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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 6, 1903)
Old Friends in New Dress
HE JUMPING FROG," by Mark
Twain, "In English, then In
French ti.ert clawed back Into a
civil Iked 'language once more !y '
patient, Unremunerated toil." The
humorist claims " that some bloomln'
Frenchman . translated ."The Jumping
Frog" Into French, and after he completed
his work It was "no more like The Jump
ing Frog than I am like a.meridlin of
longitude." ' Wherefore, as proof, he
prints the French version,, and, further,
that even the unlettered may give him
their compassion, takes, the "Infinite pains
and trouble to retranslate this French ver-
ERNEST THOMPSON BETON. AUTHOR
OF "TWO LITTLE SAVAGES" PUB- "
LISHED BY DOUBLEDAY.' PAGE & CO.
Ion back Into English." There are a
number of illustrations, the frontispiece
being "One two three git." The last
ne, "My re-translation from the French,"
hows a portrait of the author. While It
Is a remarkably true likeness, there is a
peculiar expression, possibly a worried one,
that might be traced to overwork, as he la
evllently "burning the midnight oil." Piled
around him on the table are various arti
cles a square, a compass, ABC blocks,
etc. Some ono, probably the publishers,
nave played an "April fool," for among
the Illustrations one looks In vain for "It
might be a canary, maybe, but It ain't
It's ony a frog," and "Prised his mouth,
pen," though they are given In the list
of illustrations. However, one gets enough
for their money, and you'll never think of
asking for the return of yours on account
of a missing Illustration, more or less.
Published by Harpers.'
"My Favorite Book Shelf" la the latest
work of Charles Josselyn,' author of "The
True Napoleon," one of the best and most
successful of the recent numerous contri
butions to Napoleonic literature, and is
published by Paul Elder & Co., San Fran
cisco. The volume contains prose selec
tions' from famous writers, principally Eng
lish and French. These extracts are of
sufficient length to be interesting and com
plete in themselves and give good Illustra
tions of the styles of the various authors.
The value of such a work Is not alone In
what it contains, but also In that to which
It may lead. Curiosity may be stimulated
and desire created for further acquaintance
with the authors, and even the most schol
arly may find a new Impetus In this work.
The selections comprise a wide range of
subjects and styles, and there Is not a
Gull or uninteresting paragraph in the en
tire volume. History, fiction, science, '
philosophy, art and criticism are repre
sented; but all of the authors drawn from
hare lived during or subsequent to the
great Renaissance of the sixteenth and sev
enteenth centuries. As an example of the
, prlnttr'n ' and bookbinder's art, the pub
lishers art to be congratulated on the
book. It Is printed on heavy linen paper,
rubricated, with type that Is a delight to
' the eye, with an attractive cover design by
"The Comedie of" Errors," edited with
. notes, introduction, glossary, list of va
riorum readings and selected criticism, by
Charlotte Porter and Helen A. Clarke,
editors of the "Camberwell Browning."
"The Comedie of Errors" Is the third of
Shakespeare's plays to be Issued In the
"First Folio" edition, the preceding plays
being "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and
"Love's Labor Lost." The distinguishing
feature of this edition, as the three quoted
titles may serve to indicate, is that it
follows the original Elizabethan text of
1623, In wording, spelling and punctuation.
The single change made is the substitu
tion of modern typography. The dainty
little volumes, issued separately, a play to
a volume. In uniform style and at small
expense, furnish an Inviting plan for the
easy procurement of a set that Is destined
to be not only noteworthy, but, as Prof.
Hiram Corson says, "the most desirable
edition of the plays which has yet been
published. ' Thomas Y. Crowell & Com
"The Best Poems and Essays of Edgar
Allen Toe," and a companion volume, "The
Best Tales of Edgar Allen Poe," edited
with a new biographical and critical study
of the author, by Sherwln Cody. In this
work the author attempts to show Poe
In the light of actual facts of hi life, as
they are at present known,' Instead of
as has been given by some biographers.
