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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1936

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVEN

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Startling Realism Marks Hanley 's
Latest Novel OfLiverpool Docks

STOKER BUSH. By James Hanley,
New York: Macmillan. 1936.
By ALFRED H. LOVELL, JR.
This, like The Furys, is a story of
the Liverpool docks. Mr. Hanley's
characters are fully realized, never
exaggerated, and they move through
scenes portrayed with a startling real-
ism that can leave no indifference
in the reader; he is incorporated in
the action. The men are dock hands,
stokers, sailors, all men of the sea.
Their passions are strong and ele-
mental; women and liquor are major
interests in their shore life.
Chris Bush is a stoker, tall, broad-
shouldered, and simple. Yet his hon-
esty and trustworthiness, the sincer-
ity of his love for his young wife,
Anne, are indubitable. Anne has a
pretty face, a seductive body, and a
complete knowledge of Chris. With
KIRSTEIN
His Book Will Charm'
Layman As Well As
Dance Expert
DANCE: A SHORT HISTORY OF'
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE
DANCE, by Lincoln Kirstein; (Put-
nam).
Lincoln Kirstein is a tall gentle-
man with very short hair, a rather
reserved air, and an encyclopedic
knowledge of dancing and the stage.
This knowledge has been very use-
ful to the American Ballet which
George Balanchine is whipping into
shape for the Metropolitan Opera
and other engagements this winter.
It was also useful while, for seven
years, he was editing "Hound and
Horn," one of the best of the "little"
magazines. Now it should be a help
to the country at large, for Mr. Kir-
stein has written Dance: A Short
History of the Development of the
Dance.
The book is not so very short, run-
ning to 350 large and rather closely
printed pages. But it is a first rate
example of what a trained mind can
compress into one volume, a highly
useful book for all students of the
dance, a good background text for
the rapidly increasing audiences
which greet ballet performances in
this country, and often good fun as
well. Such as the remarks on Mary
Wigman, who Mr. Kirstein believes
does not mean a great deal in the
long run.
The book begins back in the foggy
days before recorded history. It
reaches Greece and Rome by way of
Egypt and the ritualistic dances of
the Nile-land. There was a period
when dancing and religion went
hand in hand. They still do in some
places. But the ballet as we know it
was born out of the Renaissance, al-
though not instantly or immaculate-
ly.
Individual dances only began to
emerge about two centuries ago, how-
ever, and the nineteenth century is
perhaps the century of greatest de-
velopment-comprising as it does the
movement from France to Russia,
and back again. So to the great ro-
mantics, the Duncans, Fokines and
Fullers, and so to the present increas-
ing world interest in the dance on
the part of the public.
Mr. Kirstein's critical opinions are
not all orthodox, the heterodoxy be-
ing usually the result of knowing
more about the subject than the next
man. The book concludes with a val-
uable chapter on the dance today,
some equally valuable pictures, and a
compendium of useful information
for the student.
Forthcoming Books
FICTION
Dust Over the Ruins by Helan Ash-

ion, Macmillan.
The Rolling Years by Alice Sligh
Turnbull. Macmillan.
The Last Puritan by George San-
tayana, Scribner's.
Faster, Faster by E. M. Delafield,
Harper's.
NON-FICTION
The Way Of A Transgressor by
Negley Farson. Harcourt and Brace.
The Exile by Pearl Buck. Reynal
& Hitchcock.
Alma Mater by Henry Seidel Can-
by Farrar & Rinehart.

these two and Rooney, a smart bo-
sun's mate, Hanley establishes as a
plot the eternal triangle: the orig-
inality of the plot consists in its
application to slum characters. Chris
and Anne have none of the graces
of culture, society, or birth; they are
fundamental, Chris knowing only that
Anne is his happiness and joy in
life, Anne knowing what her deser-
tion will mean to Chris yet lacking
the courage to tell him that she
no longer loves him.
When the story begins, Anne has
been in love with Rooney for two
years. Chris, home between voyages,
hears gossip for the first time. He
speaks to Anne, but she cleverly avoids
a direct answer and allays his doubts.
Gossip is soon accepted as truth,
however, and Chris listens to advice
from Anne's father, 'Arry. All con-
cerned have one sovereign remedy;
Chris should give his faithless wife
a good beating to turn her head in
the right direction. He finally does
:o, with the precision of an automaton
and the strength of a stoker. He then
heads for a "boozer." The struggle
,nds for Chris with Anne's oath on
he Bible that she will be a good wife
and mother. She has not the strength
to refuse this vow, yet she has no
.ntention of keeping it. Chris sails,
and receives a letter from Anne in
New York. The letter is a clean
)reak on her part. Chris, deter-
fined to kill Rooney, deserts his
hip and stows away for a fast voy-
age to Liverpool. While he is cross-
ng. Anne and Rooney leave together
~or Cardiff.
The action consumes a little over
,wo weeks, the scenes are smashing
md vivid, there is no attempt to dis-
uise the truth; Stoker Bush is a
trong book, written for those who
an sympathize and find beauty in
the lower elements of humanity.
^hris, despite the power of his love
and trust, never rises above the
.imits of probability; he is a plain,
ionest man and husband. Anne has
ier weaknesses, yet her youth lends
lepth and meaning to her conflicting
lesires and to her realization of her
>wn cowardliness. James Hanley,
n short, has kept strictly within the
imits of his characters. They are
inexpressive, even when deeply moved
md the author keeps them as they
are - living, passionate, and simple
people.
The book is not pleasant diversion;
it is primarily accurate portraiture.
Mr. Hanley uses his own style, the
subject is perhaps uncomfortably
compressed. His story is of Chris,
his wife, their parents and children
- all common people. But the power
and crude vigor of Mr. Hanley is un-
common and undeniable. Stoker
Bush, following The Furys, confirms
his position as one of the most dy-
namic and forceful writers of our
time.
Authors Prosper
The year 1935 was a prosperous one
for Charles Nordhoff and James
Norman Hail, the authors of Mutiny
On The Bounty. The film version
of this first volume of the "Bounty"
trilogy so stimulated sales that a 21st
printing was necessary, and the book,
published in 1932, reappeared on
national best-seller lists. Further-
more, the new Nordhoff and Hall
novel, The Hurricane, to be published
as an Atlantic Monthly Press book
on February 10, was sold serially to
a current magazine. Here are at
least two authors who will not be
starving in a garret this winter.

