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NOTES ON BOOKS AND AUTHORS,
only the authors of “ The Cloister and the From the N, Y. Citizen.
Hearth,” and “Adam Bede.” THE "Monarch of Mincing Lane” was by all ist who is true to the standard. of excellence
Mr. Black is a conspicuous instance of a novel. odds the best novel of the year, whether in
His books show no of plot or character. Mr. Black-whose former which he has set before him. novels, clever as they were, did not rise much
trace of careless workmanship, no evidence that above the level of the novels of Mrs. Edwards the writer prizes the favor of the masses above or of certain other of the second-rate novelists the approval of his own artistic conscience. He of the day-surprised his readers by the unex
writes with the purpose of writing well, instead of pected and remarkable excellence of that work. I writing for a market
. Hence, he has grown with In the “Daughter of Heth,” his latest effort, we
the publication of each successive work. No man recognize the same original conception and sharp) of genuine ability, such as Mr. Black possesses, drawing of character, and the same severe simpli.
can work as faithfully and conscientiously as he • city of narrative associated with genuine and evidently does, without constantly gaining in powpowerful pathos. Mr. Black is an exceedingly
er and in felicity of workmanship. There is, howskilful narrator, and a thorough artist in the con
ever, reason to believe that in the future he will struction of his stories. More than this, he is a
produce novels even better than the “ Daughter of creator, and he has given us, both in the present Heth” or its predecessor, and we may rightfully work and in its immediate predecessor, characters expect to find in him the legitimate successor of that are as fresh and original as they are lifelike George Eliot- whom, indeed, he strikingly resemand forcible in drawing and coloring.
bles in his loyalty to art and his fidelity to naThe scene of the story is laid in a small Scot. tish parish, which is pictured with the fidelity and
Atlantic Essays (Osgood) is the title of a duo. with more than the picturesque variety of George decimo volume containing twelve essays, contriMcDonald, Into the stern, gloomy household of buted during the past thirteen years to the Atthe Presbyterian minister comes a bright young lantic Monthly, by Thomas Wentworth ligginniece, half French by birth, and wholly French in
The titles of the essays in the order they apcharacter and education. The minister's oldest pear in the volume are as follows: “A Plea for son, a noisy, riotous youth, falls in love with his Culture,” “ Literature as an Art,” “ Americanism pretty cousin, as does also the Earl of Earlshope, in Literature," "A Letter to a Young Contribua young English nobleman whose country seat is
tor," "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet ?” in the neighborhood. The girl loves the latter,
“A Charge with Prince Rupert," “ Mademoibut the sudden appearance of an unexpected wife selle's Campaigns," "The Puritan Minister," puts an end to their romance. She marries the “ Fayal and the Portuguese," "The Greek God. young Scotchman chiefly out of a tender pity for desses,” • Sappho,” and “On an Old Latin him, and dies of a broken heart.
Text-Book." The essays, says the College CouThis story has not the freshness of plot, nor the rant, are so entirely free from the cant and clapvariety of incident and character, that belonged to trap which characterize many of the popular pro the "Monarch of Mincing Lane." It is, how- ductions of the present day, that it is really a ever, charmingly told, and can almost be said to pleasure to read them. The pleasure is not lessenbe unmarred by a single fault
. Its chief merit, ed when we come to discover that they have been however, lies in the delineation of Coquette, the written in the interests of culture and composi. young French girl. Her character is new to tion, and are beautiful specimens of what may be fiction, and portrayed with the touch of a con- accomplished by the proper use of a language en. summate artist. In no novel of the day have we
riched by valuable accessions from all the other found a character drawn with more genuine, known languages of the world. though unobtrusive, power. The reader declines Castilian Days (Osgood). — The few papers to regard her as a mere creation of the sancy, so about life and affairs in Spain, recently contributed lifelike is her portrait. There is nothing too by Mr. John Hay to the “ Atlantic Monthly,” highly colored or out of drawing in this admirable have, we think, won for him more valuable, if not portrait ; and the reader can easily understand the more acceptable, praises than his ventures in poetry eagerness with which the two young men of the of whatever sort. These papers, with several others story strive to possess themselves of this delicate not heretofore published, have been gathered into and exquisite flower. We repeat that, considered a handsome volume. The contents are a series of as a whole, the “Daughter of Heth” is inferior graphic, bright, racy sketches