Newspaper Page Text
BOOK REYIEV ? ? . ? " ;> H< i rr- * -tit# i '$* ' ' fc,> ' * . %- . \ -.Xiii- :. &, ' ' "Why don't you speak fc THE COURTSHIP OF MILES STA'XDISH. boo Ry Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. With nn illu introduction by Ernest W. Longfellow, and the with pictures by N. C. Wyeth. Houghton, the Mifflin Company. nat WESTWARD HOI By Charles Klngsley. sta Pictures by X. C. Wyeth. Charles Scribner's of Sons. I ROBINSON CRUSOE. By Daniel Defoe. Pict- rati ures by N. C. Wyeth. Cosmopolitan Book Pes Corporation. Pri WYETH himself once defined the role of illustrator as accompanist to gCe the author's melody, decorative imj inunc maker to the author's word pictures. t,ac creator of a mood in which the reader might j* beat receive the dominant impression of the rou Tree as His Frie HERBERT BEERBOHM TREE: SOME MEMORIBS OF HIM AND OF HIS ART. Col- oro lected by Max Beerbohm. E. P. Dutton & Co. tha The actor's art. carven in the moving ?ve marble of his own person, has no immortalitv ten save that of memory. But something of goo the pathos yields to a volume of such mem- froi ories as these recorded of Tree. Bernard diti Shaw, Max Beerbohm, the actor's brother; T woi Edmund Gosse. Louis X. Parker, Haddon tirr Chambers, and the subject's wife and daugh- ^ ters are among the authors. jn(. They have really made a book of it. Xa- con turally the view is colored by affection, but ,. the pages are not wasted in mere compli- fraj ment. Nobody would expect that of Shaw, In any case. Here Is part of his experience jj j. as author with actor-manager. w "Ton really could not lodge an indifferent h J " ^ . has Tree as Richard II. fact in his mind. This disability of his was he i arrlsd to such a degree that he could not sort remember the passages in a play which did Ingi not belong to or bear directly upon his own dim conception of his own part, even the longest spo run did not mitigate his surprises when they flltt monost fault of the actor: the betrayal to onl: the audience that he known what bin Inter- mei locutor In going to nay. and In waiting wearily Xm for bin cue Inntend of converalng with him. pen Tree alwayn neemed to have heard the jlne.n strr of the other performers for the first time, and mal even to he a little taken aback by them. one "L*t me give an extreme instance of this, nor In 'Pygmalion' the heroine, in a rage, thrown T the hero's slippers in his face. When we re- Tre hearsed this for the first time. I had taken and care to have a very soft pair of velvet slip- wri pcrs provided; for I knew that Mrs. Patrick end Campbell was very dexterous, very strong like and a dead shot. And. sure enough, when wo , "1 reached this passage, Tree got the slippers wai well snd truly delivered with unerring aim "< bang in his face. The efTect waa appalling. "1 He had totally, forgotten that there was any such Incident in the play: and It seemed beei to him that Mrs. Campbell, suddenly giving "] way to an Impulse of diabolical wrath and loss haired, had committed an unprovoked and you brutal assault on him. The physical Impact won nothing; but the wound to his feelings rlat was terrible He collapsed on the nearest not .hair, and left mo staring 1n amarcment, Cm Ernest \V. I?ngfel 0, author of the A met new picfuros have Introduction: :j "I am very glad, ai iTiscllla and John new and beautiful e< of Miles Standlsh,' e f/| tercentenary year of grim Fathers"'Mr. Wyeth's illui |f and I doubt not that to my father?admin richness of color an treatment, coupled wl ?y;! of the closest study c fyj "One has hut to Ic " I,. Sailing Away of I'i'grims gathered oi ir yourself, John?" . - . ' 'i-'Sik. A more popular view Is that the _ sirator helps the reader's Imagination in t y A effort to recreate the chief characters, jH great moments of a work of the imagiion. He is an actor who plays on the jQR gr of paper and prints the great roles 3 literature. % n the three books which he has deco- |ly JH ed for this season's delight Wyeth justli both views. Certainly the picture of Nj scllla asking that famous question of 1 in Alden, and that of Crusoe finding the ^ tprint. are something more than stage ^ I nery. Vet if one looks through these p - . presslve volumes lie will find that the . A kgrounds. the accessories are so treated to leave the reader's exploring mind free |j: introduce its own conception. There is y un in Wyeth's world of color. This is nds Saw Him J ilst the entire personnel of the theatre ' & wded solicitously round him. explaining $8 t the incident was part of the play, and ? n exhibiting the prompt book to prove Ir words. Hut