript p3 Ja 20 '23 1150w 
Reviewed bv I: Anderson 

Int Bk R p44 Je '23 90w 
Reviewed bv Isabel Paterson 

N Y Tribune p23 Mr 4 '23 llOOw 
Outlook 133:370 F 21 '23 60w 
"This is a first class volume of exploration 
with the added novelty of being presented 
through a woman's eyes and with the pen 
of an experienced writer." 

4- Springf'd Republican p7a Ja 28 '23 550w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:55 F '23 

BRAILSFORD, HENRY NOEL. After the peace: 
specially rev. for the American edition. 15Sp 
$1.50 Seltzer 

940.5 Reconstruction (European war) — 

Europe. Europe— Politics 22-21778 

The author draws a gloomy picture of the 

present plight of Europe and of civilization and 

blames capitalist imperialism both for the war 



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and the peace settlements. Concerned with 
profits, not production, capitalism has proved 
that it cannot produce the goods which mankind 
demands to feed the populations of Europe. 
The alternative may be revolution or a defeated 
civilization. With little hope of success he 
suggests some guiding ideas for the international 
policy of the labor party thru which Europe 
might be saved. 



"Inextricably tangled are the innumerable 
threads of causes and probable results. In this 
notable book Mr. Brailsford gives them as he 
sees them — and he sees far." B. U. B. 
+ Freeman 5:262 My 24 '22 350w 
Int Bk R p67 Ap '23 700w 
"Mr. H. N. Brailsford is the modern successor 
of the Pamphleteers. His latest effusion, 'After 
the Peace,' is filled with appeal to those in 
whose veins flow 'hot and rebellious liquors.' It 
is to be regretted that an author possessing 
such a thought compelling style — such a master 
of economic epigrams and statistical bon mots 
— should not occasionally curb his own verve 
in the interest of good feeling. Mr. Brailsford 
gives the impression of consciously striving to 
be irritating. Aside from his .'sermonizing tone, 
however, all that Mr. Brailsford has to tell us 
about the present state of world affairs is well 
worthy of consideration." W. P. Cresson 

■ h Lit R p644 Ap 28 '23 350w 

Nation 116:604 My 23 '23 160w 
N Y Times p24 Ja 7 '23 llOw 
"It is a picture of conditions at the end of 
1920 and therefore somewhat out of date as 
to statistics, but not by any means to be over- 
looked as a brilliant and pertinent attack upon 
conditions which are, according even to the op- 
timists, not on the highroad to normalcy. And 
the present interest of the book is attested by 
the forecast of the Ruhr invasion made two 
years before the event but detailed as part 
of a policy which is unfolding before the eyes 
of mankind." 

+ Springf'd Republican pG Jl 30 '23 600w 

BRALLIAR, FLOYD BURTON. Knowing birds 

through stories. 340p il $2 Funk 

598.2 Birds 22-25403 

One or more widely known birds are chosen 
from each of the important families as sub- 
jects for the stories. The collection is not 
intended to be a complete guide to the birds 
of America but is chosen in such a way as 
to enable any child to learn to what order the 
bird he sees may belong. The stories are 
either connected with some personal experience 
of the author's or are presented with fictional 
incidents. The general key to the orders of 
North American birds in the beginning of the 
book is supplemented at intervals with special 
keys to the various families. Illustrations in 
color and in black and white. 



"A worthy addition to the books which intro- 
duce us to bird life." 

-f- Bookm 57:222 Ap '23 70w 
"Most ornithologists refrain from ascribing 
human motives and emotions to the birds they 
are describing; and this approach to an under- 
standing of nature seems, if I may borrow from 
the language of Mr. Bralliar's feathered friends, 
just a little cheep." 

— Lit R p836 Jl 14 '23 220w 

N Y Tribune pl8 N 11 '23 70w 
Springf'd Republican p8 Ja 24 '23 220w 

BRAMAH, ERNEST. Kal Lung's golden hours:- 
with a preface by Hilaire Belloc. 333p $2.50 
Doran [7s 6d G. Richards] 

23-7122 
"We are set in China, a fantastic, conven- 
tional, bogus China, where people are all mild- 
mannered, soft-spoken, ceremonious, ironic and 
heartless. Kai Lung, professional tale-teller, in 
the heat of the day is resting in a small wood. 
He is awakened from slumber by the laughter 
of Hwa-mei, a maiden of extreme beauty. By 
exchange of courtesies they reveal their im- 



mediate love; Hwa-mei, hearing the noise of 
pursuing feet, is impelled to sudden flight. Her 
pursuer is Ming-shu, keeper of the spoken word 
to the Mandarin of Yu-ping. Kai Lung is 
haled off to prison, and brought for judgment 
daily before the Mandarin on some new and 
well-attested accusation of monstrous crime. 
Partly by the readiness of his wits and partly 
by the information that Hwa-mei is able to give 
him, he distracts the attention of the Mandarin 
each day by some apposite story and protracts 
the trial. At last, having detected both the 
Mandarin and Ming-shu in an unpardonable 
breach of custom, he discredits Ming-shu, gains 
his liberty, and carries off stores of wealth 
under the threat of revealing his secret." — Spec 



"The whole book is fascinating because of its 
difference from anything we have read. It 
seems to belong to the day of older and more 
permanent things, when books were read and 
reread with increasing delight." D. L. M. 

-f Boston Transcript p4 Ap 11 '23 1200w 
Cleveland p51 Jl '23 

"Ernest Bramah is a writer of unquestioned 
individuality; his style is graceful and composed, 
and the topics with which he is concerned are 
those that share the mood in whch they liave 
been created." L. B. 

-I- Freeman 7:311 Je 6 '23 230w 

"There will probably be many who do not 
care for Kai-Lung and his adventures, and to 
whom the delightful humor and fantasy in 
which these are swathed will not be apparent. 
This must necessarily be so with any work of 
art, so individual and original as the book 
Bramah has written. This very fact will witness 
on the other side, however. "Those who love it 
will also be numerous, and they will love it 
mightily." H. H. 

-r Int Bk R pGO S '23 S50w 

"This is a flrst-rate piece of finished irony 
and elegant extravagance." 

-I- New Statesman 20:supxiv D 2 '22 50w 
New Statesman 20:382 D 30 '22 1700w 

"This book is a fine, seasoned utterance — an 
artistic achievement. Great art is here. It is 
a genial, sensitive, rarely beautiful book, superb 
in its satire — unlike any other book that I have 
ever seen." Mary Siegrist 

-f N Y Times p9 Mr 18 '23 2100w 

Reviewed by Laurence Stallings 

N ,Y World p7e D 30 "23 370w 

"His proverbs and ironic phrases are delight- 
ful, and in some of the tales, where Mr. 
Bramah has written with full vigour through- 
out, they are not so frequent or so apparent as 
to induce tedium or even the faint uneasiness 
of a remembered turn of speech. It is un- 
necessary to attempt to decide where Mr. 
Bramah will stand in fifty years: it is sufficient 
to recognize that he has given us an enjoyable 
book." 

-I- Spec 130:150 Ja 27 '23 1050w 

"Not only are these stories Chinese in their 
setting, they are also delightfully Chinese in 
style and diction." 

+ Springf'd Republican p8 O 3 '23 ISOw 

BRAMAH, ERNEST. Wallet of Kai Lung. 313p 
= $2.50 Doran 

23-26923 
A collection of Chinese tales, strung together 
on the thread of adventures of Kai Lung, vaga- 
bond, philosopher and accomplished story-teller. 
With the first story, "The transmutation of 
Ling" he wins his freedom from the brigands 
who had captured him. Other stories: Story of 
Yung Chang; Probation of Sen Heng; Experi- 
ment of the Mandarin Chan Hung; Confession of 
Kai Lung; Vengeance of Tung Fel; Career of 
the charitable Quen-K.l-Tong; Vision of Yin, the 
son of Ya.t Huang; Ill-regulated destiny of Kin 
Yen, the picture maker. 

Booklist 20:100 D '23 
"It would be easy to compile a booklet of 
the quotable sayings of the wise and wily Kai 
Lung. It would, on the other hand, be regret- 
table to do anything which v/ould prevent as 



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BRAMAH, ERNEST— Continued 
many people as possible meeting the Chinese 
Ulysses in person and discovering how dex- 
terous a man can be in extricating himself 
from difficult positions!" D. L. M. 

+ Boston Transcript pG D 26 '23 980w 
"There is a great deal of color in this story — 
and an equal apportionment of Oriental calm. 
If these elements coincide with one's tempera- 
ment, Ernest Bramah will be quite to the taste; 
otherwise he is inclined to be insidiously sopori- 
fic." 

-i Nation 118:40 Ja 9 '24 70w 

BRAND, MAX. Alcatraz. 325p $1.90 Putnam 

23-2886 
One a horse and one a man, but kindred 
spirits. They were Alcatraz, the chestnut stal- 
lion, and Red Perris, the cow-puncher. Alcatraz, 
underfed and abused from foalhood, had es- 
caped from his cruel master and was roaming the 
wilds — a king among his kind. Red Perris' 
admiration for him grew into a passionate de- 
termination to tame him. How Perris, him- 
self a hunted man. did it, makes a dramatic 
tale in which the supposed ratiocinations of 
the horse enlist the reader's sympathies. 



"It is easy enough to believe that some ani- 
mals are swayed by fear and hate and love 
and gratitude, but when an author attempts 
to describe the play of these emotions with 
the same attention to detail that he would use 
in writing of a man or a woman, there is 
always danger that the illusion of reality may 
be lost. In 'Alcatraz,' Max Brand almost spoils 
a very good Western story by making this 

h Int Bk R p57 F '23 250w 

Reviewed by H. V. C. Ogden 

Lit R p579 Ap 7 '23 40w 
"The story is notable for the knowledge it 
displays of the qualities, abilities and charac- 
teristics of the horse of Western range and 
ranch and mountain, the horse that is still 
half wild. One may suspect that the author 
has read too much human psychology into the 
mind of his horse." 

-I NY Times p26 F 4 '23 550w 

Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 

N Y Tribune p30 Ja 28 '23 280w 
Outlook 133:454 Mr 7 '23 60w 
"The narrative is vigorous and exciting and 
if real horses have a tithe of the intelligence 
credited to Alcatraz a good film might be made 
of the book." 

-I Spec 131:92 Jl 21 '23 80w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p324 My 
10 '23 350w 

BRANDER, A. A. DUNBAR. Wild animals in 
' in Central India. 296p f6 Longmans [18s 
Arnold] 

599 Natural history — India. Animals — Ha- 
bits and behavior 
The book is neither a narrative of hunting 
adventures nor a treatise for the museum na- 
turalist but a description, for the field natural- 
ist and sportsman, of the habits and characters 
of the more important wild animals of India's 
central provinces. Beyond describing the gen- 
eral principles of hunting and killing, the 
sportsman is left to pursue the animal as best 
he can, basing his methods on his knowledge 
of the character of the animal as described by 
the author. 



"Yet while the sportsman Is well served by 
the author's account of hunting conditions in 
Central India, both naturalists and biologists 
will also welcome his chapters on the peculiar- 
ities, habits and 'behavior' of animals." 

-f Boston Transcript p6 Ja 2 '24 520w 
Reviewed by C. H: Warren 

Spec 131:752 N 17 '23 220w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p762 N 15 
•23 350w 



BRANDES, GEORG MORRIS COHEN. Creative 
spirits of the nineteenth century; tr. by Ras- 
mus B. Anderson. 478p $3 Crowell 

928 Biography. Authors 
These studies of "creative spirits" who have 
left their impress on the life of the last century 
are mostly literary portraits. The mode of 
treatment is varied and so chosen as to bring 
out the most important features of the author's 
life and words. Some of the essays present 
the individuality or person of the author, some 
are psychological studies, some are purely his- 
torical and biographical. Contents: Hans Chris- 
tian Andersen; Paul Heyse; Esaias Teener; 
John Stuart Mill; Ernest Renan; Gustave Flau- 
bert; Frederick Paludan-Miiller, Bjornstjerne 
Bjornson; Henrik Ibsen; Algernon Charles 
Swinburne; Giuseppe Garibaldi; Napoleon Bona- 
parte. 



Booklist 19:327 Jl '23 
Reviewed by Robert Littell 

Bookm 57:558 Jl '23 420w 
Cleveland p73 S '23 
"The thoroughness of Brandes is extraor- 
dinary: he marches around and around his sub- 
ject, viewing it from all angles — technical, bio- 
graphical, historical, and philosophical. One is 
wearied, however, by the slowness of his step 
and the lack of style in his gait, both ac- 
centuated by his clumsy translator." 

H Dial 75:98 Jl '23 120w 

Reviewed by Arnold Whitridge 

Lit R p811 Jl 7 '23 1500w 
"Should 'Creative Spirits of the Nineteenth 
Century' prove to be Brandes's final work, it 
will be a fitting monument to his genius, for it 
is one of the lasting achievements of man's 
critical faculty." 

-I- N Y Times p9 Ap 29 '23 1450w 
Reviewed by Burton Rascoe 

N Y Tribune pl8 Je 3 '23 180w 
"He never skims, and ploughing is not the 
exact word to describe his literary locomotion. 
He goes along like a stately craft witVi too 
much cargo. He is too far down in the water 
for our taste. We are not disputing Brandes's 
right thinking. There is a lot of it in this hook, 
and his chapter on John Stuart Mill, which is 
more of a portrait than a criticism, is a fasci- 
nating sketch." L: Weitzenkorn 

H NY World p6e My 20 '23 660w 

"Dr. Brandes is undoubtedly one of the most 
careful and judicious critical writers of our 
time." 

+ Outlook 133:854 My 9 '23 llOw 
Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

BRAY, JEAN. How to play mah jong. 112p 11 

$1.50 Putnam 

794 Mah jong 23-4529 

"Clear directions for playing a fascinating 
ancient Chinese game, recently introduced into 
the United States. It is played with one 
hundred and forty-four beautifully decorated 
tiles, the size of dominoes. Score keeping is 
intricate and diflicult." — Booklist 



Booklist 19:215 Ap '23 
"The principles of the game and the methods 
of playing it are clearly and concisely stated 
in this compact volume." 

+ Lit R p526 Mr 10 '23 200w 
N Y World p8e F 18 '23 120w 
"Jean Bray has provided all information 
necessary to the player. The little book likewise 
•is copiously illustrated so that one cannot go 
very far wrong in learning and playing the 
game." 

+ Sprlngf d Republican p7a Mr 18 '23 120w 

BREARLEY, HARRY CHASE. Symbol of 
safety. 290p 11 $2.50 Doubleday 

614.84 Fire protection. Underwriters' 
laboratories. Inc. 23-9349 

A history of the work of Underwriters' Labor- 
atories, Inc. in the field of fire prevention de- 
vices. An outgrowth of the World's Fair of 



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1893, the association was incorporated in 1901 to 
establish and maintain laboratories for the 
listing of fire-flghting equipment and now has 
offices all over the country. An important ex- 
tension of its work was the inauguration of a 
label service for the purpose of certifying ap- 
paratus and matarials. The book considers in 
succession the work of the various depart- 
ments of the association and appendices give 
many details concerning its label service. 

Boston Transcript p4 Je 27 '23 400w 
"While it is not a scientific book, it describes 
the achievements of science. It is well written, 
extremely interesting and full of valuable in- 
formation." W. J. M. 

-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 Je 
24 '23 500w 
Reviewed by L. M. Giddings 

Ind 111:143 S 29 '23 350w 
Outlook 134:234 O 10 '23 200w 

BREARLEY, MARY, Monte Felis. 287p |2 Little 

23-13374 
"Rachel Cassilis, who has seemed middle- 
aged and unattractive, in dowdy black and deep 
depression while visiting at the English con- 
valescent hospital, and therefore possible to ask 
to accompany Captain Bannister and his de- 
voted servant in his search for health, blooms 
forth into an agreeable and rdther alluring per- 
son when set free from the vexations of her 
immediate surroundings. She is fortified by 
the knowledge that she is accomplishing much 
in helping the invalid toward the health which 
should restore his sight and in tilling his days 
to the forgetting of the girl who had broken 
her engagement at the first knowledge of his 
misfortune. The consolation is so effectual that 
presently Rachel finds herself the beloved and 
also the lover, a dilemma inasmuch as her 
husband, long confined in a sanitarium, is about 
to be freed and is demanding her presence. If 
the tale of her return and her subsequent trials 
borders on the luridly melodramatic, it is none 
the less capable of gripping the attention and 
convincing the reader that 'Monte Felis' is a 
capital story." — Boston Transcript 

"Excellent character drawing distinguishes 
Miss Brearley's first novel and her style is 
fluent and easy." 

-f Boston Transcript p4 O 10 '23 300w 
"The characters are well drawn and the situa- 
tions are sketched with a sureness and an in- 
herent urbanity that gives no place to melo- 
drama." 

+ N Y Times p22 N 18 '23 350w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p622 S 20 
■23 150w 

BRENN, GEORGE J. Voices. 317p $1.75 Century 

23-12432 
"Warren Willmer, one of a triumvirate of 
New York financiers, is haunted by voices which 
come to him over the telephone. They come at 
all hours of the day or night, and they reach 
him at his office, his home, his club — wherever 
he may be. The voice is seldom, twice the 
same. Mysterious threats are made, the na- 
ture of which Willmer refuses to divulge. He 
complains to the telephone company, and 
Charlie Fenwick is sent for. From the very 
beginning the latter finds that not only Willmer 
but his two partners, Otis King and Pendleton 
Kirke, are holding back information which 
might be useful in solving the mystery. The 
situation is further complicated by the sudden 
and mysterious death of Pendleton Kirke. Fen- 
wick, who knows how Kirke died, keeps his 
own counsel until he is ready to reveal the so- 
lution of both mysteries." — N Y Times 



garding which the author seems to possess a 
vast fund of information. 'Voices' is a detec- 
tive story quite out of the ordinary run." 
-h N Y Times pl5 S 9 '23 500w 
N Y World p6e S 16 '23 200w 

BRENNER, HENRY. Messages of music; mood 
stories of the great masterpieces. 424p $5 
Stratford 

780 Music 23-9581 

This volume consists of explanations, in popu- 
lar story form, of three hundred of the more 
familiar musical compositions. "Mood-stories" 
the author calls them and they are meant to 
be used as helps to the interpretation of the 
mood contained in the music. The Appendix 
contains explanatory notes of the same compo- 
sitions, in which they are treated in less detail 
and more critically. 



"Not particularly well written. It overflows 
with hackneyed synonyms. The appendix is 
even more valuable than the body of the book, 
for it is more critical and useful as a source 
book to inusicians themselves, but not too in- 
volved for the lay reader to understand." 
H Boston Transcript p3 Jl 14 '23 260w 

"The stories are written in popular form, 
couched in simple language. They cover the 
whole field of music, though not exhausting it, 
and aim to blaze the way for the accomplish- 
ment of much greater things along these lines." 
F T K 

' +"Cath World 118:142 O '23 400w 

BREWSTER, EDWIN TENNEY. Understand- 
ing of religion. 133p il $1.50 Houghton 

210 Religion 23-5138 

The author, who is instructor in astronomy 
and geology at Phillips Andover academy, treats 
religion as a branch of natural history and uses 
the methods of science to come to an under- 
standing of religious phenomena. Astronomy, 
in particular, is made the way of approach, 
since to understand a man's religion the au- 
thor believes we must know his world-view as 
it is revealed in his astronomy. Contents: What 
is religion? The three parts of a religion: Re- 
ligion and world-view; The astronomy of the 
Bible; The cosmology of the creeds; Our four 
sources of opinion: Science and things-in-them- 
selves; Primitive souls and ghosts; The problem 
of survival; "The new reformation." 



"All who like thrillers and hair-raising de- 
scriptions will be held enthralled." 

-f Boston Transcript p4 O 24 '23 130w 

"In following the investigations of the phonic 
criminologist the reader will not only be agree- 
ably entertained but he will learn something of 
the intricacies of the telephone business, re- 



Booklist 20:81 D '23 
"The volume is quite as brilliant as the pre- 
face leads one to expect." 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Jl 14 '23 550w 
"Mr. Brewster's little book should be looked 
into. He writes like a gentleman. He resists 
the temptation to make facetious phrases to 
sneer. He lacks intellectual humility but so 
do the great majority of us. One sighs over 
him far more heavily than one might sigh 
over a man who is tone deaf or color blind 
because Mr. Brewster, with all his fineness of 
mind, has no more understanding of religion 
than if he were a cat or Heinrich Heine. His 
book is only a running commentary — remark- 
ably well done — on the history of man's ideas 
of the supernatural." Alexander Harvey 

h Lit R p846 Jl 21 '23 1300w 

N Y Times plO Ap 15 '23 880w 
"Here is a teacher of astronomy and geology 
who writes of religion with complete disregard 
of theology, and with a candor and freedom 
exceedingly rare among laymen in America, also 
with a great deal of humor and sympathetic 
understanding of human motives which take 
the sting from any comment which, ex- 
pressed in academic form, might be offensive." 
-h Survey 50:457 Jl 15 '23 130w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:406 Jl '23 

BRIDGES, HORACE JAMES. As I was saying; 

a sheaf of essays and discourses. 268p $2.50 

Marshall Jones 

824 23-7488 

Discvirsive essays on a wide variety of sub- 
jects ranging from a chapter on worry to a 
criticism of James Harvey Robinson's "Mind 



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BRIDGES, H. J. — Continued 

in the making" and including several biographi- 
cal essays. Contents: Worry: its cause and 
cure; The pessimism of Mark Twain; Samuel 
Butler, the master satirist; George Eliot: a cen- 
tenary tribute; The religion of George Tyrrell; 
A Browne study; The revival of spiritualism: 
Military duty and the conscientious objector; 
The Lambeth conference and Christian reunion: 
The tyranny of books; Are we wiser or better 
than our fathers? 



Booklist 20:13 O '23 
Bookm 57:561 Jl '23 170w 
"A wide range of topics of interest to thought- 
ful readers — presented with a clarity and grace 
of style rare in any age." C: De Kay 
+ Lit R p800 Je 30 '23 300w 
"A collection of random essays in which the 
charm of writing is coupled with that of inter- 
esting thought." 

-h Springf d Republican p6 Ag 27 '23 270w 

BRIERLEY, MRS SUSAN SUTHERLAND. In- 
troduction to psychology. 152p $2 Dodd [5s 
Methuen] 

150 Psychology [22-15314] 

"This book has been written to meet the first 
needs of non-professional students of psychol- 
ogy. Its structure is the outcome of several 
years' discussion with such students. I have 
not attempted to make an outline survey of 
the subject. My aim has been to present a 
consistent point of view with regard to some 
of the outstanding controversies which tend to 
bewilder the beginning student, — a point of view 
in harmony with a biological outlook." — Preface 



Booklist 20:81 D '23 
"Miss Brierly's book, though practical in aim, 
is in parts needlessly theoretical and even con- 
troversial at some points. Though she does 
not seem to be aware of the deeper issues in 
psychology and is altogether too ready to take 
the cue from others, she is a capable expositor." 
A. A. Roback 

-\ Lit R pl90 O 27 '23 750w 

N Y Tribune p22 Jl 29 "23 60w 

BRIGHAM, CARL CAMPBELL. Study of 
American intelligence; a foreword by Robert 
M. Yerkes. 210p 11 $3.50 Princeton univ. press 

150 Mental tests 
"Mr. Brigham has presented clearly and for 
a wide audience data of social significance that 
were lost before in the half-million words that 
make up the official report of the intelligence 
examinations of the army recruits. In this 
study he is primarily interested in the problem 
of the intelligence of foreign-born recruits in 
relation to immigration." — New Repub 



"The entire volume is written with unusual 
clarity, and is profusely illustrated with per- 
fectly intelligible tables and graphs." C: L. 
Stone 

Am Econ R 13:523 S '23 250w 
Booklist 19:235 My '23 

Reviewed by Joseph Collins 

Int Bk R pl6 Je '23 2250w 

"The first seventy-one pages of this book con- 
stitute the neatest, clearest, and best illustrated 
explanation of the army mental tests that has 
come within the observation of the reviewer. 
The facts are here. They are well explained. 
The material is sufficiently and conveniently 
illustrated." Capt. Elbridge Colby 
4- Lit R p702 My 19 '23 600w 

Reviewed by Kimball Voung 

Nation 117:330 S 26 '23 500w 

"There can be no doubt that Mr. Brigham 
has done us a service. With his book in hand 
one can no longer be doubtful as to what the 
foreign -born recruits did in the army tests of 
intelligence. It seems to me, however, that a 
reasonable doubt arises when Mr. Brigham 
starts to reason from the particulars of his 
recruits to the universals of immigrants and 



races. Here, I think, the thoughtful reader is 
likely to refuse to follow him." E. G. Boring 

H New Repub 34:245 Ap 25 '23 2100w 

"For the most part Professor Brigham is con- 
servative and his book as a whole is a scientific 
contribution of great value to the subject of 
race differences and American population." R. 
G. Fuller 

+ N Y Times pl8 Mr '23 2100w 
Reviewed by Will Cuppy 

N Y Tribune p25 F 18 '23 ISOOw 
Reviewed by F. N. Freeman 

School R 31:627 O '23 880w 
St Louis 21:95 My '23 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p275 Ap 
19 '23 250w 

BRIGHOUSE, HAROLD. Wrong shadow. 307p 

$2 McBride 

23-9853 

"If Mr. Wyler had not drunk too heavily upon 
a certain afternoon, had not Hung his chem- 
ical, formula — on which he had been tirelessly 
laboring — aside as incorrect, had not disap- 
peared utterly from the ken of his partner in a 
patent medicine business that had not yet 
begun, then Mr. George Bassett would not 
have been haunted throughout his increasingly 
successful years by the ghost of a man who 
had not died, nor would his every action have 
been limited by aT respect for the rights of his 
vanished friend. But Mr. Wyler did behave in 
this manner, and Mr. Bassett was so haunted. 
Then, too, there is the interwoven story of 
George Bassett's love for Audrey Evelow and 
her hesitation between her worthy admirer and 
a more impetuous red-haired playwright." — 
Publisher's note 



"Mr. Brighouse writes exceedingly well as 
his successful plays and his novel Hepplestall's 
have already shown. The Wrong Shadow with 
its ironic comedy is fresh proof of his fine story 
telling ability." D. L. M. 

+ Boston Transcript p2 Je 9 '23 1050w 

"At times the conversations are most apt 
and entertaining. There is practically no de- 
scriiJtion in the book. One seldom sees so 
complete a lack, of it. It would be restful occa- 
sionally to get away from the perpetual di- 
alog and obtain a clearer idea of where all this 
talking is taking place." 

-i Int Bk R p61 S '23 200w 

"We can assure the searcher for light read- 
ing that he will find amusement, and that of a 
type rather above the average, in the volume 
under consideration." 

+ Lit R pll2 O 6 '23 280w 

Reviewed by J: W. Crawford 

Nation 117:42 Jl 11 '23 150w 

"Mr. Brighouse has a keen eye for the foibles, 
the extravagances, the little quirks of human 
nature and a very clever pen in neatly phrased 
depiction of them." 

-4- N Y Times p22 My 20 '23 660w 

Reviewed by Leo Markun 

N Y Tribune p24 Je 24 '23 700w 

"Culture clamours at us from his pages; it 
interrupts his narrative; it drenches his readers 
with the spray of allusion and implication. He 
has an exquisite theme (if one overlooks the 
banality of patent-medicine vending)." Gerald 
Gould 

h Sat R 135:439 Mr 31 '23 300w 

"One does not feel that Mr. Brighouse in- 
tended very much notice to be taken of the 
story in itself. The comedy of situation and 
character is where his talent shows itself, but 
a number of extremely amusing passages are 
not sufficient excuse for having written a play 
in the form of a novel." 

H Spec 130:715 Ap 29 '23 lOOw 

"The situation is genuine but gentle comedy 
throughout, and Bassett is handled with a sym- 
pathetic under.standing that is tender with him 
even while showing him ridiculous — an excel- 
lently skilful character portrayal. The other 
characters and the by-play of the story are as 
pleasing. Light, but not too light, and not 



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insubstantial— a likable story well done for ap- 
preciative readers." 

+ Springfd Republican p7a Jl 1 '23 450w 

BRIMMER, FRANK EVERETT. Autocamping. 

256p il $2 Stewart Kidd 
796 Camping. Automobile touring 23-9797 

The book is devoted almost exclusively to 
autocamping equipment, many of the articles 
being mentioned by their trade name. Tent, 
bed, clothing, stove, camp cookery and uten- 
sils, furniture and lighting, hunting and fishing 
equipment — nothing is omitted from the catalog 
of essentials to comfort. There are chapters also 
on autocamp pictures and camera, camp hy- 
giene, the packing of luggage and the ethics 
of autocamping. 



Reviewed by T. R. Coward 

Bookm 57:644 Ag '23 4nw 

"It would be difficult to imagine a more prac- 
tical or condensed work of information on this 
subject." 

+ Lit R p836 Jl 14 '23 lOOw 

"The book is copiously Illustrated from photo- 
graphs by the author, most of the pictures serv- 
ing to illustrate the advice given in the text. 
For this purpose, however, it is unfortunate 
that the author did not have them enlarged, as 
they are so small as to be of little use in giving 
a clear conception of the matters illustrated." 
^ NY Times p26 Je 24 "23 300w 

"Mr. Brimmer answers scores of questions 
that are bound to arise in every family which 
adventures autocamping for the first time. He 
gives useful and practical information based on 
abundant experience." 

-f- R of Rs 68:112 Jl '23 30w 

BRIMMER, FRANK EVERETT. Motor camp- 
craft. (Outing handbooks) 224p il $1.75 Mac- 
millan 

796 Camping. Automobile touring 23-9423 

A practical little book covering the whole field 
of motor camping equipment — shelter, sleeping 
arrangements, cooking appliances, clothing and 
various camping conveniences. There is a chap- 
ter of advice on where to make camp and one 
on highways and routes. 



Booklist 19:307 Jl '23 
Reviewed by T. R. Coward 

Bookm 57:644 Ag '23 40w 
"The work is carefully indexed and is illus- 
trated with twenty-five attractive photographs 
of automobile camp life. One closes the volume 
with the fixed determination to go motor camp- 
ing at the first possible opportunity." 
-I- Lit R p804 Je 30 '23 250w 
N Y Times p6 My 27 '23 400w 
"A handy book of counsel and direction based 
upon the actual experience of the author." 
-I- N Y World pl9e Jl 1 '23 30w 

BROAD, CHARLIE DUNBAR. Scientific thought. 
(Int. lib. of psychology, philosophy and sci- 
entific method) 555p $5 Harcourt [16s K. Paul] 
501 Science — Philosophy. Physics 23-8854 

"Professor Broad's purpose is to show that 
most of the apparent paradox of the Theory of 
Relativity is due to the fact that it disappoints 
our simple-minded expectation that the geo- 
chronometry of physical Space-Time shall be 
exactly like that of a single idealized sense-his- 
tory. . . The book falls into two parts. The first 
is designed to show how, by a necessity of their 
own development, the traditional concepts of 
mathematics and physics — space and time, 
matter and movements — have had to be modi- 
fied. The second is designed to show how all sci- 
entific concepts ultimately depend on sense ex- 
perience."— The Times [London] Lit Sup 



"This is an excellent book, though a difl^cult 
book, perhaps needlessly so." H. C. Brown 
-I J Philos 20:689 D 6 '23 1350w 

"Profe.'isor Broad's book is an exceedingly valu- 
able contribution to Critical Philosophy and it 
is a pleasure to note that he estimates his 
achievement modestly." C. J. Keyser 
+ Lit R p424 Ja 5 '24 1650w 

"The author brings to his task both a knowl- 
edge of mathematics and physics and an ap- 
preciation of the efforts of philosophers in the 
'peculiarly obstinate attempt to think clearly," 
which constitutes their chief task. Moreover, un- 
like many philosophers and men of science, he 
expresses himself clearly, so that any one who 
reads his book will discover at least one philo- 
sopher who does not 'tell us what everyone 
knows in language that no one can under- 
stand.' " A. D. R. , 

+ Nature 111:872 Je 30 '23 800w 

"The book should be very useful to intelligent 
people who want to know what philosophers are 
discussing, for Dr. Broad justly claims the 
'humble (yet useful) power of stating difficult 
things clearly and not too superficially." 

-I- New Statesman 21:210 My 26 '23 500w 

"With this minutely detailed, closely reasoned 
and mathematically oriented piece of critical 
philosophy the ordinary book reviewer is power- 
less to deal. He suggests that a professional 
mathematician make the book the basis of 
several lectures which he can use for the benefit 
of his classes, and thus be repaid for the great 
amount of time and thought he must spend In 
the reading of this profound and lengthy vol- 
ume." 

N Y Times p20 Jl 1 '23 230w 

"Deeply thoughtful treatise. While the book 
is not intended for the general reader. Profes- 
sor Broad's cogent style and happy gift of illus- 
tration make it as easy reading for a student as 
any such treatise can reasonably be expected 
to be." 

+ Sat R 135:373 Mr 17 '23 140w 

"Prof. Broad's work is a flower of achieve- 
ment and a serious contribution to the philo- 
sophy of science." 

+ Spec 130:713 Ap 29 '23 400w 

"This closely-reasoned and particularly lucid 
book is certain to take 3, chief place in the dis- 
cussions of the philosophical problem which at 
the present time is of central interest — that of 
the nature and import of the new concepts of 
the physical universe which are being adopted 
in science as the result of recent experimental 
work devised by mathematicians and physi- 

-1- The Times [London] Lit Sup pl72 Mr 
15 '23 3300W 



BROOKS. CYRUS HARRY, and CHARLES, 
ERNEST. Christianity and autosuggestion. 
158p $1.25 Dodd [3s 6d Allen & U.] 

265.8 Faith cure. Mental suggestion. 
Prayer 23-9378 

The theory and practice of M. Cou6 are ex- 
amined in the light of Christ's teaching and 
healing and found to be in essential harmony 
with it. The authors discuss the question, how 
far the discovery of the powers of autosugges- 
tion affects Christian thought and practice and 
how far the teaching and principles of Christ 
deepen and enhance autosuggestion so that it 
can be applied to the strengthening and de- 
velopment of the Christian life. 



Booklist 20:43 N '23 

Boston Transcript p2 Je 2 '23 700w 



"It will prove enlightening and helpful to 
those who seek to make their religion real in 
the practical affairs of life." 

-(- Boston Transcript p4 D 1 '23 330w 
N Y Tribune p20 Jl 29 '23 50w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p327 My 
10 .'23 200w 

Vy^is Lib Bui 19:405 Jl '23 



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BROOKS, SAMUEL STEVENS. Improving 
schools by standardized tests; under the edi- 
torship oi B. R. Buckingham. 278p il $1.75 
iloughton 

371 Educational measurements. Mental tests 

22-20692 
A school superintendent writes this book, 
which is divided into two parts. The first part 
tells of two years' use of standardized tests 
and scales thruout a school district, and how 
the results of the tests were put to prac^'cal 
use in classifying pupils into grades, measuring 
their progress as a basis for promotion, rating 
the efficiency of teachers and methods, and 
giving a motive to the work of both teachers 
and pupils. The second part relates to the 
changes in methods of teaching brought about 
thru the knowledge gained from the tests, 
especially methods of teaching reading and of 
teaching children how to study. 

BROSTER, DOROTHY KATHLEEN. Wounded 

name. 403p $1.90 Doubleday 

23-9172 

The time of the story is the post- revolu- 
tionary period in France between the restora- 
tion of the monarchy and Napoleon's return 
from Elba. A gallant and audacious young 
royalist, having won a name for himself and 
the adoration of his men, finds himself suddenly 
under a suspicion of treason, of having lured 
his company into a deadly ambush. He is shot 
and nearly killed by the survivors. In his dark- 
est hour he finds a friend who never loses faith 
in him, stands by him while he shields the 
woman for whose safety the hero had run im- 
possible risks and helps him to vindicate his 
good name. In the end it turns out that the 
whole mess had been caused by a practical 
joke. The power of friendship is the pivotal 
point of the story. 



"A story of superb heroism and beautiful 
friendship." 

+ . Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 Je 
17 '23 520w 
" 'The Wounded Name' is an excellent novel 
of adventure, with plenty of action and a theme 
that really holds up because of its integral 
merit, and not because it is harnessed to a 
number of historical characters." 

-I- N Y Times p22 My 6 '23 600w 

BROUN, HEYWOOD CAMPBELL. Sun field. 

204p $2 Putnam 

23-14479 

Judith Winthrop, a Vassar graduate of May- 
flower antecedents, and an intellectual, puts to 
the test her modem theories of life by falling 
in love with and marrying "Tiny" Tyler, a base- 
ball player to whom .she has been attracted by 
his physical strength and beauty. The story of 
their marriaere and its problems during the in- 
evitable period of adjustment, is told by a 
friend, George Wallace, who had hoped to win 
Judith for himself. 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 

"Seldom do we find a book so emphatically 
just right as a medium to carry the ideas he 
wishes to express. It is a short novel, iust ex- 
actly long enough for the theme. it could 
easily have become labored, but if it fills a 
comparatively .short afternoon, it fills it com- 
pletely and exactly." S. L,. C. 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 O 24 '23 800w 

"He actually achieves dulness, chieflv because 
hi.« interest in players and in pedants never 
quite becomes creative." 

— Dial 75:612 D '23 150w 

"'The Sun Field' would be a brilliant satire. 
If Jt were altogether satirical, but it is clouded 
here and there by touches of unmistakable sin- 
cerity; it would be great humor were it not 
devoted mainly to the presentation of a serious 
social theory which it argues shrewdly, con- 
sistently and persi.stentlv; it would be a fool 
book which one could afford to ignore were it 
not on occasion profoundly wise and always 
strangely charming. What do you get out of 
that summary— nothing but an irritating con- 
tusion of contradictory impressions? Very well 



then. You have a fair conception of what 
'The Sun Field' is like. However, this reviewer 
claims the privilege of adding that so far as 
he is concerned he would rather have this one 
short novel than 13 tons of realistic fiction 
and several hundredweight of prime romance." 
G. W. L.. 

-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO O 
21 '23 1200w 

Int Bk R p74 J> '23 650w 

"Much of the casually handled material la 
simply rather clever journalism, without any 
pretence of novelization. The book is short, 
lively, and interesting, and if it doesn't add 
measurably to the author's reputation, neither 
does it do it any violence. Coming after 'The 
Boy Grew Older,' is seems more the process 
of treading water until the swimmer strikes 
out a new course." J: Anderson 
H Lit R p220 N 10 '23 660w 

"His novels are studied attempts. Without 
ever losing the virtues that make his column 
delightful, he fails to transform himself into a 
novelist." B. R. Redmatt 

h Nation 118:39 Ja 9 '24 780w 

"In the hands of any one but Heywood Broun 
this might easily have become that deadly 
thing, a problem novel. The problem is there 
right enough, but Mr. Broun's touch is too 
light to permit of its being taken seriously. 
And somehow one does not associate profes- 
sional baseball players with the graver prob- 
lems of life. Perhaps that is why Mr. Broun 
chose a ball player for his hero." 

N Y Times p8 O 2] '23 550w 

"Advanced thinkers will be revolted by the 
general trend of the implied argument, which 
shows that marriage is essentially indissoluble, 
even between a baseball player and a Vassar 
graduate. But the right-minded majority, who 
know a wholesome book when they see it, can 
only applaud the exquisite closing tableau." 
Isabel Paterson 

H NY Tribune p22 O 21 '23 1550w 

"It is novel, diverting, and rich in possibilities. 
'The Sun Field' is his best. And the best is 
yet to come." Laurence Stallings 

-H N Y World pl3 O 12 '23 850w 

Springf'd Republican p8 N 24 '23 650w 

BROWN, ALICE. Ellen Prior. 178p $1.50 Mac- 

millan 

811 23-12330 

In a long narrative poem with a background 
of New England woods in springtime is told 
the story of young Ellen Prior, her love and its 
tragic end. Innocent and gentle, she knew 
nothing of men till she met Robert Wayne 
and in a month had married him. He loved her 
but he loved also her land and lumber lot, her 
farm and pasture. No sooner had they married 
than the thrifty, ambitious Robert set her and 
her blind mother to hard labor from morning 
till night, and Ellen, in her eagerness to please 
him, flew willingly from task to task. Then a 
rival came to Windom, a beautiful movie queen, 
who infatuated Robert. The story ends on a 
note of melodrama with Ellen's drowning and 
Robert's bitter repentance. 



" 'Ellen Prior' is as significant a piece of 
work as ever came from Alice Brown's pen. 
In this we include all her work, poetry, prose 
and drama. Its significance lies not only in its 
beauty of utterance or its dramatic intensity, 
but also in a larger sense because she has writ- 
ten something which eloquently expresses the 
spirit of New England. We seem to feel the 
land in all its beauty of wood and hill, in all 
the glory and pathos and tragedy of its people, 
speaking to us, and it is Alice Brown who has 
given it voice." D. L. Mann 

+ Boston Transcript p5 O 6 '23 1300w 

"One has to admit Miss Brown has written 
a melodrama soused in a pastoral mist. Some 
people will find in this poem, however, a 
wealth of heartfelt and true nature poetry, but 
others who persevere as lovers of good narra- 
tive verse will be disappointed in melodrama 
with a highly moralized implication. I read to 



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the very end and then re-read parts of this 
poem, hoping that some sudden turning of 
the page would bring living words and the 
fresh pace of beauty, but I was only allowed to 
plod." H: Ohapin 

h Lit R pl28 O 13 "23 780w 

"Pathetic but prolix, and very lamely versi- 
fied." 

— Nation 117:614 N 28 '23 20w 
"There is great originality of plot, and if some 
crudenesses in handling are to be found, they 
are amply atoned for." 

-) NY Times p6 N 18 '23 650w 

Reviewed by Weir Vernon 

N Y Tribune p24 O 21 '23 250w 
"The poem contains some beautiful lyric pas- 
sages of a high, even ecstatic, poetic intensity, 
where the passion is remote and ideal. These 
are instances of fine accomplishment, to be 
sure; but their very success interferes with the 
realization of the story as a human chapter and 
of the characters as human beings." 

H • Outlook 135:552 N 28 '23 150w 

Springf'd Republican p7a N 25 '23 350w 

BROWN, BERNICE. Shining road. 284p $1.75 
Putnam 

23-4008 

When eleven years old Stephen Douglas, a 
boy from an orphan asylum is placed out on 
a farm in Iowa. Hephzibah Preston, the farm- 
er's wife, grows to love the boy as her own 
son. She protects him thru many a stormy 
time and she is able to send him to college 
where he gladly goes, for the farm and the 
irascible old Zeke Preston are the terrors of his 
life. College makes a man of him and we fol- 
low him thru to his lawyer days. His life is 
full of the joys and disappointments of the 
average young man striving towards success 
and when all seems darkest the love of the 
beautiful Constance comes to his rescue. 



Int Bk R p59 Mr '23 150w 
"The structure of the novel has been learned 
and vviitten hy rote: each chapter has its mild 
beginning, its struggle, climax, surprise, and 
happy end." Eva Goldbeck 

— Nation 116:635 My 30 '23 140w 
N Y Times pl9 F 11 '23 180w 
"The book is earnest and simple and sincere; 
and all of the characters are set in rigid copy- 
right. Isn't it almost time for novels about 
youth to abandon this discredited ancient legend 
of the shining road as pleasant and fair and 
sweet, but about as true as any other fairy 
tale?" A. D. Douglas 

H NY Tribune p20 Mr 4 '23 550w 

"Miss Brown has been known heretofore as a 
writer of short stories. It seems that her 
ability to make good in more ambitious efforts 
has been well proven." E. W. Osborn 
+ N Y World p6e F 25 '23 120w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p389 Je 
7 '23 150w 

BROWN. DAVID LESLIE. Export advertising. 

342p $4 Ronald 
659 Advertising. Export trade 23-5475 

The object of the book is to serve the Am- 
erican manufacturers and exporters who are 
striving to advertise abroad by answering such 
questions as: "How are we to overcome the 
difflculty of clearly understanding conditions 
abroad from this distance? How determine 
just what problems govern sales? How sup- 
plement our meager information regarding the 
rates of foreign publications and their cir- 
culations? How solve the problem of good 
translations? How much shall we spend to 
develop foreign business tlirovisli adv^ertising? 
How .shall we 'place' the copy in publications? 
Is outdoor advertising practicable abroad? How 
shall we co-ordinate sales promotion and mer- 
chandising plans? What is the effect of ad- 
vertising on distribution?" (Preface) Appendix, 
index. 



"Mr. Brown has done his work exceedingly 
well, and business men will be pleased to see 
how seriously he takes the proposition of der 
veloping North American business. When he 
discusses the psychological aspect of the ques- 
tion, Mr. Brown is equally compelling." 
4- N Y Times p6 Ap 1 '23 550w 

Sprlngt'd Republican p8 .11 5 '23 60w 

BROWN, DEMETRA (VAKA) MRS KEN- 
NETH BROWN). Unveiled ladies of Stam- 
boul. 26lp il $4 Houghton 

914.96 Constantinople — Description. Women 
in Turkey 23-7055 

Born in Constantinople, of Greek descent, the 
author writes her impressions of her native 
land after an absence of twenty years. She 
unfolds a sad picture of social and political 
upheaval and disintegration, of smoldering and 
active resentments, of intrigue and conspiracies 
against Europe and Christianity. The women 
too are transformed. "The old system was 
broken to bits — gone never to return; and I . . . 
had come back to the new system with elec- 
tricity instead of candlelight and the mvsteri- 
ous figures of Stamboul replaced by unveiled 
daughters of the true faith; to women who sat 
behind desks, took down dictation on the type- 
writers from men they called infidels and 
sold goods behind counters." But aesthetically 
there was a loss, for much that was attractive 
and romantic in the old life was gone too. 



Booklist 19:303 Jl '23 

Boston Transcript p3 Mr 17 '23 llOOw 



Bookm 57:564 Jl '23 150w 
"Such lights on the Turkish situation give a 
fair understanding of the stress of the disturbed 
country. Mrs. Brown observes with the eye ot 
a writer, and of a friend of Turkey. From her 
view-point the presence and efforts of the con- 
cession-seekers of Europe and America are 
detrimental to the uplift of a new and bettei 
Turkey." J. S. B. 

Boston Transcript p3 Ap 28 '23 720w 
Int Bk R p35 O '23 300w 
"She would have preferred to have told a 
much more agreeable story, but her book is 
honest enough not to dispute the facts and 
will well repay a reading in America." 
+ Lit R p900 Ag 11 '23 400w 
" 'The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul' makes 
no pretensions to literary distinction. There is 
in it little of the conscious artistry of words, 
but it has a warmth, a vigor and a convincing 
sincerity that are utterly disarming to criti- 
cism." 

H NY Times pll Ap 29 '23 820w 

"A book of faith, hope and charity. It is 
written in a sprightly and sparkling style." 
Isabel Paterson 

-t- N Y Tribune pl8 My 6 '23 800w 
"A book of enlightenment as to the Turkey 
of to-day. It catches the reader with instant 
interest. Manifestly it neither gives nor could 
give a last word on Turkish destinies." E. 
W. O. 

N Y World p8e Ap 8 '23 850w 
"Her chapters are lively, full of new light on 
the subject, and decidedly entertaining." 
+ Outlook 133:854 My 9 '23 120w 
"If the suggestions are impracticable the book 
itself is a contribution of real importance. Its 
factual material is worth knowing about." 
-jl _ Springf'd Republican pG Je 4 '23 620w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:413 Jl '23 

BROWN, GEORGE ROTHWELL. Leadership of 

Congress. 311p $2.50 Bobbs 

328.73 United States— Congress 22-21406 

"The book is principally the inside story of 
the rising importance of the speakership, from 
continental germs to the insurrection in 1910 
against Cannon, and the growth of the new 
system of parliamentary and party leadership. 
In connection with this history of leadership 
the growing dominance of the lower house is 
shown, in contrast to the lessening preponder- 
ance of the senate since senators lost their 
ambassadorial status to become vote-hustlers 
under the direct election amendment. The book 
is written by the well-known feature writer 



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BROWN, G: R. — Continued 

for the Washington Post, who for many years 
has been a close student of national politics." 
— Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News 

Booklist 19:203 Ap '23 
"The book has a pungent flavor of authentic- 
ity that compensates for its protraction: and it 
helps one to arrive at his own conclusions." 

-{ Bookm 57:340 My '23 130w 

"Mr. Brown has written a remarkably read- 
able and interesting- work upon this subject. 
He appreciates the various vicissitudes through 
which the legislative branch has passed and 
writes of it in an interesting and restrained 
and appreciative way." 

+ Boston Transcript p6 S 5 '23 360w 
"It has the faults inherent in a compilation, 
for it is evidently a gathering- together of more 
fugitive writings of the author. It is slightly 
diffuse and redundant. It is, however, not far 
from scientific as a treatise on American poli- 
tics. And the writer has not only a profound 
practical understanding of politics, but he 
also has an analytical appreciation of public 
and individual and legislative psychology." 
S. S. A. 

+ — Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p2 F 

4 '23 600w 
■'One can only say that Mr. Brown's analysis 
of the present rules and the way they work 
is as clear and brilliant as the historical 
part of his book, and can leave no reader with- 
out a fuller comprehension than he ever had 
before of the Government of the United States." 
C: W. Thompson 

+ Int Bk R p36 O '23 3000w 
"It is not well written nor is the material 
always well organized, but as the only book 
covering the ground it is highly useful and its 
faults of presentation by no means spoil a very 
interesting story." 

+ — Lit R p591 Ap 7 '23 140w 
Reviewed by Phillips Bradley 

Nation 117:356 O 3 '23 450w 
Reviewed by J: Corbin 

N Y Times p3 Mr 18 '23 3100w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:157 Je '23 

BROWN, KENNETH. Putter Perkins. 126p 

$1.50 Houghton 

23-4981 

Humorous tale of an ardent but unsuccessful 
golfer who, by using science to improve his 
game, suddenly found himself the champion of 
two continents. 



Booklist 19:251 My '23 
"It is a very hard thing to be satisfactorily 
funny over golf. The topic is worn, its mirth- 
ful possibilities have been fairly well exploited. 
This story is labored in style and decidedly 
forced in climax. The combination of golf with 
wireless torpedoes does seem a far cry." 

— Boston Transcript p4 Ap 4 *23 250w 
Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 

Int Bk R p61 My '23 150w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:160 Je '23 

BROWN, PHILIP MARSHALL. International 
society; its nature and interests. 173p $1.50 
Macmillan 

341 International law and relations 23-3901 
A study, by the professor of international 
law at Princeton university, of the nature 
and interests of international society. He dis- 
cusses tlie rise of nationalism and its danger- 
ous tendencies, the nature of the State and 
noan's relation to it, national interests, diplo- 
macy and international intercourse in its va- 
rious aspects. This leads him to a discussion 
of the League of nations as a unifying agency, 
and, finally, to religion, as the "greatest com- 
mon denominator in international society to 
enable men to understand each other and real- 
ize their common brotherhood." 



stimulating discussion of the hard facts of 
international life and the possibilities of im- 
provement. The merits of his suggestive study 
far outweigh its defects, and there may be 
many who will agree with him on all points." 
C. G. Fenwick 

-I Am Pol Sci R 17:498 Ag '23 700w 

Booklist 20:38 N '23 
"His work in this book will be found to be 
clear, thorough, judicial and as comprehensive 
as possible within tlie limits the author set 
for himself. He claims no infallibility, and 
some will not agree with his views concerning 
the League of Nations, but as his purpose is 
to stir up thought rather than to be dogmatic, 
his opinions — and certainly they are valuable 
ones — must be considered for what they are 
worth." 

-|- Boston Transcript p5 .Te 2 '23 200w 
"Dr. Brown has written a book that is pri- 
marily for the student or the specialist in inter- 
national law. At the same time he has made 
an analysis of the relations of one country to 
another that makes interesting reading for 
any thinking person. He is not always tolerant. 
He has definite ideas that are plainly expressed 
in each succeeding chapter. But he always 
has cogent arguments to back his affirma- 
tions." 

A NY Times p23 Ap 1 '23 1450w 

R of Rs 68:109 Jl '23 llOw 
"A decade as minister to various countries 
fits him to speak with authority. And to that 
authority and knowledge he adds graceful fe- 
licity of expression and thoughtful reflection on 
the momentous problems of present international 
relations." 

+ Springfd Republican pl8 My 18 '23 
750w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p535 Ag 
9 '23 40w 

BROWNE. SUSANNA SHANKLIN. Plain sail- 
ing cook book. 156p $1.25 Scribner 

641 Cookery 22-23163 

A cook book intended for persons who have 
no previous knowledge of cooking. The recipes, 
which are usually designed to serve two peo- 
ple, are for the simpler dishes that make up 
the menu of the average family. Every step in 
the preparation of these dishes is described, 
the kinds and amounts of materials required 
are specified as well as the utensils necessary 
thruout the process. A glossary of cookery 
terms is included in the introduction. 



"Clearly expressed, arranged systematically, 
the book stands out for these qualities, often 
absent from other cook books." 

4- Boston Transcript p6 D 9 '22 70w 
Cleveland p58 Jl '23 
Lit R p508 Mr 3 '23 llOw 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:111 Mr '23 

BROWNE, WALDO RALPH, ed. Joys of the 
road. 104p 75c Atlantic monthly 

824 Walking 
" 'A little anthology in praise of walking.' 
Contains four essays: Hazlett's On going a jour- 
ney; Stevenson's Walkin.g tours; Thoreau's 
Walking, and John Burroughs' The exhilarations 
of the road; also five poems." — Wis Lib Bui 



"Professor Brown is at once a realist and an 
idealist. To differ with him on minor, or even 
major points, is not to deny the value of his 



Bookm 57:650 Ag '23 80w 
"It is a pleasant and inexpensive little book 
to slip into ones pocket for a walking trip, if 
vou care for such small scraps of selections." 
+ Lit R p816 Jl 7 '23 250w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:409 Jl '23 

BROWNING, OSCAR. Memories of later years. 

223p $4 Appleton 
B or 92 23-11133 

The memories which range over twenty-five 
years of the author's life preceding his eighty- 
sixth birthday comprise reminiscences of the 
various countries of Europe and Asia in which 
he has travelled and sojourned; of the famous 
people he met at home and abroad; of the Boer 



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wan during which he staunchly held to his pro- 
Boer sentiments; and of his life in Rome where 
he is spending his last days. Index. 

Booklist 20:18 O '23 

"The style of these memoirs is decidedly 
rambling and their charm lies In a gossipmg 
informality." D. L. M. 

+ Boston Transcript pi Ag 18 '23 1300w 

"His memories are meaty and they are em- 
bodied in short, rapid sentences which lend the 
flavor of a packed and pungent summary of 
events to his ever incisive style." Howard De- 
vree 

-f- Lit R p768 Je 16 '23 820w 

"In this book he is gleaning a field he has 
reaped before, and the second harvest is thin; 
buL Memories of Later Years is full of that 
pleasant, frank egotism which is characteristic 
of Mr. Browning when he writes his reminis- 
cences. The company of a garrulous, apprecia- 
tive, happy man who has m.ade the most of his 
time and opportunities, and diffused genially 
and wastefully remarkable powers, is always 
agreeable." 

_| New Statesman 21:92 Ap 28 '23 120w 

Reviewed by P. W. Wilson 

N Y Times p4 Jl 22 '23 2200w 
Outlook 134:240 Je 20 '23 130w 
Sat R 136:195 Ag 18 '23 300w 
"His wricing, if never distinguished, is never 
bad. He cannot reproduce vividly and visibly 
what he has seen, nor, among the crowd of 
persons (many of them enormously distin- 
guished) whom he mentions does he ever pre- 
sent a living personality; but he has a capacity 
for contentment and enjoyment and some of 
this he tran.smits to his reader." 
-I- — Spec 130:852 My 19 '23 600w 

"One of the most companionable books of the 
summer, lending itself especially to leisurely 
reading in the hammock or on seashore piazzas, 
for it is a book that one wants to 'talk over' 
with a friend, or a group of booklovers and 
European habitues." Lilian Whiting 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a Je 17 '23 

2700W 

"It introduces us cursorily to a great many 

well-known places and people, hut the scene 

often shifts before we have time to realize how 

Heeting the glimpse has been." 

f- The Times [London] Lit Sup p305 My 

3 '23 220w 

BRUCE, CHARLES GRANVILLE, and others. 

Assault on Mount Everest, 1922. 339p il $7.50 

Longmans 

915.4 Everest, Mount. Mountaineering 

The exploration preliminary to the ascent was 
the subject of a previous volimie. Col. Howard- 
Bury's "Mount Everest; the reconnaissance." 
(Book Review Digest, 1922) The present volume 
contains the narrative of the climbs by which 
the height of 27,000 feet was reached, thus 
eclipsing all previous records. The expedition 
was perfectly organized and the use of oxygen 
apparatus, seriously tested for the first time, 
produced results of great scientific importance. 
Three climbs were attempted, the last being 
interrupted by a terrible avalanche soon after 
the start. The arrangements for the success- 
ful conduct of the expedition, the negotiations 
with the Tibetan authorities, the obstacles sur- 
mounted, etc., are described by the leader of 
the expedition. Notes on scientific observations 
and on natural history are included. The photo- 
graphs are of unusual beauty. 



Greek, games, for he shows delightfully the ab- 
sorption by all members of the party m the 
maintenance of their bodily fitness." R: Church 

-t- Spec 131:750 N 17 '23 ISOOw 
"Mr. Mallory has the gift for describing ex- 
periences on mountains — those of anticipation 
and retrospection as well as those of action. 
What they did is admirably told." 

-f The Times [London] Lit Sup p661 O 11 
'23 1600w 

BRUCE, WILLIAM CABELL. John Randolph 
of Roanoke, 1773-1833; a biography based 
largely on new material. 2v 661;S01p il $10 
Putnam 

B or 92 Randolph, John 23-1760 

The author finds all the biographies of John 
Randolph, so far issued, inadequate, with the 
exception of the Life by Hugh A. Garland. 
Since then a great mass of new material re- 
hiting to Ranaolfh has come to light and has 
been freely used in the present work. Among 
this material are the diary and other journals 
of Randolpli, and numerous, previously un- 
known letters. Appendix, notes and index with 
second volume. 



N Y World p6e N 25 '23 400w 
"What immediately strikes one about the au- 
thors of this book is the classical spirit in 
which they write of their adventure. Their 
eagerness, the receptivity of their versatile 
minds, are truly of the Great Age. We feel this 
particularly about Mr. Leigh-Mallory, whose 
prose is .something to be enjoyed for its dignity 
and beauty of phrase. One feels, while reading 
his narrative, a sense as of the watching of 



"Mr. Bruce has had the benefit of much new 
matter not at the dispr il of Randolph's earlier 
biographers, including i e diaries of his sub- 
ject and many letters to intimates. ^ He has 
pioduced a really fine piece of work." S. L. 
Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Ja 27 '23 2050w 

"Mr Bruce does not preach. Pie has no 
thesis to expound, no doctrine to nail on the 
door. With a rare sense of the proprieties of 
the case, the author allows Randolph to reveal 
himself and others to reveal him. We accept 
their dicta; there is no pressure to accept any 
from Mr. Bruce, although he does not with- 
hold his judgment when necessary." A. S. Will 
+ N Y Times p4 P 11 '23 2300w 

BRYAN, GEORGE SANDS. Yankee notions. 72p 

$1.25 Yale univ. press 

811 22-20555 

■George S. Brvan is the G.S.B. who so fre- 
quently adds flavor to F.P.A.'s 'Conning Tow- 
er.' Scattered through the versed stories in the 
Down East dialect are bits that are extremely 
different. They are poems of a New England 
into which no Yankee farmer intrudes. They 
are children born of an adoration of this, for 
America, old section. The hills, the trees, the 
weather — all the things that have for ages 
inspired songs to nature win a happy re- 
sponse." — Bookm 

Bookm 57:215 Ap '23 180w 
"For the lover of the gracefully attuned 
lyric this book has little to offer. 'The author 
does not revel in the glory of sunsets nor grow 
ecstatic over skylarks, rainbows or clouds. 
Rather his ver.se is of a coldly intellectual 
type — intellectual not in the sense of being pro- 
found, but of being governed by the mind 
rather than by the emotions." 

Lit R p251 N 25 '22 270w 
" 'Yankee Notions' grows a trifle monotonous 
after a while. The poems are New England 
to the core, written with a humor and sagacity 
that carry out the author's intentions." Milton 
Raison 

-^ -NY Tribune p29 D 3 '22 130w 

"A diverting volume, rich in humor, and 
paiticularly faithful in its rendering of the color 
and characteristics of New England village life." 
+ Outlook 133:900 My 16 '23 300w 
"Mr Bryan's poems are neatly written, and 
the production of the book is thoroughly com- 
mendable." 

-L Springf'd Republican plO F 14 '23 120w 

BRYANT, LORINDA (MUNSON) (MRS 

CHARLES W. BRYANT). Children s book of 
celebrated sculpture. 104p il $2.50 Century 

730 Sculpture 23-12936 

The book contains reproductions of fifty cele- 
brated pieces of sculpture ranging from an ivory 



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BRYANT, LORINDA — Continued 
statuette of Cheops, about 4000 B.C., to Gutzon 
Borglum's statue of Lincoln. Each is accom- 
panied by a page of description. 

Booklist 20:62 N '23 
Lit R p354 D 8 '23 llOw 
"The booit is easily adapted to juvenile read- 
ers. A page of description faces a full page 
reproduction. Modern sculpture fraternizes with 
the classic. Miss Bryant does not attempt to 
give a critical analysis of these sculptures. 
Instead she gives anecdotes in the life of the 
artist and bits ot mythology and history related 
to the subject." 

-|- Springf'd Republican p7a N 4 '23 lOOw 

BRYANT, LOUISE (MRS JOHN REED). Mir- 
rors of Moscow. 209p il $2.50 Seltzer 
923.2 Russia — Biography. Russia — -History 
—Revolution, 1917- 23-26129 

"In this book I have tried to show the leaders 
of the revolution as they really are, as I know 
them in their homes, where the red glare does 
not penetrate and they live as other men." 
(Author's foreword) Contents: Lenin and his 
subordinates; Jacob Peters, Fedore S. Dzerzhin- 
sky and the extraordinary commission; Anatol 
Vassilievitch Lunacharsky and Russian culture; 
Michael Ivanovitch Kalinin and the peasants; 
Madame Alexandra KoUontai and the woman's 
movement; Leon Trotsky, soviet war lord; 
Enver Pasha and the Mohammedans; Tikon and 
the Russian church; Tchicherin, commissar for 
foreign affairs, and his subordinates; Maxim 
Litvinov, assistant commissar, Leonid Krassin 
and subordinates. The illustrations are portrait- 
caricatures by C^sare. 



Am Pol Scl R 17:515 Ag '23 lOOw 
Booklist 19:220 Ap '23 

"They are cut and dried sketches, journalis- 
tically written, that have the pi-ecision of a 
textbook. One would be willing to take a Bible 
oath that every word in them is rigidly truth- 
ful; for this very reason, they are not so in- 
teresting as they might be." 

h Bookm 57:464 Je '23 lOOw 

Freeman 7:237 My 16 '23 300w 

"Louise Bryant's book will cause the reader 
at least, to pause and reconsider and herein 
is its great value. The style is attractive; the 
movement never lags, and one can get much 
pleasure from reading it, even one who dis- 
agrees entirely with its conclusions. C^esare's 
Illustrations are as usual incomparable. The 
best perhaps is Trotsky." W. E. C. 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO Ap 
22 '23 1400w 

"The time has scarcely come for writing a 
'mirror' book about Moscow in the sense that 
such a book may be written about Downing 
Street or Washington. The scene is too shift- 
ing, the psychology too changing, and too few 
of the personages in sight rise above mediocrity 
as human beings when detached from the 
events into which chance and the revolution 
have flung them. Miss Bryant has done a use- 
ful, service, nevertheless, in clearing up the 
origins and some of the vita! facts about a few 
of those who have emerged from the Russian 
cataclysm nnd for the moment hold the stage." 
Arthur Ruhl 

1- Lit R p565 Mr 31 '23 1150w 

"Miss Bryant's book, without being deeply 
significant, is very useful because it gives an 
authentic picture of Soviet Russia and visual- 
izes and humanizes for us the men whom most 
AiTiericans now see as either monsters of cruelty 
and lust or as gods of enlightenment and pro- 
phets of a new Paradise. The book is jour- 
nalism at its best and something more." K. S. 
Angell 

-f Nation 116:548 My 9 '23 1050w 

"Miss Bryant is strongly pro-Bolshevist in her 
sympathies, yet she manages somehow not to 
let this bias interfere too much with the ob- 
.lectivity of her observations. Nor does she let 
it cast too rosy a hue over the Bolshevist lead- 
ers whom she portrays. After all, it is in the 



personal touches that she excels, and in these 
she 'lets herself go' completely, without relying 
for her effects on any admiration which she 
may feel for the personages with whom she 

'+ N Y Times p3 Mr 11 '23 1450w 
"Though she seldom achieves brilliance in 
style, she is a competent journalist also, in 
spite of treating her characters almost super- 
ficially, most of the brief sketches give actual 
impressions. A chief criticism is that the 
author is a trifle too stire that her readers are 
already acquainted with the Russians she deals 
with; with a few exceptions this cannot be 
generall.v true — and as a result the piling up of 
strange names is confusing." Kenneth Fuessle 

-i NY Tribune p23 Ap 1 '23 650w 

"The book is of interest and value. Its 
author has the golden gift of terseness and a 
prettv taste in similes." J. L. H. 

-f- N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 650w 
Survey 50:107 Ap 15 '23 300w 
"It is clear that the only mirror in which she 
has seen her Bolshevist heroes and heroines is 
that of her own enthusiasm; but enthusiasm 
without a historical background or the ability 
to form an independent judgment, even on 
things that lie imder one's eyes, is not likely 
to present accurate reflections." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p279 Ap 
26 '23 1050W 

Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

BRYANT, RALPH CLEMENT. Lumber: its 
manufacture and distribution. 539p $4.50 
Wiley 

674 Lumber 22-17619 

"Deals with the entire lumber industry, in- 
cluding seasoning and marketing of lumber. 
Gives more information than has hitherto been 
available on sawmill equipment." — Pittsburgh 
Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:173 Ap '23 

BRYCE, JAMES BRYCE. viscount. Memories 

of travel. 300p $2.50 Macmillan 

910 Voyages and travels 23-2777 

These memories cover travel experiences of 
.eome fifty years and a great variety of climates, 
scenerv and peoples. Following impressions of 
travel in Iceland in 1872 are chapters on the 
mountains of Poland and of Hungary; on the 
Alnine campaign imdertaken by the Russian 
general Suvaroff. in 1709; on Palestine in 1914: 
on the isles of the southern Pacific; on North 
American scenery; and on a trip across Siberia 
in 1913. 



Booklist 19:219 Ap '23 

"Even though incomplete and fragmentary, 
this no.=?thumous book is of no little importance. 
Nothing human or otherwise in the world seems 
to have been alien to Lord Bryce. and he gives 
force and feeling to this catholic view of life 
in everv word he writes." E. F. Edgett 

4-" Boston Transcript p4 F 10 '23 1600w 
Freeman 7:407 Jl 4 '23 300w 

"The book deserves to be read, though it 
is neither verv rich in content nor vivid in 
stvle. The fact is that Lord Bryce, remark- 
able as he was as man and as political philos- 
opher, had no special talent for description or 
narration. He was an industrious and accurate 
observer, but he did not see a great deal. He 
lacked gusto." H: W. Bunn 

h Ind 111:20 Jl 21 '23 250w 

Reviewed by C. K. Zorian 

Lit R p585 Ap 7 '23 820w 

"The gem of the book is the initial chapter, 
'Impressions of Iceland.' These forty pages will 
surelv find a permanent place among the clas- 
sics of travel literature." H. W. Horwill 
-f Nation 116:435 Ap 11 '23 1500w 

"Slight as most of the chapters are, they 
were well worth publication. Lord Bryce was 
a careful observer of Nature and had interests 
so wide and a taste in scenery so catholic that 
every land seems vivid before the reader's eye. 



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His charm of style and ease of description make 
one overloolc the occasional weakness in his 
geological explanations." 

i Nature 111:770 Je 9 "23 220w 

New Statesman 20:755 Mr 31 '23 550w 
N Y Times p6 F 11 '23 1750w 
"It is interesting, it is informing, it is pleas- 
ant reading. Altogether, it contains more his- 
tory and description than narrative. But it is 
an admirable record of travels throughout half 
a century through half the world." N: Roose- 
velt 

4- N Y Tribune p27 Mr 25 '23 800w 
N Y World p9e F 18 '23 400w 
Outlool< 133:813 My 2 '23 220w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:258 My '23 
R of Rs 67:335 Mr '23 160w 
"Lord Bryce was avid of information and he 
imparts it with zest. His travels are not in- 
tended for the most frivolous class of readers, 
and they are carefully unsensational, but they 
are picturesque and vivid. Perhaps their chief 
merit is the fresh light which they throw on 
one of the most intelligent and energetic figures 
of our time." 

-I- Sat R 135:291 Mr 3 '23 550w 
Spec 130:555 Mr 31 '23 500w 
Springf d Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 60w 
"Their well -nourished studiousness in the 
place of a possible riot of impressions and 
frenzy of colorful phrase-making will assist the 
prospective tourist to look for the points best 
worth seeing; but for the excitements of im- 
pressionistic writing one must turn elsewhere." 
-|- Springf'd Republican p7a My 27 '23 
llOOw 

BUCHAN, JOHN. Book of escapes and hurried 
journeys. 304p il $2 Houghton [5s Nelson] 

904 Escapes A23-949 

These are true stories ranging in time from 
the escape of King Charles after Worcester, iti 
1651, to the 4000 -mile air flight of Lieutenants 
Parer and M'Intosh in 1920; and in variety, 
from the ride of the obscure Dick King in South 
Africa, which involved the fate of the little 
colony of Natal, to the flight of Marie Antoi- 
nette to Varennes. Contents: The flight to 
Varennes; The railway raid in Georgia; The 
escape of King Charles after Worcester; From 
Pretoria to the sea; The escape of Prince 
Charles Edward; Two African journeys; Tlie 
great Montrose; The flight of Lieutenants Parer 
and M'Intosh across the world; Lord Nithsdale's 
escape; Sir Robert Cary's ride to Edinburgh: 
The escape of Princess Clementina; On the roof 
of the world. 



a life-time in the grocery business cannot kill 
the capacity for heroism. 



"It is a superb book. There is romance in 
it, and humor, too. There is skilled writing 
in it, which gives the reader the sensation of 
perilously close calls and breathless moments 
without any feeling of something so hurried as 
to be incomplete." M. G. Bonner 
-f Int Bk R p37 Jl "23 500w 
N Y Times p5 Mr 25 '23 650w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:416 Jl '23 

BUCHAN, JOHN. Huntingtower. 316p $2 

Doran [7s 6d Hodder & S] 

22-23567 

In one of its aspects the story is a eulogy 
of the British middle-class. Dickson McCunn, 
a retired grocer, at the end of middle life, 
something of a reader and lover of nature, be- 
gins his new life as a man of leisure with a 
holiday tramp into the country. He falls in 
with a young poet and an encampment of a 
handful of Glasgow slum urchins — imofficial Box- 
scouts. The lot of them are plunged into the 
most thrilling adventures and romance, which 
involves the rescue of a Russian princess and 
crown jewels from a band of plotting criminals. 
the storming of an old huntingtower and an 
abandoned house and divers bloody fights. The 
laddies display wonderful strategic resourceful- 
ness and bravery and Mr McCunn proves that 



Booklist 19:189 Mr '23 
"It is an honest tale with good measure of 
incident and some delightful characterization. 
It has no claim to be a consistent, probable 
narrative, but it has full-fibred virtues none 
the less." 

-I- Boston Transcript p3 Ja 27 '23 400w 

Cleveland p26 Ap '23 
"The events of 'Huntingtower' fall together 
like the design for a mosaic, but so simply is 
it worked out, with such lack of pretense to 
the incitement of emotion and climactic situa- 
tions, that the mosaic is not perceived until 
the story is ended. Mr. Buchan draws wildly 
romantic scenes with a realistic stroke, and 
convinces of the veracity of his fiction by the 
very presentation of it. Surely one of the 
subtlest of triumphs for a story-teller!" 
-I- Int Bk R p53 Mr '23 350w 
"What lifts the book out of the ordinary is 
the undercurrent of whimsical humor that runs 
through it. Mr. Buchan has a concise and vig- 
orous style, and at the telling of a good tale is 
a practiced hand." 

