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Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots in France. By P.
F. Willert, M.A. 12mo, pp. 483. New York: G. P.
Mr. P. F. Willert, of Exeter College, Oxford, has given us a very brilliant and readable book on Henry of Navarre and the French Huguenots. It is at once schol rly and attractive. It is the latest issue in the Heroes of the Nations " series. A Friend of the Queen Marie Antoinette--Count de
Fersen). By Paul Gaulot. 12mo, pp. 383. New York :
The Count de Fersen, the "friend." whose history we have given in the pages of this translation, was a Swedish nobleman, who in his boyhood days met Marie Antoinette at the French Court, and remained in a more or less close intimacy with her until the fatal days of the Revolution. M. Gaulot has based his narrative upon recently discovered or recently
published documents and believes that the view of the French Queen given therein is valuable and more accurate than it is customary to present. Count de Fersen served as an aide-de-camp to Rochambeau in our American Revolution, and after honors from his native Sweden was torn to pieces by an angry mob of his countrymen in Stockholm in 1810. This pleasantly written and unstrained record throws considerable light on the events and people prominent in France and other countries near the close of the eighteenth century. There are portraits of the Queen and her friend. The translation has been made by Mrs. Cashee Hoey, Two German Giants : Frederic the Great and Bismarck.
By John Lord, D D., LL.D. 12mo, pp. 173. New
Dr John Lord, well known as a popular expositor of history, has prepared two useful essays, one on Frederic the Great, the other on Prince Bismarck. The publishers have bound together with these a character sketch of Bismarck by Bayard Taylor, written some twenty years ago, and Bismarck's speech before the Reichstag in 1888. General Thomas. By Henry Coppée, LL.D.
" Great Commanders " series. 12mo, pp. 343. New York : D. Appleton & Co. $1.50.
The latest volume in the “Great Commanders " series is Prof. Henry Coppée's life of General Thomas.
George H. Thomas was one of the bravest and ablest of the generals on the Union side in the late war, and this book is the first adequate account of his life and services. History of the Scandinavians and Successful Scandinavi
ans in the United States. Compiled and edited by 0. N. Nelson. 12mo, pp. 643. Minneapolis, Minn.: Published by the Author.
A book the value of which will be better appreciated fifty years from now than it can be to-day is Mr. 0. N. Nel
* History of the Scandinavians in the United States," together with a series of brief biographical sketches of successful American Scandinavians. The volume gives faithful accounts of the beginning of the different settlements of Swedes, Norwegians and Danes in the United States, and supplies historical data which, but for the author's studious labors and those of his associates in the compilation of this book, might have become irreparably lost. Mr Nelson has been ably assisted by a number of the foremost Scandinavians of the Northwest. ART, BELLES LETTRES AND THE HISTORY OF
Van Brunt. 12mo, pp. 274. Boston: Hoghton,
The author of these essays has had a 1 active professional experience in architecture for more than thirty years, and his pages show him to have also a high conception of architecture as an art. The chapters are partly historical and partly critical, and so arranged as to form a sequence. The essay
The Royal Chateau of Blois, an Example of Architectural Evidence in the History of Civilization is quite fully il. lustrated, and the chapters upon the “ The Present State of Architecture," “ Architecture and Poetry," with other chapters, are timely and of interest to many readers who are not directly engaged in the building art -in fact, to all serious students of modern æsthetic tendencies. The Brontës in Ireland ; or, Facts Stranger than Fiction.
By Dr. Williain Wright. 12mo, pp. 326. New York :
The details of Dr. Wright's account have been gleaned at first hand from original documents and from people who per:
sonally knew the Brontës The history of the Irish branch of that family of genius seems never to have been thoroughly investigated heretofore, and lovers of " Jane Eyre," "Wuthering Heights," etc., as well as all who are interested in the ramifications of English literary history will be very glad to obtain the results of wr. Wright's investigations. His pages are easy reading and are enlivened by a number of diagrams and illus. trations. The author has deemed his results of such a nature as to warrant the sub-sitle Facts Stranger than Fiction." Goethe Reviewed after Sixty Years. By J. R. Seeley.
12mo, pp. 169. Boston : Roberts Brothers. $1.
The author of “Ecce Homo" has brought together a num. ber of essays along various lines of Goethe criticism, some of which have been previously printed. In spite of the number of works about the great German author, the view of his genius and personality which we find in these chapters upon ** Some Limitations of His Genius." "Literary Phases of Goethe," “Wilhelm Meister," "Another Religion," etc., seems to be fresh and stimulating. There is an excellent portrait of Goethe after a painting by Stieler. The English Religiouz Drama. By Katharine Lee Bates.
