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Guidi (Houghton, Mifflin & Co.). The his own still persists as a standard to “Complete Works” of Chaucer, and of which we are apt to refer anything particRobert Burns are also issued this year, ularly striking among the cartoons of the and in two tall, handsome volumes, by day. In this edition the bibliography has Messrs. T. Y. Crowell & Co. The Chaucer been enlarged, the “memoir" and notes has Professor Lounsbury's “Introduc- have been amplified, four new illustration," and the four volumes are illustrated tions and a fuller index have been prowith photograrure plates. Mention may vided. The same publishers import a rebe made here, also, of the elaborate edition print of Ireland and Nichols's edition of of the “Psalms" of King David, which Hogarth's “Works,” in three volumes. form a handsome volume issued by the The text of the volumes is well printed, Fleming H. Revell Co. with a series of but the plates are very bad, besides being decorative illustrations, initials and page so small as to have little value except as borders by Mr. Louis Rhead, and an in- memoranda. In their series of “ Illustroductory “Study” by the Rev. Newton trated Romances” the Lippincotts issue Dwight Hillis. The volume is bandsome- “John Halifax, Gentleman ” and “ Ivanly printed and deserves the appreciation hoe,” each containing twelve colored rewhich it is sure to gain.
productions of drawings by Charles E. Three stout volumes of tales by Alex- Brock. andre Dumas are reprinted by Messrs. I. Several favorite novels of the last few Y. Crowell & Co. — “The Forty-five years appear in handsome illustrated ediGuardsmen,” “Marguerite de Valois" tions. "Hugh Wynne" comes from the and“ Dame de Monsoreau.” Though all, Century Co. in a single volume, in large, or nearly all, hare got the seed, now, not clear type, with Mr. Pyle's fine illustraevery literary truck-gardener can grow tions; Mrs. Goodwin's “ Head of a Hunflowers of this kind; the shoots of the dred” has a colored frontispiece and serparent plant please best in many ways. eral pictures in the text (Little, Brown & These books are presentably made, and Co.); and Parkman's“ The Oregon Trail,” contain good drawings by Mr. Frank T. with Remington's spirited drawings, Merrill.
comes from the same publishers. Messrs. A new and enlarged edition of Austin G. P. Putnam's Sons send us an elaborate Dobson's critical and painstaking mono- edition, in two volumes, of the deathless graph upon “William Hogarth” is sent “ Christmas Carol” and the “ Cricket on us by the J. B. Lippincott Co. First pub- the Hearth,” in white covers, sprigged lished nearly ten years ago, this work has with holly and containing many excellent remained the standard biography of the illustrations and marginal drawings. The great artist whom other artists praised so same publishers issue a handsome edition little and the great world so much. As in five volumes of the works of George an engraver and a "pictorial moralist” Borrow, with photogravure frontispiece Hogarth's place is not now assailed; and and reproductions of the original titlewhile we have different manners in satire, pages.
From "The Grey Fairy Book."
Copyright, 1900, by Longmans, Green & Co. THE LITTLE GREY MAN DEMANDED MORE
BY WILLIAM HENRY FROST
the books of the year which aim count them—the earliest of them are especially to make the children's Christ- ready scarcely three months before Christmas merry is nothing less than bewilder- mas and the review must be in the Christing.
If the reviewer be a man of con- mas number of a magazine, and there are science he must experience something of parents and grown-up brothers and sisters the feeling of Mr. Sergeant Buzfuz. and here or there an aunt who want Never, said that ornament of the bar, guidance in selecting gifts. The books never, in the whole course of his profes- must be read and written about while sional experience, had he approached a they are almost too hot from the press to case with feelings of such deep emotion be held in the hand. “A man may, if he or with such a heavy sense of the respon- were of a fearful heart, stagger in this sibility imposed upon him. If there are attempt.” When the generation which is inaccuracies in the quotation they must now writing children's books was reading be overlooked. With the array of child- them purely for fun, the two previous ren's books before him the reviewer has generations used to say: "We had no such no time to refer back to “ The Posthu- books as these when we were children. mous Papers of the Pickwick Club" for We had The Pilgrim's Progress' and verification.
* Robinson Crusoe’and that was about all.
of them the better. Right-minded children believe in fairies. If they tell you that they do not, they do it to save argument, and the little falsehood serves you right; you ought not to have asked them.
Many a pleasant hour may be spent, by those who are good judges of such things, with “The Grey Fairy Book,” the addition which Andrew Lang makes this year to the series which already contains the Blue, Red, Green, Yellow and Pink Fairy Books. All such persons have occasion to be grateful that Mr. Lang himself is so good a judge of such things. He knows a story when he sees one, and he seems to have inexhaustible mines where he finds them. These particular ones have nothing of the appearance of being remnants rejected in the making of former collections. They are as fresh and as charming as if they were the choice gleanings of all. The book is illustrated with many beautiful drawings by H. J. Ford. (Longmans,
Green & Co.)
