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satires, but he has rejected from this volume the five others obelized by Grosart, and also shows, though he prints them, that the Advice to a Painter to draw the Duke' and An Historicall Poem' are not by Marvell, in spite of their not having hitherto doubted. been Of the others some
Clarindon's House-Warming is allowed, what doubtfully Prophecy' nearly rejected; The Loyal Scot' in part accepted with certainty, in and part rejected, the rejected portion printed in smaller type; and the Three Satires on the Horses and Statues, in spite of lack of evidence affirmed to be probably Marvell. The Elegy upon the Death of my Lord Francis Villiers,' reprinted for the first time from a copy at Worcester College, Oxford, probably unique, is given in appendix as being possibly by Marvell and, if So. throwing light on the royalist sympathies of which the famous lines in the Horatian Ode ' are the most striking expression. In
dealing with the letters Mr. Margoliouth has very reasonably restricted his notes to textual or bibliographical matters. The text has been reproduced with admirable care: short of reading the actual script we have here Marvell's writing before us as his correspondents saw it, with his variations of spelling, his punctuation, his use of capitals, abbreviations and what not. They have been printed for the most part from the original autograph. Considering that
this may well be taken as the definitive
edition, it seems to us rather a pity that no introduction has been bestowed on them.
Some of them have a literary quality that calls for comment; the student might well have his attention drawn both to those of outstanding interest, and to રી certain modification of method observable between the earlier and the later. Nor would it have been amiss to bring out what may be elicited from them about Marvell's Own character and quality of mind. It seems to us not enough in this regard to say that the letters to the Hull Corporation are but substitute for the modern newspaper. Apropos of journalism it is amusing to notice how, in his frequent haste, Marvell will depart from the seventeenth century stateliness to the use of jerky sentences which presage the twentieth century. To the student of literature the thirty odd letters grouped as I miscellaneous "yield, of course, the most. Would it not have been as well to note directly in the text those letters which are here printed for the first time, and also those which depend on the earliest printed text?
Mr. Margoliouth tells us that it is some thirteen years since he undertook this edition. We congratulate both him and those who will use it on his having now brought it to completion.
Five Roman Emperors. Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Nerva, Trajan, A.D. 69-117. By Bernard W. Henderson. (Cambridge University Press. £1 1s.)
is a pity that it remains Dr. Henderson's foible of the attitude to adopt schoolboy's prejudices, sentimentalities, and unnecessary discourtesies. It is the greater pity because this source of inevitable irritation is a surface mannerism, to which he is not consistent. The constant sneers, for example, at German scholarship are belied by the good use which he has made of it, and German scholars, of whom, as of those of this also by just appreciations of many individual
and other countries, there are, in fact, some more and some less sensible. The substance of the book is good and useful. All of it is well informed. The judgment upon individuals may sometimes be questioned, for the author tends to see the characters of history as villains or angels. It is not really necessary to whitewash Domitian in other respects because, a good point, his military exploits have been too little appreciated. Upon religious matters, pagan and Christian, lines, though his touch here is not certain. Dr. Henderson's doctrine is sound in its main His real interest is, of course, in military history, for which, as previous works have shown, he has a real flair. The account of the German-Raetian limes, a difficult matter
to condense effectively, is very well done and The is the best short description to date. Dacian Wars of Trajan are also admirably narrated. In both these difficult and in detail controversial matters, the notes to the
specialist literature seem to be just what is required. Dr. Henderson writes in a lively and interesting way which the general reader" should appreciate, and his book, adequately provided but not overloaded with documentation, will be very useful to the more professional student.
Proceedings of the British Academy. Vol. XI. 1924-1925. (For the British Academy. Humphrey Milford. £2 net).
HE collection of essays read or communicated 1924 1925 contains several things particularly well worth having. The Shakespeare Lectures were that of Mr. E. K. Chambers on what he calls the Disintegration of Shakespeare," a criticism of the methods and results of Mr. Robertson and Mr. Dover Wilson, and Sir H. Granville-Barker's From Henry V to Hamlet.' The Warton Lecture of 1924 was Dr. Mackail's on Bentley's Milton,' and that of 1925 Mr. K. W. MacCullum's The Dramatic Monologue in the Victorian Period.' The Italian lectures are Signor Antonio Cippico's study of Ugo Foscolo, and Mr. G. F. Hill's Italian Portraiture of the Fifteenth Century,' with delightful illustrations. Illustrations, too, form great part of the interest of Dr. Tancred Borenius's learned discourse on English Primitives.
The second Art lecture is
Mr. Eric pictorial" is an unfortunate word to use concerning him. The selection seems to us all that it should be in each case, except the most difficult, Byron, in which several lyrics are omitted which we should certainly have expected to find.
An Introduction to the Reading of Shakespeare. By Frederick S. Boas. (Humphrey Milford. 2s. 6d. net).
It is addressed to the
THIS is one of the World's Manuals Seriesgeneral reader who has a tolerable experience in literature but is supposed to have nearly a blank mind in regard to Shakespeare; and on that basis Mr. Boas has happily contrived to give elementary information in such a manner and surrounded with such associations as to make it acceptable to any inquirer. We think he is right in what his Preface implies, that want of just these facts and explanations often keeps away from Shakespeare the very person to whom he should most appeal, the ordinary man, that is, to whom literature is but a parergon.
WE have received with great pleasure from the Cambridge University Press Mr. H. P. V. Nunn's Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin in the second edition. We are not surprised that this has been called for. From the Oxford University Press we have received two more of The World's Classics': a third Series of Selected English Short Stories, and is new edition of the English Songs and Ballads compiled by the late T. W. H. Crosland, and first published in The World's Classics' in 1902. We have also received The Somerset Year Book, 1927.' We find it, in its mixture of humour, local lore, good stories, verse, notes scenery and topography and comment on affairs, nowise inferior to its predecessors, and that is good praise.
The Poetry of the Age of Wordsworth. Selected
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