12mo, pp. 254. New York: Macmillan & Co. $1.50.
These essays upon “Passion Plays," " Saint Plays." "Mir. acle Plays in various aspects and “Moralities, embody lectures given by Professor Bates in a summer school at Colorado Springs last July. They convey a good deal of information and have something of the character of text-book work, but are popular and fresh enough to deserve place among literary studies proper. The English religious drama is a subject in which ordinary readers are not very proficient, but it is of great importance to any one really desirous of understanding the history of the English stage and of the Anglo-Saxon dramatic spirit. The Beginnings of the English Romantic Movement; A
Study in Eighteenth Century Literature. By William Lyon Phelps. 12mo, pp. 200. Boston: Ginn & Co. $1.10.
Professor Phelps has done a real service to all earnest students of literature in working up with enterprise and faithfulness the subject of the origin of the romantic movement back in the forty years between 1725 and 1765. In order to comprehend clearly our nineteenth century developments it is necessary to examine their origin, and it seems rather strange that Mr. Phelps found no work published which discusses in detail the exact period and the exact topic which he has investigated. Like Professor Bates' volume. Mr. Phelps study could be well placed among educational books, but is also adapted for general reading by students of literature. It is the result of genuine research. The Near and the Heavenly Horizons. By the Countess
de Gasparin. 16mo, pp. 311. New York: A. D. F. Randolph & Co. $1.
The general tone of the Countess de Gasparin's writing may be deduced from a quotation out of her introduction "There is nothing here for utilitarians, nothing for so-called realists, for lovers of the dramatic, for acute
connoisseurs ; nothing, indeed. I believe, for any but me and those like me
dreamers, satisfied with little, whom a poem scares, but a flower half opened, a holiday bee, a rustic
outline, can throw into infinite reverie." In the "Near Horizons" we have short sketches in an idyllic, reflectively-religious style, of peasant life in Southern Europe, or in a few cases in burdened Paris, with the pathetic element predominating. The matter in the Heavenly Horizons ” is more directly religious and somewhat more systematic. The book might perhaps be called a collection of religious musings controlled by a literary temperament and lacking an Anglo-Saxon vigor, but excel lent in certain other qualities.
Saskia, the Wife of Rembrandt. By Charles Knowles
Bolton. Octavo, pp. 133. New York: Thomas Y.
Mr. Bolton's pages give us scant but entertaining glimpses of the home life of the great Dutch painter, who was eminently of a domestic nature, and of the part which his wife plays in his paintings. A number of portraits of Saskia and other illustrations are given, and Mr. Bolton has added bibliographical notes and other releva't matter. Boswell's Life of Johnson. Edited, with an introduction,
by Mowbray Morris. Two vols., 12mo, pp. 606-607. New York : Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. $2.
Messrs. Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. place in their “Standard Library” a handsome two-volume edition of Boswell's
“Life of Johnson." The edition is, in substance, a reprint from the British one edited by Mowbray Morris, with some notes added, and with the letters of Dr. Johnson and his friends retaining the original quaint and peculiar spelling. The frontispieces are portraits of the biographer and his famous hero. For general library use the edition appears to be very desirable; it certainly is attractive in appearance. Our Village. By Mary Russell Mitford. 32mo, pp. 348.
New York : Charles L. Webster & Co. 60 cents.
The idyllic side of English village life has a charm for very many readers, and no better embodiment or it is found than in the classical and popular sketches of “Our Village." Messrs. Charles L. Webster & Co. furnish lovers of literature with a convenient and neat little edition of Miss Mitford's principal work. The English Humorists of the Eighteenth Century. By
William Makepeace Thackeray. 16mo, pp. 266. Chi
cago : A. C. McClurg & Co. $1. Sartor Resartus : The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufels
dröchk. By Thomas Carlyle. 16mo, pp. 301. Chicago : A. C. McClurg & Co. $1.
These two classics are published in small, convenient volumes and in the same general style, though the larger amount of matter in Carlyle's work requires a somewhat smaller type than is used in *** The English Humorists."
pendence. As in previous issues from Mr. Musick's pen. we have historic events and romantic episode woven together. The author has related the causes of the war, as well as the progress of its battles and of popular sentiment at the time. There is the usual number of illustrations. Pan Michael : An Historical Novel of Poland, the Ukraine and Turkey. By Henryk Sienkiewicz.
12mo, pp. 543. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. $2.
