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* THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE SUNDAY, 3ANDAR 2, 1922
unt," "That Brute Simmons," and "All men who should have been an artist,
That Message." and no doubt, one who would have
On "Winesburg, Ohio" there is not been, had he been placed in a differ-
much need of dwelling at length. ent environment.
Everyone who makes any effort to Mr. Fuessle has the belief that
SOME NOTABLE SHORT STORIES Blue Hotel," which appears in a vol- keep up with the best current Ameri- high up in the commercial world are
sine called "The Monster," could not can literature will have already read more men than we suspect who have
be used on account of copyright com- these unusual stories. Although An- artistic souls. But Fielding Glinden
(A Review by %f D. S.) beue nacuto oyih u-derson represents much of the mod-
plications. finds his self-expression in innumer-
Among the seven new titles re- "The Open Boat" illustrates er ern spirit, he stands alone. He has able intrigues and affairs. One will
Amongthe evennew itle cc- "The Open Rout" illustrates per- been compared with Chiekhov and, i not doesnlgo-ie tra
cently added to Boni and Liveright's haps as well as any Crane's effective de oae he ge a not find one single, good-sized eternal
excellent Modern Library series are simplicity of prose, his remarkable coamon with the Russians. Certain triangle here. There are all kinds
three volumes of unusual short stor- descriptive powers, and the acute- ly he is not to be compared with any and i prodigious quantity- eles,
ies. Two of these, "Men, Women, and ness of his psychological observation. American authors. He is bent on un- obtuse acute, and right-angled.
Limited space does not permit a de- covering the fundamentals of life and, The story is that of inchoate artist-
coeatin by Steye locked ind etrnlaobalaais
tailed review of the contents of this like D. H. Lawrence, he is greatly ry locked in eternal combat against
of Mean Streets" by Arthur Morrison, volume, but 1 can especially recom- concerned with sex. He writes of ad- desire for power and material wealth.
have been unobtainable for several mend "The End of the Battle," "A ventures in souls rather than in ac- The business man ifs Glinden tri-
years; while the third, "Winesburg, Desertion," "The Snake," and "The tual life. He gives his characters' umphs, but he' would never have
Ohio" by Sherwood Anderson, con- Dark-Brown Dog." This last, in my thoughts more often than their ac- reached the top had it not been for
estimation, is a little masterpiece. tions. That his characters are ab- Beth, his wife, whose greed, backed
tains some of the best of the Dial Arthur Morrison's book is, in many normally self-analytical, his stories by level sense, served as an antidote
prizewinner's work, respects, even better than "Men, Wo- morbid, and his outlook extremely for all her husband's temperamental
Stephen Crane was practically the me, and Boats." For one thing, the pessimistic may all be true, but these notions, This woman incidentally in-
forerunner of modern realists in this stories are of more even merit. Crane, charges are not necessarily to Ander- jected a good many successful busi-
country. True, Mark Twain, Hamlin usually a real artist, at times falls son's discredit. He is a poet and a ness tricks into his own plans. She
Garland, and William Dean Howells below the worst of O. Henry, More- genuine artist, and much of his finest finally makes of him just what she
were writing in his day; but Henry over, like O. Henry, he frequently work is in this volume. desires, "A Man Who," but he never
B. Fuller and Frank Norris had not uses type characters who are mere gets over his hankering to write or
been heard from, and Theodore Dreis- automatons. Crane, in fact, seldom " 'OLD 'SHOD" paint. But when he finally does at-
er's first novel, "Sister Carrie," was bothers to give his characters names. tempt to write a novel he discovers
not published until the year of Crane's Morrison, on the other hand, although Newtn Fuessle that the world has been too much
death. he often takes type characters, usual- (A Review by Dorian G. Sayder) with him, late and soon. He cannot,
Crane's earlier works attracted very ly succeeds in individualizing them. Newton Fuessle has given us "Gold as one of the characters remarks,
little favorable comment. It was only The "Tales of Mean Streets" are Shod," (Boni and Liveright) a novel "keep one foot in the trough and the
when "The Red Badge of Courage" laid in London's East Side, the locale of Detroit, Chicago, and New York in other on Parnassus." In the end Glin-
was published that he became gen- of Thomas Burke's "L i in e h o u s e those days when wine and industry den is forced to console himself with
erally known. Even this extraordin- Nights." Where Burke tsnerely melo- flowed freely. being a humble patron of the arts.
arydramutic however, Morisona is gen- For the plot there are three genera- Beth, his wife, gets what she rich-
he deserved in our letters; and, since uinely tragic. His people, although tions of dreamers: father, son, and ly deserves, an unloved middle-age.
his death, his name has, to a large their jargon usnd hblits of life are
sext , een forgotena s a unfamiliar, seem real humans. They grandson, paired against three prac- Mr. Fuessle's character drawing is
extent, been forgotten. are the simple people of the slums tical wives. Whereby is on display done in bits of scraps. It reminds one
Vincent Starrett has gathered to- and the docks, the people whose whole only another example of the never end- of a motion picture projection as it
gether sixteen of Crane's short stor- lives may be changed by a shilling ing conflict between the ideal and couses in flashes, flushing and fad-
ies and sketches and has publishedI the practical. Fielding Glinden, the md alternately. The author some-
teaiso an sketches and hasoag pulihelmreor
them under the title, "Men, Women, seems to lunderstand tfiem thorough- third and last of the hesbands, acd what neglects the tecsonage called
eand Boats." This collection is of ly, and, out of the routine of their the hero of the tale, is one of thoe the "Blasphemer." He should have
genuine value, as it presents several everyday lives, he has built a baker's
of Crane's stories that have never dozen of poignant little dramas. "On
been printed in book form and alsq The Stairs" is a favorite of the chetor-
makes available a number of othes ic classes acd the anthology compi-
which have long been out of print. ers. I like "Behind the Shade" even i W e H d aV e T h o m !
One of his two best stories, "The icelter. It is leard to pick out indi- |aV~.
Open Boat," is included. Unfortunate- vidual stories, but perhaps the next
ly, his other best-known story, "The best to the two mentioned are "Lizer-
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