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Mrs. Alice Hamilton Rich, of Minneapolis, His humor and his cordiality are mixed in Minn., has become editor of the home depart- about equal parts. He is a good diner out ment of the Children's Home Finder, Daven- and a most amusing friend. port, lowa. Mrs. Rich has written for the
The useful memorandum calendar of the Pope Sunday School Times, the Home Maker, and,
Manufacturing Company (Boston) is in the other papers and magazines both prose and
form of a pad containing 367 leaves, each 5%8x poetry that have won commendation from able
256 inches. At the bottom of each leaf is a critics.
blank for memoranda. Opie Read, the well-known writer of
The Magazine of American History (New Southern stories, will retire January i from
York) opens its twenty-seventh volume with the editorship of the Arkansaw Traveler, the
the New Year. paper that has been made famous by his quaint and humorous sketches. The success of Mr.
The January number (1892) of Lippincott's Read's latest books, “A Kentucky Colonel” Magazine contains a novel of newspaper life, and “ Emmett Boulore," has been such that he
entitled “ The Passing of Major Kilgore,” by has decided to give up editorial duties and Young E. Allison, late managing editor of the devote his whole time to strictly literary work.
Louisville Courier-Journal. The same num
ber opens the Journalists' Series by publishWith its January number the Inland Printer,
ing “ The Editor-in-Chief's Story,” by AlexanChicago, announces its third removal, and the der K. McClure, editor of the Philadelphia beginning of the year 1892 finds the magazine Times. The Journalists' Series will consist of in still finer quarters than before, at 212 and 214 a number of contributions from prominent Monroe street. No one who is interested in
newspaper men, who will tell their personal printing or publishing can afford to do without
experiences, and give glimpses of the editorial the Inland Printer.
sanctums and inner workings of various leading A feature of the Atlantic for January is
newspapers throughout the country. ContribuHenry James' delightful article of reminis
tions will follow the first instalment under such cence and criticism on James Russell Lowell. headings as these: “ The Managing Editor's It deals particularly with Lowell's London life, Story,"
,” “ The City Editor's Story,” “The Draand sketches the part that Mr. Lowell played
matic Editor's Story,” “The Literary Editor's in the English literary and social world very
Story," " The Reporter's Story,” etc. In this appreciatively
way an insight into the lives of newspaper men
at work and at play will be given, and the methEugene Field, perhaps the best known of the
ods of getting out the great dailies will be literati of Chicago, is a delightful host. He
illustrated. lives in a rambling old house in the northern part of the city. He has a mania for the curi- That delightfully fresh and interesting writer, ous, and his rooms are filled with interesting John Fiske, is often seen with bulky packages articles, valuable from association mostly. He of manuscript on his way to or from the Riverwill show you in one breath the pictured group side Press. He is soon to complete his twoof wife and children, and the next a painted volume work on “The Discovery of America,” wooden horse, crude of shape and violent in which has cost him many months of labor and color, the work of Toole, the comedian, while research. In this book Mr. Fiske gives copiplaying Caleb Plummer. All sorts of odds and ous foot-notes and numberless citations as to ends, from the centres of Europe or the wilds sources of authority of the quoted matter, and of the West, make up his treasures. The man- after capping a humorous story, admirably told, uscript volume of his Horace, now in press, is with an apt quotation, gravely puts in a refera work of art. His script is a miracle of fine- ence to inform his reader in a foot-note that this ness, as minute as the tracks of a fairy spider, is taken from the Pickwick Papers," chapter and he has illuminated it like an old missa and page so-and-so.
“ The Opportunities for Writers ” is the lead- Acton Davies, the author of “Sawed Off," ing article in the Inland Printer ( Chicago) for
“ Little Lot's Message,' Earning an Epitaph," December.
and other sketches published in recent numbers A new monthly magazine, School and College, of Short Stories, Romance, and Current Literadevoted to secondary and higher education, and ture, is only twenty-two years of age. He edited by Ray Greene Huling, is published. is a Canadian by birth, the son of an English by Ginn & Company. The first number is that army officer, and he has held a position on the for January
New York Evening Sun reporting staff for Steps have been taken to establish an
Dimple and Dumpling," his thors' Museum” in St. Petersburg, to contain
most successful sketch, has been republished mementos and relics of famous Russian literary
more than fifty times in the daily papers. men and women.
