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THE MTCHIGAN DAILY

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 1925

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WILD ASSES, by James G. Dunton.
Small Maynard. $2.00.
On the jacket, the publishers "con-
fidently predict that 'Wild Asses' will
be one if the most discussed first-
novels of the year." Be that as it
may,this reviewer hereby gives no-
tice that he will not be drawn into any
discussion whatsoever of the book.
Anyone who for a moment could con-
sider the book worth discussing must
be either a Harvard graduate or a
publisher's henchman, or both.

just one little insignificant speck in a I
big University-play the gaie as they
want to play it-you can't fail to make
good, and you'll be a damned good FirstCigarette
iman!" And Mr. Dunton adds, "Four
years it required for Riley to come to '--------- -
that precise conclusion. . . " SPRING FLIGHT. By Lee J. Smik.
* * * 1925.. Alfred A. Knopf. $2.50. 1
"Wild Asses" is very much like The quarter century now ending
"The Plastic Age", although it is a leaves a vast fund of source material
much more enlightened book than the for the literary historian, the aspir-
latter. It resembles "The Plastic ant to thesdoctor's degree. One can
' Age" in its photographic method and vision theses on the "Small Town in'
A nits taleable esap t i a i m.eTh e r the Middle W est, 1900-1925" or "The
in its saleable sensationalism. There Middle Class American Literature."
i a lot of drinking, necking, gambling,
Arching down from the king-pin of
all night cramming-and the omni- Sinclair Lewis are all varieties and
present "bull-session", as M'Ar. Marks conditibns of the autobiographic novel
called it. Riley is always spouting springing from the Middle West's call
radical platitudes about Life and to letters. Mr. Smits in the present
' Necking and Drinking and Educa- exhibit presents such a novel some-
tion-platitudes which should not im- what more removed from its original
press anyone except Riley's room- experience than is the custom of so
mates, but which Mr. Dunton naively ! many autobiographers.
expects will get the country by the The publisher's blurb furnishes the
ears. In this silly assumption he is word "picaresque" which perhaps most
supported by his publishers. clearly estaishes the manner of the

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Kenneth Farr is a neat picture of his and That
the man far enough ot of custom's
beaten path to be awar (J its sha ms;
but not willing enough to lose its --
benefits to (iiVOre limslI frOmi it Ut- Professor Frederic L. Paxson'sj
terly. A man less trammeled by his "History of the American FrontierE
upbringing would perhaps have taken 1723-1893" has just been awarded the
Farr's numerous amourous adven- Pulitzer Prize of $2,000 for the best
tures less conscio>usly. With lFar r American historical study published
they are always sinful, in 1924. This book, published last
It is to Mr. Sma it's advantage that fall, has received much favorable
he is not too serionus in the iresenta- connment from historians and laymen
tion of his s tory. The irony of the alike, and has already become one of
beginning and the conclusion where the standard text-books in its field.
the reader may scent yet another af- The Pulitzer Prize gives public con-
fair despite the hero's happily mar- firmation to the high excellence 01
ried repose is a saving grace of no Professor Paxson's book.
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also from miscellaneous writings such ture 'home environment' group, Thus
as "A Motley" and "The Inn of Tran- giving authors their, proper place in
quillity." Several of the stories in- the motion picture world along with
cluded have appeared heretofore only those other celebrities who have been
in the limited Manaton Edition. i 'home environnented' -the codfish,
* * * the typhoid germ, the prune and the
"John Keats" by Amy Lowell which canned tomato."
has been so enthusiastically received * * *
in England and America has gone in- "'t'he Genius of Isreal", Carleton
to its fifth large impression. Already Noyes' illuminating analysis of the an-
the first edition is selling at a pre- cient Jewish civilization is being
mium. This is convincing testimony translated into Italian by Professor
to the excellence of what many re- Ernesto Buonainto of the Royal Uni-
viewers are hailing as one of the great versity of Rome, and will be published
I American biographies. in Rome in the fall.
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The escape of the author-a stal- One of the awards of the A. C.:Ben-
wart young Englishman--from Bol- son medal conferred by the Royal So-
f shevik Russia in the guise of an in- ciety of Literature goes this year to
valided female suffering from "mental tihe philosopher and poet, George
debility and underfeeding" is one of Santayana. The author of "The Life
f the experiences recounted in "The of Reason" receives the award not in
I "The Speckled Domes," by Gerard respect of any particular book, bptt as
Shelley, just published by Charles a recognition of his eminent services
- Scribner's Sons. During the decade to literature.
, before that escape, the strange beliefs The last previous award of the med-
ssand doings of the unfortunate Tsarina, al was made to Lytton Strachey in
s the sinister figure ef Rasnutin, the 1923 for his book "Queen Vict9ria."
amazing life of world-famous figures Gordon Bottomley, author of "Poems
t of the Russian aristocracy, figured of Thirty Years," "King Lear's Wife,"
young Englishman-"livn
in te mmorble dveturs o thi et., as>een granted the other award
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It is a Harvard college novel, this
time, with a lot of juvenile philosophy,
delivered in the form of interchapters.
The book deals with the Harvard of
the first post-war year-a Harvard
full of men whose tuition had been
paid by the government. In the words
of the philosopher hero: "Uncle Sam
is the best damned uncle a man could
have!" Several of the characters
have 'game legs', and there is much
talk of shell-shock and "I'm not a
hero at all."
The book carefully takes five men
through college to graduation, then
marries off a couple of them. At the
end of the book the philosopher Riley
gives this advice to a boy about to go
to Harvard: "Get the right idea,
Bobby-don't start in thinking that
the system is all wrong! It isn't at
all; it's a tough system, but the man
who can play it and win out with
something to the good at graduation
is a damned good man! Just use your
head, play the game, forget your pride
now and then, and realize that you're

