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ganisation possesses what the Metro parallel the unforgettable impersona. politan does not possess and has not tions of the past. Muratore has done possessed for years-a great, roman. this thing; under his gracious witchtic tenor, Lucien Muratore, a man ery of gesture, of exquisite, symwhose magnetic personality and vi metrical poise the past lives again. brant voice effect a combination that In watching him we are watching has not been heard in this city since Romance, Romance come down over the departure of Jean de Reszke. long centuries, and out of old strange
lands and legends. His Romeo is, The Chicago Opera Association has
for the present writer, the most beausupplied us with a something we had
tiful performance on the operatic
stage of to-day. almost despaired of securing-individual genius of a compelling, inde The writer assumes no responsi. scribably satisfying nature. The bility for recording a prevalent ruMetropolitan has, in recent years, not mour to the effect that the Metropolionly failed to do this, but it has tan has done all it could to impede apparently made no effort to supply the success of the Chicago Opera Asthis city with pre-eminent person sociation. If this is so, it suggests a alities. The present writer is abso dastardly condition of affairs in the lutely ignorant of the inside workings operatic activities of this city. The of the Metropolitan management. He Chicago Opera Association possesses insinuates nothing, he merely pro three artists of a quality so superior claims the facts as they appear on to anything possessed by the Metrothe surface. The Metropolitan's tardy politan that no comparison is posre-acceptance of that authentic, ex sible. Galli-Curci, the unique Mary quisite artist, Olive Fremstad, cannot Garden and Lucien Muratore are cancel the fact that we are indebted artists in the true sense of that muchto the Chicago Opera Association for abused
abused word. . They are artists the revelation of the first really fine because they fulfil the essential funcFrench tenor that New York has
tion of art-to vivify, to enrapture, known since Saleza. The rôles of to win us away from reality and Romeo, Faust and Don Jose- lead us captive into the long time the last the most appealing and ago. We can think of no one at the poignantly picturesque rôle in all Metropolitan capable of exerting this opera—have remained dormant in magic influence. We can even fancy this city entirely because of the fact that the Metropolitan might look that we have had no one of sufficient upon such notions as objects for histrionic grace — that inimitable surreptitious ridicule. something of poetic savoir faire-to
C. L. B.
CHRONICLE AND COMMENT
THIS month THE BOOKMAN
Bodoni type; indeed, we know of no pears in a slightly changed dress. other magazine that has yet taken With
We like it, many advantage of this latest achievement
friends of the maga- of typography. Becoming
zine who have been Modesty
consulted like it too Then we are beginning a most im-we hope you all will like it. In- portant service for the study of The deed without exception every change
BOOKMAN in schools, that has been made was first sug.
colleges and clubs, , gested by some subscriber or friend Study
which we believe also
Service either personally to the Editor or by
will prove of real inmail—it has been most gratifying terest and help to all our readers. that so many people have shown This new department, appearing for such a really helpful interest in the convenience in the advertising sec. development of the “new” BOOKMAN, tion, will consist (as it does this for hardly a week goes by that we do month) of questions, suggestions and not receive some suggestions for en. outlines based on the discussions and larging the usefulness of the maga. comments in the current issue. News zine. And from all these ideas we items of the literary world, literary have put into effect those that from questions and current literary prothe point of view of our immediate duction, the broad problems of our problems seem the most practical at modern life, the revaluation of the the present time; other changes that classics of literature and the new have been suggested will appear later light upon them that it is the funcas the opportunity for their adoption tion of a literary magazine to furnish presents itself, and indeed many -all these are some of the aims and changes have been incorporated in ideals of this new service to Book. the past months that may have gen- MAN readers. Indeed in our schools erally passed unnoticed, as they were and study courses so often the connot of the obvious character of the sideration of literary themes is made present innovations. We have de- so dry, so unrelated to modern intercided to give THE BOOKMAN a new ests, so foreign to the warm, human sub-title: A Review of Books and spirit of desire, of idealism, of the Life. It is the same “Bookman” that craving to know of life, to experience it has always been, but to call it a for ourselves the vagaries and the “Review” is more in keeping with adventures through which our nature the seriousness and dignity of its is struggling upward toward the effort to interpret the books and the light, that the wonder is that the inlife of the times. The type of the terest in literature does not die of text matter, too, has been changed dry rot and inanition. A truly alive with these same considerations in literary magazine must revitalise the mind. This new type is known as old in the light of modern living “Bodoni,” a very recent development needs, must infuse into the new the of the printer's art, considered to be warm contact with the earth from very attractive, dignified and with which we all gain our vigour and our character, yet graceful and readable joy of living—such is the aim of our to a high degree. Not all printing magazine and such the aim of our establishments are equipped with new study service.
