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WILL N. HARBEN
[From photograph by Ray, Asheville, N. C.)
[From a photograph by Notman, Boston.) Among the important volumes of short stories announced for publication during Mr. Charles Warren, the author of the early fall, Mr. Harben's book of “ The Girl and the Governor” and other “Northern Georgia Sketches,” several of stories, was born in Boston in 1868, and which have appeared in the Century and graduated from Harvard College in '89. other leading magazines, promises to be He later attended the Harvard Law popular. His novel of New York literary School, was admitted to the Suffolk Bar life, entitled “ The Woman Who Trusted,” in 1892, and served as private secretary to which has been appearing serially in the the Governor during the third term of Saturday Evening Post, is also announced William E. Russell. Mr. Warren is now for publication in book form. Mr. Har
a practising lawyer in Boston, and lives at ben was born at Dalton, Ga., in 1858, and Dedham, Mass., which is also the home of after leaving college for some time de- . F. J. Stimson, the novelist. He has writvoted himself to mercantile pursuits in the ten many political and legal papers, and South. His first book,“ White Marie,” the also light verse, but this is his first book. story of a white slave, attracted considerable attention about ten years ago. He has Solon Hyde, the author of " A Captive written many short stories and several nov- of War," comes of a line that has proels, and was at one time on the editorial duced considerable literature. On his fathstaff of The Youth's Companion. His next er's side he comes from the old Connecwork will be a long story dealing with a ticut Hyde family from which Charles A. peculiar phase of life in the far South. Dana was a descendant, and on his moth
er's side, he descends from the Rogers family, of which E. P. Roe is perhaps the
ner's Sons, his first novel, entitled “Unmost widely known representative. “My
til the Day Breaks.” Mr. Wilson, who is grandfather," writes Mr. Hyde, traces his
a Kentuckian, promises to take his place ancestry back through a hardy set of sea- among the first of the writers of the faring celebrities, until he lost himself, as
middle West. I always thought, among the Freebooters who used to infest the southern seas."
New volumes in the series of “ National
Studies in American Letters " issued unMr. Hyde, however, was born “to fortune and to fame unknown" in Ohio, about
der the general editorship of Professor sixty years ago. When the Civil War
Woodberry of Columbia University by the broke out, Mr. Hyde was studying medi
Macmillan Company, include an account cine under his father's direction. He
of “The Clergy in American Life and entered service in September, '61, as a
Letters," written by the Rev. Daniel Du
laney Addison ; and a study of “The private, was soon made a corporal, and then hospital steward, undergoing the
Hoosier Writers,” by Meredith Nichol. vicissitudes of a soldier's life until he was
son, a young western writer of occasional captured. First and last he was in nearly
verse that is distinctly good. every large military prison of the Con
The World's Work is to be the title of federacy, and through all his experiences he kept a diary. It is from this diary
the new monthly magazine of which that the present book has been written.
Messrs. Doubleday, Page & Co. will issue
the first number in November. We un“A Captive of War” ought to be an in
derstand it is not to be a magazine of teresting historical document as well as a faithful record of life under unusually general literature—it will have no fiction
at all—but will try to present some record trying times.
of contemporary work in all departments
of industry and branches of knowledge. Robert Burns Wilson, already well It will not be eclectic, as is, to some extent, known as a poet and painter, has just the Review of Reviews, for all its articles published, through Messrs. Charles Scrib- will be written for it. It is to be illustrated only with photographs, and the
text will be printed in a large page upon THE WORLDSWORK
light unglazed paper. The magazine is to be under the editorial management of Mr. Walter H. Page, who is the junior partner in the publishing house. Its price is to be twenty-five cents, and under its editorial and business management we think it cannot fail to make an agreeable impression, and establish itself securely in a high place among the best American periodicals.
Mr. John Cotton Dana, a librarian of Springfield, Mass., lately published an article in a Springfield paper touching the quality of the book reviews which appear in the monthly periodicals devoted especially to literature and literary topics. Mr. Dana made this table his thesis :
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Total Reviews.... 28
Some Praise ......
