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ENTERED AT THE BOSTON POST-OFFICE AS SECOND-CLASS MAIL MATTER. how he lives, what kind of man he is when he

lays aside his full-dress suit of types and binding,

CONTENTS:

and eats, or sleeps, or talks like an ordinary

AUTHORS AND AUTHORS' LIVES. John F. Genung.

person. Of the biographies that appear every

How I WRITE My Novels. " The Duchess."

month, the biographies of literary men are far

A WONDERFUL Parts Newspaper. Henry Haynie. .

GettiNG INTO PRINT. James Payn. .

in the predominance. Books of anecdote, table-

A MAGAZINE Editor's ADVICE. William J. Bok.

talk, reminiscence, treat for the most part of

WHY LITERARY Men BREAK Down. Eugene Field.

men of letters. "The lions of a metropolis are

COLLOQUIAL ENGLISH. A. S. Hill.

literary lions, literary at least to the extent of

ELITORIAL.

Notes, 10 - The Plan of THE AUTHOR.

clever after-dinner speaking or skill in touching

Queries.

off a story. How desperate have been the en-

PERSONAL Gossip ABOUT WRITERS.

deavors to track Shakespeare, through his Son-

James Bryce, 12 - Amelia B. Edwards, 12 - Erck-

nets, his “ Tempest,” his Prince Hal, to that

mann-Chatrian, - Mary Hallock Foote, 12 —

Lucy Larcom, 12 — George Meredith, 12 -- Edgar hiding-place where his baffling personality has

Saltus, 13 — - J. H. Shorthouse, 13 —

Henry M. Stan- retreated! It is a great point gained, everyone

ley, 13 — Walt Whitman.

feels, if it may reasonably be inferred from the

LITERARY News AND NOTES.

Sonnets that Shakespeare the actor, working

among associations that soi

nd stain, felt his

AUTHORS AND AUTHORS' LIVES.

sensitive nature recoil, as it became “subdued

to what it works in, like the dyer's hand "; or if
The glory for which authors are traditionally from the “ Tempest " we may identify Prospero
regarded as thirsting is in the main an elusive with the friendly magician who, as the almost
thing, especially when it comes to be measured unknown playwright, has created so much for
in the prosaic terms of a publisher's accounts; the world. Every shred of fact about such a
but on one side, what we may call its domestic personality is precious. Nor are men exacting
side, it is real, and not ungratifying. Whether about facts poetical or mysterious. They like
his literary work keeps him in shoe-strings or to read, also, at their breakfast-tables that Mr.
not, - in which latter case he is in the illustri- Whittier spent his eighty-second birthday quiet-
ous company of Wordsworth, — of one thing ly at home, receiving his friends, and that Lord

· the author may be sure, that the world will take Tennyson was removed the other day, in a

as much interest in him as he deserves. There special invalid's car, from Aldworth to Farring-

is no class of people about whom there is so ford, where he will spend the winter. All the

much eagerness for information as the literary prose of a poet's life the world insists on trans-

class. What the author writes awakes every- muting into poetry. Pilgrimage to holy shrines

where the desire to know what the author does, is not antiquated, it has only taken the new

Copyright, 1889, by William H. Hills. All rights reserved.

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