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John Calvin Metcalf


Philosopher and Artist

The Middle Span: Persons and Places continued. By George Santayana. Charles Scribncr's Sons. $2.50. Standing beside a wrecked German tank on a hill above Anzio, looking down reminiscently on that tragic beachhead after the fighting had moved on. [...]

Humanist and Statesman

Connecticut Yankee: An Autobiography. By Wilbur L. Cross. Yale University Press. $5.00. From schoolhouse to state-house would fairly well summarize in a phrase the career of Wilbur Lucius Cross as told in his autobiography. When at the age of four [...]

Memories and Reflections

/ Came Out of the Eighteenth Century. By John Andrew Rice. Harper and Brothers. $3.00. Memories of Happy Days. By Julian Green. Harper and Brothers. $3.00. The present literary fashion of making copy of one's family is followed in the first part o [...]

Stories of Storm and Stress

Storm. By George R. Stewart. Random House. $2.50. Windswept. By Mary Ellen Chase. The Macmillan Company. $2.75. A Leaf in the Storm. By lin Yutang. The John Day Company. $3.00. Dragon's Teeth. By Upton Sinclair. The Viking Press. $3.00. Frenchman's [...]

Educational Statesman

Edwin A, Alderman. By Dumas Malone. New York: Doubleday, Doran and Company. $3.50. The man upon whom Jefferson's educational mantle fell was throughout life an eloquent interpreter and defender of democracy. What Jefferson was in statecraft as phi [...]

De Quincey’s Critical Years

The year 1816 was one of mental restlessness for De Quincey. Though he had lived for some time as Wordsworth's successor at Dove Cottage, the village of Grasmere saw little of him. The Wordsworths had moved to Rydal Mount, several miles away and only [...]

An Interior Monologue

Pilgrimage, By Dorothy M. Richardson. Four Volumes. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. $10.00. Over a hundred years ago Goethe declared in "Wil-helm Meister" that the novel should proceed slowly and that the principal character's thought-pro [...]

Elizabethan Firebrand

Christophcr Marlotve: The Man in His Time. By John Bakclcss. New York: William Morrow and Company. $3.75. Turbulent Kit Marlowe, the Canterbury cobbler's son, flamed his way through Cambridge to London and a violent death at twenty-nine. After si [...]

Biography Pure and Applied

The Development of English Biography. By Harold Nicolson. New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company. $1.25. George Henry Bokcr, Poet and Patriot. By Edward Sculley Bradley. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. $4.00. Kit Carson, The Happy W [...]

The Integration of a Sage

Samuel Johnson, By Joseph Wood Krutch, Henry Holt and Company. $3.75. The Club should have more members, since "we have travelled over one another's minds," drew from Dr. Johnson the positive assertion: "Sir, you have not travel [...]

Informal Autobiography

Mark Twain's Autobiography. With an Introduction by Albert Bigelow Paine, 2 vols. New York: Harper & Bros. $10.Jane Welsh Carlyle: Letters to Her Family, 1829-1865. Edited by Leonard Huxley, LL.D. New York: Doubleday, Page & Co. $5.In his sev [...]

Live Reckonings in Criticism

Tradition and Jazz. By Fred Lewis Pattee. New York: The Century Co. $2.00.Dead Reckonings in Fiction. By Dorothy Brewster and Angus Burrell. New York: Longmans, Green and Company.The Novels of Fielding. By Aurelien Digeon. New York: E. P. Dutton and [...]

Reintroducing Stevenson

The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson. South Seas Edition. 32 volumes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Each volume, 90 cents. The complete set, $28.80.A generation has passed since Robert Louis Stevenson died in far-away Samoa, a generation that has [...]

Literary Recessions and Processions

A Sentimental Journey, Letters to Eliza, and Other Pieces. By Laurence Sterne. Edited, with an introduction, by Wilbur L. Cross. New York: Boni and Liveright, $3.50. The Outlook for American Prose. By Joseph Warren Beach. Chicago: University of [...]

Celebrities in Miniature

Appleton Biographies: Julius Caesar, by John Buchan; Queen Elisabeth, by Mona Wilson; John Ruskin, by David Larg; Voltaire, by Andre Maurois; Leonardo da Vinci, by Clifford Bax; Mark Twain, by Stephen Leacock. New York: D. Appleton and Company. $2. [...]