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Or at play;
In its way.
On the wall:
These stanzas are a pretty fair specimen of the book. If not of a very high order of poetry, they are at least something more than mere "caprices." The author is evidently a scholar, with a good command of language, wine cultivation of ear, some—not much—acquaintance with the art of poetry, and we presume, some ideas, though he is rather sparing of them in the present volume.
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ONE OUT OF MANY. Though not in the habit of quoting notices in our own commendation, the following is so explicit on one point, that we take the liberty of transferring it to our columns. Ii is from the Star of Temperance, published at Jackson, the capital of Mississippi, and edited by a clergyman well known through the Southern States.
"We take up for review this week a journal concerning which very much has been said already by every press in 'this country— Sariain'ii Union Magazine. It is no part of i our plan to praise an inferior work, nor will we prostitute | this press and degrade ourselves by receiving any of the I 'Please Notice' ephemerals which are springing hourly j from the prolific Northern press. Thank fortune, we live j at a day when there is good enough, without flattering the Bad, and those who choose to publish long prospectuses and make monthly notices for the sake of an 'exchange,' can do so if their conscience is elastic enough; for our part we will grace our table editorial with the best journals of the day, if we have to pay full price for them; and puch shall be the works which we recommend to the public. Such is the Magazine selected for this occasion, and we trust to be able 'to show cause' why everybody should subscribe for it.
"There were two Magazines, which up to the year 1349, had led the way in this kind of Periodical Literature for twenty years. We refer to Godey's Lady's Book and Graham's Gentleman's and Lady's Magazine. Being published at Philadelphia, the head quarters of fashionable authors, cheap publishers, and handy engravers, they were made to embrace a large amount of artistical embellishment united to polished literature, and all at very reasonable prices. So deservedly popular had those old favourites become, that all attempt at competition was rendered useless, and only involved heavy loss on the part of the projectors.
"We remarked that the contents of these Magazines were supplied by fashionable authors. These being paid liberally, catered faithfully for the public taste through the long interval above montioned. But in later years a change has come over the appetite of the mass. The old romance style has been so hackneyed, so water-worn and threadbare, that those who loved it with most intensity have become cloyed, and call for a change. Something more serious, and more practical, and more natural— something that not only might happen, but might with some probability happen, is what the present taste demands, and as the older Magazines had their character established in another line, a new ono was needed to fill this vacancy. This new one is Sabtaih's Unign Magazine. With embellishments as good as the best, (for Sartain himself is the best engraver in the United States,) with Musie, and Fashion plates, and Love Tales, and Poetry, and Romance in abundance, there is yot an undercurrent of something more serious and more natural. Such is Sartain's Magazine, as you will find, if you will examine for yourself."
One feature in our Fashion articles commands universal commendation. The descriptions, being in immediate juxtaposition with the engravings, are comprehended at once. Another feature equally acceptable is, that instead of one single plate with two or three figures, we are enabled by our new mode to give three or four times the number. In this present month we give no less than twelve distinct figures, presenting of course as many different varieties of costume. By the old method, to have given the same number of costumes would have re" quired at least six issues of the Magazine. Besides they would have lost all their freshness. Wo give them monthly, up to the latest arrival of the steamer.
It Is but meet that those who publish "second-hand plates" should also fill their pages with second-hand articles, reprinted from standard authors. Besides, it Is such a cheap mode of getting distinguished names into one's table of contents. And, furthermore, it Is such a delightful operation to the purchaser, first to buy an author's works as they are published, secondly, to buy them over again in the form of a volume of Elegant Extracts, and, finally, to buy them a third time, reprinted in the "treasured" pages of a Magazine. And still another
pleasant recollection to the subscriber is, that for all these "extra pages" ho has "extra postage" to pay, the one extra keeping pace with the other in most delightful "consistency."
THE "CIKATIS" MAGAZINES. The secret of the feeble style of literature in certain Magazines is this. The publishers, not having the nerve to pay the price necessary to secure articles of sterling merit, and from authors well known, fill their pages with the effusions of half-fledged witlings with fancy names —the Julianos and Florellas of Feebledom—who will furnish any amount of manuscript "gratis," or at the most for—" a copy of the Magazine."
