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There is a vast number of Greek passages tribute of admiration from Eugene Sue.from the works of Homer, Theocritus and The present number contains several picother authors, to which Virgil seems to torial'illustrations of a high order of excelhave helped himselt much in the spirit of lence, and the translation is remarkable for our modern writers; but these plagiarisms that grace, freedom and accuracy, which (if we may so call them) he has almost betoken a profound knowledge of the made his own, by their happy adaptation, French language, and much elegance and and the charms of a truly poetic genius.— facility of diction. Some of these verses are, however, so litile marked by the distinctive features of
Father Darcy, by the author of “ Two beauty or grandenr, that it is almost an in
Old Men's Tales," "Mount Sorel," sult to his shade to suppose he should have
“ Emelia Wyndham,” fc. Harper & been indebted to them for any portion of
Brothers, New-York. his writings. We have much pleasure in recommending this admirable work for This is decidedly ove of the most tedious the use of all those who may wish to novels we have read. Though not devoid acquire a knowledge of the language.- of some strong features of interest, it is so It is comprised in one handsome volume, interspersed with tiresome description and and does great credit to Professor Drisler, irrelevant conversations, that it requires the gentleman by whom the proof sheets considerable perseverance to read it from were revised, as well as to the establish- begining to end. It is founded upon those ment from which it has emanated. Caibolic conspiracies which troubled the
close of Queen Elizabeth's reign, and terMartin the Foundling. By EugENE SUE, minated in the discovery of the gun-pow
No. 1. Harper and Erothers, New- der plot in that of James the First.
This period would have afforded the The enormous success of the “Wander- best possible materials for a novel; but inivg Jew," and the great sensation occa- stead of enlivening incident, we have here sioned not only by iis subject matter but frequently the merest common-place and the uneqalled 'skill and power displayed most vexatious details. The author seems by the writer of that wonderful romance, to have had a peculiar predilection for the have raised high expectations as to the na- description of costume and drapery, and ture and merits of his new work, which is accordingly, we are but too abundantly now being issued monthly from the press. supplied with elaborate details of dress We do not wish to anticipate the reader and appearance, at moments when our by a sketch of the story so far as we have thoughts should be directed to matters far just read, much less to pronounce a con more important to sustain the interest of clusive opinion, until we shall have re
the romance. ceived the last number of ihe series. This The historical personages are portrayed much, however, we may state for the be- with unusual fidelity ; though we cannot nefit of those who would know whether it coincide with the author in ihe eulogies he is well worth reading, that the first part is has passed upon Elizabeth, one of the most deeply interesting; that it abounds in those selfish, tyrannical and heartless monarchs picturesque scenes, startling incidents, and that ever sat upon a throne. That she fanovel mysteries which, in the works of vored Protestantism was entirely owing to Sue, rivet the attention, and lead us on from the determination of the people to empaye to page with alternations of pleasure, brace the new religion, and she sided with doubt, and thrilling expectation. We un- it simply to increase her popularity with derstand that Eugene Sne retired to the her subjects. country for the purpose of writing this The name of Father Darcy is one of story, and certainly, if we may judge from the aliases of Henry Garnet, provincial of its commencement, he could not have the English Jesuits; and of this gentleman, been in a more appropriate place.
the writer gives a very skilful portraitThe first scenes are laid in the woods, Some of the other characters are well reor rather forests of Sologne, amidst hunts- presented, and there are many passages men, poachers, outlaws and gens d'armes; throughout the work, which in themselves and his descriptions seem to partake of are very striking and beautiful. These the freshness and rural charms that sur- only lead us to regret, that so much genius rounded him.
and power have not been more happily The work is dedicated to the accom- directed in the construction of a plot, and plished and fascinating Count D'Orsay, as to the most judicious means of sustainwhose reputation as a man of fashion, is ing it. The author seems to possess every equalled only by that of Beau Brummel, requisite of an excellent writer of robut whose great genius for the sister arts mance, but that comprehensive judg. of painting and sculpture, is now, perhaps, ment that would enable him to make the for the first time, made known to the most effective use of the talents with which United States, by this cordial and friendly he is endowed.
