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T11K SUN, SUNDAY, .JUNE 1". 1018.
Here's Your Reading Six Months Hence The Macmillan Company. YOUR letter is something of a poer! As we are general publishers there is no particular type of book for which we are in search. We want good books in every field. Would we like a second Over the Top or a second Mr. Britling Srcs It Through or a second The Tree of HeavenT No. But we would like a first book that would do what Orrr the Top or Mr. Britling or The Tree of Heaven did. This is a roundabout way of saying that we are not interested so much in following one successful book with an other of similar style or in the same field as we are in finding that book which shall meet a large public demand or need, and 6hall be the first in its particular vein. There is very sound reasoning, too, behind this attitude. The second book the ode which attempts to do in a little different way perhaps what has already been done is rarely a success. It is the book which blazes a new tmil that the public wants and that the publisher therefore naturally wants. So then what we want are authors who sense the trend of affairs, the mind of the people and write new, outstanding works; authors who are recognized at once for their soundness and at the same time for their originality. H. S. Latham. Moffat, Yard & Company. WIIKX the American author comes along who can write a book like May Sinclair's Tree of Ileaven, dealing with fundamental problems which we in America are facing, that is the man I am looking for. His is the book I want and we should not care if he had never before touched his pen to paper. I believe that some of our best and most vital American novels have been first novels. The man or woman whose manu script I want to sec and hereby-promise to publish is the one who has the art of Joseph Hcrgesheimer, the ability to con tinue where Eqiest Poole began and temporarily stopped, and who is capable of portraying nationalism through indi vidual application or regeneration. Need less to say, such a manuscript must show the reactions brought about by the war. Howard W. Cook. Princeton University Press. THE PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRESS wants books that can fairly be regarded as distinctly valuable contributions to the advancement of knowledge in science, art, philosophy, economics, biography, history and govern ment. In all departments the first require ment is soundness of thought ; correctness is not to be sacrificed for "popular" in terest. But in examining manuscripts preference is given, after .the prime re quirement is satisfied, to those which are most readable. In other words, this press regards the advancement of knowledge as a process not necessarily tedious nor confined in authorship and "appeal'' to specialists. Tho Princeton University Press aside from its own- publications is also -qualified to undertake the printing of volumes with diagrams, plates, tabular matter, Latin, Greek, Hebrew and other difficult texts and all work requiring special care in comjHJsition and makeup. Reilly & Britton Company. WHILE I believe that within a few months there will be a revival of interest in the better class of personal narrative "war books" just now some what out of favor with the reading pub lic it is my opinion that before long there will lie a definite call for books that will take the mind off the horrors of the great struggle. This seems entirely sane and proper. We can't think all the time of our boys over there and of our allies' boys and of Liberty bonds and the Red Cross. We must have some mental relaxation. Hence my concern is on the lookout for a book of "entertainment." I think an other The Virginian would be about right or a Happy Hawkins. (Of course all we publishers would like to have another David Harum manuscript drift in). We should be glad to get hold of a novel of mystery and adventure like our Diane of the Green Van. Another desirable manuscript would be one of the class of Miss Minerva and Will iatn Green Hill and Helen's Babies. Fraxk K. Reii.t.t. Charles Scribner's Sons. IT is difficult for us as general pub lishers to give an explicit statement of the kind of manuscript we are most eager for. We aim to publish books in any field of legitimate interest so long as they conform to certain standards in quality and so long as we can do so with a reasonable expectation of avoiding loss. It would, therefore, be dangerous to lay down any rules for ourselves in regard to the manuscripts to be submitted, since, in general, any work upon a subject of interest to man is entitled to be judged purely on its Merits; and it is the serious obligation of 1 general publisher to pre serve an open mind so to judge it. We are alert for notable manuscripts in any line fiction, art, architecture, biography, philosophy, sociology, sport, gardening, &e. But under the present extraordinary conditions we are naturally eager to help by publishing such books as tend to further the war purposes and plans of this country and the Allies those which inculcate American ideals and principles, or interpret the ideals and principles of Italy, France, England, 4c, and their purposes in the war, or those which by describing the fighting or the political and