25 SEPTEMBER 1942, Page 20

Shorter Notices

The Complete Poems of Emily Jane Brontë. (Columbia University Press and Milford. as. 6d.)

THIS is the most complete and scholarly edition of Emily Bronte's poems. It has been edited from the manuscripts by Mr. C. W. Hatfield and has the advantage of an introduction by that learned enthusiast, Miss Fannie E. Ratchford, on the fascinating series of Gondal poems inspired by the conception of an imaginary country called Gondal which haunted Emily from the age of thirteen or fourteen until her death. Mr. Hatfield has succeeded in correcting many of the mistakes of earlier editors and in dating most of the poems, which here are given in chronological order. The Gondal poems are also arranged in their sequence with explanatory notes elucidating them more thoroughly than ever before.