Sienkiewicz is now widely recognized as the greatest of living historical romancers, with probably no rival in this century except Dumas. He has recently given us a novel of modern life and a volume of short stories, but in “Pan Michael " he returns to the particular field in which he is a master. This novel of the seventeenth century is a sequel to ** Fire and Sword," and with that book and "The Deluge" completes a trilogy which is a delight to all lovers of stirring, adventurous fiction. The translation from the Polish has been made by Jeremiah Curtin. A Gentleman of France : Being the Memoirs of Gaston de
Bonne, Sieur de Marsac. By Stanley J. Weyman. 12mo, pp. 418. New York: Longmans, Green & Co. $1.25.
Another historical romance with plenty of flash and fire comes from the pen of Stanley Weyman, the author
of the highly praised “The House of the Wolf." “A Gentleman of France" is a story of the time of Henry of Navarre, of whose reign we have a historical view in a book noticed elsewhere in this department. Mr. Weyman's tale gives us insight into the turbulent public times in which the scenes are laid, but our interest is mainly centred in the stirring and lively ex. periences of the hero and his immediate friends. Seven Xmas Eves : Being the Romance of a Social Evolu.
tion. By Clo Graves and others. 12mo, pp. 264. Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Co. $1.
The unique idea of producing a novel in chapters contributed by separate authors seems well carried out in this volume, which is sub-headed “The Romance of a Social Evolution," and has the name of seven English authors on the title page. We trace with real interest the history of the hero and heroine, “Nick" and "Nan," from the time when we are introduced to them by “Mrs. Mary Cheevers," washerwoman, until “ Nick" reaches-and deservedly-the position of member of Parliament. Each chapter is supposed to be told by some person who came into close relations with the characters of the story. The fitting illustrations are by Dudley Hardy. A Spinster's Leaflets. By Alyn Yates Keith. Octavo,
pp. 137. Boston: Lee & Shepard $1.25.
Alyn Yates Keith's quiet but interesting story of New England life--at least, the atmosphere of the story seems to be that of Yankee land-is reprinted from the columns of the New York Evening, Post. The plot is entertaining, and the characters are well drawn. This spinster, as we believe is common with good-natured spinsters, takes a lively interest in some young people's matrimonial affairs, and watches until as successful an outcome is reached as our imperfect world allows.
NOVELS AND ROMANCES. None Such? There Will Yet Be Thousands. By Emory
J. Haynes. 12mo, pp. 331. Boston: The North Publishing Co. $1.25.
Doctor Emory J. Haynes, a clergyman who has been called the "business man's preacher," has written a story which as a piece of genuine, unmistakably American fiction deserves high place, and as a study of certain contemporary social conditions is among the most prominent productions of 1893. The chief character of the story is an ex-governor of one of the New England States who has reached his fourscore years and is burdened with the question, “How shall I best dispose of my rightfully accumulated $35,000,000 Y" It can be said with safety that this Governor Randall is one of the most real personages of present day fiction, and a strikingly, true type of the better class of our millionaires--"touchy, gruff at times, at others tender as a child, faithful to old friends, a severe and unmerciful opponent in the stock markets, reaping almost no benefit so far as happiness goes
from his own wealth ; to one who knows how to get at him true and simple nature. Denman Thompson, of the famous "Old Homestead," likes the essentially dramatic treatment of the story-finds in it the germs of a great play--and believes that "time will find Dr. Haynes' Randall' kept, referred to and valued as Mrs. Stowe's Uncle Tom is, or-as I believeUncle Josh will be.” The aged but shrewd money king is besieged by college presidents and other typical beggars, but finally disposes of his property in a rather novel way. He leaves it in the hands of a sub-hero of the tale and the heroine, to be distributed in small sums-say of a few hundred dollars even-to worthy and struggling young people; especially those who might by a timely assistance create and foster a home life. There are numerous other strongly drawn personages in the book, including
a very rascally judge ; there is a description of a private car, an acconnt of a meeting of laboring men, a scrimmage or two,
etc., etc., but
the purpose of the volume lies in this predicament of the wealthy Yankee and the manner of its solution. There is nothing here to satisfy an over-refined æsthetic taste; nothing to satiate an appetite for the morbid or the mysterious; there is a straight-forward humorous, convincing-i.e., realistic - American, nineteenth century story which has been highly entertaining to many prominent business men ; a story of which Doctor Edward E. Hale writes : "I have more than once planned a book of the same purpose, but I am glad Dr. Haynes has done it instead of me, for I think it better done." The title may now be interpreted to mean : Are there “none such" as Gov. ernor Randall ? "There will yet be thousands." Sustained Honor : A Story of the War of 1812. By John
R. Musick. 12mo, pp. 463. New York : Furk &
The last three volumes of Mr. Musick's extended series of " Columbian Historical Novels" are devoted, respectively, to the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Civil War ; that is to say, Mr. Musick has made these events the central thread of his stories. Volume Ten, which has just come to our desk, is entitled "Sustained Honor," under which phrase Mr. Musick designates the success of the war spirit over the sectional peace-party spirit which manifested itself in New England during what is frequently called the Second War of Inde
A Coign of Vantage. By John Seymour Wood. 12mo,
pp. 264. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. $1.