his morale was so shnt- m sd that it took quite a long time, and a if H^W| >d deal of skilful rallying and coaxing m Mrs. Campbell, before he was in a conon to resume the rehearsal. The worst of 2 vas that .'is it was quite < v. ! n* that bnld be just as surprised and wounded next ** le. Mrs. Campbell took care that the (SsWaS Uk pors should never hit him again, and the j|. affMjL'r.sn!. Ident was consequently one of the least vinclng in the performance." The i Iven in a memorial Shaw could not rein from this fling: sinking of heurt of One moment he would surprise and de- last link connecting it his courtiers (for that is the nearest their birth faded in d I can And for his staff and entourage) "Whether Mr. Wy some stroke of kindness and friendliness, cilia as a piquant gir i next he would commit some appalling black hair and spark arh of etiquette by utterly Ignoring their the demure Puritan ctions and privileges, when they had any. father's mind I cam was amiable and modest of him not to grounds of her Fre >w his own place, since it was the high- however, Mr. Wyetl in the theatre: hut it was exasperating caption, and no one ilm not to know any one else's. I very tivenesa of his Prisci n gave up all expectation of being treated doubt the sui prwise than a* a friend who had dropped made a strong upi>< so. finding myself as free to Interfere in is no ot sugge proceedings as any one else who dropped Elizabeth, the sea ? would apparently have been. I interfered Armada and the fo only in my proper department but In of which the auth ry other as well: and nobody gainsaid me. btul less material i day 1 interfered to such an extent that pictures than has e was moved to a mildly sarcastic re- to-day. Here is a t nstrance. "Upward and 'I seem to have hoard or read some- "thither who can t ?re.' he said, 'that plays have actually of the whither, but n produced and performances given In shaken out of one i theatre, under Its present, management, find themselves In ire you rnmo. According to you that one. All around Is I ldn't have happened. How do you ac- now each man start nt for It?' of his fellows, clot ' I can't account for it.' I replied, with in golden filagree; blunt good faith of a. desperate man. 'I yellow moonlight th pose you put a notice in the papers that huge tree ferns c erformance will take place at half-past it. and take the money at the doors. >n you hnvr to do the play somehow. re is no other way of accounting for it.'" lax Bccrbohm can ho as acid as Hhnw ^ II he chooses bat here he writes in the ?? ? e i of brotherly affection. This Is wh.it In t $9 to say of the actor's impressions of InF To the magic of New York, on our arrival. df/fr was Instantly responsive, fie was not the jSEy t of tourist who takes a homemade tun- n"l fork about with him and condemns the ords. He regarded himself not as a re- / nslhle Judge, hut as a quite irresponsible |tE?w$-/J er-1 hrough. if' likei the overhcatcii f, m* and the over-Iced streets. liked not **" / y th<* slow. low voices of the New York ? I, but also the plercln* voices of the ' t v York ladies and also the fabulous ex- " , slveness of cobs. and the manners of et onr coniluctors. and being -xpected to ke a speech after the play's last act hut ^HVjMBL Xor was Chicago too grim for him. Boston too prim " he volume Includes reprinted papers by e from the Tsondon Time* nnd Chronicle ^laL extracts from his notebooks. He used l" Ie down epigrams that enmo Into his head things he heard which nppenled to him these; Everything comes to him t\ho doesn't t." , ~>f all the arts love Is the greatest." flattery gives us winged feet." rhe greatest blunders of the world have n made by common-sense people." Vever Impart your humor to the humor. They will use it as evidence against nd he even recorded with evident, apprelon that, famous riddle; When Is a Joke * a Joke? Answer: When It's told to an _ rllshmanl Sarger of Robinson Crusoe as ground, to iook tanner. I \ lis sunny island? That an<l down the shore, hut i >e fas." could see no other Improssli How, son of the beloved "I went to It again to i lean classic for which any more, and to observe I been made, writes the my fancy; but there was 1 for there was exactly the s a direct descendant of f?ot?toes, heel and every Alden, to welcome this How It came thither I km ilition of the 'Courtship Hie least imagine. But i specially timely In this "uttering thoughts, like a n the Landing of the Pil- fused and out of myself, I fortification, not feeling, drations seem to me? ground I went on, but tei they would have seemed degree, looking behind me able