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PAGE SIX THE MICHIGAN DAILY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1922
humored jest when opportunity pre- jewel, whether it serves to illustrate
~ ~ V vI Tsea~ts himself. Moreover, he knows his comment on the -quality of the
o o k s " a nI"1r t s material. And what does not Titer under discussion or to cast
{ /j t~lknowhe isnot ahove gaining irons some light upon the place he holds in
"Who's Who," both English and literary circles. And the setting it-
FOR RICHER, FOR POORER "After all," soliloquizes the hero, American. He is frankness person- Iself is firm and solid, holding the quo-
HrlE.A stog "marriage can be no finer, no better, iified. tation so tightly, and so smoothly
Harold H. Armstrong " g a withal, that each seems almost a part
To the naturalistic literature of the than the two people it unites. Mar- But his comment is too limited t of the other.
sommonplace Earold H. Armstrong, riage is personal, individual; you can't be worthwhile. The nature of his If one is of the type spoken of by
pseudonymously Henry G. Aikman, generalize much about it." task excludes him from commenting Hr. Timothy Tubby in his "Journal,"
has contributed "For Richer, For DORIAN G. SAYDER- critically upon the quality, artistic or (which has been appearing in The
Poorer," (Knopf) a uniquely interest- otherwise, of the work of the writers Bookman), unable to believe that a
ing novel of matrimony. Mr. Aikman "WVIEN WMINTER COMES TO MAIN he speaks about in his pages. If he man can write until his personality is
is to be remembered for the author- STREET" alludes to the art of the Doran writers an open book to him, "When Winter
ship of "Zell;" and a more obscure By Grant Overton ,at all he must do so only favorably, Comes to Main Street" is just the book
novel' of the Detroit automobile in- "When Winter Comes to lain so that, in general, he wisely feels ft to meet his need. Indeed, it pretends
dustry, "The Groper." Street," a book of gossip about liter- to be the better course to deal with to be nothing more than gossip about
The Aikman mystery, which, since ary men and women, is published by biographical details and pure exter- literary People, and it is no better
the publication of "Zell," has inter- George H. Doran Co., dedicated to nalities. After all, the main thing is than it pretends to be. The pictures
ested us, was made patent by Mr. George H. Doran himself, ("who had to get the book and the author before it presents are pictures, not portraits;
Knopf with the release of the present the idea"), and deals exclusively with the public. Other writers and other but they are intimate and interesting,
work. I need hardly say that Harold George H. Doran writers. Under such books are better suited to take sides.. In general the book is entertaining,
Armstrong is a 1905 graduate of Mich- conditions one hardly has a right to I There isa. fund of information, more attractively printed, nicely bound, and
igan, was a reporter on The Daily, a expect anything which cannot be cor- or less. interesting and more:sr less enbellislied with rather good prints
a football nap.had am abho relce for redtly classified under propagqnda, or, new, scattered broadcast. upon the' o severa authors. The purpose ' f
becoming a 4terary 4eclire; and has if you w1'lfto be'etirely.(andid. ad- book's creamy pages. If it is for in- the sketches is not noble, .not pro-
been a Detroit attorney for the past vertising. formation concerning Doran authors found, not inspirational, but it cannot
fifteen years. He resides temporarily The book's title, a combination of that you are looking, this is the boole be said that this purpose, however
in New York. the names of what have been consid- for you. And Doran authors are trifling, has not been served.
There are two things that the au- ered two of the best novels of the last many. Among them you will find, if M. A. K.
thor seeks to do: first, to delineate two years, attracts attention, which is you go down the index, such strange
the character of Kenneth Gramling, evidently what it is intended to do. associates as James E. Agate, C...E. "Gargoyles," by Ben Hecht, (Boni &
the meticulous dreamer, and reveal Outside of this virtue it is difficult to Andrews, Elizabeth Asquith, (Prin- Liveright) is a frank narrative of the
his final emersion from the passive find any excuse for it. The rather in- cess Bibesco), Margot Asquith, Olive artificial life existing in any larger
shell; second, to demonstrate the genious attempt of the advertising Roberts Barton, William Rose Benet, city in America. Ben Ttecht will be
sordid but veritable axiom that mar- copy on the paper cover to connect Arnold Bennett, Heywood Broun, remembered as the author of "Erik
riage to be successful, granting the up the need of "Main Street" with the Thomas Burke, Robert W. Chambers, Dorn."