Some of "John Seymour Wood's" stories have been in an apparently pessimistic vein, but “A Coign of Vantage” is, on the contrary, very, bright and amusing. It belongs to that large class of stories dealing with Americans abroad, and brings together in Switzerland a group of people from various parts of the United States. A Daughter of this world. By Fletcher Battershall.
12mo, pp. 382. New York : Dodd, Mead & Co. $1.25.
It strikes us that some of the characters and situations in " A Daughter of this World" are rather too romantic for cur. rent taste, but there is no question as to the general interest of the novel. It is an American story of our own time and centers to some extent about the old question of art versus love in a woman's heart. The personages who play a part in this drama-tragic, though with happy termination-are drawn with marvelous distinctness. In the Dwellings of Silence: A Romance of Russia. By
Walker Kennedy. 12mo, pp. 283. New York : Dodd,
Adventurous rescues, flights and pursuits abound in the pages of this romance. The main characters are some Rus. sian people of high standing who are thrown into exile and some Americans who encompass their deliverance. There may be an element of purpose in the tale, but in the main it seems told for its own sake.
Namesakes : The Story of a Secret. By Evelyn Everett
Green, 12mo, pp. 411. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co.
We have referred more than once to the "Oak Leaf Series," issued by the Fleming H. Revell Co. The novels of the series furnish one with excellent stories that are moral in bearing, without belonging to what is frequently called a “Sunday-School type." "Namesakes" is a vivacious English story with a plot of sufficient intricacy to excite our curiosity and enough play of character to repay one who reads for improvement. It has a number of whole-page illustrations. A Latter Day Saint. By Mrs. Alfred Almond McKay.
12mo, pp. 279. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co. $1.50.
“A Latter Day Saint" is pronouncedly romantic in tendency, though it deals with familiar enough people of our own day, and it is decidedly religious in tone. The Bailiff of Tewksbury. By S. E. D. Phelps and Leigh
North. 16mo, pp. 199. Chicago : A. C. McClurg &
The pens of our two authors carry the reader back into merry old England and relate a tale of the days and haunts of Shakespeare, the dramatist himself appears, although he is not the principal character. The illustrations preserve the old-time atmosphere. The Lost Canyon of the Toltecs : An Account of Strange
Adventures in Central America. By Charles Sumner
The scenes of Mr. Seeley's story of adventure are laid in some out of the way corners of the Isthmus of Panama The pages are exciting in a wholesome way, and offer us many a picture of scenery and native customs in Central America. Pomona : By the author of “Miss Toosey's Mission.”
12mo, pp. 296. Boston: Roberts Brothers. $1. For the Fourth Time of Asking. By the author of “ Miss
Toosey's Mission." 16mo, pp. 90. Boston: Roberts
Roberts' Brothers send us two stories by the author of "Miss Toosey's Mission," etc. "Pomona " is a live and healthy English story, particularly for girls wbo are nearly women, with a plot having enough complexity to make the reader desirous of learning its solution. The other story is a slight amusing sketch, with more than a touch of pathos, about two aged lovers.
Cornwall, and told quite largely in dialect. Perhaps there is a little overstraining of the pathetic. A Daring Experiment, and Other Stories. By Lillie Dev
ereux Blake. 12mo, pp. 360. New York: Lovell, Coryell & Co. $1.
A volume of short stories varying in tone from those which culminate in a dark catastrophe to others which we leave with a smile. They relate to American life in the neighborhood of the Hudson for the most part, and are told in a clear, straightforward style. From Wisdom Court. By Henry Seton Merriman and
Stephen G. Tallentyre. 12mo, pp. 208. New York :
The confines of London furnish us with these humorous suggestions “On Visitors," "On the Sea," "On Love," " On Honour and Glory," and many other topics... Beneath a light and confiding style there is the basis of a sensible philosophy of life. The pages have many illustrations by E. Courbin. The First Supper, and Other Episodes. By Jonathan
Sturges. 12mo, pp. 176. New York : Dodd, Mead &
Co. $1.25. Keynotes. By George Egerton. 12mo, pp. 192. Bos
ton : Roberts Brothers. $1.
SHORT STORIES AND SKETCHES.