+ Lit R p631 Ap 21 '23 320w 
"Fascinating tale of humor and adventure." 

+ Nation and Ath 31:801 S 16 '22 130w 
"It is hard to conceive of any reader finish- 
ing the tale without a joyous sense of time 
well spent." 

+ N Y Times pl7 Ja 28 '23 580w 

Reviewed by A. L. Hill 

N Y Tribune p25 Ap 8 '23 550w 
N Y World p9e F 18 '23 270w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:212 My '23 
"The book provides a whiff of the authentic 
atmosphere of romance and will afford its read- 
ers plenty of thrilling moments. 

-I- Spec 129:311 S 2 '22 220w 
"A delightful blending of vagabondage, ro- 
mance and adventure." 

-I- Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 1 '23 220w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p520 Ag 
10 '22 650w 

BUCHAN, JOHN. Midwinter. 333p $2 Doran 

23-12113 
"It is the '45. Prince Charlie has crossed 
the border, and is marching south to Derby; 
Walpole, Pelham, and the Whig Ministry spm 
their plots in London; the West's awake and 
George of Hanover must fight for his throne; 
and Miss Claudia Grevel, in whose family 
Samuel Johnson is employed as tutor, has eloped 
with Sir John Norreys. Capt. Alastair Mac- 
Lean, a Scotch gentleman of the Royal Ecos- 
sais, has gone on a rather delicate mission to 
my Lord Cornbury, but turns to ride north with 
Johnson (who is a monstrous bad rider, but a 
hearty trencherman) to find the lady and brmg 
news of import to the Stuart Prince. All Eng- 
land is riding, marching, waiting the result, 
and the result hangs upon a thread. It is John- 
son who motivates the denouement by forcmg 
MacLean to choose between saving the soul of 
Sir John and saving the Stuart cause. MacLean 
makes the hard choice, which leaves him strip- 
ped and naked to the end, face to face with 
himself at last, and with no need to lower his 
eyes." — I^it R 

Booklist 20:55 N '23 
"If there is any criticism at all of 'Mid- 
winter' it is that the story gives the impression 
of gre It rapidity of writing— and is a trifle 
complicated. But it will give you a gorgeous 

evenins:." J. F. 

+ Bookm 58:319 N '23 380w 
"Thp fart that Mr. Buchan has lavished 
much artistrv on this romance sets it above much 
ordinarv stoVy telling, yet its first ami great 
claim upon us is that it is a story worth telling 
and worth reading." S. L. C. 

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BUCHAN, JOHN— 'Conthiued 

"Over it all Mr. Buchan casts a glamour that 
cannot be conveyed save by reading the book. 
'Midwinter' is again one of his splendid chases, 
one man matching his wits against many, with 
great affairs in the event, all beneath the naked 
sky, with doublings, and ruses, and captures 
and escapes. It is a theme as old as mankind, 
as clean and elemental as the ancient songs and 
the old, old things the sense of which broods 
over all of Mr. Buchan's work." J: F. Carter, Jr. 
+ Lit R p4 S 1 '23 540w 
"It is a story that has many merits and few 
faults, the greatest of which is that it tells too 
little abovit INIidwinter." 

H NY Times pl7 S 16 '23 720w 

N Y Tribune p24 N 25 '23 150w 
"A fascinating yarn well told, with material 
in it for pretty quarreling between Johnson- 
ians." Malcolm Ross 

+ N Y World pSe N 18 '23 G80w 
"As usual Ml' Buchan tells a spirited though 
undistinguished tale, which blends history and 
fiction, romance and adventure." 

+ — Springf d Republican p5a S 23 '23 480w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p618 S 20 
'23 650w 

BUCHANAN, SIR GEORGE WILLIAM. My 

mission to Russia, and other diplomatic 
memories. 2v 253;280p il $8 Little [30s Casselll 
947 Russia — History— Revolution, 1917-. 
Great Britain — Foreign relations — Russia 

23-12797 
The writer of these memoirs was the last 
British ambassador to Russia, 1910-1918, and 
for the five years previous he filled the post 
of minister to Bulgaria. In Russia, with which 
the greater part of his book is concerned, he 
witnessed the outbreak of the war, tlie over- 
throw of the empire, the rise and fall of the 
provisional government and the Bol.«hevist 
revolution. He belongs to the old school of 
diplomacy and the views he expresses are 
founded on the official reports written while 
he was at Petrograd. His book is in the main 
an apology for the British foreign office in it.s 
relations with Russia. 



Booklist 20:94 D '23 

"Undoubtedly the most straightforward, re- 
velatory, altogether readable account we have 
had of the conditions which contributed 
most to the downfall of Russia's old order " 
-i- Bookm 58:339 N '23 120w 

"Sir George is an admirable writer of recollec- 
tions. He has the power to make the reader 
.=ee things. His clear style, unencumbered with 
rhetorical redundancy and without bursts of 
protestation, gives the reader that most satis- 
factory of all sensations, the confidence in the 
book's simple verncity." S. T>. Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p3 S 29 '23 1650w 

"The two volumes before us add little to our 
knowledge of the events of the last nine years. 
Their chief contributions are on minor mat- 
ters. The interest of the bcok is in the char- 
acter of Sir George Buchanan himself and his 
opinions. It is just because Sir George is so 
resolute in pursuit of his main subject, in his 
memoirs as in his life, that he is valuable as 
a type." R. M. Lovett 

H New/ Repub 36:supl0 S 26 '23 1600w 

"W<? welcome the appearance of Sir George 
Buchanan's memoirs, and would advise all who 
are even remotely interested in the fate of 
Europe to read them with the attention they 
deserve. For here we are given not only a 
lucid and authoritative account of diplomacy 
and war, but also an insight into the work- 
ings of a comparatively able and very influ- 
ential diplomatist's mind. It is a disconcerting 
revelation. On the state of Russia in general 
he has little that is new to say. As a whole 
the book challenges appreciation as a semi- 
official apologia rather than as historv and 
we cannot say that we find it altogether con- 
vincing." 

1- New Statesman 21:626 S 8 '23 SOOw 



"Neither in facts, substance nor implication 
is there anything sensational in these obviously 
official parts of the book, and students who 
are familiar with the White and Orange Pa- 
pers and the Blue Books dealing with the 
episodes will find little that is new in them. 
The author, taking the high lights of diplomatic 
correspondence and conversations, has suc- 
ceeded in popularizing them. That is all. The 
British case may thus be read in an enter- 
taining manner by him who runs. Some read- 
ers may seriously regret the intervention of 
Downing Street. Rightly or wrongly, they will 
believe that the autobiography of an interest- 
ing diplomat has thus been officially foreshort- 
ened to meet the exigencies of imperial in- 
terests." 

H NY Times pi S 2 '23 3500w 

"An invaluable record of certain events and 
developments as to which its author is the chief 
possible witness" Owen Langdon 

-f N Y World p9e S 9 '23 1250w 
Sat R 136:45 Jl 14 '23 660w 
Spec 131:87 Jl 21 '23 1350w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p410 Je 
21 '23 1050w 

BUCK, CHARLES NEVILLE. Alias Red Ryan. 

298p $1.75 Doubleday 

23-9171 

"The only excuse Mr Buck could have for 
beginning his story with a murder by fur thieves 
during the crime wave in New York was to ex- 
cite interest in his tale. Then the author plunges 
into the story of Red Ryan, pickpocket and thief, 
who turns detective, and Barbour Sevens, col- 
lege football player and later employee in the 
fur house that is robbed. His is an interesting 
yarn of crooks led by a master mind, with the 
pair working at cross purposes against them, 
but joining hands in the end to solve the prob- 
lem and punish the criminals in a clever plot." — 
Lit R 



Booklist 20:55 N '23 
"The factiousness of the story's hard char- 
acter is facetious. The author's style is crisp 
and vigorous. The love element is slight. Al- 
together a very satis.'uctory book of its kind." 
R. C. Holliday 

+ Int Bk R p5S O '23 400w 
"It is not as deep as a well or wide as a 
church door, but it will serve to while away 
an hour or two." 

h Lit R p819 Jl 7 '23 150w 

"Suspense keeps the story moving at a fair 
pace; but every now and then a slough of senti- 
mentality impedes it." 

1- N Y Times p22 Je 17 '23 350w 

Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 

N Y Tribune p20 My 20 '23 340w 

BUDGE, SIR ERNEST ALFRED THOMPSON 
WALLIS. Tutankhamen; Amenism, Atenism, 
and Egyptian monotheism. 160p il $3 Dodd 
[IDs 6d Hopkinson] 
299.32 Tut-ankh-amen. Egypt— Religion. 
Egypt— Antiquities [23-26842] 

"Sir Wallis Budge has deferred to fashion in 
calling his book Tutankhamen, for its contents 
deal very cursorily with that insignificant 
monarch, whose name, at the caprice of Time, 
has been so undeservedly familiar in the 
mouths of modern nations. Tutankhamen is 
really only the lay figure on which have been 
hung the richest robes of Egyptian culture. 
The author is content to leave this inanimate 
figure and to give his attention to the two 
preceding Pharaohs, Amenhetep III., and 
Amenhetep IV. The latter, particularly, he 
makes the subject of his thesis. We feel that 
he has something more than an impersonal 
attitude towards that interesting character, 
and also against the journalists and scholars 
of to-day who have set up this Pharaoh as the 
first individualist and monotheist, as a. phi- 
losopher and pacifist." — New Statesman 



Booklist 20:50 N '23 



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"There are some repetitions not strange in 
a book written evidently in some haste. . . The 
book will be welcomed by all who have fol- 
lowed with much intense interest the recent 
explorations in Egypt." N. H. D. 

H Boston Transcript p6 Ag 22 '23 llOOw 

"Sir Wallis Budge's book is deeply interest- 
ing becau.se it awakens in the reader more 
than a mere antiquarian interest." R. C. 

+ New Statesman 21:33G Je 23 '23 lOOOw 
Reviewed by C: De Kay 

N Y Times pll S 2 '23 1900w 
"As a summary of what was already known, 
and as a corrective to some of the high-flown 
idealism that is too popular, this work will fill 
a useful place although opinions may differ as 
to some details." 

Sat R 135:842 Je 28 '23 380w 
"An excellent little sketch." 

-f- The Times [LondonJ Lit Sup p405 Je 
14 '23 150w 

BULL, PERCIVAL GEORGE. Chemistry of 
to-day. 311p il .$2.75 Lippincott t8s 6d Seeley, 
Service] 

540 Chemistry [23-5472] 

"This book is not in any sense a textbook, 
but is an al tempt to give some account of the 
les.s abstruse facts of tnodein chemistry in 
poi)ulai- language and free entii'ely from all 
technical terms, so that it may be understood 
by all." (Introd.) Begiiuiiug with a description 
of alchemy as the dawn of chemistry all the 
well-established facts of chemistry along with 
the results of modern research are carefully 
explained and the more important applications 
In daily life .-uid in industry are set forth. 
Diagrams and index. 



"The book has a good index, and its uii- 
technical language and clear illustrations should 
make it welcome." 

-f- New Statesman 20:120 O 28 '22 170\v 

BUNBURY, HUGH MILLS. Destructive distil- 
- lation of wood. 340p $8.50 Van Nostrand [35s 

Benn bros.] 
668 Wood distillation [23-11662] 

"Valuable for the Information on destructive 
distillation in general, and of special interest 
to chemists and technologists engaged directly 
in the wood-distillation industry." — Pittsburgh 
Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:535 D '23 

BUNIN, IVAN ALEXEIVICH. Dreams of 
Chang, and other stories; auth. tr. from the 
Russi.nn, liy Bernard Guilbert Guerney. 313p 
$2.50 Knopf 

23-13889 
Fifteen short stories by a Russian realist 
which, with the exception of The gentleman 
from San Francisco, The son and Light breath- 
ing, appear in English for the first time in this 
collection. Contents: The drenms of Chang; A 
compatriot; Brethren; Gautami; The son; Light 
breathing; An evening in spring; The sacrifice; 
Aglaia; The grammar of love; A night conversa- 
tion: A goodly life; T say nothing'; Death; The 
gentleman from San Francisco. 



" 'The Dreams of Chang' is a skilful picture 
of soulless humanity suggested through the 
eyes of an animal soul. It is the sort of thing 
that must be done superlatively well if it is not 
to degener.'Uf into a species of fictional metem- 
psychosis. Bunin escapes the pitfall. The rare 
quality of the man is this: he manages to sym- 
bolize existence without lapsing into a sterile 
allegory, without depriving his men and women 
of their flesh-and-blood reality. Tt is one of 
the severest tests to which creative artistry in 
fiction may be put. To pass it reveals the 
master." I. G. 

-I- Boston Transcript p6 D 1 '23 lOOOw 



"With an inferior writer the dominant mood 
in Ivan Bunin's 'The Dreams of Chang' might 
have degenerated into sentimentality; in Bunin 
it is ironic pathos." L.. C. M. 

Freeman 8:407 Ja 2 '24 150w 

"Like most of the greater Russians who pre- 
ceded him, he is a realist in the fullest sense of 
the word, a craftsman who fashions the inci- 
dents in his narratives with that adjusted ease 
that adds so much to the lifelike qualities of his 
characters. And, again like most Russian 
writers, a somewhat sombre symbolism threads 
his stories." 

+ N y Times p9 O 28 '23 700w 

BUNIN, IVAN ALEXEIVICH. Gentleman from 
San Francisco, and other stories. 135p $1.50 
Seltzer [4s L. & V. Woolf] 

23-32101 

The stories are translated from the Russian 
by D. H. Lawrence, Leonard Woolf and S. S. 
Kotelianskv. In the title story a business man 
from San Franci.sco, having amassed wealth, is 
on his wav to the old world with his wife and 
daughter, "to begin to live and enjoy himself. 
The ocean voyage on a steamer de luxe is 
described in detail, as also the arrival in Italy 
with its first discomforts. As he waits in the 
hotel for his wife and daughter to join him, 
carefully dressed for dinner and feeling that now 
his new life is in full swing, a sudden stroke 
ends his life. His body is carried back to San 
Francisco in the hold of the same steamer de 
luxe on which he had come. The other stories 
are: Gentle breathing; Kasimir Stanislavovitch; 
Son. 

Booklist 20:100 D '23 
"Is work of the first order, and has evidently 
been lucky in its translators." 
+ Dial 74:413 Ap '23 90w 
"Allowing for the false completeness of his 
work, which excludes it definitely from the 
realm of serious art, he has enormous virtues 
as a craftsman; qualities which will delight 
everyone who cnn appreciate the difficulties and 
the subtleties of writing. The translations are 
probably the best that have been made in Eng- 
lish from the Russian tongue." Edwin Muir 

^ Freeman 7:309 Je 6 '23 760w 

"This is a big thing, an enormous thing. 
•The Gentleman from San Francisco' is a piece 
of mocking deviltry, hard, bitter and brilliant 
beyond description. The last word at modernity, 
as far as its setting is concerned, it is yet as 
ancient as grief." ,„ „ „, 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO F 25 
'23 300w 
"Mr. Bunin is recognized as the greatest liv- 
ing master of the Russian language. His words 
seem to separate from the paper and stand 
before your eyes in their unsurpassed wealth 
of colors and .shapes. And with this he bom- 
bines an equally great sense of esthetic pro- 
portions: you enjoy and absorb every little 
detail of his strange stories, in which you never 
find anything that hurts your feeling for great 
art." A. T. Nazaroff 

-f Int Bk R p54 Ap '23 700w 
"These four short stories will prove to the 
American short -story lovers that with Chekhoff 
the Russian short story did not die. Bunin has 
the sadness and poetic enchantment of Chek- 
hoff's best writings; he is more aristocratic and 
less national, both in the best and the noblest 
sense of the word. Before all. he was an artist. 
The stories are excellently translated, in a man- 
ner that does not fail to render all the pathos 
and Ivric suggestiveness of Bunin. They bear 
amnle witness to his genius." Tsadore Lhcvinne 
+ Lit R p483 F 24 '23 700w 
Reviewed bv J. W. Krutch 

Nation 115:100 Jl 26 '22 250w 

"Bunin's story was at once swift and majestic, 

penetrating and powerful; not a scrap, but a 

finished .nnd ordered work of art." J. M. Murry 

+ Nation and Ath 131:444 .Te 24 '22 1450w 

"The nuantitv of praise that has been heaped 

iipon 'The Gentleman from San Francisco' is 

not without reason. Using the simplest of im- 



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BUNIN, I. A. — Continued 

plements, the author has etched an epoch. . . 
The book is a small one, but it is one of the 
most satisfying that has appeared this season." 

+ N Y Times pl4 Ja 28 '23 850w 
•' 'The Gentleman from San Francisco' is done 
with such consummate art, such economy of 
materials and such power of suggestion that it 
is, judged by any standards, one of the very 
finest short stories ever written." Burton 
Rascoe 

+ N Y Tribune p26 F 18 '23 270w 
"M. Bunin's story of the travelling American 
family is an almost perfect example of the sym- 
bolic Russian short story and is admirably 
translated." 

+ Spec 129:86 Jl 15 '22 600w 

•BUNIN, IVAN ALEXEIVICH. The village; 
auth. tr. from the Russian by Isabel F. Hap- 
good. 291p $2.50 Knopf 

23-9538 
One of the characters in this novel says 
somewhere, "All Russia is a village; get that 
firmly fixed in your noddle." It is this village 
aspect of Russia that is pictured with a brutal 
realism in this almost plotless novel. Such plot 
as there is centers about the careers of two 
brothers, Tikhon Hitch and Kuzma, the one a 
small landed proprietor, the other a petty 
townsman who had dreamed all his life of be- 
conung a writer. Kuzma had knocked around 
tor years, succeeding at nothing, and finally 
came to Durnovka, at his brother's request, to 
become manager of Tikhon Hitch's manor. 
All the inhabitants of the village are the char,- 
acters and they are shown in the petty round of 
their life with no attempt to lighten its sordid- 
ne.ss and apparent futility. 



It is a work of silent, implacable power; 
It rises sheer, gray, sphinx-like for all the hol- 
low chatter that echoes through its pages— the 
color and the firmness of a rock. The man 
•who wrote it can no longer remain a stranger 
to intellectual America." I: Goldberg 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Je IC '23 950w 
"Read it in Russian or in English— the 
rhythmic cadence of that truly Chateaubriand- 
esque prose lulls you into an ecstatic medita- 
tiveness such as seizes hold of you when you 
hear Debussy's 'Afternoon of a Fawn * or 
Charpentier's 'Italian Impressions.' I am truly 
mortified at not being able to quote page after 
page of this remarkable symphony in grav " 
Tsadore Lhevinne & "^j- 

-I- Lit R p875 Ag 4 '23 900w 
Reviewed by J: J. Smertenko 

Nation 117:358 O 3 '23 400w 
Reviewed by J. K: Singleton 

New Repub 36:52 S 5 '23 700w 
Reviewed by Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 22:82 O 27 '23 llOvv 

^»!1^® 1.^*^ •^°'^" -^.^^ ^°''^t= there are moments 
^rrihio V^^'k" vil'a&e .life seems almost too 
terrible to bear. Yet it all rings true. It is 
realism of an uncompromising sort, a deliber- 
ate placing before the reader of a state of af- 
the^eff'ects^" ^"^ attempts to color or lighten 
+ N Y Times pl3 Je 3 '23 900w 

th'yjl^/^^^ ^^""'t its merit, which is chiefly 
the kind of power which resides in ruthlessness 
One cannot like it. Knowing and nerhans 
sharing the amiable weakness of the general 
reader for some touch of kindliness in litera- 
In^rfh o"? T"'^ hesitate before recommending 
!ffl- f'^^^^.?^' ""'^'^^ to a dangerous optimist 
^^r^^** VJ unseemly levity. One chapter 
daily would convert a Pollyanna into a Scho- 
penhauer." Isabel Paterson 

— NY Tribune p21 Jl 22 '23 1050w 

orush. He has produced a picture objectivelv 
.r.y.f^^'^'^T''^- ^"t through and beneath the 
sober shades one perceives a subjective com- 
prehension which is almost like a touch^f 
sympathy." E. \V. Osborn 

+ N Y World p6e Ag 5 '23 150w 



"A most baffling book, its action confused, its 
squalor unrelieved, its characters sunk so far 
below the average of intelligence as to be 
scarcely human." L. P. Hartley 
— Spec 131:861 D 1 '23 560w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p706 O 
25 '23 lOOOw 

BURDETTE, ROBERT JONES. Robert J. 
Burdette; his message; ed. from his writings 
by his wife. 460p il $3.50 Winston 

B or 92 23-2364 

"Robert J. Burdette was best known in his 
day, and in the East is best remembered for his 
witticisms which, originally appearing in the 
Hawk- Eye, [a Burlington, Iowa, newspaper] 
were copied by newspapers from one ocean to 
the other across the wide expense of our 
country." (Springf'd Republican) "Four trips 
abroad with his son, his wife and his stepson, 
and the closing years of his life, when he 
preached as a Baptist to crowded audiences in 
Los Angeles Temple, fill the last five chapters, 
which end, with his death, in 1914. The open- 
ing chapters describe his life in the Civil War, 
his newspaper days and 'Fnding Himself.' In 
Chapter V, he is described as on the lecture 
platform; and that and the three chapters which 
follow contain many amusing experiences of his 
various trips, and accounts of his friendships 
with Riley, Nye and other humorists and lec- 
turers." (NY Times) 



"Very full of good things is this story. It 
bubbles even as did his own wit, written as it 
is by one whose personal appreciation of the 
man is so apparent in every page and line. This 
is no perfunctory biography, but a life story 
which rings and sings." E. J. C. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Mr 3 '23 800w 
N Y Times p20 Mr 4 '23 400w 

"Mrs Burdette has succeeded admirably in 
her literary portraiture of this genial genius of 
platform and pulpit fame. It will be best ap- 
preciated, as Mr Burdette was by his readers 
and hearers, if taken at intervals and not at- 
tempted as a stunt of continuous reading. Thus 
will his personality make a deeper and richer 
impress, as it ought." 

-I- Springf'd Republican pl6 O 19 '23 900w 

BURDICK, CHARLES KELLOGG. Law of 

the American constitution; its origin and de- 
velopment. 687p $6 Putnam 

342.73 United States— Constitutional law 

22-22447 
The first three chapters give a clear picture 
of the making of the constitution, of the 
nature of the federal system which was sei 
up and of the principles which underly the 
amending power. Part second deals with the 
national government in its executive, judicial 
and legislative departments, discussing the 
powers which are granted to each of them, 
and the limitations which are placed upon 
their activities. In part three are considered 
the restrictions placed upon the States, and 
the extent of the powers which may still be 
exercised by them. No attempt has been 
made to treat of the powers of the States under 
their individual constitutions. The book deals 
very largely with that body of "unwritten" 
constitutional law developed by judicial in- 
terpretation making clear the nature and ex- 
tent of that development. The first two chap- 
ters of the book are by Francis M. Burdick. 
Appendix, table of cases, index. 



"In this excellent volume Professor Burdick 
has produced a compact and readable hand- 
book and text upon the federal constitution. 
. . In the writer's opinion it is the best text 
for class room use now available, and will 
be invaluable to social scientists as a con- 
venient and reliable handbook on the constitu- 
tion." A. B. Hall 

+ Am Pol Sci R 17:127 F '23 700w 
Boston Transcript p3 Mr 3 '23 260w 
Reviewed by E. S. Corwin 

ind 111:143 S 29 "23 950w 



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"In the restricted but difficult task which 
Mr. Burdick has set for himself he has achieved 
a success which makes his volume supplant 
all predecessors in its particular function." 
T: R. Powell 

+ New Repub 33:298 F 7 '23 680w 

"Professor Burdick ranges himself on the side 
of liberal opinion in his criticism of some of 
the provisions of the espionage act, and in gen- 
eral his views are enlightened and in accord 
with the best thought of the day." Abraham 
Benedict 

+ N Y Times pl6 Je 17 '23 880w 

"This is a clear, impartial, comprehensive 
statement." 

+ Sprlngf'd Republican plO D 6 *22 800w 

BURDICK, RUPERT LEE. Advertising to re- 
tailers; specialized means and methods for 
developing trade distribution. 308p $3.50 
Ronald 

659 Advertising 23-7190 

"Based on study of trade relations between 
manufacturer and retail dealer. Contains prac- 
tical suggestions on preparation of text and 
illustration for advertising copy addressed to 
distributors, and gives an analysis of advertis- 
ing copy addressed to distributors, and gives an 
analysis of advertising mediums." — Pittsburgh 
Mo Bui 



"Mr. Burdick's workmanlike volume is aimed 
directly at manufacturers who market their 
goods through the ordinary trade channels of 
distribution. In 'Advertising to Retailers' he 
brings together for the first time in organized 
form the basic principles and successful practice 
of advertising in this field." 

+ Management & Adm 6:383 S '23 480w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:478 N '23 

BURGESS, GELETT. Have you an educated 

heart? 58p $1 Boni & Liveright 
177 Kindness. Giving 23-6493 

In this little book on the art of being kind 
Mr Burgess discusses with humorous under- 
standing what he calls "style In kindness." He 
brings up many examples of the half-giver who 
withholds himself from his gift or whose act of 
kindness is lacking in the tact and delicacy 
which make it worthwhile. 



Boston Transcript p3 Je 9 '23 170w 
Cleveland p55 Jl '23 
"As it is written by Mr. Burgess, It is not 
bromidic." E. L. Pearson 

-f Ind 110:195 Mr 17 '23 lOOw 
Lit R p867 Jl 28 '23 280w 
"A booklet containing some humor and a 
great deal of homely wisdom." 

-f N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 60w 
"Perhaps the most diverting of these papers 
are those which expatiate on the technic of the 
world in the matter of gifts, both giving and 
receiving." 

+ Sprlngf'd Republican p7a Mr 25 '23 210w 
Survey 50:supl98 My 1 '23 lOOw 

BURGESS, JOHN WILLIAM. Recent changes 
* in American constitutional theory. 115p %2 

Columbia univ. press 

342.73 United States— Constitution 23-11519 

"A decade after his retirement from active 
teaching, Mr. Burgess surveys the recent 
changes in American constitutional theory and 
practice in a small volume designed especially, 
as he says, for the more than ten thousand 
students whom he has been privileged to in- 
struct, as a 'maybe, final word from their old 
teacher.' . . Mr. Burgess derives his principles 
of 'sound political science' from some funda- 
mental concepts reached by a priori reasoning 
and validated, he believes, by experience. Of 
these the primary one is the separation of 
government from the supreme power in a 
state." — Nation 



Freeman 8:403 Ja 2 '24 350w 



Reviewed by T: R. Powell 

Nation 117:656 D 5 '23 llOOw 

"If Prof Burgess had confined his criticism to 
unjust or arbitrary restriction of the citizen's 
'constitutional intmunities,' his book would have 
had more weight as contribution to political 
thought. But unfortunately he writes as one 
aii-ing prejudices rather than as an interpreter 
of constitutional law." 

— Springfd Republican plO O 12 '23 600w 

BURGESS, THORNTON WALDO. Burgess 
flower book for children. 350p il $3 Little 

580 Botany. Flowers 23-8557 

"Flowers are in bloom everywhere, in the 
fields and woods, and by the roadside. But 
many people never notice them or else pass 
them by without finding out their names or the 
interesting facts connected with each one. Peter 
Rabbit was like that. He never paid attention 
to flowers until one spring when the Merry 
Breezes said to him, 'Use your eyes, Peter.' 
When Peter began to 'use his eyes,' he dis- 
covered many wonderful things about 
flowers that he had never looked at before. . . 
The flowers are chosen from all parts of the 
country and are of the commonest American 
flora. The descriptions are scientifically 
correct and at the same time simple enough for 
any child to understand and remember." — 
Springfd Republican 

Booklist 19:323 Jl '23 
Bookm 57:651 Ag '23 80w 
"A beautiful book with splendid big print 
[containing] one hundred and three illustra- 
tions, most of them colored so perfectly that 
they look like the flowers themselves." F. M. W. 
-|- Boston Transcript p2 Je 16 '23 430w 
"This will be a welcome companion to the 
child who loves the fields and the wodds. Mr. 
Buigess deserves much praise for translating 
botanical science so ably for his devoted young 
readers. The book is splendidly illustrated." 
M. G. Bonner 

+ int Bk R p38 Jl '23 70w 
Lit R p836 Jl 14 '23 250w 
"Children will undoubtedly enjoy the story 
of Peter's adventures among the flowers, and 
if they read it, or it is read to them, in the 
country where they can follow Peter's trail with 
their own little feet and keen young eyes it 
ought to start them on the way to one of the 
very great and very satisfying pleasures of life 
— knowledge and love for the out of doors." 
4- N Y Times p20 My 20 '23 270w 
"An authoritative guide to our American 
wild flowers, more than a hundred varieties in 
all described in simple language such as a child 
can understand and beautifully illustrated from 
photographs." ,„ .^„ „„ 

-(_ N Y Tribune pl9 Je 10 '23 90w 
"The botany is extremely well done. The 
foundation has been laid with extreme care 
as is evidenced by the list of distmguished 
botanists who have helped Mr Burgess get 
out the book. On this sound foundation the 
author has built a simple structure of fact that 
ought to prove most valuable to the youngster 
J M 

■+ N Y Tribune p31 O 14 '23 250w 

N Y World p8e Je 3 '23 90w 
Outlook 134:99 My 30 '23 lOOw 
"The story woven with information is told 
in Mr Burgess's usual style, so popular with 
children. It cannot help cultivating an interest 
in flowers, which may be supplemented by ac- 
curate and valuable knowledge." 

+ Springfd Republican plO Je 6 '23 210w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:416 Jl '23 

BURGIN GEORGE BROWN. Many memories. 

288p $5 Dutton [16s HutchiiisonJ 

B or 92 23-5921 

The author apologizes in the prologue for 
thi'? third volume of memories by quoting a 
friend as complaining that the previous books 
gave no "real glimpse of Mr. Burgin, the man. 



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BURGIN, G: B. — Continued 

his hopes and aspirations, his outlook upon 
lite." The first two parts of the present volume 
are, accordingly, autobiographical. The other 
two contain anecdotes, estimates of himself by 
interviewers, reminiscences of living and dead 
theatrical critics, and other matter. 



gathering much interesting material about 
native customs and industries. The last chap- 
ters relate to Borneo. There are many and 
excellent illustrations and a map. 



"A Dook that is as chaotic as it is enter- 
taining, and that is filled with anecdotes and 
pen portraits of many men and Avomen. . . 
Sometimes Mr. Burgin allows his sense of 
humor to run away with him, and his efforts 
to be waggish are strained and feeble." 

H Boston Transcript p4 Ja 20 '23 1700w 

■"Mr. Burgin is carrying on, but in not quite 
so spontaneous a fashion as at first. But his 
is, none the less, a most entertaining volume." 

H Lit R p490 F 24 '23 230\v 

Nation and Ath 32:165 O 28 '22 180w 

"Mr. Burgin's Many Memories does not flow 
so easily. He does not take us among the reali- 
ties of his life, but talks to us from behind a 
mask. It is as though he were facetiously pre- 
tending to be a rather different man from what 
he is, or, at least, as though he were putting 
up defences of facetiousness against our really 
getting to know him. Nor does he make other 
people real to us." R. L. 

— New Statesman 20:17 O 7 '22 lOOw 
"This third volume of Mr. Burgin's memoirs 

lacks the flavor of a significant personality. It 
is a prolonged, but pleasant and cultured, con- 
versation. Like after-dinner talk, it is actuated 
not so much by a desire for expression as by 
a sense of obUgation." Eva Goldbeck 

h N Y Tribune p29 Mr 25 '23 160w 

Outlook 133:455 Mr 7 '23 60w 
"To some tastes they will appear belated. 
Humour has its fashions, which come and go 
in cycles. No doubt Mr. Burgin knows where 
to find the "gentle reader' to whom these jests 
appeal, and who will regard his flow of anecdote 
as brilliantly new and consummately wlcty." 

— Sat R 134:843 D 2 '22 180w 
Spec 130:518 Mr 24 '23 550w 

BURLINGAME, EUGENE WATSON, tr. Grate- 
ful elephant, and other stories: tr. from the 
Pali. 172p il ?3 Yale univ. press 

23-16075 
"There are twenty-si.\ tales contained in Mr. 
Burlingame's "The Grateful Elephant.' They 
carry the thoughts and imaginations of their 
readers back into the dim, vague past of 
twenty-five centuries ago and the beginnings 
of the Buddhist religion. Most of them aie 
believed to have been told by Gotama Buddha 
himself to his followers, and among them are 
the source tales, or variants, or parallels of 
stories and parables and fables to be found now- 
all over the world." — X Y Times 



"They will suit children of quiet and thought- 
ful mind, for their tendencv is decidedly moral." 

Lit R p353 D 8 '23 llOw 
"The exceptional child may turn from his 
more familiar folk and fairy tales to these 
parables of Buddha which appear as the root 
of some of Aesop's Fables and stories from 
Grimm. But for most children, the original text 
of the Pali, so closely followed by Mr. Burling- 
ame. presents difficulties not wholly obliterated 
bv the Introduction." Constance Naar 

New Repub 36:315 N 14 "23 60w 

"A very unusual book for young people." 
-f N Y Times p4 X 11 '23 700w 

BURNETT, FRANK. Summer isles of Eden. 

213p il S6.50 Putnam [21s Sifton, Praed] 
919 South Sea islands. Borneo [23-11795] 

The author spent twenty-five years of his life 
voyaging thru the South Pacific and making a 
unique collection of the handiwork of the is- 
landers. His weakness for collecting gave im- 
petus to his travels and led him into imusual 
adventures. In many trips and wide wander- 
ings he visited the Society. Tongan, Samoan, 
Fijian, Solomon, Gilbert and Caroline islands. 



"The book is valuable for the multiplicity of 
descriptive passages concerning South Sea Is- 
land life and people. The illustrations, evi- 
dently from carefully made photographs, are 
excessively profuse and very beautiful." 

+ Boston Transcript p6 Jl 18 '23 500w 
"There is a refreshing absence of any attempt 
at fine writing, but the book is crammed with 
plainly expressed facts." 

+ Sat R 135:538 Ap 21 '23 130w 
"Xeivher bald science nor popular clap-trap, 
but simple, kindlv observation." 

-f- Spec 131:260 Ag 25 '23 80w 

BURNHAM, ALTON CYREL. Building your 

own business. 2S2p $2.75 Ronald 
658 Business 23-6690 

"Suggestions and encouragement for the 
man with limited capital who wants to organize 
an independent business. Discusses choice of 
business, financing, and operation. Includes 
numerous statements outlining the experience 
of men who have successfully launched small 
business enterprises. These statements, while 
frequently expressed in faulty English, are 
suggestive and helpful."^ — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



"Mr. Burnhani's generous number of illustra- 
tive cases are well selected, intrinsically inter- 
esting, and soundly generalized upon in each 
instance. For every man who sees the present 
wealth of opportiniities for small business con- 
cerns, this book comes very close to being in- 
dispensable." C: Blauvelt 

-|- Management & Adm 6:102 Jl '23 650w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:360 Jl '23 

BURNS, CECIL DELISLE. Contact between 
minds; a metaphxsical h\pothesis. 138p $2.40 
Macniillan 

120 Knowledge. Social psychology 
"It is not vfith the problem of intercourse, but 
rather with the problem of the nature of our 
knowledge of other minds, which is the condi- 
tion of intei course, that Mi'. Burns is immedi- 
ately concerned, and for this in his book he 
offers us a metaphxsical h>pothesis as a solu- 
tion." — The Times [London] Lit Sup 

Boston Transcript p6 Jl 3 '23 400w 

"Able and closely argued essay. . . Full of 
peitinent ciiticisms and illuminated by schol- 
astic learning." T. P. Xunn 

-I- Int J Ethics 34:88 O '23 lOOOw 
Reviewed by M. W. Calkins 

J Phllos 20:629 X 8 '23 1500w 
"Mr. Burns has produced a very clear argu- 
ment. It avoids the epistemological problem of 
inteicourse, and the psychological problem of 
genesis of knowledge, and nariows itself to the 
discussion of the natiue of our knowledge of 
other minds. It is a thoughtful essay on a 
problem of deep interest." 

+ Nature 112:236 Ag 18 '23 150w 

New Statesman 21:684 S 22 '23 900w 
"Mr. Burns has no difficulty in criticizing the 
traditional view that our knowledge of the exis- 
tence of other minds is arrived at by a process 
of reasoning. When he comes to his own con- 
structive theory he is hesitating and sometimes 
obscure. Nevertheless Mr. Burns does, in work- 
ing out his hypothesis, develop some very strik- 
ing ideas." 

-i_ _ The Times [London] Lit Sup p382 Je 
7 '23 1400W 

BURR, AMELIA JOSEPHINE. Little houses; a 

book of poems. 120p $1.75 Doran 

811 23-16491 

A book of poems showing the influence of the 
author's recent visit to the Far East. They 
are mostly poems of sentiment in which the 
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"It is undeniable that taken as a whole this 
book achieves a higher spiritual note than any 
to be found in Miss Burr's earlier books. She 
has become more consistently serious in her 
relation toward life. Only once or twice, as in 
'Warning' we catch a glimpse of the elfin 
whimsy which mocks behind some of her earlier 
verse, where we feel her purposely hiding her- 
self behind her own imagery." D. L. M. 
+ Beaton Transcript p4 D 8 '23 lOOOw 

"This book is a pretty collection of minor 
poems by an intelligent and skilful writer and 
will in all probability enjoy the patronage of 
whoever likes to read a pleasant book of sin- 
cere verse. The author has worked well 
throughout the book and permitted herself but 
few relapses into sentimentality." 
-I Lit R p323 D 1 '23 270w 

"This is a collection of lyrics almost totally 
devoid of distinction in thought, feeling, and 
treatment. In all these particulars it is the 
obvious and commonplace that the author offers. 
Persistent sentimentality robs the poems of 
dignity." 

— Outlook 135:552 N 28 '23 llOw 

BURR, MRS ANNA ROBESON (BROWN). 

Wrong move; a romance. 368p J2 Macmillan 

23-5949 

Kate's husband, a British army officer, sud- 
denly leaves her and the reason of his going 
form's the basis for a story of thrills intrigue 
and romance. He tells her to call on a certain 
man who in his turn sends her to an address 
where she finds a murdered woman and a cry- 
ing baby. The child she takes and passes off 
as her own. She changes her name and embarks 
on an all round career of deception which, 
until a fortune is involved, has an innocent 
motive. The scene of the story is mostly 
London and Melstead Priory in the Cotswold.s. 



Booklist 19:318 Jl '23 
"The plot itself seems to the casual reader 
a tissue of improbabilities. Oppenheim's mys- 
tery tales may be exactly as improbable as 
Mrs. Burr's. Nevertheless he is moie skilful 
in hypnotiziiig his readers." D. F. G. 

— Boston Transcript pi Ap 7 '23 450w 
Cleveland p42 Je '23 

" "The Wrong Move' will appeal to any novel 
reader who seeks a good story, excellently 
written. It will enrapture the devotees of mys- 
tery stories, who like their reading to be punc- 
tuated with sharp action." 

4- Greensboro (N.C.) Dally News p20 Ag 
26 '23 300w 
"She is capable of something better than the 
novel of intrigue and mystery, for her character 
drawing is above the average, and the texture 
of her style is good. One feels that she has 
forced herself out of her natural path in stress- 
ing the intricacies of plot." 

H Lit R p633 Ap 21 '23 250w 

"This is a stirring tale and is well told." 
-+- Lit R p804 Je 30 '23 200w 
Nation 117:67 Jl 18 '23 90w 
"Though an entertaining, swiftly moving, 
ingenious and at times well written story. Anna 
Robeson Burr's new and romantic thriller has 
numerous and noticeable defects. It is not, to 
begin with, well constructed." 

1- N Y Times pl4 Mr 25 '23 500w 

"Still and all, this is a thoroughly readable 
piece of nonsense. It affords a complete relax- 
ation and rest for the reader's logical faculty." 
Isabel Paterson 

— NY Tribune p20 Mr 25 '23 450w 

"A shining example of how the mystery tale 
can be raised to extraordinary heights bv a 
writer's own manner of telling it. Evervtliing 
goes with a thrill in this book but nothing 
goes with a scream. The work is to be com- 
mended both to readers seeking absorption and 
to students interested in fine specimens of 
literary form." E. W. Osborn 

-f N Y World pSe Ap 1 '23 300w 



Outlook 133:810 My 2 '23 70w 
Springf'd Republican p7a My 20 '23 

120w 

BURR, CLINTON STODDARD. America's race 
heritage; an account of the diffusion of 
ancestral stocks in the United States during 
three centuries of national expansion and a 
discussion of its signticance. 337p il buck 14.20 
National hist. soc. 

325.7 Immigration 22-18227 

"Mr. Burr has collected a great, mass of in- 
formation on the history, composition, and dis- 
tribution of the population of the United States. 
The book is written from a very definite stand- 
point — the writer's conviction that America 
must see to it that she gets only the best class 
of immigrants, including only those whom she 
can employ to advantage, and must employ 
strong restrictive measures against an influx 
from Southern and Eastern Europe. He dwells 
at length on the debt owed by America to the 
peoples of Western and Northern Europe." — 
The Times [London] Lit Sup 



"Immigration, studied in the light of what 
may well be called the 'Nordic' school of an- 
thropology, is the theme. Assuming as proved 
a Nordic superiority, responsible for all the 
achievements of the white race since the battle 
of Marathon, the book goes on merrily to show 
the general acceptability of most of our immi- 
gration before 1S80 and the undesirability of 
most of it since. The book is full of historical 
facts and dates and tables, some of which bear 
on the point at issue." 

Bookm 57:221 Ap '23 130w 
N Y Times pl4 Ja 7 '23 720w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p730 N 9 
'22 60w 

BURRITT. MAURICE CHASE. County agent 
and the farm bureau. (F'armer's bookshelf) 
269p il $1.50 Harcourt 

630.7 Agricultural education. Farm bureaus 

22-20725 
The Smith-Lever act, passed in 1914, opened 
up a new chapter in agricultural extension 
service. The county agent became the clearing 
house of information between the working 
farmer and the educational institutions and. 
as the work of the coimty farm bureaus de- 
veloped, one of the most helpftil leaders in 
rural affairs. The author, who has been a 
supervisor of county agents and is now vice- 
director of extension in the New York State 
college of agriculture, shows the county agent 
at work and the evolution of the farm bureau 
movement. 



Boston Transcript p3 D 30 '22 200w 
"This is more a reierence book than a book 
for the casual reader. Contains much compact 
fact material." 

Wis Lib Bui 19:22 Ja '23 

BURROUGHS, EDGAR RICE. Girl from Holly- 
wood. 320p $1.90 Macaulay 

23-11827 
Side by side with descriptions of the carefree, 
outdoor life of the Penningtons on the Rancho 
del Granado, runs a version of the degrading in- 
Boston Transcript p5 O 27 '23 220w 
"This is hectic melodrama, of course, but it 
is not too wild to be crediV:)le, and there is an 
undercurrent of righteous indignation on the 
part of the author which gives some dignity to 
the book. The plot is a complex but com- 
petently handled affair. The accounts of de- 
fluences brought to bear upon girl novices at 
Hollywood. Wilson Crumb, the unscrupulous 
villain, entangles most of the young people. The 
drug traiflc, murders, even a bootleg mystery 
are interwoven with the love story of Custer 
Pennington and Shannon Burke, a one-time 
drug addict, who unknowingly complicates mat- 
ters. In due time the villain is killed, the cloud 
on the Pennington name is removed, and several 
minor mysteries solved. 



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BURROUGHS, E. R. — Continued 
bauchery and crime are not much overdone, 
and sometimes the book, even succeeds in being 
impressive in spite of its crudities." 

(- Lit R pl67 O 20 '23 300w 

N Y Times pl5 S 9 '23 330w 



BURTON, THEODORE ELIJAH. Constitution 
'■i of the United States. 51p $1 Yale univ. 

press 

342.73 United States— Constitution 23-12646 

A lecture on the origin and distinctive fea- 
tures of the Constitution, delivered on the 
Cutler foundation at the University of Ro- 
chester. 



BURY, JOHN BAGNELL. History of the later 
Roman empire, new ed 2v 471 ;494p $14 (ea 42s) 
Macmillan 

937 Rome— History [23-8497] 

"The present work is an intensive and de- 
tailed study of the Germanic invasions and the 
period of Justinian. . . In the first volume the 
author surveys once more the perennially ab- 
sorbing subject of the infiltration of the 'bar- 
barians' into the Roman Empire, on the basis 
of the most critical use of the original sources. 
His conclusions are completely disruptive of 
the old myth of a cataclysmic swarming of 
myriad Germanic hosts. . . The Germans came 
in slowly, were few in numbers, created rela- 
tively little additional confusion, and preserved 
for a considerable time the old imperial fic- 
tions. The second volume is devoted chiefly to 
the exploits and reforms of Justinian, and the 
author justly claims that this is not only the 
most recent but also the most thorough treat- 
ment of the reign of Justinian to be found in 
any historical work." — Nation 



"Magnificent and learned work." R. P. Blake 
+ Am Pol Sci R 17:658 N '23 560w 

"Dr. Bury has shirked no controversies, nor 
contented himself with nebulous results. In 
consequence, we have here not only a store- 
house of material, but an eminently readable 
book. Along with careful examination of gen- 
eral causes, he gives us pieces of picturesque 
narrative (translated from original sources), 
and a great many suggestive remarks both as 
to the objects or policies of individuals and the 
changes in ideas and culture." Alice Gardner 
+ Eng Hist R 38:428 Jl '23 2200w 

"The book is a model of patient research, dis- 
tinsui.shed alike for a mastery of original sour- 
ces and acquaintance with recent monographs. 
It i.s, however, strictly political and military 
history, embracing little social, economic, or 
cultural material, and making no extensive at- 
tempt at an interpretation of events. In fact, 
no other historian known to the reviewer pos- 
sesses the dualistic capacity of Mr. Bury to 
display conspicuous talent for achievement in 
cultural and interpretative history along with 
remarkable patience in grinding out conven- 
tional compendiums of intensive narrative and 
episodical history." H. E. Barnes 

+ Nation 117-21 Jl 4 '23 400w 

New Statesman 20:634 Mr 3 '23 2150w 

"A work which is learned and readable. Profes- 
sor Bury is not so very much of a writer, but is 
gifted with a creditable talent for leaving out 
trivialities and synthesizing a vast amount of 
material into an intelligible narrative." Elmer 
Davis 

+ N Y Times pi Ap 1 '23 3500w 

"One might have doubted in advance whether 
the work was worth doing again, but no one 
who carefully peruses Professor Bury's lumi- 
nous pages can retain any misgivings on this 
head. . . Professor Bury's account of the reign 
of Justinian is a truly admirable piece of his- 
torical work, lucid, learned and comprehensive, 
and withal extremely readable — a virtue without 
which there is none that shall be saved." 
+ Sat R 135:372 Mr 17 '23 680w 



"Professor Bury has written a book of great 
interest and importance." 

+ Spec 130:554 Mr 31 "23 1400w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p398 Je 14 
'23 1500W 

BUTLER, DOM EDWARD CUTHBERT. West- 
ern mysticism. 344p |5 Button [18s Constable] 
242 Mysticism. Bernard of Clairvaux, 
Saint. Augustine, Saint. Gregory I (Gregory 
the Great) pope of Rome 
The purpose of the book is to study the 
particular phase of mysticism represented by 
three great mystics of the western church, 
Bernard of Clairvaux, Saint Augustine, and 
Gregory the Great; to set forth the record 
which they have left concerning their religious 
experience and the intimate relations of their 
souls with God and the doctrines on which they 
based their teaching regarding the contemplative 
life. In a concluding chapter the author ex- 
amines the validity of their claims and in the 
Appendix cites some authentic cases of nature 
ecstasy. 



Boston Transcript p3 S 15 '23 650w 
"Everyone will praise him that he has done 
so much with his limited material and that he 
h;i.s done it so logically and practically." 
-f- Cath World 118:269 N '23 850w 
"The aim of the author is the improvement 
or increase of religious experience as embodied 
in Catholicism; but the book may be valuable to 
any student of religion." C. D. Burns 
+ Int J Ethics 33:331 Ap '23 800w 
"As a contribution to modern psychology even 
more than it is to religion. Father Butler's 
volume is entitled to a very high place." T: 
Ij. Masson 

-f N Y Times p7 Ag 26 '23 1950w 
N Y Tribune p24 O 21 '23 llOw 
"To all who are interested in the subject. 
Father Butler's book will be of great assistance. 
It is a work of devotion soundly established in 
knowledge. Particularly valuable is the chapter 
which traces the influence of Plotinus and the 
mysticism of the neo-Platonists on St. Augus- 
tine, whose teaching directed the Christian faith 
for some centuries." 

+ Spec 129:1006 D 30 '22 1750w 
"This book deserves a very warm welcome. It 
is in some ways the best work on mysticism 
that has yet appeared in English." 

-i- The Times [London] Lit Sup p853 D 
21 '22 850w 

BUTLER, ELIZABETH, lady. An autobiog- 
raphy. 336p il $5 Houghton [18s Constable] 
B or 92 23-26235 

"Lady Butler is best known as a painter of 
military subjects. Her 'Roll Call,' the picture 
which made her famous was exhibited at the 
Royal Academy in 1874. The artist was then 
Elizabeth Thompson. She afterward married 
Major William F. Butler, a hero of the Ashanti 
War. Marriage did not interfere with Eliza- 
beth Butler's career. She continued to paint 
and to exhibit up to and including the time of 
the World War. Born at Lausanne, Switzer- 
land, and educated by her father, who spent 
much of his time in travel, taking his family 
with him, she began at an early age to sketch 
and keep a diary. In this way she preserved 
her impressions of people and places which she 
has set down in her 'Autobiography.' The book 
is filled with reminiscences of famous people, 
including Millais, Alma-Tadema, Tenniel, Du 
Maurier. Cruikshank, Ruskin, Dickens, Tenny- 
son, Lord Kitchener, Lord Roberts, General 
Buller, Queen Victoria, Edward VII., the Em- 
press Eugenie, Pius IX., Leo XIII., Pius X. and 
many others." — N Y Times 



Booklist 19:249 My '23 
"Throughout it is filled with delightful pic- 
tures made by pen and pencil alike. To all 
who enjoy glimpses of men and women of 
varied degrees of eminence, of family life, of 



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public events and ceremonials, of foreign scenes 
and customs Lady Butler's autobiography will 
have a genuine and potent appeal." S. L. Cook 
+ Boston Transcript p3 Je 2 '23 ISOOw 
Reviewed by E. L. Pearson 

Ind 110:195 Mr 17 '23 50w 
New Statesman 20:610 F 24 '23 350w 
"Lady Butler's book is illustrated with spirited 
sketches, many of them evidently preliminary 
studies of details afterward used in her paint- 
ings. They reveal more than anything a grasp 
of motion, the power to make the beholder be- 
lieve that these horses and figures are actually 
moving." 

H NY Times pl3 Mr 11 '23 2450w 

"A record of purely artistic ambition and 
effort, written in a buoyant spirit of aesthetic 
detachment. Lady Butler wields the pen almost 
as deftly as the pencil, and her frank and un- 
affected storv will be read with pleasure." 
-f Sat R 135:150 F 3 '23 llOOw 
"Lady Butler's writing is unstudied, but it is 
forcible, and there is not much difference of 
quality between the extracts from old diaries 
which she freely quotes and the pages newly 
written for this biography. The text, then, is 
good (we expect it from the sister of Alice 
Meynell). but the illustrations are still better." 
4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p40 Ja 
18 '23 1250W 

BUTLER. ELLIS PARKER. Jibby Jones; a 
story of Mississippi River adventure for boys. 
266p il $2 Houghton 

23-12783 

Jibby Jones was so called because his huge 
nose looked like the jib of a sailboat. When 
he first came to spend the summer on Birch 
island in the Mississippi, the friends Tad, 
Skippy, George and Wampus, decided he was 
stupid. But this opinion did not last long. 
After Jibby had fixed the motor-boat, won the 
fishing prize and established the worm mine, 
they just had to admit that he was not so 
stupid as he looked. Furthermore, it was 
Jibby who thought up the most exciting things. 
If it had not been for his collection of grains 
of sand from all over the world they never would 
have found the green sand and the treasure of 
old Murrell. In the end the boys had to admit 
that Uncle Oscar was right when he said that 
a big nose was not so bad if you had a brain 
to go with it. 



"The various adventures of the gang are of 
a sort to catch the interest of any boy and most 
men. There is nothing remarkable about them; 
they are all of a sort entirely probable. They 
are exciting in a natural, normal way and the 
account is shot through with a rich vein of 
Mr. Butler's whimsical humor. He knows his 
background and he knows boys, and he has 
written here a boy's book which is quite the 
best thing which has appeared for years." 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 O 7 
'23 750w 

"Here is a man who, having won an adult 
generation with his humor, captures with the 
same ease the men of tomorrow. Even the 
inevitable search for buried treasure is done 
with a quiet humor that is a refreshing contrast 
to the usually over-wrought treasure hunt.'^ 
Daniel Henderson 

+ Lit R p233 N 10 '23 80w 

Reviewed bv Edith Leighton 

N Y Tribune p22 N 11 '23 850w 

BUTLER, HOWARD RUSSELL. Painter and 
space; or. The third dimension in graphic 
art. 178p il $4 Scribner 

750 Painting — Technique. Perspective 

23-8596 
"Preliminary to study in detail in succeed- 
ing chapters is an historical review of pictorial 
efforts from the- earliest times, as far back as 
the outline drawings on the walls and ceilings 
of cavern dwellings. Pictorial beauty achieved 
by the Primitives without knowledge of the 
laws of perspective and 'tier perspective' are 
fully considered before reaching pictorial ex- 



emplifications of recent days. With these we 
reach the most interesting portion of the trea- 
tise. This ia the consideration of painting ef- 
fects, phases of nature when the effect to \>e 
depicted lasts but a few minutes. . . In several 
chapters the author exhaustively discusses 
geometric, monocular, and binocular perspec- 
tive, supplemented by reproductions of well- 
known pictures, figure subjects chiefly, and 
cites scientific authorities. . . The concluding 
chapter in the book contains the author's in- 
teresting experiences when he observed the 
total solar eclipse at Baker, Oregon, in 1918, 
and a record of his methods in painting a pic- 
ture of it." — Ind 



"Mr Butler's writing is a confusion of pedan- 
tries. His thesis is so heavily encumbered with 
solemn nonsense, so highly saturated with aca- 
demic ink, that the modern painter with a sense 
of humour might get a laugh out of it, were it 
not for the fact that it adds another cloud to 
the critical obscurity lying between the public 
and the creative artist." T: Craven 
— Dial 75:192 Ag '23 2150w 

"It may almost be said that he who runs 
may read, so clear is his analysis and so under- 
standingly expressed are his conclusions. . . 
Throughout the book numerous illustrations, 
both in color and black and white, lend value to 
the treatise, and the work as a whole displays 
an able grasp of a subject that is perplexing to 
all but a limited number of people." W: A. 
Coffin 

+ Ind 110:429 JI 7 '23 1500w 

BUTLER, NICHOLAS MURRAY. Building the 

American nation; an essay of interpretation. 

375p il $2,50 Scribner [10s 6d Cambridge univ. 

press] 

973 United States— History. United States 
— Politics and government. United States- 
Biography 23-12382 

In these lectures delivered in England in 1923 
on the Sir George Watson foundation Dr Butler 
Interprets the origin and development of the 
American nation largely thru the personalities 
of its chief builders and the ideas they stood 
for. Contents: Forerunners of the nation: 
Samuel Adams and Benjamin Franklin; Father of 
his country: George Washington; Master-builders 
of the nation; Alexander Hamilton and James 
Madison; Spokesman of the democratic spirit: 
Thomas Jefferson; Welders of the nation in 
law and in public opinion: John Marshall, Daniel 
Webster, and Andrew Jackson; Defender and 
preserver of the nation's unity and power: 
Abraham Lincoln: Fifty years of growth and 
change; Appendix. Index. 



"F>om the standpoint of American readers, 
the reviewer is inclined to believe that the 
author would have rendered a greater service 
had he published some impressions and syrn- 
pathetic interpretations of his English friends 
and observ-ations." C. S. Boucher 

— Am Hist R 29:378 Ja '24 420w 
Booklist 20:94 D '23 
"One vearns, as one reads on in these lec- 
tures for simpler, more spontaneous, not less 
opinionated but more truly imaginative and 
fair minded utterances." 

h Bookm 58:341 N '23 120w 

Revievv'ed bv F. P. Hull 

Boston Transcript p5 S 22 '23 1300w 
"If the book adds nothing to American his- 
tory, at any rate the review of the facts is 
clearlv and earnestly performed." 
-f- — Dial 75:614 D '23 120w 
"On the whole, the interpretation is as well 
balanced perhaps as one might expect from the 
use of a method inviting distortion. Novelty in 
method of treatment and exceptionally high lit- 
erary quality give to the book an interest, im- 
pressiveness. and value to the student and 
general reader of American history. A. R. H. 

^ Greensboro (N.C.) Dally News p5 D 23 

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BUTLER, NICHOLAS MURRAY — Continued 

"President Butler says the well-known things 
thfit a lecturer in his position is usually ex- 
pected to say, with the addition of enough 
comiTvent and generalization to make it clear 
that there has actually been some develop- 
ment. That is all." W: MacDonald 
— Nation 117:528 N 7 '23 520w 

New Statesman 22:sup24 O 13 '23 420w 
"Perhaps the scholar is an id'eal ambassador 
of friendship. One is inclined to think that this 
is true after reading Dr. Butler's lectures. His 
plan of interpreting America through its men 
has much to commend it.' 

-h N Y Times p7 S 16 '23 2200w 
Spec 131:356 S 15 '23 290w 

BYNNER, WITTER (EMANUEL MORGAN, 
pseud.). Book of plays. 255p $2.50 Knopf 

812 23-895 

The time of the one-act play "The little king" 
is the Terror and it shows the boy-king of 
France, Louis XVII, with his jailors — brutal 
people who have been bribed to rescue him. 
Everything has been arranged and a little boy, 
like the king in appearance, is ready to act as 
a decoy to cover the king's escape. At the. 
last moment the child-king, thinking of the con- 
sequences of his act to Robert, his playmate, 
refuses to go and submits, with kingly courage, 
to the brutality of his jailors and to death in a 
dark and airless dungeon. The other plays are: 
A night wind — a play of Greenwich Village; 
Tiger — a play of the Tenderloin; Cycle — a play 
of war; Iphigenia in Tauris — an English version 
from Euripides. 



Booklist 19:183 Mr '23 
"Mr Bynner submits himself to an intelligenrce 
test provided by Aristotle, and quite convinc- 
ingly shows that one may be a successful 
lyricist upon a minimum of intelligence. For 
of Plot, Character, Thought— all the work of 
the intellect — there is tiny evidence in his 
plays. Either the emotions exceed the facts, 
or vice versa, thus locating Mr. Bynner in 
sentimental melodrama." 

— Dial 74:315 Mr '23 120w 

"These plays are, severally and also taken as 
a book, exceedingly poor." T: C. Chubb 

— NY Tribune p31 Ja 28 '23 320w 

BYRNE, DONN (BRIAN OSWALD DONN- 
BYRNE). Changeling, and other stories. 
418p $2 Century 

23-13454 
The themes and the settings of these thir- 
teen short stories are various but whether it 
is a bridge the author writes about, or a woman 
new born, or a strike at the mills, one element 
the tales have in common and that is the 
romantic. Contents: Changeling; The Barnacle 
goose; Belfasters: The keeper of the bridge; In 
praise of Lady Margery Kyteler; Reynardine: 
Dramatis personae; Wisdom buildeth her house; 
The parliament at Thebes; Delilah, now it 
was dusk; A quatrain of Ling Tal Fu's; "Irish"; 
By ordeal of justice. 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 

"Mr. Byrne has earned the right to take his 
place in the front rank of short story writers. 
One is carried away by the power of his prose 
and enchanted by its beauty." 

-t- Boston Transcript p5 N 3 '23 330w 

"The stories are good enough stories, but the 
'atmosphere' that clogs them is, to my mind, 
all to the bad." M. L. Franklin 
h Ind 111:254 N 24 '23 480w 

"His outstanding quality is his power of 
creating atmosphere, of investing with realitv 
the illusions of imaginative sentiment." W: R. 
Langfeld 

+ Int Bk R pl56 Ja "24 350w 

"Mr. Byrne has done beautiful work, but 
here he is not at his best. Of the thirteen 
stories in this collection the majority are merely 
=)dequate, magazinable fiction, to be read and 
forgotten. They are competent of their sort— 
a couple are even 'big' in the trade sense ot 



the term — but they might have been written 
by any one of half a dozen successful, neg- 
ligible, short-story writers. Mr. Byrne has won 
the right to be compared to certain masters 
of the romantic craft — and by that comparison 
too much of this present volume appears hol- 
low and unsatisfactory." 

H Lit R pl93 O 27 '23 400w 

"Drunk with life and drunk with wdrds, he 
rushes along so exuberantly and joyfully that 
we can only stop in amazed gratification to 
find that a soul so genuinely naive can inhabit 
the body of a modern writer and invest rather 
foolish stories with such glamor. He and some 
of his fellow-Irishmen have a flavor which is 
unique in modern literature." J. W. Krutch 
+ Nation 117:656 D 5 '23 350w 

"The beautiful style for which Mr. Donn 
Byrne is especially noted gives charm and a 
certain distinction to all the short stories col- 
lected in this volume." 

-j- N Y Times p9 O 14 '23 450w 
Outlook 135:416 N 7 '23 lOOw 



CADBY, WILL, and CADBY, CARINE. 

Switzerland in summer; discursive informa- 
tion for visitors; pt. 1, The Bernese Oberland. 
124p il $2 Dutton [5s Mills & B.] 

914.94 Switzerland — Description and travel 
A handy guide to the most famous Swiss 
resorts, for people who visit Switzerland in 
summer. The book contains excellent advice 
on all the necessary details of travel, includ- 
ing how much luggage to carry, how to send 
it, hotel accomodations, excursions with guides, 
proper amount in tipping, as well as pictur- 
esque descriptions of places, and the different 
varieties of Alpine flowers. Especial attention 
is given to walks that may be taken without 
guides. The resorts included in this volume 
are: Thun, Interlaken, Lauterbrunnen, Muer- 
ren, Wengen, Grindelwald, Spiez, Adelboden, 
Kandersteg and Simmental. 



Booklist 20:52 N '23 
"Not many guidebooks succeed in being: as 
lively and entertaining as this handy little 
volume which intending tourists to Switzer- 
land will find a satisfactory addition to their 
regulation guides." 

+ N Y Times p21 Je 17 "23 290w 

CAHALANE, CORNELIUS FRANCIS. Police- 
man. 354p $3 Dutton 

352.2 Police 23-8885 

An earlier book by the same author was 
written for the information of the New York 
police department. The present volume deals 
with rules of conduct for policemen, regard- 
less of locality and applicable in all cities and 
towns of the United States and Canada. The 
ground covered includes patrol and observa- 
tion; arrests, street conditions and traffic; de- 
tective methods; criminals and suspicious per- 
sons and places: court procedure; the handling 
of children; policewomen; prostitution; narcot- 
ics: fingerprints; meetings, parades, riots and 
strikes; first aid to the injured. 



Booklist 20:39 N '23 
Cleveland p72 S '23 
"In his foreword. Inspector Cahalane explains 
that while 'Police Practice and Procedure.' 
was written primarily for the instruction of 
patrolmen and detectives of New York City, 
'The Policeman' is designed to meet the text- 
book needs of peace officers throughout the 
country, in village, town and city. He might 
have added, journalists, social workers, school 
and religious teachers, property owners in city 
and country, clergymen, criminologists. and 
sociologists. All such persons not only will find 
his book of interest, but also of educational 
value." 

-f N Y Times plO My 20 '23 lOOOw 



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CAIULAUX, JOSEPH. Whither France? 
Whither Europe? tr. by Helen Byrne Arm- 
strong. 184p $2.50 Knopf 

330.94 Europe — Economic conditions 23-8259 
In this book of eight chapters the first seven 
are devoted to a detailed account of the 
economic chaos now prevailing in Europe, with 
its portent of death and destruction and a 
return of barbarism. In the last chapter the 
conditions of a new order, thru which recon- 
struction is possible, are indicated. In view of 
tiie fact that economically the continent of 
Europe is one and interdependent, the author 
proposes a separation of political and of eco- 
nomic and financial organizations. All the eco- 
nomic states thus formed within the political 
states are to be federated to insure the inter- 
nationally harmonious working of industry. 

"Caillaux is a master draftsman, whose sure- 
ness of line enables him to dispense with all 
but the simplest accessories." V: S. Clark 
+ Atlantic's Bookshelf Jl '23 430w 
Reviewed by F. E. Willis 

Am Pol Sci R 17:500 Ag '23 650w 
"Though the remedy suggested by M. Caillaux 
is perhaps one to frighten the timid, yet he 
makes out an excellent case and has written a 
book that every thoughtful student of present 
day affairs will want to read." 

-f Bookm 57:558 Jl '23 130w 

Boston Transcript p4 My 2 '23 550w 
Cleveland p72 S '23 
Reviewed by Ferdinand Schevill 

Freeman 7:405 Jl 4 '23 820w 
Reviewed by I: Anderson 

Int Bk R p30 Ap '23 3000w 
"One cannot but feel that M. Caillaux could 
have made a real contribution towards the ad- 
mirable role which he foresees for France were 
he only more ambitious for France and less 
ambitious for himself. As it is, he has written 
an interesting book, a challenging book, but one 
which will probably have small influence out- 
side of French political circles." J: F. Dulles 

-1 Lit R p678 My 12 '23 620w 

Nation 117:22 Jl 4 '23 50Gw 
"The translation of the present volume hap- 
pens to be drab. But Caillaux's staccato jour- 
nalese comes to the top despite it. In para- 
graphs short and out of breath he sketches the 
perils that menace Europe. How to avert the 
crash is the pi'oblem of the statesman. M. Cail- 
laux is alert but somewhat hazy." C. M. 

H New Repub 34:352 My 23 '23 950w 

"M. Caillaux is an expert financier and a 
well-read economist. His account of the dis- 
tressing state of Europe is interesting, but 
hardly novel." Elmer Davis 

H NY Times p3 Ap 15 '23 1400w 

"It is based on European conditions and as- 
pects in 1921, and for that reason is hardly con- 
temporaneous any longer. It accepts largely the 
exaggerated economic pessimism of Keynes and 
Nitti. . . M. Caillaux talks the jargon of 
Keynes, but less effectively." W: McPherson 
— NY Tribune pl9 My 6 '23 650w 
"Written in a style that is at times suggestive 
of a weighty political speech, with many rhe- 
torical questions and exclamations. M. Cail- 
laux's hook is intended primarily, it appears, as 
a prophetic effort to call his own country to a 
heroic acceptance of his belief that France is 
'entrusted with the highest of all possible mis- 
sions, . . . the task of reconstructing Europe.' 
At the same time, with all the nations of the 
world directly or indirectly concerned in the 
problems of reconstruction, the volume may be 
viewed as a universal challenge." 

Springf'd Republican p8 My 7 '23 500w 
Survey 50:supl92 My 1 '23 150w 
"If there is in the book nmcli of the natural 
disappointment of a politician who has been de- 
feated and disgraced, there is in it more than 
this. It is the work of a man who attempts to 
probe problems to the bottom, one who does 
not content himself with a merely superficial 
and partisan treatment. . . The kernel of the 
book is the polemic against the attempt not 



only in France but throughout the Continent to 
build up production on a national basis." 

-t- The Times [LondonJ Lit Sup p311 My 
10 '23 lOOOw 

Yale R n s 13:412 Ja '24 200w 



CAINE, SIR HALL. Woman of Knockaloe; a 
parable. 187p $1.75 Dodd 

23-15161 

This story of love "strong as death" seeks 
to arouse a feeling of international brother- 
hood, particularly between England and Ger- 
many. The scene is an internment camp for 
alien civilians on the Isle of Man, which Mona 
Craine and her father are commissioned to sup- 
ply with provisions from their farm, Knockaloe. 
Mona's hatred of the Germans is gradually 
tempered when she realizes that they too have 
human sufferings. To her own dismay, and the 
contempt of her neighbors, she finds she loves 
Oskar, a despised German. Because of her 
apparent treason, they cannot stay in Knocka- 
loe; Oskar's English employer refuses to rein- 
state him when the camp is abandoned and 
his German mother likewise denies them shelter. 
As a last resort they turn to America, but in 
vain — they have no money. Tortured beyond 
reason, they choose love in death rather than 
face separation. 



Booklist 20:100 D '23 
"His latest story proclaims itself a pacifist 
tract from cover to cover. It is as hard, as 
forced, and as mechanical a piece of propaganda 
as has ever been written by him, and to say 
that much is to say a great deal." E. F. E. 

— Boston Transcript p4 O 27 '23 300w 
"The failure of the novel is a pity; for we 

do need just such a theme as this in our books 
of to-day. We need it badly. But Sir Hall 
Caine is quite evidently not the man to handle 
it." C. P. 

— Cath World 118:572 Ja '24 620w 

Int Bk R p27 N '23 lOOOw 

"The style has the cheap meretrlciousness 
that we associate with Hall Caine, though 
there is little of the florid description of his 
earlier books. He indicates emotional changes 
with devices as hackneyed as those of the cin- 
ema. The thesis of the book is sound, and 
what influence its wide circulation will give it 
is salutary." Allan Nevins 

1- Lit R p203 N 3 '23 820w 

"Sir Hall Caine is an old propagandist and 
The Woman of Knockaloe is a tract in favour 
of a peaceable and forgiving spirit. Sir Hall 
Caine' s novels are said to appeal to a class 
of the community which reads little other fic- 
tion, a class that does not use libraries and 
is satisfied with buying, perhaps, two books in 
a year. To criticise The Woman of Knockaloe 
as a work of art would be an impertinence, 
but it has its importance. The best-seller is 
the book which puts into concrete form the 
vague feelings of which a large public is be- 
ginning to be conscious. Sir Hall Caine holds 
a distinguished place among the writers of such 
books." Raymond Mortimer 

-1- New Statesman 22:supl8 O 13 '23 150w 

"This is a tragic love story told with the 
starkness of an Old Testament epic. But it i.s 
also a parable. Indeed, Sir Hall Caine has 
chosen to underscore the hidden message in his 
latest novel by frankly calling it a parable on 
the title page, and the publishers have further 
emphasized this aspect of the book in an in- 
troductory note. As a story, however, it is 
very well able to stand alone." 

4- N Y Times p8 O 21 '23 550w 

Reviewed by W^ill Cuppy 

N Y Tribune p22 O 28 '23 1550w 

Reviewed by Gerald Gould 

Sat R 136:390 O 6 '23 240w 

"It will be seen that Sir Hall Caine spares 
nothing to make race hatred appear horrible. 
But it is the fate of all melodrama that, with 
the mere piling up of horror, there comes a 
point at which suddenly the whole structure 



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CAINE, HALL — Continued 

topples on the brink of laughter. Earnestly 

and simply as Sir Hall Caine has written the 

tale, that point is reached before it is done." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p634 S 

27 '23 550w 

CALDER, JOHN. Capital's duty to the wage- 
earner; a manual of principles and practice 
on handling the human factors in industry. 
326p $2.25 (10s 6d) Longmans 

331.1 Labor and capital. Employment man- 
agement. Industrial relations 23-4535 
"This book is a study of the major indus- 
trial problems based upon a continuous experi- 
ence in industry extending over nearly forty 
years. It is a manual of principles and prac- 
tice for employers and executives and for 
teachers and students of management and 
the public on the handling of the human 
factors in industry, to which much intelligent 
attention must be given henceforth. It appeals 
to the able organizers of our present material 
prosperity, to the financial supporters of in- 
dustry, and to the employers of the United 
States, their executives of every rank, and 
those fitting themselves for management and 
social service to glimpse a worthier capitalism 
and to substitute statesmanship for skilful 
opportunism, economic strategy and militancy. 
It advocates the adoption of a true philosophy 
of labor relations and of a practice according 
with fact and with science which will be cred- 
itable to the genius and opportunities of the 
American people." — Preface 



Reviewed by C. W. Doten 

Am Econ R 13:701 D '23 500w 
Cleveland p70 S '23 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:282 Je '23 
Survey 49:818 Mr 15 '23 40w 
Survey 50:458 Jl 15 '23 lOOw 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p291 Ap 
26 '23 200w 

CALDWELL, OTIS WILLIAM, and SLOSSON, 
EDWIN EMERY, eds. Science remaking the 
world. 292p il $2.50 Doubleday 

604 Science 23-26924 

The si.xteen chapters by specialists in various 
fields deal popularly, along the average person's 
lines of interest, with such subjects as gasolene, 
coal tar, electrons, the influenza epidemic, inter- 
national public health, etc. Contents: Achieve- 
ments and obligations of modern science, by O. 
W. Caldwell; Gasolene as a world power, by 
E. E. Slosson; The influence of coal-tar on 
civilization, by E. E. Slosson; Electrons and 
how we use them, by J: Mills; An investigation 
on epidemic influenza, by P. K. Olitsky and 
F: L. Gates; Our present knowledge of tuber- 
culosis, by L. R. Williams: Louis Pasteur, and 
lengthened human life, by O. W. Caldwell; 
International public health, by G: E. Vincent; 
Educational value of modern botanical gardens, 
by G: T. Moore; The meaning of evolution, by 
J: M. Coulter; Our fight against insects, by L. 
O. Howard; Insect sociology, by V. Kellogg; 
How the forests feed the clouds, by R. Zon; 
The modern potato problem, by C: O. Apple- 
man; Chemistry and economy of food, by H. C. 
Sherman; Our daily bread and vitamins, by 
W. H. Eddy. 