of the cities, the to the " Monarch of Micing Lane"-which in- people, the customs, the politics, the art, and the deed it might be, and still be a better novel than social life of the degenerate nation in whose capiany English writer save Charles Reade and Georgetal he some time lived as Consul of the United Eliot could write. Mr. Black, nevertheless, has States. They do not pretend to any searching an. given us nothing that is equal to his dainty Co- alysis or profound philosophy of the secrets of the quette, and the existence of this perfect picture, phenomena he observed, but are nevertheless well even if its setting be not of the most faultless braced with the shrewd conclusions of an indepenworkmanship, is alone sufficient to give its author dent common sense, and enlivened with a Western a place at the head of the second-rank English pungency of characterization. The reader gets his novelists-above Anthony Trollope, and below I information in a shade which leaves a well-defined
and vivid impression, and doubtless the infor Health and its Conditions (G, P. Putnam mation is just and trustworthy. - Boston Ad & Sons).–Of the many excellent works on health
we have seen none at once so attractive and so The Life of Jefferson S. Batkins, Member for good as “ Health and Its Conditions," by James Cranberry Centre, is a prolix version of the story Hinton, an English writer. The same is to be of the grotesque member of the Massachusetts Le said of him as of Huxley, Tyndall, and Darwin : gislature, so well acted out by Warren at the Mu. that science affords him opportunity for the choiseum, in the play “ The Silver Spoon." “Who. cest use of language : he uses beautiful English
, his ever,” says the Golder. Age, "desires an insight style reminds strikingly of that prince of word
. into the crooked ways of politics and the dark painters, John Ruskin, and~saving a few flaws, places of legislation, should read the Life of Jef. chiefly an occasional lack of clearness—his is a ferson S. Batkins, written by himself; and “ him. work which will repay study for its language alone, self” is none other than our friend Loring of Bos.
But the matter of his book is still more worthy of ton. It is a clever expose of the way things are
attention than is its manner; he is a deep, while done and undone by cliques and lobbies, and practical thinker, and these “ thoughts on health." photographs some of the wire-pullers and pipe- go to the root of things. His method is chiefly layers so that they can hardly fail of general re. that of analogy from external nature; to learn cognition. If Mr. Batkins is a representative man,
from life rather than from death. -Evening Mail. it is certainly no wonder that our political affairs are in a bad condition, but rather surprising that Newton, D.D. (Carter & Brothers). —In this new
Nature's Wonders, by the Rev. Richard they are not worse than they are. The book is a
addition to Dr. Newton's already numerous rol: capital hit."
umes of children's sermons, the wisdom and good. Chapters of Erie.- Charles Francis Adams, ness of God, as shown in the works of nature, are Jr., and Henry Adams, younger sons of Hon. simply and beautifully unfolded. The special subCharles Francis Adams, have collected several of jects treated are, by title, separately : How the the recent articles relating to the operations of sun, moon,
stars, light, air, clouds, trees,
importance from a political as well as moral point
The Parables of Our Lord, by the Rev. William
than exegetical, and addressed to the popular in the railroad monopolies, which are fast concen. trating their ,diffused powers and making their
intellect. possibilities of evil felt. Mr. Henry Adams gives ber of the series of Shakespeare's plays
, edited by
The Tempest (Harper) forms the second numGold Conspiracy in this city two years ago, and William J. Rolfe, A.M. The text is prefaced other articles on John Smith, and British Finance. with an introduction containing a history of the He shows more of the purely literary spirit than play, and of the sources of the plot, and critical his brother, and writes in a glowing style, clear, comments by Coleridge, Schlegel, Hazlitt, Mrs. succinct, and admirable. Their book is a valuable Jameson, and others, and is followed by copious one, and we hope often to meet both its authors notes, a glossary, etc. This edition, beautifully in the field of literature, for which they have such printed, illustrated, and neatly bound, presents manifest fitness.-- Golden Age.
the great dramatist in a most convenient and de
sirable form. Stimulants and Narcotics, by George M. Beard, M.D. (Putnam & Sons), is the title of the
Burns' Poems, diamond edition (Lee & Sheplatest issue of “ Putnam's Handy Book Series," ard), is a very neat edition, and contains, besides giving a brief description and history of the prin. all the poems, a full table of contents, two com cipal articles belonging under the above-named pious indexes, a glossary, and a life of the poet, head, with a discussion of their manifold effects,
The more unfamiliar Scotch phrases are explained as modified by external circumstances.