This new department, then, can be sale in actual numbers probably far used in a most practical way. First, in excess of the first title on the list it will call to your
of best selling fiction, The Major, Of Practical particular notice the though how the other books on the Value
most salient features two lists would compare in volume
of the current num- of sales it would be difficult to say. ber, some of which might otherwise In this connection it should be reescape your attention and which you membered that the number of points would be very glad not to miss; it given to each of the six “best sellers” will suggest a consideration of the in the two lists represents merely fundamental significance of the ques- relativity of sales within each list tions discussed in the different ar- and does not in any way indicate the ticles and will, we hope, interest you
actual number of volumes sold. in the validity, or if you disagree, in Thus, while Over the Top received the error, of the conclusions that our 283 points and The Major 205, this writers support. A careful and con- would by no means necessarily indisistent application to the department cate that these two books were selleach month will develop an interest ing in the proportion of 283 to 205, in and an appreciation of the literary nor do these points in any way furaspects of
modern life and nish a clue to the actual number of thought, will increase one's knowl- volumes sold. On the other hand, edge of current literature and of the numbers of points within each what the world is thinking; and list may be presumed to give a reathen, of course, we aim to make it of sonable approximation of the relative practical value in the correlation of volume of sales of the titles desig. THE BOOKMAN as a text with regular nated; thus, Over the Top, with its study in colleges, academies, schools 283 points, may be estimated to be and study-clubs. The department is selling about four times as fast as being conducted by an experienced Under Fire, the sixth and last title teacher of college English, now in in the war book list, which is aceditorial work and in touch with the credited with 69 points; and The literary world, and who has the as- Major, with its 205 points, may be sistance and advice of a number of estimated to be selling about three professors of English at Columbia times as fast as His Last Bow, the University.
last of the fiction list, with its 67
points. This list of “best sellers" We are also adding this month, in among
the war books will be contin. the Book Mart, at the end of the ued as long as the public interest in
magazine, a schedule them is maintained at its present War Books
of the war books and high level. “Best
their relative sales. Sellers"
These books of war And now that we have talked about experiences are meeting with a de ourselves and what we are going to mand in many instances greater than
do and what we are that for current fiction, so that, as an
not going to do at
“The indication of the country's interest in
undue length, per
Bookman" books from the point of view of the
haps you will think, sales market, this schedule of war permit us to tell you about what book sales is at this time of fully as somebody else is going to do much value as the regular lists of
We take particular pleas“best sellers” among books of fiction. ure in announcing the further colOver the Top, the first on the list of laboration in
editorial capacbest selling war books, is having a ity of Mr. Edward J. O'Brien. It
was Mr. O'Brien who conducted in and two thousand words in length; THE BOOKMAN all last year the in- and, as a last announcement, manuteresting experiment of The Masque scripts may be sent to THE BOOKMAN of Poets, a series that brought out marked "for War Echoes” or they some of the best poetry of the year and may be submitted directly to Mr. Ed. some of the most interesting exam- ward J. O'Brien, South Yarmouth, ples of the work of the modern schools Massachusetts. -a series that will shortly be published in book form. Mr. O'Brien is even better known as a critic of the Joseph Conrad continues the series contemporary short story-he makes of prefaces that he is writing for a it his business to read every short
number of his books
Another story of importance published in the
with one to be publeading magazines and once a year
lished in all newly to give them a rating in the Boston
printed editions of Transcript (Boston still holds its own Youth. Mr. Conrad writes: in that hoary and venerable institu
The three stories in this volume lay no tion, its Transcript) and to analyse claim to unity of artistic purpose.
The his conclusions for the best of the only bond between them is that of the stories in THE BOOKMAN. Incidently,
time in which they were written. They of the nine stories published last year
belong to the period immediately followin THE BOOKMAN five were included
ing the publication of the Nigger of the
Narcissus, and preceding the first concep. in the Transcript list of distinguished tion of Nostromo, two books which, it seems work. Then, Mr. O'Brien's selection of to me, stand apart and by themselves in "The Best Short Stories" of the year
the body of my work. is published every spring in a volume
Even before appearing in book-form
Youth was very well received. It lies on that reaches the astonishing sale of me to confess at last, and this is as good a over fifteen thousand copies. It is place for it as another, that I have been in this capacity that Mr. O'Brien is all my life—all my two lives—the spoiled to collaborate in THE BOOKMAN. We
adopted child of Great Britain and even
of the Empire; for it was Australia that have been publishing a small depart
gave me my first command. I break out ment that we have called Echoes, into this declaration not because of a lurkcomposed of short stories or sketches ing tendency to megalomania, but, on the that have been characterised more by
contrary, as a man who has no very nota.