By “Q.” 12mo, pp. 328. New York : Macmillan &
Cornwall seems to rival Brittany and our own New Eng. land as a corner of the world which readily furnishes entertaining types of the human species. The material of Mr. W. Quiller Couch's ("Q.") short stories, studies and sketches in his new volume is mainly drawn from this Southwestern nook of England. “Q:" has a keen eye for the humorous and pathetic and a ready pen He draws his characters with a discriminating human sympathy, and it seems to us that “The Delectable Duchy" is one of the very best collections of its kind which one could ask for. Many of the pages have the typographical marks arranged to indicate the Cornish dialect. Mademoiselle Miss, and Other Stories. By Henry Har
land (Sidney Luska). 12mo, pp. 192. New York : Lovell, Coryell & Co.
* Mademoiselle Miss " is the first in the collection of five stories, it and the second dealing with Bohemian artist life in the Latin Quarter of Paris. All of the chapters are in a light vein, hardly deep enough, perhaps to be called cynical, and showing rather more of the trivial than of the moral side of lif Prisoners of the Earth, and Other Stories. By H. D.
Lowry. 12mo, pp. 248. New York: D dd, Mead &
Most of the two score or so stories in this volume are reprinted from the (English) National Observer: they are good tales of various aspects of the life of common people in
OLD FAVORITES IN FICTION. The Waverly Novels. By Sir Walter Scott. Interna
tional Limited Edition. With Introductory Essays and Notes by Andrew Lang. Vols. XX, XXI, “ T'he Abbot.” Octavo, illustrated. Boston: Estes & Lauriat. $2.50 each volume.
Volumes twenty and twenty-one of the "International Limited Edition" of Scott, to which we have already called frequent attention, are devoted to “The Abbot." This romance, though not the supremest of the "Waverly Novels, has, as Mr. Lang affirms in his editorial introduction, " qualities as great as the best." As in previous volumes of the edition, the illustrations are up to a high standard and constitute a main attraction. We have photo-etchings of Melrose Abbey and of Mary Stuart, together with ten other etchings from drawings by eminent artists. The Village Rector. By Honoré de Balzac. 12mo, pp. 346.
Boston: Roberts Brothers. $1.50.
Miss Wormeley proceeds bravely with her praiseworthy undertaking of giving to the English-reading public that world in itself known as the "Comédie Humaine. "Le Curé de la Campagne," which she has translated under the title "
“ The Village Rector,'' belongs to the little group of three novels which Balzac denominated studies of country life, and was written in 1837. It is a strong work, in which the depths of human sin and the nobility of human forgiveness are laid bare. Rumour. By Elizabeth Sheppard. With an introduction
and notes by Harriet Prescott Spofford. Two vols., 16mo, pp. 344-346. Chicago : A. C. McClurg & Co. $2.50.
"Rumour" is not the greatest of Miss Sheppard's novels, but the many admirers of * Charles Auchester" and "Counterparts" will undoubtedly be desirious of placing it beside its somewhat more important fellows. Those who wish to acquaint themselves with the novelist's personality and style as explained by a strong admirer of Miss Sheppard will do well to read the brief introductory note by Harriet Prescott Spofford prefixed to "Rumour." Beethoven and Louis Napoleon are prominent figures in the romance and their portraits serve as a frontispieces to the two volumes. Messrs. A. C. McClurg & Co. have done a favor to a large public in preparing this attractive and convenient edition. Picciola, the Prisoner of Fenestrella ; or, Captivity Cap
tive. By X. B. Saintine. Octavo, pp. 228. New York : D. Appleton & Co. $1.50.
Most school children_know the anecdotal germ of the story of the " Prisoner of Fenestrella " and the flower which brought him back to belief, love of life and happiness. Saintine's romance of the days of Napoleon-French to the
core and recalling the flavor of "Paul et Virginie "-is given to the public by D. Appleton & Co. in a handsomely bound and well-printed edition with numerous illustrations by J. F. Gueldry.
The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, an Oxford Freshman. By Cuthbert Bede, B.A.
Two vols., 12mo, pp. 500. Little Mr. Bouncer and his Friend Verdant Green ; also,
Tales of College Life. By Cuthbert Bede. 12mo, pp. 307. Boston: Little. Brown & Co. The three volumes $5.
Almost at the opposite pole from "Picciola" are the humor. ous stories of Oxford life, which have been popular since Cathbert Bede gave them to the world some forty years ago. Messrs. Little, Brown & Co. offer in several different styles of binding, a set of three volumes. Each volume has an etched title and frontispiece, and the text is made still more fun-provoking by a large number of illustrations by the author. The edition is a handsome one and will prove acceptable to those who love the flavor of English University life in the old coaching days-that species of life which included rather more rowing, boxing, cricketing, Airting, dining and getting into scrapes than it did of studying.
