THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 1 93I
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Books and Writers
THOSE BARREN LEAVES. By Aid.
o0s Huxley. 1925. New York.
George It. Doran Co. $2.50.
"Ile is grandson of Thomas
Huxley, the great Huxley, nephew
of Mrs. Humphrey Ward, and
grand-nephew of Matthew Arnold.
He spends half the year in Italy,
the other half in England, and
writes all the time. From study
he nearly lost his eyesight. . .,"
---from the Publisher's
Out of the Mouths.- ,
THE PRINCE OP WASHIN('TON
SQUARE. By Harry F. Lisconib.
New York. Frederick A. Stokes.
Another enfant prodigue. Of
coures it is compared to The Young
Visiters. They are both supposed to I
have been written by children, butl
in justice to The Young Visiters, onel
must say that the similarity ceases,
Chiefly Pif fle
WILD) MARRIAGE. By B. H. Leh.
man. 1925. Published by Harper
and Brothers. $2.00.I
"Wild Marriage" lives up to its!
title and its hideous green and yel-
low jacket pretty effectively. It
leaves a general impression of chaos,
lurid and distasteful. You have the
feeling that the 'author flung his sit-
nations together and hurled hisf
This and That
FOLLOWERS of the genial criticj
William Lyon Phelps should greet
with gusto his new book, "Human
Nature and the Gospel," (Scribner's)'
announced for publication in the near
future. Phelps, best known as the ob-
server of "As I Like It," uses the
same method of approach in ,iis new
book as in his earlier "Humnan Na-
ture in the Bible."
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LAXLCa there. "The Boy Novelist" possesses people at each other, in a most dis-I
Guide to Reviewers. a phenomenal vocabulary and a cer- orderly mess. CRITICS are practically unanimous4
tain imitativeness, but the book is = in proclaiming Amy Lowell's new
All I can think to say in review of utterly lacking in that delightful There is a complete lack of- fine- biography of John Keats as a liter-1
this book is so clearly implied in the naivete, for one thing, which char- ness, restraint, poise, with just an ary work of merit. It is a. monumen-
booki oceryipie nteniee o oetig hc hr occasion gleam of piquant journal- tlaheeet n otismc
quotation from Mr. Doran's acterizes The Young Visiters. tal achievement, and contains much
helpful hints to hasty reviewers that ism. The flair of the book is this- fresh material concerning the poet,
olneesrtofigte The "novel" divides itself into at the picturesquely journalistic. TheIr
it seems only necessary to fling the . culled from Miss Lowell's vast pri-j
excerpt at what readers this sheet least six sections done in six genres theme and the characters are so ob- vate collection. Five of Keats' poems
may have and enjoin them to use the which are held together by the frail- vious that only a reviewer would and nine of his letters are published
minds God gave them. est and most tenuous of threads. The finish the book. It is a faculty novel for the first time. It is lavishly illus-
From the genealogy it is evident author was evidently deep in the of college life, with mouldering Cam- trated with new and unusual plates,
that Mr. Huxley is born to the purple Alger books while writing the first bridge traditions for a background most of which are from the Morgan,
,of literature and that he writes with five chapters. His hero is described and a rearing Harvard freshman for i Colvin and Lowell collections of
fluency and wit is therefore not re- as a "handsome, manly and superbly a protagonist. The character por- I Keatsiana. (Houghton-Mifflin)
markable; the Italian residence ac- muscled youth of fifteen" and is sur- trayal is vigorous enough.
counts for the local color of the pres- rounded by the entire Alger album,' Ela himself a rather fascinating . d. i
ent work; and his scholarly attain- the Professor, Rastus, the motherly young animal, having "private the- th author tended the best thig in
ments are only too evident to those widow, her "fascinating" daughter, the book to be a demonstration of
Botlak atricals in his head" his married en- teiaeuc fteisiuini
who will but open the covers of his Beatrice, Terry, a Crippled Bootblack, chantress; his moth-eaten profes- the inadequacy of the institution in
writings. Should Mr. Huxley contrive and Tony, the Bully. Abruptly our i ate; his eancpated dealing with the individual, who,
to gain favor with literary historians young author, modestly be-psuedo- mother, father; and his emancipated presumably, was an individual.
