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THE MICHIGAN DAILY MAGAZINE

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1921

Of the Nineteenth Century or Before
Who Is Your Favorite Writer?
(By G. D. E.) er this condition it might be well to send us articles for publication, not lini, of Cervantes, of Voltaire, Rous-
Of late there has been a bit of run a series of articles dealing with to run more than one thousand words. seau, Moliere, of Goethe, Schiller, Les-
grumbling that we young enthusiasts such writers and their works. Of course we cannot pay for such sing, of Shakespeare, of Swift; some-
are practically ignorant of literature But with eight press copies of cur- work, and of course we do not guar- thing of the lesser known books of
of any century other than this. This, rent books on my desk awaiting re- antee to accept everything sent in, Defoe would be interesting, say, of
of course, is hardly true, and it is an view, I can scarcely hope to tackle the but nothing which, in our opinion, "Moll Flanders.'
unfair criticism to make of such a job myself, and no. one on the ,staff has literary value, will be turned Then there is a legion of nineteenth
sheet as this. Even such august seems to have the time for it. In away. century writers such as Tolstoi, Ib-
bundles of criticism as the New York courtesy to the publishers who are, What we want are essays in more sen, Brandes, Heine, Nietzsche,
Times book review section rarely de- sending free copies of books, I feel or less of a critical vein about such Schopenhauer, Balzac, George Eliot,
part from current literature. it necessary to review their offerings. writers as Aristophanes, Aeschylus, and among the Americans, Poe, Whit-
Nevertheless, there seems to be a It would therefore be gratifying if even of Heroditus, Thucydides and man, Hamlin Garland and many
certain interest other than perfunc- students interested in the older writ- j Flavius Josephus, of Horace, Cicero, !others.
tory, about writers of an older day; ers and works to a point where they Vergil, Caesar, of Petrarch, Dante, Such a list is not inclusive. If your
even more, a certain enthusiasm. Und- are enthusiastic about them, would Boccaccio, of that lovable liar, Cel- favorite lies without it; poet, novel-
ist, essayist, historian, or what, rec-
ord your enthusiasm and send it in.
We have asked for one such essay, on
Francois Villon, which is in this is-
Yuletide Suggestions hes
I pray forebearance on the part of
the scholars and pedants. These
D iam onds Silverw are things will not likely be scholarly, and
they may be written from queer
W atches Cut Glass angles. From a didactic standpoint
1 T they may be downright foolish. It
Jew e yry Ivory w are will be well; if we can rescue any of
the older writers from the tombs and
Schlander & Seyf eda psof fossil, so much the better,
limited though the circle of this pub-
113 L. Liberty Phone lication is.
We are asking this for reasons part-
ly explained at .the outset, but we are
willing to take up anything, the Sun-
day Editor informs me, that interests
any group of students. So far, we
have been hearing mostly from those
interested in literature. It may be
that we are printing too much materi-
al along this line. What do you think?

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The Christmas
Gift ShopT,
rtHIS store has made every preparation to meet
the requirements of those who appreciate the
desirability of useful footwear for Christmas giving.
Our assortments are at their best and afford a wealth
of suggestion for gifts of serviceable worth. We
are showing a particularly attractive variety of Ap-
propriate styles in Evening Slippers, House Slippers,
and Hosiery. Your inspection is cordially invkcr
. {J

A REVIEW OF FRANCOIS
TILLON, ROGUE AND POET
(Continued from Page 1)
a dim and dreadful lresence. I hope
when it enfolded him at last It was
with merciful surprise. But it is small
matter, after all, whether this son of
the Paris streets died in the gutter or
on the gallows or stumbled suddenly
into a quiet grave. The stain of his
sin grows faint with the years, leav-
ing only the vigor and beauty of his
songs to come thrilling clearly to us
from the shadows, so that with Swin-
bsrne we can remember proudly
"Villon, our sad had glad mad
hrother's name!"
Calier's Short Stories Published
Willa Cather's collection of short
stories 'Youth and the Bright Me-
dus," puhlished on this side hy Alfred
A. Knopf, has just been issued in Lon-
don by William Heinemann. The
Saturday Review says of it: "Among
the abundant autumn harvest of fic-
tion, here stands out a real book; one
that would have been perfectly safe
from inclusion in Lamb's biblia a-
biblia; and it is an agreeable relief
to escape from the general level of
the slipshod, the amateurish, or the
glib into the work of an author who
knows, loves and respects her craft.
The whole collection is one that can
be often re-read, and with increasing
j admiration. Willa Gather is announc-
ed by her publishers as one of the best
of vhe short story writers in the United
States. We have no reason to doubt
the statement."

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