all through in their three steps, mistaking eve id their unconventional urtd fancying every stump 1th their many evidences ho a man; nor is it posslbli if the period. many various shapes affrls 10k at such a picture as represented things to mo, the Mayflower, with the Ideas were found every tnori a thg shore to feel the and what strange, unacco came into my thoughts by ^By LOUISE CLOSSi I Barns Mantle, what s J pencil? On those occasions whei tingly to describe my in role which?in your capa critic?you were obliged little fellow down in your lar CI always feel it is stomach) substituted pa : fierce execration? Did you know that, in vnii chnnl/l ho pfint nl 5 should be criticising it?i like me? Don't answer? 1|; fercnce. In this excellent H Best Plays of 1919-20" (8 Vl Co.) you have forestalled sfdiously embodying anion which permitted your crit ^ to repaint her bedroom fi 7 parchment lamp shades ai % tax. Thoughts for the Dtami Sonnets as Prepi | $c|? 4) Mot that I wrote it?Oh member sending one of m; . ff Forbes, who its author of " :i 71. 7 i Fair" is one of th. ;< n I J for the year. .Timr.n and >. >.. . i hute In common: wo suff. footprint. He is rather proud when sleepless night, so I was n the adventurers as the him when he wrote: "D? : them with the land of Wflfi awake all night read) the distance. sot breakfast out of the i eth's conception of Trie- cold brussels sprouts." I of French descent, with kindly hut firmly to say, I ;llng eyes, coincided with to know how the hook wot mniden that was in my i>kiu?and in a short tin* riot say. On the historic little of me left. But th nch-Huguenot ancestry, making the dramatlzatloi i is entitled to his con- And for Mr. Forbes's edlfi can dispute the'attrac- divulge the letter sent me 11a." who was anxious to have ijrr* Of Klngsley's hook little dancing favorite: pal to the artist. There "To he honest with you stion in the Knglnnd of scrawled), "it Is fierce. % / * scored a hit Y * lowing about \ the luxury t the country, doing gemot the drama. v qualities in it's Portrait of Tree. may have HtUK'onsciouH a i- . i located in the in? win?s" ot 1,ate a,ld Uefllrf>" And titnt praise for lbpy bul those around tlietn m.ffe the twisting of the threads. \c the whirligig of "f marryTom. although II ling a book and I ** !i . . J? b"tu'r for L"cl? 11 ,r did you really ) n ' bp. l>ett' r tor ?">* of youIt makes no dif- ,hou*h may seem, we must ?ui volume of "The ?wn ??""* ^ ou,nK Mr' >A ' Small, Maynard ft <,ow" tho bil"V and write a tetter fr invective by In- inct'nwn t0 tho pffect that this g those plays one h,? at ?" But don't let it db ic of thH column A P,ay 18 for J"?t what you. perso urnUure. buy five ?? *?' It An author somethr ad pay an Income ^'ter than he knows. And son,, knows (I hope) better than he wr that has naught to do with tho D , Club perlative. After this homely tragedy of irxtory Exercise cnmop the gloaming drama: "E . . . . And tho Drama Club might atop tr ?r< i'1] If tho woman author from Missouri v y novrlN to James ^ 4 . . . t .. ;rn. ~ out boing shown, know* tho pay The Famous Mr*. of th? Rn(rlts1, arlst(K.r . P^vwrights- ^ not hp al>?. to (loflno a I have one attn- ^ ,n hw own , ?,irk?< They 'i ?'n nso' have imagination, and as 55oe A ,o as spen .t j-rst ;i writer of verse, it might not o a a sorty o preparation for the novice to w, urn you Louise I frw son,1(.?_ Crrtnlnly hc wol n* t \'1 . on ' form, and that is more than ev riien "he went on wri?ht ha" a knowledge or The c , . ? ? . . also comment on the new angle i "'! J, ^1'" ' brought to the business of constru ud lend Itself to a thft dramatIc ,nctdp at Se TntVeon ,bP ? ? lW0 , just the same, are in the wings and he scene whe cation I will now ten, are produced evldently occurs . stage hands aro striking the set by the gentleman b tho r,.aclll fhp ilrnmn rnr a. zzr::r~~ 1 I1 4B0UT AUTHORS v.v7.., m ,, 9 :| \ <;><! v;#i . . * ' Ami Westward Ho!" Drama Fans your dis- house where wo both dwelt. How do you suppose that architect trot into the theatr* Horizon" anyway?through the scenery room? And ictress in if so, why did I foolishly begin in the dress who did ing rooms? destinies "Clarence" I refuse to discuss. I am going had pas- to <Jo a whoIe article on Booth Tarkington the heat- amj jf ]8 really- too trying anyway to hav? not only him do plays and books equally well. Tint teil from j c0l,)d not. have said that If "Clarence' ver say: had not been written. For the Drama ove P'ck- Clubs T recommend "Clarence" as a masterarry. It 0f construction. Don't say that Is Ruthless ()U, ()f tho province of a body of student pick