and thus preserve his name and ef- nymed as the Prince of Washington ; mother, who turns up un the last One does n'ot quarrel with the
forts for the mortification of scholars Square, delves into feminine psychol-d theason drinking raids and escapades of Har-
he will be edited with footnotes whose ogy. He discovers ""Flappers," of Quixotic, from marrying the woman rd Freshmen, but certainly it
copiousness may well rival those in which there seem to be two classes, he has compromised. She also man- seems a shame to (1 up the deli-
Herr Zeller's history of ancient phil- "respectful" and "disrespectable". He ages to be beautiful though fat. She cate charms of Cambridge in such a
osophy. uses slang which is already rather is quite the best thing in the book. slipshod fashion.
I am not going to be bothered with stale. Here, however, he writes from Although one has the misgiving that D. W.
the story of the book It is well. experience and shows himself a con-
known that a book reviewer is a robot scientious and relishful realist. He,
of sloth and weakness, all too will- describes two petting parties and the
ing to shuffle out of his rightful participants and reveals an aspect of
work by any means whatsoever. Mr. adolescent life which appears to be E
Doran's publicity manager panders
to these small vices by an insinuating really authentic.
description of the book which I ap- His righteous desire to reveal the new shipment
pend' to this review*. " disrespectable" flapper and her cake-
It is my public opinion that Mr. eater "compeer" in their true colors j
Huxley does not precisely or even leads him to stark but eloquent des- oBne enzol just
approximately know what he is about. criptions which are at times rather
The publisher's stuff maintains with startling to the bridling reader. For p
customary generosity that he makes the rest of his novel, however, he has p
"an assault on the whole scheme of relied upon the movies and his read-
modern life." On the whole scheme ing for inspiration and has acquired your engine fre
of modern piffle is more nearly right, a love of action for its own sake. In your en ineEfr
Discounting for the insularity of his six pages he deftly subjects Terry's usin this anti-kn
point of view as nearly as I am able bed-ridden mother to assault, rob- BIRTHDAYus
and extracting the generalities from bery, and death by fire; Terry is
his statement, it seems far more like- branded by Wing Sing, the China-
ly that he is satirizing an ungeneral man, goes insane, and is run overAdltL herthat's
diletante depravity. - -Ad to her happinessthats
Those Barren Leaves is a far ad- by a taxicab; Wing Sing is justlyI
struck by lightning; and Mr. Liscomb the thing to do
vance over Crome Yellow of such uni- ends the chapter.
que promise in its day. His power
to sustain the book at an abstract The narrative is certainly spirited,
height is improved almost to perfec- but there is a conscious imitative- Send her a real
tion. But that is an improvement 'ness, a precocity about it that creates Till Up a
over Antic Hay I doubt greatly. I an unpleasant impression of the BIRTHDAY
always felt that one of his greatest author. J. Stanley Hall has doubtless
gifts was that of being elegantly vul- turned over and over in his grave at CARD
gar, and that therefore Antic Hay is this appalling revelation of the mind
his monument to that talent. of the American child.Cd
It is this relatively absence of the R. W. Greeting Cards for all
risque in the present work that is so
disappointing. One recalls with favor ' * * * * * * * * *® Occasions at
from Antic Hay the breadth of sympa-
thy with human nature somewhat * Not Whether You Shall
reminiscent of Rabelais, and a certain . But Which Comrpany.2 ®1 0. D. MOtRRILL'S
wayward delicacy in these affairs a Cmpikel.D. M rRade
little like Restif le Breton. But this ® NORTHWESTERN 17 Nickels' Arade
time Mr. Huxley makes only some
wanton play on the Spanish verb UThe Statonery and
"rabear" (and that in a very learned * Phne807M Typewriter Store
manner.) Even his most gallant
episodes are conducted at such an " U U U U U U U U -
elevated and intellectual level as not
to quicken the circulation of the most
nice-minded.- r1TCIV1 C mr A RT TUXTrT" Cr1f1Tr'T' _
"TROUBADOR" is the title of Al- i
fred Kreymborg's autobiography, to I4
be brought out in March by Boni and
I iveright. He has also recently!