POETRY The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri. Translated by
Thomas William Parsons. 12mo, pp. 372. Boston:
Houghton, Mifflin & Co. $1.50. It was in 1843 that Dr. Thomas William Parsons published in Boston a little pamphlet which contained a translation into English verse of the first ten cantos of Dante's Inferno. From that time to his death, in 1892, the poet was a devoted student of the great Italian, and little by little, in the scrupulous method of one whose task is done for the love of art, he extended the translation. So conscientious was his work that even after a half century, in this volume which remains as the legacy of Mr. Parsons to the Dante admiring world, we have but a fragment of the Paradise, and an incomplete rendering of the Purgatory. Miss Louise Imogen Guiney writes a brief memorial sketch, and the preface is contributed by Professor Charles Eliot Norton. Professor Norton, while declaring that Mr. Parsons' translations have the tone and style of the translator, not of Dante, nevertheless asserts that
these lines, so far as they go, have no superiors as a rhymed English version of the Divine Comedy.
Mr. Parsons was something of a recluse as regards the world at large, and his name is not a very familiar one among the average American reading classes, yet he undoubtedly deserves a high place among our poets for the quality, if not for the quantity, of his work, and for his life-long sympathy with the spirit of the great mediæval epic. Proverbs in Porcelain ; to which is added "Au Revoir,"
Dramatic Vignette. By Austin Dobson. Octavo, pp. 112. New York Dodd, Mead & Co. $2.
A new edition of Mr. Dobson's old-time-flavor “Proverbs in Porcelain," together with "Au Revoir, a Dramatic Vignette," is among the most charming reissues of the holiday season. As to the two dozen or so full-page illustrations which in. terpret the rhymes, we only need to emphasize the second sentence in this quotation from Mr. Dobson's prefatory note : "I confess that I felt some misgiving whether these miniature studies, so frail in structure, so slight in substance, would lend themselves readily to pictorial embodiment. But this was clearly to reckon without the vitalizing power of Art and the accomplished pencil of Mr. Bernard Partridge." Low Tide on Grand Pré. A Book of Lyrics. By Bliss
Carman. 16mo, pp. 120. New York : Charles L. Webster & Co. $1.
Bliss Carman bas a secure place among the poets of the younger Canadian school, and his name is a familiar one on the pages of our magazines and other periodicals His slight, newly published volume contains some two score poems, "collected with reference to their similarity of tone," which are in the main lyrics of love and of nature-particularly of the seaside. Mr. Carman's versification is easy and finished for the most part, but we believe he would oblige a good many readers by ruling out occasional obscurities of conception and vagueness of diction, or what appear obscurities and vagueness to uninitiated minds. However, Mr. Carman's verses belong, as it seems to us, to that species of verse which is called poetry. Sometime, and Other Poems. By May Riley Smith. 16mo,
pp. 168. New York: Anson D. F. Randolph & Co. $1.25.
The versification and the thought of May Riley Smith's poems are clear and simple. Among the numerous short
lyrics are a few in light vein, but the majority show a deep moral tone, and many are expressive of directly religious feeling. Her collection makes a safe volume to put into the hands of any lover of tender and true reflective poetry not too deep for a tired brain. Und the Nursery Lamp. Songs about the Little Ones.
16mo, pp. 105. New York : Anson D. F. Randolph & Co. $1.50.
No compiler's name appears with the songs here gathered, and a considerable number of the poems have no name attached. There are a half dozen charming full-page photogravure illustrations in the spirit of such verses as Stevenson's “My Bed-Boat," Dobson's "The Child Musician," Celia Thaxter's "An Old Saw," Margaret Vandegrift's The Sandman,". Tennyson's "Sweet and Low," Field's “Little Boy Blue," and numerous others. No daintier bit of literature could be desired by one who cares for the poetry inspired by child-life. Pictures from Nature and Life. Poems by Kate Raworth
Holmes ; illustrated by Helen E. Stevenson. Qu“rto, pp. 105. Chicago : A. C. McClurg & Co. $2.50.
Though we cannot truthfully say that we admire the covers of this volume, the lyrical versification by Kate Raworth Holmes and the attractive illustrations by Helen E. Stevenson give it rank among the better class of gift books. The ten poems are upon various aspects of love and nature, and are clearly printed in a decorative style of type, which well preserves the delicate and reflective sentiments of the verse. The Other Side : An Historic Poem. By Virginia Frazer
Boyle. 12mo, pp. 64 Memphis, Tenn.: A, R Taylor & Co. $1.
