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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 indi. sistent 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 our 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 desigTHE 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 continthe 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

Fiction in that for current fiction, so that, as an


not going to do at 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 for us. 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 an 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 pub. lished 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 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 ing the publication of the Nigger of the in THE BOOKMAN five were included Narcissus, and preceding the first concepin 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 lurk. composed 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 Youth is a feat of memory. It is a and cranny of life, is the war; and record of experience. But that experience, so it has been that our "echoes" have

in its facts, in its inwardness and in its

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 believe, purpose of bringing it home to the

of the case for the perfectly legitimate, I 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 colourThe 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 in. gence, 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 a sure 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 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 ColPatience 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 comexperienced 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.




Last month we printed a list of I am sending you one of my own-not that books for a guest-room shelf selected I should not be satisfied to snuggle down

by Mr. Christopher in bed with any of the volumes he has That Guest Morley, the poet and

named. Room Shelf member of the edi. Now then: Romany Rye and Lavengro,

torial staff of the by Borrow; The Fall of the House of Ladies' Home Journal. Mr. Morley Usher, by Poe; The Red Badge of Courrather arbitrarily laid down the con age, by Crane; Huckleberry Finn; Brownditions that your guests must be of ing's Dramatic Lyrics and Romances; the male sex and have the habit of Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock reading in bed. There must likewise Holmes and The Adventures of Gerard; be a reading lamp by the bed and a Bob, Son of Battle; Gulliver's Travels; bookshelf. As a result of THE BOOK Carlyle's Heroes and Hero-Worship; Tom MAN's invitation for further lists Mr. Jones, by Fielding; The Prisoner of Zenda, Harold Crawford Stearns, of Dun- by Hope; The Letters of Horace Walpole kirk, New York, sends us the follow and The Letters of Madame D'Arblay; She, ing letter:

by Haggard; Essays of Elia; Westward

Ho!; The Beloved Vagabond, by Locke; Christopher Morley's list of books for a The Poems of François Villon; The Mill guest-room shelf interested me deeply, and on the Floss; Wuthering Heights; The

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Three Musketeers; The Canterbury Tales ; Lorna Doone, by Blackmore; Kipling's Ballads and Barrack-Room Ballads; The Bible; Shaw's The Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet; If Youth But Knew, by A. and E. Castle, and The Oxford Book of English Verse.

If you won't think I am trying to cut in on Carolyn Wells or “F. P. A.," I would like to point out that Wilkie Collins's novel is The Woman in White, and not The Lady.

Harold C. Stearns. There is only one duplication, one title appearing in both Mr. Morley's and Mr. Stearns's lists—The Bible.

Mr. Morley put this book at the end of his list and Mr. Stearns places it fourth from the end; both lists are confined to approximately thirty volumes. Compare the two lists and see if your taste agrees with either selection for your own guest-room shelf; if not, will you not write and tell us what your choice would be? We should be particularly glad to hear from some of our readers of the, dare we call it so, gentler sex. Surely some of our more aggressively inclined feminists will not allow Chris. topher Morley and his friends to dis

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