ble illusions about himself. I follow the atmosphere or tone than by the con
instincts of vainglory and humility natural ventional plot and character form of to all mankind. For it can hardly be dethe popular short story-reflections,
nied that it is not their own deserts that "echoes” if you will, of the great
men are most proud of, but rather of their world that are too delightful, too ex
prodigious luck, of their marvellous for.
tune: of that in their lives for which thanks quisite to be lost. And of course the and sacrifices must be offered in the altars greatest event in the world, the one of the inscrutable gods. to cast its shadow into every nook
It is a and cranny of life, is the war; and
Youth is a feat of memory.
record of experience. But that experience,
in its facts, in its inwardness and in its so it has been that our "echoes” have
outward colouring, begins and ends in my. reflected the war, have always had self. Heart of Darkness is experience too; the minor chord of the grim reality but it is experience pushed a little (and echoing through their strains. This only very little) beyond the actual facts department will shortly be entirely
of the case for the perfectly legitimate, I
believe, purpose of bringing it home to the under the direction of Mr. O'Brien, minds and bosoms of the readers. There and it will then be called War Echoes. it was no longer a matter of sincere colour. The sketches will continue of similar ing. It was like another art altogether.
That sombre theme had to be given a sincharacter to the former "echoes,"
ister resonance, a tonality of its own, a they will run between fifteen hundred
continued vibration that, I hoped, would
hang in the air and dwell on the ear after the last note had been struck.
of spirits. Patience must be very patient.
Patience Worth has the commer
But in a more serious vein, we cial instinct. This curious intelli. must all recognise the very great ingence, whether dis
terest in spiritualism. A Worthy carnate spirit, as her Sanity in In England, so many Patience
sponsors would have Spiritualism of whose sons have us believe, or the
accepted the supreme subconscious mind of her medium,” sacrifice, the demand for must have observed from its lofty knowledge and a sane comfort by eminence that the marketability of those who remain behind is both its last book, A Sorry Tale, was natural, beautiful, and to the obseriously impaired by the archaic server one of the striking features of dialects in which it was written. It conditions there. Possibly many of might have been a good story, but you will remember Mr. Robert few people would have the perse
Mountsier's article in the January verance to wade through the mass of BOOKMAN, Spiritism
BOOKMAN, Spiritism in England, verbiage in which it was buried, and which depicted, in a striking way, this as a result its sale was small and was pathetic demand, or rather clamour, due more to curiosity probably than for comfort and knowledge. And, to actual enjoyment of the book. by the way, this article was declined At any rate, a new book by Patience by one of the leading general maga. is announced for publication in zines because of its implied criticism March, and in this work, the advance of established religion; it then came notice says, she has adopted “stand. to THE BOOKMAN and, so far, the ard English of the present day”—it Editor has heard only praise and will be most interesting to learn just keen appreciation of Mr. Mountsier's what "standard English” is to-day- sympathetic and unbiased presentaand it will also be free from “gram- tion. We wonder if many BOOKMAN matical irregularities." Judging from readers enjoyed it as we did. But this advance statement, issued by the this paragraph was started to recompublishers, this will indeed be a most mend a book. It is a book on spiritremarkable book, and from its prom- ualism-sane, unprejudiced, scienise it might even prove available as tific in its attitude, a rather complete a first reader in our “pure English” résumé of the subject giving the most courses in the schools. Its title will important evidence so far obtained, be Hope Trueblood and the story is the possible hypotheses, the religious "relatively modern in its time, which and philosophical conclusions that is about the middle of the nineteenth may be drawn. The book is On the century”—relatively modern indeed Threshold of the Unseen, by Sir when one considers the unique and William F. Barrett, professor of Exalmost geological past with which perimental Physics in the Royal Col. Patience is accredited. And the book lege of Science for Ireland from 1873 is also said to be a “mid-Victorian to 1910 and one of the founders of novel by a pre-Victorian writer”— the Psychical Research Society in though why an intelligence that has 1882. This book is the most com: experienced and observed the life of plete, the most satisfactory and the every brilliant epoch in human his- most reasonable that has come to our tory should select the drab mid- attention, and it is a pleasure to Victorian period to write about is recommend it to those interested in a mystery whose solution can only its subject. It has just been issued be known in the topsy-turvy world in this country.