The Evening Post of June 10, 1915, wrote of Mr. Huneker's "The New Cosmopolis":
"The region of Bohemia, Mr. James Huneker found long ago, is within us. At twenty, he says, he discovered that there is no such enchanted spot as the Latin Quarter, but that every generation sets back the mythical land into the golden age of the Commune, or of 1848, or the days of 'Hernani.' It is the same with New York's East Side, 'the fabulous East Side,' as Mr. Huneker calls it in his collection of international urban studies, 'The New Cosmopolis.' If one judged externals by grime, by poverty, by sanded back-rooms, with long-haired visionaries assailing the social order, then the East Side of the early eighties has gone down before the mad rush of settlement workers, impertinent reformers, sociological cranks, self-advertising politicians, billionaire socialists, and the reporters. To-day the sentimental traveller 'feels a heart-pang to see the order, the cleanliness, the wide streets, the playgrounds, the big boulevards, the absence of indigence that have spoiled the most interesting part of New York City.' But apparently this is only a first impression; for Mr. Huneker had no trouble in discovering in one cafe a patriarchal figure quite of the type beloved of the local- color hunters of twenty years ago, a prophet, though speaking a modern language and concerned with things of the day. So that we owe to Mr. Huneker the discovery of a notable truth, namely, that Bohemia is not only a creation of the sentimental memory, but, being psychological, may be located in clean and prosperous quarters. The tendency has always been to place it in a golden age, but a tattered and unswept age. Bohemia is now shown to exist amidst model tenements and sanitary drinking-cups."
IVORY APES AND PEACOCKS With frontispiece portrait of Dostoievsky 12mo. $1.50 net
NEW COSMOPOLIS 12mo. $1.50 net
THE PATHOS of DISTANCE A Book of a Thousand and One Moments 12mo. $2.00 net
PROMENADES of an IMPRESSIONIST 12mo. $1.50 net
"We like best such sober essays as those which analyze for us the technical contributions of Cezanne and Rodin. Here Mr. Huneker is a real interpreter, and here his long experience of men and ways in art counts for much. Charming, in the lighter vein, are such appreciations as the Monticelli, and Chardin."
—FRANK JEWETT MATHER, JR., in New York Nation and Evening Post.
EGOISTS A Book of Supermen STENDHAL, BAUDELAIRE, FLAUBERT, ANATOLE FRANCE, HUYSMANS, BARRES, HELLO, BLAKE, NIETZSCHE, IBSEN, AND MAX STIRNER With Portrait and Facsimile Reproductions 12mo. $1.50 net
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CONTENTS: Henrik Ibsen—August Strindberg—Henry Becque— Gerhart Hauptmann—Paul Hervieu—The Quintessence of Shaw— Maxim Gorky's Nachtasyl—Hermann Sudermann—Princess Mathilde's Play—Duse and D'Annunzio—Villiers de l'Isle Adam- -Maurice Maeterlinck.
"His style is a little jerky, but it is one of those rare styles in which we are led to expect some significance, if not wit, in every sentence."
—G. K. CHESTERTON, in London Daily News.
OVERTONES: A Book of Temperaments WITH FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT Of RICHARD STRAUSS 12mo. $1.50 net
"In some respects Mr. Huneker must be reckoned the most brilliant of all living writers on matters musical."
MEZZOTINTS IN MODERN MUSIC BRAHMS, TSCHAIKOWSKY, CHOPIN. RICHARD STRAUSS, LISZT, AND WAGNER 12mo. $1.50 net
"Mr. Huneker is, in the best sense, a critic; he listens to the music and gives you his impressions as rapidly and in as few words as possible; or he sketches the composers in fine, broad, sweeping strokes with a magnificent disregard for unimportant details. ... A distinctly original and very valuable contribution to the world's tiny musical literature."
—J. F. RUNCIMAN, in London Saturday Review.
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CONTENTS: A Master of Cobwebs—The Eighth Deadly Sin—The Puree of Aholibah—Rebels of the Moon—The Spiral Road—A Mock Sun—Antichrist—The Eternal Duel—The Enchanted Yodler—The Third Kingdom—The Haunted Harpsichord—The Tragic Wall—A Sentimental Rebellion—Hall of the Missing Footsteps—The Cursory Light—An Iron Fan—The Woman Who Loved Chopin—The Tune of Time—Nada—Pan.
"In 'The Spiral Road' and in some of the other stories both fantasy and narrative may be compared with Hawthorne in his most unearthly moods. The younger man has read his Nietzsche and has cast off his heritage of simple morals. Hawthorne's Puritanism finds no echo in these modern souls, all sceptical, wavering and unblessed. But Hawthorne's splendor of vision and his power of sympathy with a tormented mind do live again in the best of Mr. Huneker's stories."
—London Academy (Feb. 3, 1906).
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