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earlier in the season against the Met- through in triumph. All the laurels ropolitan Opera House. During five are hers. Somehow she made Miss weeks of the spring season the manage
Cornell's Candida seem unreal and ment atoned for countless “Rigolettos" stagy, a composition of coos and cross and “Lucias” by giving twenty two stage dartings. We suspect that Miss performances of Wagner, magnificently Cornell is better suited to Arlen than staged and sung, better beyond any to Shaw. It was in the final scene that doubt than they are staged and sung Miss Wood captivated her audience anywhere in the world. The urbane entirely, creating such a stillness as we Gatti-Casazza, after printing a special have seldom felt in a theatre. Now pamphlet of apology for not having that the managers have at last given produced “Pelléas and Mélisande" be- her a chance outside of treacly music fore this date, staged it admirably shows, they owe it to the public to in a performance which included carry her along. Lucrezia Bori, Edward Johnson, and Two motion pictures, both seen at Clarence Whitehill in the three leading private showings, stand out in the roles. It was a gala occasion, and Mr. memory of the New Yorker as adGatti added new laurels to an already mirable advances in that shadowy, ample wreath.
public-bound thing known as “the art Three exhibitions of note opened at of the cinema". One was “Grass", the tail end of the season. One at a picture centring about the migration Scott and Fowles included the recent of a remote Persian tribe, which can pieces of Elie Nadelman, who has done best be described by saying that a some fascinating work in highly pol- motion picture of the Exodus would ished marble, a manner which gives the have provided just such thrills and effect almost of porcelain and which such beauty. The other, “Moana”, was used originally by the Greeks. At is a tribal picture taken in Samoa by the same gallery, there was an exhibi- Robert Flaherty. It is the most tion of unusual interest by Edward beautiful picture we have ever seen Bruce, a newcomer who beyond ques- unearthly, paradisical, and exotic. tion has much to offer in novelty and The New Yorker wishes, before closskill. At Wildenstein's Rockwell Kent ing, to acknowledge the receipt of cerhad a magnificent show of the paintings tain abusive letters anent his remarks which he made during his recent voyage upon Marianne Moore. Among them to Tierra del Fuego and the remote was a notable screed written on the reaches of the South Atlantic. He is an stationery of the Cudahy Packing ComAmerican artist who stands quite alone, pany which referred to the late Alfred, unrelated to all the others; and this is Lord Tennyson, poet laureate under one of the tests of greatness.
Queen Victoria, as “a stink”.
We are One of the high spots of the winter certain that the good queen turned in was the performance in “Candida" of
The writer accused us of Peggy Wood, who supplanted Katha- extreme devotion to Tennyson. We rine Cornell when the latter stepped agree with Ernest Boyd, distinguished into the part of Iris March in “The author of "Aesthete: Model 1924", Green Hat". It was a difficult task that the best thing written by certain - taking the place of a popular actress of our impassioned young litterateurs already acclaimed in a rôle which has is Billingsgate. become a classic; but Miss Wood came
THE BOOKMAN'S GUIDE TO FICTION
THE BOOKMAN will present each month tabloid reviews of a selected list of recent fiction. This section will include also the books most in demand according to the current reports in “Books of the Month”, compiled by the R. R. Bowker Company, The Baker and Taylor Company's “Retail Bookseller”, and “THE BOOKMAN'S Monthly Score". Such books as the editor specially recommends are marked with a star.
*THE GREEN HAT Michael Arlen Doran. Iris March's hat has become a staple in Anglo-American furnishings.
FATHER ABRAHAM Irving Bacheller
Bobbs-Merrill. A story of north and south blended by a mellow portrayal of the great emancipator.
THE TRIANGLE Maurice Baring – Doubleday, Page. One mysterious event is told from the points of view of three people
a method interesting as an experiment but involving a good deal of repetition.
THE DIVINE LADY — E. Barrington Dodd, Mead. The intrigues of Lord Nelson and the famous lady are given renewed glamor.
ALAN – E. F. Benson - Doran. Alan is a successful author, twenty years older than the wife he has made a drudge. A masterful study in egotism, a departure for Benson.
MRS. HARTER - E. M. Delafield Harper. An unusual and rebellious woman and her effect on the usual people of an ordinary English countryside. Interesting and mildly ironic.
HARVEST IN POLAND Geoffrey Dennis
Knopf. The “Faust” motif reappears in a creepy mystery story of modern times, long and detailed, but interesting.
LOVE “Elizabeth" Doubleday, Page. Is difference in age a bar to happiness? The answer is a sprightly novel with flashes of “Elizabethan" wit, but with characters in whom we just can't believe.
THE LORING MYSTERY - Jeffery Farnol
Little, Brown. A combination of Sabatini, Oppenheim, and Mr. Farnol himself. Hard to beat.
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A KEY — Earl Derr Biggers Bobbs-Merrill. The charm of Honolulu lends beauty even to a sordid squabble over loot.
THE CLUTCH OF THE CORSICAN — Alfred H. Bill — Little, Brown. Interned by Bonaparte, a boy and his mother have a hectic time till rescued by an American privateer.