Boston Transcript p6 D 8 '23 500w 
"The promise inherent in such a venture by 
a decidedly hand-picked group of authorities 
is large, and is excellently well fulfilled in the 
space of some 300 pages." Will Cuppy 

-f N Y Tribune pl9 N 25 '23 1550w 

CAMBRIDGE ancient history: 8v; v 1, Egypt 

2 and Babylonia to 1580 B.C.; ed by J. B. 

Bury, S. A. Cook, and P. E. Adcock. 72(;p 

il $8.50 Macmillan [35s Cambridge univ. 

press] 

930 History, Ancient [23-11667] 

Contents: Primitive man in geological time. 

Neolithic and bronze age cultures, by J: L. 



Myres; Exploration and excavation, by R. A. S. 
Macalister; Chronology, by S. A. Cook, H. R. 
Hall, and A. J. B. Wace; The Semites, by 
S. A. Cook; Egypt: the predynastic period, by 
T. E. Peet; The union of Egypt and the Old 
kingdom, The Middle kingdom and the Hyksos 
conquest, by H. R. Hall; Life and thought in 
Egypt under the Old and Middle kingdoms, by 
T. E. Peet; Early Babylonia and .its cities, 
The dynasties of Akkad and Lagash', The Su- 
merian revival. The Empire of Ur, by S. H. 
Langdon; Isin, Larsa, and Babylon, by R. C. 
Thompson; The golden age of Hammurabi, by 
K. C. Thompson; The art of early Egypt and 
Babylonia, by H. R. Hall; Early Aegean civili- 
zation, by A. J. B. Wace. 



"It is as useful a book as it is big. I should 
like to call it a great book, but 1 dare not. 
For reference it will be always in frequent 
demand, but it is almost wholly bereft of style 
and its tediousness over great areas is depress- 
ing." R. W. Rogers 

-I Am Hist R 29:316 Ja '24 1350w 

"This volume, and no doubt those which are 
to succeed it, must find a place in every library 
of any importance, public or private." B. C. 
A. W. 

+ Cath World 118:416 D '23 lOOOw 

"However much work the writers have put 
into this book, they have been crippled by the 
editors not allowing illustrations. The ideal 
of the publication is far too literary." W. M. 
F. P. 

\- Nature 112:569 O 20 '23 850w 

"The one purpose of the scholars who have 
planned this series has been to know the truth, 
to learn the veritable facts of the case, and 
to enrich the mind of the English-speaking 
world through an ordered statement of what 
they have found. It is a tribute to the com- 
manding power of intellectual interests that a 
great undertaking of this kind can still be set 
on foot." W: MacDonald 

-I- N Y Times p8 Ja 13 '24 1750w 

CAMP, CHARLES WADSWORTH. Com- 
municating door. 297p il $1.75 Doubleday 

23-9229 
Seven mystery stories. Contents: Communicat- 
ing door; Hate; Dangerous tavern; Haunted 
house; Defiance; Open evidence; Obscure move. 



"Mr. Camp is the author of a goodly number 
of detective and ghost stories, and his facile 
technique is in evidence in this latest collection. 
He does succeed in getting an atmosphere of 
dread, even though he employs rather obvious 
expedients, and his tales of crime and its detec- 
tion are quickly moving and surprising." 
-I Boston Transcript p6 Jl 18 '23 320w 

"No accustomed reader will have any difficulty 
in divining the end of 'The Obscure Move' quite 
early in the game. But with this single excep- 
tion the tales keep one guessing until they reach 
a conclusion, which is usually both satisfactory 
and convincing. That means that they are very 
good stories of their kind." 

H NY Times p22 My 20 '23 450w 

"It isn't the best mystery volume of the year, 
but it has the advantage of all short-story 
collections in being available for odd hours 
without requiring sustained or suspended in- 
terest." 

-|- — Springf'd Republican p7a D 9 '23 160w 

CANDLER, MARTHA. Drama in religious ser- 
vice. 259p il $2 Century 

264 Religious drama 22-23935 

"A practical and suggestive discussion of the 
pcssiliilities of the drama as a form oi religious 
worship, containing full directions for play 
producing in the church basement, parish house 
or body of the church. Illustrations are pho- 
tographs of actual productions and appendixes 
contain bibliographies and lists of music and 
plays." — Booklist 

Booklist 19:174 Mr '23 



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"The book has value. It will be an aid to 
those who wish to use drama or pageantry in 
the church's educational work wherein lies its 
greatest potency. They will be told how to 
start and there are directions for producing and 
costuming. Good clear photographs illustrate 
the book." 

+ Boston Transcript p2 Ap 7 '23 360w 

"The subjects of costuming, lighting, staging 
are suggestively treated. Though somewhat 
haphazard in style and presentation of ma- 
terial, much useful information has been 
brought together by the author in this volume." 
+ Lit R p402 Ja 20 '23 360w 

"Too many typographical errors will annoy 
the finical reader, but the book is greater than 
the proofreader and is a timely contribution 
to a new and growing phase of modem church 
work." 

-\ Springf'd Republican p6 Ja 9 '23 300w 

"Teachers and amateur producers should use 
the book for its technical advice and ministers 
should read it that they may become alive to 
the social and spiritual power in the use of 
drama in the churches." A. H. Ware 
Survey 50:353 Je 15 '23 240w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:51 F '23 

CAN NAN, GILBERT. Annette and Bennett. 

315p $2 Seltzer 

23-8359 

"In 'Annette and Bennett' we have the mar- 
ried life of a young couple, who married in the 
previous novel of the series, 'Around the 
Corner.' It is really a group study. As in life, 
the family relations are exceedingly complex. 
We have Bennett much in love with his wife, 
yet absolutely ruled in all his decisions by his 
mother who dominates all but Annette and her 
husband, James Lawrie. Annette opposed 
Catherine, and the philosophical Jamie ignores 
her. And between the conflict of family and 
the strange conflict in the soul of Bennett . . . 
he is soon involved in distressing financial diffl- 
culties. From these he is rescued by his father 
and his maiden aunt, Mary Lawrie. It is Jamie 
who is triumphant, above all derision, who 
finally brings the family together, drives home 
the absurdity of stupid conventionalities, and 
dies, leaving a family which is coming upon a 
richer view of life through his efforts." — N Y 
Times 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 
Dial 75:299 S '23 120w 
"One wishes that Mr. Cannan might purge his 
writing of a certain heavy dross of grandilo- 
quence, and extend and amplify those authentic 
moments of penetration that carry one acquies- 
cently through his books, often charmed and 
nearly always without ennui." Alyse Gregory 
4- Freeman 7:570 Ag 22 '23 600v/ 
Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 110:406 Je 23 '23 f.OOw 
Reviewed by P. A. Hutchison 

Int Bk R pl5 Jl '23 2100w 
"The portraiture and the satire are vigorously 
skilful, the characters vivid and original in 
personality. The action is almost imperceptible, 
but it envelopes one with cool stealth. The 
opening pages are rather obvious in their at- 
tempt at witticism and give no idea of the 
charming development to follow." 
-1- Lit R p31 S 8 '23 200w 
"Mr. Cannan has written very impersonally. 
He hovers over these two families, examining 
their motives with insight, aloof to the con- 
flict. There is the clear vision of passing years 
ELS shown in 'The Forsyte Saga'; yet there is a 
greater warmth than in the impassiveness of 
Galsworthy. Though Galsworthy is the superior 
artist, Gilbert Cannan makes more lively read- 
ing." 

+ N Y Times p9 My 20 '23 900w 
Reviewed by Will Cuppy 

N Y Tribune p20 Jl 1 '23 700w 
Reviewed bv R. D. Townsend 

Outlook 134:287 Je 27 '23 140w 
"Mr. Cannan is in a perpetual state of pro- 
test and revolt against nineteenth-century com- 



mercialism and industrialism. Of the great era 
associated with respectability and Mi. Gla. - 
stone, he has an intimate knowledge: but his 
picture of it is almost demonstratively partial. 
He pats himself on the back for jolting the 
industrial North in the ribs. Self-righteousness 
Is the enemy he attacks: but has he not gone 
over to the enemy?" Gerald Gould 
Sat R 134:596 O 21 '22 400w 
"Mr Cannan has fallen a victim to the most 
distressing and worthless conflict a creative 
artist can have — the conflict between self- 
hatred and self-esteem. It shows, literally and 
symbolically, in almost every page of his new 
novel. . . It is worth while to criticise Mr. 
Cannan severely. He has already done excel- 
lent work — Sembal, for example — and it is de- 
plorable to see him turn Timon. At the worst. 
Annette and Bennett is better than Pink 

ROSGS ** 

— Spec 129:975 D 23 '22 380w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Je 10 '23 150w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

CAPE, MRS EMILY PALMER. Lester F. 

Ward; a personal sketch. 208p il $1.75 (9s) 

Putnam 

B or 92 Ward. Lester Frank 22-7851 

"Lester F. Ward will be remembered by 
many people as Professor of Sociology at Brown 
University for a number of years. This book 
is written by an intimate associate and secre- 
tary of Professor Ward. It is limited in matter, 
Mrs. Cape explains, because a number of letters 
and diaries which Professor "W^ard intended 
should be turned over to her were unfortunately 
destroyed. Several of the chapters outline Pro- 
fessor Ward's system of philosophy, and should 
throw new light on his achievement, particu- 
larly for the benefit of other sociologists. The 
book is, in no sense of the word, a biography, 
and there is still place for such an undertak- 
ing." — N Y Times 

"On the whole one is inclined to regard this 
as an episode, more particularly a postlude, 
which will add nothing to Ward's fame as a 
thinker, and which tells very little about the 
overt activities of his rather long career. In 
this respect the title of the book is commend- 
ably accurate in designating it as 'a personal 
sketch.' " C. M. Case 

[. Am J Soc 28:479 Ja '23 600w 

"Mrs. Cape, having been thrown into close 
association with Dr. Ward, seems to have made 
a careful and sympathetic study of his char- 
acter and to have imbibed an enthusiastic 
appreciation of his many excellent social and 
intellectual qualities so that she was quite 
capable of becoming, in a sense, his Boswell." 
+ Boston Transcript p7 Ap 26 '22 280w 
Reviewed by R. H. Lowie 

Freeman 5:595 Ag 30 '22 GOOw 
"The present book, while giving a summary 
of Dr. Ward's thought, is mainly a sketch of 
his personality, which must have been a most 
attractive one." 

Lit R p906 Ag 26 '22 150w 
N Y Times pl3 Ag 13 '22 300w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p601 S 21 
'22 60w 

CAPEK, KAREL. R. IL R. (Rossum's uni- 
versal robots); a fantastic melodrama in three 
acts; tr. by Paul Selver. 187p il $1.50 Double- 

*^Y91.8G 23-26130 

A scientific genius has invented the robot, 
a mechanical man with all the deftness and 
intelligence of a human being minus feeling 
—he can experience neither pleasure nor pain. 
The scene of the play is an island with an 
immense factory from which thousands of 
robots are shipped to all parts of the world. 
In the course of time the robots greatly out- 
number humans who stop reproducing their 
kind and so find it necessary to employ the 
robots to carry on their wars. Being intelligent 
machines in the possession of arms the robots 
face about and exterminate their masters— 



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CAPEK, KAREL — Continued 

all but one. He not being a scientist, cannot 
make robots and the formula is burnt. In 
his last despair he discovers, in the newest 
pair of robots made after the most perfected 
model, an embryonic soul, the dawn of human 
sentiments — laughter, curiosity, fear. They are 
the new Adam and the new Eve. 



Booklist 19:215 Ap '23 
" 'K. U. R.' is certainly a better bit of dram- 
atic construction than 'The World We Live In.' 
It has more dramatic content; it is more pro- 
vocative of thought; it is arresting satire. Mr. 
Capek does not reveal the genius of the true 
satirist- — the power of continually shocking and 
surprising the reader or the spectator, the 
genius of relentless revelation of human weak- 
ness and stupidity. The author of 'R. U. R.' 
gives his point away too soon. And so he is 
forced to p.atch out his evening, first with 
melodrama and finally with pathos." R. A. 
Parker 

f- Ind 109:321 N 25 '22 720w 

"An interesting drama, worth reading and 
worth seeing." Charlotte Dean 

+ N Y Tribune p26 Mr 4 '23 450w 
N Y World p6e F 11 '23 660w 
Springf'd Republican p7a My 20 '23 
180w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:82 Mr '23 



CARB, DAVID, and EATON, WALTER PRICH- 
= ARD. Queen Victoria; a play in seven epi- 
sodes. 213p $2 Dutton 

812 Victoria, queen of England — Drama 
"Although no acknowledgment is made on the 
programme to Lytton Strachey, the play is 
practically a good dramatization in seven scenes 
of his well-known biography of England's fa- 
mous Queen. The dramatists have selected and 
arranged their episodes so that, in spite of 
lapses of time, they rise in easy, natural pro- 
gression from the first moment when Victoria, 
a sleepy but excited girl in a blue peignoir, 
learns that she is Queen, to the last tableau, 
when, feeble and leaning on the arm of her 
son Edward, she ascends the throne, and, 
standing there in the majesty of her royal 
robes and her own stiff dignity, she says to 
the statesmen assembled for her Jubilee: 'I 
have tried to be a good queen.' " — Outlook 



"The early scenes of the historical drama 
possess qualities of delineation and discernment 
which render them genuinely dramatic. Later, 
when the dramatic texture is stretched to take 
in empire-building, they have not been able 
to avoid occasional passages of stilted and 
somewhat undramatic style." L. B. 

-I Freeman 8:455 Ja 16 '23 160w 

Outlook 135:666 D 19 '23 900w 

CARLYLE, ANTHONY. Children of chance. 

295p $2 Houghton 

23-6497 

"Binny Clay, a struggling chorus girl in Lon- 
don, has been amazed at her seemingly mira- 
culous resemblance to Lola Arnaut, a musical 
comedy star of the moment. Her wonder ceases 
when the deathbed story of an old companion 
reveals the fact that she and Lola are children 
of the same mother. On an eventful night 
Binny witnesses by chance the murder of her 
half-sister in a hansom cab. Obeying a mad 
impulse, she changes clothes and identities with 
Lola, succeeds tremendously in a new musical 
piece, and walks unknowingly the trail that 
leads to a great love and an unsuspected 
father."— N Y World 



most interesting details, and is never tedious. 
Perhaps that is all that one should ask of a 
light romance." 

H Int Bk R p76 O '23 180w 

"Mildly interesting, but well suited to sum- 
mer consumption." 

— -I- Lit R p631 Ap 21 '23 70w 
"The devices in this book are often violent. 
There is a deal of melodrama and it will be 
difficult for the thinking reader to swallow 
some of the episodes without a dubious feeling 
as to their reasonability. In other words the 
probabilities are mightily strained and there 
is not enough acute characterization to carry 
the impossible theme." 

— NY Times pl6 Mr 18 '23 470w 
"While certain familiar circumstances are at 
the base of Mr. Carlyle's plot, the story he 
develops is in many ways original and in all 
ways diverting. His book will fill surely a place 
on the lists of any follower of reading purely 
for the reading's sake." B. W. Osborn 

H NY World pSeMr 18 '23 220w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p325 My 
10 '23 SOW 

CARLYLE, THOMAS. Letters to John Stuart 
Mill, John Sterling and Robert Browning; ed. 
by Alexander Carlyle. 312p il $6 Stokes [25s 
Unwin] 

B or 92 Mill, John Stuart. Sterling, John. 

Browning, Robert 
Carlyle was for many years on terms of 
closest friendship with John Stuart Mill, John 
Sterling and Robert Browning. The letters to 
Mill, nearly eighty in number fill more than 
half the volume. The letters to John Sterling, 
whom Carlyle met thru Mill and whose biogra- 
phy he afterward wrote, are thirty-three in 
number. The letters to Browning are not 
many, for the poet lived within easy reach of 
Cheyne Row and there was not the necessity 
of letters between the two friends. Portraits 
of Carlyle and his three correspondents are 
included. 



"In the greater part of this one-sided cor- 
respondence we are admitted not only into the 
innermost chambers of Carlyle's thoughts, but 
into the workshop of his creative genius. . . 
This remarkable correspondence, when read 
carefully, as it deserves to be, if read at all, 
throws more light upon Carlyle's chief charac- 
teristics than is to be found in most other 
places." Augustine Birrell 

-I- New Statesman 22:181 N 17 '23 ]900w 

"This is a rich volume." 

-f The Times [London] Lit Sup p724 N 1 
'23 1550W 



CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. Alaska, our 

northern wonderland. 319p il $4 Doubleday 
917.98 Alaska — Description and travel 

23-26131 
"In the third volume of his travel series the 
author gives his readers a thoroughgoing ac- 
count of his trip to our last great Territory. 
He visited all of the towns of any size and 
the main points of interest." — N Y World 



"Nowhere is the story distinguished. But 
it is ingenious, so ingenious that we wish we 
were unsophisticated enough to make it seem 
plausible." 

h Boston Transcript p4 Ap 11 '23 320w 

" 'Children of Chance' whips along at an 
alarming pace, with emphasis on only the 



Booklist 19:219 Ap '23 
Boston Transcript p4 Ap 7 '23 350w 
Cleveland p48 Je '23 
Reviewed bv I: Anderson 

int Bk R p39 Je '23 220w 
"With enthusiasm, if not with eloquence, Mr. 
Carpenter sings the praises of our northern 
possession, which he thinks we fail to appre- 
ciate. Encyclopaedic in its ability to inform, 
his work also reflects some of the romantic fire 
that London and Service and many other writers 
have evoked from that frontier of adventure." 
+ Lit R p670 My 5 '23 220w 
"Mr. Carpenter's narrative, of course, does 
little more than skim the surface of his subject. 
But it is evident that he has been at great 
pains to make his record faithful and his 



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facts accurate. And it is only merest justice 
to say that his narrative is very fascinating." 
+ N Y Times p8 F 18 '23 1250w 
N Y World p8e F 18 '23 150w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:260 My "23 
"One might quote marvelous tales from every 
chapter, some of them not altogether provoca- 
tive to would-be tourists, but for the most part 
stimulating the wanderlust in the reader to 
add Alaska to his itinerary as soon as oppor- 
tunity beckons." 

-|- Springf'd Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 
450w 

CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. Cairo to Ki- 

sumu. (Carpenter's world travels) 313p il $4 

Doubleday 

916.2 Egypt — Description and travel. Sudan, 

Egyptian 23-26432 

This book on Egypt takes in, together with 

upper Egypt and the thoroughly modernized 

cities of Alexandria and Cairo, Nubia, the 

Sudan and Kenya Colony. It is corfipiled from 

notes made by the author during several trips 

and under all sorts of conditions and describes 

what he saw on a background of the past, from 

the city with all modern improvements to Ka- 

vironda where men and women still go naked. 

Bibliography. Index. 



Booklist 19:313 Jl "23 
"By means of his vivid descriptions and the 
many excellent photographic illustrations with 
which his book is embellished, he gives a very 
clear idea of the countries, their people and 
their natural resources." 

+ Int Bk R p34 O '23 450w 
"The text is written in an easy conversational 
style and the illustrations, nearly a hundred in 
each volume, are very clear." E. M. L. 
4- N Y Tribune pl8 My 20 '23 90w 
"Mr. Carpenter's observations are always in- 
teresting and informing." 

+ N Y World pile Ap 15 '23 160w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:306 Je '23 
Wis Lib Bui 19:413 Jl '23 

CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. France to 

- Scandinavia. 273p il $4 Doubleday 

914 Belgium — Description and travel. France 
—Description and travel. Netherlands — De- 
scription and travel. Norway — Description 
and travel. Sweden — Description and travel 

23-17546 
Mr Carpenter's world travels take him in this 

book to France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, 

Norway and Sweden. 



Booklist 20:134 Ja '24 
"The view of France is recent and covers 
the recuperation that has been going on since 
the close of the war. City and country alike 
are considered, the chapters on Paris being full 
of everyday detail rather than rhapsody, and 
the same will apply to the author's studies of 
the farm. The good qualities of the French 
I>eople shine in his pages." 

-f N Y World p8e N 18 '23 240w 

CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. From Tangier 
to Tripoli. (Carpenter's world travels) 277p 
il $3 Doubleday 

916.1 Africa, North — Description and travel. 
Sahara desert 23-2190 

The book is the second volume of Carpenter's 
world travels. It describes trips thru Morocco, 
Algeria, Tunisia, Tripoli and the Saliara, in 
the form of open-air talks from notes taken 
on the spot, "on the streets of city or village, 
while riding camel-back over the desert, or 
passing thru the mountains and valleys on 
foot or in automobiles." Bibliography, index. 

Booklist 19:213 Jl '23 
"Frank G. Carpenter, the well-known and 
much read globe-trotter, has admirably de- 
scribed these 'wonder lands.' " 

-I- Cath World 117:278 My '23 500w 



"The volume is rather less interesting than 
the one on Alaska, chiefly because the journey 
on which it is based was not taken recently, 
and the picture it gives of conditions and of 
people is somewhat out of date. Its inter- 
views are with people who were of consequence 
in the news of the day fifteen years ago, but 
are now forgotten. But, while this is a serious 
drawback, the picture of the unchanging back- 
ground of scene and of native life and of his- 
torical interests is there, portrayed in graphic 
colors and with a singular sense of movement, 
of spirit and of life." 

H NY Times p8 F 18 '23 720w 

"Mr. Carpenter is a veteran globe trotter 
and has the advantage of the average mem- 
ber of the tribe in having official credentials 
that open for him many doors. Another ad- 
vantage is his habit of taking copious notes 
as he goes along and writing out his story 
while it is fresh in mind. If it lacks a trifle 
of literary polish as compared with some travel 
lectures ^\Tought out in the quiet of one's home 
it gains in vividness by being struck off at 
white heat." 

+ — Springf'd Republican p7a Ja 28 '23 360w 

CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. Java and 
the East Indies. (Carpenter's world travels) 
295p il $4 Doubleday 

919.1 Java — Description and travel. Malay 
peninsula — Description and travel. Dutch 
East Indies — Description and travel 23-13278 
"Another of the Carpenter travelogues con- 
taining picturesque descriptions and entertain- 
ing incidents of travel in Java, Sumatra, 
Celebes, the Moluccas. New Guinea, Borneo and 
the Malay peninsula." — Booklist. 



Booklist 20:52 N '23 

"Mr. Carpenter is a shrewd and careful ob- 
server and a most interesting writer. He has 
shown us in this volume many unusual people, 
many strange customs, much beautiful scenery 
and much quaint and remarkable architecture. 
His illustrations, mostly from photographs made 
by himself, are admirable. He has long been 
in the habit of writing exemplary books of their 
kind and this volume is fully up to his stand- 
ard." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 17 '23 250w 

"This book, like all the other books in the 
series, is a book of realism. It was written on 
the spot. As an example of how Mr. Carpenter 
works on these volumes I need only to quote 
what he says of his note taking when visiting 
the volcano of Tengger. '. . . they were writ- 
ten right on the ground, part of them wnth a 
handkerchief over my mouth to keep out the 
brimstone fumes which were coming up from the 
hell pit below.' " Roy Chanslor 

N Y Tribune p7 S 23 '23 400w 

"Less familiar than the countries hitherto 
portrayed, the scene of Mr Carpenter's latest 
pilgrimage is full of interest." 

+ N Y World p8 O 14 '23 150w 

Springf'd Republican plO D 4 '23 450w 

CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE. Tail of the 
hemisphere: Chile and Argentina. (Carpenter's 
world travels) 298p il $4 Doubleday 

918.3 Chile — Description and travel. Argen- 
tina — Description and travel 23-8000 
The book is based on two journeys made 
around the South American continent, by boat, 
by rail and by automobile. It describes the 
ports and cities, the farming regions, the 
deserts and the mountains; also the fauna and 
flora of the two countries, their population, in- 
dustries and governments. Bibliography. Index. 



Booklist 19:314 Jl '23 
"Interesting and informative." I: Anderson 

-I- Int Bk R p39 Je '23 120w 

"It is not a travel narrative to be read at a 

sitting, but a book for the library shelves, well 

illustrated, indexed, and containing good brief 

bibliographies fpr those who wish to seek further 



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CARPENTER, FRANK GEORGE — Continued 
information about the two southernmost coun- 
tries of the Americas." 

Lit R p918 Ag 18 '23 160w 
"Will delight the stay-at-homes who love to 
let their imagination roam." E. M. L. 
-f N Y Tribune plS My 20 '23 90w 
"He gives a well told account of travel under 
agreeable circumstances." 

+ N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 120w 
"Facts about Chile and Argentina are re- 
corded in this book in a thorough and pains- 
taking way that leaves little to be desired in 
the way of information. The book is the work 
of an experienced traveler and newspaper cor- 
respondent, and shows its author's training as 
a practical information-gatherer on fevery page." 
+ Outlook 133:854 My 9 '23 60w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:306 Je '23 
Sprlngf d Republican plO Ag 1 '23 420w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

CARPENTER, GEORGE HERBERT. Insect 
transformation. 282p il $5 Dodd [12s 6d Meth- 
uen] 

595.7 Insects— Development [Agr22-5] 

The subject of the book is the transformations 
which insects undergo during their growth from 
the newly hatched young to the adult form,— 
the caterpillar into the butterfly, the maggot 
into the bottle fly, etc. In order to present these 
changes the more clearly the author gives an 
account of the anatomy of insects and an out- 
line of their classification. He studies the two 
methods of developing into winged creatures, 
the open and the hidden type of wing growth. 
He also studies insect transformation from the 
point of view of environment and the light 
thrown by some of the problems of metamor- 
phosis on the process of evolution in general. 



"Dr. Carpenter gives useful hints on the sub- 
ject of insect ravages. His book is a valuable 
addition to the literature of nature study." 
-f Boston Transcript p4 Ag 4 '23 400w 

"While every page of Mr. Carpenter's book 
is interesting, its concluding chapter on the 
problems of transformation may be the one 
turned to with greatest anticipation by the gen- 
eral reader." B. W. Kunkel 

+ Lit R p909 Ag 18 '23 950w 

CARROLL, MOLLIE RAY. I^abor and politics; 

the attitude of the American federation of 

labor toward legislation and politics. 206p 

$2 Houghton 

331.87 Labor and laboring classes — United 
States. American federation of labor 

23-258 

The book is one of the Hart, Schaffner and 
Marx prize essays in economics. In analysing 
the program of the American federation of 
labor with reference to its legislative and po- 
litical activity the author was necessarily lim- 
ited to ascertaining the Federation's official 
attitude. The inciuiry, which is both historical 
and critical, shows that the primary interests 
of the Federation lie in collective bargaining 
and that the political and legislative machinery 
is resorted to only where problems cannot be 
solved thru' direct economic measures. To give 
the reasons for this is one of the objects of 
the book and to suggest on what points a 
more constructive method may be desirable to 
the negative policies so far employed. Selected 
bibliography, index. 



Reviewed by D. A. McCabe 

Am Econ R 13:702 D '23 400w 

"Labor and Politics is a well-planned, con- 
cise and sympathetic survey. It is a helpful 
handbook for the special student as well as an 
easily read and illuminating aid to the gen- 
eral reader, in reaching an understanding of 
important forces that have a bearing upon so- 
cial progress." 

+ Ann Am Acad 109:315 S '23 lOOOw 

Booklist 19:238 My '23 



"The subject is treated on broad lines with 
a happy choice of material. As its text is 
not over-burdened with details it makes a very 
readable book." M. E. P. 

-|- Boston Transcript p6 F 3 '23 1550w 
Cleveland p44 Je '23 
"The book is objective, informed, fair, se- 
verely and even dryly scientific, yet sympathetic 
and intelligently critical. Small wonder, perhaps, 
that it has already called down upon itself vit- 
riolic condemnation in the columns of the 
American Federationist as another bit of med- 
dling outside interference." H: R. Mussey 
-f Nation 117:167 Ag 15 '23 1400w 
"Miss Carroll has packed a good deal of in- 
formation in her book gleaned from the offlcal 
organs of the American Federation of Labor." 
R. C. Feld 

-f- N Y Times p8 F 4 '23 330w 
R of Rs 67:448 Ap '23 80w 

CARTER, HOWARD, and MACE, ARTHUR C. 
* Tomb of •Tut-ankh-amen. 334p 11 $5 Doran 

[31s 6d Cassell] 
913.32 Egypt— Antiquities. Tut-ankh-amen 

Mr. Carter's popular narrative of the discov- 
ery of the tomb of Tut-ankh-amen, written in 
collaboration with A. C. Mace of the Metropol- 
itan museum of art. New York, is merely pre- 
liminary to the scientific record which cannot 
be made until the investigation of the tomb 
and its vast material has been completed. This 
book deals mostly with the actual finding of 
the tomb, the survey and clearing of the ante- 
chamber, the work in the laboratory and fin- 
ally, the opening of the sealed door. The book 
is prefaced by a biographical sketch of Lord 
Carnarvon, by his sister, and an appendix con- 
tains descriptions of the treasures found. There 
are 104 illustrations from photographs by Harry 
Burton, also of the Metropolitan museum of 
art. 



"Mr. Carter's is a calm, unimpassioned nar- 
rative, as exhaustive as it can be made at 
this stage of the proceedings, and admirably 
illustrated by Mr Burton's well-known photo- 
graphs." 

-f New Statesman 22:310 D 15 '23 420w 

"Mr. Howard Carter's preliminary volume Is 
more thrilling to read than the most exciting 
novel." 

-I- Spec 131:860 D 1 "23 1350w 

"It is a book which deserves high praise In 
every way; the photographs are admirable; and 
the story is so written that it leads the reader 
on from one discovery to another in a cres- 
cendo of excitement. A word, too, must be said 
for the delicate pathos of Lady Burghclere'3 
sketch of her brother's life; it is a fitting re- 
quiem for a devoted .nrchseologist." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p764 N 
15 '23 1300W 

CARTER, WINIFRED. Lass o' laughter. 309p 
$1.75 Scribner [3s 6d T. Butterworth] 

23-4809 
"The story as written from the play of the 
same name, by Miss Carter and Miss Marriott- 
Watson. It tells how 'Lass,' brought up in the 
•Glesca' slums — a veritable Cinderella— is as 
miraculously and as abruptly lifted out of her 
squalid environment, and as the heiress of the 
late Earl of Maxwell, laughs her way into the 
hearts of the dwellers in Maxwell Towers. Al- 
though of the outcome of final testing of the 
pure gold of the girl's character, one is never 
for an instant in doubt, one feels a bit relieved 
when it is over, and Lass rides away happily to 
her wedding with 'the Prince,' in the traditional 
'Pumpkin coach.' Only it is a limousine. They 
are made that way today."— Boston Transcript 



"The plot is not original, nor its weaving, 
nor its outcome. And at times the character- 
ization is overdrawn. And yet so wholesome is 
its atmosphere, and so altogether lovable is 
Lass that the reader follows the example of 
the true 'gentlefolk' of Maxwell Towers and 



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rejoices with the happiness which comes into 
the girl's transformed life." 

-i Boston Transcript p5 Mr 17 '23 260w 

Int Bl< R p49 Ag '23 280w 
Lit R p590 Ap 7 '23 22Uw 
"The book is Lass, and Lass is the book; 
every page offers fresh proof of her courage, 
her charm, her generosity, her utterly unblem- 
ished perfection. The fact is that she is not a 
girl at ail, but a prize package of all the 
known virtues, entirely too good to be true." 

-\ NY Times pl8 Mr 11 '23 250w 

"One expects exuberance in such a tale, as 
this. And gets it. But we, for one, are not 
going to pass Miss Carter's romance by because 
it happens to be both exuberant and of that 
old-fashioned brand which delighted the readers 
of the blessed fireside weekly." E. W. Osborn 
+ N Y World p7e Mr 11 '23 280w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p633 O 
5 '22 30w 

CASE, CLARENCE MARSH. Non-violent co- 
ercion; a study in methods of social pressure. 
423p 13 Century 
301 Nonresistance. Social psychology. Social 
problems 23-4034 

The author has chosen the expression "non- 
violeni coercion" rather than passive resistance, 
for those social attitudes know as non-resist- 
ance, passive resistance, pacifism, conscientious 
objection, the strike, boycott and non-coopera- 
tion, to indicate the necessity of collective 
pressure for the success and effectiveness of 
non-violent resistance. Tiie book is neither 
controversial nor partisan but applies the sci- 
entific, inductive method in a philosophical 
spirit to social phenomena that are command- 
ing increasing attention. After treating the 
subject historically from the earliest manifesta- 
tions of non-violence in the oriental world, by 
the followers of Confucius, Lao Tse and Buddha, 
to the teachings of Christ and such Christian 
seels as the Bohemian Brethren, the Mennon- 
ites, Quakers, Dunkers, etc., the author pro- 
ceeds to the modern forms of conscientious 
objection, pacifism, strikes, boycotts and non- 
cooperation as practiced by Gandhi and his 
followers in India. 



"Professor Case is inclined in places to preach, 
but that does not lessen the value of his con- 
tribution in collecting the evidence for the first 
time in a field which so often seems to be 
contrary to nature, for control by some ulterior 
motive either religious or practical is necessary 
when good is returned for evil." H. A. Miller 

H Am J Sec 29:235 S '23 520w 

Booklist 19:238 My '23 
Boston Transcript p5 F 17 '23 800w 
Cleveland p69 S '23 
"The student of social science is greatly in 
debt to Dr. Case for this book." G. O. M 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p6 Jl 15 
•23 1200W 
"What Professor Case has given us is a care- 
ful, scholarly, well-rounded study of what is 
commonly known as non-resistance, but what 
he chooses, for excellent reasons to term 'non- 
violent coercion.' He presents this subject in 
its historical, ethical, and social phases with 
impartiality, dignity, and an authority based on 
long-continued and thorough scientific research 
The result is a volume for which there has 
long been an empty space on our library 
shelves." J: H. Holmes 

4- Lit R pSll Jl 7 '23 700w 
"Professor Case is particularly successful In 
his careful definitions and in his explanation of 
the varying limits to which religious leaders 
have pushed their disbelief in violence. The 
least satisfactory chapter in the book is its 
record of Gandhi's movement." Norman Thomas 

H Nation 116:635 My 30 '23 660w 

"Dr. Case has done something not easy at 
all. He has written true exposition. His book 
IS informing." F. H. Giddings 

-f N Y Times pl6 Je 17 '23 1550w 
R of Rs 67:334 Mr '23 llOw 



«nH^^t^ y^ waited ong for so dispassionate 
and altogether satisfying an account of a social 
t?I%lu^^, power of which is only beginning to 
be felt the world around. Its appearance is a 
mark of progress in American thought and writ- 
ing, ihe doubter who reads it may not remain 
to pray he will not fail to gain some new con- 
cepts of the power of ideas in the world " 

+ Sprmgf'd Republican p6 Mr 12 '23 lOOOw 

Reviewed by Albert De Silver 

Survey 50:108 Ap 15 "23 650w 

"He has taken great pains to find out why 
various kinds of objectives act as they do, and 
lollows witia a historian's disinterestedness the 
elfects of their attitude upon themselves and 
upon society, his aim being to discover what 
r,? ;,y h'*;"^ methods really mean and amount 
nf ,to f etermine their power and the limitations 
of their power. His title is, of itself, a contri- 
bution to the subject." <-"Jitn 

'23"^lS)w''^''"^^ [London] Lit Sup p563 Ag 30 

Wis Lib Bui 19:79 Mr '23 

^^^^^' ^°^^.^\ J- Lost kingdom of Bur- 
gundy. 399p il $4 Century 

944.4 Burgundy 23-1381T 

The lost kingdom of Burgundy, established 
by Teutonic invaders in 406, is now partitioned 
among Switzerland, Germany, Belgium France 
and Italy, but the days of its glory live in his- 
tory and legend and romance. This book is a 
combination of these elements. It calls up the 
memories which gather about such names as 
Charles the Bold, Margaret of Austria, Tartarin 
of rarascon, Ren6 of Provence, and Aucassin and 
Nicolette, and such storied places as Chalon- 
sur-Sa5ne, capital of the first Burgundian kings 
Dijon, city of the dukes, and Aries with its 
Roman remains. 



Booklist 20:96 D '23 
"Very diligent has been Mr. Casey in collect- 
ing these curious, beautiful, sometimes shudder- 
ing, stories of aforetime places and people- 
and these descriptive passages in which the 
tales have their setting are equally attractive." 

Hi. J. C 

4- Boston Transcript p8 N 14 '23 lOOOw 
"Legends of Old Burgundy and the present- 
day aspects of the surviving cities of that lost 
kingdom are here pleasantly intermingled by 
the author in a flowing narrative that will lure 
many a reader to wish to repeat his leisurely 
wanderings. The photographic illustrations are 
exceptionally attractive and well printed " 
+ Outlook 135:281 O 17 '23 40w 

Springf'd Republican p6 D 3 '23 310w 

CASSERLY, GORDON. Algeria to-day. 262p il 

$4 Stokes [16s T. W. Laurie] 
916.5 Algeria — Description and travel 

[23-12191] 

The author of this account of Algeria and 
Its people is a warm admirer of French colon- 
izing methods in northern Africa and has much 
to say of the French regime. He describes 
the old and the new Algiers and sketches the 
history of north Africa. There are chapters on 
Blida and Boghari, on Kabylia and the Kabyles 
on saints and secret societies, on the Sahara' 
and on that mysterious race, the Touareg, who 
robbed and raided from the Algerian frontier to 
the Soudan and gave the French so much 
trouble in repressing them. 



Booklist 21:134 Ja '24 
Boston Transcript p4 O 20 '23 1050w 
"This is a comprehensive but rather undis- 
tinguished account of Algeria and its people 
Lt.-Col. Casserly has obviously a genuine in- 
terest in the country, but he records his im- 
pressions and opinions in the painfully orthodox 
phraseology of a lantern lecturer." 

H New Statesman 21:248 Je 2 '23 160w 

"Colonel Casserly's account of modern Algeria 
is a conscientious and informative piece of writ- 
ing rather of the order of the guide-book than 



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CASSERLY, GORDON — Continued 
of a personal narrative. It includes a good ac- 
count of the work done by France in organizing 
and civilizing the country." 

+ Sat R 138:808 Je IG '23 60w 
"It is remarkable how much varied informa- 
tion he has presented in a small volume in en- 
tertaining form." , . . „ o.^ i,T 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p346 My 
24 '23 1200W 

CASSERLY, GORDON. Red marshal. 314p $2 
Clode 

23-2975 

In times past a gallant, red-haired Irishman 
had come to Carlonia, a small east-European 
state that had lost its independence to Austria, 
and became its leader and liberator. He came 
down to fame as the Red marshal— his real 
name was Brian O'Rourke — married the grand 
duke's daughter and in due time was canonized. 
This is the legendary background of the prin- 
cess Helene whom another Brian O'Rourke, 
comte de Brefni, meets at the court of T^ouis 
XVI in Versailles. He arrouses the jealousy of 
Comte d'Artois, the king's younger brother and 
becomes the object of his persecutions. Gay 
court festivals, intrigues, duels, miraculous es- 
capes, romance, all enter into the plot of the 
storv. The legendary O'Rourke turns out to 
have been a distant relative of our hero and 
to resemble him. At the end of the eventful 
narrative there is another revolution in Car- 
lonia, the Red marshall has come to life again, 
again he frees the duchy from Austria, and 
again he marries the duke's daughter. 



"A good story, and well told." 

4- Boston Transcript p4 My 23 '23 700w 
"An unusually good semi-historical back- 
ground, and a smooth, simple style make this 
considerably better than the swashbuckling ad- 
ventuie novel of the near-Anthony Hope type 
is apt to be." 

-f Lit R p633 Ap 21 '23 ISOw 

GATHER, WILLA SIBERT. April twilights, 
and other poems. 66p $2.50 Knopf 

811 23-8338 

Miss Gather's first published work was a vol- 
ume of verse entitled "April twilight.s," which 
has been out of print for some years. This new 
volume brings together Miss Cather's selections 
from the original volume, as well as all her 
later verse which has appeared from time to 
time in periodicals and a number of poems 
which have never before been published. 

"Chiefly interesting for its communication 
of delicate feeling." D: Morton 
+ Bookm 58:76 S '23 250w 

"Nowhere does Miss Gather sacrifice to mod- 
ern cheapness of thought or disdain of the laws 
thru the fulfiling of which only can beautiful 
things be created. Every line in this slender 
volume bears the mark of the craftsman who 
will be satisfied with nothing less than perfec- 
tion and of the artist whose gift is very great. 
4- Boston Transcript p4 Je 20 '23 220w 
Dial 75:400 O '23 90w 

"The main bulk of her book is simply pretty 
sentiment; very neat, very light, very slight 
and occasional poetry. Miss Gather s book con- 
tains as far as I am able to judge, but one good 
noem This is 'Macon Prairie,' a work whose 
almost infantile simplicity of technique is re- 
deemed by an absolute fidelity to visioni. 
T- G Fletcher 
'^^ + _ Freeman 7:452 Jl 18 '23 120w 

Reviewed by W: R. Benet 

Lit R p860 Jl 28 '23 700w 

"The abundant poetry is .not here. It seems 
perfectly obvious that Miss Gather was wise 
in abandoning verse for fiction. . . Miss Gather 
nould hardlv write a book that was not di.s- 
Unguished, and 'April Twilights' is distingui.shed 
bv feeling and observation." Mark Van Doren 
^_ + Nation 116:753 Je 27 '23 190w 

Reviewed bv P. A. Hutchi.son 

NY Times p7 My 13 '23 650w 



N Y World pl9e Je 24 '23 40w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:410 Jl '23 

GATHER, WILLA SIBERT. Lost lady. 174p 
$1.75 Knopf 

23-13012 

"Thirty or forty years ago, in one of those 
grey towns along the Burlington railroad, 
which are so much greyer today than they 
were then, there wa"s a house well known for 
its hospitality and for a certain charm of at- 
mosphere." This house, the home of Captain 
Forrester, railroad builder, and his wife Mari- 
an is the scene of Miss Gather's perfectly 
wrought story. Captain Forrester was a bluff, 
but chivalrous gentleman who in his strength 
and dignity looked like the pictures of Grover 
Cleveland, and as for Marian Forrester, there 
was never any one like her in her best days. She 
is pictured thru the eyes of a young man to 
whom she was all charm and romance and 
who, when he lost his ideal of her, lost the most 
beautiful thing that life had thus far held for 
him. She passed out of his life entirely but 
years afterward, when one of the Sweet Water 
boys brought him a message from his lost lady, 
she returned to him a "bright impersonal memo- 
ry." 



"A Lost Lady is Miss Cather's version of the 
loveliness whose appointed task it is to include 
virtue as the whole includes the parts, and 
whose failure to be born with the strength for 
this high destiny is the supreme tragedy." Wil- 
son Follett 

+ Atlantic Bookshelf N '23 500w 

Booklist 20:55 N '23 
"As brilliant as a summer dawn, as clear, as 
beautiful." 

+ Bookm 58:200 O '23 300w 
"Well written in a somewhat highly colored 
style, with occasional exaggerative infelicities." 
F F E 
' 4-"_ Boston Transcript p4 S 22 '23 600w 
"Miss Gather does not preach. Perhaps that 
is why in the end the reader pauses over the 
'lost lady' of her story with pity, with the 
sorrowful sense of something beautiful drawing 
strength and vitality from rotten soil." How- 
3. r d W^ G G k s 

+ Detroit News pl2 O 14 '23 800w 
"It is neither 'novelette' nor full-length 
novel. It is a complete and significant action 
distilled so that the whole of its sparkling 
potency may brim without over-flowing the 
small crystal vessel of its form." H. W. Boyn- 
ton 

-f Ind 111:198 O 27 '23 2050w 
"Books with substance to them or endowed 
with haunting beauty set you thinking of other 
attempts to grasp the elusive mysteries of liv- 
ing, those dooms and perplexities and sur- 
prises which sink deeper and deeper into the 
consciousness as one grows older. 'A Lost 
Lady,' for all its simplicity, has this power. 
Its story means more on each recall. It is to 
the eye and perhaps to the first impression 
the slenderest of Miss Gather's novels; it is 
also, I think, the most perfect." H: S. Canby 
-f Lit R p59 S 22 "23 800w 
"She has constantly struggled to achieve that 
synthesis of qualities which alone can make 
a novel really fine, and in 'A Lost Lady,' short 
and slight as it is, she has achieved it. There 
would be no excuse for calling it a great novel 

it is not that; but there would be equally 

little excuse for not recognizing the fact that 
it is that very rare thing in contemporary 
literature, a nearly perfect one." J. \V^ Krutch 
+ Nation 117:610 N 28 '23 920w 
"Brief but charming little opus. It is hardly 
a novel and yet it is too full and good for a 
short story. It is simply a little work of art." 
+ N Y Times p4 S 30 '23 lOOOw 
"Miss Gather has written her story of the 
modern Gytherean, and she has written it 
more beautifully than any one before her." 
Burton Rascoe 

4- N Y Tribune pl7 O 28 '23 llOOw 



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"Willa Gather is back from the war safe and 
sound. She has never done a better novel than 
'A Lost Lady,' nor is she likely to. But then 
neither is any other wTiter of our day. This 
seems to us truly a great book. . . There is 
ample opportunity in this story of a passionate 
woman for her friend, the author, to moralize 
and deplore. Such temptations are rigorously 
resisted. At no point are we asked to applaud 
or denounce. The reader is reduced to his 
proper function of being allowed to watch and 
observe and keep his mouth shut. . . To know 
Capt. Forrester and Marian Forrester i^ to 
have an understanding of an age and a class 
in America." Heywood Broun 

+ N Y World p9 S 28 '23 1600w 

"Only as we close the pages of 'A Lost Lady' 
do we become aware how faithfully and unfor- 
gettably the very self of its fair and frail 
heroine has been stamped upon our mind. As 
she fills the book before us she is further 
created proof of the rarity and completeness of 
her author's great gift in writing." E. W. 
Osborn 

+ N Y World plOe O 7 '23 550w 

CATT, MRS CARRIE CHAPMAN, and SHU- 
LER, NETTIE ROGERS. Woman suffrage 
and politics; the inner story of the suffrage 
movement. 504p $3 Scribner 

324.3 Woman suffrage 23-7305 

The inner story of the woman suffrage strug- 
gle in America from the first woman's rights 
convention in 1848 to the passage of the federal 
suffrage amendment in 1920 is told from tne 
experience of the author's thirty years' con- 
nection with the movement. The book is 
specially concerned with the bearing of Ameri- 
can politics upon the question of woman suf- 
frage, with the combines and interests that 
systematically fought suffrage and caused the 
long delay which made America the twenty- 
seventh country to give the vote to women when 
she ought by rights to have been the first. The 
length of the struggle is shown to have been 
due not to antagonistic or uneducated public 
sentiment but to the "trading and trickery, 
the buying and selling of American politics." 



Reviewed by K. 
Yale R n 



B. Davis 
s 13:392 Ja 



'24 630w 



Am Pol Sci R 17:509 Ag '23 220w 

Booklist 19:299 Jl '23 
"The book abounds in thrills that ought to 
satisfy the most insatiate motion picture flend. . 
It wili give hope to the oppressed of every land." 

Boston Transcript p2 Je 3 '23 90w 

Cleveland p72 S '23 
"The chapters are by no means uninstructive. 
With a general conclusion of the book, however, 
one may take issue." M. L. F. 

1- Ind 110:319 My 12 '23 550w 

"I only know that as a piece of historical 
writing — with the defects I have hinted at and 
some others I might mention — this is a mighty 
good book, and one which in the future can 
not easily be separated from the historical de- 
velopment of our country. It has quality, tem- 
perament, a certain kind of feminine philosoph- 
ical charm, and a courage in the writing which 
is highly to be commended." T: L. Masson 

H Int Bk R pl25 Ja '24 1550w 

"The partisanship of this book, like that of 
Mrs. Irwin's calls for still another history." 
C: W. Thompson 

— NY Times p3 My 13 '23 2350w 
Reviewed by Emma Bugbee 

N Y Tribune pl7 Je 17 '23 llOOw 
"Admitting that the job of getting out such 
a volume of testimony as this in hand has been 
well and thoroughly done, we confess at the 
same instant to an inability to see the essen- 
tial reason for doing it. . . We fear that the 
impression will grow upon the still unrecon- 
structed opponents of the cause for which our 
authors fought so efficiently that the victors in 
the late national fray have turned from their 
processional triumph to make faces at their 
vanquished foes." E. W. O. 

H NY World p8e Ap 22 '23 450w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:157 Je '23 



CAVE, ESTELLA (PENFOLD) viscountess. 

Memories of old Richmond; with some side- 
lights on English history. 326p il ?5 Appleton 
[16s Murray] 
942 Great Britain — History. Richmond 
palace 23-9878 

For four centuries, from the time of Edward I 
to the reign of James II, Richmond palace 
was one of the favorite residences of the kings 
and queens of England and their courts. It 
was at its zenith in the days of Elizabeth, but 
its history is interwoven with the lives of all 
its royal residents, so that the book is more 
than anything else the personal history of the 
monarchs, their wives and favorites. The de- 
scription of the buildings is reserved for the 
last pages. The illustrations include sketches 
and a plan by George A. Brandram. Bibliog- 
raphy. Index. 



Booklist 20:50 N '23 
Lit R p395 D 22 '23 240w 
New Statesman 20:88 O 21 '22 250w 
"Lady Cave has been fortunately inspired to 
make a delightful book. The great charm of 
the volume now before us is its unfailing llveli- 

' + Sat R 134:552 O 14 '22 400w 

"The reader is apologetically warned by the 
author not to take her history too seriously. 
Such a book needs no such apology. It is 
enough that it is charming and picturesque and 
full of contemporary quotation." 

+ Spec 129:503 O 14 '22 350w 

CHAMBERLAIN, GEORGE AGNEW. African 

hunting among the Thongas. 286p il $5 
Harper 

799 Hunting— Africa. Thonga tribe 23-8951 
Narrative of a big-game hunting trip in Por- 
tuguese East Africa, or Mozambique, duringr 
which wildebeest, waterbuck, antelope, inyala. 
kudu, eland, lion and elephant were taken. All 
the preparations for the trip are described and 
the appendix gives details of outfitting. Illus- 
trated with photographa 



Booklist 20:46 N '23 
"There is in the style of the narrative a flu- 
ency not often found in books of its class, which 
lends to it a wonderful charm." E. J. C. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Je 9 '23 lOOOw 
"The book is full of the particular brand of 
facetiousness which renders the conversation of 
amateur sportsmen so insupportable to sensi- 
tive and intelligent people." Llewelyn Powys 
— Lit R p734 Je 2 '23 580w 
"Chamberlain is much more than a lusty 
sportsman and an easy, entertaining narrator of 
jungle yarns — he is a most excellent gossip. 
There is no obvious effort to convince or thrill 
the reader; the story is as informal as the latest 
divorce proceedings overheard in the locker 
room of your favorite golf club." Horace 
Gregory 

-f- N Y Tribune p20 Ag 19 '23 600w 

CHAMBERLAIN, GEORGE AGNEW. Lip 

Malvy's wife. 307p $2 Harper 

23-131Q0 

"The gentleman who gives occasion for the 
title of this book had been mislaid in a very 
dark corner of Africa, 'the Forest of Bull Ele- 
phants Too Big for a Bullet,' so Mrs. Malvy felt 
it necessary to go hunting him. She carries along 
the real hero, one Bruce Liscomb. They find 
sufficiently gruesome facts of the late lamented 
Malvy's deparature and are thus free to do 
adventuring on their own account, emerging 
safely to live happily ever after." — Lit R 



"The description of the journey into the 
jungle is vivid and interesting. On the whole 
Mr. Chamberlain has been exceeding lavish of 



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CHAMBERLAIN, G: A.— Continued 
plot and by no means niggardly in his embel- 
lishment of it."' 

-1 Boston Transcript p4 N 10 '23 280w 

"There are some hectic scenes, some fairly 
good melodrama, but the book hardly rises 
above screen level." 

f- Lit R p216 N 3 '23 llOw 

N Y Times p22 D 23 '23 280w 
"This story has been told many times and, 
on the average, more skillfully, more impres- 
sively, than by Mr. Chamberlain." J. N. Rob- 
inson 

— NY Tribune p22 N 11 '23 600w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Ja 13 '24 220w 

CHAMBERLIN, FREDERICK CARLETON. 

2 Sayings of Queen Elizabeth. 324p $4 Dodd 

[16s Lane] 
B or 92 Elizabeth, queen of England 

In his exhaustive study of the character and 
career of the great queen, which has already 
borne fruit in liis "Private character of Queen 
Elizabeth," the author became so impressed 
with the pungency and force of her words and 
their value as a revelation of herself that he 
began to catolog them. His collection of quota- 
tions from her letters and speeches has grown 
for more than ten years till it fills this book, 
in which the sayings are grouped under about 
twenty-five headings. In each case the cir- 
cumstance of the sa.ying is explained and, 
wherever possible, the person to whom the 
words were addressed is named. The book has 
a long and controversial introduction calling 
the historian Froude to task for his misrepre- 
sentation of the queen and the unreliability of 
his quotations from contemporary documents. 



people. The correct accompaniments and gar- 
nishes for each soup are given and there Is 
a chapter on the preparation of these acces- 
sories. 



"Excellent reading. Mr. Chamberlin's dili- 
gence and careful and thorough study are serv- 
ing to open up a line of historical thought and 
study of the widest interest. The volumes 
to follow will be awaited with eager interest." 
E. J. Carpenter 

4- Boston Transcript p4 Ja 12 '24 800w 

"This text is interesting. Froude invented, 
doctored and suppressed any evidence which 
he chose to make more conformable to his pre- 
judices. Though, as Mr. Chamberlin modestly 
admits, the wrong which Froude did the Queen's 
memory will have to be set right by some one 
with a style as glib as Froude's combined with 
a sense of truth and scholarship as nice as 
Mr. Chamberlin's own, he has at least cleared 
away most of the debris and left the way open 
to future historians. I am not sure, indeed, 
that he has not performed the task already, 
for in letting the Queen herself speak he has 
set against Froude, and all of similar mind, a 
voice, a prose style even, which is to their ut- 
terances as a full orchestra to a harmonica." 
Robert Hillyer 

+ Freeman 8:450 Ja 16 '24 3000w 

New Statesman 22:supl6 D 8 '23 40w 
Sat R 136:660 D 15 '23 220w 

"He has industriously assembled a large col- 
lection of Elizabeth's comments and remarks 
and has grouped them with some ingenuity. 
One criticism may be made of his editing. He 
has too rarely given his authorities or assigned 
precise dates to his quotations, though he In- 
dicates the periods of the Queen's life to 
which they belong and the episodes to which 
most of them refer." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p847 D 

6 '23 lOOOw 

CHAMBERS, MRS MARY DAVOREN 

' (MOLONY). Book of unusual soups. 162p 

$1.50 Little 

641 Soup 23-13555 

After a description of the standard varieties 
of soups and their bases, the book gives re- 
cipes for many different kinds and combina- 
tions in which unusual ingredients are intro- 
duced. Fruit soups are included and "soups- 
plus" as the author terms them— that is, hearty 
dishes which suffice for the dinner of some 



"This is a truly valuable and practical sup- 
plement to the regular cook book." L. H. G. 
+ Boston Transcript p8 N 21 '23 400w 
J Home Econ 15:722 D '23 20w 
N Y World p9e N 18 '23 50w 

CHAMBERS, ROBERT WILLIAM. Eris. 323p $2 

Ddran 

23-13125 

"Eris Odell is born in 1900 in, place of the boy 
who has been expected for twenty years by her 
hard-fisted father, Elmer Odell of Whitewaters 
Farm. Her dying mother gives her tlie name of 
the Greek Goddess of Discord. But it is only the 
old family doctor who, in the house of birth and 
death, appreciates the ironic jest. Mr. Chambers 
understands all about it, of course, and in his 
book the disturbing influence of Eris runs 
through many chapters of aspiration, jealousy, 
love and doubt, with a timely case of mutual 
murder marking the climax of the tale. Eris 
runs away from the farm to the great city. 
At one period in her career she sleeps on the 
grass in Central Park. Later on she is the per- 
fect queen of the movies. At all stages she is 
the unmistakable creation of Mr. Chambers." — 
N Y "World 



"Now we know that to be obsolete is to admit 
floundering in a depth of virtue more degrading 
than the mid-"Victorian, but we do not care and 
we are profoundly grateful to Mr. Chambers for 
this fine and finished story." L. H. Guyol 

-f- Boston Transcript p5 Jl 28 '23 1300w 
Int Bk R p65 O '23 250w 
Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 
Lit R pll S 1 '23 300w 
Nation 117:444 O 17 '23 130w 
— New Repub 35:362 Ag 22 '23 1600w 
"In a sense, 'Eris' is merely another story in 
the long list of Chambers tales that spring up 
as if over-night, like cottages in a Long Island 
suburb, all bearing evidence of the hand of one 
contractor. Yet the charge of self-repetition 
can never in entire truth be made of Mr. 
Chambers. His journalistic quality saves him 
from that." 

h N Y Times pl4 Jl 22 '23 450w 

N Y Tribune p23 Jl 29 '23 500w 
Reviewed by E. "W. Osborn 

N Y World p9e Jl 22 '23 330w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p853 D 6 
•23 180w 

CHAMBERS, ROBERT WILLIAM. The talkers. 
201p $1.75 Doran 

23-5521 

Sadoul is a genius of sorts and among his 
specialties are hypnotism and psychic research. 
He falls in love with his secretary, Gilda Green - 
way, and, failing of response, acquires hypnotic 
power over her compelling her while under his 
influence to contract a civil marriage with him. 
Siie refuses to live with him and he trails her 
steps with jealous determination. The out- 
standing points of his persecution are: he 
kills her instantly by a stab into the nymphalic 
gland: while a gland specialist is getting ready 
to revive her by grafting a new healthy nym- 
phalic in its place Sadoul, with his psychic 
powers, endeavors to inject a new ego into 
her in place of her slowly departing soul. He 
succeeds, however, only in giving her two per- 
sonalities that alternately fight for control. 
Thus a gross, sensual Gilda, on occasions, dis- 
places the real spiritual one and renders the 
romance between her and young Sutton a 
stormy and distressing one. 



"From the flrst to the last line of his latest 
novel there is not a surplus word." L. H. G. 
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"Behind 291 pages of rasping satire, one 
glimpses a bitter and weary writer whose ideas, 
whose style, whose book-structure, are liniced 
chainlike to the fatal facility of his never- 
ending commercial productions. Finishing it, 
the reader has no more sensation of reality 
or gripping borrow of fantasy than the dreamer, 
awake, who has forgotten his dream." 
Int Bk R p53 Mr '23 250w 
Lit R p835 Jl 14 '23 300w 
N Y Times p24 F 18 '23 250w 
Reviewed by Ruth Snyder 

N Y World p6e F 25 '23 720w 
Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 1 '23 300w 

CHANCELLOR, EDWIN BERESFORD. Lon- 
don of Thackeray. 263p il $6 Doran [15s G. 
Richards] 

914.21 London — Description. Thackeray, 
"William Makepeace [23-14989] 

"This new book by the author of so many 
excellent books on London concerns itself en- 
tirely with the topography of Thackeray's 
novels, and does not describe the novelist's 
own haunts, which have already been dealt 
with elsewhere. Here we have the London of 
Thackeray's characters, and it necessarily fol- 
lows that what we really get is not just one 
London but several: from Esmond to The New- 
comes, that is, from the time of Queen Anne 
to that of Queen Victoria, there is an interval 
of nearly a century and a half, years enough 
to change the face of most cities almost beyond 
recognition. Mr. Chancellor's method is to 
take eaiCh novel and, setting aside the parts 
that fall outside the range of the metropolis — 
and they are really surprisingly few — to trace 
the topography as the story develops. Where 
it has been necessary he has indicated the 
course of the story, and in not a few places 
he has enriched his text with some particu- 
larly well-chosen extracts from Thackeray him- 
self. Mr. Chancellor spares no pains to try 
and find originals for all the more important 
thoroughfares and buildings that Thackeray 
mentions. ' ' — Spec 



"Well chosen illustrations add to the interest 
of the book, which, however, is a reference 
work rather than a volume for casual read- 
ing." 

Bookm 58:337 N '23 150w 
N Y Times p5 S 9 '23 2150w 
"Mr. Beresford Chancellor has done his work 
tastefully and with such genial scholarship as 
recalls Mr. G. S. Street's 'Ghost of Piccadilly.' 
than which there can be no higher compliment 
in this class of writing." 

-I- Sat R 136:138 Ag 4 '23 650w 
"Here, charmingly illustrated by a number of 
old prints, is the 'London known to the New- 
comes and Pendennis.' And the effect of it all 
upon at least one reader of this volume has been 
to make him want to sit down immediately and 
read Thackeray all over again." 

-f Spec 131:164 Ag 4 '23 380w 
4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p298 My 
3 '23 1050W 

CHAPMAN, MARIAN. Poor Pinney. 303p $2 

Boni & Liveright 

23-4983 

Here is one answer to the ever recurring- 
question in your mind regarding the people who 
travel back and forth in the same train with 
you, or who surge thru any station day in and 
day out. W^hat is back of these empty faces? 
Can life have significance as seen thru such 
dreary eyes? Does any home wait with wel- 
coming affection for such as these? "Yes," says 
poor Pinney. "I am not mere cartoon stuff. 
I am an integral part of a human group. 
Whether my family prospers or goes shabby is 
a vital issue. My gravity may register- empti- 
ness and my gayety be that of a clown, but 
life is after all a very absorbing business." 



in the story. Nor has it even that redeeming 
trait, dramatic interest. You cannot write a 
novel merely by watching your neighbors and 
recording their activities in a note book until 
you have written ninety thousand words!" D. 
F C 

— Boston Transcript p5 Ap 21 '23 350w 
Cleveland p26 Ap '23 

•' 'Poor Pinney' is a valuable document. The 
ending is unsatisfactory; it is too rosy. But 
nevertheless 'Poor Pinney' deserves a place on 
the shelves with 'Babbitt,' 'Alice Adams,' and 
'Miss Lulu Bett.' " Clark Kinnaird 

-I Detroit News pl2 Ap 8 '23 480w 

"This is a rather commonplace novel, deal- 
ing with i-ather commonplace people under 
rather commonplace surroundings. The booli 
has many amusing passages and offers a fair 
amount in the way of entertainment, but it has 
little distinction either of method or of theme." 
[- Lit R p539 Mr 17 '23 150w 

"Mr. Pinney is fairly real, fairly well pic- 
tured at times, and so are most of the prin- 
cipal characters in the hook; fairly well, but 
not well enough. For a novel of this type, prac- 
tically plotless, and treating of the least inter- 
esting variety of the commonplace, requires to 
be extremely good in order not to be a bore." 
_ J|_ N Y Times pl9 Mr 11 '23 400w 

" 'Poor Pinney' is a remarkable first novel. 
It has a quaint appeal of the kind one finds in 
Thackeray, brightly patterned as it is with 
humor of the subtlest sort. The vitality of its 
characters is unusual; its comedy is brilliantly 
acid and its epigrams are fascinating." B. S. 
Wagstaff 

-f- N Y Tribune pl8 Mr 18 '23 180w 

" 'Poor Pinney' is squalid fiction. But it is 
carried with clever continuity along its straight 
path of indigence." E. W. Osbom 

[- N Y World p6e Mr 11 '23 300w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 29 '23 150w 
Survey 50:supl98 My 1 '23 20w 

CHAPPELL, GEORGE SHEPARD (WALTER 
E. TRAPROCK, pseud.). Sarah of the Sahara. 
224p il $2.50 Putnam 

23-14252 

Captain Traprock's third venture is a bur- 
lesque on the desert school of fiction. At Cannes 
while idly cruising in the Kawa and resting 
after his "northern exposure" he first sees and 
loves and loses his desert mate. Lady Sarah 
Wimpole. Three days later their paths cross 
again at Monte Carlo. He loses her a second 
time but she had left a message bidding him to 
meet her in the desert. So as sheik of the 
Moplah Bedouins he seeks her over the sands 
of the Sahara and finds her. They have a lion 
hunt together and he rescues her from Azad 
the Terrible and his assassins. While he is 
absent from her for a few days exploring the 
tomb of the first of the pharaohs she is snatched 
back by her late over-lord and again lost to 
him. 



"The novel is tiresome, commonplace and 
badly written. There is not a particle of taste 



Bookm 58:481 D '23 150w 

"If you have cruised with Traprock through 
the South Seas aboard the Kawa, or suffered 
the agonies of his northern exposure you wrll 
want to share with him the thrills engendered 
by Sarah of the Sahara, and you will enjoy rt 
every word, for there is as much of keen satrre 
as of broad humor in these parodies of the 
super-adventurous school of fiction." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 10 '23 260w 

"Now in this new book of Dr. Traprock's, 
which I hasten to say is quite enjoyable, I am 
going to be frank enough also to say that the 
illustrations (over which the author has un- 
doubtedly labored) detract from the grand re- 
sult aimed at. They fall flat, and help to des- 
troy an illusion that we want to keep up almost 
parallel with what sense of humor we have to 
enjoy the burlesque. I say this because I have 
a sincere admiration for the author's gifts and 
•want him to improve instead of falling away 
from the high standard that he set in his first 
book, 'The Cruise of the Kawa.' " T. L. M. 
-^ Int Bk R p56 N '23 700w 



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CHAPPELL, G: S. — Continued 
Reviewed by Lawton Mackall 
Lit R p334 D 8 '23 600w 
N Y Tribune pl8 O 14 '23 520w 

CHARNWOOD, GODFREY RATHBONE BEN- 
SON, 1st baron. Theodore Roosevelt. 232p 
$2.50 Atlantic monthly 

B or 92 Roosevelt, Theodore 23-26925 

While Lord Charnwood begins his book with 
an avowal of a hero-worship for Theodore 
Roosevelt dating from boyhood, he is in the 
main dispassionate in his judgment. He does 
not blink at his hero's faults but he treats them 
lightly in the perspective he draws of the whole 
man. The book closes with a facsimile repro- 
duction of a long letter from Theodore Roose- 
velt to Lady Delamere. which is believed never 
to have been published before. 



"The fact that the book is written by an edu- 
cated and cultivated Englishman of great liter- 
ary gifts and of much political experience adds 
greatly to its value; nor is this diminished by 
the fact that he never knew the subject of his 
book." C: G. Washburn 

4- Atlantic's Bookshelf N '23 750w 

Booklist 20:98 D '23 

"In some measure a disappointment. Written 
in beautiful, measured prose, with an English- 
man's appreciation of a robust American figure 
and an Englishman's perspective on political 
problems, it just lacks the fire and the eager- 
ness which, for me, should mark any essay on 
this man who is a hero to many and a sym;bol 
of hate to others." J. F. 

H Bookm 58:460 D '23 400w 

"It is of a good length, and well-proportioned. 
It is never dull; it tells its story swiftly and 
well, and while the hero's faults are perhaps 
too lightly passed over, still the praise is never 
fulsome." 

-^ Ind 111:285 D 8 '23 480w 

"An uncommonly good biographer has wasted 
an uncommonly good subject. . . Lord Charn- 
wood, having elected to simplify a varied and a 
rich life by treating it as mostly an affair of 
moral choices, simplifies it still more by treat- 
ing all the choices Roosevelt actually made as 
invariably right. The result is an impoverish- 
ment of the book and a reduction of its hero to 
less than life size. Colonel Roosevelt w^ould 
look larger and more interesting and more 
stimulating, I can't help believing, from the 
naturalist's than from the moralist's point of 
view. Worth all the rest of this book and 
more, is the extraordinarily interesting letter 
with which it closes, written by Roosevelt in 
March, 1911, and until now unpublished." P. L. 

— New Repub 36:285 N 7 '23 1500w 
"The book is highly succinct, yet contrives to 

combine the specific with the broadly general- 
ized; and it is careful and cautious, as befits 
the outsider treading amid alien concerns. It 
is essentially a study, a considered judgment; 
not a eulogy." H: B. Fuller 

-I- N Y Times p3 O 28 '23 2500w 
"One can risk being patriotic in literature for 
once, and say that Americans have written the 
great things about the great Roosevelt." 
Laurence Stallings 

— NY World pl3 O 24 '23 lOOOw 

"Like his memorable 'Life of Lincoln,' his 
study of Roosevelt is sober, calm, and impar- 
tial, although penetrating and sympathetic. 
There are even occasional flashes of well-re- 
strained but deep feeling in it. Lord Charn- 
wood does not pretend to write a book of knowl- 
edge, but literally a book of opinion." L. F. 
Abbott 

+ Outlook 135:348 O 31 '23 2450w 

"Dispassionate, subtle, urbane in expression, 
it represents a sober intellectual effort to com- 
press the diverse facts and attitudes of Roose- 
velt's career into a single logical scheme and to 
explain away seeming inconsistencies by refer- 
ence to an underlying imifled purpose. While 
T.iord Charnwood endeavors with praiseworthy 
historical aim to trace the political and econom- 



ic background against which his hero's career 
was set, he has simplified unduly both the 
background and the career." 

H Springf'd Republican pl6 N 9 '23 lOOOw 

"Lord Charnwood must be sincerely congratu- 
lated on having found It possible to write this 
study of Theodore Roosevelt in a manner which 
lifts the subject at once into history." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p717 N 
1 '23 1450W 

CHASE, MRS AGNES. First book of grasses: 
the structure of grasses explained for begin- 
ners. (Rural text-book ser.) 121p il $1.25 Mac- 
millan 

584.9 Grasses 22-23267 

"Excellent amateur guide to the commoner 
grasses of the United States. So simple that it 
may be vised by those with no previous knowl- 
edge of botany. Well illustrated by drawings." 
— Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:173 Ap '23 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p423 Je 

21 '23 30w 

CHASE. BEATRICE, pseud. See Parr. O. K. 

CHASE, DANIEL. Middle passage. 273p $2 

Macmillan 

23-14560 

"This story of a New England seaport and 
the fate of the Jardines has the flavor of the 
days of clipper ships and the China trade. The 
love of E)hen Pinneo, master of the Juno, for 
Leda Prentiss, and the trick by which Jardine, 
the rich shipowner, won her only to lose her 
again through his own perfidy, the sinister voy- 
age of the Juno, her shipwreck and its disas- 
trous effect on many lives, are all told with pic- 
turesque detail." — Publisher's note 



Boston Transcript p6 D 22 '23 480w 
"It has ease and flow, movement, variety and 
plausibility. If the author's manner, both tech- 
nically and stylistically, leaves much to be de- 
sired, the same may be said of some of the 
greatest writers." 

-I NY Times p8 O 14 '23 600w 

"A well-written and tense tale." 
+ Outlook 135:416 N 7 '23 llOw 

Springf'd Republican p7a N 4 '23 420w 

CHATBURN, GEORGE RICHARD. Highways 
and highway transportation. 472p il $3 Crowell 
625.7 Transportation. Roads 23-8091 

After an introductory chapter on transpor- 
tation as a measure of civilization the author 
takes up his main subject, transj)ortation and 
highway development in the United States. He 
gives an account of early trails and roads and 
of the growth of the different transportation 
systems — waterways and canals, railroads and 
automotive transportation, and of the planning 
and financing of highway systems. "The last 
three chapters deal with highway accidents and 
their prevention, highway esthetics, and some 
aids and attractions to traffic and travel. Se- 
lected references at the end of each chapter. 
Index. 