military situations tend to make clearer to Americans the dimensions of the great task before us. At this moment we are especially eager to publish those by American soldiers who have been through fighting with the Amer ican troops. We could not overstate the interest with which we should read one, for instance, that followed on American organization through training and fight ing in such a way as to bring out its peculiar national reactions, as Capt R. Hngh Knyvctt did for his countrymen in "Over There" With the Australians, or one which described the personal ex periences of an American in battle, as Capt. Gilbert Nobbs did those of an Eng lishman in his On the Bight of the Brit ish Line, or one which pictured typical episodes of warfare as affecting our men, as Sergeant Bourcier so vividly has done for the French in his Under the German Shells. The reactions to war of the people at home are as important; but these arc best expressed in fiction. We should be eager to read novels which so vitalized the American character in the face of war as Arthur Train has already done in The Earthquake or as Rene Boylesve has done for the French in YOU No Longer Count. But fiction, we believe, must also serve as a diversion from the war; we shall read keenly any novels which by their charm or humor or tensity of nar rative are calculated so to absorb the at trition of a reader as to give refreshment and relief from war worry. Apart from war books and fiction, when nu speak of such as tend to help in the task before us. we mean such as Meredith Nicholson's Valley of Democ racy, which interprets in a way that makes tlicrn most human the "folks" of the Middle West for the rest of the coun try; or The Voice of Lincoln, by Judge Wanamaker, which presents the great personificr of Americanism through his own utterances; or such biographies as those of Thomas Jefferson, by Prof. Muzzey, and Jefferson Davis, by Armi stead C. Gordon, the first two in a series, Figures From American History, which will so recount the lives of America's great men as to reveal the significance of their actions and their principles in the light of the present crisis. Robert J. Shores Corporation. THE ROBERT J. SHORES COR PORATION wants, ' first of all, good mystery stories of the sort now ap pearing in the R. J. S. Mystery Stories series; books which furnish entertainment and diversion for men and women of brains engaged in the biggest work of the nation. We also want romances with a strong heart interest suitable for pub lication in the R. J. S. Feature Fiction series. As to quality, as our books are sold on the reputation of the publishers rather than on the reputation of the author, they should be so good that they not only sell themselves, but help to sell every other book on the list. Outside of fiction we desire books which appeal to a large public, Robert J. Shores. The Womans Press THE Womans Press was organized about a year ago in connection with the publication department of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association to publish books of general interest, the orginal publication department being limited chiefly to books for association use. We hold the unique-position of being, I believe, the only publishing house in the world organized and conducted by women. We are naturally most interested in books by women, for women and about women. In view of the big part that the war. work council of the Y. W. C. A. is taking in current affairs our important spring books are along, this line. - Mobilizing Woman-Pover, by Harriot Stanton Blatcb, whieh we have just pub lished, makes an appeal to the wonen of America to do their part in holding the "second line of defence" side by tho women of Great Britain and France. Theodore Roosevelt, who has written the foreword says: "No statesman or pub licist could set forth more clearly than Mrs. Blatch the need for winning this war." Another book that meets an urgent need is Ice-Breakers: Games and Stunts for iMrge and Small Groups, by Edna Geis ter, which contains a wealth of material to be used for recreation work in war centres, settlements, churches, schools, &r. Our editorial stall having foreseen the demand for woman power in all branches of industry, secured the manuscript of a valuable little handbook entitled Health and the Woman Movement, by Dr. Clelia Duel Mosher, which settles affirmatively the question of women's physical fitness to do work hitherto accomplished only by men. We are also publishing a book by Mary Austin entitled The Young Woman Citi zen, which in spite of its title is just as important to men, for it discusses the moral and social obligations assumed with the right to vote. Our future publishing plans include a study of conditions of women in Russia; the Americanization of alien allies in the United States; a series of inspirational biographies which will feature the careers of successful women of to-day; a book on war modified education, solving the prob lems confronting college girls who wish to discontinue tbfeir studies for more ac tive war work; a discussion of the moral, social and economic problems confronting this country by the war, with special ref erence to their effect upon the lives of American women; and a handbook oa office management and business