Scribner's Magazine for November is of particular interest to Harvard students, for, aside from the general articles of the number which are of the usual order of excellence, there are two contributions by Harvard men - one in prose, the other in verse.
In the delightful reminiscence of "Mr. Lowell as a Teacher," by one of the class of '77, we fancy we can distinguish the touch of a prominent member of the English Department. It is a simple but graphic account of the author's relations with Mr. Lowell in 1876 and 1877 when he had the fortune to be his pupil. He tells of his first impressions of Mr. Lowell, his peculiar manner of conducting his courses, the influence of his wonderful personality upon all the men with whom he came in contact, the charm of his evening receptions, - or rather "smoke-talks" at Elmwood, and the human friendliness which characterized all of his relations with undergraduates. The reminiscence has a simplicity about it which renders it thoroughly enjoyable.
"Dolorosa," by William Vaughn Moody '93, marks, we believe, its author's first appearance in the extra-collegiate magazine field. It is, on the whole, the strongest piece of poetical work which Mr. Moody has published and is happily free from the vagueness with which certain of his former poems have been dashed. While there are touches here and there which remind one of Browning, the conception of the poem as a whole shows a thoughtful originality, the simile of the martyr being particularly felicitious. The diction of the poem is admirable throughout and the mere metrical work is flawless.