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Believing that clubs will welcome an outline which combines range of subject with an authoritative understanding of the end to be achieved, the editors have brought together representative committees of authors, students, and critics to present for the use of women's clubs an outline which will contain both elements. The divisions of the series are: I. Contemporary American Fiction (see THE BOOKMAN for October, November, December, 1922, January, 1923); II. Contemporary American Poetry (see THE BOOKMAN for March, April, May, June, July, August, 1923); III. Contemporary American Drama (see THE BOOKMAN from November, 1923 through July, 1924); IV. The Short Story. After contemporary American literature has been covered, programs on the historical background of our literature will be given and these will be followed by a survey of the English field.

The BOOKMAN programs are formed, not by the editors of this magazine but by a board of advice which has been organized to include names from various lines of literary thought in America, so that the result will represent no one group. The executive committee of advice is as follows: Mary Austin, the novelist; Dr. Arthur E. Bostwick, librarian of the St. Louis Public Library; Dr. Carl Van Doren, one of the editors of "The Century"; Mrs. L. A. Miller, chairman of literature, General Federation of Women's Clubs; May Lamberton Becker, of the "Reader's Guide" of "The Saturday Review"; Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, rector of the Church of the Divine Paternity, New York City; Booth Tarkington, the novelist; and Rose V. S. Berry, of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.

The Editor of THE BOOKMAN and his advisers and associates will answer promptly and to the best of their ability any question confronting any literary club. Such questions should be addressed "THE BOOKMAN's Literary Club Service".

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Representative American Short Stories. Alexander

The Best Short Stories of 1924, etc. Edward J.

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1924,

Thrice Told Tales. Blanche Colton Williams.

Short Stories by Present-Day Authors. Raymond
Woodbury Pence. MACMILLAN.

The Stories Editors Buy and Why. Jean Wick.

Modern Short Stories. Frederick Houk Law.

Contemporary Short Stories. Kenneth Allan

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Narrative Technique. T. H. Uzzell. HARCOURT,

A Handbook on Story Writing. Blanche Colton
Williams. DODD, MEAD.

A Manual of the Short Story Art. G. Clark.

The Art and the Business of Story Writing. Wal-
ter B. Pitkin. MACMILLAN.

Fundamentals of Fiction Writing. Arthur Sulli-
vant Hoffman. BоBBS-MERRILL.

Fiction Writers on Fiction Writing. Arthur
Sullivant Hoffman (editor). BOBBS-MERRILL.
Today's Short Stories Analyzed. R. W. Neal.

Short Stories in the Making. R. W. Neal.

Writing the Short Story. J. B. Esenwein. HINDS,

Authors of the Day. Grant Overton. DORAN.



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III: Stories of Ideas (Third Instalment)

MARGARET PRESCOTT MONTAGUE England to America. DOUBLEDAY, PAGE. 1920. The Man from God's Country. DUTTON. 1924.

This winner of an O. Henry prize comes from West Virginia. She was born at White Sulphur Springs on November 29, 1878, and was educated both at home and in private schools. Her published work amounts to some fifteen volumes. Miss Montague still makes her home in White Sulphur Springs. Stories by her are most frequently found in "The Atlantic Monthly", and appear also in "The Delineator" and "The Ladies' Home Journal".


The Best Short Stories of 1923.

O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1919.

GOUVERNEUR MORRIS Spread Eagle and Other Stories. SCRIBNER. 1910.

Here is an author with a long list of published books and a breathtaking number of short stories. Gouverneur Morris, great-grandson of Gouverneur Morris, the Revolutionary statesman and United States Senator, was born in New York, February 7, 1876. He received his B.A. degree at Yale in 1898. His first book appeared when he was twenty one. Mr. Morris is well known to the readers of "Cosmopolitan", "The Metropolitan", "The Saturday Evening Post", "Collier's", and "Everybody's".


The Best Short Stories of 1924.


Best Laid Schemes. SCRIBNER. 1922.

Short story writer, novelist, essayist, poet, and onetime playwright is Meredith Nicholson, who comes from Booth Tarkington's native state. He was born at Crawfordsville, Indiana, December 9, 1866, and was educated in the public schools of Indianapolis. He received an honorary degree at Wabash College in 1901 and from Butler College in 1902, and was given his Litt.D. at Wabash in 1907. Mr. Meredith, a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, is probably best remembered as the author of that mystery novel, "The House of a Thousand Candles". His list of published works is impressive. "Good Housekeeping", "Collier's", "The Atlantic Monthly", "The Saturday Evening Post", "The Metropolitan", and "The Ladies' Home Journal" have at various times printed his short stories.


