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TALES OF THE WILDERNESS — Boris Pil- successful, in the form of a puerile story of niak Knopf. Russian stories, sometimes two irritating young lovebirds and the lesobscure and eccentric, sometimes straight- son they taught their blind elders. forward and moving. (See page 223.)

TRIPLE FUGUE — Osbert Sitwell — DoTHE CLOCK Aleksei Remizov — Knopf. ran. Stories and sketches, entirely heteroThe title story is a novelette in six parts, dox, by the first of the famous Sitwell somewhat in the manner of Dostoyevsky. family to invade America. A White Heart”, “The Betrothed”, and “Easter" are three sketches which illustrate THE GATES OF MORNING — H. de Vere the author's poetic mood. (See page 223.) Stacpoole — Dodd, Mead. Life and love

on a lost Pacific atoll painted in startlingly THE PEASANTS - Ladislas Reymont

vivid colors. Knopf. Nobel Prize novel, all about another farm realistic detail and minute NORA PAYS — Lucille Van Slyke characterization.

Stokes. Another variation of “This Free

dom”, equally damning and equally unconRED OF THE REDFIELDS Grace S. vincing. Richmond - Doubleday, Page. Light as a feather but sentimentally correct and with NAJIB — Albert Payson Terhune - Dothe usual heart appeal.

ran. Adventures, the scene laid near Je

rusalem, in which a devoted Syrian servant ANNETTE AND SYLVIE - Romain Rol- and his young American master foil the land - Holt. The attraction and repul- wily and dangerous natives. sion of two girls who are half sisters for each other — the one a woman of ideas, the DEEP IN THE HEARTS OF MEN — Mary other a creature of instincts. It is the first E. Waller Little, Brown. A sentimental volume of “The Enchanted Soul”, to be survey of social conditions in the lower completed in about eight volumes. (See strata. page 222.)

THE OLD LADIES — Hugh Walpole LUCKY IN LOVE - Berta Ruck

Dodd,

Doran. An expert study of old age, with Mead. A beautiful girl, a masquerade ball, irony and sentiment skilfully blended. lovers at cross purposes, and a happy end. A light theme heavily handled.

* PROFESSOR, How COULD You?

Harry Leon Wilson - Cosmopolitan. The * THE LITTLE FRENCH GIRL — Anne rebellion of a wife-heckled academic Douglas Sedgwick - Houghton Mifflin. riotously funny! A love story with an international note that has appealed for its sympathetic detail and BILL THE CONQUEROR - P. G. Wodeits uncompromising sweetness.

house Doran. The second great William

to invade England, this time in the person YOUNG MISCHIEF AND THE PERFECT of a Long Island Lothario who nonchalantly PAIR - Hugh de Sélincourt — A. & C. extricates himself from one dilemma after Boni. A tract on how to make marriage another.

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THE EDITOR RECOMMENDS

of deciding between the two. The BOOKS THAT MAY HAVE

war enters only as an incident to the ESCAPED YOU

development of a rich love story. 1. Last Poems" by A. E. Hous- At times Mr. Gibbs reminds me of man (Holt). Some of the most beauti

Swinnerton, although his strokes are ful lyrics written in this century.

broader. He understands women as 2. The Men Who Make Our Nov- few men novelists do, and he knows the els" by Charles C. Baldwin (Dodd, Mead). Informative and useful

English and the American temperasketches, if somewhat prejudiced.

ments thoroughly and is able to picture

them without prejudice. His sex mo3. The Wind and the Rain" by Thomas Burke (Doran). An exqui

tivation is straight from the shoulder, site piece of autobiographical writing but the blows are not dealt with such with fictional quality.

brutality that good sportsmanship and 4. Tom Jones" by Henry Fielding

taste are lacking. I like this story (Knopf). Scarcely needs this notice, better than any other I have read this except that there is a fine new edition with an introduction by Wilbur Cross.

spring. In fineness of writing it seems

to me to rank with Maugham's “The 5. This Singing World" by Louis Untermeyer (Harcourt, Brace).

Painted Veil”, Floyd Dell's “This Mad

Collection of children's poetry by this Ideal", and Lewis's "Arrowsmith". master anthologist.

I cannot imagine anyone's picking it up

and laying it down again unfinished, so Strong and Deep

moving are the simple yet beautiful and

effective incidents. The same author's OUNDINGS" by A. Hamilton “Gunfodder” was fine, but in some

Gibbs (Little, Brown) is a story ways this is a better book; and from the of unusual emotional appeal. It has point of view of popularity it should discernment, beauty, passion, and a put him on a par with his already popuvariety of incident. It is a sort of mas- lar brothers. culine variety of “The Little French Girl”, although certainly the heroine of Miss Sedgwick's novel has little resemblance to Mr. Gibbs's Nancy.