We Will Pay the HIGHEST PREMIUM CASH
PRICES for the Books on This List

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Be Sure to Bring the Books on This List to Slater's

BOTANY & ZOOLOGY
HOLMAN & ROBBINS: Textbook of Botany.
SHULL; Principles of Animal Biology.
SHULL: Lab Manual for Animal Biology.
CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS
KENDALL: Smith's College Chemistry.
CONANT: Chemistry of Organic Compounds.
BODANSKY: Introduction to Physiological Chem.
GETMAN & DANIELS: Outlines Theoretical Chem.
LOWY & HARROW: Introduction to Organic Chem.
RANDALL WILLIAMS & COLBY: General College
Physics.
RICH: Laboratory Man. Physics.
PRESCOTT & JOHNSON: Qualitative Chemical
Analysis, Ed. by McAlpine & Soule.
WILLIARD & FURMAN: Elementary Quantitative
Analysis.

GEOGRAPHY, HISTORY,
POLITICAL SCIENCE

BOAK: History of Rome.
BOLTON & MARSHAL: Colonization of N.A.
CROSS: Shorter History of England & Great Britain.
HACKER & KENDRICK: U.S. Since 1865.
JACOBSON: Development of Amer. Pol. Thought.
JAMES: Outline of Geography.
LOWELL: Governments of England, 2 vol. Ed.
MATHEWS: American State Government.
MUNRO: Municipal Administration.
OGG: European Government & Politics.
PHILLIPS & FINCH: Appleton's Standard School
Atlas.
GOODE: School Atlas.
SCHEVILLE: History of Europe.
GLENDINNING & JAMES: Representative Regional
Studies.

PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY,
SOCIOLOGY
BOSSARD: Social Changes & Social Problems.
BERNARD: Fields and Methods of Sociology.
COOLEY ANGELL & CARR: Introductory Sociology.
FOLSOM: Social Psychology.
GIST & HALBERT: Urban Society.
EPSTEIN: Insecurity, A Challenge to America.
MURDOCK: Our Primitive Contemporaries.
NIMKOFF: The Family.
PILLSBURY: Elementary Psychology of Abnormal.
URBAN: Fundamentals of Ethics.
WINSTONS: Cultural and Human Behavior.
WOODWORTH: Psychology.

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ECONOMICS
BYE: Principles of Economics.
BYE & HEWETT: Applied Economics
GEMMILL: Principles of Economics.

BIGELOW & MADDEN: Cases on Rights in Land.
WILLISTON & McCURDY: - Cases on Sales.
ROTTSCHAEFER: Cases on Taxation.
GODDARD: Cases on Bailments and Public Utilities.
WELCH: Cases on Public Utility Regulations.

MATHEMATICS

EDUCATION
CUBBERLY: Public Education in U.S.
CURTIS: 2nd Digest to Investigate Teaching Science.
DOUGLAS & BOARDMAN: Supervision of Secon.
dary Schools.
ENGLISH & SPEECH
BRADLEY: Shakespearean Tragedy.
BREDVOLD ROOT & S: English Prose of 18th Cent.
BRIGANCE: The Spoken Word.
BROWNING: Poems, Student Cambridge Edition.
CAMPBELL & PYRE: Great English Poets.
CAMPBELL PYRE & WEAVER: Poetry & Criticism
of the Romantic Movement.
CRANE: English Poetry 1660-1800.
DREW: Discovering Poetry.
Michigan Deskbook of English Composition, 1935.
FOSTER: Argumentation & Debating (Paper Cov.)
HOLLISTER: Literature for Oral Interpretation.
SANDFORD & YEAGER: Principles of Effective
Speaking.
SHAKESPEARE: Student Cambridge Edition.
VAN DOREN: Modern American Prose.
WHITMAN: Seven Contemporary Plays.
j WALTER: Essay Annual, 1935.

COHEN: Differential Equations.
DWIGHT: Table of Integrals.
FREEMAN: Actuarial Mathematics.
GLOVER: Compound Interest Tables.
HALL & KNIGHT: Higher Algebra.
MACMILLAN Log and Trig. Tables.
LOVE: Analytical Geometry.
LOVE: Calculus.
MENGE & GLOVER: Introduction to Mathematics
of Life Insurance.
ROSENBACH & WHITMAN: College Algebra.
SNYDER & SISAM: Analytical Geometry of Space.
WHITWORTH: Choice and Chance.
MILLER: Descriptive Geometry.

ENGINEERING

ALLEN & BURSLEY: Heat Engines.
BADGER & BAKER: Inorganic Chemical Technology.
EMSWILER: Thermodynamics.
FRENCH: Engineering Drawing.
GRAY & WALLACE: Principles and Practice of
Electrical Engineering.
4-IOOL & JOHNSON: Handbook of Building Con-
struction, Vol. 1.
KEENAN: Steam Tables.
KIMBALL & BARR: Elements of Machine Design.
KING: Handbook of Hydraulics.
POORMAN: Applied Mechanics.
TIMOSHENKO & Mc: Strength of Materials.
MILLS: Materials of Construction.
BOSTON: Engineering Shop Practice, Vol. 1 & 1t.

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