couple to be most congenial, must long, cold nights "When Winter Irvin S. Cobb, Joseph Conrad, and so
t have a foundation of cold cash, and Comes" is too thin to be plausible. on down the alphabet. Who these
a rather strong foundation, too. Nor To my mind this book of comment men are, what they have written, and,
is this latter the ultimate purpose for on good, bad, and indifferent writers more particularly, what of theirs is
which the novel was written. It is is obviously trying to gain the pub- about to be published by Doran in the
incidental to the narrative. ic's attention by claiming relation- near future, such is the subject mattes
The setting is, I think, Detroit. ship to two books which have already of "When Winter Comes to Main
Certainly not, as one reviewer con- met public approval. This sort of Street."
tends, New York. Of course I have, dodge is hardly the thing one expects One' thing Overton does to perfec-
basis from Doran, even Doran the adver- tion. He introduces quotations where
no positive bssbeyond the evidencser
that Gramling and Miriam, his fiancee, tiser. they will do the most good. I mean
stand gazing at a boat which is mak- The writing is clever enough, to be this seriously. He has a happy facul-
ing its way up the river for Duluth. sure. Grant Overton is sprightly and ty of choosing an interesting quota
But the spirit of the whole is Detroit: entertaining, full of amusing incident, tion and setting it down in his con-
there are just such law offices, apart- quick enough at making a good I text so that it shines there like a
ments, sweltering days, and similar
adjacent towns as West Haven. - _ -- - -
Kenneth K. Gramling, in part one,
is a law clerk In one of the city's old-
est Yer elhlegal establishments. He hasA Ba erY r orH a hPoo hrs
great ambitions and intentions, which Y For Health Polo Shirts
never materialize because of his ter-- An early selection of shirts
ror of contact with the world. He - ha advanages
extenuates, procrastinates, does ev- g = has many advantages.
erything to avoid trying a case. Then Gain Physically as well as M entally You have a wider choice of
comes Miriam Shaw, the daughter of Youhavea.ost der materil
a bankrupt scoundrel, but an Intel- the most desirable materials
ligent, amiable woman. Even though which cannot be duplicated.
she lsfet has decided ir arry n D rink M ore Pure M ilk You are certain to have new
heiress, he proposes to Riimwhen Shrswe-ouwn hm
she lets down her hair. Shirts when you want them,
Marriage does not make the hero and this detail of your
more intrepid, but instead, he fears Wardrobe has been attend-
that his wife will discover his coward- And insist on its COming fo the ed
liness. Domestic disturbances . begin o.
on account 'of Gramling's fancied
wrongs, and at times we should feel A Pa ces $ more
Intensely gratified were his wife to n n ' u the p
up, the moths devour Miriam's best 4 dn'
fur coat, finances run lower, and like, D ALDSON
wise Gramling's courage, until finally, - 22 S. State St.
he comes home one evening to learn
that his wife is unconscious in a chari- Phone 424 Near Goldman's
ty ward of the city hospital. It takes N
rather a stiff blow to knock some ag- ,.IuiniituNiInh[invlilohUinlilIur1nuuI11illIll1ItlillulllllilvlF
gressiveness into him; but everythin
ends felicitously.
Although I am averse to compari-
sons, it is only justetocadmit that RoneIO A P A R A
wilntfind the delicate child pay- AI P[
chology, the irony and the quaint _
characters, that lifted "Zell" to a
place beside Floyd Dell's "Moon Calf."1CO E I AN L OK T SE V R.
"For Richer, For Poorer" has, hw- COME IN AND LOOK THESE OVER
ever, Kenneth Gramling and a number
of scintillating miniatures, which are
traced with satisfying artistry. GREBE RECEIVERS WESTINGHOUSE RECEIVERS
Mr. Armstrong is admittedly are- REMLER PARTS RADIO CORPORATION
porter. The atmosphere of the law W S E NE E T I O KRT P A A U
office, which is presented so lucidlyi WESTERN ELECTRIC WORK RITE APPARATUS
usly tie ,n FrPo rrer wa ompres- FROST HEAD SETS BALDWIN HEADSETS
sion and reaction. But reporters have BRANDES HEADSETS BALDWIN LOUD SPEAKER
an innate preference for content over MURDOCK HEADSETS UNITS
style, frequently to the expunging of
the latter. Though there is none of MYERS TUBES { FEDERAL HEADSETS

the charming -music of the decadents
in the author's style, such a discrim- MICA DIAPHRAGMS FOR ALL MAKES OF PHONES
nating selection of words is evident
that his .prose is always robust.
"For Richer, For Poorer" is neither T K AND RADIO Arcade
a commercial epic 'nor a psycho- TE K ND RA I SUPPLY CO Theatre
analytic etude of matrimony. Those
long fatuous dissertations upon mar- PHONE 793-R 711 N. UNIVERSITY AVE
riage so popular among contemporary
leovelists are happily absent ....

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