out m,.etjng to decide upon what play they had ma p 1 better go see next week. The public will om Prov- nQt aupport a piav tf -the construction Is was not fau| sturb you. nally can "Abraham Lincoln" I still ilaro to say i? tes writes not a Piny- But in London 1 took out atlIT10K hO HttiniRoi^nwi wni'ii uiuvutii cjuproti ill' ltes. But scono, although he was a little fellow with rama 8u- an brogue, and I took it out again and never stopped dabbing when I saw the more farm life complete impersonation over hero. Lincoln >#elnss4o." himself is our nation's great tragedy. HI? nmse on lif,> P'ay* itself. It needs llttlo form, only rho. with- beauty of expression, as befits high souls chotoglcal To 'be English he Is at present a cult, but icy when f think It exemplifies most delicately the mountain roal wor'h of these sophiseated people when say poets 'hoy make their way to a London suburban kins was theatre, as to a iittlo shrine, to pay theii be a bad homage to a hero not of their own country irk on a * wish an American could have done th? ild learn HrHt Lincoln play to l>o so generally ac ery play- cepted. But there Is vision in John Drinkluh might water's eyes, music In his heart, nnd we she has 'n "no alu' march to the swing of his ct'lon. In hne prose, nts take i of cards The Lincoln Play Across the Water: rt the let- The Book Ends With Statistics UV' do There Is left "The Jest." It is the only >ns on the P'^y 'bat ever blotted out before the first i 1 act was over the high price I paid for niv seat. And yet I was not there. I had left to a vpr\ t. i . . . the Mcum of IJrnanway and wan again travelav but it "n* *' narrow way ijetw.-en the high walls Vrvin >'? ?' palaces. I was sing.-g from the height. . ...jtu of Flesole, following the tore lies of tin masked brothers who pushed their wa> * iri'i of" an through Flore utitn m with the Irn- carried high. The women's faces in th< lcntal '-t- audience looked funny, whltely following 1 i-vino Iohn Uarrymoro as ho elongated himself amnion ted "bout tht> stage?but he did not hold m? in jn ,|1(, lie merely sent ni<' on to Italy, ik hint if t'n"w> in 'ta'V- 1 was with the young ran in his Adaptor of the Italian play who krtows its jjrH richness through all his fine mind and senses ut her on with Edward Sheldon, w ho made the traneiKues nio la'lon as a labor of love?our wonder boy ? iiecauso who gave us "Salvation Nell" at nineteen, wn a new then#"The Xigger," and "Romanee." His sn't it?? work, t am sure, would hive been among -> for the 'beso best plays did not the gods give with * one hand a* they take away with, the other. Hut when the vigor of health comes back to him. what will there not be for us eager _ ones? Really, T should hate to pay storage 1 Present on jj1( pjots which Kdw u-d must have skll nay make fully camouflaged by that nicely brushed te a good black hair of his. Toward the end of the hook comes The mo for a Great Exposure?although Mr. Mantle dose the stage nf>t call It that. He calls it "Whero and to. Tin- When They Were Horn'' and he gives the much to ago* of some of us who. have appeared In 'Mamma's t|? plays of ihe year. It is our Reward of reets the M..rtt. The page Is one that an actress will igr comes instinctively turn to, and then?! Already the sltua- J have heard mutterlngH when chance playt wouldn't ,.rs have picked up my copy. "What is a woman 3sT?t from U'-O?" a woman asks, glaring at >ld you of her name. I do a little arithmetic here Lion while "What!" Exclamation from her. "Well it's might he fa|~p." Or. looking at mine, "Arc you. dear, he best I realli/f" or. more cruelly; "I thought you saw the Chicago Are!" It's nothing to me. Ua" made My age and my salary are the only things < it in ' I've ever told the truth about in my whole at m?. I life, but T did not see the Chicago fire id ami act Who: gets m> Is the penchant my women he drama friends who used to be as old as I have for statement being born In 1Mb It's so concerted, tomeed also at how! Middleton Following this is another page?the page ! through of our dead within the year?or a little over, he began Will you all read it, please; give It a getwle Oftnp moment" Some of vou will be surmised. I on till he wa?. and wondered why I had not known wasn't so before, or why he had not been missed. "Are liberator's we so soon forgotten, then?"' asked Rip Van nd which Winkle. Wo are like old newspapers, read it being a and cast aside?as this little critique will b< / I'.olton. I am not so sure that it makes much diflferind relief once so lone as we have served you. Indie* spnr'ment and gentlemen with Ten Rest I'laya.