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sinks; throughout the piece there were volleys of masculine chuckles which
THE DRAMA SHELF testified to the accuracy of the author's
“One Act Plays for Stage and psychological details. Miss George,
Study”, preface by Augustus Thomas as usual, gave a spirited, graceful, and (French). One of the best collections intelligent performance. At this sort
of producible one act plays yet pub
lished. of comedy she is unexcelled. The cast included Bruce McRae, who was de- “Eight Little Plays for Children" lightful as the heavy, honest, unim
by Rose Fyleman (Doran). Slight
plays filled with fanciful humor. aginative husband profoundly in love with his wife. For intelligent people
“The Discovery" by Mrs. Frances
Sheridan (Doran). Aldous Huxley this is a refreshing piece.
has done a charming, subtle, and highly For the first time in nearly nine years entertaining thing in this rewriting of a the complete “Ring” of Wagner is be
famous old play. ing given at the Metropolitan. The “Too Much Money" by Israel war, of course, made it for a time im- Zangwill (Macmillan). A farce by possible, and after the war there was a
the provocative gentleman whose visit
to America last year will be remembered shortage of German singers. But now as a strong one. all is well again and the Metropolitan
Twenty-five Short Plays (Interis doing itself proud on every score of national) edited by Frank Shay the production save possibly that of the (Appleton). A worthwhile collection scenery which, owing to the hocus- both for production and study by this
veteran among play anthologists. pocus which Wagner placed in his librettos, has never been properly solved.
“Acting and Play Production" by
Harry Lee Andrews and Bruce Weirick In addition to the Wagnerian singers of
(Longmans, Green). A competent the past season or two, the Metropol- text, well illustrated. itan now has a host of strength in Nanny Larsen-Todsen, Maria Müller, and Karin Branzell. These three At Scott and Fowles Gallery Paul women are not only fine singers and Manship held an exhibition recently of gifted with dramatic power but, strange some fifteen examples of his recent as it may seem, are handsome in ap- work in portrait and decorative sculppearance and look like goddesses. In- ture. It was a singularly satisfactory deed, the physical appearance of the show. The busts, in which he abansingers now doing the “Ring" is doned his archaic style and adopted a startling; they look much as the heroes straightforward conventional model, and heroines of the "Nibelungen are as good as any that have been done Lied" should look, and the operas gain during the present generation. Best accordingly. Bohnen, as Wotan, is among them are the portraits of magnificent. There is but one thing former Dean Frederick Keppel of Coto be hoped for that some day lumbia College, and the dean of Siegfried and Seigmund and Parsifal Bryn Mawr. There were also some and all the others will give up wearing fine bronzes, and the models for two wigs which resemble frayed hair mat- heroic figures in the manner which has tresses. There are times when it is come to stamp Manship and his folworthwhile breaking with the grand lowers. tradition, even at the expense of anger- Three water colors by Horace Broding Frau Cosima Wagner.
sky were notable in a charming small
exhibition which included the works of standing, betray the immense, the Gordon Craig, Henry Dixon, Eric Gill, salt-veined, the profoundly meditated, Miguel Mackinlay, and John and Paul chromatization of enkindled driftNash.
wood.” At the Brummer Galleries, where Now what does all this mean? To one can always find pictures that are be sure, he is writing of Miss Moore alive and interesting, there was an ex
whose “enkindled driftwood” won the hibition of Seurat, who in the twenty “Dial” prize of $2,000 as a great conyears since his death has come in for tribution to letters. Not since the great réclame. He is, in many respects, poetess who entertained Mr. Pickwick one of the most difficult of French and his friends, has there been such painters for the conventional to under- verse written. Mrs. Leo Hunter, it stand. The New Yorker found a deep will be remembered, was the perinterest in his pictures without being petrator of the verse ending: greatly moved by them. And yet they were of greater merit and
On a log
Expiring frog. beauty than the obvious Zuloagas half a block away. While hordes of
Miss Moore's poetry is something people trampled each other before the
like this, save that she arranges it in portraits of Julia Hoyt and Michael
novel fashion. Rearranged by her Strange, the Seurat show went almost mystical touch, the same verse would unnoticed. Art, perhaps, is but a
doubtless appear as “enkindled driftmatter of publicity.
wood" in somewhat this fashion: Some day, when the New Yorker feels affluent, he plans to offer a prize for the best translation made of the
Exwritings of Scofield Thayer. Mr.
