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November 28, 1937 - Image 8

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TPRKINGTON Publishes An flmusing Story
Of a Dealer In Accent (Ind Art

'You Have Seen Their Faces'

New And Forthcoming

Back Again

Himself a connoisseur and coliec
tor "af old masters, Booth Tarking ":":
ton is certainly qualified to write this
novel of an art dealer's methods of
raising himself from near-bank-
ruptcy to a position of wealth and-
The story centers around Mr.:
Rumbin, a kindly old artdealer, well-
versed in the subject of art, shrewd {
towards his rivals, but honest and
above-board with his c 1 i e n t s.
Throughout the story he endeavors
to cultivate a wealthy Mr. Hollis
and his business partner as clients.
How to keep a client Mr. Rumbin
explains in his expressivre if inarticu-
late way to his secretary, . pretty BOOTH TARKINGTON
Georgina Hone: "Georchie, how sure BTT
pops a client in some odds dealer's
hands if you can't keep him near tain an obscure masterpiece only to
busted yourself!" How he travels to discover that it is a fake, how he
New Orleans in an attempt to ob- wrangles with his greatest rival for
Stationery j
Bill Folds
Zipper Cases
Michigan Jewelry
Fountain Pens
esk Sets
D airies
anld many ofthers

h3 business of Mr. Hollis, how his
:ain ambition is to establish a gal-
ei y on 57th Street where all the big
art houses congregate and many oth-
r like incidents provide enjoyable
entertainment throughout the book.
Mr. Tarkington does not divulge'
he past of Mr. Rumbin but leaves
he question in the minds of Rum-
bin's assistants as well as the read-
:rs. All one knows about him is
that he has an almost phenomenal
knowledge of art and all its sidelines,
hat he is slightly foreign by birth
and accent and that he knows all
"the tricks of his trade.
Of secondary importance is the
love for Mr. Rumbin's secretary of
Howard Cattlet, the assistant, a
young man fresh from college, whose
only qualifications for an art deal-
er's assistant were an honest butt
"dumb" look and a cutaway suit.
In the end love conquers, boy gets
girl, Mr. Rumbin gets his clients and
prospects of a gallery on 57th Street,
and everyone is happy (except the
rival dealer).

Here are two of the real-life characters from a new book by Erskine
Caldwell and Margaret Bourke-White, "You Have Seen Their Faces,"
which portrays the plight of the Southern share-cropper. "A man learns
not to expect much after he's farmed cotton most of his life," the authors
wrote.. The photograph was taken by Miss Bourke-White.


James M. Cain Retu
With CredulityStr

rns At Last
aining Novel


Louis Untermeyer Puts
Out A Christmas
POET, by Louis Untermeyer. Har-
court, Brace and Co., New York.

SERENADE, By James M. Cain. Al- finally even the Metropolitan fall
fred A. Knopf, New York, $3.50. successively at the singer's feet, be-
By ARTHUR GILBERT ' cause his voice has been restored to
IT probably is grief for his pub-i its p istine state by the femaleness of
lisher, but the public should con- his Mexican tart. So far, 'so good.
gratulate itself that James M. Cain The tragedy is precipitated by the
reappearance of the original villain,
is not the sort of novelist who feels and how this is accomplished we pre-
he must turn out a book a year. It; fer that Mr. Cain should explain.
has been four years since "The Post- -J

T wo volumes. $b.0u
. . man Always Rings Twice." Mr. Cain
By JOHN SELBY has changed some in the interim.
Louis Untermeyer, unofficially the M r. C a in out - Hemmingwayed
official" translator of Heinrich Hemingway in his first novel. He is
tieine since the appearance 20 years now in danger of out-Gideing Gide,
%go of his selections from the Ger- because of his choice of subject, how-
van's work, has gone himself one ever, and not because of its treat-
etter. ment. He is still the beef-blood-and-
That is to say, he has assembledE beer writer, calling spades spades, andI
hese earlier efforts, reworked some calling some other things spadesI
f them, and added a great many which are perhaps merely trowels. In
nore translations. Then he has writ- "Serenade" Mr. Cain has tackled
en a very fair and readable, if su-
erficial, biography of the poet, and; what the lit'ry boys call a "danger-
ublished the two books in a box for Gous" subject, and usuallyaavoid like
he Christmas trade. poison. In other words, a battle be-



Translating poetry is,-of course, a
Yery dangerous proceeding. Trans-
-ting German; lyric poetry is prob-
bly easier than a translatiteration
f French, since the roots of Germane
re deeper in English than those of
rench. Just the same, Heine's often
ubtle lyrics are enough to frighten

tween a woman and a man for the
possession of a man.
The "I" of Mr. Cain's hard-hitting
novel is the broken-down baritone
who has somewhat incredibly lost the
bing in his voice because he has fallen
for a very wealthy and gently diabolic
chap whose hobby is music. Shame,
horror. fear and others things drive


ie staunchest, and such a success as . 'e ' singerlto "tr 1a M exican en gg -
;Tr Unermyerhashaddesrve ap 'the singer to tr~o a Mexican engage-
[r. Untermeyer has had deserves ap- ment. He even flops in Mexico, but
lause. there he meets a kind of super-fe-
The biography was, frankly, a dis- male. She is a lady of the evening,
ppointment to this reader. It hews but her femaleness bemuses the bari-
oo closely to the literary line, and tone to the point where he can over-
nisses many of the most inviting side! look everything.
laths. For example, it is known that They go away together. Through
she gist of Heine as a man lies fare an almost incredible series of coinci-
nore in his prose correspondence dences they come together to the
from Paris than in his poetry. States. There the movies, radio and




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