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to prefer to the gaudily decked books of the more becanse he is sensible of an approaching the day, whose vocation is rather orna
storm. Two general ideas are, without the read
er's suspecting it, continually discussed throughout ment ihan utility. Many thousands the work,--they are domestic happiness and the have been sold of the several works by pleasures of imagination, shining genius contrasted this extremely pleasant and instructive
with modest and rigid virtue, while the pleadings
for and against these two kinds of existence apauthoress, and prolific as her volumes
pear to be equally powerful, till at length both have become, the reading community become harmoniously blended in the sublime ideal have as yet evinced no disposition to
creation of the author's genius. The writings of
Madame de Stael appear to belong to a new age; grow weary of her productions.
they announce, as they tend to produce, another E. Walker, of this city, has just ready, a period in society and literature—an age of strong,
little manual entitled “ The Recruit,” a generous, animated thoughis-seatiments proceedcompilation of exercises and move
ing from the depths of the human heart; so that
on a second or third reading we become impressed ments of Infantry, Riflemen, &c., by with idens, which with surprise we discover in a Captain J. T. Cairns. It will find passing inspection had escaped our notice. a ready welcome from the members of
" . Corinne' is a work adapted to all readers.
From its brilliant pictures the artist may derive the several military companies of our fresh enthusiasm, with new means of expressing own and the other States-as it com- it; the learned may acquire ingenious compari. prises the information sought by all
sons and new imagery ; the tourist to the classic such in martial training, &c.
land of the old world, the most important and
judicious hints; and to the critic the observations A new Literary entreprise is immediately of a mind admirably fitted for acquiring correct
to appear, under good auspices, con- opinions; in a word, it is a work which has com-
We Another authority in literary censorship hear that Mr. Briggs, the facetious -the Edinburgh Review—is found author of 'Harry Franco," "The Haunt- scarcely less earnest in its praise : and ed Merchant,' &c., is to assume the
it will be remembered that one of the editorial chair, and expectation may
greatest of British statesmen, the late well be aroused at the announcement
Sir James Mackintosh, once wrote as of such a name-almost like Hood's,
follows : “I swallow Corinne slowly, symonymous with keen irony and caus- that I may taste every drop; I prolong tic wit.
my enjoyment, and really dread its terIn the whole circle of polite litera
mination. Powerful and extraordinary ture, we scarcely know of any produc- book :-a single sentence has excited tion in modern time, that has been hon
more feeling, and exercised more reaored with such lavish encomiums as
son than the most faultless models of the celebrated work, by Mad. De
elegance !" Staël, entitled “Corinne or Italy;'-a Mr. Josiah Gregg, who has been on a new edition of which has recently ap- visit to the city of some two or three peared from the press of H. G, Langley. weeks, and whose graphic and picturOn its first appearance the French capi- esque volumes, “ Commerce of the Prai. tal was eloquent in its enthusiastic ries," have made him so well known to bursts of applause. We find the fol- the reading community, has just left for lowing analytical criticism by one of his present residence on the confines of the leading pens of Paris :
Mexico-Shreveport, La. He has been
diligently occupied in preparing and “ In literature, strictly so called, and out of the sphere of politics, Corinne' is the master-piece of
revising his work for a second edition ; Mad. De Stael. It is the shining, immortal work
and we are happy to be able to add that that first acquired her a rank among great writers. it is the intention of his publisher to It is a work of genius in which two different objects, a romance and a picture of Italy, are inti
issue a new edition early next month; mately amalgamated : it is at once a work of art
which will comprise some important and a work of feeling-a poem and a display of improvements and emendations, includthe heart. There is an extreme freshness and
ing an index, glossary, &c. vivacity in the expressions, yet we perceive in them an ingenious erudition. The latter part of
The following allusions to that prima the work forms a complete contrnst with the be
donna of English song-Miss Barrett, ginning : the most gloomy tint pervades it, cxhi- are so choice that we are induced to biting what may be termed a fearful display of the talent of depicting grief-those nice shades