This poem, dedicated “To Confederate Soldiers Living and Dead and to the Women of the South," is a reverie in imaginative style and written largely in blank verse, upon the cause of the rupture between North and South, of the war, of reconstruction, and particularly of the part Jefferson Davis played in the cause of the Confederacy. Mr. Davis, as the poem pictures him
to us, is a hero and a martyr. These lines have a sustained dignity and a poetic expression which make them worthy to be read by any lover of good verse. The genuine feeling of affection for the "true, tender, loving, proud old South" ought to appeal to any unprejudiced respecter of the impulses from which art is born. Cristoforo Colon : An Epic Poem. By Oscar A. Fliesburg
and Lewis P. Johnson. Paper, 4to, pp. 102. St. Paul, Minn.: Swedish-American Book Company. $1.75.
"Cristoforo Colon" is an epic poem whose origin d'être was. the late Columbian anniversary. The poem was originally written in Swedish and then translated into English with the rugged and varied metres of the Northern tongue preserved. This method of composition is unique, as is also the legend of Columbus' decent from viking blood, and the story of his visit to Iceland, which precedes an account of his famous voy. age of discovery. There are many excellent, vigorous passages in the course of the poem, and it is worthy of examination by those who would be naturally interested in such subject and treatment. There are a large number of fullpage illustrations. In This Our World. Poems by Charlotte Perkins Stetson.
Paper, 16mo, pp. 120. Oakland, Cal.: McCombs &
Some of the shorter lyrics in this little collection from the Pacific Coast are decidedly good-poetic in conception and execution. Sun-Sealed. By George P. McIntyre. 12mo, pp. 186.
Chicago : Astronomic Publishing Co. $1.25.
Mr. McIntyre is a professional Mystic of the city of Chicago, and his verses are "astrologically arranged under the incentive planet aspected by accurate calculation at each inception."
EDUCATION AND TEXT-BOOKS. Mental Development in the Child. By W. Preyer. 12mo,
pp. 196. New York : D. Appleton & Co. $1.
Among the educational works which come to our desk this month two are of importance and presumable interest even to those whose immediate activity may not be along educational lines, in a professional sense. As number twenty-four of the " International Education Series," which our Doctor William T. Harris is editing, we have a translation by H. W.
Brown of an able German treatise by Professor Preyer, of the Physiological Department at Jena. Professor Preyer's "Die Seele des Kindes," first published in 1881, has already, in En. glish form, found place in two volumes of the series to which the present translation belongs. The author is an enthusiastic investigator of the phenomena of child life, especially for the first five years, and desirous of stimulating a wider study of a subject, surely fascinating and strangely enough almost entirely new, Dr Harris tells us in his editorial preface to the ** Mental Development in the Child " that the particular object of the book " is to initiate mothers into the complicated science of psychogenesis. Accordingly he [Dr. Preyer] has taken unusual pains to present the more impor tant points upon which the development of the child's
mind depends in a form easy of assimilation.' Many interesting results of Professor Preyer's studies are presented in a practical form in these pages, one of the most striking being his proof that language is subsequent to the intellectual perception of space, time and cause. The scope of the volume may be further defined by an examination of the chapter headings: "The Senses of the New-Born Child," **Temperaments in Infancy," "The First Perception of Ideas," "The Origin of the Will," "The Development of Self-consciousness," etc. Parents and teachers of small children will be especially benefited by a reading of Doctor Preyer's facts and suggestions. The Science of Education. By Johann Friedrich Her
bart. 12mo, pp 284. Boston : Ginn & Co. $1.
occasion to mention works more or less closely connected with the Herbartian philosophy. Messrs. D. C Heath & Co. now add to their
Pedagogical Library" a translation of two works of the master himself-the Æsthetic Revelation of the World," and "The Science of Education " (* Allgemeine Pädagogik "). The translators, Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Felkin, have written some fifty or sixty pages upon Herbart's Life and Educa tional Work," and they have rendered his chief educational treatise into English upon the principle that " accuracy, faith. ful representation, is a translator's first duty and virtue." It is probable, therefore, that the reader will find here as close a contact with Herbart's pedagogical principles as is possible to one not reading the original German. The Ethics of Hegel. Translated from his “Rechtsphilo
sophie.” With an Introduction by J. Macbride Sterrett, D.D. 12mo, pp. 228. Boston: Ginn & Co. $1.10.
The particular object of the “ Ethical Series " edited by Professor E. Hershey Šneath, of Yale, in which Dr Sterrett's book finds place, is to stimulate a better method and spirit in undergraduate collegiate study in ethics by putting the student in direct contact with important works. This volume contains an English rendering of about one-half of Hegel's * Philosophie des Rechts," with extracts from two other of his works. Like other members of the series it is furnished with a bibliography, biographical sketch, exposition of the text and statement of the relations of the subject-matter to previous and subsequent ethical doctrine. Dr. Sterrett states that he has made his introduction popular, and he has also added a vocabulary of the chief technical terms employed by Hegel. The Eighth Book of Vergil's Æneid. Edited for the Use
of Schools by John Tetlow, D.Sc. 16mo, pp. 203. Boston : Ginn & Co. 50 cents.