piring frog. Thayer, together with Paul Rosenfeld and one or two others, is commonly re- "The Nation", by the way, awarded ported to be writing English each its poetry prize to Eli Siegel for a gem month in “The Dial”. Next to cross of a verse called "Hot afternoons there word puzzles, the New Yorker has have been in Montana”. To fully apfound the writing of Mr. Thayer con- preciate it, one should read this prizę sistently the most fascinating of games. poem. The nearest approach to it is a He writes in the February “Dial.” con- verse written by Ben Ray Redman cerning Marianne Moore: "I should called “Hot afternoons there have been here like to expose certain literary in Urbana”, in which the closing line, fragments, torn jaggedly from the hard which rises to new heights in crystallizcontexts, fragments which, being felt ing the character of our times, is “Red out with the hammer of our intellect, Hot Mamma." return the consistency of rock crystal, Altogether the month has been a defragments which, being thrown upon lightful one! the hearth of our sympathetic under
THE PUBLISHERS AND THE NEW SEASON
and Sketches". Another collection of CROSS Fifth Avenue on East For
short stories which sounds promising ty Fifth Street are the small but
is E. Earl Sparling's “Under the excellently furnished offices of a young
Levee". Three Boyds coincidentally publishing firm, Minton, Balch and appear as members of the Scribner Company. Their list boasts distin
fold: Ernest, the critic, with the first guished and popularly inclined vol
volume of a series of "Studies from umes. There is “Lenin”, written by
Ten Literatures"; Thomas, author of none other than Trotsky, an uncon
the superb “Through the Wheat”, with ventional biography which contains,
a collection of short soldier sketches
which he calls “Points of Honour"; among many other impressions, a somewhat violent one of H. G. Wells.
and James Boyd, a southerner, whose “The Last Cruise of the Shanghai"
“Drums" is said to be a brilliant story sounds like the most exciting of the
of the south in Revolutionary times. new travel books. It is written by
The Roosevelt-Lodge letters will, Judge F. De Witt Wells, and is an
naturally, gain international attention.
Edward Bok's additional account of his voyage in Icelandic So, too, regions for four thousand miles in a
autobiography, "Twice Thirty". And forty foot boat, his shipwreck in a
particular importance is attached to a hurricane on the Newfoundland coast,
new edition of Sir Sidney Colvin's with tales of heroism and fortitude.
“John Keats" because of the Amy
Lowell volume on the same subject. Fiction on this list includes Elias Tobenkin's “God of Might”, which
Arthur Train's “On the Trail of the
Bad Men” has already awakened appears to be an unusual and powerful consideration of certain phases of the
interest in the legal profession. Among Jewish problem in the middle west.
many Russian books this
season, The always amusing Richard Connell "Speckled Domes” by Gerard Shelley has a new volume of short stories.
is probably the most unconventional
in treatment. V. R. Emanuel's “Middle Years" is said to discuss marriage from the angle
Farther up Fifth Avenue, and someof the middle aged man.
what similar in dignity and general On Fifth Avenue is the imposing
appearance, are Dutton's bookstore
and the offices of E. P. Dutton and front of Scribner's bookstore. Nor are the offices less imposing. A quiet Crown” by Sheila Kaye-Smith tells
Company. “The George and the library with a long table and comfort
the story of the lives and loves of two able chairs offered solace while I
young Englishmen, great friends but considered this list. Scribner's fiction
of decidedly different character. In boasts two of the most brilliant of
“The Rational Hind”, Ben Ames young Americans, Fitzgerald and
Williams writes another realistic charLardner. The former is represented acter study with the same background by a novel, “The Great Gatsby"; the as his earlier "Evered". Louis Joseph latter by “A New Book of Stories Vance sticks to melodrama "hell
roaring" melodrama, says the an- bookshelves well filled. The twenty nouncement — and gives “The first American printing of Papini's Road to En-Dor". Another Italian
Another Italian "Life of Christ", this time in a popular immigrant becomes
articulate edition, is perhaps almost as worthy of “Reamer Lou" by Louis Forgione note as Sinclair Lewis's “Arrowsmith”. sounds as if it might prove to be an This, his first novel in two years, will entertaining book, the story of a be much discussed. It covers a wide youngster's rough and terrible experi- range of American scenes and characences in an American shipyard. Alger- ters, and deals with the life work and non Blackwood has an overwhelming hopes of young Dr. Martin Arrowsense of the psychically unusual. It smith. Three college novels prove is in this field that he again wanders that Mr. Harcourt believes Percy in “Tongues of Fire”.
