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M-.r.lii 1921 BOOK TABLE CAMBRIDGE READINGS IN ITAUAN UTERA. TURE. Edited by' Edward Bullough, M. A., Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. New York: The Macmillan' Company. American agents for the Cambridge University Press. Cloth. 33.5 pp, The "Cambridge Readings in Literature" series will soon be as well and .as favorably known as' the "Cambridge. Histories," if the recently published "Readings in French Literature" and' the present book arc any indication. This is a: scholarly, interesting, well-selected anthology of the best in Italian literature from the end of' the eighteenth .century to the beginning of the Great War.. Rather than a mere chronological collection of great writer's. it aims to be 'a comprehensive, ,if sketchy, portrayal" of the Italian soul, of Italian thought, in the nineteenth century. Mr. Bullough has written analyses, in English, of each 'of the authors represented by extracts fron( their works, and has provided an index of 'authors, editions, and publishers. The selections are grouped under five great headings: God, Nature, Italy, Lile, Thought. Both prose and poetry are included. Some 01 :the great names represented -in the approximately 1;;0 extracts are Giusti, Vasari, Fogazzaro, Leopardi, D' Anmmzio, Giacosa, Pascali, Mazaini, Carducci, Fucini, Foscolo, Verga, de Amicis, and Croce, The volume is beautifully printed. It should be in.. every reference' library; and on the shelves 01 every love, of Italian letters. CHILDREN'S DREAMS. By C. "V. Kimmins, M. A., ·D. Sc.. New York: Longmans, Green and Company •. Cloth. 126 pp. The value of psycho-analysis, though impaired. by the activities 01 'freaks who have taken up the Freudian :theories as a fad and who talk glibly of "suppressed desires" when they themselves are sadly in need of suppression, has nevertheless been universally recognized in the treatment and cure of mental diseases. Dr. Kimmins bas investigated in 'ihis book the dreams Of children of iI normal type in; an attempt to obtain information as to :the content .of the unc~nscious within this restricted field. He discusses the nature of the dream, the dreams of children 01 five, six, and seven years 01 age, of .children of eight to fourteen, and of childre~ fourteen to eighteen, schools, the dreams the dreams of children in i~dustriar 01 deaf and blind 'children, and the education~1 value 01 the dream. Actual dreams related by children form the 'basis of the study, which opens a new fiel,d in psychological investigation. . . SACCHERI'S EUC;UDES VINDlCATUS. Latin text with English translation, introduction, and notes. By· George Bruce Halstead, -<Ph.. D. Chicago : Open Court Publishing Company. Cloth. 28() pp. . "Einstein" is a magic' word in this year of grace, and almost everybody is willing to discuss. even if he does not understand, "relativity" and its importance in mathe .. matics, physics, astronomy, and other fields 01 :thought. Yet Einstein was not the first to question the despotism of Euclid in geometry, lor that honor goes to Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri, a Jesuit, who published at Milan in 1733 hi, "Euclides Vindicatus,' or in lull "Euclid Freed of Every Fleck." This work, long lost, was accidentally discovered by Father Mallganotti, S. J., in 1889, and Dr. Halstead's edition' is from one the two copies extant ot that time, 'of which one is now certainly, the other proh~ ably, lost. This edition is therefore the only source in which to study the fountainhead of non-Euclidean geometry. It contains both the Latin text and a competent translation; with the necessary notes and introduction. An index and an index of proper names are provided, The volume will arouse the interest and enthusiasm of all mathematicians even when they do not agree with its conclusions. or THE MAKING' OF WELLINGTON' COLLEGE. Being an account of the first sixteen years of its existence. Compiled by J. L. Bevir, with au introduction by General Sir Ian Hamilton, G. C. B. New York: Longmans, Green and Company. Cloth. 161 pp. !'Wellington taught me to smile whilst I was being thrashed, to eat whatever was chucked at me or go without, to admire without envy Athletes, Caps, the XI, and even, in a milder way, Prize-winners and Prefects." says Sir Ian Hamilton in his introduction to :this interesting . account of the establishment of one 01 the great English "Public Scbools" and of its development under the I leadership 01 Dr. E. W. Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury, and father 01 A. C. Benson and Robert Hugh. Benson, The author was connected with the school, as boy and man, for fifty years, and has had access to all the letters written by Benson during his mastership. The result is ali absorbing story of trials undergone and obstacles met and overcome .. The soul of Britain owes much to her public schools, and it is .by the study of these schools that we come to a surer knowledge 01 :their product, the governing Englishman of today. 'The book is therefore of interest not only to the schoolrnan, but to the student of nations as well. MADDALENA'S DAY AND OTHER SKETCHES. By Laura Wolcott. New Haven: Yale University A NEW GERMAN GRAMMAR. By John Keegan, Press, ·C1oth. 134 pp. . M.. A., Central Foundation School, London. New Miss Wolcott is already known as the author of a deYork: Isaac Pitman a~d Sons. Cloth. 295 pp. lightful book of New England sketches, "A' Gray Dream This attractive new German grammar not only provides and Other New. 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The book contains (1) an introduction sketches inthe present book 9 are titled "Out of the Pres<:>n alphabet, pronunciation. script. etc., (2) sixty-four tnt" and. 5 "Out 01 the \~s_t." The legend 01 "King well-graded lessons, with exercises, (3) composition Cophetua and thc' Begga~:~~aid" is' charmingly done, 'as exercises (English into Geeman) , (4) a vocabulary, and Day," "A Corner of Venice," and UA . (5) an index. Verb paradigms are. given throughout are, n~faddaJena"s Footpath in Provence." Lovers of David Gra~son and the book. Like all the Pitman -publications in modern his school will be likely to become equally' devoted to languages the book is' practical and sensible, and on the Laura Wolcott. mechanical side attractively printed and bound.