It is free
by foot-notes. from all special pleading on either side, treating
Parturition Without Pain, edited by L. Hol. the subject from a scientific point of view, and brook, M.D. (Wood & Holbrook), presents & presenting a great deal of curious and valuable in- code of rules compiled from the best authorities formation which has never before been collected for escaping from the primal curse inflicted on in a single volume. The author deals in facts the mother of the human race. rather than in opinions, describing, in many cases, method consists in the liberal use of a fruit diet
, the results of actual experiment, without commit? and a strict observance of the laws of hygiene. ting himself to any exclusive theory.
The Member for Paris, A Tale of the Sezond
The secret of the
Empire, by Trois-Etoiles (Osgood).--An exceed- and profit in any home circle, and should be reingly effective story of France, during the first membered by parents in their family purchases.decade of the reign of Napoleon III. Its au S. S. Times. thor must either be an Englishman thoroughly at
Cringle and Cross-tree," by the popular home across the channel, or a Parisian with a
Oliver Optic, is the fourth of the “Onwari and reinarkable command of English. The plot is of Upward Series,” and tells how Phil Farringford French type; the filling, English. Two brothers, shipped as a sailor for a Mediterranean voyage, one the heir of a dukedom, both sons of an found himself on a slaving cruise, and with the asold Republican, self-exiled to Brussels, repair to sistance of a part of the crew, captured the vessel, Paris, concealing their title' to aristocratic emi- brought her into port, and saw justice meted out nence, and settle themselves quietly down to pre to the pirates. No further hint is needed for our, pare for the law. Gradually each rises; and the elder, carried away by Imperial artifices, slowly
The Children's Album and The Children's loses his liberalisın.' The book, by a clever breadth of plot, gives one a vivid picture of the Sunday Album (Lee & Shepard). — The former
, earlier Imperial régime and the sort of men who by “ Uncle John,” has reached a sale of twenty-six bolstered up the throne, whether at the Bourse,
thousand copies. The latter is by the author of in the court-room, by the spy system, or in the A Trap to Catch a Sunbeam." Each of them chairs of important secretaries
. Besides the poli- contains about 150 pictures of a character to intertics, a thread of romance is carried on which adds short story. They have handsome covers
young children, and on the opposite page is a intensely to the interest.-Christian Union.
doubtless will be esteemed pet books by all who Two College Friends, by Fred. W. Loring
possess them. (Loring), is the story of two youths who left college to serve in the army of the Union in the late Houghton), gives a series of agreeable anecdotes,
The Judge's Pets, by E. Johnson (Hurd & war. The story depends for its chief interest on
connected by a slight thread of narrative, illustratthe rapid development of character amid the experiences and responsibilities suddenly thrust upon domestic animals, showing that in affection and
ing the virtues of favorite dogs, horses, and other the undeveloped boys. The incidents afford the writer a fine opportunity for the exercise of his intelligence they are not so far inferior to the nobler power of piquant description and for the exposi- whether young or old, who can count many warm.
race as human pride is apt to fancy. The reader, tion of some proper and noble sentiments.
hearted friends among the four-footed tribes, will Dene Hollow.-T. B. Peterson & Brothers pub- find much entertainment in this volume, which lish, simultaneously with its issue in London, this presents a strong appeal to his sympathies. new story by Mrs. Henry Wood. The author of "East Lynne” is sure of a large circle of readers
Little-Folk Songs, by Alexina B. White (Hurd for whatever she may write, and this story is said & Houghton), is printed on fine tinted paper, and to rival in absorbing interest and dramatic inten- abounds with happy illustrations. The songs sity any previous work by its prolific author. It themselves are short, bright and simple, yet deservis published in a substantially bound octavo vol. ing some of them to be ranked with the best of ume of 262 double-column pages, large type.
