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A. P. BROTHERHEAI), author of that successful send, author of "Credo," is the title of an admir- book, “Himself His Worst Enemy," has nearly able book on ministerial culture, just published by completed a new novel entitled “Self-CondemnLee & Shepard. Prof. T. has taken high rank ed ”_founded on recent events in American socieamong our writers, and his books have a wide and ty. enduring popularity.
A. L. BANCROFT & Co. have published Time Dodd & Mead's Sunday School Annual for and Eternity, a poem, by George MacHenry
: 1871 contains a catalogue of books suitable for Messrs. Bancroft & Co. inform us that this work Sunday-school libraries and for the use of Sunday- was entirely manufactured on their own premises, school teachers, with hints to superintendents, and they claim that it is the finest specimen of committees, and all workers in that cause. book-making ever done on the Pacific Coast.
NOTES ON BOOKS AND AUTHORS. SONGS OF THE SIERRAS. * the genuine formative experiences and typical real.
ities or images of a life, is sure to tell us something This is a truly remarkable book. To glance which we shall be both curious and interested to through its pages is to observe a number of pic.
think over. There is an impassable gap between turesque things picturesquely put, expressed in a vivid flowing form and melodious words, and indi- the alien couleur locale or even so great a poet as
Victor Hugo in such a work as Les Orientales, cating strange
, outlandish, and romantic experi- and the native recipiency of one like our Californian ences
. The reader requires no great persuasion to author, whose very blood and bones are related to leave off mere skimming and set to at regular peru- the things he describes, and from whom a percepsal; and when he does so, he finds the pleasurable tion and a knowledge so extremely unlike our own impression confirmed and intensified.
are no more separable than his eyes and his brain. Mr. Miller is a Californian, domiciled between Such being the exceptional nature of Mr. Miller's the Pacific and the Sierra Nevada, who has lived and written “on the rough edges of the frontier.” subject matter, the best way of obtaining some Last winter he published, or at least printed, in specific idea of his work, both in its beauties and
in its defects--which latter no doubt are neither London, a small volume named Pacific Poems, con
few nor insignificant--may be to give a brief acsisting of two of the compositions now republished
count of his stories. -one of them in a considerably modified form.
Such reduced to a caput mortuum, are the maSan Francisco and the city of Mexico were known
terials of this striking book, through whose veins to him; but it is only in the summer of 1870 that (if we may prolong the figure) the blood pulsates he for the first time saw and detested New York, with an abounding rush, while gorgeous sub-tropand soon afterwards reached London. Thus much ical suns, resplendent moons, and abashing majes. he gives us to know in a few nervous, modest, and ties of mountain form, ring round the gladiatorial at the same time resolute words of preface-repro human life. The reader will hardly need, after our duced here, with a postscript, from his former volume. He is prepared to be told and to believe summary, to be told that Byron is the poet whose that there are crudities in his book; but he adds spirit most visibly sways and overshadows that of significantly,“ poetry with me is a passion that Joaquin Miller. The latter is indeed a writer of
original mind and style ; and there is a weighty defies reason.” Mr. Miller's preface would com
difference between a Californian who has really mand sympathetic respect even if his verses did not.
engaged in, or at least had lifelong cognizance of, . We feel at once that we have to deal with a man,
all sorts of wild semi-civilized adventure, and a not with a mere vendor of literary wares.
noble lord to whom the like range of experience argue with him would be no use, and to abuse him
forms the distraction of a season or the zest of a no satisfaction. Luckily we are not called upon
tour. to do either ; but, while responding to his invitable, and has a very mixed influence upon Mr. Mil.
Still, the poetic analogy is strikingly visition to point out without reticence what shows as
ler's work, On one side, taking interest as he faulty, we have emphatically to pronounce him an excellent and fascinating poet, qualified, by these does, like Byron, in adventurous picturesque perhis first works, to take rank among the distinguished sonages, with the virtues
and vices of the life of depoets of the time, and to greet them as peers.
fiance, full of passion and resource (for Mr. Miller The volume, of some 300 pages, contains only calibre of all his characters, whatever they may do,
has the art of making us respect the intellectual seven poems. The last of these-a tribute to the and however closely they may approximate to glorious memories of Burns and Byron--is comparatively short : all the rest are compositions of savages), he is lifted at once above the mild and
mediocre or the merely photographic levels of some substantial length, and of a narrative character, though Ina-considerably the longest of all work : on the other hand, he exhibits life not only assumes a very loose form of dramatic dialogue, which his subject-matter suggests, but with an
under the rudimentary and incomplete conditions Mr. Miller treats of the scenes and personages and effect of abortiveness and gloom due partly, no the aspects of life that he knows-knows intimately doubt, to the Byronic tradition, and so extreme and feels intensely; and very novel scenes, strange as to be almost morbid. His interest in life seems personages, and startling aspects these are. This fact alone would lend to his book a singular inter
to be very much that of a gambler, who plays a
stake, conscious that the chances are against him ; est, which is amply sustained by the author's contagious ardor for what he writes about, and his or, one might rather say, of a man who watches a rich and indeed splendid powers of poetic present- game played with loaded dice, and who sees his ment. A poet whose domestic hearth is a hut in friend ruined by an undenounceable conspiracy. an unfathomable cañon whose forest has been a
In Ina, for instance, gratuitous misery is poured quinine wood, permeated by monkeys,
forth, as from a bucket, with a liberally cruel hand,
It is intensely unsatisfactory to be told of a lovely, "Like shuttles hurried through and through girlish, and wealthy widow, steeped in amorous The thread a hasty weaver weaves,”
grace, constancy, and spirit, making love to the and whose song.bird is a cockatoo, and to whom hot-blooded youth who has adored her all his life, these things, and not the converse of them, are all and whom she has confessedly adored-only to be
repulsed with a stolid obtuse morgue, and then to * " Songs of the Sierras." By Joaquin Miller. London, Longmans and Co. ; Boston, Roberts Bros.
See Littell's Living Age, Aug. page 506,