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Will contain the first of two important installments of

Unpublished Letters of Sidney Lanier.

Mrs. CATHERWOOD, whose short stories have become recognized as one of the most enjoyable features of THE ATLANTIC, will contribute

Pontiac's Lookout.

A third of Mr. BOLLES's delightful papers upon the Provinces will appear under the title of

The Home of Glooskap.

As announced earlier in the season, Professor TYRRELL, of Trinity College, Dublin, will contribute a study of


An important article which will attract wide attention is

Some Evils of Our Consular Service.

The tenement-house question is one which is now much discussed, and THE ATLANTIC is glad to publish a paper of personal experience in

The City on the Housetops.

LAFCADIO HEARN continues to write very charmingly of Japan. and a story entitled

The Red Bridal

will add greatly to the interest of this issue.

There will be Poems by CLINTON SCOLLARD and STUART STERNE. Book Reviews, and the usual departments.

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Familiar Letters of Henry D. Thoreau, Large Paper Edition.



OME of Thoreau's Letters were published

in a volume with his Poems many years ago. These were his more formal letters, and they confirmed the popular impression of him as a recluse, critical if not cynical, and lacking in domestic and friendly qualities. The letters now collected and edited by Mr. Frank B. Sanborn will correct this impression and show that Thoreau was delightful in his familiar letters, frank, humorous, neighborly, affectionate.


admirers of Thoreau will gladly welcome this collection as a distinct addition to their knowledge of Thoreau and an unexpected supplement to his admirable works. It appears at present only in a large-paper edition, uniform with the large-paper edition of Thoreau's Works recently published.

"Two Strings to His Bow."

Good readers of the ATLANTIC will recall a very clever story, in two parts, with the above title, in numbers only a few months ago. They will be glad that the writer, Rev. Walter Mitchell, brother of Mr. Donald G. Mitchell, has completed the story, and that it now appears as a welcome summer volume. It has a skillful plot, plenty of dramatic situation and incident, characters in whom the reader cannot fail to find a varied interest, and is written in an attractive and very readable style. In one of the early numbers of the ATLANTIC, a generation ago, Mr. Mitchell printed a very striking story, "Tacking Ship Off Shore." Those seasoned, graciously ripened readers, who read that story with becoming zest, will read with interest his new story, which will doubtless engage no less the eager attention of more youthful readers.

Houghton, Mifflin & Co.'s Literary Bulletin.

His Vanished Star.

This novel, which concluded a few months ago its prosperous course through the ATLANTIC MONTHLY, now appears in an attractive book, for the delectation this summer of the army of Miss Murfree's admirers who failed to read it in the magazine. It is one of the most characteristic stories "Charles Egbert Craddock" has yet written, and displays as ever that curiously intimate knowledge of the scenery of East Tennessee and of the original, fearless (not to say fearful), interesting people who live there, and talk dialect, and practice "moonshining," and make life very dramatic for unwelcome interlopers and even for neighbors toward whom they become "servigrus."

The Christian Ministry: its Present Claim and

Attractions, and other Writings.

This volume comprises the remarkable address which Mr. Pease delivered at his entrance upon the Bartlet Professorship of Sacred Rhetoric in Andover Theological Seminary, with other papers previously written. These papers, though of real value, Mr. Pease regarded as only prefatory to the greater work he hoped to do; but as he was denied the opportunity to do that greater work, his friends have done well to preserve these papers, which show in good degree his profound and varied learning, his admirable power of clear and sustained thought, and his noble literary style, as well as his lofty spirit and generous purpose. The book has an Introduction by Professor Egbert C. Smyth, and is edited by "The Fortnightly Club."

A Good Irish Story.

Ireland contributes her full share to the humor and pathos of life, and a thoroughly characteristic Irish story is sure to be full of varied elements of interest. Such is The Story of Dan, by M. E. Francis, just published. It relates to peasant life, has clearly-drawn characters, is told with great simplicity and directness, and is so marked by good taste and so fine literary treatment that it ranks distinctly above the average of current fiction, and ought to be popular as a summer story.

My Summer in a Mormon Village.

Under this title, Miss Florence A. Merriam, who will be remembered as the author of the very attractive little book, "Birds through an Opera Glass," has just brought out a pretty volume comprising her observations in the Salt Lake Basin in 1893. She had the good fortune to spend the summer there with Mrs. Olive Thorne Miller, who was living with the Utah birds and gathering a part of the fine bird-lore contained in her delightful book "A Bird-Lover in the West." Miss Merriam also studied the birds and Utah scenery; yet more the Mormon people, by whom she was surrounded, their doctrines, and their lives. She has recorded her observations in a frank, simple, engaging style, and her book is one of the pleasantest, lately published, of its pleasant class.

Houghton, Mifflin & Co.'s Literary Bulletin.

