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THE

NATIONAL REVIEW.

Vol. XI.

JULY AND OCTOBER 1860.

LONDON:
CHAPMAN AND HALL, 193 PICCADILLY.

MDCCCLX.

LONDON: PRINTED PY RODSON, LEVEY, AND FRAXKLYN,

Grent New Street and Fetter Lane.

THE NATIONAL REVIEW.

CONTENTS OF No. XXI.—JULY 1860.

1.-EDMOND ABOUT . .

Ouvrages de M. About. Paris : Hachette, 1860.

La Nouvelle Carte d'Europe. Paris : Dentu, 1860.

II.—THE NATURAL HISTORY OF THE ANCIENTS . . 24

The History of Herodotus. A new English version, edited with

copious Notes and Appendices, illustrating the History and

Geography of Herodotus, from the most recent sources of in-

formation, and embodying the chief results, historical and

ethnographical, which have been obtained in the progress of

Cuneiform and Hieroglyphical discovery. By George Rawlin-

son, M.A., late Fellow and Tutor of Exeter College, Oxford ;

assisted by Col. Sir Henry Rawlinson, K.C.B., and Sir J. G.

Wilkinson, F.R.8. In 4 vols. Vol. IÍ. London: John Mur-

ray, 1858.

A History of the Literature of Ancient Greece. By K. O. Müller,

late Professor in the University of Göttingen ; continued, after

the Author's death, by John William Donaldson, D.D., Clas-

sical Examiner in the University of London, and late Fellow of

Trinity College, Cambridge. In 3 vols. London, 1858. Chap-

ter xl.': “Aristotle.”

Aristotelis Opera omnia quæ extant uno volumine comprehensa,

sejunctis quantum potuit ab genuinis suppositiciis, genuinis

autem rectius quam antehac factum ordinatis, præmissa intro-

ductione cum argumentorum conspectu, adjectoque rerum

indice. Edidit Carolus Hermannus Weise. Lips. 1843.

III.-Micheler's LIFE OF RICHELIEU .

Richelieu et la Fronde. Par M. J. Michelet. 8vo. Paris, 1859.

IV.—The Devils Of LỌUDUN . . . . . . 70

Histoire du Merveilleux dans les temps modernes. Par Louis

Figuier. 2 vols. Paris : Hachette, 1860.

V.-HORACE. . .

. . . . . 93

Horace's Odes, translated into English Verse, with a Life and

Notes, by Theodore Martin. London : J. W. Parker and Son,

1860.

VI.—WHAT IS THE HOUSE OF LORDS? .

. . 110

The Report of the Debate in the House of Lords on the Bill for

the Repeal of the Paper Duty, in the Times of Tuesday, May

22d, 1860.

VII.-WILLIAM CALDWELL Roscoe's POETRY . . . 131

Poems and Essays by the late William Caldwell Roscoe. With a

Prefatory Memoir. London: Chapman and Hall, 1860.

THE NATIONAL REVIEW.

JULY 1860.

ART. I.—EDMOND ABOUT.

244

Ouvrages de M. About. Paris : Hachette, 1860.

La Nouvelle Carte d' Europe. Paris : Dentu, 1860. M. ABOUT is one of the cleverest of living Frenchmen. Perhaps, in his own way, he has no rival. No one in this generation has come so near the sprightliness, the worldly shrewdness, and the drollery of Voltaire. There are many passages in his tales which, without giving any painful sense of direct imitation, are almost to be ranked with Candide and LIngénu. Like Voltaire, M. About charms us not by direct sallies of witty writing so much as by happy turns of language and a certain well-bred impertinence of style. Like Voltaire, he has the art of treating impossible and fantastic incidents as if they were probable, and of carrying us along with a narrative that we laugh at ourselves for admitting as credible. He has the genius of dramatic construction, which enables Frenchmen alone of all people in the world to make any number of good acting plays out of the most miserable materials. Like Voltaire, too, he is fond of applying his sense and his wit to the questions of the day, and of treating political problems with that suggestive lightness which sometimes seems to open veins of rich and available thought, and sometimes invests the most serious affairs of life with an atmosphere of mockery. Unlike Voltaire, however, he never trades on the public appetite for polished licentiousness, and his books are unsoiled with any thing like coarseness. The day is also past in France when Scripture characters were considered to have principally existed that they might provide food for a neat

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