National Geographic : 1901 Mar
A QUAINT CONCEIT. " NCE upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamt I was a butterfly fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of following my fancies as a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly I awaked, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man." This is only one of the multitude of captivating gems translated for the first time into any language, and cited in The History of Chinese Literature. By HERBERT A. GIlES, M. A., LL. D. (Aberd.), Professor of Chinese in the University of Cambridge. One vol., i2mo, 557 pp., index, cloth, $1.50. The tenth volume in the Literaturesof the World Series. "Few recent historiesof literatureare more pregnant with new and interestingmaterialthan this. There is nothing like it in any library,and one may say with assurance that there is not a dullpage in it." BOSTON TRANSCRIPT. THIRD EDITION. Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley. Edited by his son, LEONARD HUXLEY. In two volumes. Cloth, 8vo, illustrated, 549, 547 pp., index; $5.oo net. Voted by the readers of the London Academy the second best book of the year 19oo. One of the curious phenomena of the century just closed was the change in the attitude of the church toward the Doctrine of Evolution. When Darwin's " Origin of Species " first appeared it was assailed with a storm of obloquy. Thomas Henry Huxley, always devoted to the cause of truth, immediately girded himself for the defense of Darwinism, and acquired the name of " Darwin's Bull-dog." He called himself "Darwin's Sword." At the present time the Doctrine of Evolution is almost as firmly established in the scien tific, religious, and popular mind as the nebular hypothesis, and the universal press has acclaimed Huxley's Biography as one of the most important as it is one of the most enthralling books of the Nineteenth Century. E. L . G . (E. L. Godkin), in the Evening Post, calls it "one of the most instructive and brilliant of English lives." According to the New York Heraldit is "the most important addition made to biographical literature in this decade." "The work is rich in personal, literary, social, and scientific interests, while as a biography it is fascinating and valuable," says the New York Observer. D.APPLETON &CO., 72 Fifth Ave., New York.