15 20 9 8
proved his point. Certainly his table does not do it. His table shows that in
the four periodicals he has named from Critic
57 to 72 per cent. of the books reviewed Book Buyer Bookman
received "high praise." Is this fact a Nation
proof, or even internal evidence, that the He finds that
“high praise” was not deserved ? Does “All, with the exception of the Nation, lack
Mr. Dana believe that he knows these the courage of condemnation. And of the one
books did not deserve the "high praise" hundred and eighty-nine works examined by the when he does not know (or, at least, three first named, one hundred and fifty-four are
he does not tell us) even the titles of these found excellent, and only nine are actually dis
books ? Does he assume that he knows, approved of.
" This table tells the story of American literary intuitively, that they did not deserve criticism ; it is 'a chorus of praise.' Neither can praise ? And his table can have no value it be said, in justification of this endless gush, that as a comparative survey of the four periliterary journals notice only the books that can be
odicals' contents, because the different praised, those that have attracted attention and periodicals did not review the same books, are for sale everywhere."
or at least Mr. Dana does not tell us that One hears a great deal of loose talk, first the same books were noticed. Mr. Dana and last, about the irresponsibility and is trying to "make an average” among untrustworthiness of book reviewers at things which cannot be averaged any the present time, but it is not often that more than dollars and bushels can be any such definite explication is made. added together. We do not think that Mr. Dana has We believe it to be a fact that among
LORD NON-CONTENT/LORD BROUGHAM
all the books published, a surprisingly large percentage deserves praise. Where
LYNDHURST: “Content or Non-Content!"
BROUGAAM: “Oh, Non-Content of course.” there are so many books the number
[By permission of Messrs. F. Keppel & Co.) of books worth reading is bound to be great. And since the review space in this take to prove that. We will venture to periodical is limited, it is THE Book say that this periodical has not discovBUYER's general policy not to waste it on ered any new Thackerays or latter-day books which have nothing to recommend Byrons, though we are looking out for them. This applies, of course, only to them with an eagerness scarcely blunted the rank and file. A bad, pretentious by hope deferred. But because the strongbook deserves condemnation, and it usually est wine still lies in the oldest casks, shall gets it, we think. But to break all the there be no cakes and ale while we wait ? butterflies which appear-even though
Probably abuses exist in all industries, adverse criticism be "easier writing" than however honest and honorable; there may appreciative notice—this, as Cowper said be individual sins of commission in bookabout swearing, is “neither brave, polite reviewing, but Mr. Dana is not selecting nor wise.” At all events, THE BOOK individual cases—he is for "averages," and BUYER has neither time nor space to do broad, sweeping statements. General asit, nor any inclination.
sertions are usually faulty ; Mr. Dana's Neither, we hope, does The Book certainly seem to be. Every newspaper Buyer sin on the side of excessive praise. man, for instance, employed by a decent
, Even Mr. Dana's table does not under- newspaper, knows what extraordinary effort is made to print only accurate news. Stephen Crane's sketches of the “Great Yet any man in the street can tell you, Battles of the World,” which have been with an air, that "it can't be true if it is appearing from month to month in Lipin the newspapers.” We think Mr. Dana's pincott's Magazine are to be brought statements are unjustified; he has a right together in book form with eight illustrato his own opinion, but we are sorry his tions by John Sloane. As Crane's reputaopinion of others’ judgment is so low. tion as a writer began with the success of
his “Red Badge of Courage,” a wonderThrough the courtesy of Mr. FitzRoy fully real though rather lurid picture of Carrington, we are able to reproduce two war, it seems quite probable that this new hitherto unpublished drawings by Leech, book which the Lippincotts are about to together with a portrait from an early pho- publish will find many readers. Another tograph. These two drawings, together book announced for early publication by with several more, are in a little leather- the same firm, and which will, undoubtcovered sketch-book which has lately come edly, be very popular, is an account of the into possession of Messrs. F. Keppel & Co. “ Famous American Belles of the NineThe portrait of Lord Brougham—“ Lord teenth Century," from the pen of Virginia Non-Content"-is a striking figure, and the Tatnall Peacock. This volume will be other picture is in Leech's happiest brought out in the publisher's best style manner.
with twenty full-page illustrations beside
OSTLER: “ Please to take 'im gently over the wood-pavement, sir, for he's werry fresh this mornin'."
[By permission of Messrs. F. Keppel & Co.]