A new feature in the New England MagaA writer in Kate Field's Washington pro- sine is a department headed “In a Corner at poses the establishment of a poetry paper, to be Dodsley's,” a gossip about writers and books published weekly, and to be devoted entirely by Walter Blackburn Harte. " to the loveliest of the Muses," the expenses to It is said that a novel will soon come from be borne by the stockholders.
the press, by a well-known society girl of BosThere are 1,125 characters in the twenty-four
ton, which will make quite a sensation. The books that Charles Dickens wrote.
tale, though a first venture, is strong, the local R. R. Bowker is at work on an " American
color good, and many a veiled allusion adds zest
to the telling Bibliography of the Nineteenth Century,” which will give the titles and suitable details of all Maurice Thompson is reading the proofs of books published in this country from 1800 to his collected poems at his home in the beautiful 1890.
village of Bay Saint Louis. Mr. Thompson is
. The January Arena has a fine frontispiece truly a representative and the foremost poet of portrait of Walt Whitman.
the South, and the gems of verse which have Mrs. Margaret Deland is practically seclud
appeared from time to time in our magazines ing herself, so far as she can, from her social
are worthy of preservation in permanent form. duties, in order to put all her efforts into her The twenty-fifth volume of Harper's Bazar new novel, which she believes will be her best begins with the number for January 2, 1892. work. The manuscript will not be finished This number contains the opening chapters of within two years. The published paragraph a new serial by Walter Besant, entitled “ The that Mrs. Deland is preparing for the press a Ivory Gate." The firs: instalment of William volume of short stories is incorrect.
Black's new story, “The Magic Ink,” will Women authors, having been excluded from appear in the issue of January 9, and it will run the proposed Authors' Club of London on the through about four numbers. ground of their inability to pay the required The firm of D. Lothrop Company has just fees and subscriptions, are about to found a
issued a new book for juveniles, entitled “ A club of their own.
Little Millionaire," by Martha Livingstone Pope received $25,000 for his version of Moody, illustrated by Louis Meyville. The Homer. But the prize winner in a competition story is one to captivate the heart of childhood. opened by the proprietors of a half-penny jour- Mrs. Moody is a Western lady of Southern birth. nal in England has just been paid $5,000 for The city of Indianapolis claims her as a resifive lines of verse composing the “poem " dent, but she is at present living in New York. which was adjudged the best offered. This is She is the author of a novel, “ The Brinkwater at the rate of $1,000 a line, and, say, $100 a Tragedy," published by Cassell & Co.; also of word, making this the most costly poem on “Alan Thorne,” issued some time ago by the record.
A MONTHLY MAGAZINE TO INTEREST AND HELP ALL LITERARY WORKERS.
BOSTON, FEBRUARY, 1892.
Little more than a year ago Miss Mary Elizabeth Hawker, writing as "Lanoe Falconer," appeared upon the literary scene. A tiny volume, entitled "Mlle. Ixe," commenced a reputation, which has been well sustained by the succeeding publication, "Hotel de L'Angleterre," and enhanced by the latest, "Cecilia de Noël."
Miss Hawker is a member of an old Hampshire family, and the granddaughter of. Colonel Peter Hawker, whose work on shooting is still quoted by sportsmen. In one of those Hampshire valleys whose endearing beauties are again and again so lovingly depicted in "Mlle. Ixe" and "Cecilia de Noël," Miss Hawker has passed almost all her life, an environment
so sleepy, so dull, that one doubts if without the robuster incidents of a Scotch mother, a Scotch birthplace, and occasional wanderings in foreign lands, it could have produced anything so mundane and so alert as a popular author.
Outwardly her life was as unbroken as the dear little stream which flows past the old country house. Inwardly it was a tale of steady development under a somewhat hard discipline. Close study pursued in spite of constant ill health and its interruptions, steady writing never relaxed under continued discouragement, ripened a nature too strong to sink easily, and too full of keen humors to be ever anything but the brightest and most amusing member of the home circle.
And certainly the discouragement was severe. With the exception of an occasional magazine article, Miss Hawker could get none of her manuscripts accepted. One copy of "Mlle. Ixe," strange to say, was worn brown and tattered by journeys to and from publishers and editors. It was trying, but perhaps not to be regretted. These long years of probation developed a higher ideal of work, a greater finish of execution, and it is doubtful if, without their maturing influence, the heights and depths of "Cecilia de Noël"— Lanoe Falconer's gospel, as one writer calls it — could have been reached. Even thus looking back on the severe study and incessant toil of these probationary years, no one can feel that the success which now cheers on Miss Mary Hawker has been cheaply bought or lightly earned.
In answer to a question very often addressed to her, Miss Hawker replies that she has never been in Russia, and when she wrote "Mlle. Ixe" had never seen a Russian. The (uninten
Copyright, 1892, by WILLIAM H. HILLS. All rights reserved.