written "Madragola", a Florentine1
I romance, which is to be presented by
the Little Opera of America, as its1
* * *
One of the books published last
fall. that received less attention than
it merited was "The Spanish Farm"
by R.H.-. Mottram (Dial Press).-
Somehow or other, the book did not
catch hold in America as it did inj
England, possibly because a war at-f
mosphere pervaded the plot. .But the;'
recent awarding of the Howthornden!
Prize for 1924 to the author has
given enthusiastic readers of the book
reason to believe that it will at last
be acclaimed more widely.
* * *
DEAN INGE, "gloomy dean" of St.
Paul's, London, is coming to America
this spring to deliver the 'Beecher
1 lectures at Yale. It is reported that
he may visit the Middle West.
RAFAEL SABATINL, hailed from
f time to time by various critics as "a
modern Dumas," or a "modern Wilkie
Collins," or even as "the prince of all
story-tellers," turns his 'pen to the
delineation of American History in
his new book, "The Carolinian"
(Houghton-Mifflin). "For a long
time," Sabatini writes, "I hesitated to
attack a phase of American history
as a subject to lay before the Ameri-
can public, lest these good friends of
-!mine should be afforded the means of
' discovering me for an imposter." How
successfully Sabatini has fared with
his new background is a question
of odorless Knock-
ers eagerly await.
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ROLI O WALTER BROWN, whose
book, "The Creative Spirit," will be
published by Harpers on March 18,
in an article on the creative spirit
and the American public in the March
issue of "Harper's Magazine," says:
Throughout the organized life of the
nation, chief consideration continues
to be centered upon the overfed, un-
productive, and but passively appre-
ciative group. The members of this
group, it must be remembered, are
living always from the point of view
of consuming, of satisfying them-
selves; therefore they are always
iently upon the creative spirit, wheth-
er this spirit appear modestly or in
genius, we must shift the center of
BRUNO CASSIRER is publishing a
German edition of Lewis Mumford's
Sticks And Stones (Boni and Liver-
ight) this spring, with an introduc-
tion by W. C. Behrendt, editor of
Neubau, the journal of modern archi-
tecture in Germany.
MARJORY STRACHEY,. sister, of
Lytton Strachey, has written a life
of Chopin in the style of a biographi-
cal novel under the title of "The
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asking for something and are very Nightingale." The book will be pub-
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* Mrs. Lillian Aldwinkle, an English
lion-hunter (in the social sense), has
taken a castle in Italy, where she en-
tertains a rather extraordinary house-
party in the hope that she will be able
to repeat some of the romantic epi-
sodes of her youth. There is Miss
Thriplow, who writes every night in
her diary; Mr. Carden, a relic of a
former flirtation of his hostess's, now
in a penniless and disillusioned old
age; Falx theGuild Socialist, who is
shocked repeatedly; Mr. Calamy,
forty with a remorseful weakness for
women; Lord Hovenden, an immature
youth who fall in love with Irene,
Mrs. Aldwinkle's niece; and Chelifer,
poet and journalist, for whom his
hostess conceives a violent and inef-
Thus broadly characterized, the per-
sons of the cast of this remarkable
drama progress inevitably through the
plot, each in his own way. The tale
is amusing as Huxley is always; the
situations which arise, their small
climaxes, and the final denouement !
are all written at the top of the young
Englishman's form. Huxley is a sat-
irist of morals and imanners without a
leer. He writes sincerely of human-
ity's gentle idiocies, and makes a skil-
ful assault on the whole scheme of
modern life-mental, spiritual, sexual,
social, and commercial.
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of the University of Michigan
Announces a Free Lecture o
John W. Doorly, C. S. B.
Sarah Caswell Angell Hall
On the Campus
Sunday Afternoon, March 8, 1925
4:00 O'clock P. N.
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