11 SEPTEMBER 1920, Page 22


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The London Mercury for September has a charming little poem, never before printed, by R. L. Stevenson. It is entitled " The New House," and was evidently addressed to a friend who had just found what was less rare in those days than it is now Mn Shanks contributes a friendly but not uncritical estimate of Mr. Masefiekl's poetry. Mr. Arnold Bennett gives some lively " Notes from a Diary " about Cotman, the opera, Portugal, " finishing-schools," criminal trials and various other topics. Mr. Orlo Williams discusses " The Yellow Book," of which he has a poor opinion, though it had a stimu- lating effect on illustration and book-production if not on literature. Sefior de Madariaga's " Introduction to Spanish Contemporary. Literature " is instructive.