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Thomas Beer Books and Writers P

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Our Past
SAN DOVAL. By Thomas Beer. Knopf.
A .)ast is something that the young,
being without it, desire and to which
the old, of whom it Leas long been an
adjunct, become calloused. These
States have had a past for some yearsj
now, but the fabricators of fiction(
have only just tumbled to that knowl-
Of course, the various wars of our
history have been exploited in cos-
tume novels time and again; but it
is within recent years that the pastf
has been employed for more than ro-i
mantic glamour. Joseph Hergesheim-r
or was one of the first to make capital'
of the early American scene; he ap-r
preciated the fact that there were cer-
tain forces which existed in the pasti
history of our own country, which didI
not occur again, and which were gen-r
uinely dramatic. It is perhaps not tooI
much to hope that such a sense oft
perspective in the writers oft a coun-I
try point to the beginning of an in-,
trins cally national culture,
All that has been said of Mr. Herg-I
esheimer may be subscribed beneath1
the name of Thomas Beer. In San-
dval he has fastened upon the period,
following the Civil War and upon an
incident arising out of that period and
of the two has made a story.
Mr. Beer ,is so conscious an artist
that he is more aware of it than we
and fairly succeeds in distracting our
attention from his suave and jewelled
Not all this evidence of style is due,
however, to careful writing. His
m ethod of presentation is implicated.
The vehicle of his narrative is the
hero's mind; the method is intro-
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Ma Jong
TO WIN AT MA JONG. By Elmer Moe O Malar
Dwiggins. Published by Elmer'
Dwiggins. $1.00.
To those who play Ma Jong this book Pascal Covici (once of Covici-Mc-
by Mr. Dwiggins, who is popularly Gee) arnounces for October fifteenth
known, he says as Pa Jong Dwiggins, _ The Kingdom of Evil by Ben Hecht.
should prove intensely interesting and it purports to be a continuation of the
instructive. The author has developed jouralts tazius tatre The
what might be termed without exager- journal of Fantazius Mallare. The ┬░il-
watmight bne temewthouthy exa lustrations (twelve) are by Anthony
ation an entire new philosophy of Ma Angarola and are very weird, if we
Jong which may be stated brifly ascangeanrterympeirdtfus.
follows:. "Go for the limit hands, and Th dge-lrb t and wort of
if you miss them then for the largest The pre-blurb is art and worthy of
number of doubles. Be satisfied to
lose often, if you can occasionally win Mallare, his brain alive with a lyric-
remarkably big hands!" al and poignant hatred of life, writes
Dwiggins maintains that the way to the history of his five years beyond
win at Ma Jong is to draw to the big the papier-mache boundaries of what
hand. He has figured out that the is called Civilization.
reason the high hands seem so scarce His Journal, in which his madness
.i sings again, in which his snakelike
is that people very seldom recognize phrases lash out at the sexual bog
them on sight. He has made a neat phrard lash out a h sea
table of the Limit hands, indicating eItoward which life draws him, leaves
which of them score big even when behind this time, however, the psycho-
they fail of completion. This table is logical melodrama which ikatished
so arranged as to enable a player to the adventures in the book called
recognize the limit hands even when Fantazius Mallare.
they occur in some of the more ob- Mallare tells of a strange land to
scure forms. He has also included a which he was taken. Here on a vol-
neat table showing the advantage of a canic island hidden in a far sea, Dr.
solo in cases where the other players Sebastien, a creature with a mon-
are playing either skip-duals or con- strous and magical -mild has as
secuitve duals or trebles. These sit- sembled a group of three hundred men
uations are easily recognizable, of and women stolen from the world. I
course, to the skilled player who Here, removed from human ties and
watches the discards. Dwiggins ad- corrupting worldly relationships, with
vhmorality and all the other apologetic
The othier part of the book explains philosophies wiped from the souls of{
aytem otfr playin wth White Dags its inhabitants, flowered a Renais-
a system of playing with White Drag-1 sauce, monstrous and incredible; a
.sBacchanal of progress which convert- I
poker is sometimes played with deuces ed matter into fantasy and changed life
wild. The system iswelordou
dm well worked-out into a grotesque and scientific dream.
technically as is the entire work. The Kingdom of Evil, its spinning
windows and floating towers hovering
Thomas Boyd's second novel "The over its demoniac streets, filled the
Dark Cloud (Scribner's) has gone in- hidden island with the mirage of its
to a secdnd printing within a week wonders.
of its 'publication. Of this place Mallare writes. Of

Kora, the earth woman, for whom Dr. CohcernigTomas Beer Got off by Good Old pseudo-Eliza--; Mary Borden, English, author of
Sebastien created the Kingdom. Of bethan Chris Morley in his recent Jane our stranger and a new book to
mind-childr RtraigroaJduarnewistok t
the men who became beasts and the As Who's Who says, b. Nov. 22, 1889 d be published by Knopf this month,
beasts who became men. Of the un- at Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Carl Van- The more existence of newspapers Threo Pilgrims and a Tinker, an-
canny orgies with which the new God Vechten, another Westerner who went a proo oth epaiae inst nounces to he wide-wide world that
was worshipped. Of his own struggle east, young man, first saw the light in one another which implies that we sex-interest is no longerpredominant
with Sebastien for the love of the sui-' of day at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.) He i n nte hc mle htw c-neeti olne rdmnn
phurous-eyed and Satanic Kora. And was educated at the Mackenzie school, are all gossips together. Gossips are in the novel of today. D. H. Lawrence,
finally of the Debacle, of the night New Haven, and at the Law school at people who have only one relative in copy.
when The Kingdom of Evil, like a Columbia. e has been a law clerk, common, but that relative the highest__ _ _ _
possible; namely, God.
fire-breathing dragon, slid into the sea first lieutenant in the Field artillery 'Thomas Man, to our mind the best
and vanished forever, and on the staff of the 87th Division This is the higher criticism. made.: German writer now being
in France during the late war. Hee. era rtr o en
In this macabre fantasy Ben Hecht F. He t a-siated, will publish througl Knopf
has surpassed the imagery and violent has written for Century, Smart Set John Galsworthy's new novel, "The next string Death in Venice, a short
tempo of Fantazius Mallare. The (under the heliogabalan reign of White Monkey," will be published byj novel first appearing in his country
Kingdom of Evil is the second volume Mencken and Nathan) and the Satur-' Charles Scribner's Sons on October in Dial.
in the Mallare trilogy. Although writ- day Evening Post, among others. ie 24. It reintroduces several characters1-
ten in the spirit cf the first it is, how- has published two books (Knopf)- of "The Forsythe Saga." Subscribe for The Michigan Daily
ever, complete in itself, its pages r e Fr Rewards a novel, and
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Mary Garden will appear as the
Madonna in "The Miracle," at the
Century theatre during the last few;
weeks of its run there. It is planned
to take "The Miracle" to Cleveland
sometime in November.:

Gil Boag is to open a little theatre
somewhere on Park avenue, New
York, in which he will foster a little
theatre group during the early hours
of the evening, and which will serve
as sort of cabaret during the rest of
the night. Gilda Gray, Mr. Boag's
wife, will be the leading attraction
after midnight.

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