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Van Ihcren McBride. $1.00. M
For the average reader acquainted er
with James Branch Cabell only as the Ir
author of "Jurgen" there is need for co
something in explanation of him, need he
for a book which will analyze and ne
clarify his work, and find for him fir
his rightful place in modern letters. va
It is sheer pedantry to do this with its
most writers, but there is much about Ce
Mr. Cabell's writing that needs ex-
planation. Mr. Van Doren's book, al es:
though in some respects it seems a wi
bit superficial, is nevertheless an im- ce
measuiable help to the reader who, of
having read perhaps one or two o1 be
Cabell's storieso feels the need o1 oh
some support before he plunges into G(
another. ar
Mr. Cabell's place is peculiar. For fu
some fifteen years, he held quietly to th
his work of producing for a small but tm
very enthusiastic audience, one after m
another of exquisite romances. He ts
was not generally known: a condition sa
which satisfied completely this most id
urbane of romancers; for he was do- ia
ing exactly what he wanted to do; in
he was building for himself and his in
privileged small audience "a country ca
n which men, fettered as they may ba
be by space and time, by good and evil, e
dream triurnpbantly beyond them" t)
and he cared not at all what the rest
of the world thought about them. it
Then one day Mr. John Sumner, w
whose business it is to read books to
with an eye to their effect on the di
young, chanced to come across "Jur- e
gen." In -it he found several passages le
which fitted but poorly into his con-s
ception of what is bight: and there h(
ensued much litigation, the only re-
sult of which was to send Jurgen
finally into edition after edition, and
to create around Mr. Cabell an of- er
fensive legend. People bought Jurgen is
and read it behind locked doors. Not "
understanding it, they did not bother of
to explore further among his other C:
works. lii
So that now Mr. Cabell is slipping A
back into his old place as a writer of t'
romances for the few, a weaver of so
tales which, when once the key is d
found, have exquisite charm. This is s
all as it should be. ti
Mr. Van Doren's purpose is to ex-,
plain and sum up Cabell's work, to
bring coherence into what must, to
the casual reader, appear chaotic. To
this end, he divides his essay into
three parts, labeled: Cabell Minor;
Cabell Major; and Scholia. The
firs-Cabell Minor-deals with the
author's earlier work, his short stories,
and those longer stories which do
not fit so directly into the schemeI
which, Mr. Cabell has outlined for
The second discusses what Mr. Ca-
bell calls his Biography: by which he
means those volumes which tell the t
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ventures of Dom Manuel and his.- THE REVIEWER
e, in the magical land of Poictesme. It seems odd to review The Review-
. Van Doren analyzes this major er; but odd only until one recalls
rk with sympathy and care. I Attention MrNathan Magazines that H. L. Mencken has written an1
nk he penetrates most closely into l 1lye ky JLkessay entitled"Critics of Criticism
reasons which brought (ahell to of Criticism." However, The Review-
ate Poictesme, and Manuel and -___ -_____ _-___ er, a staunch and meaty quarterly
rgen, and hr lovely wome--Du e PROCESSIONAL.' By John Howard THE DIAL (publication in Chapel Hill, N. C.-ergo
alicent, Dorothy1aDesir h uenev- s The Dial, that most complacently devoted largely to the South and to M
ean al h ohes whnhesavs awsn hmsSlte,$.0 heData os opaetySouthern letters,-deserves .a word11
, and all the ,teasw fr sas t A play 'read is always less con- aesthetic of magazines, comes upon lotworo prais.
n the universe, at least sar as it .., or two of praise. lC
.cerns itsel . with men and woen, vincing and stirring than a play seen; us once more. In this April issue it
Ce ids htthe ne on- it is because the art of the actor, the maintains that same serenely lofty, The current number leads off with a i
gigabe elemnts romane,'the -art of the director, the art of the! standard which it set for itself no one stimulating essay on "Lincoln: A S
t and loveliest saughter of human Istage-designer must all be added to knows how long ago, distributing with Southern View." We of the North e
st by whvelicst mankind is deuei, the art of the dramatist before the the same lofty hand its usual pearls subscribe to the legendary view of
yelf eagerly taking part in the e- full effect of the play can he realized. I There are several excellent thigs I'ncoln-an almost inhumanly good b
etmn eandris t grt i xalthed - j But of one thing I am sure: and that in this issue, chief, perhaps, among and honest and wise and brave man, k
The third section of Mr. Van Doren is that even with half-decent produc- them being a short story by Carl a man of one purpose. When one
Tay ti csnerne oMr. orenfical~ stion "Processional" must be a really Sandberg, in his very best manner; a stops to think how diligently Lincoln)
th Cabell's theory 1 mlife, and with magnificent thing. tender and wise story, with just a has been pumped into us, through the'
hrtain of the more technical aspects Mr. Lawson has taken as the site touch of that pathos which he knows Gettysburg Address, through our high 7
his work. His discussion of Ca- I for his drama a small town in West so well how to use. There is a story, school American History, through all v
hl's deliciously muddled mythC- Virginia during a coal strike. His too, by Conrad Aiken; not so good, those quaint anecdotes with which we t
cgy-in which he crates his own theme is the familiar capital-labor to be sure, as Sandberg's, but a very hvae been acquainted from our earli- o
ods and Goddesses when no stano- theme,, intermingled with sub-themes good story. Better than one finds in est days, it is not surprising that we t
ds ond ses willitthe n eis dght- of love, lust, mother-love (and even some other magazines. should look- up to him as one whoi