Reviewed bv I: Lippincott 

Am Econ R 13:681 D '23 550w 
Booklist 20:10 O '23 

"Here is a simply written, highly informing 
and remarkably accurate treatise on the sub- 
ject of highway transportation, the work of a 
trained technician, and as likely to be in de- 
mand by the business head seeking guidance in 
this field as by the man in the street eager to 
know all about the rise and development of 
travel conveniences." 

-|- Boston Transcript p7 Je 2 '23 800w 

"The author has tried to cover a tremendous 
amount of territory in a comparatively small 
space. There is much that would interest the 
general reader, but the technical subjects which 
he has touched on briefly in various chapters 
offer little that is new to the expert in these 
matters. His volume should be an excellent 



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text-book for the young citizen who wishes to 
inform himself on the importance of the high- 
ways and their relation to Federal, State, and 
civic affairs." 

+ Lit R pl73 O 20 '23 350w 
"We have here a practical manual by an au- 
thority on highway engineering, containing' 
valuable suggestions to motorists. 

+ R of Rs 67:672 Je '23 90w 
"It is not, strange to say, a subject about 
which many books of this character, presenting 
both the economic and engineering phases of 
highway transportation, have been written. To 
that extent, it possesses a good deal of prac- 
tical interest. But it also looks at the prac- 
tical value." 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a Ae 26 '23 
1200W 

CHATTERTON, EDWARD KEBLE. Mercantile 
marine. 254p il $5 Little [18s 6d Heinemann] 
387 Merchant marine [23-11631] 

The book follows the history of the merchant 
service from the earliest sailing ships to the 
modern monster liners and shows how essential 
this service is to civilization, trade and very ex- 
istence. Beginning with an account of the 
Mediterranean mercantile marine of the Middle 
ages and of the maritime law of that day, 
the author passes on to the merchant ships of 
the North sea, the English merchant marine, 
the East Indiamen, and the post-office packet 
service. This brings him to the middle years 
of the nineteenth century, the period when the 
glories of the sea, both as to ships and sailors, 
were unsurpassed and the success of the steam- 
ship was finally established. The rest of the 
volume is given to the development of the 
modern big ship. The book is the result of 
many years of research, travel and ship study 
and many of the illustrations are reproduced 
from rare prints and engravings. 



"Although this volume is a careful and well 
written commentary on the growth and progress 
of commercial sea-faring, it Is far from being a 
technical book. It has the tang of the sea about 
It." 

+ Boston Transcript p8 D 5 '23 400w 
"The book is distinguished by well-balanced 
judgment based on facts and fairmindedness." 
E. S. Gregg 

+ Lit R pl24 O 13 '23 1400w 
Reviewed by N: Roosevelt 

N Y Times p5 N 4 '23 500w 
Springf'd Republican pl2 O 31 '23 780w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p297 My 
3 '23 2000w 

CHEKHOV, ANTON PAVLOVICH. Love, and 
other stories; from the Russian by Constance 
Garnett. (Tales of Chekhov) 306p $2 Mac- 
millan [5s Chatto] 

23-4007 
The thirteenth and final volume in Mrs Gar- 
nett's translations of Chekhov's tales contains 
twenty-four stories varying in length from fifty 
pages to three. Tho some of them are the 
merest trifles, their realism and pointedness 
never fail. Contents: Love; Lights; A story 
without an end; Mari D'Elle; A living chattel; 
The doctor; Too early; The Cossack: Aborigines; 
An inquiry; Martyrs; The lion and the sun; A 
daughter of Albion; Choristers; Nerves; A work 
of art; A joke; A country cottage; A blunder; 
Fat and thin; The death of a government clerk; 
A pink stocking; At a summer villa. Index of 
titles. 



Cleveland p43 Je '23 30w 
Dial 75:96 Jl '23 60w 
Freeman 7:430 Jl 11 '23 220w 
"It can be easily understood that without a 
translator like Mrs. Garnett, who, like few 
translators from the Russian, knows her Eng- 
lish, the entire work would lose its significance. 
She has rendered these stories with earnestness, 
with love of Chekhov." Nathan Asch 
+ Nation 116:601 My 23 '23 950w 



"Mrs. Garnett has done a notable work in the 
translation: she has re-created Chekhov in 
English, and has written a supple, unpreten- 
tious prose which expresses him faithfully." 
-1- N Y Times pll Mr 4 '23 1400w 
Outlook 133:588 Mr 28 '23 60w 
Springf'd Republican p7a Jl 22 '23 60w 

CHELEY, FRANK HOBART. Job of being a 
2 dad. 338p 11 $1.75 Wilde' 

173 Fathers. Boys 23-18837 

"This book is written by the president of the 
Father and Son Society, a man who knows boys, 
and evidently knows fathers and gives them 
many things to think about. He does not 
preach, but as man to man, earnestly, some- 
times with a humorous touch, discusses the 
numerous problems that must be solved by each 
dad for his own boy." (Boston Transcript) Con- 
tents: The boy himself; The job of being a dad; 
The home and the boy; Developing a good 
animal; Cultivating what lies above the ears; 
Directing energy through gang life; Rooting 
character; An epilogue. 



"All phases of the boy are worthily discussed, 
and the book cannot but wake the father who 
will carefully read it to a fuller realization of 
his responsibilities." 

-f Boston Transcript p2 N 14 '23 400w 
"His book is engagingly written and holds a 
great deal of sound and useful truth." 
-f Lit R P376 D 15 '23 150w 

CHERRY-GARRARD, APSLEY GEORGE BEN- 
ET. Worst, journey in the world. 2v il 
$15 Doran [£3 3s Constable] 

919.9 Antarctic regions 23-2981 

"These two volumes give an account of 
Scott's Expedition to the South Pole, and the 
various movements connected with it; but the 
superlative of the title does not refer to the 
main expedition itself — it has a particular rer- 
erence to the journey of three people during an 
Antarctic winter to obtain the eggs of the em- 
peror penguin. Of the three who made the 
'worst journey,' Wilson and Bowers died with 
Scott; the only survivor. Cherry- Garrard, now 
tells us the thrilling story in full." — The Times 
[London] Lit Sup 



"His book is a complete, intimate and skil- 
fully told story of the entire expedition, a frank, 
unaffected, and at times superbly descriptive 
chronicle. It adds an enormous amount of in- 
formation about the Antarctic region, and 
makes clear the character of the men who ex- 
plored it." Hamlin Garland 

+ Int Bk R pl2 Mr '23 3000w 

"As a general account of Scott's last expedi- 
tion Mr. Cherry-Garrard's book surpasses all 
the others. Mr. Cherry-Garrard has given us a 
true epic of exploration. His emotion was 
strong and his recollection is sardonically calm. 
The description of the "worst journey in the 
world' from Cape Evans to Cape Crozier in 
winter darkness to obtain eggs of the Emperor 
penguin is the most vivid and moving we have 
met with in polar annals. . . The description 
of the main southern journey and of the ascent 
and descent of the Beardmore Glacier is a 
most valuable piece of first-hand narrative." 
H. R. Mill 

+ Nature 111:386 Mr 24 '23 2050w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p833 D 
14 '22 2000W 

CHESTERTON, GILBERT KEITH. Ballad of 
St Barbara, and other verses. 85p $2.50 Put- 
nam [7s 6d C. Palmer] 

g2i 23-6272 

Saint Barbara of the title-poem is the "patron 
saint of artillery and of those in danger of 
sudden death." Not all the poems are war 
poems, but the greater part of them, both in 
their subjects and in their ringing and spirited 
meters are suggestive of battle and high 
adventure. 

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CHESTERTON, G. K. — Continued 

"Here is good, thumping, virile verse." D: 
Morton 

+ Bookm 57:461 Je '23 200w 

"This collection of verse is not great poetry — 
even when attached to a great name! It is, 
however, an interesting book, at times a sur- 
prising book." D. L. Mann 

i- Boston Transcript p5 Ap 28 '23 1450w 

Cath World 117:277 My '23 250w 

"Melody, indeed, he has mastered, but he 
has none of the magic of the Muse; something 
prosaic and sodden weighs down the very spirit 
of his book." 

— Dial 75:508 N '23 SQw 

"Almost alone among British poets of our 
time, Mr. G. K. Chesterton has succeeded 
in making poetry out of sheer high spirits. It 
is no accident that his verse-pattern and themes 
are frequently Macaulayan, or that his verse- 
pattern and rhymes are as frequently high- 
Gilbertian. His sense of the joy of conflict is 
as keen as Macaulay's, and his spirit of satire 
is as robust and as deadly as Gilbert's." N. A. 
+ Freeman 7:166 Ap 25 "23 280w 

Reviewed by W: R. Benet 

Lit R p907 Ag 18 '23 780w 

"One could fill a page with the highly allitera- 
tive, fizzing, crackling lines that Mr. Chesterton 
perhaps ought not to have written; but the good 
and sound parts of the book are so good that 
much of the chaff burns with a clear steady 
flame, and is consumed under the heat of the 
good." H. E. P. 

-I New Statesman 20:334 D 16 '22 1300w 

"Many of these poems would stand out from 
the pages of any ordinary book of verse, but 
they are so overshadowed by the terrible splen- 
dors of the title-piece that they pale in com- 
parison. A few of the poems are in a light 
vein of flashing satire." 

N Y Times p6 Mr 25 '23 1150w 

"Picture a locomotive clattering along the 
rails, chugging, tooting, beating on its way. 
That is the way Chesterton's verse strikes me. 
It has the same lengthy rhythms, the same 
sounding noises, words that he trots out to hurl 
against an erring world, the same inanity of 
purpose — that is as far as the clattering goes, 
for a locomotive is commonly on its way some- 
where." Milton Raison 

N Y Tribune p23 Ap 1 '23 250w 

"This book of ringing and ballad-like verses 
Is a sometimes openly combative and sometimes 
slyly satirical attack on the meanness and gray- 
ness and spiritual sickness of the modern world. 
Here Mr. Chesterton rides upon the stage as a 
champion and crusader of fine things that the 
world has turned Its back upon." 

-f- Outlook 134:288 Je 27 '23 220w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:301 Je '23 

"Mr. Chesterton has never before sung so 
clearly and defiantly his conviction that among 
the blistered ruins of our own age that are 
cracking about our feet and heads, more and 
more triumphantly the dead men of the Middle 
Ages gather about us with prophecy of their 
ultimate return. We cannot commend to our 
readers any poetry written to-day more excit- 
ing in its choice of words or the pulse of Its 
music than the 'Ballad of St. Barbara,' or any 
crisper with the breath of morning despite its 
hankerings after irrevocable night." 
+ Sat R 134:876 D 9 '22 800w 

"Some of the poems will compare in coloured 
grandeur of language with anything Mr. 
Chesterton has yet written." 

Spec 129:974 D 23 '22 lOOw 

"The volume contains other poems, some of 
them of beauty and others keen in their sa- 
tire, but the title, piece overshadows them with 
Its grandeur as the cathedral towers over- 
shadow the houses of Bourges or of Beauvais." 
+ Springf'd Republican plO Ag 8 '23 750w 

"The best of the qualities we have ascribed 
to him are to be found, in generous measure, 
in 'The Ballad of Saint Barbara and other 
Verses.' In some of these poems he reaches the 
high-water mark of his literary achievement, 



and this is no small thing to say ot a poet wiio 
had already written 'O God of Earth and Altar.' 
More skilfully, because more passionately, than 
almost any other modern author, he can use 
that old-fashioned weapon, rhetoric. He can 
write at once with pomp and with dignity." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p779 N 
30 '22 950w 

CHESTERTON, GILBERT KEITH. Fancies 

versus fads. 274p $2 Dodd 

824 23-12907 

The subjects of these rather brief essays, 
written in Chesterton's lighter vein, range from 
lady barristers to cave-men, and from psycho- 
analysis to free verse. Contents:. The romance 
of rhyme; Hamlet and the psycho-analyst; The 
meaning of mock turkey; Shakespeare and the 
legal lady; On being an old bean; The fear of 
the film; Wings and the housemaid; The slavery 
of free verse; Prohibition and the press; The 
mercy of Mr. Arnold Bennett; A defence of 
dramatic unities; The boredom of butterflies; 
The terror of a toy; False theory and the thea- 
tre; The secret society of mankind; The senti- 
mentalism of divorce; Street cars and stretch- 
ing the law; Why reforms go wrong; The In- 
nocence of the criminal; The prudery of the 
feminists; How mad laws are made; The pagoda 
of progress; The myth of the "Mayflower"; 
Much too modern history; The evolution of 
slaves; Is Darwin dead? Turning inside out; 
Strikes and the spirit of wonder; A note on old 
nonsense; Milton and merry England. 



Booklist 20:48 N '23 

Reviewed by Ralph Bergengren 

Boston Transcript p5 S 29 '23 1950w 
Cath World 118:419 D '23 440w 

"The habit of fifteen-hundred-word articles 
has set firmly upon him; there have been too 
many tremendous trifles; he rarely has the 
chance to say all that he would like to say 
about his subject. . . He has not written, and 
now will never write, a book quite worthy of 
his extraordinary genius. He will, I suppose, 
continue to swat flies with his battle-axe; to 
hunt fleas with the same high courage with 
which other men hunt tigers; to argTje inter- 
minably with cranks; and to enjoy himself 
hugely. But he will never give the world an 
opportunity of discovering how great a man 
he is." Theodore Maynard 

-^ Freeman 8:187 O 31 '23 2400w 

Reviewed by L: Mumford 

New Repub 37:129 D 26 '23 llOOw 

"Despite the startling lapses, Fancies versus 
Fads is well worth inclusion in the Chesterton 
canon. G. K. C. Is still the super-journalist, 
still capable of raising a laugh and instantly 
arresting the attention with the very first sen- 
tence of an essay." G. B. 

-1 New Statesman 22:188 N 17 '23 700w 

Reviewed by R: Le Gallienne 

N Y Times p4 O 28 '23 1500w 

"If we are capable of adjusting ourselves to 
Mr. Chesterton's half-truths, if we can refrain 
from throwing his book into the fire because 
he expresses views with which we disagree, we 
are likely to grow in mental stature through 
the reading of his essays. 'Fancies "Versus Fads' 
is not the most substantial piece of work Ches- 
terton has done, nor the best, but it is typical 
and — here I can only speak for myself — enjoy- 
able." Leo Markim 

h N Y Tribune p7 S 23 '23 1200w 

"This is a book of characteristic essays; the 
observations of one of the few conservatives 
who are witty. The radicals are biting or iron- 
ical; they are seldom witty and never humor- 
ous." 

-f Outlook 135:368 O 31 '23 200w 

"The only differences worth noting between 
this new volume and the earlier collections of 
short essays are, first, that this present book 
consists entirely of controversial matter, the 
more personal note being absent; and, secondly, 
that the style, though the same in its essentials, 



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Is not quite so good as it used to be; it is more 
fixed and more wordy." J. B. Priestley 

H Spec 131:559 O 20 '23 260w 

Springf'd Republican p6 N 5 '23 450w 
"These papers are mixed in subject. But 
they are mixed in a more deadly sense, mixed 
in purpose and mixed in argument; and that 
seems sad in a boolv by Mr. Chesterton." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p581 S 6 
'23 llOOw 

CHETTY, D. GOPAUL. New light upon Indian 
philosophy; or Swedenborg and Saiva Sidd- 
hanta: with a. foreword by L. B. de Beaumont. 
218p $1.50 Dutton [3s 6d Dent] 
289.4 Swedenborg, Emanuel. Saiva Sldd- 
hanta. Philosophy, Tamil 
Saiva Siddhanta is the religion of the Tamil 
people who number about twenty million in 
South India. There is a striking resemblance 
between this religious system and the teach- 
ings of Swedenborg and it is the autnor's attempt 
to explain the Saiva Siddhanta to the people 
of India in the light of Swedenborg's spiritual 
teaching. 



New Statesman 21:748 O 6 '23 lOOw 
"Learned work by a distinguished Indian 
scholar of Saiva Siddhanta." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p474 Jl 12 
•23 150w 

CHEVRILLON, ANDRE. Three studies in Eng- 
lish literature: Kipling, Galsworthy, Shakes- 
peare; tr. by Florence Simonds. 262p $2.50 
Doubleday [8s 6d Heinemann] 

820.4 Kipling, Rudyard. Galsworthy, John. 
Shakespeare, William 23-11867 

"Chevrillon's three essays in criticism were 
written quite independently with no thought of 
combining them into a volume. At first impres- 
sion there appears to be little in common be- 
tween Rudyard Kipling, John Galsworthy, and 
William Shakespeare that, when the Studies 
were collected together, could produce a well- 
defined and unified volume. Yet the unity of the 
book is to be sought in Chevrillon's visualization 
of the two contrasting sides of the Englishman: 
realism and mysticism." — Nation 



Booklist 20:91 D '23 

"M. Chevrillon has written the most com- 
prehensive treatment of Mr. Kipling's poetry 
since the day of Mr. Hopkins, couching his 
analysis in a style less familiar and in a manner 
more critical than the earlier writer. He brings 
to his work the logical method and the cultured 
interests of a Frenchman." W. L. S. 

4- Boston Transcript p3 Jl 21 '23 2300w 
Cleveland p79 S '23 

"His greatest success is with Mr. Kipling. 
This essay smacks far too much of imperialism, 
of the piopaganda of a more secure Entente, to 
be very pleasurable reading in 1923; and in the 
essay on Mr. Galsworthy, M. Chevrillon con- 
veniently dodges many of the implications of 
that writer's work, in order to concentrate on 
his treatment of the British type. Within these 
limits, however, M. Chevrillon is a critic of true 
French perspicacity." N. A. 

H Freeman 7:71 S 26 '23 280w 

"I am tempted to recommend M. Chevrillon's 
Studies heartily and without reservation. . . The 
book holds together admirably, because it is 
founded upon clearly reasoned and lucidly for- 
mulated principles of criticism and upon a 
knowledge of English literature and character 
that is, I believe, unrivaled in France." S: C. 
Chew 

+ Nation 117:65 Jl 18 '23 700w 

"M. Chevrillon presents his readers with quite 
the best compact understanding and analysis 
of Rudyard Kipling that has appeared in any 
language. It was evidently a labor of love, and 
this warm intimacy between the critic and his 
subject is to be observed In every paragraph. 
In a lesser degree this is true of the article on 



John Galsworthy and in a still fainter, although 
well-reasoned manner, of Shakespeare." H. S 
Gorman 

+ N Y Times p5 My 13 '23 1300w 
Reviewed by Laurence Stallings 

N Y World pl9e Jl 8 '23 700w 
"The Kipling and Galsworthy are admirable 
examples of the technical criticism which the 
French have reduced almost to an exact science, 
and at the same time more fully reveal the in- 
tentions of these writers. His essay on Shakes- 
peare is shorter and necessarily of a different 
kmd, aimmg rather to separate the essential 
genms of the two nations." 

Spec 130:892 My 26 '23 160w 

30 '23^2100'r" ^'-""^•'"^ ■-'* ^"P ^''' ^^ 

CHEYNEY, EDWARD GHEEN. Scott Burton 
logger. 254p il $1.75 (6s) Appleton ' 

23-7523 
''Scott Burton, possessed of little financial 
backing in his own name, but with plenty of 
confidence in his own knowledge of timber and 
with practical training as a forester, goes up 
against Old Fuzzy' Festus in logging rivalry 
during a northern New England winter 'Old 
b uzzy, more popularly known in lumber circles 
as King of the North,' first seeks to play with 
his youthful rival, finds he has met more than 
his match and then resorts to the unscrupulous 
methods for which he is famous and which 
have resulted in the downfall and financial ruin 
of rivals in the past. How Burton 'plays the 
game straight,' and outwits his older and crafty 
rival makes an interesting narrative."— 
Springf d Republican 



,^"l^ *,S ^®'^ *<*'<i ^"d moves swiftly along," 
M. G. Bonner 

+ Int Bk R p36 Ag '23 20w 
"A wholesome story of the New Hampshire 
lumber camps, interesting and of undoubted 
interest to those with a weakness for adven- 
ture in the open." 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a Je 17 '2.^ 
150w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p406 Je 
14 '23 80w 

^*1il^°^' WILFRED ROWLAND. Gothic rose. 

79p $1.25 Appleton [5s Blackwell] 
821 

A book of ballads and lyrics by a young Ox- 
ford poet who draws his inspiration from the 
Middle ages and his symbols from a mystic 
faith. The poems are carefully wrought and 
some of them have the color of a painted pic- 
ture. 



Booklist 20:48 N '23 

"This little volume will be helpful to those 
who long occasionally to forget themselves in a 
place of beauty and enchantment." T. H. D. 
-I- Boston Transcript p3 Jl 21 '23 550w 

"Here is a singer who sings with a full soul 
in a rich authentic voice — a virile male voice 
well trained, beautifully placed and modulated; 
a poet who knows life and loves it and has art 
and red blood and gusto enough to celebrate it 
with joy and vigor. Even the title of his book 
is an inspiration." 

4- Cath World 117:845 S '23 450w 

"However out of its time and place, I think 
highly of this poetry. It is packed with beauti- 
ful phrase. It is work as careful and as sin- 
cerely worshipful as the work of mediseval 
guildsmen." W: R. Benet 

-f Lit R p40 S 15 '23 lOOOw 

"It is a queer and charming book. Many of 
the poems (which include some in sonnet form) 
are adroitly chiselled, but there is a too lavish 
display of gold, blue, silver, lily-white, and 
crimson. If you enjoy reading Elroy Flecker, 
or Mr. G. K. Chesterton (in his very chastened 
and infrequent finnicking moments), or the 
pre-Raphaelites, then in Mr. Childe's book, you 
will find several things which will give you 
great pleasure." 

H New Statesman 20:576 F 17 '23 600w 



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" 'The Gothic Rose' is one of those rare books 
which come but seldom. A lambent flame plays 
across the fourscore lyrics and short idyls; the 
lines pulsate with spiritual emotion; the words 
speak a mystic language." P. A. Hutchison 
+ N Y Times p20 My 13 '23 300w 

"Mr. Childe has already made poetry as rich 
as a stained-glass window. The Gothic Rose is 
deeply tinged with the fervour and ceremonial 
mediaevalism of a Pre-Raphaelite. Sometimes 
Mr. Childe's verse has marked sensuous expres- 
siveness, and we might readily believe him to 
be the coming poet of Romanism had he not 
told the rollicking story of 'How Robin Dick 
Prayed to Saint Anthony' so wickedly well." 
+ Spec 129:974 D 23 '22 llOw 

"The attention to material detail is medieval. 
There is delight in colors — strong, rich, vital 
colors; not pastel shades — that is characteristic 
of the illuminations of old manuscripts and of 
the glass of the period." 

+ Sprlngf'd Republican p7a Je 3 '23 480w 

"Mr. W. R. Childe is a poet of a delicate 
medieval inspiration. This volume as a whole 
has the sound of a regretful sigh for the lost 
ages of faith; but the regret is never petulant 
or vindictive. . . To those who have a taste 
for religious poetry this little book should pro- 
duce many moments of tranquil and meditative 
pleasure." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p863 D 21 
'22 300w 

CHINA to-day through Chinese eyes; by T. T. 
» Lew, Hu Shih, Y. Y. Tsu, Cheng Ching Yi. 

144p $1.25 Doran [23 6d Student Christian 

movement] 
915.1 China— Religion. China — Intellectual 
life [23-13465] 

Four leaders of religious and Intellectual 
thought in China analyze the renaissance move- 
ment which is sweeping over China today, the 
forces that are back of it, the activities it is 
taking on, and what it is accomplishing. Con- 
tents: China to-day; China's renaissance, by T. 
T. Lew; The literary revolution in China, by 
Hu Shih; The Confucian god-idea, by Y. Y. 
Tsu; Present tendencies in Chinese Buddhism, 
by Y. Y. Tsu; The impression of Christianity 
made upon the Chinese people through contact 
with the Christian nations of the West; The 
Chinese church, by Cheng Ching Yi. 



"Those who would understand the intellectual, 
religious and economic forces which are mould- 
ing Chinese life and thought at this time should 
read this book." 

Boston Transcript pi N 17 '23 60w 

"To read it is to see China in a new light, 
as a people about to throw off the shackles of 
tradition and take its place among the demo- 
cratic nations of the earth." 

N Y Times p25 S 9 '23 300w 

CHRISTIE, AGATHA. Murder on the links. 

298p $1.75 Dodd 

23-6380 

A South American millionaire after sending 
an urgent summons to the Belgian detective 
Hercule Poirot, it mysteriously murdered be- 
fore Poirot is able to reach his villa in France. 
There are some probable bits of evidence and 
the murdered man's wife tells of masked men 
and their demands. The part played by an 
adventuress and her daughter, who is in love 
with the victim's son, add zest to the mystery 
which is complicated by the discovery of an- 
other dead body, when all seems likely to be 
unravelled. Poirot's clever work finally brings 
the criminal to justice. 



"The plot is really clever; its suspense is well 
kept up and the solution is fair enough. What 
more need one ask of a detective yarn?" 
+ Lit R p610 Ap 14 '23 150w 
Reviewed by Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 21:332 Je 23 '23 30w 
"A remarkably good detective story which 
can be warmly commended to those who like 
that kind of fiction." 

4- N Y Times pl4 Mr 25 '23 550w 



Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p8e Mr 25 '23 150w 
Sprlngf'd Republican p7a Jl 22 '23 180w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p389 Je 7 
•23 130w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:133 My '23 

CHRISTIE, ROBERT STUART. House of the 
beautiful hope. 389p $2 Seltzer [7s 6d C. 
Palmer] 

23-4295 
"Laid in London and Portugal, the action 
centres about three people and their self-ful- 
fillment in life. There is Michael, the young 
artist, full of his beautiful dreams. There is 
Blanche, Michael's wife, a hard-headed, design- 
ing woman, not at all the charming creature 
that Michael imagines. And there is Pepita, the 
Portuguese girl, who comes into Michael's life 
after Blanche, and who is one of the most 
charming and diverting characterizations of the 
season. Blanche, through her extravagance, 
almost ruins Michael and eventually there is 
nothing for Michael to do but to go on a busi- 
ness trip to Portugal. And there he disappears, 
apparently killed in a mountain storm. Then 
follows the idyllic love affair of Pepita and 
Raphael, who comes apparently from nowhere. 
It should not be hard for the reader to guess 
who Raphael is." — N Y Times 



"The last part of the story is very Iberian, 
very exquisite, and very fantastic." 

-f Boston Transcript p3 Mr 10 '23 400w 

"The best thing in the story Is the sketch of 
old Simpkin. He stands out among the other 
somewhat eccentric characters, a valid human 
being. There is enough in him, and in the best 
of the remainder of the book, to mark the au- 
thor as a novelist of much more than the aver- 
age capacity — if he can acquire the habit of 
severe self-criticism and greater restraint." 
-^ Lit R p666 My 5 '23 400w 

"That portion of the book laid in England 
arouses a moderate interest in the unfolding of 
three strong and well-drawn characters. But 
the House of the Beautiful Hope in Portugal 
is a gaudy pasteboard house: the romance is 
as unconvincing as grand opera." Eva Gold- 

h Nation 116:522 My 2 '23 150w 

"Sheer romance from beginning to end, but 
it is handled with such a delicate orginality 
and fantastic color that the reader pays no at- 
tention to questions of plausibility. It is the 
sort of book that seizes the imagination, 
-f N Y Times pll F 18 '23 410w 
"Delicate handling of a delicate situation al- 
most makes a fantastic idyll out of 'The House 
of the Beautiful Hope.' " 

+ Sprlngf'd Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 120w 

CHRISTIE, ROBERT STUART. Little David. 

316p $2 Seltzer [7s 6d C. Palmer] 

23-16662 

"The author's two central characters are 
absurdly lovable, and as the reader follows 
them through the various adventures that be- 
fall them the affection intensifies. First of all, 
there is John Henry Millman, a bashful, for- 
getful, kindly souled author who eventually 
places a novel, much to his own consternation, 
and becomes famous. But before this happens 
he experiences a perplexing series of adven- 
tures through his protection of Little David, 
the mysterious boy whom he takes from the 
Dainty Brute in a London street. The strange 
companionship brings John Henry into touch 
with a lot of odd figures . . . stirred up in 
a plot that is always merry, even during its 
moments of serious suspense. One never 
doubts but that everything will come out all 
right, that the secret of Little David will be 
solved to John Henry's satisfaction, and that 
the last chapter will end in a series of mar- 
riages." — N Y Times 

Boston Transcript p8 D 5 '23 450w 



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"This is an old story, an amusing story and 
a thoroughly good story, one that warms the 
heart and causes chuckles of delight and little 
gasps of pleased surprise to come from its 
charmed reader. Its style and its method are 
all its own." 

+ Lit R p373 D 15 '23 350w 

"Now and then a novel comes along that 
is utterly charming from beginning to end, 
that is filled with whimsical unworldly charac- 
ters, with not a villain among them, and that 
Is narrated in a light, sparkling manner that 
is wholly indescribable. Such a book is 'Little 
David.'" 

+ N Y Times p8 N 25 '23 550w 

CHURCH, ALEXANDER HAMILTON. Mak- 
ing of an executive. 457p $3.50 Appleton 
658.7 Business management. Executives 

23-6820 
Beginning with a statement of the personal 
qualifications and special knowledge required 
by the executive, the book passes on to a con- 
sideration of the fundamentals of business or- 
ganization and routine and personnel manage- 
ment. Attention is also given to financial 
management and the interpretation of finan- 
cial reports. 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:421 O '23 

CHURCHILL, WINSTON LEONARD SPEN- 
CER. World crisis. 2v. 578;589p ea $6.50 
Scribner 

940.45 European war, 1914-1919 — Great Brit- 
ain. European war, 1914-1919 — Naval opera- 
tions (23-7252) 
From 1911 to 1915 Winston Churchill was 
First lord of the admiralty, and his book carries 
Great Britain thru the first phase of the naval 
war. This period comprised the final stage in 
the preparation against a war with Germany; 
the mobilization of the fleet before the out- 
break; the organization of the blockade; the 
clearance from the seas of the German cruisers 
and destroyers; the first German submarine at- 
tack; the initiation of the Dardanelles enter- 
prise. WTiile binding himself to the strict rule 
of making no statement of fact about naval 
operations or admiralty business without docu- 
mentary evidence, the author's vigorous style 
prevents the book from becoming a tedious 
official history. The letters, telegrams, orders 
and memoranda published give an inside view 
of the ministry in time of crisis and contain 
many revelations of the chief actors in the 
story. 



"The layman, especially the admirer of Mr. 
Churchhill's career, will find it a very readable 
book; but the professional historian, and par- 
ticularly the professional sailor, will harbor a 
different opinion." E: Breck 

h Am Hist R 20:137 O '23 IBOOw 

Am Pol Scl R 17:679 N '23 380w (Re- 
view of V 1) 

Booklist 20:132 Ja '24 (Review of v 2) 
Reviewed by C: Seymour 

Bookm 57:643 Ag '23 200w 
"It is not too much to say that Mr. Churchill's 
book rings true. His respectful consideration 
of the attitude of his colleagues is notable and 
I'efreshing." S. I... Cook 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Ap 21 '23 2700w 
Cleveland p62 .71 '23 
"It is hoped that every American will read 
this book, not only because of the insight it 
gives into European diplomacy and internation- 
al dealings generally but because it may enable 
the American reader to imbibe some of that 
splendid love of country which so strongly dom- 
inates the writer." W. S. Benson 
+ Int Bk R p8 S '23 3200w 
"Always he Is brilliant and plausible. As a 
writer he has a style spacious and grand, what 
may be termed the Marlborough manner In 
prose." H. E. Armstrong 

H Int Bk R pl29 Ja '24 4S00w (Review of 

V 2) 

"Because this book comes from the pen of 
the administrator instead of the fighter it has 



great value as a contribution to an understand- 
ing of the record made by the British Navy. 
It is interesting to see how the intricate sys- 
tem of wheels went round — and why. And it is 
refreshing to come upon a narration written 
with the vigor and picturesqueness of the 
•World Crisis.' " W: O. Stevens 

+ Lit R p646 Ap 28 '23 1400w 

"Merits special attention, for at least three 
reasons. In the first place, it possesses real 
literary distinction. Secondly, its subject-mat- 
ter is important. Its final and chief value lies 
in its amazing revelation of the mind of Win- 
ston Spencer Churchill. . . One fact about this 
important book transcends all others: it be- 
speaks the mind of a militarist, and militarists 
are as dangerous now as they were from 1911 
to 1914." C. J. H. Hayes 

-f New Repub 35:48 Je 6 '23 1650w 

Reviewed by W. P. Crozier 

New Repub 37:70 D 12 '23 2350w (Re- 
view of V 2) 

"Incomparably the best 'War book' that has 
yet appeared, certainly in Engli.sh and probably 
in any language." 

+ New Statesman 21:18 Ap 14 '23 1350w 
"In one respect at any rate Mr. Churchill's 
second volume is the equal of his first — it is as 
well written. Now that Lord Morley is dead 
Mr. ChurchiU has amongst British statesmen no 
literary peer; he is in a class by himself. He 
knows not only how to write a sentence and a 
paragraph, but how to make a book. Thus he 
prejudices the reader in his favour and gains 
for his case a perhaps adventitious but by no 
means Illegitimate advantage." 

H New Statesman 22:182 N 17 '23 1650w 

(Review of v 2) 
"Amid the multitude of ill-devised reminis- 
cences which weary the reviewer, here at least 
we have the literature which — apart from some 
too technical pages — is worth reading for its 
own sake." P. W. Wilson 

+ N Y Times pi Ap 8 '23 3200w 
Reviewed bv Elmer Davis 

N Y Times pi N* 4 '23 3300w (Review 
of V 2) 

"Mr. Winston Churchill's book is a perfor- 
mance on a very grand scale indeed. It may 
be said that he has a keen appreciation of his 
own qualities; he particularly fancies himself 
as a military strategist, a statesman and a his- 
torian. He has very good ground for doing so. 
If it were not for a slight lack of balance I 
should say that Mr. Churchill's brain was the 
best all-round brain in English public life to- 
day." Filson Young 

-I- N Y Times p7 N 18 '23 650w (Review of 
v 2) 
"Mr. Churchill's hook is a first class contri- 
bution to the literature of the war. His next 
volume, on the Dardanelles, will revive some 
of the sharpest controversies of the war. and 
will be awaited with the liveliest interest." W: 
C. McPherson 

-f N Y Tribune pl7 My 20 '23 2100w (Re- 
view of V 1) 
"Valuable as a chronicle of a considerable 
share of the great event in the late war, 'The 
World Crisis' does not abound in such sensa- 
tions or indiscretions as might have been looked 
for from so vigorous a personality." D. C. S. 
-I- N Y World plOe Ap 15 '23 1150w 
Reviewed bv E. H. Abbott 

Outlook 136:114 Ja 16 '24 2150w (Review 
of v 1 and 2) 

R of Rs 69:108 Ja '24 400w (Review of 
V 2) 
"Mr. Churchill's book is of a very rare kind. 
It is the work of a jiian who has taken a com- 
manding part in tremendous events and is him- 
self a practised writer. Beyond question it is 
a great achievement. Its story is nobly told, 
and every page of it can be read by the British 
nation with pride." 

4- Sat R 135:497 Ap 14 '23 1850w 

"The second volume of Mr. Churchill's Apologia 
pro vita sua is an even finer piece of work than 
the first, which is giving it the highest praise. 
Its interest is extraordinary; and its vigour of 



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CHURCHILL, W. L. S. — Continued 
narration places its author among the greatest 
writers of our day. He has in a singular de- 
gree the dramatic sense and the gift of elo- 
quence." 

+ Sat R 136:496 N 3 '23 2000w (Review 
of V 2) 

"Mr. Churchill's volume thrills us as it no 
doubt thrilled him to write it. It will endure. 
But when we have praised its great skill as it 
deserves we are left with a regret. After all, 
Mr. Churchill's characteristic spirit is not the 
best in which to write of such an agony. His 
exhilaration on the whole approaches too nearly 
to a revelling in the great play of forces to be 
acceptable in a statesman who bore responsi- 
bilities for humanity that were terrible even 
though they were stimulating." 

H Spec 130:627 Ap 14 '23 2150w 

"His first volume left us thanking God that 
he had been at the Admiralty to prepare the 
Navy for war and to have our ships in time 
at their posts. This second volume leaves us 
thanking God that he ceased to have anything 
to do with the conduct of war before he had 
brought us to perdition." F. Maurice 

— Spec 131:657 N 3 '23 1750w (Review 
of V 2) 
"It is an even better, more valuable and 
ntore readable book than the first and upon 
the same grounds." 

-f- Springf d Republican p8a D 16 '23 1900w 
(Review of v 2) 
"Mr. Churchill's book is one of extraordinary 
interest, and the interest is three-fold. It lies, 
first, in his vivid and skilfully constructed nar- 
rative; secondly, in the reasoning he employs 
to defend his political, strategical and adminis- 
trative work against the many attacks that 
have been made upon it; and lastly in his por- 
trait of himself. . . Whether we agree or dis- 
agree with Mr. Churchill's views, or are con- 
vinced or unconvinced by his advocacy, we have 
no doubt of the value and importance of his 
book." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p239 Ap 
12 '23 3200w 
"A broad and vigorous survey of the world 
forces moving towards Armageddon." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p739 N 8 
23 ISOOw (Review of v 2) 
Wis Lib Bui 19:412 Jl '23 
Reviewed by "W. C. Abbott 

Yale R n s 13:412 Ja '24 200w 

CLAGHORN, KATE HOLLADAY. Immigrant's 

day in court. 546p $2.50 Harper 

325.7 Courts — United States. Immigrants in 
the United States. Americanization 23-4538 

The book belongs to the series of Americani- 
zation studies of which Allen T. Burns is di- 
rector. "It is the purpose of this to follow the 
immigrant from the port of entry, through some 
of the troubles that call for the intervention of 
the law, to see to what extent the law reaches 
his troubles, how far the administration of law 
secures for him the substantial justice aimed 
at in any legal system, what is done by various 
agencies to adjust him to our laws and legal 
procedure, and what are his reactions in the 
way of satisfaction with the country and friend- 
liness to it." (Introd.) Index. 



Reviewed by E. S. Bogardus 

Am J Soc 29:105 Jl '23 220w 
Booklist 19:238 My '23 

"It is a comprehensive presentation, excel- 
lently balanced in attitude as well as in ap- 
portionment of material. Suggestions for the 
betterment of conditions are made but not press- 
ed. The book is a clear and judicious exposi- 
tion of an important phase in the problem of 
Americanization." 

+ Bookm 57:344 My '23 160w 

"The method of the book is to be commended. 
It bears all the earmarks of an honest, con- 
scientious statement of the situations in which 
the Inunlgrant finds himself. Conclusions, de- 



ductions, interpretation, are left to the reader. 
Nor will the reader fail to make them." 
+ Cath World 117:567 Jl '23 280w 
Cleveland p70 S '23 
Reviewed by H: P. Fairchild 

Lit R p737 Je 2 '23 620w 
Reviewed by H. A. Miller 

Nation 117:21 Jl 4 '23 1050w 
"The fundamental thing is forcibly to bring 
and keep bringing before the public the neces- 
sity of enthusiastic and increased support to 
that branch of welfare work which cares for the 
poor man and the stranger in the courts. "To 
this Miss Claghorn's book makes a substantial 
contribution." J: M. Maguire 

New Repub 34:218 Ap 18 '23 1650w 
"It would be difficult to mention a more in- 
teresting book on this subject." 

+ N Y Times p26 Mr 18 '23 280w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:223 My '23 
"The volume is a distinct and valuable con- 
tribution to our immigration literature and 
should be familiar to all who are interested in 
the constructive assimilation of our immigrant 
population." D. D. Lescohier 

+ Pol Sci Q 38:518 S '23 700w 
R of Rs 67:447 Ap '23 130w 
"Miss Claghorn has added not only to our 
understanding of but to our equipment for the 
solution of a very real problem of both legal and 
social significance." Phillips Bradley 

+ Spnngf'd Republican p9a S 9 '23 1500w 

CLANCEY, JAMES HANNIBAL. Law and its 
sorrows; an exoteric of our legal wrongs. 317p 
$1.50 Bentham inst., Detroit, Mich. 

340 Law reform 22-24055 

The book is offered as a text-book for the 
layman for the purpose of eventually reforming 
the law thru an aroused public opinion. It 
aims at honest, hostile criticism of a construc- 
tive character. It concerns itself chiefly with 
three propositions: the abolition of pleadings 
as a cumbersome, misleading, senseless and 
worthless farce in the scheme of justice; the 
denial of the power of judges of declaring leg- 
islative matter unconstitutional; the practice 
of the courts of favoring organized wealth. 
Part One aims at presenting, in simple lan- 
guage, the situation of the law. Part Two gives 
a group of cases to serve as objBct lessons. 
Appendix, index. 



"One has a- feeling that when Mr. Clancey 
is through, he has not, with all his cuts and 
thrusts, done much damage to the monster he 
is attacking." Max Radin 

— Freeman 7:381 Je 27 '23 900w 

"Most informed readers will admit that, while 
he has done it ineptly, Mr. Clancey has not over- 
stated his case on the facts. The book is an 
earnest, ever fiery polemic, and however much 
the economist and jurist may disagree with 
some of the conclusions drawn there is assured- 
ly some value in calling attention, even in- 
temperately, to recognized abuses." 
1- Lit R p689 My 12 '23 470w 

"The book will undoubtedly interest many 
lawyers, but the author hopes to enlist the 
support of the laity also in his crusade. Ap- 
parently it is not to his own profession that 
the author looks for his most substantial back- 
ing." 

R of Rs 67:222 F '23 120w 

Springf d Republican p7a Ag 26 '23 660w 

CLARK, HARTLEY. Bokhara. Turkoman and 
Afghan rugs. 130p il $12 Dutton [31s 6d 
Lane] 

745 Rugs, Oriental [23-7184] 

This monograph deals mainly with the car- 
pets and rugs made by the Turkoman tribes 
of central Asia and adjacent nationalities — an 
interesting group of rugs on which there is little 
existing information in print. After several in- 
troductory chapters on the points that deter- 
mine the value of a rug, on the process of 
weaving, and on material and designs, the book 
passes on to a detailed description of the dif- 



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ferent types of rugs belonging to the group, 
illustrated with seventeen color plates and 
numerous illustrations in blaoit and white. 

CLARKE, ISABEL CONSTANCE. Viola Hud- 

- son. 487p $2 Benziger 

23-12067 

The plot of the novel turns upon difference 
of religious faith as a barrier to marriage. The 
heroine, a devout Catholic, wlien but eighteen 
years old is lured into a mock marriage with 
a Pi'Otestant. Later, in a penitent mood, he 
offers her real marriage if she will promise to 
bring their child up a Protestant. This she 
indignantly refuses, choosing rather that the 
child shall be fatherless. In India, where Viola 
goes with her young daughter. Sir Garth Ben- 
net offers to marry her on condition that she 
renounce her child. Again an indignant refusal. 
For the third time a critical choice must be 
made, when Sir Garth's son sets his heart on 
marrying Hilary and finds her branded as il- 
legitimate. This time Sir Garth's sen.se of 
justice conquers, and he allows the marriage, 
with his blessing on both the young people. 



"A fascinating romance, attractive alike for 
its excellent character drawing and for its 
beautiful descriptions of Ceylon and the Italian 
lake country." B. L,. C. 

-1- Cath World 118:569 Ja '24 150w 
"Miss Clarke wi'ites fluently and her dramatic 
construction is good although she uses coin- 
cidence rather freely." 

-j- Lit R p317 D 1 '23 320w 
"A reader who can manage to identify him- 
self with the author's apergu will be rewarded 
by a thoughtful, efficient, and not unmoving 
story." 

-\ The Times [London] Lit Sup p768 N 

15 '23 520w 

CLARKSON, GROSVENOR B. Industrial Amer- 
ica in the World war; the strategy behind the 
lines, 1917-191S; witii an introd. by Georges 
Clemenceau. 573p il $6 Houghton 

940.373 European war, 1914-1919— United 
States. United States — War industries 
board 
A full and detailed account of the organiza- 
tion of American industries for war purposes 
and, in particular, of the work of the War in- 
dustries board. Mr Clarkson was director of 
the Council of national defense which effected 
the preliminary industrial mobilization and from 
which the War industries board emerged. In 
addition to the official records, all of which were 
at his disposal, he has secured statements while 
their memories were still fresh from the men 
who bore the most active and responsible parts 
in the work. He describes not only the general 
work of coordination in the matter of produc- 
tion, priority and distribution, but also the more 
technical aspects of the steel supply, nitrates, 
explosives and chemicals and other specialized 
industries drawn upon. The vast accomplish- 
ments of an agency which developed and func- 
tioned so quietly as to be little known and un- 
derstood, are put on record and tribute is paid 
to the men who conducted the work, especially 
to Bernard M. Baruch, chairman of the board. 
An appendix gives the personnel of the board 
and its divisions. 



"The style of the book is breezy, in some 
cases running into exhuberance, marked, for 
example, by rather overdrawn figures of speech. 
A certain lack of organization is evident and 
a decided tendency to repetition. The work is 
plainly not that of a critical historian. The 
writer has, however, not merely rendered a 
valuable historical service, but has preserved 
in popular form the lessons taught by our late 
experience as to the overwhelming importance 
of industry in warfare." 

H Am Hist R 29:361 Ja '24 llOOw 

Booklist 20:6 O '23 

"Here, at last, is the story, an epic in its 
way, with the high lights k&pt on it through- 
out and none of its many dramatic episodes 
neglected, of how America mobilized her eco- 



nomic resources for the great war, told au- 
thoritatively by one who was 'on the inside' 
and in command of information much of which 
may be called exclusive." Edmund Noble 

-1- Boston Transcript p3 Je 9 '23 1300w 
Cleveland p70 S '23 
Reviewed by G: Soule 

Nation 116:221 Ag 29 '23 750w 
"A book of first rank and a history that can 
never be superseded." Albert Shaw 

+ N Y Times p3 Je 3 '23 2300w 
"VVith unfaltering purpose Mr. Clarkson has 
related the historical facts surrounding that 
amazing extralegal body— the War Industries 
Board. He has done much more than that. He 
has written here and there through his ambiti- 
ous volume material for a new sort of text- 
book in economics. ' F: A. VanderHp 
-f N Y Tribune pl7 Jl 8 '23 1200w 
N Y World p6e Ag 19 '23 1400w 
R of Rs 68:109 Jl '23 500w 

CLAYTON, WILLIAM. Theory of emulsions 
and emulsification; foreword by F. G Don- 
nan. (Text-books of chemical research and 
engineering) 400p il $3 Blakiston [9s 6d 
Churchill] 

541.8 Emulsions [23-9266] 

Attempts "to collect and review the work 
of the many investigators in this field. . To a 
certain extent the treatment has followed his- 
torical lines . . . but tbe chief aim has been to 
follow a logical hne of development based on 
modern physico-chemical principles. Techni- 
cal applications of emulsions have only been 
introduced either as illustrating some particu- 
lar laboratory method on a large scale, or be- 
cause some important theoretical point Is In- 
volved." (Preface) 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:472 N '23 

CLEMEN, RUDOLPH ALEXANDER. Ameri- 
2 can livestock and the meat industry. 872d 

il $6 Ronald 

664.9 Meat industry and trade 23-7795 

"A comprehensive survey of meat packing 
and livestock marketing, with special emphasis 
on the economics of the industry. Contains 
considerable historical data, and pays some at- 
tention to technology." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:535 D '23 

CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE (MARK 
TWAIN, pseud.). Europe and elsewhere; with 
an appreciation by Brander Matthews and an 
introd. by Albert Bigelow Paine. 406p il $2.25 
Harper 

814 23-12090 

A collection of miscellaneous articles and 
travel sketches some of which have never be- 
fore been published. The volume opens with a 
chapter- from a book about England which Mark 
Twain planned but never wrote. This is 
a description of a visit to Westminster Abbey 
at midnight. 'Down the Rhone' is a chapter 
from another book that was never completed. 
O'Shah is a series of news letters describing 
the visit of the Shah of Persia to England. Not 
all the articles are humorous. Three are con- 
cerned with the interference of one nation with 
another on matters of religion and government. 
One is on lynch law, another on Marjorie Flem- 
ing and still another on Bible teaching and re- 
ligious practice. 



Booklist 20:91 D '23 

"Although parts of the book are as delight- 
fully comic as one could anticipate. Twain 
shows himself largely in his more serious 
aspect." 

Bookm 58:484 D '23 120w 

"A distinction between permanence and im- 
permanence in literature is perhaps inherent 
in the fact that 'Europe and Elsewhere,' opened 
here and there, usually provides something 
that catches the attention and interests the 



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CLEMENS, S: L. — Continued 

reader though the original timeliness of the 

topic lias gone past." Ralph Bergengren 

+ Boston Transcript p2 O 13 '23 1900w 
N Y World p8e S 9 '23 lOOw 
Springf'd Republican pl6 O 26 '23 900w 

CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE (MARK 
TWAIN, pseud.)- Mark Twain's speeches; 
with an introd. by Albert Bigelow Paine and 
an appreciation by William Dean Howells. 
396p $2.25 Harper 

817 23-10411 

Mark Twain's biographer, Albert Bigelow 
Paine, has made this collection of his most fa- 
mous speeches and lectures from the first of 
these which has been preserved, the lecture on 
the Sandwich islands, in 1866, to the last Lotos 
Club speech, in 1908. There is an introduction 
by the editor, giving some account of Mark 
Twain's speech-making career and his methods 
of preparation and delivery. 



Bookm 57:657 Ag '23 120w 
"There are many charming and delicate 
things in the volume." S. L. Cook 

4- Boston Transcript p3 Je 16 '23 1350w 
"Nothing is gained for Mark Twain's repute 
by the publication of this collection of his 
speeches. They lack, inevitably, the glow of 
the occasion and of the spoken word. True, 
there are some flashes of Twain's humor in 
them, but few and far between." C. P. 

h Cath World 118:421 D '23 370w 

Cleveland p77 S '23 
Reviewed bv Brander Matthews 

Int Bk R p23 Ag '23 2250w 
Reviewed bv P. A. Hutchison 

N Y Times p8 Je 10 '23 2250w 

N Y World p7e My 27 '23 240w 

"A good deal of the sparkle of the humor is 

lost in the stolid printed page. Yet there is good 

browsing in the book, and there is what Mark 

Twain loved to call 'horse sense' as well as fun." 

H Outlook 134:287 Je 27 '23 210w 

R of Rs 68:110 Jl '23 80w 

Springf'd Republican pl6 Je 22 '23 260w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:441 O '23 

CLEMENTS, COLIN CAMPBELL, comp. Book 
of prayers for boys. 16Gp $1.40 Harcourt 

248 Prayers 22-17799 

The compiler, one of the inasters of the 
Lawrenceville school for boys, has gathered 
these prayers from a wide I'ange of time and 
writers, from St Chrysostom thru the cen- 
turies to Angelo Patri and Harry Emerson 
Fosdick. 



Booklist 19:34 N '22 

"Admirable for boys of school age and even 
older." 

+ Springf'd Republican p6a D 3 '22 60w 
"A most dignified, deeply spiritual collection 
of prayers." 

+ Wis Lib Bui 19:51 F '23 

CLEMENTS, COLIN CAMPBELL. Plays for 
2 a folding theatre. 135p $2 Stewart Kidd 

812 23-12393 

Three of these are Pierrot-Columbine plays, 
three are of the East, and one of the sea. 
All of them are planned for production on small 
stages and for several of the plays Mr Clements 
has designed sets. Contents: Pierrot in Paris; 
Columbine: The return of Harlequin; Three 
lepers of Suk-el-Garab; The desert; The siege; 
Moon tide. 



ingless melodrama, it is no sign that he has 
not something to say and at times speaks 
well." W. E. H. 

+ — Boston Transcript p2 S 15 '23 360w 
" 'Moontide' alone would make this volume 
memorable. The three or four other plays 
which almost attain to a like beauty show 
clearly that this work is not a happy accident 
but a milestone in the career of an artist." 
¥L S H 

+ Freeman 8:359 D 19 '23 250w 

CLEWS, HENRY, jr. Mumbo jumbo. 276p $2.50 
Boni & Liveright [7s 6d G. RichardsJ 

812 23-7741 

"Mumbo Jumbo" is a play in four acts with 
a long introduction, after the manner of George 
Bernard Shaw, and lengthy descriptions of the 
types that constitute the characters. The whole 
is a virulent satire against civilization, a de- 
nunciation of everything modern — deinocracy, 
science, the machine, art and social life. In a 
voluble tirade this age is represented as hav- 
ing sunk "to a depth of vulgarity, viciousness, 
brutality, dishonesty, amorality, trickery, and 
utter disreg.ard of consideration for others, 
never before reached except by the most savage 
and cruel tribes, and by civilizations in the last 
stages of decadence." (Page 82) In the play it- 
self the author vents his ire especially on the 
commercialized faddism of modern art. Two 
New York art dealers boost the childish daubs 
of a half-witted young man as the works of a 
genius — highly spiritualized, sixth-sense sym- 
bolism for which the name Mamasism is in- 
vented — and reap a golden harvest. The poor 
victim lands in a lunatic asylum but the busi- 
ness end of the farce goes merrily on. 



Booklist 20:91 D '23 
"If Mr. Clements carves ideas from the con- 
ventionalized in plot and character; if, as in 
'The Desert,' he works with weak and mean- 



Dial 75:302 S '23 70w 
"His 'explosion and onslaughts' on American 
civilization read like the smoking-room talk of 
an Anglo-maniac." H. W. Van Loon 

— Lit R p732 .Je 2 '23 850w 

"Mr. Henry Clews, Jr., is the most ludicrously 
terrifying writer we have met for a long time. 
He is armed to the teeth and has no patience 
with anything." H. M. 

— New Statesman 20:698 Mr 17 '23 500w 
" 'Mumbo Jumbo' is an uncompromising ex- 
posure of the shams and the hypocrisy that 
vitiate much of modern life. The reading o< 
it will make for clearer and saner thinking. 
And the reader is assured of a mighty good time 
while he reads it." 

-f N Y Times p8 Ap 22 '23 2150w 
"During my many years of reading I recall 
no work so silly and sophomoric, vulgar and 
illogical, cheap, strident and idiotic. Mr. Clews 
is not only incapable of developing an idea 
from premise to conclusion: he is hardly cap- 
able of developing a sentence from subject to 
predicate." Burton Rascoe 

— NY Tribune pl7 Ap 15 '23 1150w 
"Young Mr. Clews is incensed with a great 

many people; so many, in fact, that one begins 
to suspect Mr. Clews is incensed with himself. 
He is a brick thrower par excellence." Laurence 
Stallings 

N Y World pile Ap 15 '23 1750w 

"His play occupies barely more than half his 
volume. "The exaggeration is not so gross as 
to make the satire pointless, but all the same 
the play only succeeds in saying rather less ef- 
fectively what has already been said, over and 
over again, with tremendous gusto and flam- 
boyancy, in the perfectly enormous preface." 
h Sat R 135:776 Je 9 '23 800w 

"He attacks all that may be symbolized by 
jazz, and regrets the old days of quiet refine- 
ment in the most uproariously vulgar prose that 
we have ever read. It is all preposterously im- 
possible and very amusing." 

— Spec 130:852 My 19 '23 320w 

"If imitation is the sincerest form of detesta 
tion, Mr Clews must particularly dislike Sha-\\ , 
for the makeup of the book, or rather play, is 
on the approved Shavian plan. The dialog is 
far from paradoxical, however, as the author 
uses a sledge hammer rather than a rapier. 

— Springf'd Republican pl2 My 9 '23 300w 



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CLOMAN, SYDNEY AMOS. Myself and a few 

Moros. 180p il $3 Doubleday 

919.1 Tawi-Tawi islands. Moros 23-16676 

Under the treaty with Spain which ended 
the Spanish-American war. Col. Cloman was 
sent to the Tawi-Tawi islands to relieve the 
Spanish garrison there, as a part of the Amer- 
ican occupation of the Philippines. His book 
is an account of his dealings with the natives 
and his experiences in this part of the do- 
main of the Sultan of the Sulus. The island 
Moros are a fierce and reckless people, de- 
scendants of Malay pirates who long infested 
the surrounding seas. Col. Cloman' s account 
of the way he enforced authority over them Is 
told with humor and vivacity. 

"Colonel Cloman has written an amusing and 
most likable account." W. C. 

+ N Y Tribune p21 O 28 '23 250w 
'This is one of the most entertaining books 
that American occupation of the Philippine 
Islands has produced." 

+ Outlook 135:506 N 21 '23 llOw 

CLOUSTON, JOSEPH STORER. Lunatic at 
large again. 278p $2 Button [7s 6d Nash & G.] 

A23-2166 
"Somebody has commented upon the courage 
of an author who selects, of all men, a cer- 
tified lunatic as the central figure in a series 
of episodes designed to tickle a sense of hi- 
larious humor. Mr. Clouston has that courage 
— has had it now to the extent of two book- 
lengths. Never mind how Mr. Essington gets 
out of Dr. Jenkinson's presumably well-guarded 
Retreat for the purposes of the present story. 
He does it after the methodic fashion tradi- 
tional to certain forms of madness. . . Besides 
promoting the merriment of readers, Mr. Es- 
sington thwarts an amazing combination in 
villainy and assists the true love of young Mr. 
Philip Ridley and the still younger Miss Bea- 
trix Staynes in finding its way to a course of 
smooth running. We tremble to think upon 
the consequences to passionate youth had our 
hero failed to get out of the Retreat and to 
retain after his escape the sweet resourceful- 
ness of his madness." — N Y World 



Booklist 20:55 N '23 
"Honesty compels the admission, we don't 
think it an absolutely probable yarn; we can- 
not say we believe that it all even happened. 
But we have no time to argue the matter with 
you, none even, as we should so like to do, to 
sit down and quote whole pages of it. We really 
must sit down and read it all over again." I. W. 
L. 

4- Boston Transcript p4 S 8 '23 600w 
Cleveland p67 S '23 
Reviewed by J: F. Carter, Jr. 

Lit R p875 Ag 4 '23 450w 
"There is a fine restraint and artistry in 
Mr. Clouston's humor. One is never able to 
foresee what the escaped and gallivanting pa- 
tient is going to do next; and when he does it, 
one is as well .surprised as are the victims of 
his drolleries. May the lunatic be at large 
again and again. He is a welcome antidote 
for the long-faced supersanity of the hour." 
+ N Y Times pl9 Jl 29 '23 800w 
Reviewed by Kathryn Liebman 

N Y Tribune p22 S 9 '23 450w 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

-I- N Y World p6e Ag 5 '23 900w 
Outlook 135:34 S 5 '23 50w 
Spec 130:594 Ap 7 '23 70w 

COATSWORTH, ELIZABETH JANE. Fox foot- 
prints. 79p $1.50 Knopf 

811 23-7944 

These lyrics of the Orient, done in the manner 
of the Japanese poet, are little pictures reflect- 
ing, usually in a moonlight atmosphere, the color 
and mood of the East. 



"A book of frail but for the most part ex- 
quisite verse that may well be precious to any 
lover of poetry." 

+ Bookm 57:562 Jl '23 200w 
"Miss Coatsworth now takes her place among 
the makers of Oriental verse, and the place is 
well toward the front." C. K. H. 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Je 9 '23 700w 
Cleveland p35 My '23 
Dial 75:400 O '23 70w 
Lit R p899 Ag 11 '23 250w 
"Altogether, I think 'Fox Footprints' deserves 
the attention of a wide audience." Milton Raison 
+ N Y Tribune pl9 Jl 8 '23 250w 
"Delicately done." 

+ N Y World pl9e Je 24 '23 80w 
"The effect of these verses is as deftly and 
surely realized as a drypoint. . . The rhythm, 
like the pictures, is sharp and insistent. Gen- 
erally these foot-prints have been made 'with a 
firm, elastic and buoyant tread, and are out- 
lined with sharp decision." 

-f- Springf'd Republican pl6 Ap 27 '23 300w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:410 Jl '23 

COBB, BERTHA BROWNING (MRS ERNEST 
COBB), and COBB, ERNEST. Pathways of 
European peoples. 492p il $2 Putnam 

940 Europe— History [22-24098] 

The purpose of the book is to give "an out- 
line story of European nations that form the 
chief background of American civilization." 
(Subtitle) It aims to avoid details, dates, 
names, places, battles, and minor events of 
all sorts, setting down the most important 
causes and results of all great movements 
which have made Greece, Italy, France, and 
Germany what they are today, thus giving a 
panoramic view of the history of continental 
Europe. 



"An excellent example of success in popular- 
izing a subject for minds not yet fully de- 
veloped yet capable of being quickened to In- 
terest by the lighter and more picturesque 
aspects of serious themes." 

+ Boston Transcript p6 Ag 1 '23 320w 
"History is retold for children in brief and 
intriguing chapters. Adults, however, hardly 
can scorn the bird's-eye view which this at- 
tractive little book affords of the past out of 
which our present is compounded." 

+ Detroit News pl2 Jl 8 '23 lOOw 
"The narrative is simple and straightforward, 
the incidents are well chosen, and there is 
a refreshing absence of any attempt to in- 
troduce myth and legend as if they were his- 
tory." 

+ Lit R pl2 S 1 '23 llOw 

N Y World pl9e Jl 8 '23 30w 

COBB, IRVIN SHREWSBURY. A laugh a 
2 day keeps the doctor away. 246p $2.50 

Doran 

817 23-26927 

There is an anecdote for every day in the 
year in this collection of Irvin Cobb's favorite 
funny stories. They are indexed by topic. 



Booklist 20:91 D '23 
Nation 117:562 N 14 '23 50w 
"Mr. Cobb in his collection demonstrates that 
it pays to acquire a reputation as a humorist. 
Here he is collecting royalties for retelling- 
other people's funny stories, evidently on the 
principle that 'it isn't what he says; it's the 
way he says it.' " Leo Markun 

— NY Tribune pl8 D 2 '23 lOOw 

COBB, IRVIN SHREWSBURY. Snake doctor, 
and other stories. 343p $2 Doran 

23-10904 

A collection of short stories of which the 
first, "Snake doctor," won the O. Henry mem- 
orial award for 1922. Contents: Snake doctor; 
One block from Fifth Avenue; " — That shall 



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he also reap"; Red-handed; Otherwise Sweet 
William; His mother's apron strings; This hero 
business; The eminent Dr. Deeves; The second 
coming of a first husband. 



Booklist 20:20 O '23 

Reviewed by E. F. Edgett 

Boston Transcript p4 Jl 28 '23 950w 
Cleveland p68 S '23 

"They are good, readable stories, such as 
one would expect from his pen; upon the frame- 
work of his plots, sometimes ingenious, some- 
times only slightly varied from familiar themes, 
he hangs the Cobb style of narration, rich, 
vigorous, picturesque and above all, natively 
American." 

+ Lit R pll S 1 '23 150w 

"Mr. Cobb when dealing with Southern 
darkies and 'pore white trash' knows their 
manners and customs; he knows their hopes 
and fears. And, not least important, he is a 
master of their dialect — which, however, he 
uses sparingly, for a savoring and not as a 
diet." 

4- N Y Times pl4 Jl 22 '23 880w 

"A chart showing the excellence of Mr. Cobb's 
collected offering would, we think, look like 
nothing so much as a profile map of Switzer- 
land. While reading 'Snake Doctor' you are 
either on the verge of closing the book per- 
manently or else pushing ahead with a new- 
born enthusiasm doomed to almost immediate 
discouragement. Some of the plots are vivid 
and startling. Others practically aren't. At 
his best, we don't believe there is another 
writer in America who can handle certain 
themes in Mr. Cobb's masterly fashion. At 
his worst he reminds us of nothing so much as 
a rewrite man blowing a story of paragraph 
news value up into a column and a half for 
the home edition." F: F. Van de Water 

j- N Y Tribune p20 Jl 29 '23 1300w 

"There is no need for Mr. Cobb to ever do 
another humorous story when he can still, 
after all his years of magazine writing, do a 
story of the very first rank. 'Snake Doctor' is 
as fine as anything he has ever done." Laur- 
ence Stallings 

+ N Y World p9e Jl 29 '23 650w 

COBB, IRVIN SHREWSBURY. Stickfuls; com- 
positions of a newspaper minion. 355p $2 
Doran 

070 Reporters and reporting 23-7099 

" 'Stickfuls' is a semiautobiography. Mr. Cobb 
in the first part of the book offers an entertain- 
ing narrative in three 'sticks' or episodes, which 
gives, apparently for the first time, a complete 
account of how he made his start in the news- 
paper 'game.' The rest of the volume is made 
up of several articles on the experiences of Mr 
Cobb and other correspondents while 'covering' 
the World war and reporting famous court 
trials." — Springf'd Republican 



Booklist 19:234 My '23 

"If the general pviblic do not find it out, they 
will miss a rare treat; for it is as human, as 
genial, as entertaining a bit of autobiography 
as one could wish." J. F. 

-f- Bookm 57:328 My '23 250w 

"There is much of great interest in 'Stickfuls.' 
Replete with Mr. Cobb's picturesque expressive- 
ness, which loses nothing of clarity and force, 
and therefore places him apart from some 
writers who revel in their picturesqueness, this 
book has demonstrated Mr. Cobb's right to use 
these words as a title to one of his chapters: 
*I Admit I Am a Good Reporter." " S. L. C. 
+ Boston Transcript p5 My 12 '23 lOOOw 

" 'Stickfuls' deserves reading by every one 
who wants to get an understanding of the news- 
paper business given brightly but very earn- 
estly." C: W. Thompson 

-I- Int Bk R p26 My "23 2450w 

"There are in 'Stickfuls' no pictures save 
those formed by the author's own words. These 



we regard as being sufficient. This is part of 
the proof that Mr. Cobb is a good reporter " 
-I- N Y World p7e Mr 11 '23 350w 

Springf'd Republican pl2 Ap 10 '23 240w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:159 Je '23 

COBLENTZ, STANTON A. The thinker, and 
other poems. 112p $1.50 White, J. T. 

811 23-7701 

"An introduction indicates that the author is 
conscious that his verses are of a type fallen 
into disrepute; he aims 'to subject the truth to 
the vivid light of poetry.' Much of the book is 
made up of long blank verse soliloquies of 
which 'More Worlds to Conquer (Alexander the 
Great on his Death bed)' and 'Spinoza on his 
Excommunication' are typical." — Bookm 



Bookm 57:103 Mr '23 120w 
Dial 74:633 Je '23 80w 
Lit R p478 F 17 '23 350w 
Reviewed by Clement Wood 

Nation 116:273 Mr 7 '23 150w 
"The gentle humor of the poet crops out on 
many pages of the volume, which, all con- 
sidered, despite some faults of didacticism, is 
a very readable littie book." 

H NY Times p6 Ja 7 '23 500w 

"An interesting collection. The verse is im- 
mature and very often obvious, but has a cer- 
tain soundness. Coblentz is at his best with 
soimets. He has a compactness about his style 
that fits well into an octave and sestet." Milton 
Raison 

H NY Tribune pl9 Ja 7 '23 200w 

CODMAN, JOHN STURGIS. Unemployment and 
our revenue problem. 64p $1 Huebsch 
336.22 Unemployment. Land — Taxation. 
Single tax 23-10540 

In this little book the close connection be- 
tween unemployment and our revenue problem 
is shown. Unemployment is treated as an un- 
natural and preventable condition, certain to 
exist if private possession of the land is per- 
mitted without adequate compensation to the 
community for the privilege. Under the present 
system the practice of withholding land from 
industry for speculative purposes is directly en- 
couraged, while its use in industry is heavily 
penalized by high taxes. To this cause the 
author attributes recurring business depression 
and unemployment, with the indirect results of 
poverty, disease and crime. He holds that taxes 
on land should be increased while taxes on 
buildings and improvements should be dimin- 
ished. 



"A skillfully written tract in support of the 
single tax theory." 

-f N Y Times pl5 Jl 29 '23 220w 
R of Rs 68:336 S '23 lOw 

COFFIN, JOSEPH HERSCHEL. Personality 
2 in the making. 314p $2.50 Houghton 

126 Personality. Life. Social psychology 

23-17894 

Taking the view that "personality is the 
biggest fact in the universe," and that it is 
something to be achieved by purpose and effort 
and built up by constant striving thruout one's 
life, the author sets out to discuss three funda- 
mental questions: (1) What native capacities 
or functions are essential to personality and 
how do they grow and become unified? (2) How 
far and in what manner is the growth of per- 
sonality conditioned by social contacts and what 
is therefore required of society on behalf of 
personality? (3) To what extent is the indi- 
vidual himself responsible for his personal de- 
velopment? 



"As yet psychology is not an exact science. 
For at the present time of writing, students 
of the subject try to reach for something that 
cannot be grasped without delicacy of percep- 
tion and intuition. This book on the other 



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hand is interesting as a revelation of earnest 
effort and intelligent deduction." 

H Boston Transcript p5 D 22 '23 300w 

N Y Times p28 D 23 '23 550w 

COGSWELL, A. IVI. Ermytage and the curate. 
304p $2.50 Longmans [7s bd Arnold] 
This is a war story and not, as the title might 
imply, an English parish comedy. Ermytage, 
the schoolmaster, and Seymour, the curate, aie 
comrades in hospital and convalescent camp 
and then at the English labor base at Boulogne, 
both being kept by shell shock from service at 
the front. Tho told with considerable humor, 
the story is an indictment of war, its stupidities 
and inefficiencies especially behind the line, and 
the gross abuses which are unnecessary and 
avoidable even in a state of war. In the back- 
ground are the slightly sketched love affairs of 
the two men. 



"We are once more interested in war books, 
as we were bound to be after the ennui follow- 
ing the signing of the armistice had spent it- 
self, and here is a graphic tale of those tragic 
times well told and well worth the reading." 
-|- Boston Transcript p3 Mr 3 '23 280w 

"Cynicism makes no converts here, for Mr. 
Cogswell has a genial tolerance and unquench- 
able optimism. It is these qualities, combined 
with felicity of expression, that will doubtless 
evoke well merited popularity for this tale of 
life behind the lines." 

+ Lit R p667 My 5 '23 450w 

"Mr. Cogswell has a noisome dose of reality 
to administer to stay-at-home patriots. But he 
sugars his pill with the customary English 
coating of humour, and even if this sometimes 
heightens his effects, it may sometimes mask 
his irony too effectively to the reader without 
first-hand knowledge." 

Nev/ Statesman 20:524 F 3 '23 300w 
N Y Times pll F 11 '23 600w 

"The book, despite many faults, has the great 
merit of being somehow real — real despite the 
fact that the writing is often extremely bad, 
that the characters are superficial, two-dimen- 
sional types and not flesh-and-blood personal- 
ities, and that the treatment, which is for the 
most part purely realistic, occasionally wabbles 
over into farce and into the romantic melodrama 
of the shilling shocker." 

1- Spec 130:333 F 24 '23 450w 

"It does not fail as literature, because it is 
quietly and sincerely written but it is impos- 
sible to think of it as literature or even as any- 
thing so heartless as a document. But some- 
where between the two, in the scantily filled 
section devoted to the machinery which, crack- 
ing beneath the strain and little honoured, 
nourished so efficiently the fighting line, it fills 
a space for which there are not likely to be 
ever many candidates." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p726 N 9 
'22 450w 

COHEN, OCTAVUS ROY. Dark davs and black 

knights. 335p $2 Dodd 

23-12787 

Another collection of humorous stories of 
Negro life in Birmingham, Alabama. The first 
is about Prof. Roscoe Griggers who played the 
fairly lucrative game of pretending to be the 
"world's greatest cullud cornet player." Con- 
tents: Music hath charms: Presto change: The 
widow's bite; The B. V. Demon; Focus pokus; 
His bitter half; Far better than worse; Com- 
pletely done in oils. 

