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Notices of the Press.
MK, E. L. BLANCHARD says: “There are many playgoers who are somewhat puzzled to understand the full significance of the satire conveyed in the adapteri comerly of “The Colonel " at the Prince of Wales's, and Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan's original comic opera of " Patience," still prolonging its singularly successful career at the Savoy Theatre. To these, and many others, may be safely commended a curiously interesting book, just published, called “The sthetic Movement in England." The author, Mr, Walter Hamilton, has treated a very important subject with much care and considerable research. His chapters on the painters and poets of the Esthetic school are excellently written and replete with information not readily accessible, while his sketch of the career of Mr. Oscar Wilde will solve many questions to which few, even in well-informerl circles, could readily reply. -.“ Birmingham Daily Gazette."
MR. W. M. RossETTI says ::-" There are, I think, many true and pointed observations in your book, and I necessarily sympathise in the general point of view which it adopts on the questions at issue."
MR. G. A, SALA writes :-"Many thanks for your book on 'The Æsthetic Movement in England.' It will be historically curious and valuable long after the silly opposition to the movement has passed away."
- The West Middlesex Advertiser" thus described the scope of the work :- “The origin of the Æsthetic Movement in England is here ascribed to the small circle of artists and poets who styled themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, as far back as 1848. These were seven young Oxford students, namely, Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Thomas Woolner, William Michael Rossetti, G. F. Stevens, and James Collinson, and they started a small magazine, entitled “The Germ," to advocate their peculiar views in art and poetry. After describing the attacks this circle was subjected to, and Mr. Ruskin's able defence of it, comes an outline of Ruskin's influence on art, and Sir Coutts Lindsay's formation of the Grosvenor Gallery, in which nearly all the most celebrated pictures of the Esthetic School have been exhibited, including the works of E. Burne-Jones, who is by some held to be the head of the School in painting, and the peculiar paintings by J. A. M. Whistler. In connection with the latter artist, an account is given of the remarkable action for libel he brought against Mr. Ruskin.
“The chapter devoted to ' Æsthetic Culture’is one that will probably excite the greatest interest and curiosity; in it the influence of the new School on art, music, architecture, furniture and dress is distinctly pointed out; and the undoubted good it has achieved prove that the ridicule which has hitherto been directed against the Esthetes was both unjust and unreasonable,
“The poetry of the Esthetic School is next described, and naturally leads up to an account of Robert Buchanan's attacks upon Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Fleshly School, with the law-suit that arose out of the curious anonymous poem, "Jonas Fisher." These chapters are full of literary details, which will interest admirers of Swinburne, Morris, Rossetti, and Buchanan. whilst the article on Oscar Wilde contains facts and anecdotes concerning that talented young poet, which will certainly be new to the general public, and extracts from his poems of a stamp likely to astonish some of those who now think it 'good form'to sneer at the Esthetic bard.
“ The author has throughout treated his topic in a reverent spirit; indeed, he deprecates the frivolity of those who, without uuderstanding its aims or meaning, choose to ridicule Estheticism, and if he is not himself an Asthete, he is at any rate an appreciative Philistine."
ALTHOUGH Parodies abound in English Literature no attempt has yet been made to publish a au collection of these amusing Jeur d'esprit, many of which have been composed by our greatest humourige
It is now proposed to publishı, in monthly parts, a collection of Parodies, both in verse and is drawn from every available source, and illustrative of all the most celebrated writings in the E Language, together with such notes, explanatory, biographical, or bibliographical, as may be reyes elucidate the text.
Each of the principal authors will be taken separately, and the series will commence with Par the works of Alfred Tennyson, Poet Laureate, to be followed by Shakespeare, Swinburne, Wyri: Hood, Byron, Scott, Moore, Longfellow, Poe, Goldsmith, Gray, Lord Macaulay, Dickens, Carlyle, 1. and a number of other favorite authors.
• Full details will be given of the origin, and contents, of all the most famous collections of Parodies, such as Charles Cotton's Travesties ; John Phillips's Splendid Shilling ; The Probationary Ireland's Shakespearian Forgeries ; Hone's account of his Three Trials; The Rejected Addresses, 181Rejected Odes, 1813 ; Posthumous Parodies, 1814; Accepted Addresses ; The Bon Gaultier Ballads : Rhymes, and other Parodies written by members of the Oxford and Cambridge Universities, &c., &c.
The Editor offers no apology for Parody in itself, suffice it to say it exists, that the publi pleased with it, and that no man with literary tastes can entirely ignore it.
As will be seen from many examples here printed the object of a Parody is very seldom to r original, more often on the contrary it does it honor, if only by taking it as worthy of imitation or bu
Every endeavour will be made to render the collection complete, and free from political or ot)
The Editor tenders his best thanks to those gentlemen who have kindly permitted extracts i from their works, and will be grateful for information as to any Parodies which may have escaped
The series will be published in Monthly Parts, price Sixpence, or the first Twelve Parts to Subscribers, post free, for Five Shillings.
The First Volume will be completed in Twelve Parts, for which a Title-page and Indlex will
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Mongst the diplomatic breakers,
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Truth, February 15, 1877.
The SONG OF PAHTAHQUAHONG. “The Rev. Henry PAHTAHQUAHONG CHASE, hereditary Chief of the Ojibway tribe, President of the Grand Council of Indians, and missionary of the Colonial and Continental Church Society at Muncey Town, Ontario, Canada, has just arrived in England, on a short visit." - The Standari.
STRAIGHT across the Big-Sea-Water,
Wot ye well, we'll give him welcome,
We will show him all the glories
Punch, March 12, 1881.
burgh. It is entitled "Rejected Tercentenary Songs, with the comments of the Committee appended.” Edited by Rolus Ray.
It will be remembered that the Edinburgh University has just been celebrating its Tercentenary, and the contents of this amusing little sixpenny pamphlet consist of the Poems supposed to have been serit in, by matriculated students of the University, in competition for a prize of Ten Guineas, offered by the Tercen. tenary Committee for the best song in honour of the occasion.
It contains numerous Latin and Macaronic verses, a long parody of Walt Whitman, one of Gilbert, and two of Longfellow, which I venture to quote. The first is incomplete :-
“I stood in the quad at midnight,
I stood in the quad and pondered - " Here it breaks off abruptly; the otlier is a very fair parody of the Song of Hiawatha, although, of course, some of the allusions are only of local interest. The poem is entitled
By Alfred Longiove.
A jeu d'esprit somewhat in the nature of The Rejected Adaresses has recently been published by Mr. George Dryden, of Lothian Street, Edin