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Mr. Stephens was married in 1889.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephens went abroad last spring and are traveling leisurely through England and the Continent.
Robert Loveman, whose second book of verse has just been issued by the J. B. Lippincott Co., lives in the quaint little Southern city of Dalton, Ga. Mr. Loveman devotes himself to his books, and his chosen calling of literature. He is fond of travel, and specially likes London, where he spent a recent summer browsing in the British Museum. An extended journey through France, Switzerland and Germany, resulted in some poems of travel, now appearing in the magazines. His winters are usually spent in New York with Mr. Will N. Harben, who is wellknown as the author of many remarkably good southern stories. Mr. Zangwill, in reviewing Mr. Loveman’s previous volume, says of the verses, “ They are marked by delicacy of expression, restraint of handling, and tenderness of thought."
CHARLES FREDERIC GOSS
farce. These were designed for cheap theatres and were successful, notably the Steve Brodie melodrama, “On the Bowery. “An Enemy to the King," a more ambitious play, was produced by E. H. Sothern in September, 1895, running the entire winter. “The Ragged Regiment” was produced at the Herald Square Theatre in New York in June, 1898. The theme treated was the Cuban revolution.
At the suggestion of Messrs. L. C. Page & Company, the Boston publishers, he wrote a novel based on the play, “An Enemy to the King.” This was brought out in book form in 1897 and is now in its thirtieth thousand.
His new novel, “ Philip Winwood," dealing with the adventures of an American officer during the war of the revolution, has the remarkable record of having sold thirty thousand copies before publication.
Mr. Elmore Peake, whose first novel stories is “ The Moonshiners," a Georgian will be issued this fall from the press of tale, which appeared in the Christmas McClure, Phillips & Co., is a young man, issue of Pearson's Magazine. He is a twenty-nine years of age, and the son of a sincere, quiet-minded man, who looks at Methodist minister. His home is in life in an optimistic way, and writes about Beloit, Wis., and it is the several charac- things and people exactly as he sees them. teristically American phases of modern life found in this section of the country
Miss Gertrude Hall has written a rowhich he has successfully depicted. Mr. Peake became private secretary to Con
mance entitled “ April's Sowing," which
will be among the fall publications. The gressman M. H. McCord when he was
title is quoted from a stanza in “Pippa eighteen years old. He held this position
Passes": three years, changing from it to several clerkships. After a year's experience as “You'll love me yet !—and I can tarry corresponding secretary of a sash and door Your love's protracted growing;
June reared that bunch of flowers you carry manufacturing concern, he decided to try
From seeds of April's sowing." his hand at writing. This was four years ago. Mr. Peake found his vocation. His Miss Hall's name has become identified stories were an instant success, and the in literature with work which is essenclerkships were put away with a resolve tially artistic. She was educated in Floron the writer's part never to be renewed. ence, Italy, and has written several volMr. Peake is now devoting himself solely umes of short stories and poems, beside to literature. One of his most successful translating Paul Verlaine's poems and
The portrait of Mr. Charles Frederic The author of “ The Girl at the Half
Goss, the author of "The Redemption of way House,” Mr. E. Hough, gained general David Corson ” which Miss Laughlin rerecognition by his remarkable book, “The
viewed in our last issue, is printed through Story of the Cowboy,” published by D. Appleton & Company, in this country, Bowen-Merrill Co.
the courtesy of Mr. Goss's publishers the and also published in England.
“ The Girl at the Halfway House” illustrates the strange life of the great Mr. Hervey White, the author of “Difwestward movement which became so ferences,” was born in New London, Iowa, marked in this country after the civil war. in the year 1866, the son of farming peoWhile the story is a novel with a love ple. Owing to the death of the mother of motive, it is, perhaps, most striking as a the family, which occurred when Mr. romance of the picturesque and dramatic White was but three years old, the home days of early Western life. It shows the was broken
the brother and sister gomovement westward, and the free play of ing away to work, and the father occupied primitive forces in the opening of a new here and there at one thing and another. country. Nothing has been written on During this time Mr. White lived with an the opening of the West to excel this ro aunt of the family and attended a district
school until he was twelve years of age. The first part of the year 1895 was spent By this time he had mastered about all by Mr. White in tramping through Italy. the district school could give him, owing upon his return to this country that to a knowledge of literature decidedly un- year he took up his residence in Chicago, usual in a boy of his years.
