From The Bookman: Review of The Yellow Book
THE YELLOW BOOK. Vol. V., April, 1895.
Boston: Copeland & Day. $1.50 net.
Certain occurrences in London of re-
cent date, which it is not necessary to
mention more specifically, have had a
very marked influence upon the tone of
the present number of the Yellow Book.
It is not only free from any suspicion of
moral slime, but, in its literary features
at least, appears to have abandoned its
former eccentricity. It opens with the
magnificent ” Hymn to the Sea, ” by
Mr. Watson, upon which we made some
comments in the June BOOKMAN, and its
principal stories are far more wholesome
than most of those that Mr. Harland has
heretofore admitted to his paper. In
fact, they have a curious resemblance to
one another in that they emphasise the
nobility of self-denial. Miss Ella D’Arcy
depicts a more or less improbable Eng-
lishman resisting the wiles of an equally
improbable American maid. Mr. Har-
land himself celebrates the heroic virtue
of a young Neapolitan ; and Mr. Crack-
anthorpe enlarges on the same theme.
The most powerful story is that of James
Ashcroft Noble—a story wholly literary,
and instinct with genuine pathos. The
illustrations are not at all noticeable.
Mr. Beardsley‘s name does not appear
among those of the artists, and the other
regular contributors appear to be more
or less depressed in mind. There are
several portraits, among them one of
George Egerton ; a sulky girl looking
into a mirror ; a young lady putting on
her shoes and stockings ; a music-hall
singer in a fog ; and on the cover a girl
lying on a very uncomfortable divan,
suspended apparently over the bottom-
less pit in which float a French caniche
whose tail has been neatly bisected, and
a tray with liqueurs.
Review of The Yellow Book, vol. 5, April 1895, The Bookman, February-July 1895, p. 423. Yellow Nineties 2.0, Edited by Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University Centre for Digital Humanities, 2019. https://1890s.ca/yb5-review-bookman-april-1895/