The Heritage of the Bounty

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    PERENNIAL interest in the story of Bligh and the mutineers of the Bounty has been enhanced recently by the cinematograph; but Dr. Shapiro, though fully alive to the drama of the story, of which he recalls the main outlines, is more immediately concerned with the opportunity afforded science by the consequences of this tragedy of the sea. While still in statu pupillari, he was inspired by Prof. E. A. Hooton of Harvard with an overwhelming urge to biological and sociological investigation among the descendants of the mutineers and Tahitian women living on Pitcairn Island. He had to wait twelve years before his desire was satisfied. Although he visited Norfolk Island in 1923, and spent five months examining the Pitcairn Islanders and their descend ants who had been transported there in 1856 the results were published in 1929 it was not until 1934 that he was able to land on Pitcairn.

    The Heritage of the Bounty:

    the Story of Pitcairn through Six Generations. By Harry L. Shapiro. Pp. xv + 330 + 8 plates. (New York: Simon and Schuster, Inc.; London: Victor Gollancz, Ltd., 1936.) 3 dollars; 10s. 6d. net.

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