The Evils suffered by American Women church, and others, forgetting the effect and Children; the Causes and the Re- of example, insist that, as it resides in the medy. An Address. By Miss C. E. heart alone, they are therefore warranted BEECHER. New-York: Harper & Bro- in throwing aside all forms of public worthers.
ship as despicable and unnecessary to sal. The foregoing is the title of a discourse vation. But there are a thousand points read by the anthoress at several meetings of worldly conduct upon which a more of her own sex in Cincinnati, Washington, perfe knowledge of the true spirit of New-York, aul other large cities.
ibis unerring guide is much needed. We She begins her discourse by a touching are consequently pleased to find a volame allusion to the heart-rending situation" of like the present devoted to the elucidation vast multitudes of Ainerican children, and of this vital subject, and devoid of those further intimates, that were she to reveal narrow sectarian prejudices which tend so it in all its horrors, it would raise such an often to impede the success and general outcry of odium and indignatiou, as would usefulness of religious publications. It is impede all efforts to remedy the evil. She written in the simple, earnest, and amiathen calls attention, in a staruling manner, ble style of a good pastor, whose sole obto the data of the last census, from which ject is the salvation of those committed to it appears that we have nearly a million his spiritual charge. of adults, why can veilher read nor write, and more than two millions of children (ar- Blanche of Brandywine; or Seplember, rived at a fit age to receive instruction)
1777. A Romance, combining the Poetry, who are ntterly illiterate and without Legend and History of.Brandywine. By schools. Miss Beecher gives a full exposé GEORGE LIPPARD. 3 Nos. Zieber and of the evils of the present school systems,
Co., Philadelphia. and then enters into an elaborate disserta
The period of American bistory chosen tion upon the great disadvantages endured for the scene of this story, will ever supby that praise worthy class of females who ply the most abundant materials for the are struggling to support themselves by nise of the novelist. The tyranny of the their own honest labor. Her view of the British troops, the frequent violation of mental and physical effect of the Lowell all the rights of person and property, and factory system is not by any means flatter- the deeds of heroism by which the soldiers ing:
of the people have transmitted their names Wages there average $1.75 a week, and as to the “large sums placed in the Sa- commeut and description, and suggest to
to posterity, are never ending themes for ving's Bank," it is found that but one thou- the writer of fiction, a thousand new and sand females out of the six thousand, bave thrilling combinations. made any deposites; and that the average The principal female character of this amount of eich deposit does not exceed $100 for three years of nuremitting labor. which a heroine is elevated above the com
romance possesses all those charms by The philanthropic authoress pays a just mon race of mortals, and frequently comtribute to the high character of her fair mands our admiration and sympathy. She countrywomen; and her plan of ameliora- is descended by her mother, from an old tion is to establish zealons and intelligent and distinguished family named Frazier, female teachers throughout the land, by which resided in the highlands of Scotland, means of individual subscriptions. In the and some of whom were murdered in same pamphlet she presents an address to 1745, and their mansion burned to the the clergymen of the United States. Her ground, for their adherence to the cause of great experience, talent and benevolence, the Pretender. Her mother and uncle should win the support of all true friends escaped to this country, and having preof popular education, and of that neglected served some jewels, the sole residue of class whose cause she has so nobly espous- their former wealth, they purchased a ed.
large piece of land in Brandywine. The
father of Blanche, John Walford, was the What is Christianily. By Thomas Vow
owner of a property called Rock Farm, LER Short, Bishop of Sodor and Man. in the immediate neighbourhood, from Stanford & Swords, New-York.
which however he was ousted, by the vilIt cannot be disputed that, notwithstand- lainous machinations of his brother Philip. ing the vast progress of mankind during Both families, with the exception of the the past century in science, literature and mother, who died of a broken heart, are art, and despite the preaching and exam thrown amidst the bloodiest scenes of the ple of hosts of the most pious and learn. Revolution, some of which as described by ed divines, there exists an extraordinary the author, might well make the blood amount of iguorance with regard to the freeze with horror. real spirit and effect of Christianity. Some There are many romantic and deeply fancy that religion consists in practising interesting features of this story, that we the external observances of a particular regret being unable, in consequence of
limited space, even to sketch with a light neglect many details essential to its elucipencil. This cannot surprise the reader, dation, and thereby cause a good deal of for there is such a crowd of events and misanprehension, he was induced to limit characters introduced, that the unity of the the present course to France. story seems to have been somewhat neg. After explaining the various other realected.