verses for children, full of fun and cheerful humor
without vulgarity. Grandfather's Faith, by Julia A. Matthews (Carter & Bros.), is a good book for young per
Evenings with the Children, by Mrs. Ramsey sons, who need only to know that it is written by (Lothrop), is intended to give pleasant instruction the author of the Drayton Hall Series " to feel regarding the geography, history, animals, and sure that it is both interesting and impressive. It productions of South America. Much real inforis the first of the “Dare to do Right Series,"
mation is conveyed in a very interesting manner, which the author is engaged in preparing, and and as it is divided into evening entertainments, which will doubtless be as good and useful as her it makes a peculiarly suitable book for mothers to former books. It is very neatly issued by the read aloud to their children during the coming win. publishers.
ter evenings. The House in Town, by the author of "The
Stories of Vinegar Hill, a box of half-a-dozen Wide Wide Work?” (Carter & Bros). -- This sec
neat books by the author of “Ellen Montgo. ond sequel to the story entitled
Hi What She mery's Bookshelf,” which we remember as one of Could," is a further development of the deeply in the most enjoyable series of the juveniles of days teresting career of a young Christian girl, and the gone by, comes to us from Robert Carter & Bros. members of the household of which she forms a part; of a Sunday-school lady who carried her love of
These “Stories of Vinegar Hill” tell of the work deserves truly to be classed among the best ficti- the Lord and His children with her into the tious writings of the day. The tone and style of country, as few do, and set herself to reform the the book are wonderfully natural, and the religious "Irishtown" of the place. They are interesting
cachings are rich, and warın, and true, without the and natural—two desirable qualities not always least taint
of cant or professionalism. Miss War: combined in Sunday-school literature—as well as her has written more absorbing works, but she has lively.—Evening Mail. not excelled the series she is now producing, in life A. L. 0. E.'s Picture Story Book (Carter & likeness and practical helpfulness for the young Bros.) is a collection of charming original narrareader. We notice that still another sequel is to tives for the nursery or play-room, with a profu. follow. The three volumes now issued will please 1 sion of striking and attractive colored illustrations.
The Day Stars, by Agnes Giberne (Pott, Young Riverside Press, which sufficiently guarantees its & Co.), is a life of Christ, written in simple style typographical excellence, and altogether it will be from the Gospel narrative. Its peculiar feature is a most desirable edition for those who wish elegant the general (nearly exclusive) use of words of only books, as well as for those who desire intelligent one or two syllables.
guidance through the vast treasure-house of Shake. A popular book years ago was The Sayings speare. and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville, by Handy-Volume Tennyson.- Jas. R. Osgood & Judge Thomas Chandler Haliburton. Though Co. have issued a very pretty cheap edition of severely criticised as an unjust caricature of Yan. “Tennyson's Poems," which will commend itself kees, “Sam Slick” has been accepted as the type to the admirers of the laureate not merely on ac. of a class, and doubtless many of this generation count of its cheapness, but because it contains all of readers will be glad to find out the original. of Mr. Tennyson's poetical writings, including Hurd & Houghton have issued a new edition of those earlier pieces which he has declined to acthe book as one of the series of “Riverside knowledge of late years. classics.” It is illustrated by Darley.
First Help in Accidents and in Sickness (Alex. Vanity Fair is issued in two elegant volumes, Moore) is intended as a guide in the absence, or in the edition of Thackeray's “Works," now
before the arrival, of medical assistance. A part passing through the press of Lippincott & Co. of it has been compiled from trustworthy sources
, It is embellished with the author's original illustra: much of it written by eminent physicians, and the tions, and with its clear and handsome type and whole arranged and prepared for the press by the excellent paper, is admirably adapted to the editors of Good Health.” The title-page an. library or family book-table.
nounces that it is published with the recommendaThe Carriage Painter's Illustrated Manual, tion of the highest medical authority. The book by F. B. Gardner (S. R. Wells), is a plain, sensi is illustrated and appears to be a complete and ble treatise on an important branch of mechanical thorough manual, which it would be handy to have industry, presenting in a narrow compass the es in the house. sential principles and methods of the difficult art
East and West Poems is the title of Bret Harte's to which it is devoted.
