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in 1895,

.IU IIIULUULU
'buI AUTHQRS
A graduate of the University
Mr. White spent the two suc-

mirable, and yet, avoiding the extrav-
agance of characterization which is'
so often a factor resulting in over-
emphasis, he paints Al's correspond-
ent with a touch of sobriety, and we'rc g i e h m a fci n l c i v -
recogniz him as a fictiona achieve
ment-simply because he is human.
Ex-Governor Osborne

Story Of Artist's Life Hidden In
Pages Of Iegham 's Khe Moon
And Sixpence"';} Writer Knews Genius

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iversity is, like its
omplete, but it pre-
a rather brief and'
few of those who
r known for having
which has received
urwood is perhaps
nown of our .'writ-
1 in Owosso, Mich-
11 makes his home,
start towards, liter-
journalistic circles
m years connected
ribune of Detroit,
he served in the
Cant editor and edi-
gnation, he took up
usively, and, inter-
Nort>hwst, he made
articular study.
first novel, "The
n Plum," was pub-
since that time his
appearing more or
s latest work, "The
attracted cgnsider-
praise. Teeming
rvor of the "great
r. Curwood's books
nt narrative theme
power of expres-
icularly commend-
ds rank among the
somewhat akin to
rt Edward White,
woods and "silent

ceeding years in the law school of
Columbia University, though he never
appears to have followed his profes-
sion to any great extent.
. "estetners" First
His first novel, "The Westerners,
made its appearance in 1901, and its
theme struck the keynote of the motif
which is carried throughout the au-
Lhor's works. It is that of a love of
the great outdoors, and through "The
Westerners," "Blazed Trail Stories,"
"The Riverman," "The Adventures of
Bobby Orde," and all of the rest, this
tone swells in a gently rising cres-
cendo until it becomes 'the dominant
and suggestive note of the author's
style.
Isaac Kahn Friedman, class of '93,.
a name perhaps not as well known as
those of Curwood and White, is, nev-
ertheless, 'one to which are credited
several interesting novels. Mr. Frjed-
man has been an extensive traveler
in Japan, China and Korea, and the
influence of the Far East is apparent
in his works. Among the better
known of these are "The Lucky Num-
ber," his first work; "Poor People,"
and "By Bread Alone."
Then there -is Ring Lardner, of
"You Know Me, Al," fame, whose
stories in -the Saturday Evening Post
are among the best character stulies
which late fiction has given us. There
is no mistaking the "busher." Mr.
Lardner has painted him with a hu-~
morous consistency which is most ad-

Former Governor of the State, ChaseC
S. Osborne, must not be overlooked i .
a survey of the University aspect
the literary field, and besides his ex-
haustive treatise in two volumes on
the "Andean Land," he has written
several shorter tales and articles
which have received favorable men-
tion.
In the dramatic field, J. Avery Hop-
wood stan'ds as one of Michigan's il-
lustrious sons and as a successful
Broadway farceur. If one can re-
member the spring of 1916, surely he
wi not fail to recollect "Fair and
Warmer" as pne of the most amusing
incidents in a season which brought
forth many successes.. We have a
most pleasant reminder of it each time
we see Madge Kennedy, the original
Blanny Wheeler, upon the screen,
while the picturized version of "Fair
and Warmer," with May Allison in
Miss Kennedy's (we recollect that she
is Mrs. Someone now, but no matter)
role was all that might have been ex-
pected of this most absurdly amusing
offarces. The stage version of- "Seven
Days" was also the result of Mr. Hop-
wood's genius along the farce linit,
one of his' first efforts, we believe.
We hesitate to enumerate even a
partial list of the University of Mich-
igan professors who have with their
wealth of excellent treatises, text-
books, and reports, and many 'et cet-
eras), added much to the broadening
scope of science and literature. We1
ar*already becoming alarmed at the
length which our article is assuming,
and fear that we must content our-
selves with the briefest and most cur-
sory review of a gubject which might
be treated in an entire volume *com-
pletpess were the end in view.
Robert Mark Wenley is one of the!
most notable figures in the University
field of authorship, and his philosoph-
ical treatises have been reckoned as,
among the most learned in his line.}
"Socrates and Christ," published in
1889, we believe to have been among
his first works, and his later publi-
cations include "An Introduction to
Kant," "The Anarchist Ideal," "Mod-
ern Thought and the Crisis in Belief,"
"The University Extension Movement
in Scotland,": and many others.
Hobbs Writes Books
William Herbert Hobbs, whose name1
is well known in the field of geology,
has lately broken away from the field
of his most interesting and- valuable
scientific treatises with a "Life of
Leonard A. Wood."
Fred N. Scott, head of the rhetoric
department, is the author of several
works upon writing and kindred sub-
jects, as well as the editor of many
others. As co-author of the Scott and
Denney text-book entitled "Paragraph
Writing," he is perhaps best known -
to students of the University. -
T. E. Rankin, of the rhetoric de-

