Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Correspondence | [1860]
Transcription 4. The Ebony Idol from the same press we have not read; but it
is said to be a clever and amusing quiz of the monstrosities of taste and
opinion among the Abolitionists, in favor of the negro. Occasionally, we
meet with an author at the North who will admit that the white man is quite
as good as the negro; but this admission is made in fear and trembling, and
very seldom in the hearing of third persons.
5. The poems of HENRY LYNDEN FLASH, of Mobile, of which I
wrote in the previous letter, have since been published, and a copy laid
before me, of which I read over a goodly proportion last night. The pieces
are mostly short; they exhibit much grace, taste and fancy; are several of
them somewhat strikingly in the vein of Poe, in his weird wanderings of
mood, though they betray no marks of mere imitation. Mr. FLASH is a very
young man, and this volume, as the first production of his pen, is full of
promise for the future, when we shall look for him for more elaborate effort,
and a design of more deliberation, method and art. We note an occasional
defect in the versification, which must be ascribed to carelessness and haste;
as, in the generality of his pieces, he shows himself in possession of a good
ear, and a just sense of harmony in his periods, and closes his pauses as in
his flow. We trust that our people of the South will take care of their young
poets, and give them prompt welcome to their abodes. The volume, of some
160 pages, is very prettily printed, and from the press of RUDD & CARLETON.
6. The new novel of The Lady in White, by WILKIE COLLINS, is
already in large circulation from the press HARPER & BROS. It is read with
avidity, and said to be full of a various and protracted interest. As yet we
have had no time to look into it. It is reprinted from the pages of the
HARPERS' Weekly in a double column octavo.
7. The announcements of the Press are numerous and promise much
interest. TICKNOR & FIELDS, among other books, advise us a Life of Major
ANDREW by WINTHROP SARGEANT; a new volume of Poems, by HOLMEs;
Hesperia, by RICHARD HENRY WILDE, so well known and honored in the
South; a new Poem, by COVENTRY PATMORE, and sundry other works. They
have just issued a book, by CHARLES READE, called The Eighth
Commandment, which must not be supposed a novel. It is a searching review
of the copyright question, exposing, in a series of experiences, the wrongs
and robberies which are daily executed by piratical publishers in
consequence of the absence of all proper legal securities in behalf of literary
property. It is curious, instructive, and well calculated to show the daily
violation of the eighth commandment by thousands of very pious people,
who certainly would never steal were it not that the habit is usually thought
to be profitable, and for this reason finds its sanction in modern
statesmanship and law. The same publishers (TICKNOR & FIELDS) announce
a new work by a Captain HENRY SHAKESPEARE think of that! Not plays,
like his mighty namesake, but something not unlike them Sports in India.


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