Booklist 20:100 D '23 
"Mr. Cohen can build plots according to pat- 
tern, he ha.s a. considerable ability in the use 
of journalistic language, and he has evolved a 
dialect for his characters, which, while growing 
somewh.'it stereotyped by now. is still amusing. 
His stories are written very franklv to amuse. 
Thev make no pretense of being otherwise than 
farcical, and .'?o long as one accepts that view- 
point, there is left little to find fault with." 
H Lit R p72 S 22 '23 220w 



"These colored people are individualized and 
self-sufficing. The rich and rollicking humor 
grows out of their changing relations to each 
other and to organic social situations, and is 
not inconsistent with patches of the pathetic, 
ironic insight and the flavor of romance. 'This 
is the broad essential difference between Cohen 
and a whole raft of writers who have used the 
Negro as humorous material." Hubert Harrison 
-h N Y World p7e O 28 '23 620w 

COHEN, OCTAVUS ROY. Jim Hanvey, detect- 
= ive. 283p $2 Dodd 

23-13656 
These exploits of Jim Hanvey are amusing 
tales of the detection of crime by a seemingly 
brainless and half asleep man who is in reality 
a detective of unusual cleverness, with a deep 
knowledge. of the strength and weakness of the 
master criminal. The stories keep one puzzled 
because no matter what one's solution it will 
not be Jim Hanvey's way. Contents: Fish eyes; 
Homespun silk; Common stock; Helen of Troy, 
N. Y. ; Caveat emptor; The knight's gambit; 
Pink bait. 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 
"When a volume is contemplated, it would 
be a relief to the reader if the stories could 
be edited in some slight degree to avoid using 
'vain repetitions as the heathen do.' Aside 
from this blemish caused by the double pub- 
lishing system, the book is delightful in its 
portrayal of a new kind of Sherlock Holmes." 
-{ Springf d Republican p7 O 21 '23 ISOw 

COLE, GEORGE DOUGLAS HOWARD. Out of 
work; an introduction to the study of unem- 
ployment. 96p $1 Knopf [2s 6d Labour pub. 

CO.] 

331.8 Unemployment 23-11145 

This little book discusses the economic causes 
of unemployment, the restriction of output,' un- 
der-production, the relation of unemployment to 
the trade cycle, and the various means of preven- 
tion and relief in practice. The author's con- 
clusion is that no full solution of the problem 
is possible so long as capitalism exists. 



"This little book should be very useful for 
the purpose indicated in its sub-title — as an in- 
troduction to the study of unemployment. The 
more tranquil-minded student will, we hope, find 
it not only useful but wholesomely irritating." 
+ New Statesman 21:280 Je 9 '23 400w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p389 Je 7 
'23 130w 

COLE. WILLIS VERNON. Abelard and Heloise. 

Slip $1 Universal good pub. corp., 730 5th av., 

N.Y. 

812 23-9332 

The old love story of Abelard and Heloise is 
told in a four-act drama in blank verse. 



"In spirit and technique there is a decided 
echo of the Elizabethans. Mr. Cole moves a 
trifle unsteadily among the Olympians, and, 
now and then, falls from the lofty classical 
idiom into language that savors more of the 
racy twentieth century. Nor does the material 
at hand seem worked to the best advantage for 
creative purposes; stuff well suited to the mak- 
ing of effective speeches is left untouched." 
Edwin Clark 

f- N Y Times pl4 Je 24 '23 580w 

"The poetry is the poetry of the Elizabethan 
dramatic pattern, and of uneven excellence. 
Some of the passages possess a degree of literary 
merit, but there is little of the dramatic quality 
in the writing. The best poetry in the play is 
to he found in the occasional songs and in some 
of the dialogues between Abelard and Heloise." 
h Outlook 135:368 O 31 '23 lOOw 

COLEAN, IVIILES LANIER. Quest. 284p $2 
Dutton 

23-12003 

■■A storv of Illinois in the '70s and '80s. David 
Bullard, the hero, is obses.sed by the fear that 
he will become a failure like his father, under 



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COLEAN, MILES LANIER — Continued 
whose mismanagement the BuUard farm, hewed 
out of the wilderness by David's grandfather, has 
been sold piece by piece until nothing remains. 
At the age of 30 David finds himself in danger 
of settling into a rut. Then he meets Edith 
Warren and his vague ambitions take definite 
form. He conceives the idea of a farm tractor 
better than the one his company is manufactur- 
ing and works day and night to perfect the 
design. This passion for accomplishment domi- 
nates his whole life, both before and after his 
marriage. It is not money he wants; it is the 
doing of the task he has set for himself and 
the rehabilitation of the Bullard name. Edith 
does not understand him, but the love of Edith 
for David and of David for Edith survives all 
their misunderstandings and continues to the 
end. And when disaster overtakes David, Edith 
is by his side to comfort him and give him 
courage to begin anew." — N Y Times 



"It is simply and therefore well written. There 
are certain passages of descriptive beauty. Mr. 
Colean draws his characters with a sure hand, 
but they are characters of which there are 
many carbon copies." C. B. O. 

-f Boston Transcript p6 O 6 '23 450w 

"The author has a tale to tell, and goes about 
It in his own way. His style lacks grace, is 
even a little cumbersome; but it has rarer 
qualities, for our time— namely, consistency 
and dignity. His mood is melancholy: but he 
nmakes no fetish of unpleasantness. His larger 
theme has been often and diversely treated by 
other novelists. It is nothing less than the 
spirit and body of the Middle West in its 
secondary phases of development. But this 
interpreter's method is intensive and personal; 
he identifies the broader theme with the life- 
experience of two people, and we are hardly 
aware, till the story is all over, that there 
really is a broader theme." H. W. Boynton 
+ Ind 111:116 S 15 "23 1050w 

"The author, we understand, is young: we 
welcome his voice for the clear and rich note 
which it adds to the somewhat shrill and un- 
certain chorus of his generation." 
-f Lit R pl93 O 27 '23 420p 

"It is an earnest piece of work that Mr. 
Colean has done and it shows an understanding 
of the hearts and minds of men and women 
that promises well for future work from the 
same pen." 

-f- N Y Times pl4 S 9 '23 550w 

Reviewed by Donald Douglas 

N Y Tribune p24 N 25 '23 200w 

"A grave and earnest but by no means heavy 
study of the man." E. W. Osborn 
-^ NY World p6e N 4 '23 160w 

"There is a somberness about the writing 
that calls to mind endless stretches of drab, 
flat country, but the story preserves a roman- 
tic vein, lacking the pessimism so often pres- 
ent in current middle western writing." 

_| . Springfd Republican p7a O 7 '23 220w 

COLLINS, ARCHIE FREDERICK. Boy astrono- 
mer. 246p il $1.50 Lothrop 

523 Astronomy. Constellations 23-9598 

Much information about astronomy and es- 
pecially about the constellations is contained in 
this clear and readable book for readers of 
twelve years and upward. Beginning with an 
historical sketch of astronomy the author de- 
scribes how to make and use star-finders, the 
construction and working of telescopes, and 
how tc know the stars, the planets and their 
moons. The myths connected with the con- 
stellations are told, and the whole is illustrated 
with 175 diagrams. 



he gives his instructions is especially fitted for 

very little folk." 

h Boston Transcript p6 S 29 '23 130w 

"The youngster with a slight mechanical 

bent should be pleased with a copy of this 

book." W. C. 

-I- N Y Tribune p31 O 14 '23 130w 

COLLINS, DALE. Sea-tracks of the Speejacks 
round the world; with an introd. by Jeanne 
Bouchet Gowen. 286p il $5 Doubleday 

910.4 Voyages and travels 23-12181 

"The circumnavigation of the globe in a 64- 
ton gasoline cruiser, 98 feet over-all, accom- 
plished by Mr. and Mrs. A. Y. Gowen of 
Chicago and their guests received wide notice 
through the newspapers. It was the achieve- 
ment itself that was emphasized in the hither- 
to published reports, and now the adventure 
of this 35,000-mile trip in a motor boat is told 
in a manner that will hold all lovers of travel 
tales." (N Y Times) "Her route out from New 
York runs: Jamaica, Panama, Paumotus, 
Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Noumea, Australia, New 
Guinea, the Solomons, New Britain, the Ad- 
miralty and Hermit Islands, the Spice Islands. 
Celebes, Java, Singapore, Seychelles, the Suez 
Canal and through the Mediterranean back to 
New York." (The Times [London] Lit Sup) 



"He gives innumerable tables, with accurate 
data, and an interesting history of the teles- 
cope. Occasionally, however, the diagrams 
are somewhat misleading, the one especially of 
meteors radiating from the constellation Leo 
being utterly absurd. Mr. Collins has written 
down to his audience. The language in which 



Booklist 20:96 D '23 
"Mr. Collins has a buoyant style that is too 
effervescent at times, and again lingeringly 
sentimental as are most narrators of the trop- 
ics. But he is always acutely sensitive to 
beauty." E. S. G. 

-f Boston Transcript p3 S 1 '23 720w 
"Mr. Collins has a first rate adventure story 
to tell and tells it well." 

+ Lit R p355 D 8 '23 400w 
"The narrative is easy-going and generally 
frivolous, but many of the hundred photographs 
are uniquely interesting." 

-\ New Statesman 22:90 O 27 '23 170w 

N Y Times pl8 Ag 26 '23 780w 
Reviewed by Roy Chanslor 

N Y Tribune p7 S 23 '23 450w 
"It was a real adventure — the first motor- 
boat voyage round the world — and a real lark; 
and the perils and discomforts of the adven- 
ture — there is no belittling them — and the fun 
of the lark were all taken with a frolic wel- 
come by all hands except the cook. All, too, 
nre admirably told by the writer, Mr. Dale 
Collins. He is given a great theme, but so 
great that it might easily prove unmanage- 
able." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p583 S 
6 '23 1050w 

COLLINS, FRANCIS ARNOLD. Mountain 

climbing. 314 il $2 Century 

796 Mountaineering 23-13812 

The book is devoted to mountain climbing 
in all parts of the world. Beginning with an 
account of the first mountain climbers the 
author goes on to describe recent developments 
in snowcraft and mountaineering, the training 
necessary for a mountaineer and the dress and 
equipment required. The rest of the book is 
given to an account of the conquest of high 
mountains and difficult a.scents thruout the 
world, with a chapter on some mountain trag- 
edies. A bibliography is included and a list 
of the Associated mountaineering clubs of 
North America. 

Booklist 20:126 Ja '24 
"\s a record and manual of purely physical 
achievement it may even interest tho.se who 
think the climbing of intellectual and moral 
heights more important than scaling mundane 
mountain top.s — and coming down again." 
Bookm 58:583 Ja '24 120w 
"\dmirable little volume." 

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"Here is a book not to be missed by him 
whose motto is 'Excelsior.' And, like all works 
on high adventure, it will probably be rel- 
ished just as much by those whose terra cog- 
nita is perfectly flat and supposedly safer." 
W. C. 

+ N Y Tribune p25 N 11 '23 130w 
R of Rs 68:559 N '23 150w 
"The photographs, while not extraordinary, 
give an appreciable idea of the monumental 
size of some of the larger peaks, and are 
frequently of distinct beauty." 

-|- Springf'd Republican p6 D 24 '23 200w 

COLLINS, FREDERICK LEWIS. This king 

business. 220p il $2 Century 
923.1 Royal houses. Kings and rulers 

23-9611 

The first three chapters are devoted to the 
Russian exiles of royal blood scattered over 
Europe, especially those seeking lucrative em- 
ployment in Paris in dressmaking establish- 
ments, as designers and as dancers in the 
Folies Berg&re. The rest of the book char- 
acterizes the occupants of the various Euro- 
pean thrones, their families and their prospects 
for the future. The author holds that mon- 
archy is not yet dead or even dying, and that 
the failure of the post-war governments in the 
three great empires has stayed the republican 
movement. British royalty, too, is still a going 
concern and performs a necessary function. 



Booklist 20:53 N '23 
Boston Transcript p4 Je 16 '23 720w 
"Mr. Collins's book is journalese unashamed; 
good Sunday supplement stuff of the type that 
the supplement editors would call breezy and 
thoroughly American." Howard Devree 
Lit R p832 Jl 14 '23 400w 
"Collins rises above the mediocre in his ac- 
counts of the Russian refugees, his story of 
Marie of Rumania and of the unfortunate 
Queen Zita of Austria. In the account of Queen 
Zita there is that insight into character and 
appreciation of the influence of character and 
temperament on the affairs of nations which 
alone gives value to a book of the type Collins 
has attempted." 

+ N Y Times p5 Je 17 '23 430w 
"A breezy survey of the status of royalty in 
Europe since the end of the World War. We 
fear, however, that much of his material is 
second-hand when it comes to real royalties, 
though his text has a first person vivacity." 

H NY World p9e Je 3 '23 320w 

Springf'd Republican plO S 26 '23 900w 

COLLINS, JOSEPH. The doctor looks at litera- 
ture; psychological studies of life and letters. 
317p il $3 Doran 

804 Literature — History and criticism. Psy- 
chological novels. English fiction 23-9645 
The author, a practising neurologist and 
writer on nervous diseases, looks at literature 
to discover the effects upon it of the new psy- 
chology and the attempt of the realistic novel- 
ist to interpret the influence of the subconscious 
mind. In particular he studies this tendency 
as it is shown in the writings of some of the 
younger English novelists: James Joyce, D. H. 
Lawrence, Dorothy Richardson, Katherine 
Mansfield, Rebecca West, Stella Benson and 
Virginia Woolf. There are chapters also on 
Dostoievsky, Marcel Proust, W. N. T. Barbel - 
lion, Henri Fr^d^ric Amiel and Georges Du- 
hamel. In the concluding chapter, on magazine 
insanity, Dr Collins deals with some written 
experiences of insanity in recent periodical lit- 
erature. 



"Had the doctor been content to examine the 
patient, from his private conclusions and then 
quietly depart, there would have been no great 
professional animosity toward the man. But 
he lacked professional manners. He might have 
lessened the breach had he revealed his find- 
ings before some clinic in this or that dining 
room or club; but he was tactless in his reve- 
lation." Laurence Stallings 

— > Bookm 58:210 O '23 900w 



"All things considered, his book is a cheering 
contribution to criticism." Ralph Bergengren 
+ Boston Transcript p5 Je 23 '23 490w 
Cleveland p79 S '23 
"However much you may quarrel with the 
opinions of Dr. Collins, you will not fail to 
find his book stimulating, or leave it without 
renewed interest in the most-talked-of books 
of the day." D. K. Laub 

H Detroit News pl2 JI 1 '23 950w 

Reviewed by M. M. Colum 

Freeman 7:549 Ag 15 "23 2600w 
"Dr. Joseph Collins proves that a distin- 
guished neurologist and psychiatrist inay apply 
the wisdom of his experience to a criticism 
of life and letters, and do it all without leaving 
an odor of disinfectants behind him." M. L. 
Franklin 

+ ind 111:66 Ag 18 '23 lOOOw 
"This is a refreshing book. At a time when 
nearly every novelist is praising nearly every 
other novelist, and the Immortals come not as 
spies, but in battalions, there is delight — per- 
haps Dr. Collins will explain the motive of this 
cruel 'urge' — in discovering a man who snipes 
with deadly precision the most blatant in the 
ranks of the Sophisticates." M. F. Egan 
+ Int Bk R pll Jl '23 2800w 
"All in all, this collection of essays is as 
irritating as a hair shirt; but it is more ser- 
viceable. The author's reach has exceeded his 
grasp. Much is left to heaven or some succes- 
sor. Yet he has grasped enough to give weight 
and value to his work." G: B. Dutton 

-^ Lit R p906 Ag 18 '23 850w 

"The closer one gets to fundamentals the 
more confused and confusing does Dr. Collins 
become. He starts out most excellently." Lud- 
wfg Lewisohn 

h Nation 116:724 Je 20 '23 900w 

"Equipped with no critical criteria other than 
some knowledge of psycopathology and a moral 
hyperesthesia, the doctor bangs upon his desk 
and thunders forth his judgments with many a 
sonorous period and jawbreaking phrase. But 
his audience soon grows weary, and while 
the doctor looks myopically and somewhat a- 
skance at literature, looks elsewhere for enter- 
tainment." J. E. Li. 

— New Repub 36:162 O 3 '23 70w 
N Y Times plO My 27 '23 2100w 
"Though he has many of the desirable quali- 
fications of a critic of literature. Dr. Collins is 
not scientific at all: he makes too many flat 
assertions, too many open generalizations, to be 
credited with the scientific temper which is 
cautious, skeptical, averse to making state- 
ments as fact which are dubious or which can- 
not be proved." Burton Rascoe 

h N Y Tribune pl7 Je 3 '23 llOOw 

"The doctor is a formidable addition to the 
ranks of criticism. He is at home equally in 
the library and in the laboratory." Laurence 
Stallings 

-f N Y World pl8 Je 10 '23 1350w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p911 D 
27 '23 lOOw 

Wis Lib Bui 19:441 O '23 

COLTON, JOHN, and RANDOLPH CLEM- 

= ENCE. Rain: a play in three acts. 236p $2 
Boni & Liveright 

812 24-381 

The play is adapted from a story in a collec- 
tion of South Sea Island tales by W. Somerset 
Maugham, entitled "The trembling of a leaf." 
The story has also appeared under the title, 
Mitj Thompson. 



"Of the verv successful plays in the American 
theater of the last decade — none is so worthy 
of the dignity of print as 'Rain.' " 

+ Detroit News p23 D 9 '23 180w 

"Needs the embodiment of the theatre^ for 
its full expression; its power dwindles in pnnt." 

^' _ Freeman 8:455 Ja 16 '24 120w 



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COLUM, PADRAIC. Castle Conquer. 376p $2 
Macmillan 

23-9942 

" 'Castle Conquer' is a romance — a romance 
of Irish life at a time when the political aspira- 
tion of the people was still romantic and the 
folli-life was poetic and humorous. It is an 
idyll, this story of the love of Francis Gil- 
lick, the young student from Spain, and the 
country girl, Brighid Moynagh; an idyll that 
has for its bacltground Castle Conquer, the 
decaying memorial of conquest and domina- 
tion. There is in the book not merely a group 
of characters, but a whole countryside; farm- 
ers, land -owners, magistrates, priests, tramps, 
political idealists — all are in this crowded story 
that keeps winding around a part of Irish 
history that only now has had its conclusion." 
— Publisher's note 



Booklist 20:20 O "23 
"You may not like the ending of the story, 
and you may. Howbeit, we enjoyed every 
word of it.s telling, and though we have never 
been in Ireland, we feel now as though we had, 
and there comes a poignant homesickness for 
the golden bloom of the whin bushes, beneath 
which we first saw Brighid Moynag 'her head 
an oriflame.' " L: H. Guyol 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Jl 7 '23 1300w 

"He has written an Irish novel of the worth- 
while sort; that is, with the impartiality of 
the true artist he has re-created Ireland for 
us on the printed page, revealing its people 
and their life in an authentic and highly in- 
teresting form." C P. 

+ Cath World 118:280 N '23 280w 
Cleveland p66 S '23 

"Mr. Padraic Colum has stamped the pages 
of 'Castle Conquer' with unforgettable traces of 
his own chaste and simple genius." Llewelyn 
Powys 

+ Freeman 8:44 S 19 '23 1500w 

" 'Castle Conquer' is an interpretation of the 
Irish dream and the Irish character. Upon 
Irish quaintness it lays as little stress as pos- 
sible. Its dialogue is free from the grotesquerie 
which some Irish story tellers have helped 
fasten on our conception of Irish speech. There 
is no bejabering here or conventional distortion 
of syntax." H. W. Boynton 

+ Lit R p827 Jl 14 '23 1200w 

"One l.iys down a book of this caliber with 
a regret for all the cheap sentimentalities and 
trivial humor which make up the usual popular 
novel of Irish life, against which one wishes 
to set a 'Castle Conquer.' The manner of the 
telling is a delight in itself, a style full of poetry 
and teiMlerness and color, touched with lavighter 
which does not depend upon verbal caricature." 
Ernest Boyd 

+ Nation 117:299 S 19 '23 800w 

Reviewed by Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 22:82 O 27 '23 210w 

"It is a pleasure to come on anything so 
refreshing in its simplicity. But it is a not- 
able addition to the gallery of Irish word- 
paintings; a canvas of many figures — a locale — 
painted against the background of the old 
feudnl castle which stands for a dark symbol 
of the agony of many generations and points 
a moial in the brighter dawn of a more cheer- 
ful day." 

-t- N Y Times pl6 Je 24 '23 1400w 

"A very old story, worn smooth and color- 
less with repetition, but fine." Isabel Paterson 
4- N Y Tribune p20 Je 24 '23 660w 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World pl9e Je 24 '23 390w 
"The big scene is in its externals hackneyed. 
But it is not hackneyed in the telling: it is 
.splendid. The narrative rises to it with an 
effortless beauty and force." Gerald Gould 

H Sat R 136:499 N 3 '23 120w 

"Over all is a fine quality won, it would seem, 
from the soft Irish air, neither rich nor austere, 
but a mingling of elements to procure a sim- 
plicity that is poetry, a grace that is firm and 
wise." 

-1- Spec 131:906 D 8 '23 320w 



The Times [London] Lit Sup p706 O 25 
'23 500w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

COLVIN, FRED HERBERT, and STANLEY, 
FRANK ARTHUR. Machine tools and their 
operation. (Lib. of machine shop practice) 2v 
341;409p il ea $4 McGraw 

621.9 Machine tools 22-24805 

"A practical work going into considerable 
detail in explanation of use and care of ma- 
chine-tools." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:290 Je '23 

COLVIN, IAN DUNCAN. Life of Jameson. 

2v 314;352p $10 Doubleday [32s Arnold] 
B or 92 Jameson, Leander Starr 

[22-22711] 

"This is the story of the celebrated 'Dr. Jim' 
of Johannesburg, colleague of Cecil Rhodes and 
as the two volumes reveal, the active force in 
the expansion of English control in South 
Africa. Leander Starr Jameson was Edinburgh 
born. Graduating at the University College in 
London, he served for a time in its hospital 
and then, lured by the call of a brother who 
had settled in South Africa, he journeyed to 
Kimberley, the diamond city, in 1878 and there 
set himself up as a practising physician. Here 
in this rough community, his light heart and 
professional skill soon made him popular and 
a person of influence. Meanwhile that budding 
giant Cecil Rhodes had been accomplishing the 
amalgamation of the diamond claims, at first 
held by many small owners, into one great 
monopoly both to render the actual operation 
of the mines practical and to establish price 
control for the industry. His success at this 
made him the first figure in South Africa and 
gave him the means to carry forward his great 
aim— the expansion of British rule on the Dark 
Continent."— N Y World 



"Skilful pleader as he is, Mr. Colvin in these 
volumes does not add much to Jameson's po- 
litical reputation. But he does succeed in mak- 
ing the man himself a human and fascinating 
figure." J. W. G. 

4 New Statesman 20:462 Ja 20 '23 800w 

"Ian Colvin's biography — one of breathless 
interest — does not give us much hint of how 
far the materialistic doctor went with his 
visionary comrade either in his dreams of 
world dominion or in his queer religion of 
Anglo-Saxonism." C: W. Thompson 

N Y Times plO Je 3 '23 1400w 

"Mr. Colvin is Jameson's ideal apologist. It 
takes a Scot to understand any Scot, but it 
needed a rare insight to draw so living and 
fair a portrait of this least self-revealing of 
men." Winifred Katzin 

-f N Y Tribune p21 Jl 29 '23 lOSOw 

"Mr. Colvin gives us a fine view of Rhodes. 

He was calm, persistent, patient and, despite 

his dream of empire, liked the Africander Boers 

and got on well with the natives." D. C. Seitz 

-f- N Y World p8e Ap 8 '23 lOOOw 

"Mr. Colvin has given us not only a brilliant 
essay in biography but a valuable contribution 
to the hi.^^tory of the Empire." 

+ Sat R 134:679 N 4 '22 800w 

"Mr. Colvin is no hero-worshipper. He right- 
ly believes that the best service he can do to 
Jameson's memory is to tell his story fully 
and fairly, without glossing over his few mis- 
takes. The dispassionate reader who follows 
'Mr Colvin's narrative to the end will, we 
think agree with him that Jameson was a 
great man, who did good service to his adopted 
country. ^^^^ i30:sup482 Mr 24 '23 1300w 

"Mr Colvin's main achievement is that he 

has succeeded in reproducing much of that 

singular charm which clung about Jameson like 

an atmosphere." -, . ,^ - uti n 

A- The Times [London] Lit Sup p673 O 

26 '22 3100W 



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COMFORT, WILL LEVINGTON. Public square. 
320p $2 Appleton 

23-8243 

"A powerful story of the struggle of a young 
woman, Pidge Musser, to find and to fulfil 
herself in the world. She asks and will receive 
no favors until the battle has been fought 
and won. Her first attempt at novel-writing 
is a failure. Through the people with whom 
she is associated she is drawn into contact 
with a liberal journal of opinion . . . and 
with Richard Cobden, assistant to the editor 
and chief financial backer of the publication. 
Cobden's love she refuses because of a veil 
which seems to hang between them and she 
finds temporary happiness with a gallant scape- 
grace, Rufus Melton, who before long proves 
unfaithful. Cobden travels widely in the world, 
sees somewhat of the white man's burden in 
Africa, is drawn into the maelstrom of war- 
time Paris, follows Gandhi in India and is an 
eye-witness of the Amritsar horror. He re- 
turns filled with what he has seen to find 
America uninterested. Yet he also returns to 
find his happiness at last with Pidge." — Greens- 
boro (N.C.) Daily News 

"Mr. Comfort's novels always promise still- 
ness and 'The Public Square' fulfils the promise. 
It is the stillness born of a novel written by 
a man who has forgotten all he knew about 
technique but who has not forgotten that the 
normal men and women of today are capable 
of high ideals, deep feelings and straight liv- 
ing, many modern novelists to the contrary 
notwithstanding." L. H. Guyol 

4- Boston Transcript p5 Je 9 '23 1200w 
Cleveland p67 S '23 
"The book is rather an exotic in our domes- 
tic fiction market since it discusses with sim- 
plicity and sincerity the eternal problem of 
how mankind may free itself from the thral- 
dom of its own desires. 'The Public Square.' 
In fact, not only tells a story, but in it the 
author also offers an answer to the problems 
raised by a civilization which still trusts to 
competition and violence." Russell Gore 
+ Detroit News pl2 Ag 26 '23 600w 
"As a fine picture of two young people who 
look life squarely in the face and try to solve 
their problems in clear-headed fashion in these 
troublous days the book excels." 

4- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 Je 17 
'23 290w 
"However the reader may feel about the 
protest-and-propaganda elements in this book, 
he will not fail to respond to the sincerity 
and high intention of the author." H. W. 
Boynton 

H Ind 110:428 Jl 7 '23 1200w 

Reviewed by R. C. Holliday 

Int Bk R pGO O '23 150w 
N Y Times p24 Ap 29 '23 700w 
Springf'd Republican p7a N 11 '23 650w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:160 Je *23 

COMISH, NEWEL ROWLAND. Standard of 

living. 340p $2 Macmillan 

330 Consumption (economics). Cost and 
standard of living 23-8468 

The first part deals with standards of living 
and the factors affecting them, and under this 
head Mr Comish discusses the economic laws, 
aims, and standards of consumption, the mini- 
mum quantity budget necessary for a worker's 
family of five, and the effects of advertising, 
habits and fashions, consumptive statutes and 
other factors that influence consumption. The 
second part, on the sources of consumptive 
goods and the means of acquiring them, in- 
cludes chapters on buying directly from farm- 
ers, buying from middlemen and buying co- 
oi)eratively, a chapter on credit, and two im- 
portant chapters on savings and investments. 



"This book should have a wide reading, not 
so much by students of economics as by that 
wide group of persons who have not the time to 
address themselves to a comprehensive study 
of the problems of economics and of the stand- 
ards of living, but who are desirous neverthe- 
less of being intelligent about the elements of 
these problems as affecting individual, national 
and world-wide well-being." B. B. Burritt 

-\- Management & Adm 6:374 S '23 800w 

"Mr. Comi.-3h writes with admirable clarity 
and practical effect. He treats his theme in 
simple, every-day fashion with very little ref- 
erence to theoretical economic laws and with 
no parade of technical terms. In addition to 
a number of illustrations that elucidate the 
text the work is richly supplied with analytical 
tables, procured by inquiry as to living condi- 
tions and motives for buying among a good 
many people." 

-I- N Y Times p21 Je 17 '23 650w 

"An unusual book in its field." 

+ R of Rs 68:336 S '23 120w 

"This is rather a mixture, but an interesting 
and suggestive one. Woven in with general 
definitions in the usual college text book style 
we find the results of original work." 
4- Survey 50:549 Ag 15 '23 250w 

COMSTOCK, MRS HARRIETT THERESA 
(SMITH). Tenth woman. 341p $1.75 Double- 

^"^ 23-9077 

The story presents a picture of the set New 
England small-town life as it has crystallized 
out of its puritanical past. It shows us the 
autocratic husband and the dutifully submissive 
wife. Rose-Ann's mother had been such an 
one She awoke to a realization of her sup- 
pressed life when it was too late to profit her- 
self by her knowledge and there was only time 
enough to warn her daughter of the dangers 
ahead of her. The warning did not save Rose- 
Ann from disillusionment and from being almost 
.'=^hip-w recked against the rocks of her hus- 
band's traditions, but, in conjunction with her 
natural temperament, it helped her to become 
that one woman out of ten that would not be 
dominated and submerged. 



Booklist 20:39 N '23 
Cath World 118:282 N '23 150w 
Reviewed by M. H. Abel 

J Home Econ 15:452 Ag '23 500w 



Cleveland p50 Jl "23 

"The plot is unconvincing and the characters 
are never fle.sh-and-blood persons. The book 
is written in a vein of .sweetness, and with 
sugar at its present price we marvel at the 
author's saccharin extravagance." 

— Int Bk R p47 Ag "23 210w 

"There is a suspicion of Mrs. Comstock's 
weakening toward Rose-Ann. She seems to 
hesitate about letting Rose-Ann suffer the 
full consequences. Rose-Ann is a charming 
person. Many of the minor characters and 
their conflicts are exceptionally well portrayed: 
they contribute to the tangibihty of Rose-Ann s 
background." , „„ ,„„ „„„ 

N Y Times pl7 My 20 '23 700w 

Reviewed bv Harriet Hershoff 

N Y Tribune p22 Jl 22 '23 650w 

"A book, like a human being, needs person- 
ality to distinguish it from the blur of the 
general Personality springs from the soul 
within. We tried to find the soul of 'The Tenth 
Woman' and we found only the scant skeleton 
created by the facile pen of Harriet T. Com- 
stock." Ruth Snyder 

^ N Y World p7e My 27 '23 720w 

CONANT, LAWRENCE WICKES. Tackling 
tech; suggestions for the undergraduate in 
technicar school or college. 197p 11 $1.50 
Ronald 

607 Technical education 22-20369 

"The serious technical student will find this 
hook very helpful in getting the most out of 
his college course. It begins with the prepara- 
tion for college, but deals particularly with 
systematizing the work of the college years. 
Not confined to study and class room woriv, 
but considers student activities, physical ex- 



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CONANT, LAWRENCE WICKES — Continued 
ercise, vacation work, and financing of the col- 
lege course." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:288 Je '23 

CONANT, LUTHER. Critical analysis of in- 
dustrial pension systems. 262p $1.75 Macmillan 
331.25 Pensions, Industrial 22-20369 

The material upon which this book is based 
was gathered in the course of an investigation 
of the pension problem made for an industrial 
concern. Beginning with a statement of the 
purposes of pension systems the author analyzes 
the various types and their costs. In an ap- 
pendix tables are provided giving a brief analy- 
sis of important features of pension plans of 
industrial establishments assembled in the 
course of the study. 



"Mr. Conant's book is lucid, comprehensive, 
and analytical; at the same time brief, read- 
able, and not encumbered with the usual weight- 
ings of statistical tables which generally serve 
to make books of this character heavy rather 
than illuminating. Altogether it is the best 
handbook on American industrial pension sys- 
tems yet published." H: Bruere 

+ Administration 5:741 Je '23 820w 
Booklist 19:238 My '23 
Cleveland p44 Je '23 
"Thorough and exhaustive study of industrial 
pension systems." 

-f N Y Times p6 F 18 '23 50w 
"The book goes far towards providing for 
interested employers a source of practical in- 
formation in rea.dily accessible form. Arguments 
on both sides of debatable issues are fairly 
presented; dangerous practices and false hopes 
are foreseen and explained. From a scientific 
standpoint one might wish that conflicting ar- 
guments had been more completely analyzed 
in respect to their relative weight and import- 
ance and that greater space had been devoted 
to the more fundamental issues involved. On 
the whole, however, the book will fulfill its 
ostensible purpose." J: B. Andrews 

-\ Pol Sci Q 38:503 S '23 520w 

R of Rs 67:448 Ap '23 90w 
Spec 130:674 Ap 21 '23 80w 
"It is a thoughtful study, and the conclu- 
sions drawn are stated courageously." 

-f Survey 50:supl96 My 1 '23 lOOw 

CONNELL, NORREYS, pseud. See O'Riordan, 
C. O'C. 

CONNETT, EUGENE VIRGINIUS. Wing 
shooting and angling. 226p il 12.50 Scribner 
799 Fishing. Shooting. Game birds 

23-138 
The author, a sportsman of long experience, 
divides his book almost equally between shoot- 
ing and fishing. In the first part he describes 
the choice and handling of guns, bird dogs 
and their training and the favorite game birds. 
In the angling chapters he discusses the trout 
fishing outfit, fly casting, the use of wet and 
dry flies, and also bass fishing. 



"A practical book for the boy from twelve 

up who is interested in hunting and fishing." 

Booklist 19:150 F '23 

Boston Transcript p6 D 13 '22 250w 

"The volume is rich in practical suggestions. 

While it is not a hand book of either hunting or 

fishing it is a fine supplement to one and It will 

prove a most welcome addition to the library of 

the devotee of either sport. No better book can 

be placed in the hands of the boy who is just 

beginning to catch the fascination of shooting 

or fishing. It is as sound in field morals as It 

is In common sense." 

+ Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO F 
25 '23 180w 
Reviewed by A. D. Douglas 

Int Bk R p42 My '23 250w 



CONNOR, RALPH, pseud. (CHARLES WIL- 
LIAM GORDON). Gaspards of Pine Croft; 
a romance of the Windermere. 318p $2 Doran 

23-16463 
A romance of the Windermere valley of Brit- 
ish Columbia. It tells the story of the life 
and moulding of Paul Gaspard, a man in whom 
two strains of inheritance fight for mastery. 
From his father comes his artistic tempera- 
ment, from his Calvinistic mother his strong 
sense of duty and realization of God's presence 
in his life. At fourteen he is left an orphan 
and is obliged to take upon himself as the ex- 
pense of his father's folly a staggering burden 
of debt and responsibility. It is a stern test 
of character but faith and loyalty win. 



Boston Transcript p8 N 21 '23 llOOw 
"To my ear Connor's sentiment always rings 
false. To very many ears it evidently rings 
true. So that where I find, in this book, 
strained situations, hectic incident, and totally 
unnatural speech, the more sympathetic (or less 
exacting) ear of other listeneis may find sweet 
and intelligible music." H. W. Boynton 

h Ind 112:24 Ja 5 '24 llOw 

"Mr. Connor's many readers will not be dis- 
appointed. They will find the hero, the story, 
and the tears which they expect." C. L.. Skinner 

h Lit R p419 Ja 5 '24 500w 

N Y Times p8 N 4 '23 450w 
"A more than typical Ralph Connor novel, 
compounded of eight-tenths melodrama, one- 
tenth railway folder scenery, a touch of young 
love and 'about as much religion as my Wil- 
liam likes.' The whole will not disappoint the 
high expectations of Mr. Connor's numerous 
and grateful readers." Isabel Paterson 
— NY Tribune p21 N 11 "23 1250w 

Springf d Republican p7a Ja 13 '24 240w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p838 N 29 
'23 160W 

CONQUEST, JOAN. Zarah, the cruel. 320p 

?1.90 Macaulay [7s 6d Cassell] 

23-11825 

"The usual sultry beauty of the Arab com- 
bined with a charm inherited fromi a white 
mother, brings to Zarah's feet suitors from all 
tribes. She will have none of them, however, 
and sets her heart on winning an Englishman 
whose glances of love are only for a girl of his 
own people. Infuriated with disappointment, 
Zarah lures to her tribal home the unsuspect- 
ing English girl and her lover, there to infiict 
terrible cruelties in an unsuccessful effort to 
win the man's promise of marriage." — 
Springf'd Republican 



"Miss Conquest's book is a fantastic farrago 
of absurdities, but is rather more like the 
primitive imaginings of a bloodthirsty child 
than the more poisonous fancies of the usual 
'desert stuff." Indeed, it is not without a cer- 
tain crude picturesqueness." 

[-Lit R pl68 O 20 '23 180w 

"Those who like desert stuff, with its burn- 
ing love, its scorching hate and its cruel re- 
venge, will find the story suited to their taste. 
Others will scarcely read beyond the first 
chapter." 

fl N Y Times p21 S 9 '23 400w 

Springf'd Republican p5a S 23 '23 llOw 

CONRAD, JESSIE (MRS JOSEPH CONRAD). 

Handbook of cookery for a small house: with 

a preface by Joseph Conrad. 142p $1.75 

Doubleday 
641 Cookery 23-7769 

"The book, according to the author, is 'the 
A B C of cookery.' It is an excellent little 
handbook. Its 191 recipes are reinforced by 
various general directions which will prove use- 
ful to housekeepers, particularly inexperienced 
ones. The recipes are adapted, as the title in- 
dicates, for small families, and they are mainly 
for very simple and substantial dishes. In 



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respect to these two things it is particularly 
practicable."— Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News 



Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO Ap 
8 '23 350w 
Reviewed by E. L. Pearson 

Ind 110:231 Mr 31 '23 500w 
"This little volume will be a useful supple- 
ment to the housewife who tries to devise a 
varied daily menu with the object, not merely 
of satisfying the hunger, but also of intei'esting 

+ New Statesman 21:152 My 12 '23 130w 
"Mrs. Conrad's recipes are good. They are 
designed for families of four and one con- 
tribution to knowledge which she gives has 
great value — the art of conducting a kitchen 
without flooding the house with smells. She 
even curbs bacon and the succulent onion." 
-f- N Y World p9e Mr 18 '23 330w 
Sat R 135:701 My 26 '23 450w 
Spec 130:1049 Je 23 '23 40w 
"The author gets at things in a common- 
sense way, with her general remarks, and the 
recipes look to be elementary enough for 
a mere man to understand and interesting 
enough for his wife to express her academic 
approval before actually putting them to the 
test. Once more the world is debtor to the 
Conrad family." 

+ Springf d Republican p7a Jl 22 '23 300w 
"Mrs. Conrad's book has a peculiar fresh- 
ness about it, being in fact more of the nature 
of a traveller's tale than of a treatise by an ex- 
pert. She has made an excursion into the 
kitchen realm, has dwelt there for some years, 
and returned with the ivory and peacocks of 
her own discoveries and devisings. Her ex- 
perience, therefore, is limited." 

+ The Times [Londonl Lit Sjp p272 Ap 
lu '23 500w 

CONRAD, JOSEPH. The rover. 286p $2 Double- 
day 

24-632 
"The scenes are laid in the Mediterranean 
during the period of the Napoleonic wars. Pey- 
rol, the rover, has left the lawless sea to end 
his days in peace in the quiet village of his 
birth. But even that obscure section of the 
French coast has felt the pressure of Napo- 
leon's naval wars with England. Swiftly but 
reluctantly, Peyrol is involved in a romance 
and a secret operation which rises to the 
great adventure of his life, eclipsing in dramat- 
ic force all the anxious contents of his roving 
career." — Publisher's note 



"In 'The Rover' we have exactly what any- 
one who knows Conrad of old would expect 
from him. It is a good story very badly told, 
and that seems to us to be worse than a bad 
story well told." E. F. Edgett 

h Boston Transcript p4 D 8 '23 ISOOw 

"The unusual feature of the book is the re- 
sult of well-nigh faultless craftsmanship. Mr. 
Conrad does not lay bare the souls of his people; 
he lets them do that for themselves, but only 
so far as people are likely to do so in real life." 
-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO D 
30 '23 820w 

"There is less of description in 'The Rover' — 
at least, there is less of massed description — 
than the Conrad reader is accustomed to; and 
he is likely to feel this as a lack. But there are 
innumerable descriptive lines such as only Con- 
rad can write: and he sees the Mediterranean 
as only one who is both master-seaman and 
master-craftsman could see it." P. A. Hutchi- 
son 

H Int Bk R p31 D '23 1900w 

Lit R p387 D 22 '23 1150w 

New Repub 37:124 D 26 '23 ISOOw 

"The values are too like Kipling's for most 
of Mr. Conrad's juniors to find them sympa- 
thetic, though the greater part given to Fate 
renders them more acceptable. Any opinion on 
The Rover, I conclude, will be, even more than 
is usually the case, a matter of taste; but all 



except Mr. Conrad's fondest devotees may be 
recommended to put it on one side, and to re- 
read Youth and Within the Tides." Raymond 
Mortimer 

h New Statesman 22:306 D 15 '23 1300w 

"He has stripped his style of many a cus- 
tomary ornament. His old profusion and riot 
of imagery and color is severely restrained. . . 
The point is that some taking pains to please 
a popular audience (now that he has become 
popular in spite of himself) has not been able 
to put out the shining light of Mr. Conrad's 
genius. Only the glass — a more or less com- 
mercial product, perhaps— behind which it 
burns in 'The Rover' does a little dim the 
blaze of it. Or so it seems." H. I. Brock 
-I NY Times p6 D 2 '23 lOOOw 

"No one has ever discriminated more accur- 
ately and convincingly between elementary 
appetites and sublimated emotions. The love 
scenes in 'The Rover' are at once delicate and 
powerful; they are poetic, according to the 
classic definition of poetry as being 'simple, 
sensuous and passionate,' He knows and can 
convey the fateful significance of the certain 
phrase uttered in a certain manner, which 
pierces to the quick." Isabel Paterson 
4- N Y Tribune pl7 D 2 '23 2350w 

"A great story, gaining power as it goes on." 
R. D. Townsend 

+ Outlook 136:69 Ja 9 '24 720w 

"In Mr. Conrad's best vein of implied and 
restrained irony: it is superb." 

4- Sat R 136:626 D 8 '23 700w 

"The Rover is a very typical Conrad novel, 
and, though it is not Mr. Conrad's finest book, 
it holds a respectable place among his other 
works. It displays markedly those characteris- 
tics which emerge from the body of his writ- 
ings as belonging so uniquely to Mr. Conrad 
that any passage in which they occur is patently 
and unmistakably his. Here, again, we find 
his old detachment, a detachment which does 
not exclude admiration, scorn, and (most of 
all) pity, but which loves to exhibit his charac- 
ters to you as though you and he were watch- 
ing them from some celestial balcony." Martin 
Armstrong 

+ Spec 131:960 D 15 '23 1500w 

"Mr. Conrad, certainly, has written greater 
things than this, but among his recent books 
It stands out for the speed of movement, and 
not less for the impress of its truth to human 
nature." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p849 D 
6 '23 980w 

COOK, ALLAN BEBRENDS. Financing exports 

and imports. 218p $2.50 Ronald 

382 Foreign trade 23-4035 

"Many works on foreign trade financing or 
on foreign exchange tend to treat these sub- 
jects either as wholly a mercantile problem or 
wholly a banking problem. This volume con- 
siders both the mercantile and the banking 
phases of foreign trade and seeks to be of 
service to banker and merchant alike." — Pref- 
ace 



"Mr. Cook's treatment of the subject seems 
to be more evenly balanced than most of the 
others. He covers the different phases of our 
foreign financial relations comprehensively but 
compactly. The orderly arrangement of the 
topics and the clear simplified method of pre- 
senting them makes the work available as a 
textbook for students as well as for the gen- 
eral information of bankers and merchants." 
M. E. P. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Je 30 '23 650w 

"The qualities of a practical business man 
and those of a successful university professor 
have enabled Mr. Cook to prepare a volume 
which is both simple and clear and which con- 
tains an analytical and suggestive treatment of 
a subject which is almost always handled in a 
confused and technical manner." I. B. Cross 

-f Management & Adm 6:244 Ag '23 600w 
Springf'd Republican p8 Jl 5 '23 60w 



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COOK, JAMES H. Fifty years on the old fron- 
tier. 291p il $4 Yale univ. press 

B or 92 Frontier and pioneer life. West^ 
History 23-15924 

Captain Jim Cooli, veteran scout and plains- 
man, is one of the few left to tell the story of 
the famous company of scouts, including 
Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill, who cleared 
the way for the western pioneers and 
guarded their lives and property. In his re- 
miniscences he tells his experiences on 
the Texas cattle ranges during the 70's, 
hunting big game in "Wyoming Territory, 
helping in the suppression of the Apacne upris- 
ing under Geronimo in 1885 and of his friend- 
ship with Red Cloud. Tne last chapter gives an 
account of the Agate Springs fossil quarries 
which were louno on Capt Cook's ranch in 
Nebraska and which have afforded such ricn 
yields to paleontologists. 

"Altogether Captain Jim's story is of the 
deepest, most abiding interest and well worthy 
of preservation in the dignified form which it 
has here assumed." E. J. C. 

-f- Boston Transcript p2 O 27 '23 650w 
"Written in a simple and unpretentious style, 
richly human in its interest and always kindly, 
just and gentle in its judgments, "Fifty Years 
on the Old Frontier' covers a wonderful space 
of development in both the region involved and 
the man who writes about it. The book will 
well repay the reading of any one who cares 
about the events of that time and region, either 
as humanly interesting affairs or as a part of 
the nation's history." 

-h N Y Times p22 O 21 '23 llOOw 

COOLIDGE, DANE. Lost wagons. 256p $2 

Dutton 

23-2803 

"Death Valley Slim, the central figure, spends 
all his time trying to avenge himself on a 
stock promoter who tricks him on a mine deal. 
First, he tells a ponderous, unconvincing lie, 
which the promoter accepts as true, and then 
the promoter tells a ponderous, unconvincing 
lie which Slim in his turn accepts. They keep 
this up until the last chapter, when Slim by 
some miracle emerges as victor, and his op- 
ponent slinks away in silence." — N Y Times 



"There is comparatively little action In this 
novel of the deserts of California; but the au- 
thor's style is good, his characters are well 
drawn, aiTd his narrative abounds in amusing 
passages." 

+ Lit R p544 Mr 24 '23 120w 
_ "There is an unconquerable duhness pervad- 
ing the book which keeps our blood from boiling 
and fails to enlist our sympathies." 

— NY Times pl6 F 4 '23 280w 

"The narrative style is as harsh and meagre 
as the pounding vocabularies of the miners. 
'Lost Wagons' is another instructive legend of 
the golden-tinted West." A. D. Douglas 

— NY Tribune p22 F 4 '23 500w 
Outlook 133:454 Mr 7 '23 40w 

COOPER, CLAYTON SEDGWICK. Under- 
standing Italy. 306p il $3 Century 
914.5 Italy— Industries. Italv— Politics and 
government 23-82'77 

The book deals with the Italy of the last half- 
century, particularly from the viewpoint of her 
remarkable industrial development, and with the 
wave of nationalism which has been fiowing so 
stronglv in Italy since the Armistice and which 
has become organized in the Fascisti movement. 

Booklist 19:314 Jl '23 
Boston Transcript p3 My 26 '23 1050w 
Cleveland p48 Je '23 
"The style is lively and agreeable." 
-f Outlook 134:48 My 23 '23 50w 
R of Rs 67:671 Je '23 60w 
Sat R 136:621 D 8 '23 240w 
"The reader will probably find 'Understanding 
Italy" the most inclusive, well-informed and 
up-to-the-hour account of the ItaJv of to-day." 
-I Springf'd Republican p6 Jl 23 "23 750w 



Survey 50:643 S 15 '23 120w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p882 D 13 
•23 40w 

COOPER, COURTNEY RYLEY. Under the big 
' top. 238p il $2.50 Little 

791 Circus. Animals, Training of 23-13811 
The writer, who has spent the greater part 
of his life with tent shows, tells about the in- 
side life of the circus, the many things that go 
on under the big top and behind the scenes. 
He follows the circus from the first moment of 
preparing to come to town, the work of the 
men who travel ahead of the show, the activ- 
ities of the press agent, and the parade. But 
most of the book is given to the menagerie, the 
ways of the animals, their training, the times 
when they escape or go on the rampage. There 
Is a chapter also on that best friend of the 
circus, the boy, and one on the circus baby. 



"The spirit of the circus, the courage and 

teamwork of those who belong in it are made so 

vivid that one forgives the lack of coordination 

in the incidents and the quality of the writing." 

H Bookm 58:584 Ja '24 80w 

"Mr. Cooper writes as if he were still press 
agent, glorifying the tented world just as its 
managers would have done, but not always 
with entire regard for actualities. A circus is 
always expected to exaggerate; perhaps the 
literature of the circus may be pardoned If it, 
too, is written with superlatives. At any rate, 
Mr. Cooper's book ought to interest the wide 
range of readers of all ages who patronize the 
big shows." 

-| Boston Transcript p2 O 27 '23 200w 

COOPER, LANE. Two views of education, with 
other papers chiefly on the study of litera- 
ture. 321p $2.50 Yale univ. press [12s 6d 
Milford] 

370.4 Education 22-18445 

"Under the title 'Two Views of Education,' 
Mr. Cooper has republished in book-form a num- 
ber of papers and pamphlets. The title is taken 
from the fourteenth article, which treats of 
Calvin and Rousseau. The papers as a whole 
support the view of education, namely: that a 
general education consists in the assimilation 
of the ideas of antiquity and the Middle Ages; 
of antiquity and the Middle Ages, because the 
Renaissance and modern times have only dif- 
fused ideas, not added to the general stock of 
them." — Freeman 



"In the papers which make up this volume 
one finds one's faith in the foundation of life 
strengthened. One of the best of these papers 
is that on improving university scholarship. 
There is nothing better in the book. It is full 
of wisdom, and worthy of all acceptation by 
those who are trying to guide our universities 
and colleges." F. W. C. 

-I- Boston Transcript p8 S 9 '22 800w 

"Admirable in substance, but annoying in 
manner. If the book is not notable for the 
novelty of its ideas, it is worth reading for the 
energy with which they are expressed." C. V. 
Boyer 

H Freeman 6:476 Ja 24 '23 1250w 

"There is in this book so much that is ex- 
cellent that one hopes Mr. Cooper will some- 
time give us a thoroughly humanistic volume, 
such as appears once in a while in Britain, 
wholly dissociated from academic restrictions. 
If he does, he will not fail of readers." J: E. 
Jacoby 

+ New Repub 32:sup24 O 25 '22 1050w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p749 N 
16 '22 120w 

COPPARD, A. E. Black Dog. 294p $2.50, Knopf 
Eighteen short stories the background of 
which is for the most part the English country- 
side. Whatever the note struck — romance, fan- 
tasy, irony, the theme is original and the treat- 
ment imaginative. The title-story tells how the 
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Orianda Crabbe, daughter of a rustic innkeeper. 
He went to visit her at the "Black Dog" and 
each day she grew more alluring, but she also 
revealed a looseness of chai-acter from which 
his inborn integrity recoiled. One morning he 
packed his bag and departed for London and 
tho he thought lie would one day see her again 
or write her he never did so. Contents: The 
Black Dog; Alas, poor Bollington! The ballet 
girl; Simple Simon; The tiger; Mordecai and 
Cocking; The man from Kilsheelan; Tribute; 
The handsome lady; The fancy dress ball; The 
cat, the dog, and the bad old dame; The wife of 
Ted Wickham; Tanil; Tlie devil in the church- 
yard; Huxley Rustein; Big game; The poor man; 
Luxury. 

Reviewed bv Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 21:394 Jl 7 '23 lOw 

"Though the tales iiave a simple frankness 
unknown to early romanticism, they are filled 
with the old romantic homesickness — a groping 
for reality beneatli the symbols, and poor mor- 
tals who are always confusing the two. 
Strangeness is here, added to beauty, an exotic 
touch in the lives of homely people. . . In style 
'The Black Dog' is like its predecessor, but is 
a firmer piece of work. It touches earth more 
closely, and trifles less with unearthly things; 
it has a wider reach than the earlier volume 
and more courageous insight into human af- 
fairs." 

-f N Y Times p8 O 21 '23 450w 

"The essential reason why one feels that Mr. 
Coppard is arriving, that he matters, is that 
he is so richly, tragically, humorously himself. 
There is no room for the suspicion that he 
writes from anything but an overpowering im- 
pulse, not merely to write but to write just so. 
His style is curious and, in an age which might 
seem to have exhausted experiment, new. It 
tumbles over itself: it is rapid, genial, like the 
talk of a man whimsical, eloquent and earnest. 
. . Style, knowledge of character, originality of 
theme and method — Mr Coppard has them all. 
A remarkable writer." Gerald Gould 
+ Sat R 136:20 Jl 7 '23 700w 

"The greater part of the book testifies to a 
personality which is at the same time sensitive 
and robust. Mr. Coppard gives a vitality to 
country life which is strange to our usual vision 
of it. It is the strangeness which comes from 
suddenly seeing with people one has long been 
merely looking at. This gift of vision is inter- 
mittent, of coiuse, but it is sure to appear 
whenever Mr. Coppard is writing of the coun- 
try, and it i.=; steadiest when his stories are in 
the open air." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p438 Je 28 
'23 700w 

CORNISH. VAUGHAN. Great capitals. 296p $5 

Doran [12s 6d Methuen] 

911 Geography, Historical. Capitals fcities) 

23-13496 

The book is a study of the relative natural 
advantages possessed by particular geographi- 
cal sites during decisive epochs of history and 
of the geographical and historical factors which 
have determined the importance of the great 
capitals of ancient and modern times. The 
author's thesis is that the characteristic site 
of the imperial capital is in or adjacent to that 
storehouse of the dominant community of the 
empire which is nearest to the principal foreign 
neighbour. This argument he maintains 
thiii a survey of both ancient and modern 
history. Contents: Imperial capitals in China, 
Mongolia, and Manchuria; Imperial capitals of 
India, and of Persia with Mesopotamia; Im- 
perial capitals in Italy; Capitals of France; 
Imperial capitals in Germany; Imperial capi- 
tal.s in Holland, Denmark, Russia, and the 
Spanish peninsula: Imperial capitals in Great 
Britain; Imperial capitals in the United States 
and South America; Imperial capitals in Japan. 
Appendix. Index. Maps. 



"A lucid and suggestive survey of both an- 
cient and modern history." 

-f- The Times [London] Lit Sup p378 Je 
7 '23 900w 

CORNYN, JOHN HUBERT. When the camp 

fire burns. 223p il $1.50 Little 

23-5960 

More Indian folk tales told for children, in the 
vein of "Around the wigwam fire." (Book Re- 
view Digest, 1921) Contents: The wigwam; 
When Glooskap smokes his pipe; Wuchosen the 
wind- blower; The magic waters; The quest of 
the magic bow; Otter Heart of the enchanted 
forest; The magic of Glooskap; Little Thunder's 
wedding journey; Why animals do not talk; The 
last great council fire; How the mosquitoes 
came; Six-in-one. 



"Dr. Cornish has made a notable contribution 
to the subject. It is trap that his thesis is 
sometimes academic." 

-\ New Statesman 21:60 Ap 21 '23 330w 



"Told with the spirit and the magic of the 
great woods behind them." M. G. Bonner 
+ Int Bk R p50 S '23 300w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:416 Jl '23 

CORRIGEEN, pseud. See Adams, J. 

CORTISSOZ, ROYAL. American artists. 363p II 
' 13 Scribner 

759.1 Art, American. Artists, American 

23-17234 

A collection of articles reprinted mostly from 
the pages of the New York Tribune. In the 
opening chapter the critic defines his point of 
view. He is a conservative who believes that 
thru the centuries and all the changes of schools 
and traditions, art has been governed by cer- 
tain fundamental laws. He decries modernism 
and the invasion of the United States by aliens, 
holding them responsible for what he names 
"Ellis Island art." The rigidity of his doctrine 
leads to the exclusion of some of the younger 
artists and innovators from his pages. 

"This book by Mr. Cortissoz is exceedingly 
useful, for in it he has summed up his impres- 
sions of the most significant figures in American 

pa n ^g^g^^^ Transcript p4 D 29 '23 130w 

Reviewed bv A. H. Boughton 

New Repub 37:184 Ja 9 '24 7.50w 

"I like the simplicity of this hook. It con- 
tains no theories about art, it applies no rules. 
It is a collection of articles, reprinted, for the 
most part, from these pages. They have no 
obvious connection, one with the other. Yet the 
book has unity. It records predilections of a 
great lover of .\merican art." Guy Eglington 
+ N Y Tribune p21 N 25 '23 600w 

"There is a tonic quality In this book that 
stirs and exhilarates. Its judgments are re- 
corded without fear or favor and in a style that 
makes easy reading." 

+ Outlook 135:642 D 12 '23 60w 

COTTERILL, HENRY BERNARD. History of 
art- 2v V 1. Down to the age of Raphael. 442p 
il $10 Stokes [42s Harrap] 

709 Art — History 
"Mr. Cotterill presents, in an attractive vol- 
ume, the history of art from the lieginnings of 
dynastic Egypt to the close of the Quattrocento, 
excluding prehistoric art at one end and 
Raphael at the other, and reserving Oriental 
art for a supplement to the second volume, 
which is shortly to follow. Among the 318 
plates (generally excellent) which were allowed 
him he has included practically no subjects 
which are superfltious and omitted few that 
would seem worthy of selection in view of their 
outstanding artistic importance."— The Times 
[London] Lit Sup 

"Th<^re is little that is stimulating- in Mr. 
Cotterill's thought and nothing distinguished 
about his stvle. His work, however, is one of 
downright honesty and industry — a good and 
faithful product of its kind. The volume is 
handsomely printed and is intelligently and 
tastefullv illustrated by some three hundred 
half-tones." H: B. Puller 

-^ Freeman 7:523 Ag 8 '23 850w 



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COTTERILL, H: B. — Continued 

"Early Christian art is treated in some detail 
with a lucidity that is highly praiseworthy. 
The RomanesQue era is given ample attention 
in so far as its architecture is concerned. The 
Gothic era is, of course, entirely of its archi- 
tecture, and the treatment of it is the clearest 
and least technical we can remember." Temple 
Scott 

+ Nation 116:396 Ap 4 '23 900w 

"Very comprehensive and elaborate. The 
book is profusely illustrated in half tone, poorly 
executed for the most part, but perhaps as good 
as the photo engravers of the present day will 
condescend to produce. It is a pity that such 
painstaking work could not be better gar- 
nished." 

H NY World p9e My 13 '23 260w 

"Mr. Cotterill has made his selection of ex- 
amples with excellent taste." W. E. G. Fisher 
-f- Sat R 134:795 N 25 '22 250w 

"The whole work has been so well done that 
vve await with interest the concluding volume." 
-f- Spec 130:65 Ja 13 '23 560w 

"Mr. Cotterill's judgments in artistic matters, 
if not specially original, are always independent 
and never extravagant; and these are merits 
which should not be underrated especially in a 
book which is likely to fulfill an educational 
function. It is to be hoped that it will awaken 
tn many readers a' desire to make more direct 
acquaintance with the handiwork of the great 
creative artists." 

H The Times [London] Lit Sup p830 D 14 

'22 780w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:158 Je '23 

COTTON, CHARLES. Poems; ed. with an in- 
== trod, and notes by .John Beresford. 400p $4 

Boni <^ Liveright [15s R. Cobden -Sanderson] 
821 

"Charles Cotton died in 1687. He was born in 
1630, just fourteen years after Shakespeare's 
death. Two years after his death a very un- 
satisfactory pirated edition of his poems was 
published. For 235 years his poetical genius has 

flowed dully in occasional books of selections 
oday we have the first real collected edition 
of his poems." — Boston Transcript 



"As a picture of seventeenth century life and 
as a human document of great freshness and 
origmality Cotton's verse has earned doubly 
the affectionate regard of modern readers to 
which its sheer poetical merit alone entitles it." 
D. R. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 D 22 '23 1450w 

"He writes descriptive poetry that has the 
clearness and swiftness of flowing water, or 
the firmness of frozen water with his own 
satisfaction singing pebblelike along the sur- 
face." J: Freeman 

-I- Spec 131:426 S 29 '25 llOOw 

"That his poetry, an antidote to the megrims, 
'purging sunlight,' should now be accessible is 
due to a capital collaboration of editor and 
publisher. Mr. Beresford has affinities with the 
beloved scholars of the last century. His notes 
and arrangement are proofs of strong devotion 
to a task which demanded much." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p543 Ag 
16 '23 2050w 

COTTON, EDWARD HOWE. Ideals of Theo- 
dore Roosevelt; foreword bv Corinne Roose- 
velt Robinson. 330p $2.50 (10s 6d) Appleton 

B or 92 Roosevelt, Theodore 23-7841 

His purpose being to emphasize Roosevelt's 
ability to create ideals and then to realize 
them" the author confines him.self to those as- 
pects of Roosevelt's life in which he discovers 
the idealist— his efforts for social reform, his 
religious devotion, his moral enthusiasm, his 
vigorous Americanism, his warm friendships. 



man Roosevelt and has added a useful and 
valuable feature to the Roosevelt literature." 
E. J. C. 

H Boston Transcript p2 Je 2 '23 500w 

"The book is written wholly in the spirit of 
eulogy. It is evident that Mr. Cotton is one of 
Roosevelt's most ardent admirers, and his feel- 
ing glows steadily and brightly on every page." 
-[-NY Tim€s pl8 My 20 '23 420w 
"A pleasing and attractive study." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p357 My 
24 '23 80 w 

COUE, EIVIILE. How to practice suggestion 
and autosuggestion. 128p il $1.25 Am. li- 
brary service 

615.851 Mental suggestion 23-4990 

The book has a preface by Charles Baudouin 
giving a biographical and character sketch of 
Cou6. The text consists of the full report of 
a clinic conducted by Cou6; an exposition of 
the principle of suggestion and its dependence 
on the imagination rather than on the will; ad- 
vice about how to make both general and spe- 
cial suggestion; and a verbatim report of the 
lectures delivered by Coue in America. 



"This little book gives one the essence of 
Coueism." 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 My 16 '23 130w 
Reviewed by Joseph Collins 

Int Bk R pl7 My '23 1750w 
Reviewed by Will Cuppy 

N Y Tribune p22 My 13 '23 130w 

CODE-, EMILE. My method; including Ameri- 
can impressions. 201p $1.75 Doubleday 

615.851 Mental suggestion 23-6510 

The book is a clear exposition of the author's 
theory and method of autosuggestion, empha- 
sizing the essential points to be observed in the 
practice and the mistakes to be avoided. He 
shows that its scope is not limited to physical 
ailments but has great possibilities in combat- 
ing criminal tendencies and in the education of 
children. The second part of the volume is 
confined to the author's impressions of America. 
Alfred M. Murray, by way of introduction, gives 
some of the facts of Coup's life. 

COX, HARDING EDWARD DE FONBLANQUE. 

Sportsman at large. 310p $6 Doran [16s Hutch- 
inson] 

799 Hunting. Fishing [23-9921] 

The present volume is a companion to the 
author's "Chasing and Racing" (Book Review 
Digest, 1922) and concerns itself rather more 
with shooting, fishing, coursing, etc. than with 
hounds and horses. Beginning with his early 
childhood days, his love of nature and all living 
things, and his first fishing experience, the book 
is an autobiographical commentary on the var- 
ious sports that have engrossed him all his life. 



"Mr. Cotton sometimes, in his eagerness to 
show the uncompromising character of Mr. 
Roo.sevelt. uses the names of others quite too 
freely. However, he gives an entertaining and 
probably on the whole a truthful picture of the 



"He is a most excellent story-teller. He 
is far more breezy than is Izaak Walton, .less 
classical and literary, but he affords very good 
reading to him who will follow the record of 
his adventures." E. J. C. 

-|- Boston Transcript p3 O 6 '23 650w 
New Statesman 20:702 Mr 17 '23 500w 

"Probably most readers will chiefly be attract- 
ed by the shooting and fishing chapters. 'Uncle 
Cocky' as he encourages us to call him, has a 
style all his own. If its exuberant jocosity is 
sometimes a little daunting, he has at any rate 
both amused and interested one reader, particu- 
larly in the earlier and later parts of the book. 
Undoubtedly, too, he is a master of his many 
sublccts ** 

^ 'Sat R 135:189 F 10 '23 550w 

COX, HAROLD. Problem of population. 244p 

$2.50 Putnam [6s J. Cape] 
312 Population. Birth control 23-3003 

A discussion of the problem of population from 
the economic and moral viewpoints. Beginning 
with a chapter on the arithmetic of the growth 
of population the book proceeds to discuss the 



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problem as it affects the health and happiness 
of individual families, the prosperity and social 
progress of nations and the peace of the world. 
A concluding chapter is devoted to the ethics of 
birth control. Bibliography. Index. 



"Mr. Cox argues masterfully. With lucid 
simplicity he manipulates an array of carefully 
interpreted statistics, illuminated by anecdote 
and simile such as to interest and convince 
the general reader. More thoughtful minds may 
be offended by his protesting too much and too 
confidently, even if they can't and don't want 
to refute his reasoning." 

H Bookm 57:466 Je '23 120w 

Boston Transcript p3 Je 23 '23 580w 
Cath World 117:560 Jl '23 180w 
Cleveland p45 Je '23 
Reviewed by Kavmond Pearl 

Lit R p533 Mr 17 '23 1500w 
N Y World p9e Ap 22 '23 650w 
"A very real and valuable contribution." 

+ Sat R 135:153 F 3 '23 500w 
"It is not unusual, after reading an able book 
advocating some special reform, to feel for an 
hour or two that here we have the solution for 
almost every social problem. After reading Mr. 
Harold Cox's book this feeling does not, as in 
many cases, wear off. The conviction that what 
he is advocating is the cure for a great many 
problems intensifies and persists." 
+ Spec 130:186 F 3 '23 1450w 

Springf'd Republican pl2 My 2 '23 600w 
Survey 51:112 O 15 '23 380w 

COX, JOHN CHARLES. English church fit- 
tings, furniture and accessories; with an 
introd. by Aymer Vallance. 320p 11 $7.50 Put- 
nam [21s Batsford] 

247 Church furniture 
The book deals with the interiors and sur- 
roundings of churches, churchyards, and those 
details known as fittings which form no part 
of the actual fabric of the church. Monuments 
within the church are included, towers and 
bells, armor, chained books and church librar- 
ies, mural paintings, and other accessories. 
There are 274 illustrations. 



"Dr. Cox did not correct his proofs and there 
are some slight errors. But as a rule he is a 
very clear and elegant writer. The book is 
illustrated with 274 beautiful reproductions 
mainly of photographs. It will be invaluable 
to architects and other church-designers and 
to antiquarians, but no less interesting to the 
general reader." N. H. D. 

+ Boston Transcript p6 Jl 25 '23 950w 
Reviewed by C: De Kay 

N Y Times p23 S 9 '23 llOOw 
"A most attractive general account of the 
immense store of artistic treasure contained 
in parish churches. It is pre-eminently a book 
for the general reader rather than the special- 
ist. As such we welcome it." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p421 Je 
21 '23 1300W 

COXON, MURIEL (HINE) (MRS SIDNEY 
COXON). The flight. 357p ?2 Dodd [7s 6d 
Lane] 

23-5620 
Clodagh Laidlaw was a dependent orphan to 
be married off at the first opportunity. In con- 
trast to the other men she was supposed to 
like. Sir Ian Strangway appealed to her ideal of 
masculinity. In spite of her strong-mindedness 
the primitively feminine in her was conquered 
by his masterful ways. This masterfulness as- 
serted itself after marriage and broke Clodagh's 
health and spirit. When she accidentally dis- 
covered that Ian had succumbed to the wiles of 
her cousin Margot, she fled to Italy — her health 
a pretext — leaving Margot in possession. On a 
small island near Naples she forms a close 
friendship with two English recluses, both ex- 
amples of heroic renunciation, discovers her 
soul-affinity with the younger, a musician, and 



regains her lost voice. The affair with Margot 
having ended in disillusionment and an almost 
fatal accident for Ian, Clodagh returns to Eng- 
land where she devotes herself to Ian with 
rnaternal solicitude and flg:hts for her personal 
liberty against his possessive instinct. 

"Mrs. Hine writes with feeling. Her conver- 
sations are never too clever to be unnatural. 
Still they have a spontaneity and sophistication 
which make them effective in characterization. 
'The Flight' i.s a strong, noteworthy book, well, 
if not brilliantly, written by a novelist whose 
power lies in her knowledge of men and women 
as well as in her ability to describe them." D. 
F. G. 

+ Boston Transcript p2 Ap 7 '23 550w 
Cleveland p68 S '23 
" 'The Flight' fails to fulfil the promise shown 
in Miss Hine's earlier novel, 'Torquil's Success.' 
But there is real charm in the second half of 
*he book." 

(- lot Bk R p69 O '23 200w 

"Miss Hine's workmanship is tolerably good 
and there are some excellent incidental descrip- 
tions." 

h Lit R p571 Mr 31 '23 150w 

"The book is interesting, well and smoothly 
written. Its author has a story to tell as well 
as certain people and places to set before us, 
and accomplishes her purpose without any ap- 
parent strain or difficulty." 

H- N Y Times pl7 Mr 18 '23 650w 
Outlook 133:854 My 9 '23 llOw 
"Miss Hine is apt to overdo her spasmodic 
treatment of people and events. But once hav- 
ing decided which is the essential personality, 
she fills it in with clever strokes." 

-I The Times [London] Lit Sup p780 N 

30 '22 450w 

COXON, MURIEL (HINE) (MRS SIDNEY 
COXON). Spell of Siris. 334p $2 Dodd 

23-17384 
"The story has its setting on the Island of 
Siris, off the coast of Italy, varied by a few 
scenes in Rome and one in Florence. It is 
divided into three sections, each representing 
a segment of the life of Clodagh Strangway 
and her love for one Nigel Wier, a musician 
and disabled soldier. The first section, 'Emanci- 
pation,' tells of the death of the heroine's hus- 
band and her return to the Island of Siris to 
be again with friends she has known in years 
past. She once more meets with Wier and real- 
izes that she loves him. But, since her love 
for Lord Strangway has disappointed her, she 
believes that marriage is fatal to love. She 
leaves Wier for Rome and starts to study music 
and singing preparatory to an operatic career. 
The second section, 'Resistance,' describes her 
fight against the love of Wier, and paints a 
rather vivid picture of the artistic and tourist 
social functions in Rome. The third and last 
section, 'Experiment,' makes love triumphant." 
— N Y Times 



"It is of course a very old situation but Muriel 
Hine has used it cleverly, making us like her 
people genuinely and enjoy to the full the un- 
derlying humor of her situations." D. L. M. 
+ Boston Transcript p8 D 15 '23 800w 

"The author is apparently conversant with 
the Italian language, and rarely misses an 
opportunity to run in a phrase or word. This 
ultimately palls on the reader, but her appar- 
ently intimate knowledge of the peasant and 
his every day life is a source of joy." 
h N Y Times p9 N 25 '23 500w 

"There is a good deal of amiable discussion 
about wives and mothers and women workers, 
but nothing challenging or new. One does not 
complain of the fact; what novelty can any 
one impart to such a w^ell-worn topic? Misa 
Hine is a bit smug in her reflections on the 
unlucky husbands or wives whose unsuitable 
partners don't know when to die, and she re- 
gards the lower classes, one gathers, as having 
no right to marital difficulties at all." Isabel 
Paterson 

— NY Tribune pl8 D 2 '23 580w 



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COXON, MURIEL — Continued 

"The author has written a well constructed 
novel, with many fine characterizations. The 
chief fault of her book lies in her failure to 
prove her premises." Ruth Snyder 

H NY World p6e N 25 '23 650w 

"The book is pleasing both in its character de- 
piction and in its description." 

+ Outlook 135:690 D 19 '23 lOOw 

Springf d Republican p7a Ja 6 '24 200w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p880 D. 13 
'23 280w 

COYLE, KATHLEEN. Piccadilly. 250p $2 

Dutton [7s 6d J. Cape] 

23-11970 

An impressionistic novel picturing a few days 
in a young girl's life in a succession of dissolv- 
ing views. Desolate and out of work, almost 
on the brink of suicide, Carinthia Leicester is 
discovered by young Pelham Wace as she sits 
on the Embankment in London. He asks to 
paint her and takes her to Patrick Temple's 
studio. There she is injected into the midst of 
a circle of artists and without clue or explana- 
tion is swept into the current of their lives. 
The characters in the draina are Temple, the 
well known artist; Mary, his wife, the gracious 
presence to whom all look for sympathy and 
understanding; Pelham Wace, his pupil; and 
the Ijeautiful Laura, whotn Pelhajn loves. In 
one scene after another, of which Carinthia is 
an involuntary witness, she sees the drama de- 
velop and at the end of four short days is 
herself an active participant. 

