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THE DIAL, No. 24 Adams Street, Chicago.
No. 174. Vol. XV.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1893.
WILLIAM COXGREVE (Sonnet). Marian Mead . . 135 BOOKS OF THE COMING YEAR 135 A FRENCH VIEW OF AMERICAN COPYRIGHT . 136 IBSEN'S TREATMENT OF SELF-ILLUSION. Hjalmar H. Boyesen 137 COMMUNICATIONS 140 A Columbian Celebration a Hundred Years Ago. James L. Onderdonk. AN OLD HOPE IN A NEW LIGHT. W. M. Payne 141 THE VEHICLE OF HEREDITY. Henry L. Osborn 143 THE RECONCILIATION OF HISTORY AND RE- LIGION IN CRITICISM. John Bascom ... 146 Lillie's The Influence of Buddhism on Primitive Christianity. Harden's An Inquiry into the Truth of Dogmatic Christianity. Beach's The Newer Re- ligious Thinking. Mead's Christ and Criticism. Horton's Verbum Dei. Cone's The Gospel. Miil- ler's Theosophy. BRIEFS ON NEW BOOKS 149 Hunting on the Western Plains and Mountains. Two new volumes of Columbus literature. The Se- cret of Character Building. A French protest against materialism in France. A typical English School fifty years ago. An appreciative and judical life of Napoleon . ANNOUNCEMENTS OF FALL BOOKS . . 151 LITERARY NOTES AND MISCELLANY 157
WILLIAM CONGREVE. Master of words ! thine was the perfect art To catch the living phrase, no coin of thought, But thought's bright self, that, clear and roundly wrought, Distinct in air and sunshine, sends a start Of fresh delight through the worn sense. Apart From common ways of fumbling speech, where naught Rings true, thy crystal bells pure-toned are fraught With bliss for thrilling nerves. . . . But for the heart ? Potent the flow : nor flashing, pouting smiles Of Millamant can witch away the shame And hardness of her world. Yet while we blame, While our need craves some sterner, sweeter bard Whose trumpet-cry more than all joy beguiles, Thy keen truth leaps to flame, and night is starred ! MARIAN MEAD. BOOKS OF THE COMING YEAR. A considerable portion of the space in this issue of THE DIAL is devoted to the regular annual list of classified announcements of forth- coming books. The list is a long one and would have been much longer had it not been thought best to exercise a certain discrimina- tion and to omit many titles of minor interest. It is believed that everything of real import- ance thus far definitely included in the an- nouncements of American publishers will be found comprised. Certainly, the list offers no evidence that the general commercial depres- sion of recent months has extended to the pub- lishing business ; it rather indicates, if any- thing, that the business has made more exten- sive plans and assumed a broader scope than usual. It is, however, true that the effects of commercial depression would require some time to become manifest in publishers' lists. Books are taken in hand long before they are pub- licly announced, and the close of one season finds the work of the next well under way. In the department of historical literature, several noteworthy works are promised. Per- haps the most important are a work on Massa- chusetts, by Mr. Charles Francis Adams ; a study in geographical discovery in the interior of North America, by Dr. Justin Winsor ; a history of the English town in the fifteenth cen- tury, by Miss Alice Stopford Green ; and a three-volume translation of the memoirs of the Chancellor Pasquier. In biography, we must mention first of all the life of Lowell which Professor Woodberry has been writing for the " American Men of Letters " series. The author is sure to bring both scholarship and literary grace to the work, and we will not quarrel with the fact that the biography is to fill two volumes, although such extended treat- ment is probably disproportionate to the scope of the series. While on the subject of Lowell, we must not forget to mention the two prom- ised volumes of letters, edited with loving care by Professor Norton. Other promised biog- raphies are a life of Jared Sparks, by Profes- sor Herbert B. Adams ; of Dean Stanley, by Mr. K. E. Prothero ; of Edwin Booth, by Mr. William Winter ; of Cardinal Manning, by Mr. Edmund Sheridan Purcell ; of William