A correspondent of the Charleston Courier
, who has run the blockade and arrived safely at Nassau
, N. P., is revelling in the fresh fields of literature, from which the South
has been so long cut off. He gives a resume of the new publications in England
and the United States
, which will interest those of our readers who were wont of old to watch the list of forthcoming publications with so much expectancy.
We make some extracts from it:
The second volume of Buckle's extraordinary "History of Civilization in England
" has been issued.
The author died suddenly about six months ago, while on a visit to the Continent.
It is not known in what condition he has left the materials for the remainder of the work.
has published the third volume of his "Frederick
." The twentieth volume of Thiers
's "History of the Consulate and Empire," treating of the of the Hundred Days, is published work from the pen of his Guizot
. "An Embassy to the Court of St. James in 1840, " which is elaborately noticed in all the Reviews.
The muse of Poetry has been remarkably silent.
Nothing of importance has appeared since Tennyson
's "Idyls." In poetic criticism I notice a "History of Scottish Poetry," by David Irving
, Ll D., and "The Roman Poets of the Republic
," by Professor Seller
, of Oxford
The most noticeable poems are "Elwin
of Deirs," by Alexander Smith
; "Ancient Poetry and Some Fresher," by the veteran Walter Savage Lander
: "Victories of Love," by Coventry Palmore
; "The Lady of La Grange
, " by the Honorable Mrs. Norton
, grand daughter of Sheridan
; "Poems," by Adelaide Proctor
, daughter of "Barry Cornwall
," some additional pieces of Shelley
's, edited by Richard Garnett
, and "Ballads from Scottish History," by Norval Cline
. "The Remains, in Verse and Prose," of Arthur Hallan
, the subject of Tennyson
's "In Memoriam," is published by Murray
In politics, international law, and political economy, have appeared John Stuart Mills's work on "Representative Government," which is anti slavery in sentiment; Mr. Spence
's admirable essay on the American Question
; a work on International Law, by Travers Twiss, D. C. L.
, said to be the best since Wheaton
and the American Democracy
, a Study translated from the Dutch
of Cornelius De Witt
; "The Duties of Man," by Joseph Mazzini
, the crazy Italian
reformer, and something from John Raskin
, the Arts Critic
, entitled "Unto This Last," four essays on the first principles of economy.
"The Roundabout Papers" is a series of essays by Thackeray
, republished from the Cornhill Magazine
A readable trifle is "A Book about Doctors," by J. C. Jefferson
, who gives all the gossip and scandal about the fraternity.
A learned controversy upon the proper style of translating Homer
is raging between Matthew Arnold
of Poetry at Oxford
, and Francis W. Newman
of Classics in University College, London
Each disputant has issued a brace of books, and the Reviews have ranged themselves on either side.
No department has been more prolific than that of fiction.
At least two-thirds of the publications named in the book lists are of this character.
At the head, in popularity, stands Victor Huge's remarkable political romance of "Les Miserable" It has had an enormous sale in France
, and has been translated by a dozen hands into the English
Numerous editions have been issued in London
and New York.
It might be a table enterprise if one of our ston or Richmond
publishers would print it. Thackeray
's "Philip" has been lately issued in complete form.
The critic think it hardly equal to its predecessors, but it exhibits the same wonderful photography of character and manners so characteristic of the style of the greatest of English novelists. "East Lynne," by Mrs. Wood
, has been exceedingly popular.--"Lady Audley
's Secret," by Miss Bradden
, is described as a "sensation novel," and has had an immense sale.
Among the favorite novelists of the time, Bulwer
has published his "Strange Story;" Wilkie Collins
(author of the "Woman in White
") his "After Dark;" G. A. Sala
, "The Seven Sons of Mammon;" the authoress of "John Halifax
," a domestic story called "Mistress and Maid; " and the authoress of "Adam Bede
," another contribution to the intese
school of romance, entitled "Siles Marner, the Weaver of Raveloe." The cruelties of the King
are made the subject of "The Negro Prince
," by a Captain Livingstone
who takes his hero to the cotton fields of the Confederate States
, and, perhaps rather strangely, says a good word for the "slaveholders." Mrs. Stowe
, the author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," has published two stories--"The Pearl
of Orr's Island
" and "Agnes of Sorrento
," the scene of the first being in New England
and the last in Italy
The critics pronounce them inferior, and bid her stick to the "nigger" if she wants to keep alive her popularity.
The posthumous publications of Major Theodore Winthrop
, who was killed at the battle of Great Bethel, "Cecil Dreeme
" and "John Brent
, " are noticed in the Northern
Among the other popular novels are "Chronicles of Carlingford," by Mrs. Oliphant
; "The Prodigal Son," by Dalton Cook
; "Abel Drake
's Wife," by John Saunders
; "C Wrong be Right?" by Mrs. S. C. Hall
," by Anthony Trollope
; and "Barren Honors," by the author of "Guy Livingstone
In "All the Year Round
" Wilkie Collins
is publishing a mysterious story entitled "No Name." Ainsworth
is writing a serial called "Cardinal Pole," for Bentley
's Miscellany, and the authoress of "Adam Bede
" another; "Romala," for the Cornhill Magazine.
Buliver is contributing some miscellanea for Blackwood
, under the title of "Caxtoniani."
Quite a number of pamphlets on "Cotton Cultivation," as well as upon the American
war, are appearing in England
The "rebellion" is a fruitful provocative of pamphleteering at the North
Some of the titles are amusing — for instance, "The Present Attempt to Dissolve the Union
a British Aristocratic Plot," "Patriotism and the Slaveholders' Rebellion;" "The Drift of the War
;" "Cheap Cotton by Free Labor," etc., etc
The American civil war has brought forth a "History of Federal Government from the foundation of the Achaean League
to the Disruption of the United States
, a bulky work, by Edward A. Freeman
, of Oxford University; and "Eighty Years of Progress in the United States
," a Yankee glorification affair.
The Westminster Review notices a German work devoted to biographies of German heroes in America
form the subjects of the first two volumes, and the third is devoted to the notorious Sigel
, who is dubbed "the hero of Carihage and Pea Ridge
," by J. N. Simpkinson
, an English clergyman — an attempt to trace the ancestry of the "Pater Patriæ" in England
.--[According to the author, Washington
had a right to the title of baronet, which his emigrating ancestry received from James the First; but abandoned upon going to America
Besides Anthony Trellope
's book, the American Continent
is the subject of "Ten Years in the United States
," by D. W. Mitchell
, and "Down South
," by Samuel Phillips Day, correspondent of the London Herald,
who is intensely Southern in his sympathies.
There are two works on the Mormons, "A Journey to the Salt Lake City
," by Jules Remy
, a Frenchman, in two volumes, and "The City of the Saints," by R. F. Burton
, of New York, are publishing in numbers a "History of the Great Rebellion. " "The Life and Writings of General Nathaniel Lyon
," who was killed at Carthage
, is the title of a book from the New York press.