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biography, etc. There is something of everything, and a careful reader of these volumes will learn much about Wagner."-The Academy.

"An important and a welcome addition to Wagner literature. cordially recommend Mr. Finck's book to all readers of the literature of music.”Boston Transcript.

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"Mr. Finck's work is, perhaps, the most exhaustive and appreciative account of the great composer that has appeared in the English language."-London Times.

Chopin, and Other Musical
Essays

Second Edition. I 2mo.

$1.50

CONTENTS: Chopin, the Greatest Genius of the Pianoforte-How Composers WorkSchumann, as Mirrored in his Letters-Music and Morals-Italian and German Vocal Styles-German Opera in New York.

"Half a dozen delightful essays, the two most important of which are respectively devoted to the Polish and German composers (Chopin and Schumann) above named. Of the author's technical qualifications for a discussion of musical topics the papers themselves are vouchers, and as to the literary treatment of them we need only say that every page recalls the writer's charming and diverting book entitled, 'Romantic Love and Personal Beauty.'"'—New York Sun.

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"Mr. Finck has a direct style that not only commands attention at the start, but retains it as well. . . The essay on Schumann is altogether admirable as a literary effort and valuable as an epitome of the letters which many may not find time to read. In the essay Music and Morals' there is much sound philosophy. The moral influence of music on large or small circles and on the individual is logically and forcibly stated."-Boston Transcript.

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"The essay, 'Italian and German Vocal Styles,' is one of great interest. Finck is an intense admirer of Wagner, yet he can do justice to Italian composers and Italian singers."-The Academy.

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Long Ago "Northern Sunrise” Sunrise" Conflicts

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Of Nature and Spirit Are Explored
By E. GARSID MAR 18 1939

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NORTHERN SUNRISE. From the Norwegian of Haakon Mahrt. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock. $2.50.

In the emotions of everyday life no theme is more charged with secret violence and pathos than that of adultery as complicated by the torments of sexual guilt. At the same time, since the situation is so egocentric that it borders on the ridiculous, nothing is harder to put into words. Bearing this in mind I can say, with admiration, that enough novelistic skill has gone into Haakon Mahrt's "Northern Sunrise" to animate an historical romance of the Hundred Years War, genealogical chart on page 2345. When this subject is treated by the American novelist or playwright it very often tapers off into a glissando that groans its way ominously into the

depths of unrelieved melancholy realistic; it is poetry, indeed. I and there stops. Perhaps the thought of Hauptmann's "WinterAmerican novelist is not so com- ballade." Oletely disembarrassed of the happy idea for Mahrt to have What a singularly gaffes of primitive morality as his adulterer land in the remote he thinks. The persons involved, regions of Norway in the winquite disregarding the classic tertime!

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model of Paolo and Francesca, The story is bare, and told in who are always on the move, the first person. Apropos of this end up by sitting around star latter point, it struck me ng at each other like two green autobiographical, so intimate and persimmons dangling idly on a sure was the disregard for nonoggy day. Or they blow their essentials. The "I" of the novel rains out. Since death is rap is a wireless operator on a govdly becoming another stalenate, this resolution is equally to the sub-Arctic country, far ernment plane carrying mail innsatisfactory. over the Loppa Sea. This man ife Is Different has been having an affair with Now, in real life, I remark, the the wife of the pilot of the haracters weather the storm plane. He is a familiar enough, urprisingly often. They resort yet complicated, personality. He O a kind of instinctive homoe- craves action, and yet is too inpathy, that is, they find an- tellectual and critical to perther woman with whom they form successfully. The friend an have normal, socially neu- whom he betrays is at one with -al relations. Thus once again himself. Steadily he marches on hey get a grip on the bright to recognition and success in his nd busy outer world. Why work. The wife, like her lover, hould they not! The root of is a creature of compromise, a eir suffering, in cold fact, is dweller in the middle realm, an e loss of the outer sphere, un- ignoble one. Even the affair is appy disequilibrium. They are a matter of convenience for soriented, therefore they gasp both, a pleasure to be enjoyed

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