James Oppenheim comes from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he was born May 24, 1882. For two years he was a student at Columbia University. In 1921 he married Gertrude S. Gertrude, the painter and novelist. His accomplishments are

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varied. As a poet he is already recognized. He has taught at the Hebrew Technical School for Girls in New York. He was at one time editor of "The Seven Arts". Short stories, articles, and poems by him have appeared in "The American", Hearst's", "Harper's", "The New Republic", "The Freeman", and "The Century". His home is in Washington Square in New York City


MARY ROBERTS RINEHART Temperamental People. DORAN. 1924. More Tish. DORAN. 1921.

Mrs. Rinehart needs no introduction to short story readers. The facts of her life have been published so many times that it is almost superfluous to say here that she was born in Pittsburg August 12, 1876; after being graduated from high school took the training school course for nurses at the Pittsburg Homeopathic Hospital; was married on April 21, 1896, to Dr. Stanley Marshall Rinehart; has three sons; and is the author of plays, novels, and innumerable love stories, mystery stories, and humorous stories. Recently she has contributed almost exclusively to "The Saturday Evening Post", but her stories may also be found in "Munsey's", "Collier's", and "Cosmopolitan".

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Christmas Roses. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN. 1920.

Anne Douglas Sedgwick is the author of the season's best seller and most popular novel, "The Little French Girl". She was born in Englewood, New Jersey, March 28, 1873, and was educated at home by a governess. At the age of nine she left America and has lived abroad ever since, chiefly in Paris and London, where she acquired the atmosphere for her stories and novels. She is an artist also, having studied painting in Paris and exhibited at Champs de Mars. In 1908 she married Basil de Selincourt of Kingham, Oxon, England, where she is now living. She is best known to the readers of "The Atlantic Monthly" and "The Century".


Gettysburg. HOUGHTON MIFFLIN. 1913.

Elsie Singmaster, the widow of Harold Lewars, is a thorough Pennsylvanian. She was born in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, August 29, 1879, and is the daughter of Reverend John Alden Singmaster, with whom she lives on the campus of the theological seminary in Gettysburg. She received her Litt.D. at Pennsylvania College in 1916. Her stories are to be found in "The Atlantic Monthly", "The Woman's Home Companion", "The Outlook", "Harper's", "The Century" and "Scribner's".


The Best Short Stories of 1915. The Best Short Stories of 1916. (To be continued in June)

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lyric poet of note, was born on Long Island, educated at Harvard University and in Europe, and is connected with the firm of Charles Scribner's Sons. His book of verse, "The Black Panther", is well known. IRWIN EDMAN, from whose course on "The Philosophy of Art" this essay of his grew, will next year be granted a year of absence from his teaching duties at Columbia University, and will spend the time at Oxford and in Italy, working on a philosophy book which he has been planning for some time. His "Richard Kane" will be published in January or February of next year, and his book of poems, some time in the early autumn. JESSICA NELSON NORTH is a graduate of the University of Chicago who is well known to readers of the poetry magazines. Her first book of verse, "A Prayer Rug", was published in 1923. She has a small son who, judging from his photograph, is destined to become a sturdy football hero. ROBERT BENCHLEY, like all the best American humorists, plans to spend the summer months in Europe. Undoubtedly he and Mr. and Mrs. Haddock will enjoy the scenery and the art galleries. RICHMOND LATTIMORE is or was an undergraduate at Dartmouth College.

ROBERT FORREST WILSON, a Cleveland newspaper man, is now living in Paris with his wife and daughter (who is attending the Opera Ballet School). He was attached to one of the bureaus in Washington before the war and, later, in the service. Afterward, he collaborated with Mr. Crowell on the six volume history of the war, was sent to Egypt by "McCall's", published a book called "The Living Pageant of the Nile", and will have another this autumn on Paris. ARTHUR HOBSON QUINN is a professor of

English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a well known authority on the drama, the author of numerous published works, the best known of which are perhaps "Representative American Plays" and "Contemporary American Plays", which have been issued in various editions.. CHARLES NORMAN is a youthful American poet of great promise. His first small volume of verse, a long narrative poem of the sea, was issued last year.

HOWARD CORBETT, born in England and educated in Shrewsbury, is now on the staff of the New York "Times". He has been for twenty years in the newspaper world, both editorial and business. At the age of twenty five he was editor of an evening paper, and, invited by Lord Northcliffe, was manager and director of the London "Times" from 1914 to 1922. LAURENCE HARRIS was graduated from Yale University and is now an instructor at Dartmouth College. ELLEN DAY HALE, the niece of Lucretia P. Hale, author of the immortal Peterkins, is the daughter of Dr. Edward Everett Hale. stead of following the literary bent so marked in her family, she became an artist, and was the pupil of William Hunt in his noted Boston class. She afterward worked in Paris and is represented in many collections.


EARL E. FISK, after his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, intended being a professor of English, but finally decided to become an insurance man instead. This occupation has given him a chance to indulge his hobby of book collecting. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is at present much interested in creating an American interest in the works of Haldane Macfall. Mr. Fisk is at work on a bibliography and a series of articles on Major Macfall whose novel, "The Wooings of Jezebel Pettyfer",

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