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The craftsman
Vol. XXIII, Number 2 (November 1912)

Book reviews,   pp. 246-248 PDF (1.5 MB)


Page 248


BOOK REVIEWS
it is possible for the human imagination,
not to create or to conceive, but to admit
and acclimatize within itself." No fiction
could be stranger than the truths it reveals.
Beneath the searchlight of this man's keen
observation a new world opens to our
vision. With the turning of each page we
discover fresh horrors, beauties and de-
lights. Assuredly, the realms of both ento-
mology and literature owe to this indus-
trious author a debt of gratitude for his
enrichment of their store. Such books as
this show science in her true light-which
is one of intensest interest and romance.
(Published by The Century Co., New York.
328 pages. Illustrated. Price $3.00 net.
Postage extra.)
LAME AND LOVELY: BY FRANK
CRANE
T   HESE "Essays on Religion for Modern
      Minds," as they are defined, are sig-
      nificant not only as an expression of
personal convictions and ideals but perhaps
even more as a reflection of the Zeitgeist-
the trend toward democracy of thought and
action which is coloring so strongly our na-
tional and individual life. Written in Mr.
Crane's usual vigorous style, epigrammatic,
with a flavor of kindly cynicism and that
touch of whimsical humor which comes with
an understanding of the mingled shortcom-
ings and aspirations of human nature, the
essays open up new lines of thought and
throw the light of common sense on many
old ones. The dominant note of the mes-
sage is progress-the outgrowing of old
prejudices and superstitions and the grasp-
ing of new hopes and wider responsibilities.
As the author puts it: "The flavor of the re-
ligion of the past is incense. The flavor of
modern religious life is soap," (Published
by Forbes & Company, Chicago. 215 pages.
Price $i.oo.)
LOVE IN A MASK: BY HONORE DE
BALZAC
T HIS short but startling tale by the
      great French novelist has just been
      brought to light, published and trans-
lated after its long neglect upon the book-
shelves of the Duchesse de Dino. For it
was originally presented to her by the
author in his own handwriting, as a token
of grateful friendship, under the title
"L'Amour Masque." The story, which is
developed under romantic guise, is in reality
as serious as it is unusual in theme, portray-
ing a woman of sufficient strength of char-
acter and ingenuity to break through con-
ventions to attain a selfish and yet at the
same time a noble and womanly end. But
in the long run it is the conventions which
triumph-not by virtue of their social pres-
tige, but through the principles of human
loyalty and family love on which they are
based. (Published by Rand, McNally &
Co., Chicago. 136 pages. Price $I.OO net.)
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CLAY:
BY A. B. SEARLE
A GREAT deal of useful and interesting
      information is condensed in this little
      book, the size of which makes it con-
venient as a handy reference or pocket vol-
ume. The subject is treated in a scientific
and practical way, with a number of illus-
trations. Among the phases discussed are
the chemical and physical properties of
clays, clays and associated rocks, the origins
of clays, the modes of accumulation of
clays, some clays of commercial importance,
and clay-substance, theoretical and actual.
(Published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New
York. 167 pages. Illustrated. Price 40
cents net.)
RECOLLECTIONS         OF    A   COURT
PAINTER: BY H. JONES THADDEUS
A DELIGHTFUL collection of reminis-
      cences and anecdotes is crowded into
      the pages of this pleasantly written
autobiography, which is as attractive in
make-up as it is in contents. The artist-
author's amusing and picturesque experi-
ences in different cities of Europe and Aus-
tralia hold a wide and varied interest for
student and general reader alike. (Pub-
lished by John Lane Company, New York.
322 pages. Illustrated. Price $3.5o net.)
THE VENETIAN SCHOOL OF PAINT-
ING: BY EVELYN MARCH PHIL-
LIPPS
HIS critical review of Venetian art is
Tdetailed and comprehensive, and will
     no doubt prove a useful reference book
for the artist, student and traveler. Typical
illustrations from the work of various
painters of the Venetian school add to the
attraction of the volume. (Published by
The Macmillan Company, New York. 331
pages. Illustrated. Price $2.25 net.)


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