trench a little upon the patience of our which mark the degrees of sorrowful feeling and readers by transcribing largely from the fix, if the expression may be allowed, the fugitive paper. miseries of the heart. The multitude of eloquent The opinion expressed in Mr. Griswold's passages and enchanting pictures which adorn this extraordinary production, do not impair in the
recent collection of English poetry that least the interest of the fiction, as the authoress Miss Barrett is destined to take her hasskilfully introduced the digressions only where
place at the head of the female poets of the progress of the action is suspended, when the reader is even afraid of its resuming its course,
Great Britain, is sustained by the chief and when he enjoys a moment of repose so much organs of critical opinion in England and in this country. Leigh Hunt, in speakers, and that the pens of the his Feast of the Violets, has spoken of country should move to a higher music · her as “ Tennyson's fair sister "-fig. than any have heretofore altained. If uratively, of course-although another the cycles of the country are to be meaimpression has prevailed : she is related sured by the order of the Presidential to that poet only in intellect-witness successions, we would say, let the four the courtship of Lady Geraldine in her years now coming form a lustrum of new volumes ;—but she has for cousin, fresh endeavor and nobler art ! We believe, another poet, Mr. Kennyon, A new historical romance, entitled “The whom the Examiner has lately charged Border Wardens,” by Mrs. Ponsonby, is with being of the select few “who announced as just ready; also, in write too lilile." A blessed relation- monthly numbers, illustrated, “Fanny, ship, and of a kind of which few in this the Little Milliner, or the Rich and the age of multifarious versifying could Poor," by Chas. Poncroft; Cruikshank make boast.
has a new monthly periodical in prepaThe lines of light which have lately pierced ration, to appear on Jan. 1, entitled
the length of the periodical press, in Eng. George Cruikshank's Table-Book," land and America, in the name of Miss edited by Gilbert A'Beckett, and will BARRETT, have been shot out of the include contributions by some of the darkness of a sick room in Wimpole leading writers of the day. Another pestreet, London. The fair poetess has riodical is to emanate from Scotland, lived in a cloud, we believe, for many entitled “ Edinburgh Tales," conducted years; seen by few, heard of by many, by Mr. Johnston, author of “ Elizabeth and quiring away in the seclusion of de Bruce," &c. Mrs. Norton has a ill-health, so delicate at times as to shut new poem, just ready, entitled “ The from her the very light of day; calm Child of the Islands," &c. “ Valentine through the chill winter as the sleeping McClutchy, the Irish Agents, or Chronswallow, and chirping as fresh with icles of the Castle Cumber Property,” better spirits and a new life as the by W. Carleton. A volume of poems, summer draws on. She is the daughter entitled “The Pilgrim of Beauty, The of an India merchant (a princely fa- Cottager's Sabbath,” &c., by S. Multher he needs must be to whom a dedi- lin, with twenty-three vignette illuscation such as her's could be inscribed !) trations, uniform with Rogers' Italy," living at the West End. Her occupa- &c. Lady Blessington has a new rotion is, as it has been for many years, li- mance, just ready, entitled “Strathern." terature, in its highest forms of medita. Mr. Simms's LIFE OF MARION.-So spontion and poetry. She has a wide cor- taneous and universal has been the derespondence; and her new volumes, mand for this new production, that we recently published, have added to her learn the publisher had to put a third list of friends some of the most distin- edition to press. A desire to peruse, guished names in England. Among in “legible lines,” the patriotic deeds those she ranks THOMAS CARLYLE, of our forefathers, is evidently on the HARRIET MARTINEAU, Mr. HORNE, increase amongst us; and we are hapMiss Mitford, and a publisher who py to find so competent a pen as that of can always be worthily classed with Mr. Simms thus promptly echoing to the good and great, EDWARD Moxon. the call;- presenting us with so Her acquisitions in literature are of the admirable a volume on the public widest range; and she regards with life and services of one who will particular good will the promise of her ever rank foremost