Two Novels With Touches of Poetry This brother of Sir Philip and of Cosmo Hamilton has drawn French, English, OBERT NATHAN'S “Jonah” and American characters with much understanding and fine skill. His Mad Ideal” (Knopf) both have a quiet novel presents a picture of love and beauty and a sense of the poetry of friendship in their subtlest meaning. language that commend them to With no hint of actual Freudianism, it thoughtful readers. Both have, too, yet has great psychological significance. love stories that are unusual and yet It draws the distinction between phys- human. Nathan makes the story of ical and ideal love, and shows a modern the prophet real, endowing it with a forthright girl faced with the problem vein of quiet satire which, although

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termed by the New York “Times" Superb and Absurd Mr. Boswell blasphemous, seems to me on the contrary to be sweet and reverent. The satire is of life, not of Jehovah, and the

Percy Dines Abroad" (Houghton import of the whole book is one of deep

Mifflin), in which Harold Murdock

reconstructs, in Boswellian fashion, religious significance -- to me, at least. At any rate, “Jonah" is an advance

the dialogue which he imagines might

have been heard at a dinner actually over “The Puppet Master”, and marks

given in London in 1778 by General Mr. Nathan again as a writer of

Paoli in honor of Earl Percy. If thoughtful, beautiful prose. If Jo

the dialogue is not spirited, it is at nah's philosophizings are simple, they are at least well expressed.

least pleasant, and the volume is of excellent workmanship in all particu

lars of printing, binding, and illustraJonah replied gravely, “We are sad because life is not simple, the way it used to be.

tion. It appears in a limited edition. We imitate other nations and so we are not Professor Chauncey Brewster Tinkcertain about ourselves any more. We are

er's two volume “Letters of James Bosnot even sure of God; we begin to wonder if He is not a bull, or a dove, and if He is not well” (Oxford) gives us a book which, also the God of Aram and Babylon. That for flavor and charm and nonsense, is why we are unhappy. When the things we believe in are questioned, it makes us

almost equals the “Life of Johnson". restless and sad. Patriots are the only Here is this pompous, weak, foolish yet happy people, for they believe in them

brilliant man, in all his enchantment selves; and if other people disagree with them, they do not forgive them for it." and he was, you know, a curiously

appealing figure.

You have only to Floyd Dell's novel is certainly his

read Mr. Tinker's “Young Boswell" to best since “Moon-Calf”, and I am

discern that fact, if you have not disinclined to think it a little more ap

covered it for yourself. I take the pealing than that unusually appealing liberty of quoting a few sentences from

a lengthy epistle to Zelide (Isabella de story. It is the quiet story of Judith Valentine; or rather, part of the story

Zuylen). Boswell writes: of Judith Valentine, for it ends in a Let not religion make you unhappy. fashion which leaves much to be won

Think of God as he realy is, and all will

appear chearfull. I hope, you shall be a dered about this fascinating girl, this Christian. But, my dear Zelide! worship girl who would write poetry. We have

the sun rather than be a Calvinist. You

know what I mean. I had sealed this letter, had plenty of young poet heroes in our

I must break it up and write a little more. modern novels, but here it is a girl who This is somewhat like you. I charge you drives blindly ahead with her ideals once for all, Be strictly honest with me. If

you love me own it. I can give you the in rhyme and metre. Again we have

best advice. If you change tell me. If you presented the struggle between domes- love another tell me. I don't understand a ticity and artistic ambition, only here

word of your mystery about a certain

gentleman whom you think of three times a it is a double struggle Judith has her

day. What do you mean by it? Berlin is poetry and Roy his art. Does Mr. a most delightful city. I am quite happy.

I love you more than ever. Dell believe that marriage is impossible under these conditions? He offers, I And so on and so on. Nor is he less think, no answer to his question; but he emotional when writing to one of the asks it poignantly and he tells a story same sex, the Reverend William Temthat is interesting and lit by flares of ple, concerning his resignation of the passion and truth.

recordership:

ITS

I am quite in a fever. O! my old and remained a fathomless mystery to their most intimate friend! what a shocking state plainly dressed classmates, but to them it am I now reduced to. I intreat you, if you was a merely flapperish secret. possibly can, to afford me some consolation directed to me here, and pray do not divulge Another gem from a short chapter my mortification. I will endeavour to appear indifferent and as I now resign my

called “Midsummer Infatuation" must recordership, I shall gradually get rid of all not pass unnoticed: “Jack sheiked his communication with this brutal fellow.

sheba like a real son of the shifting Mr. Tinker's notes are numerous and

sands in a gallant try to make her his helpful and, of course, beautifully

second subjugation, but she proved too

astute for him.” Here is an excellent phrased.

volume for reading aloud of an evening. Reading it on a train is dangerous, for fellow passengers are convinced that

loud and uncontrolled laughter is a A Newsboy Novel

sign of actual, or at least incipient, TS publishers assure me that “The lunacy.

