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16, 1934

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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SUCKOW
Her Latest Work Is Seen
As A Possible
Best Seller
The Folks, by Ruth Suckow: Farrar
and Rinehart, $3.00.

'Distilled,

Her Wine'

HO OVER" . Call For Freed
In 'The Challen
The Challenge to Liierzy. By Herbert
Hoover. Scribner's. $1.75. :-:

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A MAN CALLED CERVANTES

By KENNETH PARKER

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This most, recent work of Ruth
Suckow's may, like her other novels, r." .:
be criticized for a lack of story and
for a lack of colorful style. Suckow
is a realist and one that has deter-
mined that life is a drab bowl of pig's :....,
knuckles. The Folk-, while not the EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
great American novel that its pub-es____________
lishers claim it to be, is on the other
hand not a book without interest and
one which may become a best seller.
This book is interesting because it lviIL L A Y
gets at the essence or psychology
of human relationship in a sympa-
thetic and understanding way, and is November Supplants April
wide in appeal because it deals with In Latest Offering
the Ameican family from grand-
father down to little Buster, from the Of Poetess
beginning of this century to the pres-.
ent. As a result American families Wine From These Grapes, by Edna
will be anxious to read about them- St. Vincent Millay. Harper. $2.
selves and see how nearly Suckow,
has reproduced them. And most; By D)OROTHY GIES
American families will be satisfied be Even to the most devout Millay
cause when they finish the book they followers, Wines From These Grapesi
can truthfully say, "My, but that's must prove something of a disap-I
true to life!" pointment. The apex of perfection
The Fergusons live in Iowa. Mr. reached in The Fatal Interview was
Ferguson is a reserved sort of person, evidently too high a plane to main-
a banker who was brought up on tain; certainly these succeeding verses
a farm and still has the habit of get- fall short of the polished and mature
ting up early in the morning. Mrs. brilliancy of the preceding volume.
Ferguson likes to entertain the club, Miss Millay seems to nave distilled
and is a bit. bewildered by her own her wine from the acid essences of
children. She has four. The first is resentment, bitterness and ennui.
Carl, undoubtedly the best charac- Nementassupprnes Ari;en
terization in the book. He is called November has supplanted April; and
"The Good Son," and the title fits epitaphs, love poetry. There are but
since that is precisely what he is. He few traces in this new volume of the
is popular in high school, plays foot- poignant sweetness and the wild,
ball and what not and comes to thinl splendid passions that lifted her
he must excell in everything and that earlier verses to the rank of genius.
he must please his folks. He goes off One mistrusts the pseudo-resignation
to school, comes back and marries the of the lines from one sonnet:
girl he is expected to and proceeds. "I dread no more the first white in
to. follow the advice of his grand- my hair,
father: "A good home, and a good Or even age itself..."
wife, a partner in your joys and sor- For it is above all a brooding over
rows." He settles down to superin- loss of youth that seems to run
tending high schools. through the volume like the recurring
Margaret and Dorothy are the two notes in a fugue:
daughters. Margaret "is so dark" and "He is not made like crooked me,
Dorothy "is so fair." Margaret is the Who cannot rise nor lift my head,
introvert, jealous of the attention her And all because what had to be
sister receives. Dorothy is serene and Has been, what lived is dead."
can say "I don't know" vaguely and Her pristine warmth and emotional
get away with it. Dorothy marries a vigor have disappeared, arid the
handsome man and goes off to Cali- verses are fraught instead with an
fornia to live. Margaret goes to Man- intellectual coldness of approach.
hattan and becomes a married man's One misses the delicate precision
mistress. of color and tone that dictated the
Bunny, the youngest and the most jewelled lines of her best works. Only
worldly wise of all, marries a Rus- at intervals is the old grace recap-
sian girl who is a communist, disap- tured, in "The Fawn," "Sappho
pointing his good Republican par- Crosses the Dark River," "Valentine."
e-ts to be sure, and one or two others. Too often
In the end all the children fall the verse is regraded by an offensive
below expectations, even Dorothy and forced attempt at originality
whom the folks thought was leading that conjured up, for instance, wild
an ideal life in California until they carrot and onion blossoms as images
visited her. On page 726 the reader of a woman's beauty.
finds Mr. Ferguson hoping the chil- To be sure Miss Millay retains her
dren will do as well as he did, and facility in verse technique. Her
on the last page, 727, Mr. Ferguson mastery of the sonnit form is again
takes an attitude of resignation and marked in the new sequence, "Epitaph
finishes the book as he reaches for on the Race of Man." Unfortunately,
his wife's hand and says: Well, the external perfection is only a shell
for a group of pessimistic and not

By PROF. EVERETT S. BROWN
of the Political Science Dept.
In this book Mr. Hoover develops
and expands a thesis which he had
proposed in a small volume entitled
Anrican Individualism, published in
1922, namely, the giving to each indi-
vidual an equal chance for develop-
ment of the best in him. This can be
accomplished, according to Mr. Hoo-
ver, only if Liberty is preserved. What
does Mr. Hoover mean by Liberty? He
defines it as "a thing of the spirit -
to be free to worship, to think, to hold
opinions, and to speak without fear
-,free to challenge wrong or oppres-
lions with surety of justice." Nor is
this all. Liberty means further that
the individual "must be free to earn,j
to spend, to save, to accumulate prop-
erty." Intellectual and spiritual free-
doms cannot thrive without economicj
freedoms, he maintains.
This is the Liberty which Mr. Hoo-
ver finds challenged from abroad by
Socialism, Communism, Fascism and
Naziism, and at home by National
Fiction Choices Of
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The following are recent works
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too consequential portraits of the
race and its extinction. Again and
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Millay repeats the inevitable theme,
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well." Against war she inveighs with
a rankling bitterness. Her "Apos-
trophe to Man" is the most effective
of the group on this theme.I
Austere, grave, elegiac in quality,
the new volume shows little of the
spontaneous intensity of the old
Millay. Her "candle burned at both
ends," she seems unable to forsake'
the desolation of its ashes for newer
fires.

HERBERT C. HOOVER
Regimentation. Co-operation is es-
sEcntial to Liberty, but it must be co-
operation through consent among free
men, not the compulsion of regi-
mented men. Leadership there must

am n ounded .The Viking Press will celebrate its vantes," a biographical novel by
tenth anniversary during 1935, and Bruno Frank. It will be published on
ge To Liberty the books for the anniversary year Jan. 3. Later in the month there will
have been chosen with special care be a new novel, "Journeyman," by
be, but real leadership can be found ftorepresent the varied tastes and in- Erskine Caldwell, author of "God's
o terests of the Press. The first of j Little Acre."
only by competition, and not through
governmental bureaucracy.
Regimentation, argues Mr. Hoover.
means the daily dictation by Govern- C H R ISTMAS GiFTS
mnent of how men are to conduct theirCHST AGI S
daily lives, which constitutes to hisMACE
mind. "the most stupendous invasionM TCHED
of the whole spirit of Liberty that the PEN AND PENCIL SET
nation has witnessed since the days
of Colonial America." It is not an Sheaffer and Wahl Eversharp
emergency program which Mr. Hoover
of a new social philosophy in Amer- . V 1
ican life in conflict with the primary
concepts of American Liberty. Regi-
Inentation, in other words, abandons
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To those who would ask Mr. Hoove!.
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Deal he would have offered, his reply
is found in his claim that the depth /fakes An Ideal Christmas Gift.
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