t mean mern.
: Mr. Angell Again Reports
(Continued from Page Eleven)
le found also that 51.2 percent of
t the students live in Michigan, 24 per-
e cent live in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and
Wisconsin while 14.8 percent live in
New York, Pennsylvania and New Jer-

"Caravan," a collection of all o
John Galsworthy's short stories with
an introduction by the author, uniform
in price and form at with the one-vol-
ume edition of "The Forsythe Saga,'
will be published next fall by Charles
Scribner's Sons. These shorter tales
are collected not only from Mr. Gals-
worthy's volumes of short stories, but

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A law should be passed prohibiting
the publication of any more serious
works of art by young fellows like
Mr. Dunton, who have been in the war,
and have graduated from college, and
have sold brushes for a while, and if
the author ever does develop, he will
only have to buy up all the extant
copies of his early mistake and burn
them.
Mr. Dunton, I am quite sure, will
never have to go out and buy up
copies of "Wild Asses" to save his
great name from slandor. The pres-
ent work is executed with efficiency,
but yith a lack of imagination andj
feeling for beauty that is-rare, even in'
college novels.
-J. C.

narrative. The immoral but mild
peregrinations of Kenneth Farr from

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his first cigarette to his second daugh- sey. With regard to the comparative est students choose to enter a profes- ** x**k
ter is the subject of the story. cultural background of the state and sion. They are sent out of the state Ellis Parker Butler whse latest A fourth member o the Gibbs f
Lewis has exploited the metaphoric out of state students, Doctor Angell to school in order that they may re- book, "Many Happy Returns of the ilY; Anthony Gibbs, son of Sir Philip
Babbitt, that genuine and uncon-t found that on the whole tie cut os ceive their general education in the Day", was brought out recently by Gibbs, and nephew of Cosmo I amil-
scious one hundred percenter; Mr I state students were better prepared same institution that they shall re- Houghton Mifflin Company, on being ton and :Hamilton Gibbs, is to be re-
Smits cuts a shade finer and produces in the way of culture than the state dive their professional education, requested to pose for a series of mo- presented in the fiction of the year
a figure a little off the thoroughgoing students. Doctor Angll explained While of the Michigan students, both tion pictures of "famous authors in by his first novel "Little Peter
covetina tc.Farr isnstuck this by attributing to their cases an the keenest and the less bright came their own homes" writes, "I am de- Vacuum", to be issued shortly b Lin-
a Puritanical background with just ee ntoslcn Only the bright- to the university for their education. lighted to be added to the motion pic- con MacVeagh-The Dial Press,
sufficient flaw in his character as a
Babbitt to send him barnstorming
with a pack of thespians; with
enough alien spirit of adventure to
carry him to a logging camp. But
there is, by the token of his upbring-
ing, enough of the Puritan in his soul-.-

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