"She has something to say about life as sh,e 
sees it, and a simple, tragic stoiy to tell with- 
out any hint of eroticism. Unfortunately, she 
is not conte.1t to tell the simpler story simply." 
J. P. S. 

-i Boston Transcript p2 N 14 '23 400w 

Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 111:256 N 24 '23 250w 

"There is a good deal of cleverness, as well 
as a good deal of subtlety, in Kathleen Coyle's 
new novel. There are moments when it shows 
a situation, an environment or a mood with 
clear sharpness, occasional flashes of insight 
regarding character or motive. But the clever- 
ness and the subtlety are of too determined 
a quality; one feels that they are the result 
of an effort which is an all but perpetual 
strain." 

H NY Times p22 O 14 '23 440w 

':Though there are occasional moments when 
the verbal pyrotechnics become irksome, the 
originality of Miss Coyle's prose is not to be 
denied. Still, one cannot gaze at the sun di- 
rectly for more than a brief moment at a 
time. The stars have a beauty of their own, 
though less effulgent. Too, they have a defin- 
ite system." Hugo Sonnenschein 

H NY Tribune p20 O 28 '23 720w 

"The plot is worked out with a breadth, a 
contemporaneous attention to the different 
threads of the narrative, that is highly ad- 
mirable. As for the style, it is, by its very 
ideals, difficult. Miss Coyle has the rare knack 
of evolving lucidity by the nice correlation of 
obscurities. Therefore anyone who tries to skip 
when reading 'Piccadilly' deserves all the confu- 
sion he gets." 

+ Spec 130:852 My 19 '23 350w 

CRAM, MILDRED. Stranger things. 314p $2 

Dodd [7s 6d Cassell] 

23-15251 

The first of the stories in this volume 
was included in the O. Henry Memorial award 
prize stories of 1921. Contents: Stranger things; 
The yellow one; The drvad; Anna; The amulet; 
The gaudy little fish; The bridge; The lotus at 
Mitchell house; Exhibit B; Odell; and The 
precious certitude. 



in the Conradian tradition, one marked differ- 
ence being that, while she may verge on the 
ironical, she is too downright for irony, at- 
taining her effects rather by penetrating anal- 
ysis and exposure of her characters' weak- 

+ — N Y Times pl7 N 18 '23 500w 
"Miss Cram has the gift of clear character- 
ization and a strong sense of dramatic values, 
and these stories promise even better things 
for the future. Her most obvious fault is a 
slight straining after effect and self-conscious- 
ness that she tries too hard to overcome, but as 
entertainment 'Stranger Things' leaves nothing 
to be desired." Edith Leighton 

-j NY Tribune p22 N 25 '23 360w 

"She has considerable power and insight. Her 
themes are original and her ability to suggest 
the occult and mysterious is striking. The open- 
ing story, from which the volume takes its 
name, is an excellent specimen of her powers 
and would be even more attractive if it stood 
by itself." 

-I The Times [London] Lit Sup p324 My 

10 '23 lOOw 

CRAVEN, THOMAS. Paint. 229p $2 Harcourt 

23-3893 
" 'Paint' is a novel that its central character, 
Carlock, might have written had he sold him- 
self to lilerature instead of art. It is a story — 
a history — of achievement, of suffering, of soul 
misery; of an artist's ten-year struggle in un- 
sesthetic New York — never beautiful except in 
its stark power. It has the surge of a will to 
create beaten and forced to its utter limits, and 
to oblivion. Carlock is incessantly present, at 
one with his medium, paint. A figure with the 
desires of a Cowperwood and the madness of a 
Raskolnikoff, yet precisely reminiscent of 
neither." — Lit R 



Reviewed by R. I. Goodnow 

Detroit News p23 D 9 '23 90w 
"Although Miss Cram is no second Conrad, 
her work may be described fairly as following 



"The remarkable part of Mr. Craven's work 
is that never from first to last do we doubt the 
truth of his portrait, ugly and sordid and de- 
pressing as it is. It is a grim arraignment of 
American taste, which exalts commercial art at 
the expense of real art, and steadfastly denies 
the artist his right to a hearing. It is far from 
a pleasant story, but there is strength and ruth- 
lessness in it and a passion for truth."' D. 
L. M. 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 Mr 14 '23 1050w 

"As art Mr Craven's book cannot be consid- 
ered. It is too obviously a treatise where in- 
tellect has been harnessed hurriedly to anger 
and the guiding rein of a really imaginative 
conception is entirelv lacking." Alyse Gregory 

— Dial 74:511 My '23 950w 

"The crowning difficulty with this kind of 
story is that we have to take the author's word 
for the fact without which it is simply a mal- 
odorous chronicle of uncomely egotism — the fact 
of genius. When history testifies that the su- 
preme genius of the past has been built upon 
personal and spiritual squalor, there will be 
more valid excuse for tliese squalid pictures of 
genius-to-date." H. W. Boynton 

— Ind 110:263 Ap 14 '23 420w 

"It is intense beyond bearing. It reeks with 
the sour brutality of truth. It is a novel thaf 
will be decried, sneered at, ignored, censured by 
the puritanic; but its bitter honesty lives in 
every page. To read it is to experience the 
grinding thrill of creation, to have one's every 
sensibility rasped." Kenneth Fuessle 
Lit R p531 Mr 17 '23 500w 

"This novel is crudely written in parts, and 
hastily molded in others, but it holds a vicious 
strength and concentration." Maxwell Boden- 
heim 

\- Nation 116:369 Mr 28 '23 400w 

"Paint has all the concisene.ss and pith and 
intelligence of Mr. Craven's reviews; in addi- 
tion, it has a good share of the qualities that 
make a first rate piece of fiction." L: Mumford 
4- New Repub 34:169 Ap 4 '23 1400w 

" 'Paint' is indubitably a realistic novel in the 
full sense of the word; it is unlovely where it 
is logical to be so, and it is thoroughly con- 



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sistent. It moves with a resistless speed that 
urges the reader to consume it at one sitting." 

N Y Times pll Mr 4 '23 750w 
"It is a stark, simple and savage recital of 
an entirely appalling life, and if the author 
meant it as a blasting denunciation of the 
modernists he has assuredly done a good job." 
Isabel Paterson 

— NY Tribune p22 Mr 18 '23 8.50w 

Springf'd Republican p7a Ap 22 '23 450w 

CRAWFORD, DANIEL. Back to the long grass; 

my link with Livingstone. 373p il $4 Doran 

[16s Hodder & S.] 

916.7 Africa, Central — Description and 
travel. Livingstone, David 23-26337 

The author, who has lived many years among 
the natives as a missionary, follows the trail 
of Livingstone on his last pioneering journey to 
the historic tree where his heart lies buried. 
Mr Crawford bases his chronicle on Liv- 
ingstone's note-books and diaries, commenting 
all along the way on the country and natives 
from his many years' knowledge of them. 



Reviewed by I: Anderson 

Int Bk R p44 Je '23 140w 
"A book that, although filled with a mass of 
fact information, is of a genuine and spon- 
taneous stupidity, and written with an inordi- 
nate degree of pedantic self-.^atisfaction and 
self-righteousnes.s." Achmed Abdullah 

— NY Tribune p29 My 13 '23 920w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:306 Je '23 

CRESSON. WILLIAM PENN. Diplomatic por- 
2 traits; Europe and the Monroe doctrine one 

hundred years ago. 371p il .$4 Houghton 

940.28 Monroe Doctrine. Diplomacy. Europe 
—History 23-17760 

The group of world statesmen who appear in 
these pages belongs to the period of interna- 
tional adjustment which followed the Napole- 
onic wars. This period shows a marked like- 
ness to the present day which has offered a 
similar opportunity for a reasonably combined 
international policy. Mr Cresson in his series 
of sketches attempts to show the significance 
of certain individuals in relation to the events 
of their time rather than to define personalities. 
In revievving the lives of these men he de- 
velopes at the same time the story of an im- 
portant movement in world diplomacy. 



"Dr. Cresson's work stands out among the 
fast-growing literature about the Monroe Doc- 
trine as marked by originality in treatment, 
thoroughness in research and a vivid style that 
holds the reader's interest. The light from 
Russian sources that is thrown upon the whole 
state of affairs which gave rise to the Doctrine 
is invaluable." A. S. Will 

+ N Y Times pi D 16 '23 1400w 
Outlook 135:690 D 19 '23 60w 
"Mr. Cresson writes with sympathy and in- 
telligence concerning the European diplomacy 
of that period and America's relation to it." 
-f R of Rs 69:111 Ja '24 llOw 

Springf'd Republican p7a D 30 '23 180w 

CRESSY, EDWARD. Discoveries and inven- 
tions of the twentieth century. 2d ed rev and 
enl 458p il $5 Dutton 

609 Inventions 
The great activity in discovery and inven- 
tion during the four years of the war, has 
rpade necessary much revision and entire re- 
writing, in parts, of the second edition of a 
book first published in 1914. Contents: The 
revival of water power; Coal, gas. and petrol- 
eimi; Steam power; Gas, petrol and oil engines; 
Generation and transmission of electricity; 
Electric lighting and heating; Speed and 
economy in factory and workshop; Foundry and 
forge; "The electric furnace and its applications; 
The artificial production of cold and its ap- 
plications; Soil and crops; The borderland of 
modern chemistry; Railways; Electric traction; 
Motor-cars; Modern ships; The conquest of the 
air; Wireless telegraphy and telephony; Some 



applications of photography; Radium, electricity, 
and matter; Index. 

"This carefully prepared volume is vastly 
useful and of great interest to many." 

+ Boston Transcript p4 My 12 '23 180w 
"Mr. Cressy is clear and his book throughout 
is well above the average style of popular 
exposition." 

-I- New Statesman 20:786 Ap 7 '23 280w 

"The book is profoundly interesting and well 

may be as deeply useful. It is thoroughly 11- 

-f N Y World p8e Ap 1 '23 130w 
Outlook 133:854 My 9 '23 70w 

CRICHTON, CHARLES H. Lure of old Paris. 

188p il $2 Little 

914.436 Paris— Description [23-8493] 

The author gives an original turn to this ac- 
count of his rambles thru the older parts of 
Paris by the device of having himself conducted 
by three different guides, an old rou6 and 
boulevardier, a ragpicker, and a beautiful lady. 
The first shows him the gay Paris of the 
boulevards, of cafes and cocottes, of Long- 
champs and Montmarte. The second takes him 
thru the old historic Paris. The third shows 
him her Paris— the Paris of Diane de Poitiers, 
of Madame Roland, of Abelard and Heloise, and 
of the Bastille. The whole is strung to- 
gether on a running thread of story and con- 
versation. 

"Interesting book, very interesting book, but — 
it is like a tapestry whereof the strands have 
raveled. Before we see the pattern we must 
weave it together again." 

h Boston Transcript p4 O 31 '23 360w 

"This book is altogether charming. It is fused 
together by the slenderest, but most pleasant, 
of plots— a hint of a love story, a quarrel, a 
possible duel, which may or may not be alle- 
gorical, depending on the reader's taste. 
Throughout there is a sense of Old World ele- 
gance, leisure, good manners^ and delicacy. The 
writer knows and loves Paris; that alone is 
enough to commend him and his book to the 
friendship of other gentlemen." 

-f Lit R p214 N 3 '23 280w 
"jVIajor Crichton has written for the traveler 
a guide to Paris and for the reader of travel 
tales a pretty narrative of adventure along un- 
beaten paths just off the broad highway. His 
book will relieve the tedium of the Baedeker 
and supplement it as well." 

+ N Y Times p25 Ja 6 '24 480w 
"He seldom strays from the beaten paths 
familiar to tourists and despite his effort to 
describe them in a manner all his own the book 
differs little from a score of predecessors. lo 
me this exclamatory, emotional style, tinged 
with British sentimentalism, seems ill adapted 
to his subject." W. N. C. Carlton 

— NY Tribune p21 O 28 '23 260w 

CROFT, TERRELL WILLIAMS, ed. Machinery 
foundations and erection. (Power plant ser.) 
691p il $5 McGraw 

621.7 Machinery— Erecting 23-2989 

"The most thorough treatise now available. 

Well illustrated."— Pittsburgh Mo Bui 

Booklist 19:303 Jl '23 
"In general, this book handles quite satis- 
factorily a subject on which very little tho- 
rough analysis has been attempted until now. 
It is specific and simple enough to be practical, 
and yet provides the necessary theoretical treat- 
ment as a groundwork for intelligent design. 

^' ^' ^Mlnagement & Adm 6:372 S '23 880w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:177 Ap '23 

CROFT, TERRELL WILLIAMS, ed. Steam-tur- 
bine principles and practice. (Power plant 
ser.) 347p il $3 McGraw 

621.165 Steam turbines 23-6670 

"A practical work on construction, installa- 
tion, and operation of turbines and auxiliary 
equipment. Does not consider design, and. m 



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CROFT, T. W., ed. — Continued 
presentation of fundamental principles, presup- 
poses no mathematics beyond arithmetic." — 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh iVIo Bui 28:357 Jl "23 

CROFT, TERRELL WILLIAMS, and others, 
eds. Practical heat. (Power plant ser.) 659p 
il $5 McGraw 

536 Heat 23-8772 

"Provides the student with the fundament- 
al theories of heat necessary for practical ap- 
plication, and discusses power-plants, heating 
of buildings, refrigeration, and instruments for 
measuring and recording temperature, pressure, 
and humidity." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:406 O "23 

CROTHERS, SAMUEL MCCHORD. Cheerful 

giver. 242p $2 Houghton 

814 23-15499 

The point and irony of these essays are not 
concealed uhder their mellow manner and 
bubbling wit. Dr Crothers's humor and good 
sense play around and illumine such subjects 
as leisure while you wait, a constitutional gov- 
ernment for one's own mind, the new school of 
biographers and poets, listening in on the Irish 
question, the conservatism of guide-posts and 
our mother tongue. Included in the volume is a 
parable for the time written just before the 
Armistice and entitled The end of the deluge. 



"Dr. Crothers writes in a manner both quiet 
and intimate; and his pages are fired with a 
rare enthusiasm. There is a twinkle in his eye 
as he takes a poke at some of our revolutionists 
in literature and in ethics, and a great deal of 
honest wit often tempers incipient irony. 
Nothing in the book is quite so delightful as the 
essay on 'New Poets and Poets Not So New.' " 
D. T. W. McC. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 N 10 '23 850w 
"They are not as witty as Holmes, but witty 
like Holmes, and make pleasantly unexpected 
points. They are ethical, sensible, entertaining, 
optimistic, sententious, and fertile of illustra- 
tion." Arthur Colton 

+ Lit R p364 D 15 '23 690w 
Nation 118:40 Ja 9 '24 80w 
N Y Times p5 N 25 '23 1650w 
"Pleasant though pointed papers." 
+ N Y World p7e O 28 '23 240w 

CROWELL, THOMAS Y., firm, publishers. 

Crowell's dictionary of Inisiness and finance. 

608p $3: indexed $3.50 Crowell 
658 Business — Dictionaries and cyclopedias 

23-12120 

"The first part of the book, comprising up- 
ward of five hundred pages, is devoted to 
definitions of business and financial term.s, with 
abundant cross references. The second part, 
comprising nearly one hundred pages, describes 
in detail the monetary system of the United 
States; tables of foreign coins valued in ITnited 
States money; and tables of monetary units, 
fineness and intrinsic equivalents in United 
States money; weight and fineness of gold coins 
and other similar matters." — Boston "Transcript 

Booklist 20:43 N '23 
Boston Transcript p7 S 8 '23 330w 
Cath World 118:281 N '23 50w 
R of Rs 68:223 Ag '23 40w 

CROWTHER, JAMES ARNOLD. Principles of 
radiography. 145p il $2 Van Nostrand r7s 6d 
Churchill] 

537.5 Radiography [SG22-140] 

"Written to give a non-mathematical account 
of the physical principles involved in the pro- 
duction of a radiogram, and in the construction 
and use of the apparatus employed for the 
purpose." — Preface 



CROWTHER, MARY OWENS. Book of letters. 

272p $2 Doubleday 

808.6 Letter-writing 22-24694 

The book covers both personal and business 
letters and in illustration of its directions gives 
an unusual number of concrete examples. Chil- 
dren's letters, a subject not often treated, is 
given a chapter, as is also the subject of tele- 
grams. There is a chapter on the cost of letters 
and another on stationery, crests and mono- 
grams. 



Booklist 19:152 F '23 
"She has worked conscientiously and if 
harried letter- writers-to-be want a book of 
good taste and with a pleasant manner of pre- 
senting it, the volume will amply repay the 
purchase price. If the harried ones are greatly 
distressed, our private opinion is that there are 
many letters which could be copied outright." 
+ Boston Transcript p4 D 20 '22 300w 
"Mrs. Crowther has compiled a valuable 
handbook concerning what E. V. Lucas calls 
'the gentle art.' " 

+ N Y Times pl2 Mr 4 '23 250w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:57 F '23 
Wis Lib Bui 19:80 Mr '23 

CROY, HOMER. West of the water tower. 

368p $2 Harper 

23-7983 

Junction City, Missouri, is the scene of this 
small town story. Guy Plummer. the preacher's 
son, and Bee Chew, daughter of the local mag- 
nate, are high school lovers, who snatch at 
their happiness prematurely and in all inno- 
cence, as the author would have us believe. To 
one misadventure Guy adds another, the theft 
of two hundred dollars to send Bee to Chicago 
without her father's knowledge. She comes 
back with her child and odium settles upon 
Guy. Then his theft is discovered and he is 
sent to jail. He comes back when his term is 
up but only inferior work is open to him. When 
Junction City needs a man to represent it be- 
fore the commissioners for an automobile high- 
way, Guy's reputation as a boy orator proves 
his opportunity and the story closes with a 
chance for him to make good and to rejoin 
Bee. Thruout, the most moving figure of the 
story is Guy's father upon whom his son's dis- 
grace falls most heavily but whose Integrity and 
faith endure. 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:166 Ap '23 



"As for the style, it is that curiously dry 
and unilluminated method of reporting that 
passes for fine writing under the name of mod- 
ern realism. There is no memorable line. There 
is no face raised to beauty. There is no great 
description because there is no penetration be- 
neath the surface of things." J. F. 

f- Bookm 57:658 Ag '23 220w 

Boston Transcript p4 My 5 '23 lOOOw 
Cleveland p42 Je '23 

"The book has no style, apart from the man- 
ner of thought of the characters. It has no 
attempt at cleverness or satire, and no brilli- 
ance of phrase. It does not connive at situ- 
ations. It wrings no crass melodrama from 
its story, which has been the basis of many 
melodramas. Its orange-colored binding does 
not belong to it. The jacket should have been 
p^ray — the gray shadow of the water tower that 
loomed over the town." 

— Int Bk R p60 Je '23 220w 

"The book reaches the right climax without 
the help of artifice. It might be better written, 
though it is well constructed and correct in 
style; it might gain some of its effects with 
more subtlety. But as a character study and a 
study of a community it has highly unusual 
merit." Allan Nevins 

H Lit R p659 My 5 '23 1200w 

"The end of the novel has the earmarks, 
from the inner glow of Guy to the external 
blare of brass trumpets, of a Cohanesque cli- 
max to a simple and moving tragedy of life." 
J: W. Crawford 

Nation 116:669 Je 6 '23 270w 



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"The story starts under its own power. Ex- 
pectation runs high. But the engine begins 
to miss and pound. The wheels turn more 
slowly. The author is no longer steering but 
pushing from behind. It is obviously a trial 
trip, and at least we get back to the starting 
point." 

— New Repub 36:188 O 10 '23 •60w 

"Whatever faults the book has are of a minor 
sort. The author has written an American 
novel to be proud of." 

+ N Y Times pll Ap 22 '23 1200w 

"This author had done the amazing thing, and 
he had done it superbly. Not once had he 
funked a fence or dodged round a. hurdle. My 
hat is off to him for facing all the consequences 
Junction City had to give. . . Many years ago, 
at least thirty, we had 'The Story of a Coun- 
try Town,' by E. W. Howe, a big story of a 
little town that caused a sensation in its day. 
In my own opinion nothing so good, of its par- 
ticular genre, has come between Mr Howe's 
story and this." H. L. Wilson 

+ N Y Tribune pl7 Ap 22 '23 2750w 

"About the novel there are touches of Main 
Street, but not of a Main Street known to 
Sinclair Lewis. Sentimentally this author is 
miles removed from the sphere of the common- 
place as it is contemplated by Mr. Lewis. He 
is actuated rather by love of his people than 
by the intention merely of putting them on 
exhibition. . . 'West of the Water Tower' is 
a crude, an amateurish, a realistic and a truly 
likable piece of work." E. W. Osborn 
H NY World p8e Ap 22 '23 550w 

"It is photographic rather than analytical, a 
manner best suited, perhaps, to the material- 
ism, pseudo-culture, narrowness, pettiness, vul- 
gar 'boosting' and superior social morality of 
American 'Main streets.' It strikes one, how- 
ever, that the author has lived close to the 
people, conditions and society he portrays, for 
this is no second-hand picture; it is dramati- 
cally real." 

-f Springf'd Republican p7a My 13 '23 
600w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:161 Je '23 

CRUESS, WILLIAM VERE, and CHRISTIE, 
ARTHUR WILLIAM. Laboratory manual of 
fruit and vegetable products. (Agricultural 
publications) 109p il $1.50 McGraw 

664.8 Canning and preserving 22-17956 

"Guide to manufacture, preservation, and 
examination of many canned and dried food 
products. Includes some very special subjects 
such as candied fruits and essential oils, and 
has a chapter on preparation of museum speci- 
mens." — Pittsburgh Mo Bui 

Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:68 F '23 

CUBBERLEY, ELLWOOD PATTERSON. Prin- 
cipal and his school: the organization, admin- 
istration, and supervision of instruction in an 
elementary school. (Riverside textbooks in 
education) 571p $2.40 Houghton 

371.2 School management and organization 

23-9260 
"An attempt has been made in this volume to 
do what in the industrial world is commonly 
spoken of as 'job analysis." The problem set has 
been an analysis of the work of a principal or 
supervising principal in the organization, ad- 
ministration, and supervision of instruction in 
an elementary school in a city, town, or county- 
unit school system, or of a supervising princi- 
pal for a small group of closely related ele- 
mentary schools. In addition, at the beginning 
of the volume, there is a statement as to the 
importance and opporttmities and possibilities 
of the principalship as it is possible to make it 
in our American school systems, and at the close 
attention is called to the constantly growing 
outside relation.ships of the school of which a 
principal must to-day take cognizance." — Pref- 
ace 



tration. Although it is designed primarily for the 
principal of the elementary school, the book 
has valuable material for principals of all types 
of schools. For the group of principals, the book 
is indispensable; and to all others who desire 
a broader view of the field of education, it 
should make a strong appeal. The book Is 
slightly tedious in places, and the English is 
frequently a little loose. Nevertheless, it is an 
outstanding recent contribution to educational 
literature." W. G. Reeder 

i El School J 24:152 O '23 440w 

"Systematic treatment of the topic in hand is 
the outstanding feature of the book and con- 
stitutes its greatest value. . . The book will be 
of value as a text for courses in education 
where the work of the elementary- school prin- 
cipal is the main topic of study. It will also be 
very helpful to the practical school principal in 
organizing his own activities and in properly em- 
phasizing the most Important features of his 
work." L. W. Smith 

-f- School R 31:707 N '23 650w 

CULLUM, RIDGWELL. Luck of the Kid. 365p $2 
Putnam [7s 6d C. Palmer] 

23-10226 
A frontier story of the Yukon-Alaska gold 
trail. A mysterious band known as the Euralians 
is ruining the fur trade and murdering and 
robbing the Eskimos and whites of the far north. 
Fifteen years after the murder of a missionary 
who had made a big gold strike Bill Wilder 
heads a band of Canada police to rid the coun- 
try of the pest and to rediscover the mis- 
sionary's gold strike, also, incidentally, to 
trace the latter" s orphan daughter. After several 
years of trailing and petty warfare with the 
Euralians, he discovers the headquarters of 
the Euralians, the lost white girl, known as the 
Kid, the Indian servant who had mothered her. 
the Kid's foster-mother, the lost gold strike and, 
lastly, romance. 



The Luck of the Kid' is a stirring tale of 
mystery and adventure in Mr. CuUum's best 
manner." 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 O 10 '23 280w 
"Another book of the Northwest which, pro- 
videntially, is a little different. It must be 
admitted that, in spite of considerable unreality 
and improbability, it is interesting." 

-f Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO S 
16 '23 350w P " o 

Lit R pl69 O 20 '23 180w 
N Y Times p24 S 2 '23 220w 
"When two or three such characters are 
gathered together in the name of Action and 
against the background of Alaskan mountains 
a good yarn is almost bound to evolve for the 
uncritical." Wells Root 

H NY World p7e S 2 '23 350w 

"It has an ingenious plot, and is full of dra- 
matic incidents and strong characters." 

+ Springf'd Republican p7a Ag 19 '23 
240w 

CUMMINGS, EDWARD ESTLIN. Tulips and 

chimneys. 125p $2 Seltzer 
811 

Readers of the Dial are already familiar with 
Mr Cummings's poems, their peculiarities of 
typography and punctuation, their pursuit of 
the eccentric and bizarre. Many of the poems 
are frankly sensuous. One of the longest and 
least unconventional "Puella mea," sings with 
much gusto the beauties of his lady's body. 
There is a charm in his Chansons innocentes, a 
child's spring song, which is heightened by 
the peculiarities of spelling and line arrange- 
ment. 



"I'nquestionably, Cubberley has given us some 
of our best books in the field of school adminis- 



Boston Transcript p2 D 15 '23 680w 
"Mr. Cummlngs is a poet. One deduces that 
from his language, his observation, and an oc- 
casional idea that struggles across his pages. 
But he Is also a pedant. His typography is so 
perverse that the reader is scared off before 



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CUMMINGS, E: E. — Continued 
he has gone very far. The puzzle of his punc- 
tuation is not even an amusing- one; it certainly 
is not worth solving'." 

— Nation 117:614 N" 28 "23 60w 

"In spite of his modernity and leadership of 
the so-called Left wing of American poets Mr. 
Cummings is immensely derivative in a large 
part of his work. Elizabethan echoes are fre- 
quent; the long 'P>uella Mea' is labored through- 
out (there is hardly a line in it that is not a 
conscious imitation of a past era in poetry). 
Mr. Cummings is essentially an esthete, an 
eager gatherer of rich beauty." H. S. Gorman 
N Y Times p5 D 9 '23 1150w 

"Cummings is a fertile and irreverent fellow; 
out of his great insolence and enthusiasm he is 
prone to try his 'stunts' in public, nay, in holy 
places. His penchant for sheer invention leads 
him into such fine, skillful mischief." Matthew 
Josephson 

+ N Y Tribune p21 N 25 '23 1450w 

" 'Puella Mea' is to my mind perhaps the 
most beautiful poem in the long and lovely 
book, but 'Chansons Innocentes' is one of the 
quaintest and most wholly charming." R. L. 
Wolf 

+ N Y World p9e N 18 '23 500w 

CUNNINGHAM. WILLIAM JAMES. American 
railroads: government control and reconstruc- 
tion policies. 409p $3 Shaw 
385 Railroads and state — United States 

23-256 
"This work is primarily an account of our 
experience with government operation of rail- 
roads during the World War, though it in- 
cludes also a concise account of the activities 
of the Railroads' War board in 1917, and re- 
views briefly the events which have occurred 
since the passage of the Transportation Act 
and the restoration of the railroads to private 
control. By virtue of his position on the staff 
of Director General of Railroads, first as Man- 
ager of the Operating Statistics Section and 
then as Assistant Director of Operation, Pro- 
fessor Cunningham had an excellent opportun- 
ity to observe all phases of the experiment of 
Federal management of the railroads." — Ann 
Am Acad 



"The statements of fact are accurate. The 
conclusions are stated with clearness, and with- 
out prejudice. It is an authoritative work 
on the operating features of the period of gov- 
ernmental control." E. J. Rich 

+ Am Econ R 13:487 S '23 llOOw 

"His practical experience as an operating 
ofPicer, his participation in the administration 
of war-time operation, his grasp of railway 
problems — the fruit of his long experience, his 
sane and courageous judgment, all combine to 
equip him ideally for his task. It is a safe 
prophecy that for a brief treatment of the ex- 
perience of the government with railroad man- 
agement this book will be recognized as the 
authority." F. H. Dixon 

+ Am Pol Sci R 17:325 My '23 200w 

"His thorough knowledge of railroad trans- 
portation has permitted him to approach con- 
trover.sial topics with the impartial spirit of the 
scholar. As might be expected, his work Is 
clear, logical and well-balanced, and his con- 
clusions are sound and trustworthy." T. W. 
Van Metre 

-I- Ann Am Acad 107:321 My '23 1050w 
Booklist 20:39 N '23 

"Professor Cunningham has made a note- 
worthy and valuable contribution not only to 
the history of American railroading but to the 
dat.-i which thoughtful men will be wise to 
consider in attempting to find a solution to our 
railroad problem. He possesses the talent, all 
too rare among either scholars or men of 
affairs, of setting out plain thoughts in plain 
words." A. P. Maher 

+ Lit R p813 Jl 7 '23 900w 

"The author of 'American Railroads' possesses 
unusual qualifications; he has been 'through the 
mill'. . . He tells the story comprehensively of 



the United States Railroads during and follow- 
ing the period of the World War and, not with- 
standing the all-inclusive title of the book, hews 
closely to his text." J. A. Droege 

+ Management &. Adm 6:101 Jl '23 1650 
"His view is intimate and authoritative, but 
not partisan. Throughout his tone is Judicious, 
both in 'praise and blame, sufficiently sympa- 
thetic with the railways and yet giving credit 
where it was due to the administration of 
which he Was a part." E. A. Bradford 

^- N Y Times p9 Mr 4 '23 850w 
"The book is the most authoritative and ex- 
pert appraisal of government control that has 
been written; it is indispensable alike to the 
student of railway management and the pub- 
licist or other citizen who desires to under- 
stand an important phase in American war 
and post-war policy about which there is wide 
misunderstanding and considerable feeling." 

+ Sprjngf'd Republican p6 Ja 15 '23 780w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:406 Jl '23 

CURIE, MARIE SKLODOWSKA (MME 
PIERRE CURIE). Pierre Curie; tr. by 
Charlotte and Vernon Kellogg; with an introd. 
by Mrs. William Brown Meloney. 242p il 
?2.25 Macmillan 

B or 92 Curie, Pierre 23-17302 

An eloquently simple life^ of Pierre Curie by 
his wife and the discoverer, with him, of the 
element radium. From this account of his life 
and scientific work an image is formed of a 
man of genius and nobility of character, de- 
voted to the service of his ideals. Mme Curie 
has added some modest autobiographical notes 
including an account of her recent visit to 
America. 



"The translators of this fascinating book have 
done their work admirably, adding a literary 
flavor to it that must attract many a non-sci- 
entific reader." B: Harrow 

-I- N Y Times p20 Ja 6 '24 2200w 

Sprlngf'd Republican p7a D 2 '23 1200w 

"Marie Curie is interested, beyond everything 
else in heaven or earth, in science, but there was 
also one being for whom she cared supremely, 
perhaps because he came so close to realizing 
the scientific ideal. When, in writing her hus- 
band's life, she reaches a point where it is ap- 
propriate to describe the methods or results 
of his researches you can almost feel her draw 
a breath of relief and go on at heightened speed. 
But Madame Curie is not a pure intellect de- 
void of feeling: her intimate relationships, 
though few, are strong and tender and profound; 
and she writes throughout the book with sim- 
plicity and sincerity." M. L. Farrand 
+ Survey 51:supl84 N 1 '23 llOOw 

CURLE, RICHARD. Into the east; notes on 
Burma and Malaya. 224p $3.50 (lOs 6d) Mac- 
millan 

915.9 Burma. Malay peninsula 23-8877 

"Mr. Curie's 'notes' are a little more than 
guide-books and less than essays: they repre- 
sent an attempt to enunciate the impressions 
made on his sensibilities by the places he has 
visited: in this case, Burmah and Malaya. He 
does not, as a traveller, wander much off the 
beaten track: there is little of the marvellous 
in his material per se: it is really in the record 
of the impression it makes upon him that the 
interest of the book depends. Mr. Conrad 
contributes a short introduction, which takes 
the form of an essay on travel-books in gen- 
eral, with occasional compliments to this travel- 
book in particular." — Spec 



Booklist 20:134 Ja '24 
"Mr Curie's book of impressions is one to be 
read thankfully. One whose every re-reading 
must bring a fresh delight caught from some 
new point of view of an inward vision, needed 
by so many of us, possessed by so few. ' F- B. 
+ Boston Transcript p6 Jl 18 '23 llOOw 
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"In this volume of penetrating observations 
of Burma and Malaya he has rather carefully- 
analyzed his experiences, so that the lush 
tropic scene, the myriads of brown men and 
women, chaffering or worshipping, the glimp- 
ses of white men and women at work or at 
play, appear in an orderly kaleidoscope fof 
Mr. Curie's fastidious devising." 

+ N Y Times pl5 Je 3 "23 850w 

"Often, and as a rule admirably, he is sim- 
ply the traveller with eyes for form and colour 
and the inovements of crowds, and his book 
may be read purely for entertainment. Sim- 
ply as a piece of writing, the chapter on his 
journey up the Irrawaddy, culminating in the 
paragraphs which give us the sensations ex- 
cited by being on the frontier, where one lives 
on rumour, would be difficult to match in the 
recent literature of travel." 

+ Sat R 135:467 Ap 7 '23 680w 
Spec 130:809 My 12 '23 130w 

"The value of this individualist's book does 
not lie in the information to be obtained from 
it about the external appearance of the places 
visited but in what it tells us abovit a certain 
type of human mind and its reactions to the 
unfamiliar." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p208 Mr 
29 '23 950w 

CURRAN, HENRY HASTINGS. Van Tassel 

and Big Bill. Slip $1.75 Scribner 

23-13317 

"Henry H. Curran's stories of Alderman 
Jimmy van Tassel and the local politics of 
New York City, first made known in Scribner's 
Magazine, have been published in a volume 
called 'Van Tassel and Big Bill.' " (NY 
World) Contents: "Hey, Toolan's marchin'!" 
The chanty that settled it; Callahan of Carmine 
street; Garry's Christmas; Thomas; Big Bill 
speaks his mind; Flanagan's getaway; The 
stolen band; The imperturbability of Pick; "Cas- 
sidy — is that the name?" "Uffs"; "Heads up!" 



him in the struggle of the Virginia miners 
against the abuses of the absentee landlord 
system, with which much of the story is con- 
cerned. Chance also brings him into successful 
rivalry with his deadly enemy for the hand and 
love of the daughter of the richest resident 
mine-owner. 



"Anyone who likes a whole varied collection 
of love stories, or who likes politics with and 
without gloves, or who likes policemen, or jolly 
small newsboys or any of the other flotsam of 
a big city, will enjoy this. Moreover, such is 
the care and detail in the rally writing, anyone 
reading it intelligently can speedily learn how 
to be an alderman, too." I. W. L. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 N 10 '23 520w 

"Mr. Curran writes often with charm and 
always in a sincere manner, but one feels he 
has not quite yet found his literary legs." 
H Lit R pl67 O 20 '23 350w 

"Although they are copiously supplied with 
what should be tense moments they somehow 
fail to thrill. The humor is of the gentle and 
mild sort and the love interest, though sustained 
throughout the series, is exceedingly slight. An 
unnatural and artificial glow of rosy senti- 
mentalism permeates the whole." 
-\ NY Times pl9 D 16 '23 350w 

"There are twelve of these tales, each of 
them decidedly well worth telling, and they 
make a book of genuine interest." 

-t- N Y World p7e S 16 '23 llOw 

Springf d Republican p7a Ag 26 '23 80w 

"Told most charmingly by Mr Curran, who 
knows something from personal experience 
about practical politics in New York." 

-f Springf'd Republican p7 O 21 '23 250w 

CURTIN, DANIEL THOMAS. Tyranny of 

power. 377p $2 Little 

23-5948 

The hero of the story is an ex-convict who, 
having served a term in prison, is jailed on 
another charge, but makes his escape and en- 
lists in the war. Still pursued by a relentless 
enemy, he makes several other sensational 
escapes and rehabilitates himself under a false 
name, in the West Virginia mining district. 
There, after a final tremendous fight in the 
open, which is at the same time a political 
campaign, he wins against his persecutor and 
Is cleared of all charges. Chance has involved 



"Mr. Curtin writes straightforwardly and in- 
terestingly without claiming to be a stylist. . . 
'The Tyranny of Power' is an intelligently con- 
ceived and well-told narrative." S. L. C. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 Ap 18 '23 580w 

"As a novel, this is good sentimental melo- 
drama, slow in its opening pages, rising gradu- 
ally to machine-gun speed as the climax of a 
political campaign is reached, and dropping 
softly to the feather-bed of a romantic denoue- 
ment. Mr. Curtin knows the tricks of his craft 
so well that most of them aie paraded too obvi- 
ously. On the other hand there are informative 
passages almost unequaled for their liberality 
and inclusiveness, concerning coal-mining con- 
ditions in West Virginia." 

-^ Int Bk R p95 D '23 180w 

"Considered as an expos6 of the intolerable 
conditions existing in the West Virginia coal 
fields, the book is interesting and often forceful, 
but it is without distinction of style." 
H Lit R pl33 O 13 '23 370w 

"Mr. Curtin handles [his theme] rather deftly 
and effectively, and he is also very successful 
in his manner of leading up to dramatic situ- 
ations, of which there are many in the story." 
• -)- N Y Times pl9 Mr 14 '23 600w 

"Let us admit at the very beginning that D. 
Thomas Curtin's new story is theatrical to the 
last letter. The statement does no injustice 
to Mr. Curtin and the fact will, for a great 
many readers, add to the power and pull of 
his book. . . Readers who care to think while 
they read will find work for their minds in 'The 
Tyranny of Power.' Those whose main concern 
is for the narrative thrill will find also much of 
their desire in this book." E. W. Osborn 
-(-NY World plOe Ap 15 '23 250w 
Outlook 133:810 My 2 '23 50w 

"\ well-told and sometimes dramatic story. 
It is apparent that Mr Curtin has given the 
subject much study, but he tells his story with- 

-f- Springf d Republican p7a Ap 22 '23 420w 
Survey 50:369 Je 15 '23 60w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p470 Jl 
12 '23 250w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:133 My '23 

CURTIN, JEREMIAH, comp. Seneca Indian 

myths. 516p $5 Dutton 

398 Indians of North America— Legends 
Seneca Indians 23-40J1 

These myths, dictated to Mr Curtin by aged 
Indians of the Seneca people, were gathered by 
him while he was acting as an agent of the 
Bureau of ethnology. The old Indians alone 
possessed any knowledge of these traditions, 
which were on the point of vani.shing. and are 
preserved only in these records left behind by 
Mr Curtin. 

Booklist 19:327 Jl '23 
"It has great value both as the ground work 
of native primitive beliefs and as a contribu- 
tion to Amerindian ethnology." 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 My 5 23 SZOw 
"This work will be an invaluable addition 
to the library of sny ethnologist " 

-1- Oath World 117:855 S '23 450w 
Reviewed by R. H. Lowie 

Freeman 7:380 Je 27 '23 480w 
"This posthumous volume of Seneca Indian 
myths deserves attention not only as Curtin s 
last effort, but probably the last important con- 
tribution of the vanishing New York tribe. 
Mary Austin 

-f- Nation 116:606 Je 6 '23 280tv 
N Y Times p20 Mr 4 '23 300w 



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"They are all simply but entertainingly told. 
In these stories are many touching the spiritual 
and bringing the people into contact through 
special agencies with the higher power. Above 
all, they are respectful myths, involving men 
of strength and honor. He who looks for the 
absurd in them will be disappointed." 
+ N Y World p7e Mr 4 '23 200w 

"The stories read well and have wit as well 
as tribal wisdom." 

+ Outlook 133:630 Ap 4 '23 150w 

CURWOOD, JAMES OLIVER. Alaskan. 326p 

11 $2 Cosmopolitan bk. 

23-11260 

"The story opens on board a steamer en 
route from Seattle to Nome. Amone the pas- 
sengers is Mary Standish, who nas come 
aboard just as the ship was about to sail. She 
admits to the Captain that she is fleeing 
from something, but she will tell him no more. 
Another passenger is Alan Holt, on his way 
home after a trip to the States, where he has 
been pleading for fair treatment for Alaska 
and trying to counteract the influence of a 
powerful group of financiers. The leader of 
this group is John Graham, who has ruined 
Holt's father. An agent of Graham's named 
Rossland is also on board. It develops that 
Rossland knows Mary Standish and that she 
fears him. Then comes Mary's mysterious 
disappearance and Alan Holt's sudden reali- 
zation that he loves her. The scene shifts 
from the steamer to Holt's reindeer range, in 
Northern Alaska, and the story comes to a 
dramatic finish with a thrilling pitched bat- 
tle." — N Y Times 



waterfalls of the world, and a chapter on sing- 
ing sands. There is also a group of sketches of 
the humors of travel. 



Booklist 20:20 O '23 

"Mr. Curwood has done more than write a 
good, exciting tale, convincing beyond most of 
its kind. He has pleaded the cause of Alaska 
better than it has usually been pleaded and 
because he has written his plea in a book that 
IS worth reading as a story alone, because he 
has not gone outside his story to preach, but 
has made his plea part of his ingrained concep- 
tion, he may make more Americans see the 
necessity of stopping the over-exploitation of 
certain of her resources and the under-de- 
velopment of others, than will the best oratory 
of her political friends." S. L. Cook 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 Ag 4 '23 llOOw 

"Both in his characters and in his setting, 
Mr. Curwood creates the illusion of reality 
In a way that makes his undoubted popularity 
readily understandable." 

+ Int Bk R p66 O '23 350w 

"Mr. Curwood is just old-fashioned enough 
to see to it that no one Is killed who cannot 
well be spared, or whose passing will not hast- 
en rather than delay the happy ending. But 
his readers will not quarrel with him for that, 
nor will those who later on see the screen ver- 
sion of his book." 

4- N Y Times pl7 Ag 5 '23 450w 

'■Besides telling his good story in this book, 
and besides supplying his thrills for readers 
who live on such things, Mr. Curwood puts in 
pages of propaganda for the Alaska which 
apparently, he loves not less than do the hero 
and heroine of his tale." E. W. Osborn 
+ N Y World p6e Ag 5 '23 600w 

CURZON of Kedleston, GEORGE NA- 

THANIEL CURZON, 1st marquess. Tales of 
travel. 405p 11 $7.50 Doran 

910 Voyages and travels 23-17406 

Before entering on his political and diplomatic 
career, Lord Curzon found the chief zest of 
life in travel. In this book he has brought 
together tales of his travels as a young man. 
They relate to many parts of the world, but 
chiefly to the Orient, for he is attracted to 
strange and distant places. The first essay is 
a description of the dance of the dervishes at 
Kairwan and another, of his visit to the Amir 
of Afghanistan. Still another is devoted to the 
colossus of Memnon and its mysterious vocal 
powers. There are two essays on the great 



"For many things Lord Curzon's book is 
worth keeping as a book of reference. Yet the 
main interest lies HOt in the research and the 
curiosities displayed but in the reflection of an 
unusual personality in a mirror of the world." 
Stephen Crane 

+ Lit R p336 D 8 '23 1200w 
"This new book of Lord Curzon's shows him 
almost invariably in the unbending mood. There 
are, I believe, people to whom this spectacle is 
unpleasing; the present reviewer must confess 
he gets as much, or even more, entertainment 
out of Lord Curzon's measured and discreet 
frivolities as did our original parents from 
those primitive gambollings." E. R. 

-t- New Statesman 22:154 N 10 '23 1050w 
Reviewed by Filson Young 

N Y Times p8 D 2 '23 520w 
N Y World p6e D 2 '23 570w 
"Of the many other tales, none is without 
interest, but we are told too little of the places 
visited and a good deal of what Lord Curzon 
did or said when he got there." 

H Sat R 136:497 N 3 '23 480w 

"As literature, the IJook suffers from the de- 
fects of its qualities. The style is rounded and 
equable. It rarely surprises by great moments. 
It can rise to a stately rhetoric, but it is too 
industriously full often to be vivid, or to crys- 
tallize fact into pure and perfect significance." 
H. I'A. Pausset 

h Spec 131:801 N 24 '23 750w 

Springf'd Republican p8 D 25 '23 800w 
"Lord Curzon describes his experiences in de- 
tail and with vivacity." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p681 O 18 
'23 1750W 

CUTHRELL, FAITH (BALDWIN) (MRS HUGH 
2 HAMLIN CUTHRELL). Laurel of Stony- 
stream. 334p $2 Small 

23-13315 
"A tale of love and youth and flapperdom en- 
tirely modern in its setting, a small Berkshire 
town, quiet in winter, much summer hoteled 
the rest of the year, yet very cheerfully old- 
fashioned in that the young people maintain 
in their relations one with the other a certain 
dignity which we find usually among our own 
young friends in real life, but never among 
those in our new books. Of course there is the 
threadbare accident by which Laurel, who 
always wrote love letters to Robin and put them 
secretly into an apple tree — Robin was engaged 
to her cousin — flnally mailed the wrong one." — 
Boston Transcript 



"It is pleasant, with several interesting char- 
acters of a fresh, west Massachusetts variety." 
+ Boston Transcript p2 D 15 '23 320w 
"Much the best things in this book are the 
author's small poems used as chapter headings; 
no loud pipings, but a true and pleasant voice." 
Lit R p319 D 1 '23 lOOw 
" 'Laurel of Stonystream' is not a daring 
'modern' novel. It is neither startling nor un- 
usual, but there is a flavor of originality in the 
frank presentation of a theme in which the 
heroine is a homely woman." 

-+- N Y Times p9 N 4 '23 300w 

CUTLER, ROBERT. Speckled bird. 422p $2 

Macmillan 

23-3438 

This Is the story of Abigail Vane, an orphan 
from birth. Her father had come from one of 
the oldest and richest New England families. 
Her mother had been the daughter of an ignor- 
ant New York plutocrat. She is brought up under 
the austere eyes of her spinster aunt. Clemency 
Vane, and at intervals is spoiled to his heart's 
desire by her grandfather. The result is a beau- 
tiful, restless young woman, addicted to social 
excitements, trifling with life, even with love. 
When Philip Chester, in his disappointment 



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marries another woman, Abigail begins to regret 
her philandering. When later, in France, her 
ministrations to the wounded Philip restore him 
to health and their love becomes passionate, 
Abigail's better nature asserts itself, altho she 
now faces the world alone with her fortune in 
ruin. 



Bookhst 19:318 Jl '23 

"The audacity with which Mr. Cutler intro- 
duces real people into his story is what strikes 
the reader first. They are dead celebrities to be 
sure, and his treatment of them is in the man- 
ner thoroughly sanctioned by tradition. The ef- 
fect, however, is to give permanence and reality 
to his story. It conveys the impression that thi.'s 
is biography rather than novel." D. L. M. 

-I- Boston Transcript p4 F 21 '23 1150w 

"There is nothing novel about the plot of 
the book; but about the method of treatment 
there is much that is unique. The author is 
possessed of that rare gift a distinctive style — ■ 
a style vitalized and electrified by a person- 
ality." 

-I- Lit R p626 Ap 21 '23 600w 

Reviewed by Glenway Westcott 

New Repub 35:158 Jl 14 '23 220w 

"Mr. Cutler writes well. His style has a pic- 
turesque quality, and though many of the people 
who move through his pages are somewhat 
stereotyped he has contrived to make several of 
them real and interesting. His novel, considered 
as a whole, has more than a touch of distinc- 
tion." 

-I NY Times pl6 F 18 '23 900w 

"Mr. Cutler has told what is in great part 
a family story, but on the whole a broadly 
human story. He has told it exceedingly well, 
and he has carried through it an interest that 
endures w^ithout apparent strain several lapses 
into an author's own rhapsodies of meditation." 
E. W. Osborn 

-f N Y World p6e Mr 11 '23 600w 
Outlook 133:498 Mr 14 '23 120w 



D 



DAFOE, JOHN WESTLEY. Laurier; a study in 
Canadian politics. 182p $1.25 Thomas Allen, 
Toronto, Canada 

B or 92 Laurier, Sir Wilfrid. Canada — Pol- 
itics and government 23-10112 
Pour articles originally published in the Mani- 
toba Free Press are here brought together. 
They are a study of Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Ca- 
nadian statesman and Liberal leader, his fif- 
teen years' premiership and his contribution 
toward the solution of the question of Cana- 
da's relationship to the empire. 



"The biography is in a clear and pleasant, if 
rather rigid, style, and is an excellent piece 
of work. Unfortunately, however, Mr. Skel- 
ton sees events wholly from Laurier's point of 
view and forgets the historian in the par- 
tizan." G: M. Wrong 

H Am Hist.R 28:570 Ap '23 1750w 

"It is written in a clear and graceful style 
and with the touch of authority which wide 
information and experience give to the expres- 
sion of editorial opinion. There is, moreover, 
internal evidence that Mr. Dafoe possesses per- 
sonal knowledge of certain passages in the final 
outcome of the Laurier leadership not fully un- 
derstood by the general public, and was him- 
self more than a spectator of the drama. As 
a contribution to recent political history, the 
book, therefore, is of permanent value. . . 
Within the compass of a small book a skil- 
ful hand has presented with insight and accur- 
acy first the development, and then the culmi- 
nation, of a remarkable career." A. H. U. 
Colquhoun 

-|- Canadian Hist R 4:181 Je "23 800w 



"For anyone who desires a rapid and con- 
densed survey of Canadian politics since the 
'eighties, Mr Dafoe's little volume is admirable. 
Certainly no Canadian journalist is better fitted 
for the task than Mr. Dafoe, who was so close- 
ly associated with the great Liberal leader and 
who has been so intimately connected w^ith 
many of the events described." 

+ Spec 131:226 S 18 '23 450w 

DALLETT, MORRIS. Star of earth. 183p $1.50 

Knopf 

23-2885 

Star of earth is the sailor's will-o'-the-wisp, 
beckoning thru the long tropical nights and 
stirring vague dreams of romance. Max Lan- 
tern, second mate on the American freighter. 
Delilah, altho early disillusioned of his boyish 
hope of adventure at sea is still aware of an un- 
quenched dream spark, which, tho it makes 
him no more articulate than his fellows, keeps 
alive in him a sense of difference. Thru the 
irresponsibility of his captain, the young man is 
thrust suddenly into the drama of a South 
American revolution and for several fevered 
days plays a leading r61e in the attempt to 
rescue a girl from the fate which has overtaken 
her family. An absorbing story is contrived, 
the hero remaining thru all his violent activity 
in a half-dream from which the reader would 
not have him awaken. 



Booklist 19:251 My '23 

Cleveland p26 Ap '23 
"One feels that Mr. Dallett has often sacri- 
ficed the romantic and picturesque for a real- 
ism which he has not quite achieved. If it be 
permissible to consider style and content 
separately one may say that the narration is 
well above the average, but the story itself 
is lacking in distinction. However, as a first 
novel it is creditable." 

-I Lit R p610 Ap 14 '23 450w 

Nation 116:525 My 2 '23 30w 

"There is fatigue in his detachment. His 
people, nearly all of them, seem to share his 
detachment. So do I. Yet one of these days if 
iust the right story occurs to Mr. Dallett, his 
bored manner will set off his events, and wise 
guys will buy several copies apiece of his first 
edition." 

h New Repub 35:241 Jl 25 '23 250w 

Reviewed by Raymond Mortimer 

New Statesman 21:448 Jl 21 '23 140w 
N Y Times p26 F 4 '23 520w 
"The story is as finely woven as a web. 
Around and around and around it goes till the 
finish, and there you have a perfect piece of 
work. Unless Dallett loses himself too much in 
vagueness and unconcern to the extent of be- 
coming icy, he should do remarkable work with 
the start he has made." Milton Raison 

+ N Y Tribune p25 Ap 1 '23 900w 

Springf'd Republican p8a Mr 11 '23 130w 
"It is an achievement which is remarkable 
not only as a first novel, but as a very suc- 
cessful attempt to bring intractible material 
under artistic discipline." 

4- The Times [London] Lit Sup p438 Je 
28 '23 420w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:84 Mr '23 

DALTON, HUGH. Capital levy explained. 96p 
$1 Knopf [2s 6d Labour pub. co.] 
336.2 '];axation — Great Britain. Debts. Public 

23-11078 
The capital levy, which came suddenly into 
prominence as a first-class political Issue in 
England in the general election of November, 
1922, has for its object the quick payment, by 
a special emergency effort, of a large proportion 
of the war debt. This levy, as proposed by the 
Labour party is to be imposed, not annually like 
the income tax, but once and for all, upon all in- 
dividuals owning' more than a certain amount 
of wealth. The author of this little book, who 
holds that the principle of the levy is sound. 



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presents it as a practical proposition and 

answers the chief objections to it. 



"The interesting and valuable feature of his 
handy little book is that he does not discuss 
the problem in a partisan way. In impartial 
spirit he explains the purpose and nature of 
the proposed measure, examines the objections 
to it and shows how it would work." 
+ N Y Times p20 Jl 22 '23 480w 

DALTON, HUGH. Principles of public finance. 

208p $2.50 Knopf [5s Routledge] 

336 Finance [23-5127] 

The book aims to set out without undue 
elaboration, the general principles which are 
applicable to the public finance of a modern 
community. It does not advocate any detailed 
practical policy but confines itself to general 
considerations upon which any sound policy 
inust be based. To show how economic 
damage to the world can be caused by ignor- 
ance and neglect, the author occasionally 
criticises certain current opinions on questions 
of taxation, public expenditure and public 
debts. 



Reviewed by T. R. Snavely 

Am Econ R 13:715 D '23 650w 
"It is excellently written, and he contrives to 
make interesting what is apt to be a dull sub- 
ject. Dr. Dalton has a sense of humour — a sly 
and subtle sense; and he enjoys, and makes 
his reader enjoy, his cleverness in definition 
and, still more, in the demolition of theories of 
which he does not approve." 

+ New Statesman 20:726 Mr 24 '23 600w 
"The writer is sufficiently emphatic to be in- 
teresting without being so dogmatic as to be 
tiresome." 

+ Spec 130:sup492 Mr 24 '23 120w 

DAMON, SAMUEL FOSTER, and HILLYER, 
ROBERT SILLIMAN, eds. Eight more 
Harvard poets; with an introd. bv Dorian 
Abbott. (Harvard poetry soc. ser.) i30p $1.50 
Brentano's 

811.08 American poetrv — Collections 

23-2672 
" 'Eight More Harvard Poets' is the eighth 
anthology of Harvard verse since 'Verses from 
the Harvard Advocate' was published at Cam- 
bridge in 1876." (Nation) Contains verse by 
Norman Cabot, Grant Code, IMalcolm Cowley, 
Jack Merten, Joel T. Rogers, R. Cameron Rog- 
ers. Royall Snow, and John Brooks Wheel- 
wright. 



"Many of these young men show real prom- 
ise, and isolated poems by almost anv are up 
to magazine standards. But a thorough reading 
of the book brings a feeling that if these men 
continue as poet-s there will come a time when 
they will regret the publication of most of the 
pages of this book." 

-I Bookm 57:221 Ap '23 250w 

"A volume which, with one brilliant excep- 
tion, falls greatly below the earlier Harvard 
anthology. It is Malcolm Cowley who will run 
ahead of his ticket." 

h Dial 71:314 Mr '23 160w 

"Throughout the volume, the technical 
adroitness and originality of these college poets 
is extraordinary; it is only the monotonous in- 
sistence of the one note that seems a defect. 
Hopelessness, agony, despair — these are too 
eternal things to lose their validity for the poet; 
but pluckmg on that sole string is not the only 
way in which Apollo makes manifest his music 
and his might." N. A. 

-j Freeman 7:100 My 2 '23 450w 

Reviewed hv W: R. Benct 

Lit R p516 Mr 10 '23 660w 

';it is very much of our time, and most of 
It IS admirable, though of course young." Mark 
Van Doren 

+ Nation 116:246 F 28 '23 ISOw 



Reviewed by G. B. Munson 

New Repub 36:160 O 3 "23 650w 
N Y Times p2 Ja 28 '23 400w 
"The verse is good, but it is deliberate and 
intellectual — a crime in young singing." Milton 
Raison 

H NY Tribune p22 Ja 28 '23 600w 

"A readable but scarcely Important collec- 
tion." 

-i The Times [London] Lit Sup p250 Ap 

12 '23 300W 

DAMROSCH, WALTER JOHANNES. My mu- 
sical life. 376p il $4 Scribner 

B or 92 Music— United States 23-14574 

This unusually readable book of musical re- 
collections begins with the author's childhood in 
Germany. He was nine years old when his 
father, Dr I..eopold Damrosch, came to America 
to become the conductor of the Arion society 
and from that time Walter Damrosch has been 
closely connected with the musical life of 
America. His father was the founder of Ger- 
man opera at the Metropolitan and when he 
suddenly died, before the completion of a busy 
season, Walter Damrosch, then a very young 
man, filled out his father's term as conductor. 
He later organized the Damrosch opera com- 
pany which he directed for five years, giving 
German opera in the principal cities of the 
United States. His name is chiefly connected 
with the New York symphony orchestra, which 
he has conducted for many years. 



Booklist 20:98 D '23 
"On the whole this book is decidedly enter- 
taining. Mr. Damrosch is a first-class after- 
dinner speaker and there are some who enjoy 
his lecture recitals more than the concerts con- 
ducted by him. He is a good writer, too, and 
knows how to leaven his pages with jokes and 
anecdotes." H: T. Finck 

-f Lit R p208 N 3 '23 720w 

DARK, SIDNEY, and GREY, ROWLAND. W. 

S. Gilbert; his life and letters. 269p il $5 

Doran [15s Methuen] 

B or 92 Gilbert, William Schwenk 

W. S. Gilbert, 1836-1911, was the author of 
the "Bab Ballads" and of the libretti of the 
Gilbert and Sullivan operas. When Gilbert and 
Sullivan began to collaborate, English comic 
opera had practically ceased to exist. They 
brought it back to life and gaiety, they "re- 
stored the literary self-respect of the English 
stage." Gilbert was stage manager for the 
Savoy opera and the biography contains much 
interesting matter about the production of the 
different operas and the artists who took part. 
Many of his letters are included. They show 
the warmth of his friendships and his distinc- 
tive humor. There are eight full-page plates 
and numerous reproductions of Gilbert's 
sketches. 



"It is almost needless to say that this is a 
most entertaining book, for a considerable part 
of it consists of extracts from the writings, in 
prose and verse, of one of the most original 
humorists and delightful satirists of his own or, 
it might almost be added, of arty other genera- 
tion. And it is also a good biography, for it 
furnishes all the essential facts in the develop- 
ment of a remarkable career." J. R. Towse 
+ Lit R p388 D 22 '23 2150w 
"An extremely rich and amusing volume 
which, besides being the first adequate biogra- 
phy of Gilbert, is a rather keen critical evalua- 
tion of the librettist and playwright's work." 
-f N Y Times p5 D 16 '23 2350w 
Spec 131:910 D 8 '23 120w 
"Twelve years have passed since Gilbert's 
death, and they might, we cannot but feel, have 
matured a better biography. The result is not 
a particularly well-proportioned book." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p747 N 8 
'23 2300W 



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DARROW, FLOYD LAVERN. Boys' own book 
^ of science. 331p il $2.50 Macmillan 

507 Science — Laboratory manuals 23-13330 
A guide to experimental work in the home 
laboratory. It describes the laboratory appara- 
tus and its care and various simple experiments. 
Short sketches of some great scientists and ex- 
perimenters are included. 



Booklist 20:144 Ja '24 
"For a boy who loves to experiment, to try 
out and prove things for himself, to do real la- 
boratory work 'The Boys' Own Book of Science' 
will be a book that will delight and inspire." 
Everett McNeil 

-f N Y Tribune p20 N 11 '23 300w 
"It is an exceedingly valuable book written 
in a captivating style." 

-f Springf'd Republican p6 D 24 '23 120w 

DAS, TARAKNATH. India in world politics. 

135p $1.25 Huebsch 

327.54 Great Britain — Foreign relations. 
India — Foreign relations 23-8734 

The book maintains, largely thru citations 
from British authorities, that India is the pivot 
of the British Empire, that Britain's jealously 
guarded possession of India determines her en- 
tire foreign policy — her relations with Turkey, 
Persia, Russia, Japan and China, that it forced 
her hand against Egypt, arraigned her against 
Germany thru fear of the Bagdad route, is re- 
sponsible for her militarism and, as the root of 
modern imperialism, threatens the peace of 
the whole world, "rhe author urges India to 
persist in her present policy of non-cooperation 
with Britain and to cultivate foreign relations 
of her own. The book has an introduction by 
Robert Morss Lovett, and an appendix bearing 
upon the Anglo-French discord in the Near 
East and India. 



Am Econ R 13:477 S '23 70w 
Reviewed by Blanche Watson 

Nation 117:22 Jl 4 '23 550w 
"Mr. Das has written a serviceable and in 
some respects a painstaking book. On the 
whole for all its lack of imagination, it does set 
forth the essential conflict between the British 
Empire as a whole and its unwilling central 
part, which is slowly but steadily acquiring a 
desire for separateness and nationhood which 
fully keeps up with the concessions British 
Governments from time to time attentively 
make." G. H. Harding 

-^ NY Times p4 My 6 '23 IDOOw 

Springf'd Republican p7a S 30 '23 180w 

Survey 50:supl92 My 1 '23 120w 

DAVENPORT. EUGENE. Vacation on the 

trail; personal exneriences in the higher 

mountain trails with complete directions for 

the outfitting of inexpensive expeditions. 

(Open country books) lOlp il $1.50 Macmillan 

796 Camping. Mountaineering 23-8777 

This little hook describes the es.=entials of 

camping in the higher mountain trails. It tells 

how to get the utmost enjoyment out of a 

month's tramp thru the Rockies, and describes 

the practical details of outfitting for the trip. 



Booklist 19:308 Jl '23 
Reviewed by T. R. Coward 

Bookm 57:644 Ag "23 20w 
Boston Transcript p4 Ag 11 '23 130w 
"The prospective follower of the trail can 
obtain Information worth while from one who 
has repeatedly tested it all out for himself." 

-f Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO Je 
10 '23 560w 

'*Easy it is to believe that as a medicine for 
tired mind and exhausted spirit such an exper- 
ience as this is beyond compare!" M. L. Frank- 
lin 

-I- Ind 110:378 Je 9 '23 260w 
Lit R p820 Jl 7 '23 280w 



"There is about everything in the book that 
the camper needs to know. Any one con- 
templating such a vacation as the author de- 
scribes will find this volume a valuable hand- 
book." 

-f N Y Times p6 My 27 '23 450w 

Beginning with the requisite food and cloth- 
ing for the tramper and concluding with the 
burro, the pack and the diamond hitch, he 
omits no practical detail that the tyro would 
otherwise have to learn from an experienced 
guide." 

-f N Y Tribune pl8 Je 24 '23 220w 

R of Rs 68:223 Ag '23 60w 

DAVID, DONALD KIRK. Retail store man- 
agement problems. lO.'^fip $6.75 Shaw, A. W. 

658 Retail trade. Department stores 

22-2747 

"This most complete text on retail stores 
management represents a stupendous amount of 
searching throughout the business community 
for problems of retail stores management and 
a compilation of these problems in unified, 
orderly fashion. The problems incident to retail 
store operation are logically developed in ac- 
cordance with the case method under group 
headings such as Accounting, Organization, 
Merchandising and Buying, which serve to give 
the reader contact with all phases of the retail 
manager's work. The text is profusely illus- 
trated with charts of forms. It would seem that 
the book would have been an impossible ac- 
complishment without the aid of the large 
number of concrete management problems avail- 
able to the author through the Harvard Bureau 
of Business Research, under Professor Melvin 
T. Copeland.". — Ann Am Acad 



"It is difficult to imagine a more complete 
and thorough-going attempt to set forth in one 
volume all of the problems of the retail execu- 
tive. The book will become standard as a ref- 
erence text for retail stores management." R. 
H. Lansburgh 

+ Ann Am Acad 102:209 Jl '22 250w 

"It will be a convenient reference for the 
general business man." 

Booklist 19:180 Mr '23 

"The size of the volume under this title, and 
the breadth of the subject need not discourage 
the busy man from reading it. Actual dif- 
ficulties experienced by various firms [are 
described] and since these firms cover prac- 
tically the entire field of retailing, from groceries 
to jewelry, the reader can pick out the par- 
ticular instances which most nearly fit his own 
case, and find his troubles discussed." Hilary 
Rogers 

-f- Dally News Rec p9 Je 13 '22 750w 

Springf'd Republican p8 Mr 11 '22 180w 

DAVIES, MARY CAROLYN. Outdoors and us. 

70p il $2.50 Penn 

811 22-23931 

A collection of simple verses for very young 
children. "The dream of 'When I'm Grown Up 
and President,' rudely interrupted by mother's 
call to come and fill the woodhox, is one of the 
most amusing verses and among the other at- 
tractive things are 'Our Constant Cat,' faithful 
when all grown folks fail; the Soap Bubble Pipe, 
maker of so much magic; the Chipmunk Nests 
and manv exquisite garden thoughts, as well 
as the love the children feel for their plain 
Cousin Jane." — Boston Transcript 



"Delightful verses that have the finish of all 
Miss Davies' wark, and the spirit that will de- 
light small girls and boys." L. H. G. 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 F 21 '23 400w 

"Miss Davies's verses, while for the most part 
mediocre as poetry, have a pretty fancifulness 
and a frolicsome humor that lend them charm, 
while the pictures, in color and in black and 
white, that accompany them have a daintiness 
that sits well upon their portrayal of youthful 
activities. The book, for all its sumptuous in- 



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DAVIES, M. C. — Continued 

terior, is sensibly bound in a sturdy brown cloth 

well fitted to withstand the rough handling of 

children." 

+ Lit R p475 F 17 '23 lOOw 
"Although the verses belong to a rather low 
plane of literature, they are usually felicitous. 
One has the uneasy feeling that Miss Davies 
dashed them off in a hurry, committing just 
the offense in child literature which should not 
be committed." 

h N Y Times p8 Mr 11 '23 400w 

DAVIES, RANDALL ROBERT HENRY. Chats 
2 on old Engli.'^h drawings. (Collectors ser.) 220p 

11 $4 Stokes [9s Unwln] 
741 Drawings. English 

"With the exception of Holbein the period 
covered by the author begins with the seven- 
teenth century with Inigo Jones, and the great 
majority of his artists belong to the latter half 
of the eighteenth century. Mr. Davies has set 
the other limit roughly at 1820, and following 
Horace Walpole he includes foreign artists who 
settled in England. There are fort.v-five illus- 
trations, one in colour." — The Times [London] 
Lit Sup S 6 '23 



"There is little illuminating criticism in the 
book, but much record of the whereabouts of 
drawings and a few hints on methods of col- 
lecting, forgeries, and mounts. Yet one is in- 
clined to be thankful for any book that draws 
attention to this specialty in appreciation and 
collecting." 

+ Lit R p430 Ja 5 '24 200w 
"The true collector's spirit breathes from the 
pages of Mr. Randall Davies's little volume, 
and a perusal of it can hardly fail to inspire 
anyone who is at all of a similar frame of 
mind with an irrepressible desire to start forth- 
with on a quest among the dusty portfolios of 
the ubiquitous little dealer in old prints and 
drawings." 

+ Sat R 136:307 S 15 '23 400w 
"The present volume is an excellent addi- 
tion to a well-known series. It contains a great 
deal of information that would be valuable to 
many readers who might consider themselves 
too well-versed to derive benefit from a 'Chat' 
on the subject." 

+ Spec 131:361 S 15 '23 90w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p589 S 
6 '23 50w 
"This is a pleasant, sensible book, dealing 
with a subject on which the author has special 
claims for a hearing. It is well and freely 
illustrated, light to handle, and by no means 
heavv in digestion." 

■ _|_ The Times [London] Lit Sup p629 S 
27 '23 1050W 

DAVIES, WILLIAM HENRY. Collected poems; 

second series. 157p $2 Harper [6s J. Cape] 
821 

The second selection from the recent books 
of verse of the "tramp poet" includes rather 
more than a hundred poems. Joy in nature, in 
love and in mere living fill these poems, and 
they have the spontaneity and fresh fancy which 
have marked his work from the beginning. 



"It may seem absurd to say of a poet as firmly 
established as Mr. Davies that his work shows 
less performance than promise. In a rather un- 
distinguished age his verse ranks high: and yet 
the basis of his reputation is not metrical subtle- 
ty, or distinction of style, or profoundity of 
thought. . . AVhence, then, Mr Davies' reputa- 
tion: and his real promise? It is, partly, that he 
has an extraordinarily happy, though fickle, 
fancy, and the mob of his more superficially ac- 
complished contemporaries have not. The other 
thing about Mr. Davies is the genuine spon- 
taneity of his feelings which, except occasionally, 
is above suspicion." Frank Lucas 

^ New Statesman 21:114 My 5 '23 1300w 

"One of the chief merits of Mr. Davies's poet- 
ry is that it is extremely difficult to say any- 
thing whatever about it, for the same reason 



that it is extremely difficult to say anything 
about the song of a thrush. We become aware, 
in face of a thing so spontaneous and pure, of 
the inappropriateness of the intellectual as a 
method of evaluation. . . There is, of course, 
much enjoyable poetry in which we have, at 
first, to work somewhat hard for our reward; 
but Mr. Davies thrusts enjoyment upon us, and 
when we read his poems we are inclined simply 
to thank heaven and refrain even from good 
words." Martin Armstrong 

-I- Spec 130:805 My 12 '23 lOOOw 
"Mr. Davies has been able to choose from his 
recent books rather more than a hundred poems, 
which, at large, are as fresh and green, as de- 
finite in their characteristics, as their predeces- 
sors." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p245 Ap 12 
'23 lOSOw 

DAVIS, ELMER HOLMES. Times have 

changed. 300p $2 McBride 

23-8059 

/'Mark O'Rell departed from the beaten track 
only a step or two. He meant no harm and 
did none. But when his wife looked for him 
in the accustomed place, he wasn't there. And 
when she found him again he was with a chorus 
lady and a sweet girl graduate of the high 
school whereof Mark was principal. And they 
had all been to a masked ball. He was also 
being followed by a couple of thugs, with fel- 
onious intent; and he was himself a fugitive 
from the law, having assaulted and escaped 
from a police officer. One step at a time did 
it; and he never meant any harm. It was only 
that people did not understand; they wanted 
explanations of everything which, when he was 
among friends, would have been taken for 
granted." — N Y Tribune 



Booklist 20:56 N '23 
"It is a rollicking story which Elmer Davis 
has w^ritten." 

+ Boston Transcript p% My 9 '23 250w 

Cleveland p67 S '23 
" 'Times Have Changed' is so very much 
better than most of the mystery tales turned 
out, and the characterization shows so much 
genuine talent, that it seems almost a pity Mr. 
Davis is not willing to spend more of his time 
and labor in producing books that might easily 
become very finished products." T: L. Masson 
H- Int Bk R p56 My '23 350w 
"He is a raconteur par excellence of the 
extraordinary, the unexpected, the unusual; at 
his hands the fantastic assumes the nature of 
the inevitable. It is a merry book." 
+ Lit R p650 Ap 28 '23 400w 
Nation 117:144 Ag 8 '23 150w 
"Mr. Davis has written his story in short, 
breathless chapters well suited to the briskly 
moving tempo of his tale. Those who may lack 
the initiative or the resourcefulness of a Mark 
O'Rell. and so must take adventure vicariously, 
will get it a-plenty in Mr. Davis's amusing book. 
'Times Have Changed' may be safely recom- 
mended as an admirable Spring tonic." 
+ N Y Times p9 Ap 8 '23 660w 
"If he is a beginner, he is a very promising 
one. He has a faculty for extracting the latent 
humor from everyday life, giving the common- 
place iust that little nudge nece.ssary to send 
it over the border line into the realm of the 
preposterous." Isabel Paterson 

+ N Y Tribune p21 Ap 15 '23 520w 
"Mr. Davis does not quite believe or pretend 
to believe everything that happens in his yarn. 
It goes to fantastic extremes. But, curiously 
enough, the reader's doubt is apt to dissipate 
as the story moves ahead. Pace conquers all 
. . . 'Times Have Changed' is delightful spoof- 
ing. Of course, one of the reasons is nothing 
more than the fact that it is so conspicuously 
well written." Heywood Broun 

+ N Y World p6e My 27 '23 540w 
"A story breezily told, and worth the telling." 
+ Sprlngf'd Republican p7a My 27 '23 
300w 



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DAVIS, OWEN. Icebound: a play. 116p $1.50 

Little 

812 23-10497 

The play depicts the lives of farmer folk in 
a village of northM-n Maine, icebound by their 
bleak countryside and their loveless hearts. The 
immediate scene is the Jordan homestead which 
by the will of the aged mother of the family 
comes into possession of a second cousin, Jane 
Crosby, who had lived with Mrs Jordan for sev- 
eral years and served her faithfully. Hate flames 
up in the hearts of the disappointed heirs and 
makes life difficult for Jane. Then it develops 
that the estate was not left her for her own 
use but in trust for the black sheep son of the 
family, who the mother hoped would marry 
Jane and by her be redeemed. Ben Jordan is a 
little slow to discover this purpose and the 
strength of Jane's love for him, but in the end 
light dawns on him. The play was awarded the 
Pulitzer prize for the best American play of 1922. 



