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THE CONTRIBUTORS' COLUMN
He is up from West Virginia to go on one of their hunts with the Meadow Brook hunters. I haven't seen him yet. Courtney Ryley Cooper is also in town and will probably be here for a couple of months. Larry Barretto has gone from Paris to Biarritz and writes that in spite of having a perfectly splendid time he has been able to do some work too. Little, Brown are just publishing his second novel "To Babylon".
LOUIS BROMFIELD has now finished his dramatization of "The Green Bay Tree", and is also reaching the completion of his novel. Mr. Bromfield, apparently, is one of the six most active men in the world. ISABEL PATERSON, of the staff of "Books", writes in pensive mood:
At present I am engaged on a stupenjus romance of no, I will hold that back until next occasion. But I insist on mentioning that my last romance was entitled "The Singing Season".
ALAN RINEHART, second son of the novelist, after a trip as a roving marine, of which he has written numerous articles and several short stories, has settled down to write a novel, and to contribute daytimes to the fortunes of George H. Doran Company. LEROY JEFFERS of the New York Public Library is a lecturer and mountaineer, spending his vacations with pack train and sleeping bag in little known scenic regions. His recently published book, "The Call of the Mountains" (Dodd, Mead), describes the unusual scenery of the United States and Canada. For the past two seasons Mr. Jeffers has traveled extensively in search of tropical mountain scenery in Mexico, Central America, and the West Indies; but each year he also adds to his acquaintance with the mountains of California. With John
Muir he is enthusiastic over their peculiar
charm, and has done much to make them more widely known. As secretary of the Bureau of Associated Mountaineering Clubs of North America, numbering sixty organizations, he is working for the creation, development, and protection of national parks and forests; and as librarian of the American
Alpine Club he has gathered what is probably the most remarkable collection of mountain views in the country.
HERBERT S. GORMAN has turned from poetry to prose, and his novel, "Gold by Gold" (Boni, Liveright), has recently been
published. It is said to be the story of a young literary man in New York City. ERNEST GRUENING is a journalist who has spent considerable time in Mexico in recent years, in political and social study of the country. Last fall he traveled from the United States to Mexico in the company of President-Elect Plutarco Elias Calles. "Apart from the obvious fact that Mexico is our neighbor", he writes, "and there would seem to be a sort of moral duty for our two countries to get to know and to understand each other, Mexico is seat and centre of the Amerind culture in this hemisphere.
the keystone in the arch of Pan-Americanism. Once Americans and Mexicans really appreciate each other's vastly different and in many ways complementary qualities, a tremendous step toward international understanding will have been taken." second volume of the symposium "These United States" (Boni, Liveright), edited by Mr. Gruening, has just been published. HERVEY ALLEN, whose new volume of poems "Earth Moods" is ready, is now at work on a prose book which offers great possibilities. Perhaps Allen will always be remembered best as the author of "The Blindman", fine ballad of the late war, in which he served. He recently addressed the Poe Society in Baltimore on the occasion of “The Raven's" 116th anniversary. During the course of the address the speaker mentioned the fact that Poe once lived on Milk Street while in Baltimore. After the ceremonies an old man, solicitous for the honor of his home town, came up and remarked that while Poe had lived on Milk Street, in his
day there were plenty of saloons there.
ALEXANDER I. NAZAROFF studied law in Russia, lived and traveled all over Europe, was foreign editor of a daily in Odessa, sided with the anti-Bolshevist movement during the Revolution, fled from Russia in 1919, was vice director of General Denikin's and General Wrangel's Press Bureau in Constantinople, and landed in this country in 1921. At the present time he is a regular contributor to "The Literary Digest", and writes also for the "New York Times Book Review", "The International Book P、eview", and other periodicals.
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