sons which had led himn in some measure Several of the conversations are exceed. to contract his subject. he justifies himself ingly amusing, and two or three of the still further by the following remarks, portraits very skilfully drawn.
which give such a correct idea of the value Altogether as a picture of the Revolution, of this work as a means of acquiring a with the attendant evils of civil war and knowledge of the intellectual and moral domestic confusion, this work possesses progress of the world, that we cannot reconsiderable merit, and will be read with frain from quoting them : interest by all who may coinmence its pe “ It appears to me that by studying the rusal.
history of civilization in one great EuroThe History of Civilization, from the Fall pean nation, I shall arrive more quickly at
of the Roman Empire to the French the desired result. The unity of the var. Revolution. By F. Guizot, Prime Mi- rative will then, indeed, be compatible nister of France : 2 vols. D. Appleton with details ; there is in every conntry a & Co., New-York.
certain national harmony which is the reWhat varied requisites, what profound language, and events, and this harmony is
sult of the community of manners, laws, knowledge. judgment and taste, should that writer possess, who aspires to the ac
impriuted in the civilization. complishment of the glorious and must pass from face to fact withont losing sight difficult task of unfolding the ample page will not say it can be easily doue, it is yet
of the whole picture; and lastly, though I of history from the earliest ages, and displaying to the world the means by which possible to combine the knowledge neces
sary for such a work." we have arrived at our preseut state of intelligence and refinement, with every from the lex Romana to the passing but
The various subjects of which he treats, difficulty, political, physical, and accidental, which has arrested or retarded our preparatory notice of Charlemagne, which progress? There can be no doubt that concludes the second volome, and leads us many of those historical events which ap: with regard to the effect of his reign upon
to anticipate a deeply-interesting chapter pear to the superficial observer to have the national progress, are arrauged with most kept us back, have in reality served the utmost perspicuity. The style of this but to advance mankind towards that gaol of comparative perfection at which lie is work is terse, rapid, and vigorous, never destined to arrive. No ordinary mind tiring the reader, nor careless of the great should attempt the treatment of such a
object which M. Guizot professes to have subject, and few indeed could hope to had in view. We shall look forward with render this great service to the world. pleasure to the receipt of the succeeding
volumes. The sound deductions of the comprehensive, acute, and cultivated intellects of a Guizot or Lord Brougham alone are wor Margarel; or the Pearl. By Rev. C. B. thy of its extraordinary magnitude and Taylor, M, A. Stanford & Swords, importance. There is no more powerful
New-York. 1 Vol. means of arriving at correct and practical This volume introduces the reader to a opinions respecting government, questions very amiable and religious circle, which of international policy, systems of religion may be justly called the type of a large and literature, than a deep study of those and better portion of society in England. writings, which enable us to form just con It is replete with simple and religious clusions of the effect of past events, and conversations, more remarkable for their popular and kingly feelings or prejudices tendency to encourage and sustain the best upon the progress of civilization. We dispositions of the mind and heart, than therefore hail ihis work as a desideratum for deep thought or happy power of ex in literature, and trust that it w ll be ex- pression. The author has, however, given tensively read in the United States. them a certain amount of interest, by call.
It is arranged in a conrse of lectures—the ing frequent attention to the characters of best possible means of conveying instruc- his story. There is no attempt at the contion, and the whole series was read, we struction of plot, or to supply novel and believe, when M. Guizot was professeur thrilling incident, unless. indeed, we may in one of the colleges of France. The except the "old manuscript,” which gives author informs us that he originally gave the history of the Pearl, and which has a course of lectures upon the progress of suggested a portion of the title. This civilization throughout Europe, but find- book is very neatly bound and printed, ing that he was obliged by the immense and will be read doubtless with pleasure area over which the subject extended, to by those who are religiously inclined.
