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The Eclectic Magazine ( New York ) is to have a new cover for next year.
Count Emile de Kératry, delegate from the Société des Gens de Lettres, who has come to America to further the cause of an international copyright law, was the guest of the American Copyright League at a breakfast at Delmonico's, December 7. Among the speakers were Dr. Edward Eggleston, ex-Senator Chace, author of the Chace bill; President Patton, of Princeton; General Horace Porter, Frederic R. Coudert, A. D. F. Randolph, George Parsons Lathrop, and W. A. Coffin, of the Free Art League.
A new monthly shorthand magazine, The National Stenographer, is to be published in Chicago. Isaac S. Dement will be the editorial manager, and the board of editors will include Fred. Irland, Detroit ; Irving E. Rockwell, Chicago; John G. Bowman, Philadelphia ; R. S. Gray and George W. Smith, San Francisco; L. E. Greene, Washington ; and Edwin W. Sprague, Chicago. The magazine will be impartial, not devoted to any system, and all articles printed will be paid for.
Miss Fannie Murfree, sister of “Charles Egbert Craddock," is to have in The Atlantic a serial story, called “Felicia."
George W. Bungay, widely known as a writer of prose and verse of excellent quality, is prostrated with paralysis at his home in Brooklyn.
General Francis W. Palfrey, of Boston, widely known as an historian, died in Cannes, France, December 5.
William Allingham, the poet, is dead.
The Christmas number of The Nationalist (Boston) contains a fine pen-and-ink sketch of Edward Bellamy, author of “Looking Backward." · The Kansas Academy of Language, Literature, and Art held its sixth annual session at Topeka, Kansas, November 29 and 30. About fifty members from all parts of the state were present. Papers on “A Plea for the Study of Language,” “Pronunciation,” “Wordsworth,” “ The West in Literature,” “Some Recent Kansas Books,” and other topics were read, and the following officers were chosen for the coming year: President, E. C. Ray, Topeka; vice-president, G. G. Ryan, Leavenworth ; secretary, Ida A. Ahlborn, Baldwin ; treas. urer, O. S. Davis, Topeka ; executive committee, A. M. Wilcox, Lawrence; L. E. Whittemore, Topeka ; Robert Hay, Junction City. About twenty new members were added to the academy, the object of which is the upbuilding of a higher literary standard in the West.
A “Life of Mary W. Shelley," by Mrs. William Rossetti, will be the next volu ne in the Eminent Women Series. It is said to contain much new and unpublished information about the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and others.
Dr. Holmes writes the article on Emerson in the fourth volume of Chambers' Encyclopædia.
Paul B. Du Chaillu will pass the winter in Egypt.
Wilkie Collins, by his will, directed that he be buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, at a cost not exceeding $125, that no scarves or hat-bands should be used, and that a plain stone cross, placed over his grave, should bear only the inscription which he had prepared. An English writer says of Wilkie Collins' modest fortune that the personality was only about $50,000, and adds : " Those who think this little in comparison with the immense prices he was paid at one time must remember that his figure went down in his old age."
John Adington Symonds, who has lived in an Alpine region for many years for the benefit of his health, passed several weeks in England this year. He has only recently returned to his home at a higher altitude to continue his literary work.
Martin Farquhar Tupper died November 29.
The Burrows Brothers Company, of Cleveland, secured Mr. Blackmore's sanction for their handsome pictorial edition of “Lorna Doone,” and sent him a good-sized check in recognition of his courtesy.
Robert Browning died in Venice December 12.
Mrs. Dora R. Miller, of New Orleans, is a talented writer, though as yet not very well known. She is a contributor to Lippincott's, the Century, and other standard magazines. "The Diary of a Southern Woman,” which appeared in the August Century, under the editorship of George W. Cable, was written by Mrs. Miller, though the article was presented in a rather ambiguous form, which may have misled the public as to its authorship. Mrs. Miller should be recognized, and a place assured her among the talented and remunerated writers of the present day. The interest evinced in this writer by George W. Cable should alone prove her claim to talents of a high order. She has occupied a distinguished position as teacher in New Orleans for many years, successfully and meritoriously filling the Chair of Science in the High School, and locally known as contributor to scientific and educational journals. Such intellects as Mrs. Miller's should be recognized, and the right hand of fellowship extended by more experienced writers.
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