Booklist 20:13 O '23 

"The theme may be sordid, but it is pre- 
sented in such natural dialogue, with occasional 
flashes of ironic comedy, that it is altogether 
enjoyable. Here is an honest piece of dramatic 
writing — a fine play, pungent in its observation 
of human nature, characterization without com- 
promise, a sound and tolerant view of life. It 
is full of vitality, of reality." F. H. K. 

-I- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p20 Ag 
12 '23 650w 

"This play, if it does not deserve all the 
high laudation which has been bestowed upon 
it, must certainly be accounted among the 
more notable theatrical successes of the past 
New York season." J. R. Towse 
+ Lit R p38 S 15 '23 360w 

"Perhaps the play acts better than it reads. 
The first act is interminable. The second and 
third acts go better as far as holding attention 
are concerned. But Jane, who in the beginning 
bids fair to be a character of character, de- 
scends into a pit of sirupy sentimentalism when 
she consents to stay with Ben." 

— Springf'd Republican p7a Jl 22 '23 600w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:442 O '23 

DAVIS, WILLIAM STEARNS. Life on a mediae- 
val barony: a picture of a typical feudal 
community in the thirteenth century. 414p il 
$3.50 Harper 

394 Middle ages. Feudalism 23-13031 

The book describes a typical medieval sei- 
gneury in northern France in the year 1220, 
which represents the epoch when the spirit of 
the Middle ages had reached its full development. 
Descriptions are given of the castle itself and the 
household of the seigneur, its customs and 
hospitality, the training of knights and nobles, 
tourneys and feudal battles. An account of the 
peasant villages roundabout is included, also 
of the abbey and monastery and the cathedral 
seat of the bishop. 



Reviewed by F. Duncalf 

Am Hist R 29:368 Ja '24 460w 

"This volume, showing forth a vast amount of 
research, of study and of learning, in a line 
decidedly unusual, is adorned Avith a large num- 
ber of illustrations, some full page cuts, but the 
majority carefully made drawings in the text." 
E. J. C. 

4- Boston Transcript p4 S 15 '23 780w 

'"The book is much more interesting than 
Luchaire's somewhat larger one and should be 
attractive to the many lovers of mediaeval tales. 
It may be heartily recommended to both readers 
and writers. It was well worth doing, and it has 
been well done." G: B. Adams 

4- Lit R pl82 O 27 '23 700w 

"In a most agreeable and readable fashion, 
under his thin fiction of St. Aliquis, Professor 
Davis makes u.s see the Middle Ages as they 
neared their end. It is a fine bit of work worth- 
ily done." C. W. Thompson 

-h N Y Times pl9 Ja 6 '24 2400w 



"The whole book is a compact and well 
ordered mass of fascinating detail, which leaves 
one at a loss to choose the most interesting. It 
is the homelier domestic items of information 
which lend the greatest charm to this excellent- 
ly WTitten record." Isabel Paterson 

+ N Y Tribune p6 S 23 '23 980w 
"In this fascinating, semi-fictitious narrative 
Professor Davis reconstructs and vivifies for the 
modern reader the actual daily life of the feud- 
al ages." 

+ Outlook 135:194 O 3 '23 150w 

Springf'd Republican p7a D 30 '23 550w 



DAWES, CHARLES GATES. First year of the 
budget of the United States. 437p |6 Harper 
351.72 Budget— United States 23-5389 

Gen. Dawes, who was appointed by President 
Harding director of the Bureau of the budget, 
had the task of inaugurating a system of co- 
ordinating business control over the various 
departments and independent establishments of 
the government which have been heretofore 
almost completely decentralized. The present 
volume is composed of the notes which he made 
from day to day on the progress of the work, 
together with his official orders and statements. 
The book outlines two accomplishments: first, 
the institution of the budget system of expendi- 
ture; second, the coordination of the various 
government departments by the Bureau of the 
budget. 



"A clear and straightforward account of the 
procedure and policies which were involved, the 
problems confronted, and the results achieved 
during the formative period of the new national 
budget system. One conclusion stands out 
above all others from a reading of this volume; 
namely, the urgent necessity for a thorough- 
going reorganization and coordination of the 
national administrative departments." 

+ Am Pol Sci R 17:348 My '23 200w 
Booklist 19:299 Jl '23 
Reviewed by M. E. Pierce 

Boston Transcript p2 My 12 '23 2400w 

Cleveland p71 S '23 

"It is both novel and instructive. It is vital. 
Made up of the kind of things which would 
find their way into a folder in the flies of a 
busy man's office, in it we see the genius of 
an extraordinary personality." F: A. Cleveland 
+ Lit R p734 Je 2 '23 1700w 

"Making all deductions, the book has value as 
a record of activities rather than ideas, as a 
picture of an active business man of a type 
unfortunately not too rare, and as a collection 
of documents, largely unimportant ones, deal- 
ing with the installation of a more business-like 
svstem of handling the affairs of the Federal 
G"overnment, but chiefly as a flrst-aid package 
to those who have forgotten how to smile in 
a world of income taxes and business-political 
'bunk.' " H: R. Mussey 

— Nation 117:302 S 19 '23 500w 

"There is no doubt that the worthy General 
did achieve some economies through his liaison 
purchasing committees in which all departments 
cooperated. The exact total in dollars and 
cents can never be calculated, but it could 
hardlv reach a tenth of the 'savings' set forth. 
The other nine tenths falls under the head of 
wit, humor and bull." Stuart Chase 

_ New Repub 34:350 My 23 '23 1400w 

"It may be hard to make a budget interesting, 
but this 'fiery diary of a fighter accomplishes it 
on every page. In addition to his public serv- 
ices. General Dawes can make |ven figures 
snap and pop. and that is the kind of book he 

hn« written " C- W. Thompson 

has ^-^"en.^ k..^^^ ^^^ ^^ ^ ,^^ ^^^^^ 

"If General Dawes was direct and forceful 
and careless of convention in his activities as a 
public ofllcial, the same qualities persist in the 
manner of presenting his case in cold type. He 
his written for business men a book concerning 
the biggest business in the world— that of the 
TTiiitpd States Government. 
^•"^^ ^- R of Rs 67:446 Ap '23 400w 



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"The chief value of the book is that it gives 
an interesting- and personal picture, from a 
single viewpoint of the development of the new 
budget system. . . Unfortunately one tends to 
discount various conclusions made by Dawes 
as to his own effectiveness and that of Presi- 
dent Harding because of his sentimentality — his 
bathos, even — in some comments. The book 
frequently reads like a campaign document, 
with its lavish and indiscriminate praise of the 
members of the Harding administration and 
its implied slurs on their predecessors." J: M. 
Gaus 

\- Springf d Republican p7a Je 24 '23 400w 

Survey 51:237 N 15 '23 220w 

DAY, HOLMAN FRANCIS. Leadbetter's Luck. 

263p il $1.75 Duffield 

23-14920 

"Leadbetter's Luck is the new name given 
by Leadbetter to the township of Misery Gore, 
in the Maine lumber region, where his tiinber- 
holdings develop into valuable property after 
he has met various disappointments and de- 
feats in his attempts to log them off. Lead- 
better's partner is a young specialist in forestry, 
not long out of Yale, who joins him after being 
thwarted in efforts at conservation as an em- 
ploye of an old-time sla.sh-and-ruin company. 
The crookedness of this company's field-man- 
ager and its opposition to the young conservator 
and to the new company, supply most of the 
plot and action." — Springf'd Republican 



"Holman Day is at home in this kind of 
novel, and a boy will find in the hook a lively 
industry and the need of methods that will 
avoid turning lordly forests into tracts of tree 
stumps without provision for futvire growth." 
Daniel Henderson 

-I- Lit R p233 N 10 '23 50w 

Reviewed by Everett McNeil 

N Y Tribune p24 N 4 '23 130w 

"The juveniles who are especially pleased 
with it will be rather mature, whereas there 
will be plenty of readers who in years don't 
rank as boys, yet will find the story attrac- 
tive." 

-|- Springf'd Republican p7a N 4 '23 180w 

DAY, HOLMAN FRANCIS. The loving are 

the daring. 422p $2 Harper 

23-13099 

The background of this tale of love and ad- 
venture is laid in Canada and Maine. .Tean 
Verdon, the hero, is the boldest of the bold, 
and risks his life to save a girl who proves 
to be "drowning" for a moving picture. How- 
ever, this adventure leads Jean to the paths 
of romance and he finally wins the girl of 
his heart, tho he becomes enmeshed in the 
toils of tricky land grabbers who are trying 
to get the control of the water-power rights 
bordering on an American state. 



DE KOVEN, ANNA (FARWELL) (MRS REGI- 
NALD DE KOVEN). Primer of citizenship. 
201p $1.50 Dutton 
342.73 Citizenship. United States — Politics 
and government 23-10522 

This primer contains simple readings in 
American history, on patriotism and citizenship, 
on politics, government and law. Contents: The 
new world; The beginnings of free government; 
The birth of our nation; Love of country; The 
good citizen; Our United States; Rural govern- 
ments; The city; The states; The central or 
national government; The Constitution; The 
citizen's part in the government; Political 
parties; Nomination of candidates for office; The 
law; How the national government watches over 
the people; Dangers to the permanency of our 
government; What is a republic? 



"It sets forth in a clear, interesting and 
simple manner the story of the founding of 
America." 

+ Am Pol Scl R 17:689 N '23 150w 
Booklist 20:122 Ja '24 
"Throughout the volume runs a thread of his- 
tory written in a manner that should thrill the 
young student of American citizenship, whether 
he be a child in the grammar grades or an im- 
migrant stumbling through his first reading in 
English." 

4- N Y Times p21 Je 19 '23 500w 
Reviewed by S. A. Coblentz 

N Y Tribune p20 O 21 '23 40w 

DE LA MARE, WALTER JOHN. A child's 

day. 87p il $1.75 Holt 
821 A23-1027 

Verses about the happy things which made 
up Elizabeth Ann's long, long day with only 
herself to play with — getting washed and 
dressed, playing in the green wood, dabbling 
her feet in a rush-bordered pool, wreathing a 
daisy chain, eating her good dinner, looking 
at picture books, rummaging in old wardrobes, 
and finally, going to bed and dreaming. 



Booklist 19:323 Jl '23 
"The book bids fair to find its place quickly 
with American children." A. C. Moore 
+ Bookm 57:358 My '23 120w 

Boston Transcript p2 Jl 7 '23 800w 
Reviewed by L: St J: Power 

Int Bk R pl3 Je '23 450w 
"It is a book which achieves without ap- 
parent effort, but with rounded and smooth- 
phrased completeness, the crowded, imaginary 
hours of a child's long summer day — the chron- 
icle, perhaps, of one's own Golden Age." J. L. 
McL. 

New Repub 36:82 S 12 '23 400w 
Reviewed by M. G. Bonner 

N Y Times pll Je 24 '23 200w 
"The poetry is simple without being silly, and 
delicate without being thin." 

4- Outlook 135:34 S 5 '23 150w 



Booklist 20:138 Ja '24 

"The story is something of a departure for its 
author, but it is certainly a step in the right 
direction. The lives of simple people who 
greatly dare are always a thrill and an inspira- 
tion." 

-|- Boston Transcript p4 D 19 '23 260w 

"The novel is entirely conventional in theme 
and workmanship; it is the typical tale of love 
and adventure in a primitive environment and 
is about as interesting as the average story 
of its type and about as melodramatic and 
mechanical in construction." 

— Lit R p318 D 1 '23 150w 

N Y Times pl4 N 11 '23 150w 
"It is below Holman Day's average stand- 
ard, particularly in default of the broad humor, 
satire and character-drawing distinguishing 
some of his other books." 

— Springf'd Republican p7a O 28 '23 180w 



DE LA MARE, WALTER. JOHN, comp. Come 
= hither. 696p il $6 Knopf 

821.08 Children's poetry. English poetry — 

Collections 
From many and unusual sources ranging from 
Chaucer to our own day Mr De la Mare has 
gathered this collection of 500 "lyrical and 
im;^ginative poems intended for the consump- 
tion of the young of all ages." Many of these 
poems have rarely found their way into the 
ordinary anthologies. Some familiar poems have 
been left out because they may be easily found 
elsewhere. There is an introductory Story of 
this book transporting the reader into the 
"other world" which is the fit setting for the 
poems, nnd after the poems come 180 pages of 
notes which lead the imagination farther afield 
and which mav be read with delight without 
reference to the poems they annotate. The 
book is embellished with woodcuts by Alec 
Buckels. 



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"In form, Mr. De la Mare's book is a portly 
octavo, well arranged, well printed and ser- 
viceably bound, but embellished here and there 
with designs by Alec Buckels that are alto- 
gether too funereal in their aspect." E. F. E. 

-\ Boston Transcript p6 D 29 '23 650w 

"It is a book for the family library, and 
may well be in all hands at once. If parents 
buy 'Come Hither," parents will read it. They 
will likewise look at Alec Buckels's decorations 
and will see a rare genius and beautiful work- 
manship in the woodcuts." P. V. Morley 
+ Lit R p404 D 29 '23 950w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p799 N 
29 '23 

DE LA MARE, WALTER JOHN. Riddle, and 
other tales. 290p $2.50 Knopf [7s 6d Selwyn & 
B.j 

23-9575 

"Mr. de la Mare has chosen to be the in- 
terpreter, in prose and poetry, of unearthliness. 
For him those who are, in popular speech, 
'queer,' even if unpleasantly so, are those who 
see and hear the crowd of hidden things which 
hedge us about in our blindness. He does not 
blench from them when they are horrible, as 
witness the story of 'Seaton's Aunt,' the mon- 
strous old woman, with her huge appetite and 
her sinister irony, who simply haunted her 
heir and nephew to his death; or 'Out of the 
Deep,' in which a lonely man, precariously liv- 
ing in the gaunt house full of relics and memo- 
ries of his uncle, summons by night strange 
visitors from a haunted basement and finally 
is found strangled with a cord in the attic . . . 
or the wonderful story of Lispet, Lispett and 
Vaine, the prehistoric firm of incomparable 
mercers, who fell into decay because Antony 
Lispett lost his heart to a fairy and would only 
make things to fit her diminutive proportions." 
(The Times [London] Lit Sup) Contents: The 
almona tree; The count's courtship; The look- 
ing-glass; Miss Duveen; Selina's parable; 
Seaton's aunt; The bird of travel; The bowl; 
The three friends; Lispet, Lispett & Vaine; The 
tree; Out of the deep; The creatures; The 
riddle; The vats. 



"It is hardly necessary to add that this whole 
remarkable volume is written in the concentrat- 
ed and eclectic prose style we have learned to 
expect from Mr. de la Mare, with the rare beau- 
ty which can come to us only through a 
sensuous ear attuned to 'the stir of the frost,' 
and an imagination that hears the faintest tap 
"on the walls of the mind.' " Helen McAfee 
+ Atlantic's Bookshelf S '23 400w 
Booklist 20:56 N '23 

"The only real, sane thing in the book is the 
'Vats,' of the effects of old architecture on the 
transient mind of man. But the whole volume 
is not un to his average average — one could 
not credit Mr. De la Mare with an unvariable 
average — and we do hope he won't do it again." 
I. W. L. 

h Boston Transcript p6 Jl 18 '23 llOOw 

Cleveland p51 Jl '23 
"His genius is unmistakable, although it has 
been half-smothered under the weight of a be- 
lated Victorianism; but one feels that in hap- 
pier circumstances it might have made him a 
writer of the rank of Poe." Edwin Muir 
H Freeman 7:620 S 5 '23 1200w 

"The style in which these stories are told is 
beautiful and distinctive. Just what we are to 
imply is sometimes too delicately hinted, too 
tinily murmured; but the tales repay rereading." 
W: R. Benet 

+ Lit R pl9 S 8 '23 720w 

New Repub 36:52 S 5 '23 300w 

"The brain is delicate, the imagination sensi- 
tive, the eye miraculously fine, and the craft 
astonishing. The wizardry works, and must 
be recognised, saluted, and enjoyed accord- 
ingly. At the same time I pray against all 
attempts to imitate it." Raymond Mortimer 

-h New Statesman 21:201 My 26 '23 1400w 

"There is high beauty, eery charm, even a 
sense of terror, in these tales. The finish and 
ease with which De La Mare secures his 



effects are at their best in these stories. Here 
is a smooth, delicately woven, haunted prose 
of strange poetic quality, a medium that is 
absolutely adapted to the unworldly themes 
that make up most of the tales." Jean Wright 
-f- N Y Times pl2 Je 3 '23 1700w 
"Reading it, one is inclined to believe that it 
would lead a list of a hundred such collections. 
Of all prose artists who dip their pens into fanci- 
ful ink, Mr. de la Mare is easily the best of the 
Englishmen to-day." Laurence StalHngs 
4- N Y World p9e Jl 29 '23 480w 
"There is frequent richness, brilliance, charm; 
but it is all scattered, casual, careless. It does 
not, I repeat, make a book." Gerald Gould 

1- Sat R 135:742 Je 2 '23 680w 

"The Riddle is a book which every lover of 
poetry and every student of style must make 
it his business (as it will certainly be his plea- 
sure) to read; it has a quality unique in con- 
temporary fiction." 

4- Spec 130:930 Je 2 '23 1400w 
Spec 130:1084 Je 30 '23 70w 
Springf'd Republican p7a Jl 1 '23 580w 
"Only those who feel an indescribable longing 
at times to get away from the present and the 
dwarfish presumption of what most people 
mean by life will realize its whole appeal. 
Others will admire Mr. de la Mare's mastery 
of language, but they will be a trifle cold to 
his message and his convictions." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p337 My 
17 '23 lOOOw 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

DE LA PASTURE, EDMEE ELIZABETH 
MONICA (E. M. DELAFIELD, pseud.). Re- 
version to type. 395p $2.50 Macmillan 

23-13191 
From earliest childhood Cecil Aviolet's habit 
of untruthfulness was almost a disease The 
Aviolets attributed it to the base strain of 
his mother's blood in Cecil's veins, for they 
counted Jim Aviolet's marriage to Rose Smith 
the crowning act of folly of his brief and 
checkered career. When Jim died of drink 
Rose brought her seven-year-old boy from 
Ceylon to his father's people in England and 
the contest which ensued between the aristo- 
cratic but effete Aviolets and the vital, if un- 
cultured Rose for the possession of her boy's 
soul forms the groundwork of the story. Ce- 
cil's persistent habit culminates in an act of 
dishonor which brings disgrace to the Aviolet 
name. Rose is almost persuaded that her blood 
is lo blame, but Dr Lucian, her friend thruout, 
her husband now, convinces her that the de- 
cadence comes from the Aviolets and that 
it is the vital spark she has given her son 
which will one day pull him thru. 



"This is Miss Delafield's best book." D 
F. G. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 O 24 '23 1050w 

"Thi.s is the book Miss Delafield has made an 
awful botch of writing. It is a book she has 
not enough sense of humor to attempt success- 
fully. It deals with a situation — -with the conflict 
of personalities of different social classes — which 
she has not enough sense of humor ever to see 
to the bottom of," Fillmore Hyde 
— Lit R p301 D 1 '23 850w 

Reviewed by R. M. Lovett 

New Repub 36:234 O 24 '23 900w 

"Miss Delafield's new book has comparatively 
little of the acidity which makes her othei 
novels more readable than the most second- 
rate fiction. The psychology seems good, and 
Miss Delafield has contrived to make it lucid 
without the use of scientific terms. But most 
of the characters are rather more obvious types 
than those that she usually describes." Ray- 
mond Mortimer 

H New Statesman 21:501 Ag 4 '23 120w 

"Miss Delafield's story preserves a flavor that 
is pleasing. That the work lacks intensity in 
the first part is no doubt due to the fact that 
too much is given over to recounting preju- 
dices and preparing an atmosphere for the sub- 



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DE LA PASTURE, E. E. M. — Continued 
sequent reception of pity. Twice Miss Dela- 
field rises to real power; but the beauty of 
these moments is, alas, all too shortlived." 

H NY Times p25 O 21 '23 550w 

Reviewed by R. D. Townsend 

Outlook 135:642 D 12 '23 220w 
"The bare tale, stripped of its theories. Is 
admirable — vivid, touching, and in places even 
thrillingly exciting." Gerald Gould 

H Sat R 136:196 Ag 18 '23 750w 

"One almost wishes that Miss Delafleld had 
not made the boy possess such a very ab- 
normal character. He is little more than a ma- 
chine for telling lies. The study of actions and 
reactions between that ignorant, vulgar, at- 
tractive termagant Rose, and perfectly stiff, per- 
fectly Tory, extremely kind parents-in-law and 
their priggish elder son is so good that it pro- 
vides ample material for the book. The situa- 
tion is worked out with utmost fairness." 

H Spec 131:291 S 1 '23 480w 

"The story is told with Miss Delafleld's quiet 
truthfulness, which is always restrained, yet 
never spares the reader any essential signifi- 
cance. But as a whole the story is never quite 
lifted into emotional interest." 

H Sprlngf d Republican p7 O 21 '23 360w 

"There is generally some faculty which stands 
out more clearly than the rest in the composi- 
tion of a novel, and in E. M. Delafleld's latest 
story it is that of understanding. Without 
abnegating the right to criticize her own char- 
acters she yet presents the worst of them with 
such sympathy that pity tempers judgment 
-f The Times [London] Lit Sup p532 Ag 
9 '23 600w 

DE LA ROCHE, MAZO. Possession. 289p $2 
Macmillan 23-6419 

Thru the death of his uncle Derek Vale, a 
young architect, comes into possession of a 
Canadian fruit farm. At Grimstone he finds 
himself in the midst of human as well as farm 
problems— a domineering housekeeper, a group 
of irresponsible Indian helpers, an abundance 
of fruit, poor cattle, and the care of all resting 
upon his inexperienced self. Two girls further 
complicate things, Grace Jerrold, the daughter 
of a neighboring landowner, and Fawnte, an 
Indian. Loving Grace, he is forced into mar- 
riage with Fawnie. House and farm run down, 
and Derek with them. When at the close of 
the story he takes account of himself and his 
possessions, he realizes that he is more pos- 
sessed by than possessing. Grimstone and he 
are one and in the making. Even little Fawnie 
is his own, to be cared for and protected. 

Boston Transcript p4 My 16 '23 llOOw 

Cleveland p66 S '23 
Reviewed by H. W. Boynton 

Ind 110:379 Je 9 '23 320w 

Lit R p631 Ap 21 '23 550w 
"Though the theme itself is one that will 
undoubtedly hold the reader to the very end 
not so much because of its uniqueness but be- 
cause of its high sense of reality, the apex of 
'Pos.session' is reached in the characterization. 
Few novels this year include such a large group 
of indubitably living people." 

+ N Y Times p9 Mr 25 '23 820w 
"The characters are subsidiary, necessary to 
atmosphere and incident, but not strong enough 
to establish and maintain the continuity and 
interest of a book. The author has studied a 
.setting for her ideas, but not the medium 
for their expression. The local color drifts 
about insubstantial names, instead of empha- 
sizing the lives of tangible people." Eva Gold- 

1- N Y Tribune p20 Ap 15 '23 680w 

"The novel is unusual in subject and treat- 
ment, and is sincerely handled." R. D. Town- 
send 

+ Outlook 133:720 Ap 18 '23 150w 
" 'Possession' is in the best sense homely. 
Its very simplicity intrigues. All the quarrels, 
excitements, hesitations of the young farmer 



whose fortunes we follow have the double 
quality oi life — the littleness of temporal flux, 
the eternity of consequence. . . In its sane, 
quiet, satisfactory way, the book is beautiful." 
Gerald Gould 

+ Sat R 135:670 My 19 '23 190w 

"The first few chapters of Possession convince 
one that the book has the elements of a novel 
of genius: a strong theme, craftsmanship, a 
background intimately revealed, and characters 
who from the moment they enter live and 
absorb one's interest. Yet 'Possession' just 
falls short of triumphant achievement. The 
reader experiences a sense of frustration as 
the story draws to a close; the dynamic force 
that lay behind it has not, he feels, found ade- 
quate expression in action." 

-\ Spec 130:971 Je 9 '23 420w 

Springf'd Republican p7a My 6 '23 270w 

"Keen insight, deep feeling, ample and cer- 
tain powers of description carry the story to 
its tragic and uncertain end. Characterization 
and atmosphere also demand notice." 

+ The Times [London] Lit Sup p317 My 
10 '23 430w 

DELBOS, J. M. Historic Cambridge; with a 
foreword by L. F. Salzman. $2 Appleton [4s 
6d Heffer] 

378.42 Cambridge university 
Pencil sketches of the colleges of Cambridge 
university, each accompanied by a page of de- 
scription. 



'"They are exquisite pencil sketches and they 
bring to the eye all the old-world charm of 
the town whence came the name for the seat 
of one of the leading American universities." 
E. F. E. 

-1- Boston Transcript p6 N 3 '23 800w 
"Exquisite little sketches of the Cambridge 
Colleges will gladden the hearts of Cambridge 
men as they look at the veritable presentment 
of some familiar scenes in their old colleges. 
Mr. Delbos is to be congratulated on the tend- 
erness and vividness of his work, an unusual 
combination." 

-f The Times [London] Lit Sup p605 S 
13 '23 210w 

DELEDDA, MME GRAZIA. The mother; tr. 
from the Italian by Maxy G. Steegmann (Eng 
title The woman and the priest). 239p $2 Mac- 
millan 

23-16660 
The setting of the story is a remote hill vil- 
lage in Sardinia and the action takes place 
within the space of two days. It is a drama 
of mental and spiritual conflict in the souls of 
three people; Paul, the young parish priest of 
Aar, his devoted mother, and Agnes, the wom- 
an whom Paul loved, to his undoing. The 
mother suffers most of all for she is torn in 
pieces by so many conflicting emotions — ambi- 
tion for Paul, jealousy for his honor, faith in 
the church and its laws, and a love for her son 
so strong that she begins to question whether 
the church has any right to impose upon him 
such a denial as that of his love for Agnes. 
In the end the struggle proves too much for 
her and she dies in church while her son Is 
saying mass. 

"The skill with which the characters are 
made to live is the same that makes the 
novel, as a whole, a masterpiece of artistic 
economy, and it is so fine that one begins to 
realize it only after the enthusiasm that the 
book inspires is subjected to afterthought and 
the dubious supererogation of analysis." E: T. 
Booth 

-f- Lit R p403 D 29 '23 GOOw 

"Insight and interpretation have been 
worked so skillfully into the actual narrative 
that the unfolding of the little drama moves on 
with an unchecked precision. By exquisite 
workmanship and a fine clarity of purpose 
Mme. Deledda has given to 'The Mother' an 
almost epic air of inevitability." 

-f N Y Times p8 D 2 '23 720w 



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"The subject is tragic, the emotion aroused 
is poignant (a much-abused word but precise- 
ly correct here), and the soundness of the psy- 
chology and the intensity of human passion 
and despair nialce the story a little master- 
piece." R. D. Townsend 

+ Outlook 135:642 D 12 '23 llOw 

DELL, ETHEL MAY. Tetherstones. 376p $2 Put- 
nam [7s 6d Hutchinson] 

23-13943 

"The very disagreeable bishop to whom we 
are introduced at the opening as the bullying 
task-master of his secretary — the heroine, 
Frances Thorold— is not to play a prominent part 
in the story. It soon shifts to a solitary moor 
farm, where Frances is hospitably received. The 
atmosphere of tragedy hangs gloomily about it 
and over the moor, and [over] the brutal Arthur 
Dermot, who is the tyrant of the farm house- 
hold. The threads of the plot are well conceived 
and intertwined. Arthur's rival, an artist whose 
selfish love for Frances makes a good contrast to 
the passionate depths of Arthur's nature; the 
strange and terrible part played by the schol- 
arly old grandfather, with his failing reason; 
and the concentration of the tragedy round the 
'Stones of Sacrifice' on the moor." — The Times 
[London] Lit Sup 



" 'Tetherstones' is Miss Dell's seventeenth 
novel, and without a doubt all those who have 
enjoyed the previous sixteen will take equal de- 
light in this newest product of a fiction which, 
while pleasantly readable, has no relation to the 
facts or fancies of life as lived today." F. A. G. 

h Boston Transcript p6 S 29 '23 650w 

Int Bk R pl56 Ja '24 250w 
"Miss Dell finds abundant material for the 
kind of exuberant drama in which she delights. 
Miss Dell's fault is the excessive fluency and 
copiousness with which she writes up her situa- 
tions, her overheated emotion, and the hack- 
neyed phrases of melodrama which are always at 
her command." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p692 O 18 
•23 200w 



DENDY, ARTHUR, ed. Problems of modern 
science. 237p $3.50 Holt [10s 6d Harrap] 
504 Science [23-5469] 

These addresses were delivered as a course 
of public lectures at King's college. University 
of London, in 1921, by members of the science 
faculty. The purpose of the course was to take 
stock of the present position of science in 
some of its main branches, and to show the 
directions in which progress is being made or 
may be hoped for in the future. Contents: 
Mathematics, by .1. W. Nicholson; Astronomy. 
l>y J. B. Dale; Physics, by O. W. Richardson; 
Organic chemistry, by S. Smiles; Biology, by 
Arthur Dendy; Botany, by R. Ruggles Gates: 
Physiology, by W. D. Halliburton; Anatomy, 
by E. Barclay-Smith. 



Booklist 19:304 Jl '23 

"Though the reader may bump up against a 
snag once in a while, he will find it for the 
most part smooth sailing and a fascinating 
voyage of discovery. For in every chapter he 
will see something new and startling while the 
very strangeness of the tei-ms will impress him 
with the fact that every one of the several sci- 
ences is undergoing a revolution in its funda- 
mental principles." E. E. Slosson 

+ New Repub 35:130 .le 27 '23 1450w 

"It must be confessed that the authors have 
carried out their work but moderately well, 
for the essays, as a whole, are neither suffi- 
ciently popular nor are they sufficiently co- 
ordinated to make them of especial value to 
the layman." B: Harrow 

1- N Y Times plO My 13 '23 2350w 



DENNETT, TYLER. Americans in eastern 
Asia; a critical study of the policy of the 
United States with reference to China, Japan 
and Korea in the 19th century. 725p $5 Mac- 
millan 

327.73 United States— Foreign relations. 
China — Foreign relations. Japan— Foreign 
relations. Korea — Foreign relations. East- 
ern question (Far East) 22-25822 
For descriptive note see Annual for 1922. 

Reviewed by F. W. 'Williams 

Am Hist R 28:563 Ap '23 llOOw 
"For those who seek truth, this is the book. 
It is unique in its fulness and fairness." W: E. 
Griffls 

+ Lit R p749 Je 9 '23 llOOw 
"There is a foundation for much thought, deep 
meditation, as well as a treasure of facts new 
to most of us in this volume." M. F. Bgan 
-f N Y Times p5 F 18 '23 1900w 
"The work represents an entirely fresh sur- 
vey of the subject, and is 'the first book ever 
attempting to cover the entire field.' The au- 
thor has fulfilled his task with great care and 
thoroughness." S. A. C. 

-f N Y Tribune p23 Mr 4 "23 90w 
"A comprehensive, authoritative and non- 
partisan review of American policy towards the 
Far East to the end of the nineteenth century." 
+ Survey 50:123 Ap 15 '23 90w 

DENNY, GRACE GOLDENA. Fabrics and 

how to know them. 146p il $1.50 Lipplncott 

677 Textile industry and fabrics 23-6406 

"Definitions of fabrics, practical textile tests, 

classification of fabrics." — Subtitle 



Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:474 N '23 

DERIEUX, SAMUEL ARTHUR. Animal per- 
sonalities. 298p il $2 Doubleday 

23-13935 

The writer of these stories of dogs and 
other animals had loved and understood and 
watched animals from his boyhood in a small 
southern town and on his grandfather's planta- 
tion long before he began writing the stories 
which have become so well known in the pages 
of the American Magazine and in book form. 
He wrote not only from long experience and 
observation but from the heart, and when he 
put his dogs into fiction he made real person- 
alities of them. One of his sketches deals with 
the marvels of ant life and the last five stories 
are based on visits to the New York Zoo 
where most of the photographs were snapped. 
Contents: My friends of the field: "Hie on!" 
"Steady," Old Mac and young Doc, Bird dogs 
I have known. Champion Mary Montrose, The 
thoroughbred; Around the house and the barn: 
Human traits in the farmyard, "Mister Crow." 
Marvels of ant life; Visits to the park: Silver 
king and the Gopher gang. The most intelligent 
animals. Animal brainstorms. In nature's side 
show. Queer birds. 

Booklist 20:85 D '23 

"No one is more qualified by nature and by 
experience to analyze this animal personality 
than Mr Derieux. Surely a book like this 
should make everyone who reads it more sym- 
patheMc and humane in the treatment of our 
animal 'little brothers.' " , 

-t- Boston Transcript p4 O 3 23 600w 

"Delightfully done, they tend to increase the 
regret that their gifted author might not have 
had a longer span of years in which to paint 
and interpret his many animal friends to a 
steadily growing and increasingly sympathetic 

"""•^'^ +^Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 O 7 
•23 850w 

New Statesman 22:.sup7 D 8 '23 260w 

"\ny man who has ever made a companion 

of an intelligent dog will maintain that his 

friend could understand everything that was 

said to him. These stories of dogs and other 



130 



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DERIEUX, S: A. — Continued 

animals will help to prove the truth of such 

assertions." E. M. L. 

+ N Y Tribune p20 O 14 *23 130w 

Springf'd Republican p7a O 28 '23 180w 

DESMOND, SHAW. Drama of Sinn Fein. 494p 

$4 Scribner 
941.5 Ireland — History — Sinn Fein rebellion, 
1916 23-8369 

The story of the struggle of Sinn Fein with 
England, from the Easter uprising of 1916 to 
the signing of the Free State treaty. Shaw 
Desmond is a fervid Irishman and republican 
whose gifts as a novelist are brought to the 
service of his narrative and his portrayal of the 
chief actors in the drama. His conclusion is 
that "the Free State, monstrous birth of a 
mutilated Ireland, changed nothing. . . No Free 
State could change the unconscious soul of 
Ireland, that soul which is the determinative ir- 
revocable factor in the relations between Ireland 
and England." 



Bookm 57:651 Ag '23 250w 
"It might not be extravagant to say that of 
all the well recognized publications seeking to 
define the Irish situation in the last few months, 
or to tell the story of the establishment of the 
Free State Government, none has touched us 
quite so deeply on the human side or has car- 
ried quite the conviction of honesty and fair- 
mindedness as this." F. P. H. 

+ Boston Transcript p5 Je 9 '23 llOOw 
Reviewed by G. L. Harding 
Lit R p20 S 8 '23 1600w 
"The reader with an open mind will find this 
story of Ireland fascinating, and to a certain 
degree informative. Mr. Shaw Desmond is a 
poet by nature and a journalist by training. 
His book reveals both of these possessions. He 
states facts in an alluring and even convincing 
way, but they are not documented." Joseph 
Collins 

H NY Times p3 My 20 '23 2300w 

"The most vivid and dramatic story yet told 
in type of the seven years' struggle in Ireland. 
That it is 'the fairest and most balanced ac- 
count' of that struggle, is a matter to be taken 
with the reservations appertaining to a fervid 
partisanship." E. W. Osborn 

H NY World p7e My 20 '23 1150w 

Spec 131:293 S 1 '23 230w 
"There is a strained dramatic quality of 
writing which is often vivid and arresting. Too 
often, however, it overrides its mark and tum- 
bles into bathos or loose generalizations — and 
comes a cropper. In brief, the book is a col- 
lection of materials, some useful but poorly 
assembled and ill related, which will whet one's 
appetite for more knowledge of modern Ire- 
land but will hardly satisfy one's desire for a 
coherent and authoritative study." 

h Springf'd Republican p6 Jl 30 "23 350w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p426 Je 
21 '23 350w 

DEUTSCH. BABETTE, and YARMOLINSKY. 
ABRAHAM, eds. Contemporary German poe- 
try; an anthology. (European lib.) 201p $1.75 
Harcourt 

Sill.OS German poetry — Collections 23- I14S 
The poems included belong approximatelv to 
the last four decades. They are chosen for their 
aesthetic worth and are intended to mirror the 
trend ol culture and the temper of the period 
covered. The book falls into two parts: Mas- 
ters and The younger group: the first contain- 
mg authors of definite artistic achievement and 
the second the younger poets whose "fevered 
experimentation and passionate subjectivity" 
are expressive of times which are out of joint. 
There is a critical introduction by the transla- 
tors and compilers, a Who's who in German 
poetry and an index of authors 



Booklist 19:246 My '23 



"They are translations exhibiting the skill of 
an able linguist and the inspiration of a fine 
poet." W: R. Benet 

+ Bookm 57:554 Jl '23 80w 

Boston Transcript p2 Ap 7 "23 1450w 
Reviewed by H. S. Gorman 

Int Bk R p26 Je '23 120w 
"The volume is a genuine contribution. One is 
grateful for the pioneer spirit that moved the 
translators to furnish us with an introduc- 
tion, obtainable nowhere else, to some of the 
finest of contemporary German poetry." J. J. 
Smertenko 

4- Lit R p700 My 19 '23 1200w 
Reviewed by H. S. Gorman 

N Y Times p5 Ap 1 '23 1500w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:131 My '23 

DEWAR, GEORGE ALBERMARLE BERTIE, 
and BORASTON, JOHN HERBERT. Sir 

Douglas Haig's command; December 19, 
1915. to November 11, 1918. 2v 414;375p $10 
Houghton [42s Constable] 

940.41 European war, 1914-1919 — Great 
Britain. European war, 1914-1919 — Cam- 
paigns and battles. Haig, Douglas Haig, 1st 
earl 23-4018 

The book is a narrative of the movements ot 
the British army during the period in which 
Sir Douglas Haig was in command. The chap- 
ters describing the various military operations 
are contributed by Lieut. -Col. J. H. Boraston, 
once private secretary to the commander-in- 
chief. The chapters by Mr Dewar are concerned 
largely with matters of controversy — the ques- 
tion of unified command, alleged interference 
with Lord Haig by the home government, how 
Foch came into the supreme command, etc. The 
book is thruout a defence of the commander- 
in-chief. 



"The author of Sir Douglas Haig's Command 
was evidently so close to the British command- 
er-in-chief that his book might be regarded as 
a memoir; but unfortunately he has permitted 
himself to go so far on the road to adulation 
as to weaken the strongest claim to glory that 
might be made for his hero." 

— Am Hist R 29:143 O '23 1700w 
Booklist 19:248 My '23 

Reviewed by E. J. Carpenter 

Boston Transcript p3 Ja 13 '23 1700w 
Cleveland p62 Jl "23 
Reviewed hv H: \V. Bunn 

Ind 112:25 Ja 5 '24 lOOOw 
"Without questioning the author's authority, 
the liook must he classed as an opening 
argument rather than as an established case. 
At the same time, such evidence as is avail- 
able from other sources goes to show that Its 
main points rest on a substantial basis of 
fact, and merely by the points it has raised 
for discussion the book will mark a new phase 
in our understanding of the war." T. H. 
Thomas 

Lit R p926 Ag 25 '23 1650w 
"Earl Haig has not been well served by the 
publication of this book." 

— New Repub 34:74 Mr 14 "23 1650w 

"If the method of this personal contribution 
to the history of the war brings out the plain 
truth about the operations, and about the 
soldiers who figured in them and the statesmen 
who sometimes intervened, the venture to dis- 
perse the mists from Field Marshall Haig's rec- 
ord of achievement will not have been in vain." 
N Y Times pi Ja 21 '23 3500w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:307 Je "23 

"If only 1he authors of the present volume, 
in the midst of their eagerness to obtain justice 
for their own hero, had found time for a sin- 
gle sonerou.s word for anybody el.se, if in claim- 
ing so much they had been prepared to concede 
ever so little, it would have been easier to ac- 
cept some of their conclusions and less diffi- 
cult to escape a sense of weariness and per- 
haps a little resentment at their tone." F. H. 
Simonds 

— Pol Sci Q 38:327 Je '23 ISOOw 



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"Mr. Dewar's pretentious account of the 
British campaign in Fr£.nce seems to be based 
on an exaggerated sense of his own knowledge, 
coupled with an imperfect realization of the re- 
sponsibilities of the historian. His own share 
in this book is indeed not so much a history as 
a polemical pamphlet, apparently designed to 
enhance Lord Haig's reputation at the expense 
of the British Government and the French 
Army." 

— Sat R 134:875 D 9 '22 800w 

"We shall not know the whole truth till Lord 
Haig's own papers are published, but we here 
get a large instalment of it and one which 
places the British Army and the British Com- 
mander-in-Chief upon the pedestals which they 
should long ago have occupied." F: Maurice 
-f- Spec 129:969 D 23 '22 1300w 

"A much-discussed book in England." 

Springf'd Republican p8 Ja 6 '23 120w 
Springf'd Republican p6 Ap 9 '23 720w 

"We gravely doubt if the publication of the 
book by these eager partisans of Lord Haig 
will do him any good in the eyes of the public. 
Fortunately, its publication is unlikely to do 
him any harm. But, like another war book 
dealing with an early period, it were better 
that it had never been penned, or, if penned, 
then long withheld." 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p790 D 7 
'22 1150w 

DE WINDT, HARRY. My note-book at home 
and abroad. 288p il ?5 Dutton [12s 6d Chap- 
man & H.] 
B or 92 
Mr De Windt has spent almost a lifetime 
travelling over the world, has covered, accord- 
ing to his own statement, a million miles, and 
has met all sorts £ind conditions of men. 
Wherever he went he seemed to have the faculty 
of running up against some notable, or inject- 
ing himself into some adventure, which he al- 
ways describes with keen relish. His recollections 
have little continuity. They whisk from Ger- 
many to Algiers, to .Japan, to Petrograd, to 
Paris, to Washington, to Hollywood, and they 
are always full of anecdote and incident. 



Boston Transcript p5 D 12 '23 680w 
"It is an entertaining book." 

+ New Statesman 21:506 Ag 4 '23 200w 
Outlook 135:506 N 21 '23 90w 
Sat R 135:809 Je 16 '23 120w 
"His notebook is hurried; his comments on 
his experiences are childisli; but the variety 
and vigour of his life make the narrative 
astounding." 

H Spec 131:94 Jl 21 '23 150w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p391 Je 7 
■23 250w 

DEXTER, GEORGE BLAKE. Lure of amateur 
collecting. 189p il $3 Little 

730 Collectors and collecting 23-13541 

The author writes of his own experiences in 
collecting, a hobby which he has pursued from 
boyhood. Thru years of travel in many coun- 
tries he has gathered a rare collection of fur- 
niture, porcelains, gems, plate, autographs 
and souvenirs. Each article was secured as 
the result of some interesting encounter or 
experience and the book tells how he acquired 
these various art objects. Some of the souve- 
nirs are from royalty. 



Booklist 20:89 D '23 
"The book is composed of stories and inci- 
dents gathered during a life of collecting and 
travel. Some are vei-y interesting, all are 
clearly and pleasantly told; but the reader is 
inclined to fear that even as does the book, 
so this occupation must grow rather dull oc- 
casionally." 

-1 Bookm 58:486 D '23 150w 

"A most fascinating account of his varied ex- 
periences as a collector." G. H. S. 

+ Boston Transcript p4 N 3 '23 800w 



"Mr. Dexter has many such romantic inci- 
dents to record, making the book an altogether 
delightful volume." 

+ Lit R p217 N 3 '23 420w 
"It is a very entertaining book and is likely 
to set its readers off on the collector's trail 
inspired quite as much by the hope of inter- 
esting adventure as by the desire to emulate, 
in some degree, the author's wonderful suc- 
cess in getting together a unique and valuable 
collection." 

-f N Y Times p22 O 21 '23 500w 
N Y World plOe O 21 '23 70w 
Outlook 135:507 N 21 '23 70w 
"Mr Dexter tells a story very well and his 
book with its fine illustrations will entertain 
even those who have never heard him narrate 
his adventures." 

-r Springf'd Republican plO O 4 '23 300w 

DIBBLE, ROY FLOYD. Strenuous Americans. 

370p il $3 Boni & Liveright 

920 United States— Biography 23-17386 

It is a rather startling combination of Amer- 
icans whom the author associates in these sev- 
en biographical sketches, but each one of them 
deserves to be characterized by the adjective 
of the title and each one represents some dis- 
tinction and significant trait of his time. Con- 
tents: Jesse James; Admiral Dewey; Brigham 
Young; Frances E. Willard; James J. Hill; P. 
T. Barnum; Mark Hanna. 



"Mr. Dibble is most successful in his por- 
traits of Admiral Dewey and Frances Willard, 
because the one seemed to interest him most 
and the other to irritate him most. But in the 
picture of Frances Willard which he gives, his 
irritation mars his effect. He gets angry, and 
his anger is inevitably fatal to his irony, turn- 
ing it instead to sour moralizing." M. R. 
Werner 

h New Repub 37:211 Ja 16 '24 590w 

"Mr. Diljble's biographical studies are well 
articulated, straightforward and convincing. 
He writes as a novelist might, making us see 
character in action, and is obviously less con- 
cerned with conveying information than with 
telling a story interestingly and entertainingly, 
and with such art as he can summon." Lloyd 
Morris 

+ N Y Times pi D 9 '23 2100w 

"There is excellent gusto in his telling, and 
some merit in his style. Occasionally he uses 
the trite phrase satirically when he might bet- 
ter have made a new one. His tongue is 
sharp and there is a contagious enthusiasm 
about his manner. The book is, altogether, 
amusing and delightful. It should hardly be 
read at one sitting." C. E. H. 

_| NY World p8e N 18 '23 850w 

"Discriminating readers will find entertain- 
ment in the somewhat diffuse details of the 
lives of the Americans here written about. 
-I Outlook 135:397 D 5 '23 llOw 

DICKEY, MARCUS. Maturity of James Whit- 
comb Riley. 427p il $4 Bobbs 

B or 92 Riley, James Whitcomb 22-20551 
"\ companion volume to 'The Youth of James 
Whitcomb Riley.' It is a very understanding 
tribute to the Hoosier poet, giving, as well as 
an outline of the facts of his life, a great deal 
of the spirit of his personality by frequent 
quotation from his poems, his letters, and his 
interviews with friends. From the early, dis- 
heartening days of many failures, we follow his 
career to the time when he was a national 
figure, and encounter many of the famous men 
that were his friends." — Bookm 

Booklist 19:188 Mr '23 
"The biographer's desire to show the esteem 
in which he was held reduces several chapters 
to a digest of opinion (always favorable) on 
his merits. On the whole, however, it is a 
thorough and conscientious account and should 
be of great interest to the many admirers of 
the poet." 

-\ Bookm 56:775 F '23 150w 



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DICKEY, MARCUS — Continued 
Reviewed by E. F. Ed&ett 

Boston Transcript p4 N 11 '22 1050w 
"It is a thoroughly American story, a happy 
story, and it is told most sympathetically, with 
a full recognition of its inherent drama and 
strong human value." Hildegarde Hawthorne 
+ Int Bk R p36 D '22 50w 
"The book would interest us more vitally 
had Mr. Dickey given more of Riley's self and 
fewer of his maturity's almost mechanical de- 
tails. As it is, we have a conscious book, and 
a true book, but our affection for Riley has been 
but little stimulated. Indeed, we only admire 
where we might well love." 

1- N Y Times pl8 D 24 '22 900w 

"Marcus Dickey, the author, was the poet's 
secretai-y and manager for several years as well 
as an old friend. No other biographer could 
have assembled this vast amount of informa- 
tion." 

-f Sprlngfd Republican p7a Mr 25 '23 
lOOOw 
"Satisfactory as a biography, but not as a 
critical estimate. Lacks some of the pictur- 
esqueness and charm of the earlier book." 
-^ Wis Lib Bui 19:55 F '23 

DICKIE, FRANCIS. Master breed. 272p $2 

Doran 

23-10098 

"Bill Kane, a young Californian millionaire, 
is one of the 'master breed' — his ancestors 
had been of the 'doer kind' and he himself is 
'big of frame, healthy, strong, the blood of 
doers in his veins.' But he finds no chance 
of showing his qualities of leadership, 'and 
believes that romance is dead, until an ac- 
cident leads to his being shanghaied on one of 
his own whaling ships. Here he meets with 
another of the master breed in the person of 
the captain of the ship and they fight it out 
on more than one occasion. A raid on a whal- 
ing ship owned by a Norwegian girl brings 
him into the life of the female of the breed, 
who expounds to him the philosophy of the 
strong quite in the Jack London style. Many 
exciting adventures follow." — The Times [Lon- 
don] Lit Sup 



"An always virile and at times exciting plot." 
+ 1^ Y Times p24 Jl 8 '23 600w 

N Y Tribune p22 Ag 19 '23 500w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p521 Ag 
2 '23 150w 



DICKINSON, GOLDSWORTHY LOWES. War: 
its nature, cause and cure. 155p $1.50 Mac- 
millan [4s 6d Allen & U.] 
172.4 War. International law and relations 

[23-11727] 
The author puts his theme in one sentence: 
"If mankind does not end war, war will end 
mankind." He explains what war really is and 
that it is not inevitable, as so many people be- 
lieve; that its real cause is the desire of all 
states to hold what they have and to take what 
belongs to others; that the armaments pro- 
duced by this situation become a further cause 
of war. He then reviews the larger and deeper 
causes of the Great war and sums up the prin- 
ciples of international policy which must be 
adopted by all states if there is to be peace 
in the world. His program would make a 
League of nations, including all states, the sole 
channel for the conduct of international affairs. 



Booklist 20:39 N '23 
Boston Transcript p6 Jl 3 '23 300w 
Freeman 7:477 Jl 25 '23 500w 
"It is cause for soirow that Mr. Dickinson 
found it necessary to begin this competent, 
admirable book with a sentence reminiscent of 
the Sunday supplements: 'If mankind does not 
end war, war will end mankind,' " T: Boyd 
-I Lit R pl06 O 6 '23 650w 



"Not even the editorials of Arthur Brisbaild 
are more vigorous or easier to comprehend. 
We have here, indeed, an example of the most 
effective kind of pamphleteering." H. W. Hor- 
will 

-f Nation 117:167 Ag 15 '23 650w 
"It is no impossible chimera that men of 
science should refuse to help in applying their 
special knowledge to the prosecution of war, 
and should let it be known that if war is 
to continue it must be waged without their as- 
sistance. Mr. Dickinson will be satisfied if 
they will read his book, reflect honestly and 
plainly on the implications of what he has to 
say, and bring to their conclusions the same 
independence and clarity that they apply to 
their daily work. It is difficult to believe that 
there will be many who after doing this will 
still be on the side of war." A. E. B. 

-I- Nature 112:51 Jl 14 "23 250w 
"This is a most courageous book." 

-i- N Y Times plU Je 17 '23 950w 
"Mr. Lowes Dickinson's book with its nervous 
provocative style, its clear and vivid presenta- 
tion of facts, is a contribution for which we 
owe him gratitude." 

+ Spec 130:710 Ap 29 '23 SOOw 
"Mr Dickinson is always worth reading for 
the lucidity and charm of his style as well 
as for his thought; this latest of his prole- 
gomena will well repay the thoughtful reader's 
two hour.s in persuing it." 

+ Springf'd Republican p9a D 23 '23 360w 
"There is perhaps in this little book nothing 
that has not been said before; but nowhere will 
the reader find the case against war stated with 
more cogency and more sincerity: nowhere will 
be found more trenchant exposure of the in- 
consistencies and insincerities of modern 
thought: nowhere is the contrast between war 
propaganda and peace performance stated with 
such forcible simplicity." 

-f- The Times [London] Lit Sup pl66 Mr 
15 '23 550w 

DICKINSON, THOMAS HERBERT. New Old- 
world. 167p $2.50 Dutton 

940.5 Reconstruction (European war) — 
Europe. Europe— Economic conditions 

23-8490 
A survey of conditions in the new states of 
central Europe and of the forces which are at 
work to form the character of the coming 
generations. The book is a graphic picture of 
the disorganization of social life over large 
areas, of peoples in migration, of regions off 
the main line of communication where the in- 
struments of civilization no longer protect and 
where men have reverted to the primitive laws 
of the desert and the jungle. In particular, 
Mr Dickinson studies economic and health con- 
ditions, intellectual life, the internal organiza- 
tion of the new states and some attempts at 
cooperation across boundary lines. 



Booklist 20:39 N '23 
Boston Transcript p2 My 19 '23 450w 
Reviewed by N: Roosevelt 

N Y Times plO My 20 '23 llOw 

DICKINSON, THOMAS HERBERT. United 
States and the League. 151p $2 Dutton 

341.1 League of nations 23-7657 

The writer, who regards the building up of 
the League of nations as the "one outstanding 
task of the present era" reviews the relation of 
the United States to it and shows how behind 
the Senate contest over the League loomed 
another great struggle, the struggle between 
the legislative and executive branches of the 
government for control of our foreign affairs. 
He shows the League as a going concern, out- 
lines its positive accomplishments and what it 
stands for in the future, and its need of the 
United States as a participant. 

Ann Am Acad 110:229 N '23 80w 
Reviewed by N: Roosevelt 

N Y Times plO My 20 '23 180\v 



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"There is reassurance for friends of the 
League in Mr. Dickinson's pages; for those who 
have failed to understand the idea and the 
aims and the working effects of the League, 
there is light. We commend the book to the 
study even of those who think they are enemies 
of the League." 

+ N Y World plOe Ap 29 '23 430w 

DILLON, EMILE JOSEPH. President Obreg6n 
—a world reformer. 350p $3 Small [21s 
Hutchinson] 

B or 92 Obreg6n. Alvaro 23-6906 

"Dr. Dillon is an authority on Mexico and 
an intimate friend of his hero, and his book, 
despite its discursiveness, is interesting. But, 
to be candid, we find it hard to swallow a great 
deal of what he would have us believe. Obreg6n 
is, in his opinion, "the most attractive figure 
on the world-scene to-day.' And when all the 
details of his personal and domestic virtues 
have been filled in (and Dr. Dillon omits noth- 
ing), we are bound to conclude that President 
Obreg6n is nothing less than a new Messiah! 
His mission, we are told, is 'to build up a new 
world-organism on the basis of morality and 
for the pursuit of the highest aims of human- 
ity.' " — New Statesman 



Booklist 19:316 Jl '23 
"One may find in this book an international 
treatise and a romantic biography. The reader 
who does not care for the one may still find 
the other interesting and thrilling. Fi-om two 
points of view, then, this volume has in it 
much that will repay perusal." S. L. C. 

-f- Boston Transcript p4 Je 13 '23 850w 
Reviewed by Ernest Gruening 

Nation 117:492 O 31 '23 230iv 
Reviewed by E: A. Ross 

New Repub 36:80 S 12 '23 700w 

h New Statesman 20:640 Mr 3 '23 300w 

N Y Times p3 My 2 '23 2400w 
"A friendly effort by an accomplished jour- 
nalist to give us an exposition of the manner 
of man he finds in the present ruler of Mexico. 
Dr. Dillon discovers almost too many perfec- 
tions in his hero, for such he becomes as the 
pages grow." D. C. S. 

H NY World p9e Ap 22 '23 660w 

Reviewed by Gregory Mason 

Outlook 135:728 D 26 '23 360w 

DIVER, MAUD. Lonely furrow. 433p $2.50 

Houghton 

23-10552 

The subject of the story is the tragedy of 
an uncongenial marriage in which the differ- 
ence of temperament and character have be- 
come over-emphasized by long separation. Ian 
Challoner, in the Indian civil service, is a shy, 
withdrawn nature, keenly sensitive to the ro- 
mantic appeal of India. Edyth, his wife, also 
inaccessilile in her finished, taut way, spends 
all her emotional capacity on her children, 
whom she is comfortably bringing up in Eng- 
land. She hates India. After a separation of 
six years she reluctantly yields to lan's urgent 
request to join hirn. The reunion is a failure. 
Neither of them can come out of their respec- 
tive shells, and Ian has found in Vanessa Vane 
a woman after his own heart, to contrast with 
his wife. ^Vhile he is struggling with an ap- 
proaching illness, a slight excuse serves Edyth 
to depart for England. Vanessa steps in to 
purse the stricken man and Edyth, recalled 
by a wire, finds him dead in the arms of a 
more satisfying love than herself. 



Booklist 20:20 O '23 
"One of the most admirable novels of the 
year is Maud Diver's 'Lonely Furrow.' It is a 
first-rate bit of craftsmanship." J. F S 

+ Boston Transcript p6 Jl 25 '23 SOOw 
Cleveland p68 S '23 
"It is a sincere book, stating a problem, too 
often treated with levity or crudeness, in a 
beautiful way. And if no so-called 'satisfactory 



solution' is offered we are the more grateful, 
aware that solutions may be expected of arith- 
metical problems, but the human ones are 
never in the truest sense solved; they present 
so many alternatives only a shallow casuistrv 
u-ill contend that even the best is flawless." 
Drake de Kay 

+ Lit R p5S9 Jl 28 '23 850w 

New Repub 37:155 Ja 2 '24 200w 
"Very well handled, indeed." 

+ N Y Times p21 Jl 15 '23 950w 
Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

f N Y World pl9e Jl 8 '23 600w 
"The book is long and intricate, with plenty 
of detail, of action, of excitement. The two 
antagonistic personalities are understood with- 
out partisanship. Here is sympathy, which 
is cre-^tion. The colonel might so easily have 
been 'done' as a psychological study in repres- 
sion; Mrs. Diver prefers to 'do' him as a hu- 
man being, and it is the better way." Gerald 
Gould 

+ Sat R 136:86 Jl 21 '23 350w 
Spec 131:325 S 8 '23 40w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p441 Je 
28 '23 210w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:443 O '23 

DIX, WILLIAM FREDERICK, and SALIS- 
BURY, RANDALL. Man and the two worlds 
17. p $1.50 Harper 

2U God 22-23922 

The two authors, friends from childhood, have 
so thoroughly discus.sed together the ideas ex- 
pressed in this little book that it is offered as 
the nroduct of one mind. The chie*' interests 
are the idea of God and the problem of evil. 
Their speculations lead them to the conclusion 
that God, while all-powerful in the spiritual 
world, is without power or authoritv over the 
material world except as he can reach it thru 
the soul of man. God is therefore not respon- 
sible for conditions in the natural world. 



Boston Transcript p3 Ja 13 '23 400w 
— Cath World 117:139 Ap '23 400w 
"No doubt the philosopher will think this vol- 
ume contemptible, but puzzled Christian laymen 
should find in it an intelligible and reverent 
esctpe from some of the perplexity and con- 
fusion of traditional beliefs." 

-f Lit R p724 My 26 '23 170w 
"The book is conceived in a reverent spirit. 
The writer i.« not an atheist or a disbeliever. 
He writes clearl.v and with force, but at points 
lacks logical coherence." A. E. Palmer 
H NY Times plO Ja 28 '23 1250w 

DIXON. ROLAND BURRAGE. Racial history 

of man. 583p il $6 Scribner 

572 Ethnology 23-5903 

A comprehensive treatment, by the professor 
of anthropology at Harvard, of the whole ques- 
tion of race, applying a new method of analysis 
to the physical characteristics of races. The 
criteria of classification are based upon measure- 
ments — the cranial or cephalic index, the altitu- 
dinal or length-height index and the nasal in- 
dex. The people of the world are analyzed on 
the basis of eight primary types and the broad 
outlines of the racial history of each continent 
are sketched. There is a forty-page bibliog- 
raphy and an index. 



"It would be unjust to claim that all the 
results arrived at by Dr. Dixon are at variance 
with reality as seen by other workers. There 
are here and there good points. The method 
has without doubt a certain degree of applica- 
bility: but to use it for more than the limited 
results it can give must inevitably lead to dis- 
aster — and Dr. Dixon's book is a disaster." 
Ales Hrdlicka 

\- Am Hist R 28:723 Jl '23 1700w 

Bookm 57:465 Je '23 250w 



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DIXON, R. B. — Continued 

"Here is a remarkable effort, buttressed in 
far-reaching studies and aided by many illus- 
trations, noaps and tables, to reduce to some- 
thing like order the welter of deliverances we 
have had in the last quarter of a century on 
the subject of race." Edmund Noble 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Mr 31 '23 1450w 

"He has produced what is, in our opinion, 
the most important work in physical anthropol- 
ogy which has appeared since that of Ripley. 
No doubt it will receive much criticism, espe- 
cially with regard to the plan and the nomen- 
clature, which is undoubtedly puzzling, since 
words such as 'Mediterranean' and 'Alpine' are 
used in a different sense to that ordinarily 
held by ethnologists. Still, when the system 
is mastered — and that is an easy task — it is 
quite simple for the expert to follow the 
writer's arguments." B. C. A. "W. 

+ Cath World 118:130 O '23 800w 

"The book in which Professor Dixon sets forth 
his ideas is a remarkable example of what can 
be done by taking a single idea and working 
it out with absolute logic to its ultimate con- 
clusions." Ellsworth Himtington 

+ Lit R p921 Ag 25 '23 3000w 

"Unfortunately the basic procedure on which 
the book as a whole rests is in the highest 
degree questionable. . . Yet after making every 
qualification it is impossible not to admire the 
independence and learning that mark the vol- 
ume. It disregards the conventional barriers 
respected by investigators, it certainly aids 
in establishing some interesting facts of geo- 
graphical distribution, and it may and should 
.stimulate correspondingly broad essays in syn- 
thesis in this age of narrowness and over-spe- 
cialization." R. H. Lowie 

h Nation 116:698 Je 13 '23 1200w 

Reviewed by Arthur Keith 

Nature 112:855 D 15 '23 600w 

"Professor Dixon assures us again and again 
that the extreme forms which he discusse'i are 
to be considered only as arbitrarily selected 
types and not as races. He lets us wait imtil 
the conclusion of his book for proof of their 
significance. To my mind, the attempt at this 
proof is entirelv unconvincing." Franz Boas 
— NY Times pl3 Ap 1 '23 1600w 

Reviewed by J: L. Henlon 

N Y World p9e Mr 18 '23 1400w 
Outlook 134:676 Ag 29 '23 280w 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:286 Je '23 

"His hypothesis needs further, in its working 
out, the support of a vastly more extensive 
statistical basis: that he has not been able to 
supply the necessary data is no reflection on 
the author's learning, still less on his impar- 
tiality. . . Professor Dixon may be well con- 
tent if, as seems probable, he is the inventor 
of a new and fruitful method of studying human 
history and of a means of producing nobler 
human tvpes. " 

4- Sat R 135:569 Ap 28 '23 ISOOw 

"Professor Dixon must be credited with hav- 
ing strvick out an entirely fresh line of his 
own. His results are somewhat paradoxical, 
but work so thorough and fair-minded stimu- 
lates even when it fails to convince." 

h The Times [London] Lit Sup p386 Je 

14 '23 1700w 

DOBSON, AUSTIN. Anthology of prose and 

verse. 174p $2 Dutton [6s Dent] 

828 23-4635 

This collection of extracts and poems from 
the works of Austin Dobson, made by his son, 
is furnished with a biographical note and a 
foreword by Edmund Gosse who refers to the 
present volume as "a bouquet out of one of 
the most carefully arranged and exquisitely 
tended gardens in the whole of English liter- 
ature." Bibliography. 



was a happy thought to end with the lines on 
Sat est scripsisse. For it is a very great author 
in these days or a very foolish one whom that 
motto discontents. 'It is enough to have writ- 
ten' — for those indeed who can write so well." 
F. L. L,. 

+ _ New Statesman 20:306 D 9 '22 350w 
"We extend the heartiest welcome to the new 
anthology from Dobson' s prose and verse which 
his son has so ably compiled." 

+ Sat R 134:639 O 28 '22 330w 
"Mr. Alban Dobson has done his work well 
and given us a very pleasant little selection of 
verses and short passages of prose from his 
father's work, which was by no means limited 
in quantity, notwithstanding its narrow range." 
+ Spec 130:108 Ja 20 '23 250w 

Springf'd Republican plO O 28 '22 280w 
Springf'd Republican p6 F 23 '23 850w 
"His work has not aged as that of so many 
of his contemporaries. Its spirit is limited, it 
is never provincial. That spirit is to be found 
shining with as clear and constant a light 
throughout his prose as in his ^^erse, and his 
son has been wise, in the admirable selection 
which he has made from his father's writings, 
to quote so liberally from the former." 

-I- The Times [London] Lit Sup p661 O 19 
'22 850w 

DODD, LEE WILSON. Girl next door; being 
the crabbed chronicle of a misanthrope. 224p 
$2 Dutton 

23-7998 
The girl next door — a vulgar creature, typical 
of, American womanhood at its crudest — is, for 
the purposes of the story only the deus ex 
machina. who builded better than she knew. It 
is thru her plotting and malice that a mystery 
is cleared up which involves the lives of the 
three principal personages of the story: the 
crabbed misanthrope who writes the chronicle; 
the boy who, unknown to himself is his son; 
and the lady who loves them both and is be- 
loved by them. Thru the girl's machinations 
but contrary to her expectations, the three 
are brought together in a happy union. An 
unfortunate too early marriage and separation, 
a childish mother's deceitfulness and way-ward- 
ness that warped and mystified the sensitive 
spirit of her child, and a romance between two 
people no longer young are among the ingredi- 
ents of the story. 



Cleveland p36 My '23 
"The only pity is that the selected pieces are 
not better arranged; they have the air of having 
been jumbled in a hat for precedence. But it 



"We tremble for authors when they begin 
to wander hither and yon in digressions as to 
their characters and settings. It sometimes 
means that there isn't much of a story to be 
told. Or, a reason much less disgraceful, it 
means that the writer fancies his own sense 
of humor. Whatever the reason for this story's 
dullness we find it very hard going, though we 
regret having to say so." D. F. G. 

— Boston Transcript p2 Mr 24 "23 580w 
Cleveland p26 Ap '23 

" 'The Girl Next Door' is not a finished piece 
of work. Its oddity of effect is due largely to 
a sort of amateurishness. . . To tell the truth 
none of the people in the book, not even the 
girl next door, get beyond the kind of life- 
likeness that suffices for a descriptive sketch 
in contrast with a completed portrait." H. W. 
Boynton 

— Ind 110:263 Ap 14 '23 220w 

"His humor, possessing something of the 
flavor of James Lane Allen in 'The Kentucky 
Cardinal' is never curdled. He can even be a 
little amused at the gt-otesquerie in the tragic 
muddle. Here in brief, is a gentleman 
transacting life and losing none of his 
integrity, and. not once, his manners. There's 
something invigorating, wholesome, in hearing 
him tell his story, and his story is life." 
-f- Int Bk R p44 Ag '23 350w 

"This new novel is altogether a slighter and 
more theatrical piece of work than 'Lilia Cheno- 
worth' and hence something of a disappoint- 
ment. It will undoubtedly pass in the circulat- 
ing libraries as a lively and entertaining piece 
of fiction, and it has indeed one excellent bit 



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of characterization, but it suffers, as did Mr. 
Dodd's previous novel, from his divided alle- 
Kiance." J. W. Krutch 

h Lit R p547 Mr 24 "23 900w 

h Nation 116:525 My 2 '23 lOw 

"Merely as a story it has much interest, but 
in addition one finds in it the charm and the 
entertainment of the author's ability in char- 
acter depiction, his whimsicality and his re- 
fusal to exploit the obvious." 

4- N Y Times p22 Mr 11 '23 410w 

"If we may assume that the author is talk- 
ing through his hero, Mr. Dodd proclaims him- 
self in this story an unashamed highbrow and 
aesthete, one who turns his face from the pro- 
letariat. His book, then is to be judged as a 
candidate not for best-selling but for literary 
honors. It consequently becomes necessary to 
point out that the fable is rrielodramatic and 
somewhat silly, and that there is no character 
really well deve'oped in his story." Leo Markum 
1- N Y Tribune pl8 Ap 15 '23 650w 

" 'The Girl Next Door' is neither a long story 
nor a complicated one. It owes its strength 
and its holding power to Mr. Dodd's surpassing 
ability to bring his storj' people up to his read- 
ers." E. \V. Osbom 

-f- N Y World p6e Mr 4 '23 ISOw 

DODD, WALTER FAIRLEIGH, and DODD, 
SUE (HUTCHISON) (MRS WALTER FAIR- 
LEIGH DODD). Government in Illinois. 479p 
il $3 Univ. of Chicago press [15s Cambridge 
univ. press] 

353 Illinois — Politics and government. State 
governments 23-8785 

This account of government as it operates in 
Illinois gives the information which every other 
voter should have regarding the activities of 
national, state, and local government in the 
state of Illinois. These various governments 
are treated as parts of a single organizaton, 
their relationships are shown, and the relation- 
ship of the citizen to each part of the complex 
governmental machinery is emphasized. Among 
the questions dealt with are how to vote and 
mark the ballot, how laws are made and en- 
forced, how government raises and spends its 
money, how the schools are managed. 

"The authors of '(government in Illinois* have 
written a careful and particular treatise on the 
government of that State. It is primarily for 
students within the State itself, but is enliven- 
ing reading for all who are interested in the 
comparative systems. The plans which accom- 
pany the text are illuminating and through 
them one can obtain a correct understanding of 
the functioning of State, county, and local gov- 
ernment, in one of the most important and 
vigorous states in the Union." 

-(- Boston Transcript p5 Ag 23 '23 190w 
Lit R pl71 O 20 '23 80w 

"A first-rate account, detailed, comprehen- 
sive, and up to date, of the elaborate and com- 
plicated political machinery that Illinois has 
installed. . . We recommend this book to II- 
linoians as a convincing picture of the political 
quagmire from which they, in common with 
their fellows in many another State, need to 
be extricated." W: MacDonald 

+ Nation 117:245 S 5 '23 3150w 

"It is critical as well as descriptive and 
should be of value to the increasing number 
of indi\iduals and organizations throughout the 
country who recognize the antiquated nature of 
much of our machinery of state government 
and want to know how to improve it." 
+ Survey 51:113 O 15 '23 lOOw 

DOMVILLE-FIFE, CHARLES WILLIAM. Real 
South America. 299p il $5 Dutton [12s 6d 
Routledge] 

918 South America — Description and travel 

23-26132 

The civilized and developed coastline with its 
thriving cities known to commerce is the 
.-smallest part of South .America, while the vast 
and wild interior is .still virtually unknown. It 
is this unknown part, the author holds, that 



is the basis of its present prosperity and future 
possibilities and it is the lure of adventure, 
rather than commercial and industrial enter- 
prise, that is responsible for its past and pres- 
ent yield of wealth and will be responsible for 
the future development of the country. The 
author occupies himself with the developed 
coastal belt only in passing it to reach the wild 
interior with its grandeur of mountains and 
forests, its ancient ruins, mystery and romance, 
its vast natural resources, its civilized and 
barbarous areas. Index. 



Booklist 19:219 Ap '23 

"He knows his South America so well that 
he is able to write of it as a whole. He does 
not burden his text with guide-book matter, 
but he does give to his readers a graphic idea 
of the beauties, the wonders and the mysteries 
of the continent to the south of us. What he 
does, and does well, is to describe first what is 
best known and then devote himselt to the less 
known and the yet to be known." 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Mr 10 '23 1500w 

"This is an irritating, often incoherent, but 
moderatelv interesting book." A. P. McMahon 
f- Nation 116:370 Mr 28 '23 400w 

"For him the real South America is those 
millions of square miles of forest, pampas, and 
sierra in the interior which, except to the ex- 
plorer, still remain a terra incognita To this 
wild, strange region, into which the frontiers 
of civilisation are but slowly extending from 
the coasts, the reader could ask for no better 
guide." W. B. W. 