By Steart T. Bach
. For those to whom painting is a vital
inter st, the latest novei by one of
Englend's older novelists, "The Moon
and Sixpence," will surely be rated
as of the first importance. Its title
gives no hint as to the nature of the
subject-matter of the book, and after
reading the book one is led to suspect
that the name is entirely allegorical,
though it seems that the figure is car-
jid a bit tod far.
However, this fact detracts nothing.
from the interest of the book, which
is of a more or less biographical na-
ture--1an attempt at atcoherent group-
ing of the sequence of events in the
life of Charles Strickland, recently
discovered genius -in the realm of
painting, and i'f we are to believe that
Mr. Maugham's characterisation of
him is correct, one of the strangest
artists the world has ever known.
Writes Persoal Idmlressiols-
Acquaintedoduring the early part of
his career as a novelist with Strick-
land, Mr. Maugham has given over the
pages of his intensely interesting book
to his personal impressions of the
painter, filling in the gaps in his life
with a few descriptive passages, and
finally giving the tragic story of his
death as it was told him by inhabitants
of the island of Tahiti, where the artist
spent his last days, and where he
achieved that contentment of . soul
which comes only after the accom-
plishment of an ideal.
What a'strangely repulsive creature
this Strickland is, as, gaunt, starving,
and with an almost inhuman disre-
gard for anyone in the world, includ-
ing, strangely enough, himself, he
stalks tragically through the pages of
the book, his entire life dominated by
b"t a single desire-the expression of
the beauty of life as he saw it, and
this passion "urge1l him hither and
thither. ]Ie was eternally a pilgrim,
haunted by a divine nostalgia,; and the
demon within him was ruthless.
How almost uncanny is his peculiar
partment, has placed several impor-
tant works to his credit, notably his
book on "The Study of Composition,
in which he collaborated with John
R. Brumm.
To the material of the French de-
partment, Dean John R. Effinger has
added1 several valuable treatises and
editions of French works. He is also
important for his Frenelf grammar,
compiled in conjunction with Prof.
Hugo P. Thieme. The lattea, is also
the editor of several French works,
besides being the author of a very ex-
haustive "Essai sur La Vers Fran-
cais" and other valuable books.
The editions of the works of Moliere
and otherrench writers by Professor
Moritz Levi are reckoned as among
the most thorough in this field. Pro-
fessor Levi, previous to extensive
study in Europe, received his degree
from the University here.

composure when, his body ravaged by
the scourge of leprosy, he paints calm-
ly and callously on, finally using the
walls of the but in which he lives,
when his canvasses are gone, and
there realizing the dream of beauty
which has finally carried him to the
South Sea Islands.
Author Skillful -
Mr. Maugham's skill is vivid, realis-
tic, and Strickland stands out in bit-
ter relief before us under the author's
skillful hand. He is as careful with
his minor characters as with the artist
who is his leading figure, and Mrs.1
Strickland is particularly well drawn.
And now comes "Noa Noa," whose
author, Paul Geguin, we are assured
is none other (than Charles Strickland,
writing his own autobiography ulder
a nom de plume. Yet it is not an en-1
tire biography of his life, either, but
merely deals with the years of his life
which he spent upon the island of
Tahiti with his native wife. It is not
a book capable of having been written
at a few sittings, and in fact its rather;
disconnected subject-matter leads one
to beleive that it was more or less of
an intermittent journal, kept by the
artist at different times as 'the mood
seized him, probably with no thought
of its future publication.
Startling As was the lie which Mr.
Maugham in his book pictured to us
(and his, impression is fully corrob-
orated in' "Noa Noa"), forbidding and
repulsive as was the character of the
man, there is in the terse, almost ab-
breviated phraseology of this, the
painter's autobiography, a kind of
savage beauty, a wild and care-free
something which seems to express
hat must have beep the inner soul
-of this sEtrangest ur ist of modern
times.

UULPIIL LU I lUl IR L1.UllI1 I L
lichiganensian Roasts of Some Re-
markable Reproductions
(By Tllomas E. Dewey)
Appearing with a 24-page scene sec-
tion on a special sepia paper and
printed in duotone ink, the 1920 Mich-
iganensian will have what is unques-
tionably the finest scene section of
any college annual in the country.
Featuring photographs of campus
buildings and local scenes, the art
work presents the best views obtain-
able of Ann Arbor, many of which
had to be taken two and three times
before the editors were satisfied.
With the cuts alone, running at
about$1T per page, the pictures them-
'selves costing about 60 cents, and the
special work done on the edges to
give them an artistic "slobber" effect
adding another dollar, this section
alone will cost more than $325. Extra
cost of paper and ink will make the
total of nearly $500.
SUCCESS AHEADof ANNUAL
Willis Blakeslee, '21L, Competent
Managing Editor-Elect
- "Willis Blakeslee, '21L, will, I be-
lieve, make the 1921 Michiganensian
the greatest yearbook in America."
Such is -the statement Bruce Millar,
present managing editor, made recent-
ly concerning next year's managing
editor-eloqt '
"Blakeslee," 'he said, "undoubtedly
knows more about editing a Michikan-
ensian than any other man who has
held the office in the past four Tears.
Combined with his experience he has
more than the usual number of orig-
inal ideas and amount of vision. He
has already started -work on the 1921
volume, keeping the photographic
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