and worked for one year in the Bureau of When Mr. White had reached the age Charities of that city. He then entered of thirteen years the family once more the John Crerar Library, assuming the found itself under one roof, this time in position of reference librarian, a place he western Kansas, where the brother had held until last fall. He has been for taken out a claim. The little desultory three years a resident of two of the social schooling he was able at this time to se- settlements of Chicago—the one a home cure received a check from a change in near Goose Island of that city, and the family affairs—the marriage of the sister other the well-known Hull House. —which left Mr. White cook and house In the September of 1899 he resigned keeper of the new home, which soon be- his position as reference Librarian, and came a kind of bachelor's hall, in which left Chicago. After a walking trip of two Mr. White was, as he himself has put it, or three hundred miles over the continen“the kid” and the ruler. Otherwise, he tal divide, Mr. White settled in Denver, says, he could not be the cook. And then Colorado, where he spent the winter of came a period of time during which he 1899–1900 in literary work, afterwards profarmed, cooked and herded on the ranch, ceeding to the Pacific Coast. He is at working for board and wages, and sup- present stopping in Albany, Oregon. porting himself entirely until he was six Messrs. Small, Maynard & Co. have in teen years old. By that time he had
press two new books by Mr. White, money enough saved to enable him to at “Quicksand," a novel, and a volume of tend the Stockton Academy, a western in short stories entitled “When Eve Was stitution of learning, for five months. Not Created.” After this he taught school until he was eighteen years of age when he The collaboration of Josiah Flynt, "a entered the preparatory department of the philosopher of side-streets, the first auState University of Kansas, working thority living on matters that happen up along irregularly, by reason of his having an alley," and Francis Walton, who modto stop to teach, until he had completed estly calls himself a reporter of the crowd the sophomore year of the course.
that passes, in describing their joint dealAt this time Mr. White secured an ap- ings with the great unwashed, has resulted pointment to go to Mexico as a collector in some clever and interesting contribuon a scientific expedition in geology and tions to the literature of curbstone philosmineralogy. It was during his stay in ophy. Mr. Flynt’s “ Tramping with Mexico that he wrote his first book, a ro Tramps” was not only an amusing exmance, and “ finally decided,” as he him- perience. It was a study in sociology, self puts it, “ for a life try at literature.” which has thrown much new light In the course of a year Mr. White returned
upon the problems of the people. Mr. to the University of Kansas, completed Flynt and Mr. Walton have recently finthe junior year of the course, came on to ished a book, which they expect to name the east to Cambridge, and was graduated “The Powers that Prey.” It will be pubfrom Harvard University in the class of lished this fall by McClure, Phillips & '94.
Co. They are at present working upon
scended to Mr. Loomis' brother, Harvey W. Loomis, the composer. The gift for mimicry came down to the writer, who has employed it in his series of imitations of the styles of various authors, and in a gift for impersonation that has stood him in good stead in his readings from his own works. Mr. Loomis began life as a clerk, and although he soon made up his mind that one was never less gifted for clerical work than he, he kept it up for thirteen years, meantime trying his wings as a writer. “ Yankee Enchantments" will be illustrated by Miss Fanny Young Cory, whose fancy and humor run in parallel lines to those of Mr. Loomis.
Helen M. Winslow, author of “ Conanother book, dealing with the two oppos
cerning Cats" is a well known newspaper ing forces—the powers that prey and the
and club woman, of Boston, a writer of powers that rule. Mr. Flynt is also en ability, editor of the Club Woman, and gaged upon a book on “The Criminal's secretary of the Boston Authors' Club. Idea of Himself and His Work,” while his She has been a lover of cats all her life, collaborator is working independently and has some famous ones at her home at upon a novel dealing with contemporary
Forest Hills. She has been aided in her types in the United States.
compilation of the book by other well
known cat fanciers and cat lovers, and Another book bearing the McClure,
such organizations as the Beresford Cat
Club have recommended her book. Phillips imprint is from the pen of Mr. Charles Battell Loomis, and will be called “Yankee Enchantments." It is a collec Mr. Duffield Osborne was born in Brooktion of forty stories, which appeared in lyn, N. Y., in 1858. He was graduated the New York Sun, and other papers from the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute throughout the country. Mr. Loomis is in 1875, from Columbia College with hona clever writer, and through his book, ors in 1870, receiving the degree A.B.; “The Four Masted Cat-boat," was placed from the Columbia Law School in 1881, in the front ranks of the American hu with the degree LL.B., and was admitted morists. This volume, with “Just
to the bar in the same year. In 1882 he Rhymes" (his first publication) and the received the degree of A.M. from Columforthcoming stories, complete his literary bia College after a special course and exrepertoire. He was born in Brooklyn, amination. He practiced law in the forty years ago. His parents, Charles city of New York until 1892, when he Battell and Mary Worthington, both became assistant secretary and later actpossessed very remarkable voices as well ing secretary to the Brooklyn Departas a keen sense of the ludicrous and an ment of City Works, which position ability to mimic. The musical gifts de he held until 1894; going abroad shortly