OLD WINE Phyllis Bottome — Doran. Dispossessed Austrian nobility prove their blood in the rebuilding of their lives on the ruins of the Empire.
*DRUMS James Boyd - Scribner. Co lonial romance set in the south and written with vigor and beauty. (See page 470.)
THE MYSTERIES OF ANN Alice Brown
Macmillan. A sprightly tale which tells what happens when a New England old maid develops a passion for Sherlock Holmes. (See page 470.)
*So Big Edna Ferber Doubleday, Page. What son has not failed his mother? It is an old theme well wrought here.
*THE GREAT GATSBY – F. Scott Fitzgerald - Scribner. A mystical and ironical story of bootleg days on the fringes of society. (See page 469.)
THE MILL OF MANY WINDOWS -J. S. Fletcher — Doran. More serious in conception than the usual Fletcher novel is this tale of the fifth generation of mill owners in the English Midlands.
WILD BERRY WINE Joanna Cannan Stokes. When a modern English romance
*A PASSAGE TO INDIA — E. M. Forster Harcourt, Brace. Race contrasts in the
Orient are described by visionary and propagandist.
PATTERN — Rose L. Franken Scribner. Wherein Virginia wants to be naughty and decides to be nice.
THE MYSTERY OF ANGELINA FROOD R. Austin Freeman - Dodd, Mead. Dr. Thorndyke turns a gruesome mystery into a joyous love story.
MOUNTAINS OF MYSTERY — Arthur 0. Friel — Harper. Another adventurous trip of the three popular American explorers; this time they are in deadly peril on the Orinoco.
THE LONG GREEN GAZE — Vincent Fuller — Huebsch. Cross word puzzles are neatly worked in to add thrills to the murder tale.
*THE WHITE MONKEY — John Galsworthy Scribner. These Forsytes are eternal but Mr. Galsworthy kills another in this excellent study of postwar moods and manners.
High NOON – Crosbie Garstin Stokes. Pirate, farmer, and smuggler, this Cornish gipsy slips from one soul stirring adventure into another, with more to come.
*SOUNDINGS — A. Hamilton Gibbs Little, Brown. More proof that woman cannot resist the right man even though he be wrong.
THE RECKLESS LADY – Philip Gibbs Doran. The reckless daughter of a reckless mother finds it difficult to be reckless in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
THE THUNDERING HERD — Zane Grey - Harper. The buffalo supplants the wild horse in a typical but excellent western story.
QUEEN OF THE DAWN — H. Rider Haggard Doubleday, Page. Another of the fascinating supernormal romances with which Mr. Haggard dresses up history.
LIFTING MIST — Austin Harrison Seltzer. The claim is made that this book is a modern "Tom Brown at Rugby”. Well it isn't, and there seems to be a needless lot of talk about sex.
MR. COLLIN IS RUINED Frank Heller
Crowell. Crime and farce amusingly combined.
THE SHIP OF SOULS — Emerson Hough - Appleton. An ethical gentleman battles with temptation in the “lonely open spaces” that Mr. Hough knew so well.
*THE CONSTANT NYMPH — Margaret Kennedy - Doubleday, Page. Unusual characters developed with great piquancy. Perfect proof of the growing popularity of the unconventional.
THE ENCHANTED HILL - Peter B. Kyne - Cosmopolitan. With what enchantment this Irishman manages to weave a love story that appears different and is still a thriller!
THE TREASURE — Selma Lagerlöf – Doubleday, Page. Wherein the gifted author goes back to the sixteenth century to tell a short and simple tale with gentle artistry.
SNUFFS AND BUTTERS — Ellen N. LaMotte - Century. In these tales of alien races, Miss LaMotte displays the sensitive feel of a blind man's finger tips; also, to carry the simile further, her stories convey the outline and leave us to conjecture the color.
MEMOIRS OF ARSÈNE LUPIN — Maurice LeBlanc - Macaulay. Though fantastic and slightly pompous in style, this is still a well told crime story.
DEAD RIGHT — Jennette Lee – Scribner. Love in a garden, chaperoned by a clever, good looking female detective who foils the serpent.
*ARROWSMITH – Sinclair Lewis — Harcourt, Brace. This literary surgeon performs an operation on the medical profession in his finest book.
RUGGED WATER — Joseph C. Lincoln Appleton. Rough and ready life savers with bravery and a Cape Cod accent.make a good yarn.
ORPHAN ISLAND — Rose MacaulayBoni, Liveright. A satire with much wise humor is this Strachey-like fillip at Victorianism.
PERISSA S. P. B. Mais - Brentano. A rather unconvincing postwar adventure in quadrangular form.
MARTHA - Percy Marks —Century. Another tale of mixed marriage — this time the infusian happens to be Indian.
THE PLASTIC AGE — Percy Marks Century. American youth tasting cocktails under campus elms and being very callow about it.
THE SLEEPER OF THE MOONLIT RANGESEdison Marshall - Cosmopolitan. Heredity and an earthquake share the credit for making this an intensely exciting novel.
*THE PAINTED VEIL — W. Somerset Maugham - Doran. Short, vivid, vital sex drama played among three whites in the Orient.
ored drama of lust and madness enacted on the desolate little isle of Inverara.
