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Helen R. Martin's "When Half-gods Hichens stands high," wrote C. H. Gaines
Go" is not to be missed by those who appre- recently in Harper's Weekly. "None of

ciate fine and delicate them is superior in keen, witty, analysis of
dealing with big prob- character, in subtlety of feeling, in all the
lems of the heart. In arts of modern story-writing." And Lilian
the estimate of the Whiting, praising "The Dweller on the
Chicago Evening Post Threshold,” queries, "Is not the greatest
Mrs. Martin is one of writer of fiction to-day to be found in Robert
the few American wri- Hichens?”
ters who do not seem "It is but natural," writes still another
cynical, or cowardly, critic, “that one should measure any new
or ignorant in regard fiction evolved by the clever brain of Robert
to literature. "She Hichens with his one huge success, "The
seems to be aware of Garden of Allah,' which is probably the
the process which is novel of highest appeal and best sustained

going on, chiefly under interest of our generation. There are more
continental auspices, by means of which fic- genuine thrills in 'The Dweller on the
tion is being expanded to take account, not Threshold,' and probably the mystic spell
so much of new portions of life as of life thrown around the reader is greater."
under new aspects. It is notorious that
nearly every living novelist writes of love In charm of setting and in gripping story
and marriage, for instance, in a way that interest, "Miss Livingston's Companion,"
ignores some of the most definite and con- Mary Dillon's new ro-
temporary feelings of men and women on mance of life and love
these subjects. Mrs. Martin writes of in old New York, is
love and marriage not as one who has read by far the best thing
'Romola' and 'Sapho' and 'The Scarlet Let- the author of “The
ter' and 'Madame Bovary,' but as one who Rose of Old St. Louis"
has observed American domestic life.” has done. While Mrs.

So she makes her people and her situa- Dillon has endeavored tions real and vital and always humanly to reproduce the atmointeresting.

sphere of the times and

to portray in their es-
Dr. S. Weir MITCHELL's new novel, "John sential qualities the his-
Sherwood, Ironmaster," originally toric personages who

nounced for June is-' take their stately way
sue, will be published through the pages of the book, there are
in May. Like all of some few slight deviations from history
Dr. Mitchell's books, which are necessary to the dramatic in-
"John Sherwood" was terest of the tale but which do not detract
the pleasant compan-

from historical accuracy as a whole. And
ion of the writer's lei- she has done her work in delightful fashion,
sure of some three blending the historical and the romantic so
summers, and will be deftly that each one helps the other to the
printed from the third working out of a complete and satisfying
private copy-a trial impression.
print. The story is one
of unusual situations A NEW novel of unusual quality by a new

and character; and the writer is promised in Mrs. Russell Codtelling is put into the mouth of John Sher- man's “An Ardent American." It tells the wood, who finds himself and wins his life's experiences of a young American girl visithappiness out of seeming failure and wreck. ing her own country for the first time.

Though born and educated abroad she is a "Among the authors of to-day who have real and ardent American; and her story written stories that are wholly romantic, while delightfully light and humorous in yet compel our serious attention, Robert touch, is yet of real dramatic interest.

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