d. While his discussion of the man's mother-lust) war, communism, and A little article by Clive Bell pur- stands ocheane t belo Christ
ilosophy is summed up in a quota- Ku Klux Klan. These ,themes he ports to show that Freud, excellent Mr. Archibald Rutledge gives us the
n from 'Cabell himself: "Indeed, the weaves into an epic fabric that is diagnostician of dreams though he be, thrsdof our Ninlh the
ost prosaic of materialists proclaim America incarnate, shouting, swear-- is out of his element when he holds Iwh tob ewing s on , t
ing, weatig. Iforth on at. Freud, seerms, says that w "ho loved his story and his joke, but
at we are all descended from an in- ing, sweating. who' had,' withal, an abundance of i
ne fish, who somehow evolved the His handling of the capital-labor authors are simply ,releasing their go d had,- wh pan abundacet o
ea that it was his duty to live on theme is not the one that has simul- pent-up repressions (or whatever they good sense. He paints a sympathetic
nd, and eventually succeeded in do- taneously become conventional and are called), pouring forth their the man than is usually met with.
g it. So that now his earth-tread- dull in modern literature. It is not I dreams into prose. Clive Bell main- ther arnsevurallyx'met it
g brogeny manifest the same illogi- an Upton Sinclair drama, with stupid tains that stories are not of the stuff There are several-excellent critcaltl
Li aspiration toward heaven, their ranting and heart-rending exposes of that dreamns are made on, and spouts artic on thesiteref , Suth,
tnkruptcy in common-sense may, the wretcher condition of the poor. proof to support his argument. t too ery fair.ti a ras, thon
en by material standards have much There is a ranter in the play-a Pole Then, of course, there are the book the whole very fair. At any rate, they
e same increditable result." (of whom one of the American char- reviews, those haughty pages in whi t nsomething n
astrs ays 'Een hisdiry PleJon Glswrlh an hi il ar als.often found in .our northern period-
As Mr. Van Doren so ably proclaims, acyssy: Ee hs itpoe onClwetyadhitl r eas.
is this same "illogical aspiration" got a mother, don't it beat all?'); but cilessly exposed as mountebanks. We icals.
hich caues ae l a spnlike im whenever the Pole begins to rant he had supposed The White Monkey to be Verse by Henry Bellamann, Robert
write romances; an(l it is in their is cut off by his audience, who don't an unco bood tale (as Donn Byrne Hilyer, Clinton Scollard, - Don Setz,
vie disasaon tt thir r understand the meaning of the word would have it); but no. It is a tawd- needs no comment.
sfin di their satisfathan their read- 'Proletariat', and tell him so. Labor, ry thing. Still. . . . the reviews are And, as the quarterly's name would
t into a life of love and adventure in Mr. Lawson's play, is not the always a joy to read, whether ono imply, there are many reviews.
cas thismundane world can never dreary collection of stupid idealists agrees with their dicta or not.
that- other writers have portrayed. -
old forth. M. . They fight, and magnificently, too Lawson's observation of the Ameri- ARMOLTS 0. S 0
The play is expressionistic in form can language is in the main accurate, GRALUAT AND REGITERED
Some of the motet important Am-which permits of as great and hetro- we cannot quite swallow such a lineOhirapo
ican political histpory ever written geneous a cast as were in "Beggars as 'Them fellers mean you no good' di t l t
aproiedbti hery pulsers wite on Horseback," and produces the same . . . . But, we confess, we do Mr. 707 N. University Ave Phone 2526
promised by the publishers in thefantastic effect as did parts of that Lawson an injustice. Just now when
Selections from the Correspondence work. A jazz band of miners is we were hunting for a bad quotable
Theodore Roosevelt and Henry heard intermittently on the stage! line, with nothing to guide us but a
abot Lodge, 1884-1918," to be pub- and off, all through the play. Capital general impression of inaccuracy, we
shed by Charles Scribner's Sons on is represented by a 'Man in a Silk were unable to find any that were
pril 3rd. For tiuty-four years, the Hat'. The women in the play are ter- not pardonable as the result of educa-
wo uen wrote to Each other nab- rible nd elemental-the men also . tion. Some of the lines are perfect:
luteIti naturss ha t e letter The total effect of the play is over- "You ain't in that's all you're out",
ence. It is natural that their letters whelming; but some of the details for instance.
houdd be full of significant revela- are annoyingly unsatisfactory. Even And as for Mr. Nathan, who razzed
ion ave af ier defnit Io teacoooepfthnorioeiopeeshswllrbal lv t eg'tY
ons and of interesting opinions, allowing a good deal fo-r the ingenuity the play in at least two of his mouth-
oosevelt wrote to Lodge in 190&: of the actor, some of the more poeticlpieces, he probably live to regret
"I have a very definite philosophy lines of the coal miners sound a little it.'
about the Presidency. I think it fishy, a little literary; and while Mr. J. C. I
should be a very powerful of ie, an Everyone agrees
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This and That
On the 20th of March Houghton
Mifflin Company will publish the fol-
owing books: "Obedience," by Mi-
hael Sadleir, a novel of English life
in the eighteen-sixties; "The Best
Stories of Sarah Orne Jewett," select-
d and arranged with a preface by
Willa Cather; "The Venture," a new
book of poems by Jean Kenyon Mac-!
kenzie; "New Poems," by John Drik-
water; "Reminiscences of a Fiddle
Dealer" by David Laurie, and "Lin-
oln the Litigant" by William 1-.
Townsend in a Limited Edition. They
will also issue new and attractive edi-
tions of William Bellamy's "A Century
of Charades" and of "So You're Going!
-o Paris" by Clara E. Laughlin.
* * 'I