THE INEVITABLE MILLIONAIRES E. Phillips Oppenheim-Little, Brown. Lightly frivolous, Mr. Oppenheim recalls “Brewsters' Millions but gives it a new and exciting twist.
SANDALWOOD - Fulton Oursler Macaulay. Blunt realism marks this tale of a love affair between a beautiful Sybarite and a spiritual coward.
INVISIBLE WOUNDS Frederick Palmer - Dodd, Mead. Enough romance, mystery, good writing, and war to make it well, at least a lieutenant in the combat division of best sellers.
THE CHASE — Mollie Panter-Downes Putnam. It is difficult to disassociate the seventeen year old author's age from her work, but judged on its merits this second novel is well written and shows promise of finer things to come.
THE TREASURES OF TYPHON — Eden Phillpotts — Macmillan. A philosophic novel pleasantly enlivened by humor and poesy.
A VOICE FROM THE DARK — Eden Phillpotts Macmillan. A study in criminal psychology rather than a regulation mystery story, and therefore probably a disappointment to the confirmed addict.
MR. TASKER'S GODS — Theodore Francis Powys Harcourt, Brace. In this first full sized novel Mr. Powys gives telling and bitter expression to his hatred for man's worship of bestial gods.
DOMINION — John Presland Stokes. An unbiased and apparently accurate novel about the Jameson Raid.
OLD BRIG'S CARGO – Henry A. Pulsford
Little, Brown. Stolen with a newly built clipper from his father's shipyard by a gang of slave runners, a Quaker lad lives some glorious months of adventure.
THE PEASANTS — Ladislas Reymont – - Knopf. Another saga of the soil upon which the Nobel Prize Committee has smiled.
THE CAROLINIAN Rafael Sabatini Houghton Mifflin. America as a playground for M. Sabatini's gallantries.
OBEDIENCE Michael Sadleir — Houghton Mifflin. Mr. Sadleir descends from desolatē splendor to romantic sentiment in a possible but probably empty bid for popularity.
HIS WIFE-IN-LAW Marie Conway Oemler - Century: A complicated love story told in marsh and jungle from South Carolina to South America.
THE BLACK SOUL Liam O'Flaherty Boni, Liveright. The rage of the elements crashes accompaniment to the highly col
THE ROAD TO EN-DOR — Louis Joseph Vance - Dutton. Psychoanalysis provides the thrills in this story in place of the crime detectors one expects from this author.
LITTLE NOVELS OF SICILY — Giovanni Verga Seltzer. Remarkable stories of the Sicilian peasantry and their unequal struggle for property, told ironically and with bitter pity. THE TREE OF THE FOLKUNGS — Verner
Heidenstam Knopf. A magnificent epic of the Vikings unfolding itself in a thousand varied, gorgeous scenes –.
- compensation for a barrel of reviewers' fodder.
*THE LITTLE FRENCH GIRL Anne Douglas Sedgwick - Houghton Mifflin. Love runs finally smooth between international banks. A harmless and well written story.
SCHOOLING — Paul Selver – A. and C. Boni. A dull and grimy tale of life in an English public school from the standpoint of a cub instructor.
JULIA - Baroness von Hutten — Doran. Julia loved him, but she permitted him to marry her daughter; and Julia had to struggle for her own happiness.
CARNIVAL COLORS — Maude Radford Warren — Bobbs-Merrill. Interest in the solution of four tangled love problems running through three generations holds the reader to the last page.
INITIATION— George Shively — Harcourt, Brace. A middle western hero passes from boyhood through college and the war. Typical experiences adequately told.
*THE RECTOR OF WYCK - May Sinclair — Macmillan. To prove that English clergymen are not always like her own or Mr. Walpole's pompous canons.
THE PRINCE AND THE PRINCESS Claude C. Washburn — A. and C. Boni. A romance of young Americans in Italy proving that marital difficulties may be acquired abroad as well as at home.
THE SCARLET COCKEREL — C.M.Sublette · Little, Brown. French against Spanish in the Carolina swamps, with love and fierce sword play to lighten the gloom.
BOBBED HAIR Twenty Famous Authors Putnam. An inconsequential puff of thistledown perpetrated as a stunt in collaboration.
*THE MOTHER'S RECOMPENSE - Edith Wharton — Appleton. Kate Clephane and her daughter struggle through emotional complications that give full play to Mrs. Wharton's charm of background and power of characterization. (See page 469.)
MYSTERY IN RED -Sidney Williams – Penn. Bootleggers spoil a holiday, and their punishment provides numerous thrills.
BEAU GESTE — Percival C. Wren – Stokes. A modern mystery of prewar days when heroism of French legionaries made romance on the African desert.
PASSION AND PAIN — Stefan Zweig – Richards. These stories were written out of a deep sympathy for human weakness and hatred of tyranny and war.
WATLING'S — Horace Annesley Vachell
Stokes. An English department store run by a Cappy Ricks and his go-getters. More strenuous than amusing.
TRISTAN — Armando Palacio Valdes Four Seas. Is there not in all that fair land one Castilian to shout: “Be not deceived by its beauty, the book is an affront to