efficiency for women that will be less technical tnaa Ring Lardner's War Book; Reviewed by Mr. WELL al maybe you have saw that this Ring.W. Lardner has com posed a book about the war. He is the bird that used to follow the Sox around and for my part Al I dont see why they should send a guy who cant see good pitching any more than an umpire can and who has as much sense as a left hander over to France when ships are scarce to look at a important war when there is many a good man in the camps like a corporal for instance who knows more about military stragcty than those press stand fresh reporters and who could send a pinch of change back to Florrie and the kid for writeing up battles. But everybody to their own trade X suppose, as Steve Evans said when Comiskey told him that so and so built the piramids. My Four Weeks in France is what Lardner calls his novel and- if I could not get around the bases Al any faster than he got around France I and Cobb would not generally be spoken of together. It- says on the cover that in times like these we thank heaven for a sense of hu mor. As for me Al I guess when I get to France I will know enough to take the war serious, as you never heard of the little corporal Napoleon going around laughing and pulling smart stuff. , If anyone cannot take a war in earnest he is not even fit to be a baseball reporter. Still in all this Ring Lardner gives you a good idea of what we are going to see in Paris when General Pershing gets stck. of fooling around and sends for oar di vision to come on and -put the Germans over the fence. The poor boob must of. took, lessons in French going over for he uses a" lot in the book . and it is easy to see what a cinch a foreign language is. It is like this: "Vous must aussi have a driver's license." I am quoating it just as Lardner wrote it and of course Al you might not get it, but with, my traveling around I have got pretty wise to every Uiing. There is a lot of stuff in the book that dont belong to the war and dont mean a thing but is just put in to fill up. Just to show you what people think they out to write down in white and black I will copy a piece off of page 108. This Lard ner was talking with an English captain who probably was in the British army: "Tho captain said he was expecting another guest on the train, a Harvard professor on research bent "'I have no idea what he looks like,' said the Captain. " 'I have,' said Mr. Gibbons and I in concert, but it went oyer the top." Now what has that got to do with the war, Al? Still in all this Lardner got back from the war and he gets as much for a book as a new league ball would cost. The lucky stiff. MY FOtTO WEEKS" IN PRANCE. By King W. Laxdnjx. The Bobbs-KerriB Company. $1.23. similar books for men. The Womans Press will also be glad to publish fiction of a constructive character and books of general interest to men and women who are not only engaged with"' current affairs but who are looking to tha period of reconstruction which will follow the close of the war. Charlotte Boardxah Rogers. , Yale University Press. MARK TWAIN, once a printer him ' self, advised his -friend", William., Dean Howelk, against choosing a printer for a hero. "Better not," he said. 'Peo ple will not understand him. Printing is something every village has in it, but it is i always a sort Vrf 'mystery. i If there is uncertainty" ia lay minds as to printers, bow inscrutable to thesa' are the duties of publishers! Questions in regard to the' Yale University Press have revealed such a general ignorance,; of its- aims that it may not be amiss t ; explain' the "purpose of its foundation. In 'fact university presses are so new ia ! America aad'fuIfiT such different purposes wherrf they have been established Oat am 'explanation 'may' be' interesting even to the initiated who know what publishing is. Briefly the Yale University Press was - founded: " To provide an adequate medium for nnMnbtn? 'notahlB' books which tead to advance -American scholarship in all its fields.. - ' To-" bring iato'prominence writers whose nvua wuniu wui w- " few, thereby aiding young Scholars to se cure recognition and promotion. To be alert to. the opportunity andrdnty of publishing volumes by "writers in 'other institutkns:and in other countries. It is ' not from accidents but from' design that the list of authors represented by Yale University Press publications includes, men from three continents and from over one hundred universities. To publish only such works as shall re fleet credit on the university whose name it bears. To this end-every manuscript to be published under its imprint must receive the approval of a committee com posed of officers and members of the university. To" follow the very best traditions of printing and bookbinding, making only books which may serve as a standard. The Yale University Press takes espe cial pleasure in announcing the forth coming publication of Georges Gwjnemer: A Knight of the Air, by Henry Bordeaux, a volume of very great general interest. Realizing that such questions as the co operative movement, the financing of farm loans and reconstruction after the war are of vital importance at this time, the Yale University Press particularly plans t ii,. hefmv the nublic in read- HV MIV'' " able and scholarly form.