TO CLUBS. The extremely low price at which the Magazine is furnished to Clubs compels us to erase from our books all club subscribers who hare not paid beyond December, 1849. We trust, however, that this may not be to any great extent necessary. We hope our friends will promptly enrol their names anew for 1850, and that they will make another generous effort to increase the subscription list of 8artain's Magazine at their respective post-offices. A very slight effort on the part of each reader—perhaps merely the showing of this number to half a dozen of your nearest friends—might double our subscription list In a single week. Do wo ask any very great favour? Are not you, as well as we, interested in promoting a sound and healthful literature? Is there any one of the thousands of readers of Sartain that would not feel a gratifying pride in seeing a Magazine, which has dared to take such a bold and honourable position in literature, meeting with a success commensurate with its character? Would you not like to see a triumphant practical contradiction to that theory of American mind which presumes that a Magazine, to be popular in this country, and especially to be popular among ladies, must necessarily be feeble and flashy: What greater satire could be uttered upon American women than the kind of literature which rome people seem to think is all that can interest them? Look over the pages of the Magazine now in your hands—see the gems of art that adorn it—the pearls of knowledge and of genius that lie scattered broadcast throughout its pages—look at our list of active contributors, such as no American Magazine could ever boast—our rich and varied table of contents, with something suited to every taste, be it for religion, morals, manners, sentiment, poetry, or the fine arts—and say whether, to sustain such a Magazine, and to givo it an increased efficacy for whatever is high and Inspiring, you will not at least renew your own subscriptions and say to your neighbour—"Go and do likewise?"
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ARRANGEMENTS FOR 1850.
The Literary Department of this Magazine will remain under the control of its present able Editors, Pkop. John S. Hart, of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Caroline M. Kirkund, of New York, who, besides articles from their
own pens every month, have secured contributions from the best Authors in Europe and America.
These contributions, including some of the most brilliant Magazine articles anywhere to be found, are entirely original, being written expressly for our Magazine, and not selected from other publications.
Among the many distinguished names in our list of contributors, may be mentioned the following, many of whom write for no other periodical. Fredcrika Bremer, of Sweden; William Howitt, of England; Mary Howitt, do.; R. II. ilorne, do., author of "A New Spirit of the Age," "Orion," Ac.; Siivcrpen, the popular contributor to M Eliza Cook's Journal;" the author of "Mary Barton;" Henry W. Longfellow, Rev. George W. Bethune, D.D, N. P. Willis . Miss C. M. Sedgwick, George H. Bokcr, John Neai, J. Russell Lowell, Francis J. Grund, Joseph R. Chandler. Rev. W. H. Furness, D.D, Mrs. L. H. Sigourney, Prof. Alden, Rev. J. P. Darbin, D.D., Mrs. E. Oakes Smith, Rev. John Todd, D.D., Mrs. Frances S. Osgood, Rev. Albert Barnes, Mrs. L. M. Child, Prof. Rhoads, Miss. Anne C. Lynch, Park Benjamin, Mrs. C. M. Butler, Henry T. Tuckerman, Miss Eliza L. Sproat, Henry William Herbert, Mrs. Joseph C. Neal, Mrs. E. F. Ellett, Edgar A. Poe, Prof. M i fat, Mrs. E. C. Kinney, Rev. Robert Davidson, RK "Edith May," Augustine J. Duganne, Caroline May,Richard Willis, Alfred B. Street, Charles J. Peterson, George S. Burleigh, C. H. Wiley, Charles G. Leland, Rev. Thornss Brainerd, Rev. H. Hastings Weld, Miss E. Bogart, Miss K■ A. Starr, John H. Hopkins, T. S. Arthur,G. G. Foster, Mrs. Mary S. Whitakcr, R. H. Stoddard, Eugene Lies, Richard Grant White, Mrs. Ann S. Stephens, Miss Harriet Farley, Rev. S. I. Prime, D.D, Wm. D. Lewis, Mrs. E. H. Swift, Mrs. Emma C. Embury, Phebe and Alice Carey, Francis De II. Janvier, Mrs. Mary Hughs, Miss Maria J. B. Browne, Mrs. Sarah T. Bolton, Mrs. F. M. Brotherson, Miss Anne T. Wilbur, Mrs. J. L. Gray, Rev. George B. Cheever, DJj.
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