The correspondence between John Sterling and Ralph Waldo Emerson has just been published by Houghton, Miffilin and Company, together with a sketch of Sterling's life by Edward Waldo Emerson. Though Sterling and Emerson never saw each other, there was a warm friendship between them,- a friendship of letters it might be called. A likeness in what they wrote, as in the events of their lives, seemed to make them fitted for one another. Emerson had already been attracted by the other's work when he received a letter from Carlyle, telling of Sterling's admiration for him. Emerson therewith sent some of his essays to Sterling and there followed a correspondence, which lasted for five years until Sterling's death in 1844.
This correspondence, now published for the first time, is not only interesting as showing the growth of this peculiar friendship, perhaps affection, between two literary men, but is an addition of some value to the writings of Emerson. Many of these letters with their views upon life are veritable essays and they are written in a literary style.
The following books have also been received and will be reviewed in turn:
"Hell fer Sartin," by John Fox, Jr., (Harper and Brothers).
"The Occasional Address," by Lorenzo Sears. (G. P. Putnam's Sons).