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THE CONTRIBUTORS' COLUMN

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'LOYD DELL, who has just sailed for

England on his first trip away from these shores, is busily at work completing a volume of short stories. He has a house for the summer on Hampstead Heath, with garden. It is expected his young son will find English soil as excellent to play upon as American HERVEY ALLEN was

a close friend of Miss Lowell's and a poet whose work she admired. His “Earth Moods” (Harper), recently published, is a fine book. His Life of Poe, which is well under way, is said to be a most unusual biography. DAVID MORTON, the sonneteer, has this year been teaching at Amherst. He is said to find college teaching quite as congenial as high school, but we suspect that he occasionally misses the wilds of the New Jersey country. If we were to paraphrase ARTHUR MASON, who has gone on a visit to his native Ireland, we should say:

Just about now the fairies are talking to Arthur Mason. Real Irish fairies, too, dripping from their own foamy runnels between Irish rocks; red capped amid the greasy darkness of the bogs; perched high in the blooming haws.

For Arthur Mason is one of the fortunate ones to whom it is given to revisit the home of their youth with still-illusioned eyes. For him the braes are as wide as they ever were, and the burns as deep, and the bogs as mystifying, and the mossy burying grounds as speaking of the Banshee, and the reason of this is that in his youth part of the sheet was written in invisible ink; he could only read of adventure, and his light feet spurned the mosses and the flowers, and his ears did not hear the wee ones talk.

Now, in his maturity he returns with the hidden words laid bare. More than that, he can speak with those gentle little ones, and he can pause at the graveyard to shout sarcasms to the hateful Banshee.

DORIS AND SAMUEL WEBSTER, husband and wife, spend their summers on an abandoned farm in Connecticut which they assure us becomes more abandoned each year. Mr. Webster is the son of Annie Moffett

Webster (daughter of Mark Twain's sister Pamela) who lived in the same house with her grandmother, Jane Clemens, for twentyfive years. During his river days Mark Twain, then a young man in his early twenties, also lived in the Moffett home in St. Louis. Mr. Webster's father, Charles L. Webster, was president of Charles L. Webster and Company, publishers of many of Mark Twain's books, and his sister was the late Jean Webster, author of “Daddy Long Legs”, etc. Doris Webb Webster is joint author with her husband of “Uncle James' Shoes”, a novel (Century). CECIL ROBERTS, the young English novelist, has lectured here this year with great success and is to return again next season. He is at work now on an autobiography, and his novel, “The Love Rack” (Stokes), will appear in the autumn. HARRY LYMAN KOOPMAN, librarian of Brown University, is at present on a leave of absence which has taken him traveling around the borders of the country, and as far as Alaska. He is an author and poet. His “Hesperia”, American national poem in two volumes, has been published at intervals, the last and final volume appearing in 1924 (Marshall Jones). JOSEPH COLLINS is playing a great deal of golf these days and completing “The Doctor Looks at Biography" for autumn publication (Doran). ARNOLD PATRICK has gone to Europe.

JULIAN HAWTHORNE writes us that he has been busy for the past year on two books, one a novel of sixty thousand words, the other a collection of short biographical sketches of well known figures of the past seventy years, whom he has personally known. The sketches have been printed serially and, somewhat to his surprise, have interested many people. CASTNER BROW

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DER is a newspaper man and a writer of West Side Unitarian Church in New York. advertising. JOHN J. GUNTHER was well He is now resigning that post to take up his known in Chicago before he went to Europe. duties as executive secretary of Antioch As an undergraduate at the University of College. Chicago he took an active part in the literary Eva v. B. HANSL of Summit, New Jersey, life of the metropolis and contributed to has been much nterested in the parent various of its literary reviews. FRANK education movement. Her articles and WEITENKAMPF is curator of prints at the reviews on various subjects relating to that New York Public Library, and the author theme have appeared in THE BOOKMAN. of many books. A new edition of his GERALD HEWES CARSON is as hard headed a "American Graphic Art” was published in young writer as we know. He works stead1924, and his “How to Appreciate Prints” ily at his daytime advertising job and turns is in its third edition and eleventh printing. out excellent essays and criticism at night. LOUIS BROMFIELD has just finished his novel, This may be due partly to the steadying and is at work revising his play. He hopes influence of his charming wife. HERBERT when all of these duties have been accom- S. GORMAN is about to go to Europe. He plished to sail, along with all other American is engaged on a biographical volume which authors, for Europe. IRWIN EDMAN, of ought to prove his finest production so far. Columbia University, is to go abroad next DUBOSE HEYWARD is at the Peterboro year for study and the composition of several Colony with his wife Dorothy, writing a volumes of philosophical content. His new novel to follow “Porgy". Selections “Richard Kane", which has been appearing from “Porgy” are to appear both in “The in “The Century”, is to be published this Forum" and THE BOOKMAN. MICHAEL autumn. CHARLES FRANCIS POTTER has JOSEPH writes that his new book on the for the last five years been minister of the writing craft will be published presently.

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THE MONTH ON MURRAY HILL

The purpose of this section of THE BOOKMAN is to acquaint readers with the publishing activities of George H. Doran Company and their authors.

