Terhune family of writers
NOVEMBER 12, 1929 The World and All By CHARLES B. DRISCOLL ' IN THE FAMILY OVER the ample fireplace of the living room at Sunny - bank, Albert Payson Terhune's charming : country home, there is a shelf which I should estimate at ten feet long; It is just about filled with nicely bound books, standing es books should stand, in a crowded, friendly rank. Every one of those books is a first issue of a first edition. Every one was written either by Albert Payson Terhune or by Anice Terhune, his wife. Of course, Mr. Terhune occupies occupies most of the shelf, since he has been a prolific writer for at least twenty years. But the third novel by Mrs. Terhune Terhune has just been added near one end of the shelf. It is "The White Mouse," a corking good novel of Massachusetts village folk, recently issued by Harper. Each one of these specially - bound books on the .long shelf is a presentation copy. The first copy of each one of Albert Payson Terhune's novels goes to his wife as a present, and each one of Anice Terhune's novels is started on Its way with a presentation copy given to her husband. Writing is a tradition in the Terhune family. Mr. Ter - . hune's mother was Marion Harland, who wrote many books, but probably was not the best known to the world by reason jf Jier cook book. That's quite characteristic of the family. All the Terhunes are versatile, and can write about an astounding astounding number of things, but they love home and homely things, and they write so. well about such things that they inevitably become famous. Mrs. Terhune is a musician and a composer. Virginia Belle Terhune Van de Water, who writes for the magazines and occasionally turns out a book, is a sister of Albert Payson Terhune, and F. F. Van de Water who runs an interesting column in the New York Evening Post and writes novels easily, is her son, and therefore a nephew of the Sunnybank celebrity. , The writing tradition is a very fine one to keep alive in a family that has talent for it. Irving Cobb has a writing daughter, and I can't help being sorry occasionally that H. L. Mencken is a bachelor.