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MAURICE HEWLETT. HIS I ATEST BOOK IS “GUDRID, THE FAI?" A NOICE LOVE STORY, BASED
ON TWO ANCIENT SAGAS WHICH TELL OF THE FIRST EXPLORATION OF AMERICA
Last month we printed a list of I am sending you one of my own-not that books for a guest-room shelf selected I should not be satisfied to snuggle down
by Mr. Christopher in bed with any of the volumes he has That Guest Morley, the poet and
named. Room Shelf member of the edi. Now then: Romany Rye and Lavengro,
torial staff of the by Borrow; The Fall of the House of Ladies' Home Journal. Mr. Morley Usher, by Poe; The Red Badge of Courrather arbitrarily laid down the con age, by Crane; Huckleberry Finn; Brownditions that your guests must be of ing's Dramatic Lyrics and Romances; the male sex and have the habit of Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock reading in bed. There must likewise Holmes and The Adventures of Gerard; be a reading lamp by the bed and a Bob, Son of Battle; Gulliver's Travels; bookshelf. As a result of THE BOOK Carlyle's Heroes and Hero-Worship; Tom MAN's invitation for further lists Mr. Jones, by Fielding; The Prisoner of Zenda, Harold Crawford Stearns, of Dun- by Hope; The Letters of Horace Walpole kirk, New York, sends us the follow and The Letters of Madame D'Arblay; She, ing letter:
by Haggard; Essays of Elia; Westward
Ho!; The Beloved Vagabond, by Locke; Christopher Morley's list of books for a The Poems of François Villon; The Mill guest-room shelf interested me deeply, and on the Floss; Wuthering Heights; The
LUCIEN MURATORE, OF THE CHICAGO OPERA COMPANY, IN “CARMEN.”
HIS "MAGNETIC PERSONALITY AND VIBRANT VOICE EFFECT, A COM-
Three Musketeers; The Canterbury Tales; Mr. Morley put this book at the end Lorna Doone, by Blackmore; Kipling's of his list and Mr. Stearns places it Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads; The fourth from the end; both lists are Bible; Shaw's The Shewing-Up of Blanco confined to approximately thirty Posnet; If Youth But Knew, by A. and E. volumes. Compare the two lists and Castle, and The Oxford Book of English see if your taste agrees with either Verse.
selection for your own guest-room If you won't think I am trying to cut in shelf; if not, will you not write and on Carolyn Wells or “F. P. A.," I would like tell us what your choice would be? to point out that Wilkie Collins's novel is We should be particularly glad to The Woman in White, and not The Lady. hear from some of our readers of the,
Harold C. Stearns. dare we call it so, gentler sex. Surely There is only one duplication, one some of our more aggressively intitle appearing in both Mr. Morley's clined feminists will not allow Chrisand Mr. Stearns’s lists—The Bible. topher Morley and his friends to dis
pose of the world's guest-room ex of Meredith Janvier, dealer in clusively for mere men!
portraits, prints, and "collector's To be sure Wilkie Collins's novel is volumes, and who runs a quaint, The Woman in White and not the delightful bookshop in Baltimore, "Lady.” That was
suggests in one of its items the slip on our part, but we wonder question “Is It Possible to Tell a whether Mr. Morley himself is not New Book from an Old One?” as the original trespasser.
one finds listed in this catalogue the
“first edition,” “bds., uncut,” of ChrisMr. Augustine Birrell one time topher Morley’s Songs for a Little
wrote an essay called House, a book of verse published Our
Is it Possible to Tell quite within the memory of man, last Rapid Age a Good Book from a year in fact. Mr. Janvier informs
Bad One? Be that his clientele of bibliophiles that this as it may, the recent catalogue book is one "for the wing chair at
AMELITA GALLI-CURCI, OF THE CHICAGO OPERA COMPANY, IN MEYER
BEER'S “DINORAH,” THE OPERA SHE CHOSE AS HER INTRODUCTION
the hour when dusk and darkness returned. These books are not only fall. A book to read before and after withdrawn from the open shelves, dinner, supper and breakfast, if one they are interned, where they are abwould help along his good digestion.” solutely inaccessible and will remain
so.” No one could question the wisdom of removing books of recent pro-German propaganda from gen. eral circulation; but to make them “absolutely inaccessible,” even to students, journalists, historians, and preachers of patriotic sermons, and to add to the small list of such books which a library of the size of Pasadena's might have acquired the works of such world-figures as Nietzsche and Treitschke and volumes of entirely innocent general literature to the number of three hundred, and to hint that this proscription may be continued after the war, is an act of hysterical piety which would not be endured for a single day by any community in which the spirit of democracy was alert.