Doctor Tetlow believes it to be beneficial for student and teacher to vary monotony by reading one of the later books of the Æneid. He has prepared the text of the Eighth Book, and with a view of making it useful in sight-reading added map, foot notes, some fifty pages of notes arranged together, a large number of “word-groups," and a vocabulary of about eighty pages. Cinq-Mars. By Alfred de Vigny. Abridged and edited,
with introduction and notes, by Charles Sankey, M.A. 12mo, pp. 291. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. 90 cents.
This volume is a new addition to D. C. Heath & Co.'s admirable and extended “Modern Language Series." So far as the text goes Mr. Sankey has made his selection upon the principle of preserving the work's “historical value as a picture of Richelieu and his time, its interest as a romance, and the classical purity of its style," and by narrative in English supplied the place of necessary omissions ; his editorial labor also includes a historical introduction, notes mainly historical, a brief biographical sketch, etc. Popular Science. Edited and annotated by Jules
Luquiens, Ph.D. 12mo, pp. 252 Boston : Ginn &
Doctor Luquiens has brought together the original French text of seven short selections of such nature as to come under
the heading " Popular (as distinguished from pure) Science." The aim of the book is to provide material suitable for im. parting the habit of careful reading and, in a measure, the vocabulary of scientific literature." La Prise de la Bastile. By J. Michelet. Paper, 12mo, pp.
55. Boston: Ginn & Co. 25 cents.
A condensed selection from Michelet's “ History of the French Revolution," edited and annotated by Doctor Jules Luquiens, of Yale University, Goethe's Dichtung und Wahrheit. Edited, with intro
ductions, notes and index, by C. A. Buchheim. 12mo, pp. 337. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. $1.05.
This volume, which is an addition to the well-known "Modern Language Series," contains the first four books of Goethe's famous autobiography. Doctor Buchheim states in his preface that he has explained throughout all the historical, biographical literary and other allusions," and he has added a great deal of annotation in general. Brigitta. By Berthold Auerbach. With introduction
and notes by J. Howard Gore, Ph.D. 12mo, pp. 123. Boston : Ginn & Co. 55 cents.
"Brigitta" was written in 18-0, only two years before the author's death. Dr Gore believes it is well adapted for
sight-reading or regular work for a less advanced class." The German Declensions Simplified and Symbolized so as
to make their acquisition rapid and permanent. By William A. Wheatley. 12mo, pp. 53. Syracuse : C.
W. Bardeen. 25 cents. Elementary Laboratory Cards. Mechanics and Electric
ity. By Harlow W. Eaton, A.M., Ph.D. Chicago : W. A. Olmsted, 182 Wabash Avenue.
Dr Eaton prepared this card system for his own classes and has found it of excellent service in the teaching of physics. A separate card, with directions for experiment, is put into the hands of each pupil. The cards form a series from 1 to 153 and we suppose an unlimited supply of any number or of all can be obtained. The Essentials of Chemical Physiology, for the Use of
Students. By W. D. Halliburton, M.D., F.R.S. Octavo, pp. 177. New York : Longmans, Green & Co. $1.50.
The author of this treatise is professor of physiology in King's College, London, and holds other English academic positions. His pages, well illustrated, are the outgrowth of practical teaching, and furnish information regarding the chemistry of foods, digestion, the blood and allied subjects. Little People's Reader. By Georgia A. Hodskins. 12mo,
pp. 107. Boston : Ginn & Co. 30 cents.
Simple reading matter in large print and simple illustra. tions, designed for the first grade of pupils. My Saturday Bird Claşs. By Margaret Miller. 12mo, pp.
107. Boston : D. C. Heath & Co. 30 cents.
The author of this little volume has had success in interesting small children in the study of nature, and with a view of extending her plan has given a sort of journal of her walks and talks, and dialogue with her pupils. Her pages are illustrated, and she gives a brief scientific substratum to her bird lore, as " Hints for the Teacher." History and Literature in Grammar Grades. By J. H.
Phillips, Ph.D. 12mo, pp. 17. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co. 15 cents.
A paper read before the Department of Superintendence at Brooklyn, some time ago.. Dr. Phillips is at the head of the public school system of Birmingham, Ala.
The School Singer. A Collection of Favorite Songs and
Chorals for Schools. Compiled by George A. Veazie.
Mr. Veazie's preface states that his volume is “not a book of exercises, but a careful compilation of popular songs and choruses of medium difficulty, from The Coda,' and which are expressly adapted to school 118e." It has selections for