new volume just published by James R. Osgood & CARLTON & LANAHAN. -Among their recent Co. It includes most of the poems originally pubpublications the religious public will be interested lished in a volume entitled " The Lost Galleon," in The Mission of the Spirit, by the Rev. L. R. the poem pronounced before the Phi Beta Kappa Dunn, illustrating the office and work of the Com- Society of Harvard University in June last, severforter in the redemption of man ; a second series of al poems that have appeared in periodicals since Misread Passages of Scripture, by J. Baldwin the publication of his last volume, embracing Brown, B.A., reprinted from an instructive Eng. Truthful James's Answer to her Letter, Further lish work, showing the errors in the prevalent con- Language from Truthful James, Sequel to Maud struction of several important passages in the Muller, A Newport Romance, etc., several poems Bible ; A king's Daughter, with other stories that have never before been collected, and others from real life, an original production by Mrs. H. that are now first printed. The volume is a fresh C. Gardner, a successful writer for young people; proof of the varied genius and poetic power of the Lindsay Lee .and His Friends, a Scotch story author. founded on facts which occurred under the ministry of the Rev. Newman Hall, intended as a con
Dukesborough Tales, by “Philemon Perch" tribution to the cause of temperance, and an an
(Turnbull Bros.), is a collection of very delightful tidote to the free thinking tendencies of the times; stories illustrative of a phase of social life in Geor. Gustavus Adolphus, a memoir of the military gia and other parts of the South that has passed hero of the Reformation, translated from the keenly-observant eyes
, and has written of it wita
saw that life with French of L. Abelous, by Mrs. C. A. Lacroix; freshness and vivacity, and with a humor of a kind and the third volume of Dr. Whedon's Commentary on the New Testament, containing the oftener met in his own section of the country than “ Book of Acts," and the "
in Epistle to the
any other, but rarely there in such wealth of Romans, presenting the author's interpretation
sunpiness.-N, Y. Evening Post. of a portion of Scripture in accordance with what Nobody's Fortune.-Edmund Yates's new story he regards as “the views of the primitive Church has, in its serial issue in “ Every Saturday,”, atof the first three centuries,” in opposition to the tracted general attention by its originality, and by theology of Augustine and Calvin.
the high reputation of the author as a novelist. Hudson's Shakespeare.-Noyes, Holmes & Co. The story has just been completed and is issued in are preparing a new edition of Hudson's Shake. book form by James R. Osgood & Co. It is er. speare in eleven volumes. Mr. Hudson, who is ceptionally clear and consistent in construction, one of the best Shakespearian scholars living, has and although original and ingenious, never treswritten new introductions to many of the plays, passes upon the bounds of probability for purposes and rewritten the notes, embodying in both intro- of mere effect. It is characterized by the direct ductions and nutes the results of his study and ness and simplicity of diction which mark the reading since the work was first published. The author's previous popular works, with which it new edition will be brought out in the tasteful style compares favorably in interest and careful finish. which Noyes, Holmes & Co. are careful to secure Behind the Bars (Lee & Shepard).--Mrs for their publications; it will be printed at the Lunt, wife of the Hon. George Lunt, is the au
thor of that able book “Behind the Bars." It is available down to the end of the year 1870 have one of the calmest, ablest, and most convincing been carefully searched. bsəks on modes of treatment in lunatic asylums Duchenne's Treatise on Localized Electrization, that has ever been written. We think its influ- and its Applications to Pathology and Therapeu. ence has been much weakened by its authorless tics (Lindsay & Blakiston). - This translation is title page. On such subjects as this the reader made from the third edition of the original work, has a right to demand the name of the writer as a now in course of passing through the press. The guarantee that he is not being imposed upon. Few present part includes all that had been printed at books of the year have been so widely commended the time of the investment of Paris by the Geras this.-Watchman and Reflector.
man army, and, in consequence of that investment, Nast's Illustrated Almanac for 1872 is pub- it is published before the original is given to the lished by Harper & Brothers. Some of Nast's world. Duchenne's great work on Localized El. best work is in this little volume, and there are no
ectrization is not only a well-nigh exhaustive treamore amusing comic pictures drawn now-a-days.