4- New Statesman 20:181 N 11 '22 180w 

"A frisky narrative of travel, marred by sun- 
dry inaccuracies but entertaining and informing 
withal." 

H NY World p6e Mr 11 '23 420w 

"An excellent book." 

-1- Spec 130:295 F 17 '23 120w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p678 O 
26 '22 600w 

DOSTOEVSKII, FEDOR Ml KH Al LOVICH. 

Dostoevsk.v; letters and reminiscences; tr. 

from the Russian by S. S. Koteliansky and 

J. Middleton Murry. 2S6p $2.50 Knopf [7s 6d 

Chatto & W.] 

B or 92 23-11383 

The letters here contained include a long and 
moving one written on the day Dostoevsky 
was sentenced to death, to his brother Milhail: 
eight hitherto unpublished letters to his friend 
A. N Maikov outlining political views and 
literarv' judgments; a series of letters to his 
wife on the Russian celebration; and a group 
of letters to another friend, Konstantin Po- 
biedonoszev. There are added fifty pages of 
reminiscences by his wife, of Dostoevsky's life 
in Russia after a four years' absence abroad. 



Booklist 20:53 N '23 
"One closes the book with the wish to forget 
it. and to remember only the author of the 
Karamazovs." Alexander Kaun 

— Bookm 58:80 S '23 800w 
"Remarkable book." E. N. 

-1- Boston Transcript pi JI 14 '23 890w 
Cleveland p80 S '23 
Reviewed by Alyse Gregory 

Dial 75:605 D '23 1350w 
Freeman 7:502 Ag 1 '23 1500w 
Reviewed by Stephen Graham 

Lit R p907 Ag 18 '23 1450w 
Reviewed by H. J. Seligmann 

Nation 116:220 Ag 29 '23 560w 
"The book has all the earmarks of having 
been hastilv thrown together. The selection 
which the editors have made from the recent 
Dostoevskiana is not unexceptionable." Av- 
rahani Yarniolinski „ ,„ 

— New Repub 36:25 Ag 29 '23 750w 
New Statesman 21:682 S 22 '23 1400w 



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DOSTOEVSKI I, F. M. —Continued 

"Every document referring to him, every page 
of reminiscences adding to his characteristics, 
is of a great interest and importance. All the 
more is this statement true of the volume just 
published." A. I. Nazaroff 

+ N Y Times p5 Jl 15 '23 1950w 

"The 'Letters of Fiodor Dostoevsky,' with at- 
tached 'Reminiscences' by his wife, are authen- 
tic portraits, more authentic, indeed, than if 
the translators had written a long biographical 
note with 'artistic interpretation.' " L.: Weit- 
zenkorn 

4- N Y World p9e Jl 29 "23 950w 

"The letters are all of the greatest value. 
They continue and fill in the portrait already 
clear enough in the earlier volume of letters, 
and make more than ever unmistakable the fact 
that in Dostoevsky we are dealing with a 
'possessed' type of literary genius of the most 
fascinating sort." 

+ Spec 130:1045 Je 23 '23 1050w 

DOUGHTY, CHARLES MONTAGU. Travels in 
2 Arabia deserta; with an introd. by T. E. 

Lawrence. 2v 1312p $17.50 Boni & Liveright 

[ £3 3s J. Cape.] 
915.3 Arabia — Description and travel 

"An Englishman, ambitious but comparatively 
unsuccessful as a poet, a half century ago 
ventured into the unknown 'vast mountainous 
labyrinthine solitude of rainless valleys' of 
Aj-abia in a camel caravan of fanatical Moslem 
pilgrims, Mecca bound. Sick, protected only by 
strength of presence and a profound and sym- 
pathetic understanding of the nomad's mind, 
for two years he studied this almost unknown 
people and their country. So significant and 
authoritative was this lore of superstitions, 
saws, customs, and passions, as well as the 
structure and archaeology of the land, that it 
became the guidebook to Englishmen engaged 
during the war with the establishment of the 
kingdom of the Hejaz." (Lit R) "Until now 
Mr. Doughty's masterpiece has been either un- 
obtainable in the original English edition of 
1888 or too expensive in the facsimile of 1920." 
(Nation) 



"Each page, and there are some 1,300 of them, 
contains something of interest. It has been 
called one of the greatest travel books of any 
time, and that is not too high praise." 1: 
Anderson 

+ Int Bk R pll2 Ja '24 1800w 

"A classic of English literature in its stern 
magnitude of conception and magnificence of 
presentation." G. H. McMurry 

-f Lit R p280 N 24 '23 lOOOw 

"The new reprint, introduced by Colonel 
Lawrence, perhaps the only living man worthy 
of the privilege, brings one of the great travel 
books of all time within reach of such readers 
as care a great deal for Arabia and in addi- 
tion care everything for poetry." Mark Van 
Doren 

+ Nation 117:648 D 5 '23 1400w 

"One's experience in reading the book must 
in many ways be very like that of any dis- 
coverer in a fresh country. In the beginning 
the people and scenes are so imfamiliar that 
all appear alike. It is only slowly, as one 
reads on and on, that tribe begins to stand out 
from tribe and man to stand out from man. 
The vision is so sure, so unsentimental, the 
adventure it.self of this one Christian in a 
desert of fanatical Mohammedans is so thrill- 
ing, the people themselves are so unlike what 
one would expect them to be and yet in their 
gnarled way so obviously human, that the 
further one reads the more certain one becomes 
of finishing the book." R. W. 

+ New Statesman 22:245 D 1 '23 1550w 

"The publishers deserve well of literature for 
making this masterpiece more easily obtain- 
able by those to whom it is a privation to 
forego one of the great classics of English 
letters." H: J. Forman 

-H N Y Times pi D 2 '23 2500w 
Sat R 136:475 O 27 '23 ISOw 



"The curious antique style in which the book 
is written — a style which Mr. Doughty has so 
wonderfully wrought into a hving and indi- 
vidual means of expression — will not baffle the 
least learned reader after a page or two has 
accustomed him to its strangeness. Its great 
cumulative effect does not rely at all upon fine 
passages and short flights of eloquence, and 
so it is never possible to represent by quota- 
tion the power and beauty of the whole." 
Martin Armstrong 

+ Spec 131:644 N 3 '23 900w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p804 N 
29 '23 600w 

DOUGLAS, NORIVIAN. Together. 255p il 
$2.50 McBride [12s 6d Chapman & H.] 

914.94 Switzerland — Description and travel 

23-18943 
"The book is a series of sketches made dur- 
ing a holiday in the Alps, a holiday which was 
a return, too, to the home of Mr. Douglas's 
childhood and therefore provoked from step to 
step a chain of whimsical memories, a ghostly 
fashion of autobiography. His companion, a 
young Mr. R. intent on learning English and 
seeing the sights of the place, provides some 
of the comic relief, whether by his indiffer- 
ence to inflections, his sentiment for an inn- 
keeper's daughter, or his facetiousness at the 
expense of his tutor's hat. He enables Mr. 
Douglas also to affect, with exquisite inappro- 
priateness, the manners of a middle-aged men- 
tor. But the charm of the book lies, of course, 
in its pure and varied revelation of Mr. Doug- 
las's genius — a genius uniquely observant, 
richly experienced, and never dominated for 
long by an exclusive view of life." — Spec 



"Mr. Douglas is a good, if sometimes care- 
less, writer. He can describe you a person or 
a scene or himself so that you enjoy reading 
about it for the writing's sake. He can also 
write sometimes in a way that makes you wish 
he would cut about half of his words away." 
R. W. 

-I New Statesman 22:122 N 3 '23 1200w 

"Mr. Douglas's prose is always a varied, ex- 
quisitely handled medium that is threaded with 
a quaint, dry humor." 

+ N Y Times p8 D 16 "23 1500w 
"Douglas is a bad optimist. His new work 
is optimistically sentimental and the bite of 
his epigram is gone." L: Weitzenkorn 
— NY World p6e D 16 '23 390w 
"The amorous adventures of a young French 
gentleman named 'Mr. R.' give a delightful con- 
tinuity to these reminiscences and revisitings; 
and they receive the pleasant sort of epilogue 
we have grown to expect to Mr. Douglas's 
books, an index, to wit, that makes as whimsi- 
cal reading as any page in the text. That, 
perhaps, is the measure of Mr. Douglas's 
achievement; to clothe even the dull bones of 
an index with the flesh and blood, the lights 
and shadows of fine literature." 

-f Sat R 136:404 O 13 '23 780w 
"Mr. Douglas gazes down on the spectacle 
of life with a detachment too ripe Indeed for 
indifference and too sly for sophistry, but too 
joyously serene from either petulance or dog- 
matism. To preserve always your perspective, 
and yet to be playful withal — that is his ideal 
and his achievement." H. I' A. Fausset 
+ Spec 131:518 O 13 '23 900w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p662 O 
11 '23 850w 

DOYLE, SIR ARTHUR CONAN. Our American 
adventure. 190t> $1.50 Doran 

917.3 Spiritualism. United States — Descrip- 
tion and travel 23-8246 
The book contains a full description of the 
author's American tour, in 1922. undertaken as 
a mission to expoimd nnd demonstrate the 
truths of spiritualism as he sees them, which 
he feels will revivify and spiritualize religion 
and sooner or later alter the whole world. He 
visited the principal cities as far west as Chi- 



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cago, g-iving his impressions of American life 
and of the reception accorded his lectures. 



Bookm 57:649 Ag '23 220w 
"It is an interesting story of his visit among 
us which Sir Arthur tells and one well worth 
the reading." E. J. C. 

+ Boston Transcript pi My 19 '23 lOOOw 
Reviewed by Horace Green 

N Y Times p3 My 6 '23 2800w 
"A lively account of the author's recent tour 
in America. He had most trouble with the in- 
terviewers, and some of his sltirmishes with them 
conducted in a friendly manner on both sides, 
are rather entertaining. He notes, with amused 
resentment, how he was made responsible for 
all kinds of wild statements. The reader of 
this volume who is not a sympathizer will prob- 
ably come to the conclusion that the Press had 
no easy time in trying to exaggerate the 
writer's views." 

f- Spec 130:974 Je 9 '23 340w 

"His disciples will read it with pleasure; we 
need only say that he writes with his usual 
brightness and lucidity." 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p251 Ap 
12 '23 60w 

DREISER, THEODORE. Color of a great city. 
' 287p il $3.50 Boni & I^iveright 

917.471 New York (city) — Description 

23-18232 
It is the color and flavor of an older day 
that is recaptured in these sketches of New 
York city between 1900 and 1915. Some of the 
phases described are now fast vanishing or are 
no more. The sketches are written by a real 
lover of the city and its many colored life. 
Partial contents: The city of my dreams; The 
waterfront; The log of a harbor pilot; Bums; 
The fire; "The car yard; Six o'clock; The track 
walker; The pushcart man; A vanished seaside 
resort; The bread-line; When the sails are 
furled; Characters; The beauty of life; A way- 
place of the fallen; Hell's kitchen; The Bowery 
mission; The cradle of tears; The sandwich 
man; -The love affairs of little Italy; Christmas 
in the tenements; The rivers of the nameless 
dead. 



This is followed by chapters on the sacred 
books of the East, Greek myth and the poets, 
Greece and Rome, the Middle ages, and the 
renaissance. There are nearly 500 illustrations, 
some of them in color. 



"Painted with swift, clear vigor, with a com- 
prehension that the artist need not, should not, 
embroider his material. The quiet, almost re- 
ticent style which Mr. Dreiser uses to depict hia 
multicolored scene is far more effective." 
S. L. C. 

4- Boston Transcript p4 Ja 9 '24 900w 

"It may be that many readers — since the book 
is a picture and not a tract — will feel that the 
author concerns himself too much with the 
bread line, the unemployed, the pushcart ped- 
dlers, the frequenters of the park benches. But 
it is a book that makes excellent reading; and 
it is immensely humane. And the illustrations 
by C. B. Palls are excellent." 

H NY Times p7 D 23 '23 950w 

"New York City changes so rapidly that 
sketches dealing with its life a quarter of a cen- 
tury ago seem like ancient history. But to persons 
whose memory goes back so far. Mr. Dreiser's 
accounts of that old life are full of charm." 
+ Outlook 136:70 Ja 9 '24 120w 

DRINKWATER, JOHN. ed. Outhne of litera- 
ture; a plain story simply told. 3v v 1 295n 
il $4.50 Putnam 

809 Ijiterature — History and criticism 

(23-10548) 
The first volume of a three-volume work 
constructed on the plan of the "Outline of sci- 
ence" the aim of which is to provide a sum- 
mary of the history of literature and to show 
the continuity of our literary heritage. Be- 
ginning with an account of the earliest in- 
scription.s and papyri, and following with a 
sketch of the Homeric poems, the book devotes 
its central portion to the story of the Bible. 



"The Outline of Literature — if an entire work 
may be judged by its first volume — may be de- 
scribed as a book that would arouse the en- 
thusiasm of a youth who wished to get his 
bearings in the general field of letters. It tries 
to do what M. Emile Faguet attempted years 
ago in his Initiation into Literature; but it 
is, if not a sounder, at least a more attractive 
guide." R. M. Gay 

-f- Atlantic's Bookshelf O '23 500w 
Booklist 20:13 O '23 

"Excellent bibliographies accompany each 
chapter for further study of its subject matter. 
The writers appear to have used some of the 
books listed, but not always skilfully, annd they 
occasionally betray a curious choice in the 
authorities selected for reference or quotation." 
W. N. C. Carlton 

— + Bookm 58:330 N '23 750w 

Reviewed by E. F. Edgett 

Boston Transcript p4 Ag 25 '23 1350w 
Oath World 118:423 D '23 330w 
Cleveland p77 S '23 

"The task which Mr. Drinkwater has been 
asked to essay is impossible of fulfillment. That 
it should ever have been conceived is a symp- 
tom of the tendency in the present age to seek 
short-cuts where none exist. Yet this is not 
to say that 'The Outline of Literature' is with- 
out a function. It is fundamentally 'A Guide 
to Literature,' and should have been so labelled 
and conceived. There is room for a work, in 
several volumes, simply and attractively writ- 
ten, that supplies the background of knowledge 
required for a moderate understanding of the 
great books of the world, especially the great 
books of the English world, and that persua- 
sively leads the reader from itself to the great 
books themselves." Norman Foerster 

h Freeman 8:283 N 28 '23 1350w 

"The Outline is beautifully and helpfully il- 
lustrated. Perhaps the reproduction of more 
paintings by other than British artists would 
have been wise, since the illustrations are a 
great aid in understanding the civilization which 
produced the literature, and more variety in the 
type of painting would have stimulated "the im- 
agination to more varied sympathies. But this 
is only a passing reflection on what has been, 
all things considered, admirably done." J: Er- 

H ^ Int Bk R p32 O '23 2000w 

" 'The Outline of Literature' is simply and 
competently written and seems an indispensable 
handbook for those who, in this hurried and un- 
classical age, wish to 'know something' of our 
great precursors in letters." H: L. Stuart 
-\ Lit R pl87 O 27 '23 800w 

"However sympathetic one may feel toward 
the well-intentioned aims of the projectors of 
this 'Outline of Literature,' the chances of its 
accomplishing them will to some of us seem 
doubtful. Obviously it is not meant for 'the 
learned.' For these it will be, in the main, 
too rudimentary, and for those whom it is nec- 
essEiry to 'teach,' for example, the Greek my- 
thology, it may well be an introduction to a 
world which they are incapable or undesirous 
of entering." R: Le Gallienne 

h N Y Times p4 JI 29 '23 3000w 

"With the exception of the chapter on the 
Bible, written by E. W. Barnes, canon of West- 
minster, this first volume of a general survey 
of world literature shows every evidence of 
haste and clearness. It is, in parts, a rough 
and commonplace condensation of chapters from 
the encyclopedia — ;i condensation -which leaves 
little but the husks." Burton Rascoe 
h N Y Tribune pl7 Ag 19 '23 1800w 

"It will serve most admirably either to point 
the way for readers' further study or to furnish 
to casual seekers of basic knowledge of how 
letters were born and have grown." 

-I- N Y World pl9e Jl 8 '23 420w 



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DRINKWATER, J:, ed. — Continued 

"But if the reader be somewhat inclined to- 
ward books this 'Outline' furnishes the best of 
bait. If he must be content with brief and 
sketchy information, it offers, not a full meal, 
but an excellent light luncheon.'" E. L. Pearson 

-] Outlook 135:70 S 12 '23 2200w 

R of Rs 68:223 Ag '23 lOOw 
Wis Lib Bui 19:409 Jl '23 

DRINKWATER, JOHN. Preludes, 1921-1922. 61p 
$1.25 Hougrhton 

821 23-6862 

Of the eight poems in this little volume three 
are narrative or dramatic, two of these based 
on Old Testament stones and the third nar- 
rates a drama of love and fate among the 
Sussex downs. The rest of the poems are re- 
llective. Contents: Prelude; David and Jona- 
than: The maid of Xaaman's wife; Lake winter; 
Gold; Burning bush; To my son; Interlude. 



Booklist 19:310 Jl '23 
"There is some trace of effort not entirelv 
inspired, but beauty and a dramatic instinct 
are present in a high degree, especiallv in the 
hriet lyrics and the longer Biblical narrative, 
•The Maid of Naaman's \Vife.' " 

H Bookm 57:566 Jl '23 60w 

"One uses the words melody and sonata un- 
con.sciously, for the poetry is full of that quality 
so rare in verse today. It is frankly, sonorously 
musicial, full of a lilt and swing delightful. Also 
it contains the age old wisdom of which we 
saw evidences in the historical dramas. .Mr. 
Drinkwater is a poet, quite as much as he is a 
dramatist, though perhaps it is all one and the 
same thing." I. W. L. 

+ Boston Transcript p3 Ag 25 '23 520w 
"Mr Drinkwater writes with feeling and at 
times almost with passion, vet his poetry is 
noticeably uneven in qualitv; it is annoyingly 
mterspersed with passages of prose, and gives 
somewhat the effect of a green landscape dotted 
with boulders." 

i- Dial 75:202 Ag '23 90w 

"Mr. Drinkwater' s verse is like a brook which 
makes the same murmuring sound over no mat- 
ter what bed it goes; it is undistinguished al- 
most undistinguisable, although never unpleas- 
tng. 

h Lit R p896 Ag 11 '23 210w 

"Their earnestness is impressive: though a 
oertam virtuoso unctuousness in their everv 
line must save them from a place among sheer 
unassuming classics." Mark Van Doren 

H Nation 116:602 My 23 '23 50w 

■•Like his earlier poems, they are instinct 
with beauty. It is a sober offering, hut not 
a meagre one. If, perhaps because of their 
subject matter— several of them are well-worn 
i.ihlical themes— they seem not to have the same 
emotional intensity, they have a rich and pas- 
sionate humanity." 

-f N Y Times p7 Ap 22 '23 1600w 
Reviewed by Edwin Clark 

N Y Tribune p22 Jl 29 '23 800w 
';The narratives bear the imprint of Mr 
Drinkwater s peculiar character as a poet: con- 
tained intellectuality, with the light and heat 
ot ppetic feeling upon it. 'David and Jona- 
than is plain and low-pulsed writing, for the 
most part, and can claim little in the wav of 
distinction." 

-4 Outlook 134:288 Je 27 '23 240w 

ioI?^f Pf^'il^^'ater is never incompetent, but. 
n-fL^°vf*""''^1-''' ''*^ ''" '^e'^O'" inspired. Too 
nettn.r ^^''■'"''' ^"''■^"es .ft level path of com- 
petence, it IS workmanlike, but no more" 

Sat R l.'?4:e8n N 4 '22 500w 

>/"^^.c?"not satisfy ourselves, in regard to 

ha'. ^^cel^H*^'"" dramatic enlargement That he 
has excelled, or equalled, or approached the 
rua.n tale of the Old Testament in poetic power 

th^n^'i^I" ""i ^Vu"'°''^"^^*^'>'- '^ "lore apparent 
han actual. The words may be chosen from 

= ^ff^""*^'^' -"^liV '^"t '" their juxtaposition there 
's orten a problem of meaning; more often they 



are these luckless candidates that once came 
under Pope's notice, ten dull words (or nine, 
or eight) creeping in one dull line." 

— + The Times [London] Lit Sup p722 N 9 
'22 llOOw 

Wis Lib Bui 19:411 Jl '23 



DRINKWATER, JOHN. Robert E. Lee; a play. 

128p ?1.50 Houghton [3s 6d Sidgwick & J.] 
822 Lee. Robert Edward— Drama 23-11991 

The play is a drama of the Civil war built 
around the personality of Gen. Lee and opening 
with his momentous choice between the com- 
mand of the Union and the rebel forces. The 
dialog brings out clearly the grounds on which 
the two sides rested their cause and the idea 
of war as discussed by three young Southerners. 
To one of these young men Gen. Lee defines war 
as the •'anger of bewildered people in front of 
questions they can't answer." The play follows 
Lee's heroic campaign to the surrender of Rich- 
mond and his farewell to his soldiers. 



Booklist 20:91 D '23 

"John Drinkwater's new historical play is 
an earnest attempt to duplicate the same au- 
thor's successful 'Abraham Lincoln.' This. Mr. 
Drinkwater has not been able to do." R. J. 
McLaughlin 

h Detroit News pl2 Ag 26 '23 600w 

"Recreates the atmosphere of the southern 
side of the Civil War very charmingly. He has 
not been so successful with the southern idiom, 
which, in this play, is undeniably British in 
certain details." 

H Dial 75:612 D '23 200w 

Freeman 8:191 O 31 '23 450w 

"The student of Loe and the civil war south 
will take up this book with lively anticipations 
which are doomed to profound disappointment. 
He will put it down not only with disappoint- 
ment, but with disgust mingled with consider- 
able amusement. As a picture of Lee it is a 
about as real, characteristic and con\incing as 
the one drawn by Thomas Dixon in 'The Gray 
Man.' As an interpretation of the south of the 
period, it is quite as weak." J. G. de R. H. 

— Greensboro (N,C,) Daily News p8 S 23 
•23 1350W 

"Drinkwater has called him 'the grand figure 
of the Civil War.' But in this play he has made 
Lee a wooden tragedian who never hoped for 
victory, stalking fatefully beneath the cloud of 
impending disaster. Altho he slurs incompre- 
hensibly Lee's reasons for espousing the cause 
of the South, altho he never shows him as a 
great commander in the moment of triumph, at 
least Drinkwater makes Lee a noble character — 
which is surely little enough to say." Archibald 
Henderson 

h Int Bk R p46 N '23 1650w 

"Considering the difficulties, Mr. Drinkwater 
has been admirably successful in the delinea- 
tion of Lee himself. As a character he holds his 
own in the play against the picturesqueness of 
Stuart and the rugged quaintness of Jackson, 
holds his own, and even dominates them 
completely; and for a hero handicapped by si- 
lence this is something of an achievement." 
Gamaliel Bradford 

-f Lit R p21- S 8 '23 1050w 

N Y Times pl5 Ag 26 '23 1900w 

"Where the play is thrillingly successful is 
in the picture and narrative of an old, heroic, 
and beautiful civilization shaken to its founda- 
tions and collapsing before the amazed and sor- 
rowful gaze of its products and defenders." D: 
Morton 

-f Outlook 135:233 O 10 '23 llOOw 

"I like Mr. Drinkwater's new American Civil 
"^Var n\uy very much better than his Cromwell. 
He calls Robert E. Lee a comnanion piece to 
his Abraham Lincoln, and although it is in 
every way independent of that niece, yet thi.s 
writing of two plays on one subject has given 
Mr. Drinkwater himself a sense of elbow-room. 
His wistful, well-intentioned conception of life 



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demands space, and he never abuses the exten- 
siveness of his work by being tedious." 
+ Spec 130:1082 Je 30 '23 lOOOw 
"As a play, 'Robert E. Lee' is more direct 
than 'Abraham Lincoln.' The action is unen- 
cumbered by interludes of poetry between 
scenes. The emotional reaction of the audience 
is derived legitimately from the dramatic move- 
ment and characterization. As a book, it may be 
read with pleasure. The form of its message does 
not depend upon the identity of its historical 

-f Springf'd Republican p7a S 16 '23 480w 
"We feel that he made himself write this 
play. In all Mr. Drinkwater's plays some peo- 
ple find an air of the task set and consci- 
entiously performed; but in Robert E. Lee, a 
gentle, mournful play, for all that it deals with 
a great and dreadful war, the demanded scope 
is not so great, as in plays dealing with such 
mighty, rugged men as Cromwell or Lincoln; 
and the task is efficiently, even beautifully, per- 
formed." 

1- The Times [London] Lit Sup p429 Je 

28 '23 3400W 
"Lee's reasoning seems in one place a little 
beneath so fine a figure, and there are a few 
speeches by others that are a little too conven- 
tional for Drinkwater. But the play mounts un- 
mistakably to a spiritual climax which wrings 
the heart. The catastrophe of the rebellion 
and the breaking of a noble ambition hold the 
true stuff of pathos." 

H Theatre Arts M 7:349 O '23 260w 

DRUCKER, SAUL, and HEXTER, MAURICE 
BECK. Children astray; introd. by Richard 
C. Cabot. 421p $3.50 Harvard univ. press 
[16s Milford] 

364 Juvenile delinquency 23-8321 

"In presenting these twenty-four character 
sketches of delinquent and intractable children 
who came under the notice of the authors, 
who are respectively the superintendent of the 
Boston Home for Jewish Children and the Ex- 
ecutive Director of the Boston Federated Jewish 
Charities, the aim has been twofold. In the 
first place the authors believe that social work 
can best be elucidated for prospective workers 
through the study of cases, and secondly they 
wish by this means to demonstrate the possi- 
bilities of using orphanages for special cases 
rather than only for normal children." — The 
Times [London] Lit Sup 



Booklist 20:40 N '23 

Boston Transcript p5 Je 2 '23 650w 
Cleveland p70 S '23 
J Religion 3:559 S '23 50w 
"The abundant use of dialogue to reveal a 
case imparts a certain readability and literary 
flow, but robs the discussion of a thorough- 
going veridicality which the more scientific and 
thoughtful reader will demand in anything so 
exacting as a case study written for teaching 
purposes. In fulfilling its second aim, however, 
the book renders a valuable service." 

H Lit R p918 Ag IS '23 500w 

"This delightful volume fulfils to an unusual 
degree the aims set forth by its authors in the 
preface. The value of such a volume obviously 
depends primarily upon the candor of the writers 
and the literary quality of the narrative. Both 
are here in a degree new to the experience 
of this reviewer." Florence Kelley 

+ Nation 117:272 S 12 '23 650w 
"Any addition to the stock of published case 
material is more than acceptable. "When that 
case material has the merits of a clear, orderly, 
and interesting presentation, an illuminating 
introduction and a selection of twenty-four 
cases which illustrate the possibilities of a form 
of treatment. It come^ as an even more wel- 
come contribution." 

-f Survey 51:supl91 N 1 '23 480w 

The Times [London] Lit Sup p475 Jl 
12 '23 90w 

Wis Lib Bui 19:406 Jl '23 



DRUMMOND, FLORENCE. Betrothal of Fe- 
licity. 324p $2 (7s 6d) Longmans 

23-8579 
"Set in a bewildering array of English coun- 
try estates, 'The Betrothal of Felicity' slips in 
and out among the rose gardens playing hide 
and seek with sentimentality. It centres about 
the spiritual influence of a young woman who 
has been dead for many years before the 
story began. It contains no modern conjuring 
up of spirits, and no seances or ouija boards. 
Rosemary is with them merely in essence. It 
all starts very urbanely with the chitter chat- 
ter of guests at a garden party. And then it 
begins to be serious, very serious in fact, for 
one does not ordinarily expect tragedy on the 
announcement of an engagement. But it all 
ends very obligingly and quite in the approved 
manner in a burst of sentimental mysticism 
that is as bewildering as the denouement of 
most mystery plays." — Boston Transcript 



" 'The Betrothal of Felicity' is obscure and 
nervously exotic. Miss Drummond tumbles 
her ideas together in her attempt to explain 
herself, with at times an obscure result. Yet 
it is an interesting fictional outburst." 

\- Boston Transcript p5 Ag 4 '23 250w 

"The style and surface finish of this tale are 
well above the average, and there is some in- 
genuity in the construction of its very intricate 
plot, but the thing as a whole flies so high m 
its mysticism and sublimated sentiment that it 
gets lost in the clouds of its own creation." 
H Lit R pll2 O 6 '23 280w 

"The author seems almost incapable of mak- 
ing a clear and simple statement. There are 
verv many characters in the book, none of 
whom are interesting, and a great deal of 
sermonizing. 'The Betrothal of Felicity' is 
extremely long, very dull, and very old-fash- 
ioned." 

— NY Times p24 Jl 8 '23 360w 
"Effusive in its sentimentality and growing 

more and more edifying and religious in tone 
as it proceeds." . . „ ,or -r 

— The Times [London] Lit Sup p425 Je 
21 '23 20w 

DUFFUS, ROBERT LUTHER. Coast of Eden. 
281P $2 Macmillan ^^^^^^^ 

Kenneth Ballantine arriving in Monterey on 
his return to college from a vacation surveying 
trip in the mountains, suddenly remembers with 
a laugh that this is his twenty-first birthday. 
The hours which he spends in the sleepy, beau- 
tiful California town are so described as to give 
not only background and atmosphere but a 
sympathetic understanding of his character. His 
responsiveness to impression has still the 
delicate adolescent balance. He needs to ma- 
ture slowly and independently and in this need 
lie the elements of disaster. He is forced by 
circumstances to make decisions while yet all 
unready. He chooses the wrong career, marries 
the wrong girl, and makes a sorry mess of his 
life generally. He is still under thirty when the 
war comes. With all its devastating effects, it 
restores to Kenneth some of life's lost values, 
and the end of the book promises a new begin- 
ning. 

"The attraction of Mr. Duff us' s work lies in 
his choice of material. His problems are not 
of today alone, but the universal problems, and 
his people are the ones we might all of us 
know, for we find their prototypes all about us. 
He mirrors an unrest which is intensely human. 
It is the human quality which makes his work 
so satisfying." D. L. M. „ ,„« ,,«« 

-1- Boston Transcript p6 Mr 7 23 llOOw 

"There isn't one bit of claptrap between the 
covers of this book, and in this advertising day 
of ours a book that is modestly sincere is worth 
something! The New England field is always a 
sure one for Mr. Duff us. Amid these old traits 
and ways he is thoroughly fresh and m9dern— 
and so is the book in the main— and his New 
England characters are always excellent. 
Marion Ponsonby 

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"Although Mr. Duffus's latest took is free 
from certain crudities of style that marred his 
first novel, yet it is lacking in the vitality and 
the emotional intensity of his earlier work." 

f- Nation 116:474 Ap 18 "23 150w 

"A word should be spoken for the unforced 
prose of the book. There is no fine writing or 
experimenting with new methods of construc- 
tion. But there is a clear sense of develop- 
ment, a simple narrative style that carries the 
reader easily along the road of Kenneth's de- 
velopment, disillusionment and eventual 
awakening." 

-t- N Y Times pl4 Mr 11 '23 660w 
Reviewed bv E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p8e F 18 '23 500w 
"This story is well written and deals with 
life problems intelligently. The individual 
characters stand out saliently." 

+ Outlook 133:498 Mr 11 '23 lOOw 

Springfd Republican p7a S 30 '23 360w 

DUNBABIN. THOMAS. Making of Australasia: 
a brief history of the origin and development 
of the British dominions in the south Pacific, 
f Making of the British emnire ser.) 258p il 
$4 Macmillan [10s 6d Black] 

094 Australia — Historv. Australasia — His- 
tory [23-4020] 
" 'This book,' as described in the introduc- 
tion, 'is an effort to give a brief but accurate 
account of the winning and making of Aus- 
tralasia. It may seem that a disproportionate 
amount of space has been given to the earlier 
history of Australia. For this there are several 
good reasons. . . AMiat may be called the mid- 
dle period of Australian history is comparatively 
featureless except to the specialist.' Thus, of 
the 254 pages, 148 are devoted to a brief ac- 
count of the discovery and occupation of the 
continent to 1850, fifty-three pages carry the 
story to 1914, twenty-eight are given to Xew 
Zealand, and twenty-two pages cover the par- 
ticipation of Australia in the Great War." — Am 
Hist R 

"As the book is designed for the general read- 
er, it contain.s neither bibliography nor cita- 
tions. The style is pleasing, but aside from 
the ch.npter on the Great War the work cannot 
supersede the existing brief histories of Jenks 
and Scott. Although a corrigenda slip has been 
inserted, it does not include all the typographi- 
cal errors, while one of the corrections is itself 
wronglv located." P. J. T. 

h Am Hist R 28:581 Ap '23 480w 

"A concise, straightforward, and clear nar- 
rative." 

+ Am Pol Sci R 17:344 My '23 50w 

Booklist 19:248 My '23 
Boston Transcript p8 X 22 '22 550w 
"Offers a clear, comprehensive, and readable 
account. It is vmfortunate that the volume 
contains no such bibliography as would make 
it doubly useful to the reader and the student 
of the subject." 

H ^ Lit R p591 Ap 7 '23 330w 

"Admirably written." 

+ New Statesman 20:150 N 4 '22 350w 
"A verv readable sketch." 

-f Spec 129:701 N 11 '22 150w 

Springfd Republican p8 Ja 24 '23 220w 
"It is open to the criticism that in matter 
of space preferential treatment has been given 
to Australia over Xew Zealand, but otherwise, 
taken as a whole it is highly to be commended. 
Mr. Dunbabin must be credited with no small 
achievement in having written a thoroughly in- 
teresting as well as in the main an accurate 
book." 

-f — The Times [London] Lit Sup p641 O 
12 '22 ISOOw 

DUNS^NY. EDWARD JOHN MORETON 
DRAX PLUNKETT, 18th baron. Plays of 
near and far. 245p $1.75 Putnam 

822 23-9073 

The plays in this volume are: The compro- 
mise of the King of the Golden Isles; The flight 



of the Queen; Cheezo; A good bargain; If 
Shakespeare lived to-day; Fame and the poet. 
All have been acted before they were printed, 
except The Flight of the Queen. This is the 
stoi'y of the Queen bee and her court. In the 
first scene in the Hall of the Hundred Princes, 
the dro.'ies are repiesented by the princes sit- 
ting aljout a festive board enjoying their idle 
hours with half disguised weariness. They are 
discus.sing the queen and her destiny and the 
love that beckons from Aeiher Mountain. At 
last t'ney all obey the impulse to fly thither. 
In the second scene the queen is warned by 
her lady-in-waiting against the temptation of 
going to Aether Mountain in q.uest of love. 
Scene three is the pilgrimage to the Mountain 
with the princes all falling by the way, all 
but one. Prince Zoon. In scene four, after 
much discussion between the prince and the 
queen of the unreality of the earth and the 
eternity of love, she kills him with her own 
hands. 



Booklist 20:13 O '23 

"Shows the author a little less inclined than 
usual to wander to dim palaces beyond the 
svmset and to enter 'faery land forlorn.' While 
the fantastic elements are not lacking, and one 
may fi.nd much of the gloss and shimmer with 
which Dunsany usually decorates his work, yet 
he succeeds at times in coming down almost 
to earth; and he is as skilful in producing an 
atmosphere of reality in one or two of his 
plays as he is in creating an effect of beautiful 
urireality in the others." 

+ Dial 75:201 Ag '23 80w 

"He never strikes out a vigorous phrase; he 
never comes to grips with his subject; he is 
never enthrallingly interesting nor intensely 
dull. ■V\Tiat he habitually achieves is a sort of 
feebleness not without grace. One would not 
dream of reading him a second time. But he is 
sentimental, on the whole, without great offence; 
and that, perhaps, is the one virtue that shines 
out of the mediocrity of a very much over- 
praised talent." E. M. 

— + Freeman 7:599 Ag 29 '23 250w 

"He writes always with scrupulosity in pur- 
suit of an entirely individual ideal of style. He 
is, after all is said, sui generis. You either enjoy 
his kind of thing extraordinarily or it bores 
vou." W: R. Benet 

Lit R p82 S 29 '23 500w 

Reviewed by Ludwig Lewisohn 

Nation 117:95 Jl 25 '23 700vv 

New Statesman 21:276 Je 9 '23 400w 

"The present book of plays departs from the 
more widely known phases of his work. It is 
not that they are scarcely as fine and inter- 
esting as his plays of Gods and Men, but that 
they are different. Here he is concentrating 
on the nuances of life. And instead of im- 
pressions of vast new lands, we get exquisite 
illuminating trifles. There is much that is an 
indirect criticism of modern life, though that 
is not true of all. Some seem as foreign to 
anything modern as any of the past. And 
Lord Dunsany still protests that allegory is 
something not to be found in his writing." 
Edwin Clark 

N Y Times pi 4 Je 24 '23 780w 

"In his latest collection of dreams it must 
be admitted that the Inspiration of Lord Dun- 
sanv has thinned to a meager, lucid stream 
upon the dustv sands. 'The King of the Golden 
Isles' and 'The Flight of the Queen' possess 
the old magic without quite the old genius; 
but the remaining four plays hardly bear com- 
parison with 'Five Plays' or the republished 
'Plays of Gods and Men.' " A. D. Douglas 
_ _;- N Y Tribune p20 Ag 5 '23 800w 

DURAND, HERBERT. Taming the wildings. 

380p il $3.50 Putnam 
581.97 Flowers 23-18033 

"A book of cultural information for lovers 
of our wild flowers, wild bushes, and ferns, 
who desire to grow them for landscape and 
garden effects, or for planting in congenial anrt 
sheltered retreats where they can be protected 
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plates and 140 other illustrations are from 
photographs taken in the wild and showing 
the plants as they grow in their natural 
haunts. 



"A most worthy and useful book, strongly 
indorsed by Dr. Edgar T. Wherry of the Bu- 
reau of Plant Industry in his foreword." 

+ Boston Transcript p6 N 24 "23 200w 

"The text description and the many illustra- 
tions, including some notably beautiful ones in 
color, with directions for proper location and 
successful cultivation, should encourage any 
owner or park director who understands the 
values of our native plants to adopt the prin- 
ciples emphasized in Mr. Durand's work, in 
landscape treatment of t,heir properties." R. H. 
Torrey 

+ Lit R p340 D 8 '23 700w 

DURYEA, ANNE STURGES. American nerves 
and the secret of suggestion. 256p $1.75 Cen- 
tury 

616.8 Nervous system — Diseases. Mental 
suggestion. Psychoanalysis 23-5440 

The purpose of the book is to lead nervous 
people to a better understanding of their con- 
dition and needs, to point out the ways to self- 
help and to help from the right kind of coopera- 
tion. It is shown that the benefit in either 
case comes thru suggestion and that the sug- 
gestive procedure may be standardized into a 
technique or method which constitutes a thera- 
peutic education. The fact that American 
nerves are different from French or English 
nerves accounts for the lesser success of Cou6's 
method among Americans. Considerable space 
is therefore given to an explanation of the psy- 
chological principles underlying suggestion. 



"Explanations of the Hardy doctrine, self- 
hypnosis, psychoanalysis, and numberless other 
aspects of this subject are set down, clearly, 
concisely, and without bias." 

■j- Bookm 57:464 Je "23 140w 
"Mrs. Duryea's book is strong in point of 
references to actual experiences of its author 
and of other persons. It is, so to speak, illus- 
trated from life." 

-I- N Y World p7e Mr 4 '23 800w 
Wis Lib Bui 19:157 Je '23 

DURYEA, MINGA POPE. Gardens in and 
about town: with a foreword by Richardson 
Wright. 183p il $5 Dutton 

716 Gardens 23-9660 

A new kind of garden book devoted to the 
construction, preparation and planting of city 
gardens. For the remodeled town house which 
turns its back to the street and its face to a 
gaiden, the author suggests various possibilities 
in the way of utilizing this small garden space. 
She describes gardens that are actually wells 
formed by the sides of high buildings; com- 
mimity gardens, in which private owners pool 
their garden interests by removing fences and 
making an open space which all may share; 
hanging gardens, roof and window gardens. 
There is a chapter on devices for screening ob- 
iectionahle features and one on garden furni- 
ture. The illustrations are many and excellent. 



Booklist 20:126 Ja '24 
"Mrs. Duryea has prepared a charmingly print- 
ed and illustrated book, full of practical sug- 
gestions; she not only puts forth attractive 
ideas for town gardens, but she tells how to ac- 
complish the lovely effects described." 

-I- Boston Transcript p6 JI 25 '23 300w 
Lit R p864 Jl 28 '23 400w 
"A very fascinating book, as well as an en- 
tirely practical one. although one has doubts 
about the pools and fountains which she ad- 
vises, and wonders how she is going to avoid 
a crop of mosquitos. The volume is made still 
more interesting by the many beautiful full- 
page illustrations of city gardens in this coun- 
try and in England, which are also described in 
the text." 

+ N Y Times pl4 Je 17 '23 1600w 



"Mrs. Duryea's book is announced as the first 
of its kind to be published in America. A 
frontispiece picture of her own garden in New 
York affords evidence that she is writing where- 
of she knows." 

+ N Y World pl9 Je 17 '23 170w 

DUTTON, CHARLES JUDSON. Shadow on the 
glass. 251p 11.75 Dodd 

23-1445 

Frank Rice, millionaire and collector of rare 
books, is found murdered in his library on his 
daughter's wedding day. There are two arti- 
cles missing which point to two possible mur- 
derers; a mahogany box containing $5000 in gold 
pieces has disappeared from the wedding pres- 
ents, and a rare old book worth $30,000 has been 
taken from the safe. A nephew who has 
threatened to give them all a shock on the 
wedding day, disappears, and it is suspected 
that he took the gold and murdered his uncle. 
But suspicion also rests on James Kent, collec- 
tor of rare books, who has been seen to make a 
hasty exit from the Rice mansion on the night 
of the murder. When these suspects are cleared 
there remains absolutely no apparent clue to 
the murderer. With rare patience John Bartley, 
a famous detective, finds a clue and the mur- 
derer is apprehended. 



Int Bk R p58 F '23 150w 
"The book does not belong to that best type 
of detective story in which the results are ob- 
tained by close reasoning, and its machinery i.s 
at times a little too evident, but it is enter- 
taining, ingenious and swift-moving." 

H NY Times pl9 Ja 21 '23 330w 

Reviewed by Isabel Paterson 

N Y Tribune p23 Ja 28 '23 160w 
Springf'd Republican p7a Ja 28 '23 280w 

DUTTON, LOUISE ELIZABETH (MRS 

PARKER HOYSTED FILLMORE). Going to- 
gether. Slip $1.90 Bobbs 

23-5360 
"Sally Belle, who attains the age of fifteen, 
has the devotion of Pig, a nice boy. She man- 
ages to complicate the idyllic process of 'going 
together' with passing infatuations, now for 
the 'boy from away,' again for the star of the 
stock company. But Pig is ever faithful. They 
are for a time disturbed by the prevalence of 
'spooning' (an archaic term for 'petting') 
among their friends, but decide to defy con- 
vention and stay sweet." — Lit R 



"Those who have read in the magazines any 
or all of Miss Dutton's charming chronicles of 
Sally Belle will be delighted to see them in 
collected form, while those not so fortunate 
have a rare treat in store. For it is a very 
charming and delightful liook written with the 
clear understanding and clever touch of one 
who knows youth." 

-|- Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 Ag 
5 '23 220w 

"If there is one object more pathetic in or- 
ganized society than the divergent person, it 
is the divergent adolescent. In 'Going To- 
gether' Louise Dutton effectively presents such 
a type — and accomplishes her purpose with un- 
usual delicacy and charm. The hook is slight, 
rather optimistic and sentimental in tone — but 
saved by unexpected deft satire and whispered 
irony." 

-f Int Bk R p58 My '23 280w 

"The saccharine quality of this book is char- 
acteristic of that type of provincially domestic 
magazine for which it was written two years 
ago." 

— Lit R p633 Ap 21 '23 220w 

Reviewed by E. W. Osborn 

N Y World p7e Mr 11 '23 240w 

DYER, ELIZABETH. Textile fabrics; with a 
> foreword by W. W. Charters. 352p il $1.75 

Houghton 

677 Textile industry and fabrics 23-6512 

The purpose of the book is to teach the stu- 
dent of retail selling how to buy or sell fabrics 
or garments made of fabrics. Since the same 



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DYER, ELIZABETH — Continued 
Information is needed by both the consumer 
and the salesman, merchandise is here studied 
from the consumer's point of view. The facts 
in the book were obtained by collecting ques- 
tions asked by customers when buying; by find- 
ing out the points which household economics 
departments stress in teaching how to select 
materials; by getting selling points and reasons 
for differences of prices in fabrics from manu- 
facturers, buyers and expert salesmen; by learn- 
ing from cleansers and dyers what fabrics are 
not satisfactory for dry-cleaning and dyeing. 



"Aside from the very interesting method of 
presentation which the author has given us in 
'Textile Fabrics' and its many original features, 
the book recommends itself on several other 
counts. It is rich in practical suggestions and 
makes abundant use of concrete example." H. 
R. Norton 

4- J Home Econ 16:37 Ja '24 600w 
"The historical material given Is exceedingly 
brief though rather interestingly written. The 
greatest contribution of this book to public- 
school or private- school teaching is to be found 
in its technical information concerning the 
manufacture, qualities, and identification of 
textiles." Hazel Schultz 

+ School R 31:790 D "23 400w 



"The story of this great politico-economic 
undertaking Professor Earle has told with a 
wealth of information so exhaustive, a temper 
so impartial, and a style on the whole so read- 
able as to call only for hearty praise. The 
book is one of those definitive pieces of work 
which it is always a pleasure to welcome. It is 
one of the most valuable contributions to the 
political history of Europe and the Near East 
that has been published since the war." W: 
McDonald 

N Y Times p6 N 4 '23 2300w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p902 D 
27 '23 1250W 

EAST, EDWARD MURRAY. Mankind at the 

crossroads. 360p $3.50 Scribner 

312 Population. Food supply 23-13779 

The author's aim is "to present a picture of 
the present world situation as regards the popu- 
lation and food supply and to submit a fore- 
cast cf the probable tendency of the future." 
The question is how to fit the birth-rate to the 
rapidly diminishing food reserve. Growth can 
be maintained only at a rate corresponding 
to the increase of crop yields by a more sys- 
tematic agriculture. If the human race really 
desires to progress, the birth-rate must come 
down. Moreover it must be reduced thruout 
the whole population and not, as is now its ten- 
dency, in the section which furnishes the most 
promising material. To accomplish this, 
parenthood must be made voluntary instead 
of accidental. 



EAGLE, SOLOMON, pseud. See Squire, J: ,C. 

EARLE, EDWARD MEAD. Turkey, the great 
powers, and the Bagdad railway: a study in 
imperialism. 364p $2.2.5 Macmillan 

949.6 Turkey. Bagdad railway 23-11389 

"Mr. Earle's book brings out the importance 
of the Bagdad Railway as a central and co- 
ordinating influence in the pre-war imperialistic 
scramble for the wealth of Turkey. He has care- 
fully examined a great mass, it must be nearly 
all, of the available printed material, and in 
addition he has obtained, from persons 'inti- 
mately associated with the Bagdad Railway.' 
many records and documents not hitherto avail- 
able. He seems to have mastered the material 
well enough to handle it with ease." — Nation 



Booklist 20:94 D '23 
Boston Transcript p6 N 17 '23 2200w 
"In no other place known to the reviewer can 
one find so convincing an illustration of the 
way in which the economic rivalries of great 
powers in an industrial age serve as the breeders 
of modern wars. No one who is concerned about 
international peace can afford to ignore this 
book." S. M. C. 

-I- Com on Church & Soc Sen. Inf ser p3 O 
20 '23 80nw 
"A really valuable work. It treats of one of 
those complicated questions, that, bv reason of 
political, economic and strategic importance, 
bedeviled European diplomacy prior to the war, 
dictated military policies during the war and 
explain many of the confusing manoeuvers of 
Eiirooean diplomats since the signing of the 
treaties of peace. To an unusual degree this 
work combines the virtues of a sound histori- 
cal method with the attractive features of the 
ordinary 'hot stuff on live subiects' that so 
often falls into the hands of the general 
reader." C. P. H. 

J- Grpensboro (N.C.) Daily News p8 O 14 
'23 850w 

"Without emotion or notable bias, but clearlv 
without any belief in the realitv of the white 
man's burden, he has told his storv in a clear, 
straightforward, and readable manner. The 
result is a reliable and an admirable studv in 
contemporary imperialism — the be.«rt account, 
so far as I know, of the Bagdad Railway and 
its nolitical and economic implications." Carl 
Becker 

+ Nation 117:556 N 14 '23 1500w 



Bookm 58:583 Ja '24 180w 
Boston Transcript p3 O 27 '23 lOSOw 
"This Is a brilliant book. It deserves to be, 
and will be, widely read. It would not seem 
possible that any intelligent person could differ 
from its main conclusions. Its defects are 
mainly of manner rather than matter." Ray- 
mond Pearl 

H Lit R p389 D 22 '23 1700w 

"On the question, the relation between popu- 
lation and food supply, the facts and statistics 
that are adduced and brought into systematic 
and logical order are of wide and full scope — • 
quite the most comprehensive, complete and 
up to date to be found in any recent pviblica- 
tion. The argument is sound and most sug- 
gestive, and the book is bound to attract wide 
attention." 

+ N Y Times pl8 O 14 '23 llOOw 
N Y Tribune p27 O 28 '23 120w 
Outlook 135:645 D 12 '23 220w 
The Times [London] Lit Sup p735 N 1 
'23 60w 



EASTON, DOROTHY. Tantalus. 297p $2.50 

Knopf [7s 6d Heinemann] 

23-27433 

"Miss Easton has taken the life of an en- 
ergetic, sincere, rather bustling country clergy- 
man of middle age. . . She takes him through 
what to such a man are very deep waters. 
He is a husband of many years' standing and 
the father of grown-up children, as well as 
the vicar of a parish in which he is held in un- 
questioning esteem, when he stumbles into 
love with a young French governess who hap- 
pens to be staying in his house; and Miss 
Easton is able to convince us that this ex- 
perience of his is natural and probable, given 
the circumstances, without at all weakening 
our previous view of him as a creditable mem- 
ber of his calling, perfectly loyal, up to this 
point, to its standards. And even when we 
leave him, after he has lapsed very far, and 
has only narrowly escaped complete disaster, 
we feel that he is still essentially the man we 
saw at the beginning, however shaken and 
chastened by what he has gone through." — 
The Times [London] Lit Sup 



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"It is a very excellent piece of work, deserv- 
ing: of the appreciation of that small if dis- 
criminating' group in the American public who 
know talent when they see it." D. F. G. 

4- Boston Tr\anscript p4 O 10 '23 900w 
Dial 75:611 D '23 90w 
"There is a wistful quality about 'Tantalus,' 
an imderstanding and appreciation of human 
foibles that never lapses into sentimentality. 
Miss Elaston's novel impresses one as the work 
of an author who has the intellectual freedom 
required to see all sides of an ethical problem." 
Drake de Kay 

+ Lit R pl23 O 13 '23 750w 
"Tantalus is a first novel and a remarkably 
promising one. To be commended to those who 
care for English fiction — and the essentially 
English thing in fiction." R. M. Lovett 
+ New Repub 36:234 O 24 '23 350w 
"There are individual scenes w-hich are ex- 
cellent, but the novel drags more than a little." 

-i NY Times p24 O 14 '23 450w 

Sat R 136:364 S 29 '23 430w 
*' 'Tantalus' is not inerely an interesting ex- 
periment by a writer whose real gift is for 
another form. It reveals Miss Easton clearly 
as a novelist of many excellencies. So far as 
we can detect. Miss Easton evades none of the 
issues raised and falls back upon some of the 
excuses of the sentimentalist; and we see the 
affair, in consequence, as a real spiritual ex- 
perience in the vicar's life." 

-f The Times [London] Lit Sup p602 S 
13 '23 700w 

EASTWICK, BEATRICE HINKLE (MRS 
PHILIP GARRETT EASTWICK). See 

Hmkle, B. 

EBERLEIN, HAROLD DONALDSON. Villas of 
Florence and Tuscany. 411p il buck $15 
(63s) Lippincott 

728.8 Architecture, Domestic — Italy 23-956 
It is chiefly the smaller and less pretentious 
country houses of Tuscany and a few of the 
larger and more famous places with which the 
author deals in this quarto voluine with its 279 
plates. There is an introductory sketch of these 
Tuscan villas of the sixteenth and se%-entecnth 
centuries and earlier, their decoration, furnish- 
ing and gardens. Notes are also included con- 
cerning the noble families who occupied the 
villas. 



agriculture and industrialism; between de- 
mocracy and aristrocracy." 



"While the book will be of greatest value to 
the architect, its sheer beauty will appeal to 
many others as well." I: Anderson 
+ Int Bk R p42 Je '23 80w 

"A charming record and compilation. The 
text is agreeably written, and in all ways the 
author has cultivated an interpretive vein 
equally available for the student of architecture 
and the mere person of taste." 

+ Lit R p792 Je 23 '23 160w 

"This handsome book will delight alike the 
architect, the lover of Italy, and the reader who 
appreciates good photography and good print- 
ing." 

+ Outlook 133:412 F 28 '23 llOw 



ECKENRODE, HAMILTON JAMES. Jeffer- 
son Davis, president of the South. 371p |2.50 
Macmillan 

B or 92 United States — History— Civil war. 
Davis, Jefferson 23-12012 

The book is not only a biography and char- 
acterization of Jefferson Davis, but a political 
and military history of the Confederacy and an 
interpretation of relations between the North 
and the South previous to the war. The 
author shows no partisanship. His conclusions 
are reached largely without reference to polit- 
ical and constitutional ideas but follow from 
the theory underlying his book, which is that 
the Civil war was essentially a "conflict be- 
tween Nordic and Jion-Nordic principles; be- 
tween individualism and communism; between 



"The book is too 'literary' in that popular but 
unfortunate meaning of the word, biographically 
speaking, which permits a writer to dominate 
his subject-matter by a fonnula. Here, in the 
attempt to make a Davis that will always be 
In harmony with himself, the author misses 
that element of the incalculable and the surpris- 
ing which is in all men, and especially in all 
men of genius." N. \V. Stephenson 

— Am Hist R 29:356 Ja '24 950w 
Booklist 20:137 Ja '24 

"A hard-headed analysis at times superbly 
cynical but written with the obvious desire to 
do justice to Davis's virtues and defects. . . 
This book is as much without effort to conciliate 
as it is possible for a book to be. Neither 
friend nor foe of Jefferson Davis will fail to be 
affronted, somewhere, somehow. But it is writ- 
ten with consummate ability, and is hardly 
ever specious in sustaining the author's con- 
ceptions, nor does it resort to special pleadiJig. 
It is far and away the ablest American biogra- 
phy that has appeared for many months." S. 
L. Cook 

-f- Boston Transcript p3 S 15 '23 1950w 

"A study quite perspicacious in its immediate 
judgments, and yet it is so marred by a perva- 
sive sentimentality that the final effect is dis- 
tasteful." L: M. Hacker 

1- Freeman 8:427 Ja 9 '23 2600w 

"Dr. Eckenrode has evidently given to his 
task close and exhaustive study and long reflec- 
tion. The book as a whole is one of the most 
scathing indictments of Davis on the ground of 
general unfitness for his task that has yet been 
written. Possibly it is the correct judgment. 
Possibly DavLs with all his great talents and 
his spotless character was nevertheless unfit 
for the almost superhuman ta.sk which he rather 
unwillingly undertook, but still one is uncon- 
vinced that this study of him represents the 
final judgment of history." J. G. de R. H. 

H Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News plO N 

11 '23 1650W 

"This is a work which embodies much shrewd 
analysis of the political and military policies of 
Mr. Davis, erected on a theoretical substructure 
of the most grotesque nonsense, growing out of 
the effort to interpret the Civil War on the 
basis of Madison Grant's Nordic mythology." 
H. E. B. 

— New Repub 36:264 O 31 '23 200w 

Reviewed by L. F. Abbott 

Outlook 135:259 O 17 '23 680w 

"Trenchant and interesting study." 
+ R of Rs 68:558 N '23 150w 

EDDAS. Poetic Edda; ancient lays of north- 
^ ern gods and heroes; tr. bv Henry A. Bellows. 
(Scandinavian classics) 624p $4 Am. -Scandi- 
navian foundation 

839.6 
"This is the first adequate English version 
of the Icelandic sagas, for the rendering pub- 
lished by Thorpe about half a century ago and 
the extracts by Vigfusson and Powell were un- 
satisfactory. The translator has resisted the 
temptation to make use of obsolete Anglo-Saxon 
words, and his verse-rendering, preserving the 
forms of the original as far as is consistent 
with a language lacking accidence, conveys 
much of the poetry." (New Statesman) "The 
book is the bible of Northern mythology, mor- 
ality, and literature. Its leading mythological 
poem, 'Voluspo,' a sort of Genesis and Apoca- 
lypse combined, is an imaginative conception of 
the creation and ultimate destruction of the 
world. The 'Hovninol' a collection of shrewd 
saws, gives a picture of the ethical conceptions 
of the Vikings. The Lay of Thrym is a ballad. 
In the poems of Sigurd and Brynhild we get the 
Norse version of the Lay of the Nibelungs." 
(Springf'd Republican) 



"Primitive and vast in conception, yet terse 
and inlaid with imagery." 

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EDDAS — Continueil 

"The book is a variorum edition as valuable 
to the scholar as to the general reader." P. A. 
Hutchison 

4- N Y Times p2 D 16 '23 3500w 

Springf'd Republican p7a S 30 '23 120w 

EDIE, LIONEL DANFORTH, ed. Stabilization 
of business, by Wesley C. Mitchell, Irving 
Fisher, Frank Haigh Dixon and others; with 
an introd. by Herbert Hoover. 400p $2.50 
Macmillan 

330.4 Business conditions. United States — 
Economic conditions 23-6647 

Economists and business men have main- 
tained that the ebb and flow of the business 
cycle is inevitable, that it cannot from tne 
natvire of things be regulated. The object of 
this book, which consists of nine chapters con- 
tributed by as many special writers, is to 
study how far it is possible and desirable to 
control the business cycle and to devise some 
soimd means of steadying- price levels and the 
purchasing power of money, preventing unem- 
ployment, coordinating production and market- 
ing, etc. Contents: The problem of controlling 
business cycle.s, by Wesley C. Mitchell; Stab- 
ilizing the dollar, by Irving Fisher; Transpor- 
tation and the business cycle, by Frank Dixon; 
Unemployment — prevention and insurance, by 
John R. Commons; The coordination of pro- 
duction and marketing, by Lionel D. Edie; 
International problems in business stability, by 
Edwin R. A. Seligman; Public works as an 
agency of control, by John B. Andrews; The 
psychological factors in stabilization, by Walter 
Dili Scott; The applied technique of stabiliza- 
tion, by Henry S. Dennison. 



Am Econ R 13:499 S '23 lOOw 
Booklist 20:43 N '23 

Boston Transcript p4 My 26 '23 600w 
Cleveland p45 Je '23 
Pittsburgh Mo Bui 28:282 Je '23 
"Although each contributor is responsible only 
for the views expressed in hi.s own chapter 
there is a remarkable community of thought 
throughout the volume. The book marks a dis- 
tinct advance in thought on business cycles, 
from the stage of analysis of the causes and 
characteristics of such cycles to the stage of 
planning definite policies for their control." 
+ R of Rs 68:111 Jl '23 80w 
"Much of his information is interesting." 

-I- The Times [Londonl Lit Sup p324 My 
10 '23 200w 

EDWARDS, AGNES, pseud. See Rothery, A. E. 

EDWARDS, GEORGE WHARTON. London. 

395p il $7.50 Penn 

914.21 London — Description 22-22648 

"George Wharton Edwards has done much for 
the lover of London. He has sifted the sights 
of the old English town, sifted them carefully 
and well. The sights that stayed in his sieve 
he has thrown aside with a casual phrase or 
two, but those bits of the rambling capital 
which leaked through he has saved for the 
renders of his 'London.' Throughout the vol- 
ume appear water color and crayon sketches 
of here, there, and everywhere in the town. 
They, too, are Mr. Edward's work, almost on 
the plane of merit won by the prose. Take 
away from London everything Baedeker has 
foimd, and there will be still the crannies that 
delighted this observer." — Bookm 



"Even the American who is somewhat cold to 
the attractions of London must warm into ad- 
miration under the skillful guidance of Mr. 
Edwards." 

+ Outlook 133:498 Mr 14 '23 llOw 
R of Rs 66:672 D '22 200w 
"Mr Edwards very wisely places more de- 
pendence upon his drawing pencil than his pen. 
Nor does he atteziipt to describe too much, or 
confuse the mind and weary the eye with an 
over-abundance of illustrations." 

Springf'd Republican p7a D 3 '22 420w 

EGERTON, HUGH EDWARD. Causes and 
character of the American revolution. (His- 
tories of the nations ser.) 208p $2.85 Oxford 
[8s 6d Milford] 

973.3 United States — History^Revolution 
"Mr. Bgerton, long the accomplished professor 
of Colonial History at Oxford . . . has set him- 
self in the lectures of whose substance he has 
made a book, to examine, with the critical im- 
partiality of a historian, the causes of a revolt 
which, in making the United States a nation, 
went far toward putting an end to what he 
calls the old British Empire. . . His study of 
the documentary sources, some of the most 
important of which he has himself had a part 
in editing, leads him to the conclusion that 
the American Revolution was primarily the 
result of the faulty relations which existed from 
the beginning between the Colonies and the 
mother country, and which no intelligent and 
genuinely honest attempt was ever made to im- 
prove so far as Great Britain was concerned. 
For proof of the soundness of this contention 
Mr. Egerton proceeds to examine pretty much 
the whole history of the relations between the 
Colonies and home Government, but particularly, 
of course, the period subsequent to 1763." — 
N Y Times 



"So many persons have filled so many vol- 
innes with descriptions of this old place that 
it is incredible a new explorer could bring such 
an alluring freshness to such a big guidebook. 
But Mr. Edwards has taken the tiny corners 
and adorned them with pressing invitation." 
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Reviewed by Carl Becker 

Am Hist R 29:344 Ja '24 660w 
Booklist 20:50 N '23 
"Temperate and well thought out book." 
S L C 

' +" Boston Transcript p6 Ag 22 '23 650w 

New Repub 37:212 Ja 16 '24 200w 
"His little book is extremely well packed. . . 
No American reader, we think, could find fault 
with Mr. Egerton's attitude or temper." 

-I- New Statesman 21:428 Jl 14 '23 lOOw 
"This examination of the question of Ameri- 
can independence is scholarly and his temper 
unbiased." W: MacDonald 

4- N Y Times pl6 Ag 5 '23 1800w 
"This excellent little book ought to be widely 
read on both sides of the Atlantic. There is no 
trace of passion or prejudice in Professor Eger- 
ton's work, which ought to dispose of the catas- 
trophic theory of the separation of the colonies 
from the mother-country." 

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of Englishmen, the clean-cut presentation of 
fundamental issues makes it a useful work 
of information for any American reader unfa- 
miliar with the views of scholars." 

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"It is a book which all those interested in the 
problems of the Empire should read: and it 
has the merit of being eminently readable." 

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EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Sidelights on relativ- 
» ity; tr. from the German by G. B. Jeffery 

and W. Perrett. 56p $1.50 Dutton 

530.1 Einstein theory [23-9720] 

"The two addresses published here together 
were delivered by the author of the relativity 
theory in 1920 and 1921. Both are in popular 
form without mathematical details, and readily 
comprehensible to the reader who has had no 
mathematical training. The first essay, entitled 
•Ether and the Theory of Relativity considers 
briefly the development of the ether theory 
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cessitated by the concept of relativity. In the 
second essay, on 'Geometry and Experience," 
Professor Einstein gives a very vivid picture 
of the geometrical significance of curved space 
and the concept of a finite but unbounded uni- 
verse." — Lit R 



Reviewed by Leigh Page 

Lit R p426 Ja 5 "24 420w 

"To all lovers of logical and exact thought 
who are interested in the developments that 
have arisen in the wake of the theory of rel- 
ativity, this book can be warmly recommended. 
The work of translation has been admirably 
done, and much of the finesse of expression 
characteristic of Einstein's writings has been 
retained." 

+ Nature 112:319 S 1 '23 650w 

ELEY, CHARLES. Gardening for the twen- 
tieth century. 270p il $7 Dutton [16s 
Murray] 

716 Gardening [Agr23-1430] 

"The title gives no hint of the rather revo- 
lutionary proposal contained in the book, which 
is largely to replace the customary flower gar- 
den, with its familiar herbaceous and annual 
plants, by the growing of trees and shrubs. 
The lists of varieties are accompanied by notes 
on cultivation, and it will not be the fault of 
the book if the amateur who reads it should 
try to grow Eucryphia north of Trent, or to 
plant grafted brooms except on the chalk. There 
are many good photographs of specimens de- 
scribed in the text." — The Times [London] Lit 
Sup 



"Mr. Eley's book is not only a practical help 
to the beginner in garden -making; it is fine 
in spirit and inspiration, a distinct contribu- 
tion to the literature of horticulture." L. N. 
-I- Boston Transcript p6 N 24 '23 lOOOw 

"This may well be the all-beginners' book 
on landscape gardening, their primer of spe- 
cialisation on trees and flowering shrubs. But 
a book on 'gardening' — unless this is Indeed 
the truncated thing that the gardening of the 
last three-quarters of the twentieth century 
is to become — it can never be." 

h New Statesman 21:553 Ag 18 '23 350w 

"Mr. EJley's book announces its own value, be- 
cause all the earlier chapters, in title as in 
substance, deal with the essential skeleton of 
the garden. They indicate with rare anatomical 
biological skill how the framework may be 
built that shall thereafter be dressed with the 
externals of beauty. An advanced specialist 
in horticulture may, perhaps, find .some of the 
chapters a little elementary, with a tendency 
to stop at the point where he most wishes 
for knowledge." 

H Sat R 136:139 Ag 4 '23 300w 

"As a guide to the tree and shrub-planter 
the work is excellent, full of first-hand knowl- 
edge of the provenance, the characters, likes 
and dislikes of genera and species, as well 
as of their proper charms." 

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7 '23 180w 



ELIOT, CHARLES WILLI AlVI. Harvard mem- 
ories. 142p il $2 Harvard univ. press 

378.73 Harvard university 23-13804 

"The text consists of the reports of three 
addresses delivered in recent years by Presi- 
dent Eliot in Cambridge. The first, on 'The 
Traditions of Harvard College,' was made at 
a meeting of foreign students in Phillips Brooks 
House; the second, on 'The Function of a 
University,' at a luncheon of the Harvard Lib- 
eral Club; the third, on 'The Harvard Yard and 
Its Buildings,' before the students in the Har- 
vard Schools of Architecture and Landscape 



"A book of facts and ideas no less rich in 
its progiessive outlook than in its inspiring 
memories." B. P. Edgett 

-f Boston Transcript pi S 22 '23 2800w 
"It is from bits of reminiscence that the book 
derives much of its value. Its significance is 
more than local and personal by reason of 
the light, sometimes merely a sidelight, which 
it throws upon the progress of American edu- 
cation during the past seventy years. It is 
thus a document of evidence, hardly of primary 
importance, but surely not to be overlooked by 
a student or amateur of the subject." M. A. 
De W. Howe 

+ Lit R p367 D 15 '23 750w 
Reviewed by T. S. Bosworth 

N Y Times plO O 28 '23 llOOw 
Sprlngf'd Republican pl4 D 21 '23 480w 

ELIOT, THOiVIAS STEARNS. Waste land. 64p 

$2 Boni & Liveright 

811 23-1936 

This long poem, which first appeared in the 
November number of the Dial, won the Dial's 
award for poetry for the year 1922. "The power 
of suggesting intolerable tragedy at the heart 
of the trivial or the sordid is used with a skill 
little less than miraculous in The Waste Land, 
and the power is the more moving because 
of the attendant conviction that this terrible 
resembling contrast between nobility and base- 
ness is an agony in the mind of Mr Eliot of 
which only a portion is transferred to that 
of the reader." (Lit R) 



Architecture." — Lit R 



Bookm 5i 



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Cleveland p35 My '23 

"As an echo of contemporary despair, as a 
picture of dissolution, of the breaking down 
of the very structures on which life has modelled 
itself, 'The Waste Land' has a definite au- 
thenticity. But even the process of disintegra- 
tion must be held within a pattern. This pat- 
tern is distorted and broken by Mr. Eliot's 
jumble of narratives, nur.sery-rhymes, criti- 
cism, jazz-rhythms. Dictionary of Favorite 
Phrases and a few lyrical moments." L: Un- 
termeyer 

— -I- Freeman 6:453 Ja 17 '23 1200w 

"What really matters is whether or not 'The 
Waste Land' itself arouses a troubled, twisted 
ecstasy in the reader, a regret that is like a 
sob in the throat beneath its glittering surface 
of ironic nuances. The fact that it would seem 
to do so in not a small number of undeniably 
intelligent minds may not be proof of its au- 
thenticity as a poem, but it is a proof of some- 
thing, and perhaps that larger group of admit- 
tedly intelligent minds which seem to find noth- 
ing in the poem will tell us what it is. For my 
own part, 'The Waste Land' is an unusual 
poem, for it shook me violently." H. S. Gorman 
Int Bk R p46 Ap '23 2750w 

"If this is a trick, it is an inspired one. 
I do not believe that it is a trick: I think 
that Mr. Eliot conceived 'The Waste Land' out 
of an extremity of tragic emotion and expressed 
it in his own voice and in the voices of other 
unhappy men not carefully and elaborately 
trained in close harmony, but coming as a 
confused and frightening and beautiful murmur 
out of the bowels of the earth." Elinor Wylie 
+ Lit R p396 Ja 20 '23 1400w 

Reviewed by Gilbert Seldes 

Nation 115:sup614 D 6 '22 3500w 

"When our reservations have all been made, 
we accept The Waste Land as one of the most 
moving and original poems of -our time. It 
captures us." Conrad Aiken 

+ New Repub 33:294 F 7 '23 2800vv 

"In brief, in The Waste Land Mr. Eliot has 
shown that he can at moments write real blank 
verse; but that is all. For the rest he has quoted 
a great deal, he has parodied and imitated. 
But the parodies are cheap and the Imitations 
Inferior." F. L. Lucas 

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"The poem contains enough sheer verbal love- 
liness, enough ecstasy, enough psychological 
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ELIOT, T: S. — Continued 

understandable etching of modern life, to justify 
Mr. Eliot in his idiosyncrasies. He may, and 
1 think he does, even play practical jokes on 
his readers; but that is in character with the 
curious, variable mood of this fine poem." Bur- 
ton Rascoe 

+ N Y Tribune p8 N 5 *22 480w 

Reviewed by F: F. Van de Water 

N Y Tribune pl9 Ja 28 '23 1250w 

"Mr. Eliot, always evasive of the grand man- 
ner, has reached a stage at which he can no 
longer refuse to recognize the limitations of 
his medium; he is sometimes walking very near 
the limits of coherency. But it is the finest 
horses which have the most tender mouths, and 
some unsympathetic tug has sent Mr. Eliot's 
gift awry. When he recovers control we shall 
expect his poetry to have gained in variety 
and strength from this ambitious experiment." 

1- The Times [London] Lit Sup p616 S 

20 '23 1050w 

"I found it deeply emotional underneath all 
attitudinizing, it moved me (for all its eccen- 
tricity), and its oddity fascinated." W: R. 
Benet 

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ELLIOT, HUGH SAMUEL ROGER. Human 
character. 272p $2.50 (7s 6d) Longmans 

150 Character. Psychology 22-21785 

The study of character is not a science, the 
author maintains, and cannot become so until 
we begin to explain the variations in character 
by reference to variations of the nervous sys- 
tem. The most obvious conclusion reached ik 
that the bulk of human activities are blind and 
unreasoning, born of instinct and emotion, not 
of intellect. Some of the observations are on 
egoism, love, jealousy, religion, thought, action, 
suggestion, obsessions, genius, vice and crime, 
heredity and environment. 



"Not only makes interesting reading, but is 
likely to be ot considerable practical value to 
the writer of fiction, inasmuch as it analyzes, 
so far as is now possible, the rules which govern 
conduct and the probable results on given types 
of character of particular trains of circumstance 
or emotion." 

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even at the expense of obtaining serious sci- 
entific consideration, has been most succe