GOSSIP OF THE MONTH.
We have thought that we might add to objects, trusting that we shall always ad. the efficiency of the “ Review," withont de- here to that strict impartiality without tracting from its dignity, by lending it a light which criticism is but a name, and bistrioer feature than it has been wont to wear, in nic reputation a bauble, which may be ea. a brief record of the passing events of the sily won and as easily lost. month, which will afford the necessary
“ Till this be learned how all things disagree; scope for a notice of many important mat
How all one wretched blind barbarity." ters, the arts and sciences io wit, that should certainly not be overlooked in any The first new performer of reputation periodical aspiring to usefulness. In re
who appeared at the Park, was Mr. Colviewing these valuable and elevated snb- lins, of the “ London and Dublin theatres," jects, we think that we do no more than
a personator of Irish characters. The fulfil our functions, for it were, indeed, friends of the drama, with the inimitable but a limited understanding of our duties, representations of the lamented Power to confine the pages of the Review to fresh in their recollection, were not likely merely political and literary topics. With to countenance or support any this brief, but we hope satisfactory expla- feit presentment" of those sterling qualination of our object, we shall make it our ties by which his acting was distinguished. pleasant office hereafter to collect into or A portion of the press seemed rather prederly arrangement, and duly publish, our judiced against Mr. Collins during the skimming criticisms and lively comments early part of his engagement; invidious on the current matters of the month, and comparisons were drawn, and he had to trust ihat our readers will fiud in our para- encounter difficulties seldom experienced graphs
by an actor of talent on his first appear-a fit array
ance amongst us. But the good feeling Not too mean nor yet too gay."
and taste of the public eventually decided
in his favor, and he has been highly sucWe regretted that we were compelled, cessful. Mr. Collins is a thoroughly good by a pressure of important matter, to omit and accomplished Irish comedian. We do in our last number a notice of the opening not compare him to Power, for on some of onr Metropolitan Theatre.
points he is decidedly inferior; but judgThe influence of the drama upon the ing independently of his merits, we should morals, manners, and literature of every say he is the best on the stage. We have civilized nation, is too great to be disre seen him in all his prominent characters, garded by those who are desirous of aid. Pandeen O'Rafferty, Terence O'Grady, the ing the intellectual progress and increas- Irish Attorney, O'Callahan, Teddy the ing the happiness of the world. It can be Tyler, &c., and it is but fair to say that rendered the means of accomplishing much there was scarcely a good point lost by that is good and glorious, or a source of him during his entire performances. He almost irreparable evil. It reflects with possesses a pleasing person, sweet voice, unrivalled accuracy the characteristic pre- whether for singing or declamation, and dilections of the people and the exact that inimitable accent vulgarly called stage of refinement to which they have brogne," which tells you in unmistakeattained. The affairs of the drama might able terms that he is an Irishman.- Mr. well engage the profound attention of the and Mrs. Charles Kean succeeding during philanthropist or philosophic writer. How the early part of September, drew goud great then must be the responsibility of houses, and appeared in all those leading theatrical criticism, and important that it Shaksperean and other characters in which should be pervaded by a truthful spirit, they are considered to excel, but which and characterized by á lofty intelligence require the highest dramatic power and and love of all that is excellent and enuo- happiest physical organization. Mr. Kean bling in art or true in nature. We do not sustains a great number of the best parts fancy ourselves possessed of all the indis- within the range of the drama, and playpensable requisites of a good critic, but in ing them all creditably, is one of the most anxiety for the success of the classic constant and useful stars that can appear drama and the proper direction of its va in the absence of the great meteors of the ried influences, we acknowledge no supe- stage. His personations are characterized rior. We shall present to our readers, by a refined judgment and studied grace from time to time, such remarks as we of manner, but he possesses little of that may think adapted to promote these great electric power which distinguished the
good old school to which his father be- audiences of England. She does not often, longed. Without this divinus instinctus it is true, disturb the “even tenor of her or enthusiasm, no actor can reach the sun way” by extraordinary mental or physical mit of his profession, but when possessed effort, nor endanger the sweet magic of of this, if accompanied by such ivdustry as her voice by the higher flights of her gethat of Mr. Keari, he may attain the bright- nius depicting the mighty passions of the est of all rewards which the public delight soul; but when she does 80,—when she to bestow on their especial favorites. chooses to exert those mental and physical
powers with which she is so eminently 6. 'Tis taste, 'tis genius, 'tis the heavenly ray,
gifted, she invariably elicits the most un. Prometheus ravished from the car of day.”