There are not many books this year From “The Little Dreamer's Adventure."
more beautiful, outside or in, in substance -Copyright, 1900, by Lee & Shepard.
or in make-up, than “ The True Annals of Fairyland,” by William Canton (Mac
millans). It has as a second title, “ The Children have a great deal done for them Reign of King Herla.” It contains some nowadays that we never had done for us.” of the stories that are most dear and And this used to be said with a sort of air familiar to the right sort of children, and of reproach, as if it were the children's which remain most dear to them after fault. If it were, what a guilty lot are they grow up, along with many others the children of to-day. Where there were which are less familiar but scarcely less books for children sixty years ago, and shelves of books thirty years ago, there
While Mr. Frost has expressed appreciation of many are libraries now.
books of fairy tales, he has, of course, omitted to menAnd by the same tion his own volume of charming tales, drawn from token, if we don't begin on them, we shall Irish legends, which appears this year under the title
“Fairies and Folk of Ireland” (Scribners). The shorter never get through.
stories with which his narrative is interspersed, are all And the fairy books are to come first. genuine Irish folk-tales, but though Mr. Frost has used The children whom I love are the chil
some thread spun by others, as he says, he has woven
the fabric himself. From beginning to end the book is dren who love fairies. They belong to the filled with the genuine essence of the old-fashioned fairy imagination of children, and the stories
story, and he tells the tales with the simplicity and
quaintness of the ancient chronicler. From the story of of them gently and rightly foster and cul- Earl Gerald and his men at arms as eep in the great tivate and strengthen the childish imagi
hall beneath the castle, waiting for the miller's son to
come and blow the trumpet to rouse them, we take a nation. The later they outgrow the love
picture by Mr. S. R. Burleigh.-Ed. Book BUYER.
attractive. All these stories were related Glass.” It is too good to rest under a to the guests at the marriage feast of King charge so liable to misinterpretation. It Herla, which naturally lasted for several will be better to say that it was inspired days. The device will be recognized by by "Through the Looking-Glass.” The exceptionally clever persons as not unlike transmutations and the passing through formerly known methods of setting forth page after page of the book certainly retales, but it is handled with uncommon call the changes of Alice's entertaining cleverness and effect, the vehicle of the friends and the crossing of the little stories being itself one of the most inter- brooks, but the book has its own sort of esting of them. The author is engagingly originality, and the pictures which Oliver innocent in his wonder at the fact, which
Herford has made for it are inspired by will not down, that some of the stories nothing but the artist's own clever brain. have been printed before. The humor of They are thoroughly delightful. it becomes plainer as we go through the The charge that “The Road to Nobook and find such old friends as “ The where," by Livingston B. Morse (Harpers), Golden Bird,” “Cinderella," “ The Briar Rose,” “The Argonauts,” “The Emperor's New Clothes' and “King Lear.” There is one overgrown child who, if he ever finds time, is going to read this book clear through again, just for fun, and he knows not what more he can say for it than that.
3 As not all Yarmouth bloaters come from Yarmouth, even so not all fairy stories have fairies in them. Many of the very best of them have none. “Fairy tale" is only the designation of a story fired by a certain quality of imagination, and the entrance of a fairy into it or his failure to enter is a mere detail. Dreamland lies 80 near to Fairyland that the boundaries have never been satisfactorily settled. It would not be fair to “ The Dream Fox Story Book," by Mabel Osgood Wright (Macmillans), to say that it was imitation
From "The Dream Fox Fairy Book,"_Copyright, 1900, by The Macmillan
of “Through the Looking
(Century Co.), but such frankness does not impair the effect of the book as a clever and gratifying one. The pictures, by Fanny Y. Cory, are particularly good, and there are too many of them to count.
“ The Little Dreamer's Adventure," by Frank Samuel Child (Lee & Shepard), is full of a sort of jocularity that keeps one puzzled whether to think it silly or clever, but one is likely to end by being amused. There are puns and puns, and many of them would be counted pretty poor ones if they were isolated, but, as they are, their quantity diverts attention from their quality and it is interesting to see how often the author can make even
In real life such children as those of the book ought to be packed off to separate schools, as far apart as possible, in the hope that they might come out like
other children. In a book From “ The Irish Brigade."
they are at times divertCopyright, 1900, by Charles Scribner's Sons. "TAKING A DIAMOND RING FROM HIS FINGER, HE HANDED IT TO DESMOND”
ing. In each of the
“ Stories from Dreamis an imitation, is forestalled by the dedi- land” a child dreams a dream, and some cation of the book “to Alice in Wonder- of them are most unpleasant dreams. land.” As far as it is an imitation, it is a The book has a pretty red and gold cover good one, and its story is attractive, inter- and is written by William H. Pott and esting and amusing. It has pictures in published by James Pott & Co. There red and black, cleverly drawn by Edna are some singularly wooden-colored picMorse. Official acknowledgment of a tures. likeness to “ Alice's Adventures in Won- “The Second Froggy Fairy Book," by derland” is also made on behalf of “ Josey Anthony J. Drexel Biddel, published by and the Chipmunk," by Sydney Reid Drexel Biddel, is just what its name im