He also gives us a collection of the best
poems, and essays.' In the collection of
"Tales" arc Included all those which arc
worth preservation. " They have been
grouped under' appropriate subtitles, and
each group provided with an Introductory
study. Published by A. C. McClurg & Co.
"Chatterbox for 1903." This Is the gen
uine Chatterbox, containing a great variety
of original stories, sketches and poems
for the young. All the Illustrations, which
SALLY OF MISSOURI-M CLURE. PHTL
LIPS & CO., NEW YORK.
number more than two hundred, including
six handsomely colored plates, were ex
pressly designed for It by the most eminent
English artists. This Is one of the most
popular Juvenile books published In the
world, and it is fully up to its high
standard of excellence this year. Dana
Estes & Company, Publishers.
"American Myths and Legends," by
Charles M. Skinner. This work is in two
volumes and is a second collection by
the same author. They are American
traditions, and collected and bound to-
I 4 V :
gether, as lit this In
' stance, makes an at
tractive and interest-'
Ing work. The vol
umes each contain
illustrations; they are
neatly bound and of
convenient size. J. B.
The Puritan edition
of "The Pilgrim'
Progress" claims tu
.be the most perfect
modern edition of
work. The text Is as
it stood when Bun
yan'a death removej
all possibility of fur
ther authoritative re
vision, and the proofs
were compared with
original editions In
the library of the
British museum. Th3
Illustrations by Har
old Copping are
by the Fleming II.
Revell company, New
York and Iondon.
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"Poems of Tenny
son," edited by Henry
Van Dyke and
A. M. This wo
a representative col
lection of the best
poems of Tennyson,
arranged to show the
variety of his work,
the growth of his art
and the qualities of
his poetry. The vol
ume Is neat and at
tractive and easy to
hold or carry. Theri
are several new and
which add to the
value of the bok and
There are in all 13S
chosen from all the fields
dramas. The closing poem, in compliance
with the author's request that It should bo
put at tho close of all editions of his poems.
Is "Crossing the Bar." Glnn & Company,
CROSSING THE BAR.
Sunset and evening star.
And one clear call for me!
And may there bo no moaning of the bar
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the bound
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
Vhen I embark.
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and
The flood may bear me far.
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.
An 7u.T.vr.Atiov from "His Pa'i Romance'
Ev Jamei Whitcoms Uilf
Riley's poems bears the title of the longest
In the collection, "His Pa's Romance," a
recital In Hoosler dialect of the courtship
and marriage of the son and daughter of
two farmers noted as rival leaders in a
neighborhood feud. In the half a hundred
poems In the collection Mr. Riley touches
all the human emotions humor, comedy,
affection, sentiment, pathos and philosophy,
tender touches of child life and occasional
flashes of the heroic In verse. The volume
Is dedicated to Edgar Wilson Nye, the
laughmaker of Laramie Boomerang fame,
with whom the author was long associated
in dispensing sunshine and smiles at one
night stands. It reads:
Such silence after such glad merriment!
O prince of halest humor, wit and cheer:
Could you speak yet to us, I doubt not
Should catch your voice, still blithely elo
quent Above all murmurlngs of sorrow here.
Calling your love back to us laughingly.
The Illustrations are by Will Vawter and
a portrait by John Cecil Clay. Bobbs-Mer-rill
Company, Publishers, Indianapolis.
From the Christy Book for 1903. The Courtship of Miles Standisb,
with forty-two illustrations by HowatJ Chandler Christy,
By special arrangement
Mifflin & Co., the
B o b b s -Merrill
company has Is
sued a special
edition of "The
Court ship o f
In very attrac
tive form. The
story Is very
and half ' tones,
ler Christy. The
story and illus
over 153 pages,
page being deco
rated with a
one differ Ing
from the other.
The work is very
bound in a cover
of blue and gold
and the book will
prove one of the
tions of this hol
which seems to
have an unusual
array of hand
B o b b s -Merrill
great praise for
this work of art.
The latest vol
ume of James
Wnlteomb FROM HIS LITTLE WOULD A. 8. BARNES V CO., PUBLISHERS.
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