Is the moral and intellectual fibre of the citizens of Pasadena so poor
that the chance disThe Camel covery in a German Enters
book that Germany
was not entirely de
void of all the virtues would lessen CAPTAIN ALAN BOTT, M.C, THE ROYAL FLYING CORPS, AUTHOR OF “CAVALRY OF THE
their efforts to win the war? or have CLOUDS.” A VETERAN AIR-MAN OF TWENTY the love of democracy and the inFOUR
stinct of human kindness grown so
weak in them that the mere reading “We must fight the thought, the of Treitschke and Nietzsche could philosophy back of this war, if we are convert them to Prussianism and
to win,” says brutality? or have they so completely A Librarian Nellie M. Russ, the li. lost their belief in the power of Ram pant brarian of the Pasa truth and in freedom of thought that
dena Public Library, they are ready to fight a philosophy in an interview in the Pasadena Star- by trying to suppress it? or have they News. “I recently began a thorough exalted war to such an extent that weeding-out, with the result that all everything German is to be placed books printed in German have been under a tribal taboo?—if any or all removed, and all modern German of these explanations are true Pasaphilosophy, even including Nietzsche dena has sunk into a parlous state and Treitschke, which many libraries and ought to be investigated for the retain. Some three hundred books good of the nation. If the camel of have been set aside for the term of conservatism once gets his cold, susthe war-perhaps longer, and others picious nose well under the public are being added as fast as they are library tent it may be difficult to pre
vent him from following it with his whole ungainly body—and the public library is a tent in one of democracy's outposts. But perhaps Pasa. dena is only trying to supply her tourists with that quaint, mediæval flavour so dear to the tourist heart, but formerly obtainable only in Europe.
May Sinclair's new book, The Tree of Heaven, has been well spoken of
by the "authorities." This Tree
We found it stupid.
sure, it is a carefully
thought-out study of a phase of the social revolution that
was proceeding before the war and is now brought to a crisis by the catastrophe—the renaissance of the human spirit in the Younger Generation, the questioning of institutions, the demand for liberty, the desire for sanity in the ways of living, and of course, the conflict with the Elders whose interest is in maintaining the established folk. ways; then comes the war and the Young Ones come into their own, while the pressure of circumstance is
LATEST BOOK, "THE so great as to break down their re
TREE OF HEAVEN," IS A STUDY OF WAR's sistance and the Elders accept the
EFFECT UPON ENGLISH LIFE new order.
It is an interesting theme, much is being written about she only had a little humour, a little it-perhaps it is the big theme for brilliance, a little optimism to il. novelists to-day. But it deals with a lumine her realism-but, as Rupert situation that is full of promise; we Hughes would say, we can't have all know that the world is wrong, everything. that society is upside down, that the masses thrust upward apace—but we Since the appearance of Limehouse mean to do something about it, we Nights the reading world has recog. mean to set ourselves right side up,
nised in its author, we see through the gloom of war the “London Thomas Burke, a new promise of better things. Miss Sin- Lamps” literary planet. These clair sees no Promise, she feels the
stories, appearing in oppression of destiny, she depresses book form last fall, have the keen her readers. Wells writes of the tang of reality infused with the primsame changing order, but the empha- itive desires of the human heart that sis of his interest is upon the desire appeal to our ever-fresh sentiment for of men for betterment and upon the high adventure; nothing like them hope of the future; Miss Sinclair has been written since, in his early sees no hope and feels no desire. If days, Kipling sang of the passionate