bounded applause. Her figure is admiraMr. Kean, like the elder Vandenhoff, is bly adapted to some of her best charac
In lon, that sweetly classic and too cold and artificial. He ofteu succeeds in working up the feelings of the audience nations, every line is breathed with the
most elevated of all her favorite impersoto a high pitch of excitement, but invariably misses the final coup which converts
most exquisite perception of the countless
beauties of the text, and every movement speculative admiration into the warmest enthusiasm. It cannot be denied that he which the ancients bave left to the admi
recalls those graceful pieces of sculpture labors under some great disadvantages:
ration of posterity, and which serve at His person is diminutive, his physiog.
once as models of ideal beauty and worthy nomy ill adapted to most of his paris, and his voice hard, sometimes extremely Greece and Rome. In almost every role
representations of the noble youth of harsh, and incapable alike of expressing she took during her engagement, she fully with the happiest effect the softer pas- sustained her previous reputation as a sions of the heart, and those violent emotions which require the exercise of Ligh ion, with Madame de Sevigne,
finished actress. Being doubtless of opindramatic power: But with all his defects, Mr. Kean is a
"Qu'il n'y a rien de beau comme le vrai." credit to the profession. He has eviuced great perseverance, and a laudable ambi- she seldom o'ersteps the modesty of nation in the most arduous of its walks, and ture. is really a good and finished actor.
Her style is easy, natural, and singu. In some few of his readings he has notlarly graceful. There is no straining atter been excelled, and one or two characters effect, no vulgar ambition. It is to be rehe has made peculiarly his own. The gretted, however, that her voice is weak, Gamester is, we believe, considered one being generally lost on about two-thirds of of Mr. Keau's best etforts, but the play is the house, and that consequently many not to our taste. It is entirely devoid of entertain an erroneous impression of her those lively contrasts which prevent even acting. the deep tragedies of Shakspeare from palling on the ear, and which are so true Edwin Forrest.-The town was entire. to nature. Riches and poverty, joy and ly taken by surprise by the sudden ansorrow, lile and death, are in this world nouncement of the appearance of Mr. side by side ; and why should they not so Forrest, September 14th, when, indeed, meet on the stage, and elicit the same sen no one knew of his arrival in America. timents of alternate happiness and despon- His coming was anticipated, and the good dency by which life is rendered more ship Rochester had not entered the bay tolerable or harder to be endured! It has five minutes, before worthy John Povey been asserted that the lessou conveyed by was aboard, on behalf of the Park Theathe fate of the Gamester is rendered more tre, with unconditional offers of engageeffective by the gloom which pervades ment, and Mr. Forrest was “under bonds” this tragedy; but we think that the ab- to make his appearance the Monday fol. sence of the lighter phases of drama- lowing, before he had set foot on land tic composition, however good the mo- again. Mr. Simpson certainly displayed ral, teuds on the contrary to nentral- in this instance à vigilant activity which ize the praiseworthy design of the au- augurs better days for “Old Drury;" and thor. Contrast in a play, as in a picture, let us hope this ebullition of managerial heightens the effect of the objecis con- enterprise may not react into the whilome trasiedd ; and the moral of the Gamester indifference to public taste, which contents would, we contend, have been still more itself with taking what first comes and beoeficial if the play were to begin with neglecting much better that may be had. some brilliant, amusing, and gay scenes of Mr. Forrest opened in " King Lear," and fashionable life.
an audience assembled in spite of the But what shall we say of Mrs. Kean, melting heat of the weather, which, in whose graceful representations have won numbers and enthusiasm, must have filled so many wreaths of triumph from the cold the largest measure of his expectations.