John Muir, who has devoted to the
mountainous West the kind of en-
thusiasm that John Burroughs ex-
pended on the Catskills, was a valiant
fighter in behalf of the conservation
of natural resources. It was largely
due to his influence that the Yosemite
Valley and the Grand Canyon of the
Colorado became national property.
The story, with details hitherto un-
published, is told by Dean William
,Frederic Bade, of the Pacific School
of Relgion at Berkeley, California, in
his new "Life and Letters of John
j Muir." (Houghton Mifflin Company.)
Mr. and Mrs.' F. Scott Fitzgerald
will observe from Capri the reception
accorded.Mr. Fitzgerald's new novel,
"The Great Gatsby," which Charles
Scribner's Sons will publish April
10th Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald spent
ithe winter in Rome, and found the
Eternal City "uncomfortably cold."

Ellis Parker Butler is the greatest Samuel Merwin's "The Moment of
living authority on Birthdays. His' Beauty" recently published,,.is a vivid
latest book, "Many Happy Returns of, account of life behind the footlights,
the Day" recently published by Hough- Mr. Merwin writes that although the
ton Mifflin Company, recalls to mind characters are fictitious, the back-
his equally delightful "How it Feels to ground derives inevitably from the
be Fifty." Butler writes me that he back-stage atmosphere of the Murat
is celebrating eight birthdays year- Theatre as it was during the two sum-
ly-including that of his boy's dog. mers the author spent there.









338 Maynard

at One Man Says

that Ann Arbor Hills will be a delightful place to
ght just why this is true? Here are three reasons one
N ARBOR HILLS will be a happy community.








ction can be broken only by the vote of the owners
the land. Fresh air, light, play room and landscape
, dependable advantages in this community.








a third point, much more appreciated now than in








Of course he was thinking of the

t i " i r



conveniences, such as water and electricity, which we will provide for his

Nearly every American wants to own his own home. Further-
more he wants it to have beauty,, individuality, reasonable resistance
to depreciation and a cost within his means. This demand for
beauty combined with economy has developed a distinctively American
type of home architecture in the McClure Homes.

home. And he was thinking of the

healthful out-of-doors life for his



ar ni

"famed for
fr eshness"


wife and children as compared to the cramped way of city living. He is
a member of the adjoining golf club, so we suppose he was thinking how
he too will step onto the course at his convenience for an inexpensive round.
There may be more reasons why you should possess one of these
hundred and sixty building plots now> than why you should delay until they
increase to double the cost (as such property does).
Unless your observation of this development is more than a casual drive
over the streets you cannot begin to appreciate the finer things about it. We

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Peanut Brittle, 50c Lb.
Molasses Taffy, 50c
Variety of Easter Candy, 60c Lb.


invite you to phone us so we may bring contour and plan charts and tell
you more of Ann Arbor Hills.
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