Mr. Herbert Ward's New Book,


The White Crown and Other Stories, attracts no little attention. the Boston Beacon observes: "It takes in a wide range of scene and incident, and each one of the eight tales teaches some noble lesson in self-sacrifice or devotion to a great idea. Mr. Ward has a keen comprehension of the importance of the dramatic element in the construction of a story, and his tales, even when dealing with simple themes, are finely proportioned and full of action. The Semaphore,' 'The Value of a Cipher,' 'A Romance of the Faith,' A Cast of the Net,' and 'The Equation of a Failure' are among the more noteworthy productions in the volume, and all are decidedly worth reading." It should be entered in the list of excellent summer books.

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Mr. Story's" Poet's Portfolio."

Speaking of this charming book, the Boston Beacon remarks: "Many themes are here touched upon by the imaginary interlocutors, who masquerade as 'He' and 'She,' and it is the agreeable interchange of thoughts and impressions between two well-bred, cultivated, thoughtful people which gives the book its charm. Of love in varied aspects, of life and destiny, poetry, criticism, death, and the mystery beyond, as well as of heroism and fidelity, these readings discourse, and always with sincerity and true depth of feeling. Mr. Story is a writer who holds to lofty ideals in literature and art, and his opinions, often so piquantly expressed, are in refreshing contrast with much that nowadays passes for appreciation.'


Charming Short Stories of Life in Louisiana.”

The New York Evangelist thus characterizes Mrs. Chopin's Bayou Folk, adding: "They suggest Grace King, they suggest George Cable, but they are an imitation of neither. There is the same soft dialect; one almost hears the gentle voices of Southern women speaking through these pages; there is the same artless morality, its standards akin to those of King Arthur's time and the days of chivalry rather than anything our more righteous goodness knows: there is the same quick bravery, the same gay and careless sin, the same dumb uprightness that we know in Posson Jone or some of the Balcony Stories; but these touches of likeness are here only because Mrs. Chopin knows her Bayou Folk so well, and they are folk of one kind with those of Old Creole Days and the soft, star-lit balcony nights."

The Portland Transcript finds no words to describe them except "charming" and "fascinating;" the Boston Courier pronounces them "admirable tales which show not only familiarity with the aspects of life in Louisiana, but a genuine gift of sketching character;" the Philadelphia Inquirer compares them to "Bret Harte's stories of the West and the New England stories of Miss Wilkins."

Winsor's "Cartier to Frontenac."

The Congregationalist, of Boston, pronounces this book "another example of the rich fruitage of Mr. Winsor's indefatigable historical studies and

Houghton, Mifflin & Co.'s Literary Bulletin.

labors," adding: "It deals mainly, of course, with the successive endeavors of the French to explore, conquer, and colonize this country. Cartier, Champlain, Hennepin, La Salle, Frontenac, and such men are the actors in its slowly unfolding drama, and the old story is retold by a master with an intelligent explanation of motives and methods and an effective grouping of details which scholars of such subjects will appreciate. . . . As a learned and well balanced summary of the history of exploration in the region described and during the period covered, which brings out alike the personal characteristics of individuals, the policies of nations, the interblending of religious and political motives, and the vicissitudes of the experiences of the successive explorers and campaigners, the work is not likely to be surpassed."

The Home Fournal, of New York, remarks: "Mr. Winsor before the production of this book had established a reputation as one of the foremost of American historians by his works on Christopher Columbus, the American Revolution, and the eight volumes of Narrative and Critical History of America.' The new work is a critical and exhaustive investigation of the events of a century and a half following the discoveries of the great Genoese. The volume is especially valuable for its rich array of ancient maps, charts, and diagrams."


Noble Essays on Architecture.”

Speaking of Mr. Van Brunt's admirable book Greek Lines and other Architectural Essays, the Literary World observes: "Such a book as this is exceedingly welcome after the vanishing of the World's Columbian Exposition. Now that the White City has become a remembered vision, it is well for the cultured mind to inquire just why its form so enthralled and delighted the mind. In Jackson Park the spirit of Greek beauty came to resurrection. Many of us whose purses are slender cannot travel in Greece or along the rim of the Mediterranean where the Greek cities once stood, and where their ruins now lie. . . . Sensitive to beauty, and able to recog nize it in its Greek form, some of us enjoyed the White City because it touched with emotion our little knowledge of Greek history and genius. The critic remarks that as to style "we are reminded continually of the best, not the worst, characteristics of Mr. Ruskin. As we read, we have been constantly tempted to draw contrasts between the style of one who is a student and critic, a lover of beauty, and a worker with pen and pencil. and one who has to know the mechanical as well as æsthetic side of his work. . . . We can highly recommend this stimulating and enriching book."

The Best American Guide-Books.

The thousands of tourists who have used Mr. Sweetser's guide-books will indorse the New York Evening Post's statement that they are "by far the best series of guide-books yet produced in this country, and indispensable to the tourist." The three books cover New England, the White Mountains, and the Maritime Provinces, and have been revised for the present season. The Christian Union pronounced them "among the best examples


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