Books

The Twin Pillars
July 07, 1926

Pushkin, by Prince D. S. Mirsky. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. 266 pages. $2.50. Gogol, by Janko Lavrin. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company. 263 pages. $2.50. The Republic of Letters series, under the editorship of Dr. William Rose, was recently inaugurated with Mr. Aldington’s admirable study of the life and genius of Voltaire.

A Lyrical Biography
July 07, 1926

Joan of Arc, by Joseph Delteil. Translated from the French by Malcolm Cowley. New York: Minton, Batch and Company. 268 pages. $3. There are many kinds of biography in these days of its vogue: one might almost say that Joan of Arc has been subjected to them all. There is the factual volume of Michelet from whose “excellent formula there is lacking the obscure part of God”; there is the sturdy attack of Anatole France and the glowing defense of Andrew Lang. There is Mark Twain’s imaginative romance based on twelve years’ accumulation of facts; there is Mr.

New England in the Republic
July 07, 1926

New England in the Republic, 1776-1850, by James Truslow Adams. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 438 pages. $5. With this volume Mr. Adams completes his trilogy on the destiny of that corner of our country in which physiographical, psychological, political and moral influences combined to produce and to perpetuate for two ‘and a half centuries the most pronounced, self-conscious example of sectionalism in our history. I use the word trilogy in a more specific sense than the designation of a three-volume work merely, for there is in Mr.

Rough Justice
July 07, 1926

Rough Justice, by C. E. Montague. New York: Doubleday. Page and Company. $2.50. In no respect has the change in attitude toward human experience reflected by fiction been so marked as in regard to war. The last century knew the military novel as a specialty similar to the political novel, the ecclesiastical novel, the novel of education or industry or the sea. The profession of arms was like other professions, an affair of a class. It lent itself to fiction because of its opportunities of adventure, humorous in camp, glorious in the field.

Travelling in America
December 23, 1924

I spent but four months of the seven that I was in America in travelling, and I regret it, for I have never been in any country where the mere act of

Notes on Pablo Picasso
April 23, 1924

Picasso was not a great painter or a great master of composition, but in both directions he was capable. He had grace and felicity of a very rich kind

How Much Has Germany Paid?
November 22, 1923

With the German government’s formal announcement of its bankruptcy and the total cessation of all payments including deliveries in kind, the first pha

The Rediscovery of Paganism
November 13, 1923

The cultivated rich seem at last to have discovered in the impressionists what the impressionists themselves rediscovered half by accident. They redis

The Guild of St. Luke
August 08, 1923

Van Gogh was not merely a painter of tremendous force and originality; he was above all things a man who thought and suffered.

Alfred Stieglitz
October 24, 1922

I do not know, cannot know, when the thing happened to Alfred Stieglitz that made him a man beloved of many men. It may have been when he was a young

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