28 AUGUST 1926, Page 24


INTERPRETATIONS. By L. Cope Comford. (Harrap. Os. net:)--,In this little volume of essays, Mr. Cornford ha, given us a varied selection. There are sympathetic studies of Lord Charles Beresford, Marie Antoinette, W. E. Henley, Dante, and Victor Hugo ; all written with a refreshing economy of detail and standing out clearly in consequence. In another vein he writes charmingly of wild daffodils, and discourses on the origins of ."-Mr. Punch " ; while the last section of the book is devoted to several vivid impressions of the British Navy in war-time : subjects to which Mr. Cornford's direct and breezy style is admirably suited. The book is in fact one that should appeal very strongly to people who are interested in the more serious aspects of the Navy, while on the other hand, those of us whose tastes are literary rather than nautical will find that we too have been amply provided for.