Marks has not entirely absorbed the Still more of Russia this time of market for them. “The Western its economic policies - is told by Ed Shore" by Clarkson Crane gives us win W. Hullinger, a United Press cor- coeducational treatment of the Unirespondent, in "The Reforging of versity of California, and its sponsors Russia”. Even more important, per- term it “the first grown up treatment haps, is a new Ossendowski book, in in fiction of undergraduate life in an which the romantic author of “Beasts, American university'. George ShiveMen and Gods” attempts to show why ly's "Initiation” is a story of college, Russia fell and what her future is. He war, postwar. Stanley Johnson's “Procalls his book “The Shadow of the fessor" shows with humor and a touch Gloomy East”. Samuel Gompers’s of bitterness an instructor's life in a autobiography, “Seventy Years of small southern university. Life and Labor", should have a wide Essays, “The Common Reader", public, appearing as it does so shortly and a novel, “Mrs. Dalloway”, are after the great labor leader's death. announced for the brilliant Virginia James Moore Hickson, whose healing Woolf; essays, too, from Charles S. work in this country was much dis- Brooks, whose "A Thread of English cussed, has in “Heal the Sick" written Road” is still popular. The author of a combination study of spiritual healing “Barnum” now analyzes the rather in the past and its place in present day startling career of Brigham Young. religion. Poets and others interested Two other general books on this list in poetry will watch for Clement Wood's which seem of particular interest to me “Poets of America" with unusual are Count Hermann Keyserling's “The eagerness. Mr. Wood is not calm in Travel Diary of a Philosopher", a book his opinions, and this series of com- already much read and discussed in ments on his contemporaries is likely to Europe, and another study of the great cause alarums and excursions in many a English mystic, titled “William Blake Poetry Society.
in This World”, by Harold Bruce of the In the same building which houses University of California. several large motion picture companies, In the Forties too, but farther west on Madison Avenue not far from the nearer the theatrical district, as befits a Ritz Hotel, is the new home of Har- publisher who is entering the field of court, Brace and Company. The re- dramatic production, is the elaborately ception room is a lovely one, with walls furbished house which shelters Boni of soft grey-green, quiet-shaded lamps, and Liveright. A grand piano, stained glass windows, elaborate brocades, Giovanni Verga. He calls them “Litand what not surround this publisher tle Novels of Sicily". Dr. Ira S. Wile, with a Belasco-like setting. From a after many years' work among children, literary standpoint, Theodore Dreiser's has collected the stories of fifty of his novel, “An American Tragedy", his most interesting cases and presents first fiction in many years, is important. them as “The Challenge of Child“Replenishing Jessica", Maxwell Bod- hood”. enheim's new prose effort, is announced The offices of Alfred A. Knopf and as a “tale of a modern Thais”, which the home of “The American Mercury", suggests possibilities of one kind and while luxurious, are businesslike, with another. On this list, too, is fiction by their black and white tiled floor, two American poet-critics. Herbert well upholstered library, and neatly Gorman's novel of New York's literary arranged desks. Floyd Dell follows smart set is titled “Gold by Gold”, “Janet March" with “This Mad while Conrad Aiken calls his collection Ideal”, a most interesting study of of short stories “Bring! Bring! and an interesting girl, which I believe Other Stories".
to be his best novel since “MoonHendrik Willem Van Loon found Calf”. This, Francis Brett Young's time while preparing his lengthy tome “Sea Horses”, and Geoffrey Dennis's on “Tolerance" to cut a few capers both second novel “Harvest in Poland”, with writing and illustration in "The seem to me to be the most arresting Story of Wilbur the Hat", a satirical novels on the Knopf spring list, with and humorous sally through modernity. the exception of several important John Macy's long announced "Story foreign translations—a Knut Hamsun of the World's Literature” will appear,
and a first novel by and Alfred Kreymborg's autobiog- an American, “The Spring Flight". raphy “Troubador". In poetry, one of Lee J. Smits is said to have a gift the most important books of the season for the picaresque; in fact, so enis found on this list: “Collected Poems thusiastic does the genius of the of 'H. D."" offers us a new chance to Borzoi become that he claims this work appreciate this American poet whose approaches "that somewhat chimerical work, first known in connection with ideal” — i.e., the Great American that of the Imagists, has steadily Novel — "more closely than any other progressed.
first novel in recent years”. I have West Fiftieth Street glows with reviewed in the March number Will dress shops and tearooms. Among Irwin's “Youth Rides West”, for which these are the modest offices of Thomas one can find little but the most extravSeltzer. “The Guermantes Way", a agant praise. two volume addition to the works of To the growing library of American Marcel Proust, is quite obviously the period literature and biography Knopf most important book on his list. The adds Thomas Beer's “The Mauve author of “Invisible Tides”, Beatrice Decade", and a life of Washington Kean Seymour, has just completed a Irving by George S. Hellman, extracts new novel, “Unveiled”, which is said to from which appear elsewhere in this be a vivid and detailed study of love number. Mr. Hellman's discoveries and marital relations. D. H. Law- throw light not only on the character rence has translated some sketches of of Irving but on the history and politics Sicilian peasant life from the Italian of of early America. “Paul Bunyan",