SUNDAY, JULY 25, 1926
THE UMME MICIUANDAIL
SUNDA, L~LY 2, 19& TH SUM ER MCHIC N DALYIPGIMUMS.i
While still writing for the old ratei NOTES
0. Henry came to William Johnson The trustees of Amy Lowell's estate
Ideas editor of the World, and told have announced that the $1000 Pulit-
him he did not see how he could go zer award for her book of poems,
on writing for such a small sum. 1"iWlhat's O'clock" will be turned into
"I don't either," was the prompt amns- ithe scholarship fund for poets estab-
wer. "So we'll tear up the contract lished by the conditions of Miss Low-
on one condition-that you write me ell's will, and by which recipients of
Christmas story at the old rate." \ help from the fund will be enabled to
"You're on, Colonel," O. Henry travel.
Answered, and that is how that wo)-
ilerful story, "The Gift of the Magi" Autumn is not far off with its-de-
a_ to be written. Kluge of new books, and publishers are
preparing for an unusually good sea-
A M H E R S T UNDERGRADUATE
VERSE ,1926: Compiled by David
Iorton; iMarshall Jones Company,
We Middle-Westerners are inclined
to scoff Eastern college "culture"; but
some of their ideas are good. "Am-
herst Undergraduate Verse, 1926" is
the second annual anthology of poetry
written by students of Amherst Col-
lege. Most of the poems, as the Edi-
tor's Note informs us, are first tested
in the meetings of the Amherst group
of the Poetry Society of America,
where undergraduate aspirants em-
phasize and criticize each others
ideas on love and co-education, and
other pertinent topics. Many of them
appear-in "Amherst Writing", an occa-
sional college magazine comparable
to Michigan's "Inlander". David Mor-
ton, the compiler, is evidently an en-
courager of production, but not a hin-
derer to originality. He himself is a
poet of several volumes and a well-
The poems are fresh and obviously
collegiate. They are the expression of
anyone's thoughts who is hurrying
through the evanescent days of study-
ing and life at college; sonnets, qua-
trains, and stringy things which look
like a prehensile tail affixed to the
title; love, nature, college observa-
tions, even "Football." Some of them
would. do full justice to "T)asted
Rolls", while others would be a great
help to the "Inlander." If they are
open imitations, they are worthy ones;
if they are undeveloped, still they
Amherst's idea is a pleasant one.
As far as we know, it is original; cer-
tainly it is worthtemulating. It is an
encouragemnent to original effort,
which every college needs.
"THE GIFT OF THE MAGI" was
written by 0. Henry in order to break
a long term contract which The New
York World was paying him much
less than his stories were worth be-
cause of their sudden popularity.
ROLIA'S JOURNEY TO CAMBRIDGE
by John 1. Wheelriglit ;and Frederic
J. Stimson. Iiollghton 31Ifflin Com-
"Rollo's Journey to Cambridge" is a
delightful, rollicking parody on the
Rollo books of Jacob Abbott which en-
thralled our fathers when they were
young. The story first appeared in the
sonl. Doubleday, Page announces at
least five titles of major significance.
"Debits and Credits" is noteworthy
because it is Mr. Kipling's first book
in a number of years. Joseph Con-
rad's "Life and Letters" by G. Jean
Aubry is also listed. The fiction sea-
son starts with Edna Ferber's book
of the Mississippi river, "Show Boat",
and is followed by Ellen Glasgow's
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'Harvard Lampoon in 1879-80, and it is "The Romantic Comedians", a blow
exactly the sort of thine clever under- to the time-worn legend of Southern
graduate editors would write to fill chival". and Jian Street's novel of
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tisements in their magazines.
The authors, or Edward S. 1artin, For his new book, "Studies From
of Life, who writes the introduction, Nine Literatures," Ernest Boyd has
cannot vouchsafe the authenticity of
the historical facts in the story. It
is highly probable that the Harvard
campus never saw such characters as
the Chinese professor, who ran a laun-
dry in connection with his professorial
(uties, the jovial wisecracking D)ean,
and the bounding form of the Regis-
trar. However, the witty and plucky
Rollo and the correct Mr. George are
quitenrealistic --after the Abbott
The book is somewhat shallow, but
itgis highly imaginative and interest-
ing to read when time hangs heavy.
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authors to discuss, and includes writ-
ers of France, United States, Germany,
Ireland and other countries. Charles
Scibner's Sons.will publish the book.
Under the banner of Knopf, H. L.
Mencken will publish his fifth vol-
time of prejudices. Journalism, sex
and William Jennings Bryan will lec-
ture the book.
LONDON.-liss Margaret Bondfield
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Congress, is again a member of Par-
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