the own day in writers like ROBERT Brown- Worthies of our Revolutionary strugING, TENNYSON, CHARLES Dickens, gles. As a historiographer, Mr. Simms and others of the new generation. But has presented unequivocal evidence of when we say that she acknowledges a eminent ability, both in the work to profound interest in the rising hope and which we refer, and by his “ History of prospect of America, in literature of a South Carolina,” which has passed true order and spirit, we are sure to through several editions ; and, as we seize the attention of the public by a hear it is his design, to devote himself link which brightens and grows firmer more to works of a historical character every day. It cannot be denied, we than those of his hitherto favorite dethink, that the popular heart of this partment of fictitious and poetical litercountry is stirred at this time by desires ature, we are the more gratified at the in behalf of literature which nothing success of this, his first essay of the but the truest and noblest efforts of her kind. The following are his forthcom authors can satisfy. It is felt on many ing works :- A Life of Sumter; a Life of hands that the new times demand new Paul Joncs, deduced from original and
authentic documents, which will, it is too much to claim for the work before expected, impart much new information us, no less the merit of accredited hisrelating to the career of this noted torical truth, than the most stirring and privateer. Another literary project is absorbing attributes of high wrought a revised edition of Capt. Smith's His- fiction.”_" The style employed in the tory of Virginia, a work long out of biography is among the best examples print, but one of authority and value. of descriptive narrative we have seen Mr. Simms will collate the work with for some time. The work is full of inall the existing records, and superadd terest, and we believe it will add mamuch interesting matter relating to the terially to Mr. Simms's reputation as a Travels of Capt. Smith; to which he writer." will also append an original memoir. We quote the words of a recent British critic-the editor of the London edition of some of Mr. Simms' writinys-he says, “ His descriptive powers are of Our announcements of the British press, the very first order, and in his sketches last month, were so numerous, that we of character, there is no writer that bet- have few additions to make in our preter understands the art of bringing out sent issue. The following comprise the salient features in high relief, and the remainder :-A Life of Prince Tal. of impressing an individuality upon the leyrand, by Thackeray; a new work, portraiture that fixes the image perfect- by the author of “ The Two Old Men's ly in our mind, where it remains like Tales,” entitled “ Mount Sorel ;" the figure of one we have intimately “ Things Old and New,” by the racy known. « The Yemassee" is one author of “ The Subaltern ;" “ Letters of his best works; but it is in that ex- from the Orient,” translated from the traordinary work, the “Confession, or German of the Countess Hahn-Hahn, the Blind Heart," that the genius and by the author of “ Caleb Stukeley." talents of Mr. Simms shine forth in Dr. Beattie, we are happy to find, has in their greatest splendor. It opens a preparation for the press, the Papers new and virgin mine in the treasures of and an Auto.biographical sketch of the romance, which only needs cultivation life of Campbell, the poet. to produce the choicest fruits. The The following are announced as in press, more carefully and attentively it is pe- by Newby, the London publisher rused, the more satisfied will the rea ler “ Life at sull-length," by Mark Merribe that the work could only have vane; “Anti-Coningsby, or the New emanated from a mind deeply skilled in Generation Grown Old;" “ St. Etienthe subileties of the human heart, and ne” a novel; “ The Antiquarian and capable of unfolding with force and Architectural Year Book,” in which truth, the workings of its most fearful will be gathered into one view all antipassions and impulses in the most hid. quarian discoveries and proceedings for den recesses.” This is undoubtedly a the year, both in primeval and mediaproud distinction, especially when sub- val antiquities; another to the long st mitted to a canon of criticism which is of books, intended for Christmas and not generally very lavish in its awards New-Year's pastime, entitled “ The of merit to writers of the Western Poetical Book of Fate,” respectfully adHemisphere. We subjoin the opinions dressed to all who know how to be merof two or three home critics on the ry and wise. above work, among the highest authori- Miss Jewsbury announces a new proties in American criticism :-“ One of duction, styled “Zoe, the history of the most interesting of recent produc- two lives :" another new collection of tions of the press : full of incident, by poems is announced by S. Mullen, entiflood and field.”_" It is a work of in- tled “ The Pilgrim of Beauty, the Cotfinite merit, and will be read with cor- tage Sabbath," &c. A new work on responding interest.”—“ Few charac- Australia, by Hodgkinson, is also about ters have stood out more boldly on our to be issued immediately, comprising Revolutionary Annals, who have sup- a description of the natives, their man. plied more interesting and exciting ma- ners, costumes and customs, &c.; the terials for the historian than that of geology, natural productions, and reGeneral Marion; and it is not saying sources, &c. of that country.