"I shall never write another book dealing with the West—that is, with theprimitive life of theMary West," said Mary Aus-Austin tin the other day whendiscussing her new workwith a friend. "I feel that the West wasgenerous to me in material, and I do notmean to say that the primitive life of thedesert has ceased to interest me, butmerely that I have written as muchabout it as I care to. Others will findmaterial in the far West no doubt, foralthough the rough life of the miningcamps and the cattle ranches is alreadytinged with civilisation in almost everylocality there still remains enough thatis picturesque to furnish a library fullof books." Mrs. Austin went on to explain that she feels that she has foundher field in the more complicated life ofthe cities. Following her book of essays,
Christ in Italy,
A Woman of Genius
—described as a novel of temperamentrather than one of locality, which is tobe issued this month. In the words ofthe author,
A Woman of Genius
is "thestory of the struggle between a geniusfor tragic acting and the daughter of aCounty Clerk, with the social ideal ofTaylorville, Ohianna, for the villain."
is the sixth novel byRene Bazin to be pubhshed in this country. M. Bazin has beenRene in the United States asBazin one of the French Commission to the Cham-plain Tercentenary. He is one of thevery few French writers whose worksare brought out in this country at thesame time that they appear in France.
is described as a lovestory of a young French girl who becomes a school-teacher in a little town inArdesie through an intense desire to beof service. This book deals with the social problems introduced by the prominence of labour unions. Its plot largelydepends upon a strike of miners whothrong the town in Ardesie, whereDavidee's school is. M. Bazin was bornin Angers in 1853. He was a delicateboy and spent most of his early years onan Angevin farm. As he grew up hestudied and practised law at Angers andfor many years held a professorship ofcriminal law in the university there. Hisnatural inclinations were literary and hewas driven toward novel writing by hisintense feeling that the run of Frenchnovels misrepresented the French peo
partly through their concentration onthe life of Paris. He set himself to reveal the nature of the people, of theFrench provinces,—a section of Frenchlife which he felt had been strangelyneglected. He aimed to show France andthe world that his people had depth andsimplicity of nature, and were at root anintensely moral people. Partly becauseof this some of his earlier novels turnedmainly on religious questions,—and sincehe was a Catholic, a large section of hisAmerican public has been CathoHc. Hehas set forth his literary creed in thesewords: "Our novelists, by occupyingthemselves with this unrepresentativepart too exclusively, have created andspread a conception of our country which