Prince of Washington Square” (Stokes) is not a hoax; that the young gentleman in his teens who presented the manuscript genuinely conceived

Signposted Reading and executed this amazing combination ,

librarian

, funny it was. There seems to me some

has made a guidebook to reading and internal evidence to disprove this fact; called it “One Thousand Best Books" but, however that may be, Harry F. (Doubleday, Page). There are many Liscomb is almost as entertaining as

such volumes; no one of them, I think, Daisy Ashford. Through these pages with any more carefully adjusted lists stalk the "desperate bootblack bully”,

than this latest one. The indexes are Percy the cake-eater, and the Prince masterpieces. There is a plan for ten himself, whom two flappers “were years of reading at one hundred books brazen enough to osculate on his rubi- per year. There is a suggested library cund jowls, much to his social contre

for women's clubs of three hundred temps". That particular passage some

volumes. Most useful of all are Mr. how makes me wonder about the

Dickinson's descriptions of specific authenticity of the whole. On the

books and their authors. These short other hand, the general tone of the fol- pieces are informative and well written. lowing paragraph almost makes me a Nor does the author neglect other lists; believer in the youth and innocence of he discusses and tabulates them. Here the reputed author:

is the result of a life of librarianism, and

a fruitful one. It is well worth your The flappers, in marked contrast to the cake-eaters, were such squeamish dressers

attention if you are anxious to be that it would be a difficult task to de

directed in realms of literature. Cathscribe accurately what kind of clothes they olic, informed, well made, this is a usewere actually wearing. How these flappers ful and pleasant volume. managed to dress so fastidious on the meagre wages their parents earned weekly

- J. F.

A SHELF OF RECENT BOOKS

WHEN

success.

ROMAIN ROLLAND

trasted with the position of Sylvie, who AND OTHERS

has got along very well without ideas or

theories of life. By Ernest Boyd

Whether Romain Rolland can reHEN "Annette and Sylvie" ap- capture the popularity and prestige

peared in France in 1922, it was which were his before the war emunderstood to be the "prelude to a broiled him with ninety per cent of work in several volumes”, entitled his French public, will be determined “The Enchanted Soul", which, if not by the ultimate success of “The so long as "Jean Christophe", would Enchanted Soul", his most ambiconsist of some eight volumes. Of tious novel since "Jean Christophe". these two have been published so far in French criticism tends more and more French, and now the first of them is to regard him as the author of that one available in English, the smooth Eng- work. Another one novel author is lish of Ben Ray Redman. If it does Louis Hémon, the vogue of whose not reproduce the choppy style of the “Maria Chapdelaine" both here and in original, it is vastly more agreeable to France encouraged the publication of read. To deliver judgment on a work “My Pretty Lady” and his “Journal”, after reading the prelude would be neither of which has had very much rash, so let it be said that “Annette

“Blind Man's Buff” is betand Sylvie" is very much more read- ter than either; but in spite of the auable and entertaining than the second thor's familiarity with English and with volume, "Summer", which is just London, this story of an Irishman's adabout as dull and old fashioned a piece ventures in search of a clue to the riddle of French melodramatic fiction as I of his universe, first in Socialism and have ever tried to read. Annette and then in the Salvation Army, has the Sylvie are half sisters, the former legit- rigidity of a still life. Louis Hémon's imate, the latter illegitimate. Annette work prior to “Maria Chapdelaine" has been brought up by rich middle had been offered to French readers in class parents, and Sylvie has grown up serial form without attracting much atin poverty and independence. They tention, even though he once won a meet and are attracted to each other fiction prize. The English influence on by their very differences, for Annette is him was so strong that, after his death, intellectually bold but externally re- stories by Kipling which he had transserved and modest, whereas Sylvie is lated for his own amusement were acshrewd, unreflective, and free in her tually printed as his by a Paris review. speech and manners. Nevertheless, in It was not until he got to Canada and the end it is the respectable Annette wrote “Maria Chapdelaine" that he who has a child by a man whom she de- found himself; then fate intervened, as spises and refuses to marry. The sec- usual, and he was killed. ond volume is endlessly and drearily Admirers of Zola will be glad to see concerned with the history of this un- an edition and a translation of “Germarried mother and her child, con- minal” that are worthy of each other.

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