tise on the medical uses of electricity, but it is al
so an elaborate exposition of the different diseases Chas. Sumner's Works (Lee & Shepard). - in which electrity has proved to be of value as a Three volumes of this edition of Mr. Sumner's therapeutical and diagnostic agent. No similar Works have now been issued, the fourth volume treatise exists in the English language—indeed the is in the hands of the binder, and the fifth is in work is unique.--Herbert Tibbits, 11. D. press. The first edition, limited to one thousand
Wright on Headaches (Lindsay & Blakiston). copies, is sold only by subscription, and each copy
-The author's plan is simple and practical. He has Mr. Sumner's autograph. Probably no such
treats of headaches in childhood and youth, in list of subscribers was ever obtained to any work.
adult life and old age, giving in each their varieOn it we find the President, the Cabinet, the ties and symptoms, and their causes and treatment. whole diplomatic corps, United States Senators
It is a most satisfactory monograph, as the mere and Representatives, and the great men of the country and all the professions. A fac-simile of fact that this is a reprint of the fourth edition tes
tifies. —Med, and Surg. Reporter. this list will be appended to the last volume, while the original will be presented to Mr. Sumner. Acton's Functions and Disorders of the ReproAs evidence of the value of the list merely as a ductive Organs (Lindsay & Blakiston.)– We think collection of autographs, Mr. H. Vincent Butler, Mr. Acton has done good service to society by who has the control of the sale of the work, has grappling manfully with sexual vice, and we trust been offered for it one thousand dollars! The that others whose position as men of science and arrangement of contents is strictly chronological, teachers enable them to speak with authority will and the speeches are accompanied by historical assist in combating and arresting the evils which notes and explanations which add greatly to their it entails. We are of the opinion that the spirit interest and value. The volumes are faultless in which pervades it is one that does credit equally to typographical execution, and the publishers, Lee the head and to the heart of the author.-British and Shepard of this city, guarantee both the char. and Foreign Medico-Chirurgical Review. acter and success of this great undertaking.
Whitaker's Almanac for 1872 will be supplied At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies, by to the trade, by Pott, Young & Co., about Nov. Charles Kingsley (Harper), is very sprightly 20.
Retail price, 50 c. and graphic in style, and makes exceedingly pleas MR. S. Zickel, the American publisher of the ant reading, to say nothing of the great amount | Moniteur de la Mode, takes pleasure in anof information it imparts. It is very full of facts. nouncing to the friends and patrons of this noted The reader is truly made the companion of the journal of fashion that he will be able to supply voyager, and enjoys the scenes visited through the them regularly after the first of October. During rarely vivid and accurate descriptions of them the late war the paper was rather irregularly issued which he gives. The geography, ethnology, nat- and somewhat reduced in size and quality, but now ural history, natural scenery, manners and cus the causes for these deficiencies have been removed, toms, government, education, etc., are treated, and the Moniteur will appear in all its former making the work as complete as it is interesting: splendor, with colored fashion steel-plates, wood. For the young it will be found particularly enter- cut drawings, and all the original fashions that taining and useful. It should be remembered in make it so invaluable to its subscribers. In order the family and school purchases for holiday times. to give every one a chance to test the value of this -S. S. Times.
paper, an extra subscription term for 3 months Mackenzie's Essay on Growths in the Larynx (Oct. to Dec.) is offered at $2.50. (Lindsay & Blakiston).—The present Essay is
ROBERT CARTER & Bros. are preparing a based on an experience of nearly 150 cases of La very elegant red line edition of Mrs. Bickersteth's ryngeal growth. It includes detailed reports of poem, " Yesterday, To-day, and Forever,” of 1.12 cases, of which 26 have been previously pub- which 27,000 copies have been sold in the plainer lished in the medical journals or the Transactions style
. The same house have nearly ready a new and of Medical Societies, and 86 are now brought for revised edition from new stereotype plates, of Presward for the first time. In addition to the au. ident McCosh's work, “Intuitions of the Mind.' thor's own cases, he has appended a record of all They are now selling the fifth thousand of his the published cases which have been treated since lectures on “Christianity and Positivism,” which the invention of the Laryngoscope : all sources were delivered in this city last Spring About 20