Another article of unusual interest is an essay on Richard III. by the late James Russell Lowell, which is but another evidence of the great loss American letters sustained in Mr. Lowell's death. This essay, it will be remembered, was read some years ago at Chicago, but has never before been printed. It is written in Mr. Lowell's incomparable style and is unusually valuable for the student of Shakspere.
Another interesting paper is one on "Joseph Severn and his Correspondents." The correspondents are Richard Westmacott, the painter, George Richmond, the painter, and others; but the most interesting letter of the series is from John Ruskin, giving his first impressions of Venice. One quotation is characteristic and not without truth: "I saw," says Mr. Ruskin, "what the world is coming to. We shall put it into a chain armor of railroad, and then everybody will go everywhere every day, until every place is like every other place; and then when they are tired of changing stations and police they will congregate in knots in great cities, which will consist of club-houses, coffee-houses and newspaper offices; the churches will be turned into assembly rooms; and people will eat, sleep and gamble to their graves."
In "Recent Dante Literature," there is an excellent criticism of Professor Norton's translation of the Inferno.