THE CRIMSON BOOKSHELF
THE BIOGRAPHY OF MOTHER EARTH, by Henry Smith Williams. New York. Robert M. McBride & Company. $5.
DR. WILLIAM'S book is written on a theory which, although not accepted by many geologists, is nonetheless interesting. The author gives evidence that the continents have moved to their present position from the South pole at the rate of several feet a century. He then traces the evolution of life from the unicellular animal to the man-ape. "The Biography of Mother Earth" is written in a popular style and admirably illustrated. It gives ample space to explaining the evolution of species through the factors of environment as well as the causes of the extinction of the gigantic reptiles of the past. One cannot read the book without gaining a vivid conception of the Geology and Paleontology of the earth.
Though Clemence Dane's "Broome Stages" is a novel of seven generations of a theatrical family, Miss Dane found her inspiration in the Plantagenet kings and not in any of the great stage families. She had always considered the Plantagenets the most interesting family in the world but thought the period too far back in history to make an interesting setting for a book. Then someone suggested that she could write about the Plantagenets if she made them actors, for actors are autocrats and the great families of the stage are the last dynasties that exercise the divine rights. So Miss Dane promptly moved the time up a century or so and changed the name of her heroes to Broome, for Plantagenet was first given as a nick-name to Geoffrey of Anjou because he always were a spring of broom in his cap.