NOW

OW JUNE has forced the windows open, Out that way came SEIBERT OF THE ISLAND

and the bustle of fall books in prepar- a while ago; and by the time this number of ation has sunk into the sea of sound which THE BOOKMAN appears, SEIBERT will have surrounds this island in a city. Buildings are been dressed in a blue-green sea-fight by going up so rapidly that one finds his window Cory Kilvert and sent out on its mission in bricked up on returning

life. It is a mighty tale from lunch; yet quietly,

of adventure, written by in a rustle of papers and a

Gordon Young. One monotone of electric fans,

takes a risk in speaking so books are being made

of the work of an author which will outlast this

not yet well-recognized; changing skyline. If ever

but in its swing from a there were a dull season in

sailors' lodging-house in a publishing house one

San Francisco, across the might be tempted to write

South Pacific in a stolen of that in verse:

ship to that island under

the sky, there is every “On Murray Hill

element which goes to The riveters are singing

make up romance. to the steel ...'

One would like to say, But it becomes quite silly

if you like Conrad you will in my hands. And there

like Gordon Young. But is no dull season in the

to make a claim and a making of books. So

comparison so ambitious much has happened re

ELINOR WYLIE

is tantamount to saying: cently, as things have a

Whose new novel, THE VENETIAN This is a story similar to way of happening in an GLASS NEPHEW, is in preparation

some of Conrad's; I wish office where there

for autumn publication, to add to her
reputation for brilliant fantasy and

it were as good! So I authors in and out, and

style.

must content myself with manuscripts and paint

stating that SEIBERT is ings and designs coming in marked Editorial better plotted than most of Conrad, and and going out marked Manufacture, and written almost as well. the newspapers stack up foot-deep in the A while ago I wrote Gordon Young that corners waiting to be clipped. Over to the I knew him in “Adventure", and that of the left of the elevators is the mahogany door two magazines I could read willingly, wherein pass the manuscripts — thousands "Engineering and Mining Journal-Press" a year to their judgment; and through was the other. And I slipped one of his which many return wrapped neatly and ac- own paragraphs out of SEIBERT OF THE companied by a nice letter. Inside are a ISLAND and flung it at him as if to say, why number of people thinking always to them- have you kept secret such skill as this? selves thąt a book is a year's work and a life Few adventure stories have in their swift unlived: so be not hasty. And sometimes movement leisure for writing: out through that door comes a manuscript “With the same air of calm destructiveunder personal convoy, on its way to be ness he drew back a gloved fist and smote estimated and weighed and measured for its the mirror. Many cracks instantly condress.

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bomb had burst before the glass and the explaining are explained at just the proper image of the explosion remained.”

length, and the large words and brain-haltHenry Beston, who is preparing other ing ideas of other men fall into easily digestadventures in his BOOK OF GALLANT VAGA- ible form. When I first opened the STOCKBONDS, read that passage and would, no BROKER book I found myself suddenly on doubt, have slapped his thigh if gestures page forty-eight; so I closed it quickly to were not foreign to so huge a man. From take home. It is one of the inexplicable that point he and I started all over the world traditions of a publishing house that one's together for an hour, while I discovered two reading should be done at meals and in bed, places where he had never been; and Murray lest the office have the appearance of a club. Hill and the rattle of riveters fell away to And of course it is a bit difficult to look up valleys and the song of locusts, and once a from a book and tell one's secretary to do machine gun. Manuscripts moved past something, at least with the ring of authority. going home, the newspapers accumulated, THE MAKING OF A STOCKBROKER is the and adding machines made out royalty autobiography of one John Kent Wing, as statements for June while we took a small told by Edwin Lefevre. John Kent Wing is boat down among the Sea Islands where a famous Wall Street broker, in the story. DuBose Heyward's PORGY is laid (it will be And the book is dedicated to one John Wing out in the autumn) and climbed to the Prentiss, a famous broker of Wall Street. Rainbow Bridge in southern Utah.

What are we to deduce from that? I asked Albert Payson Terhune, Frank L. Packard, Mr. Lefevre. But he was talking of some Hulbert Footner, they all write at first hand thing else, the reason for writing the book.

. of adventure. But sometimes it grows It is fully set forth in the preface. The Wall quite exciting even on Murray Hill.

Street man, like the stage Englishman, is limited in popular conception to a type

curiously far from the true one. “The It was two months ago that Edwin Lefevre trouble is that the public's Wall Street is in came in to talk about his new book, THE reality an old Wall Street. It became obsoMAKING OF A STOCKBROKER, which will be lete years ago.” Thus John Kent Wing. released June 22. I sat him down by me, He loves his business, is prouder of its record laid his stick and hat across my desk, and than of its success, and denies hotly that the asked him to tell me all about himself that buccaneer of thirty years ago exists. His I did not know. In a few minutes he knew story is one of astonishing achievement all about me. He is a man much more through adventures which are true ones, interested in people than in books, and in and which are all on the records of the past business than in writing; which makes for twenty years. ease of style and wealth of matter when he I have seldom been so excited as during does write. For years he told of the ro- that first panic. Later, of course, I lost mance of big business in the “Saturday millions without turning a hair; but that Evening Post”, and later brought out a fifty thousand dollars was more than I book on Murray Hill called REMINISCENCES could afford then. Toward the end of the OF A STOCK OPERATOR. There were others book, when I was frightfully wealthy, I too, WALL STREET STORIES, SIMONETTA and thought of buying Murray Hill entire, and ONE IN A MILLION, all written in a style telling the riveters to stop. which, while neither staccato nor abrupt, carries the reader along at flying speed like a surfboard on a wave. This is probably For June publication there are several the height of good journalism -- the mini- unusual novels besides THE MAKING OF A mizing of obstacles to the mind and eye STOCKBROKER and SEIBERT OF THE ISLAND. and reminds one of Sir Philip Gibbs. It Of the latter, by the way, Edwin Björkman must be the result of an instinct for the has just written me: “The biggest South reader's mind, so that the things which need Sea story since Stevenson, comparing favor

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