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V I the few, perhaps the only, self-sustaining, specialized scholarly journals. In order to do this, we must raise our annual subscription rates as follows: Subscription Retes: 1967 Domestic (U. S., Hawaii, Alaska) Current volume 2.50 Single copies, back issues .75 Foreign (including Canada) Current volume 3.00 Single copies, back issues 1.00 4. Future ELTs. In the next number we shall probably publish Glenn Burne's bibliography of annotated writings about Havelock Ellis and such notes and articles as space will permit; the third number will contain Charles Sander's bibliography of annotated writings on Mary Webb and, space permitting, Charles Hoffman's article on Ford Madox Ford. Forthcoming as space allows: articles on Shaw's novels, Mary Webb's THE GOLDEN ARROW, Kipling's THE LIGHT THAT FAILED, Edmund Gosse's FATHER AND SON, and Mal lock's THE NEW REPUBLIC; bibliographies of annotated writings about John Buchan, Arthur Machen, Edmund Gosse, Hugh Walpole, Mary Duclaux, Joseph Conrad, and others now in various stages of completion. ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. James Hepburn continues his work on Arnold Bennett in England, the first volume of his edition of Bennett's letters being scheduled for publication in England (Oxford U P) in September, 1966, and at about the same date In America. The second volume is tentatively expected to appear about a year later. 2. We have been in correspondence with Ian Fletcher (University of Reading), who is spending the year as Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland. 3. We have been informed that Dudley Barker, whose book on John Galsworthy appeared in I963. is now engaged on a critical biography of Arnold Bennett, which may be published this year by Allen and Unwin in England and by Athenaeum in America. 4. We have just heard from J. 0. Bailey that he is in England working on a book on Thomas Hardy. His edition of some nineteenth-century plays is forthcoming in the near future. Vl ι W. Somerset Maugham 1874-1965 Much of his life Maugham protested too much when he was charged with being an admirable artist and insisted that he was content to be a craftsman, often with the qualification "merely." After a long life and massive productivity in most of the literary genres, Mr. Maugham can no longer protest, for last December, at 91, he died. His THE SUMMING UP, THE VAGRANT MOOD, TEN NOVELS AND THEIR AUTHORS, and various prefaces are a goldmine of comments on the writer's craft; his large corpus of short stories contains at least half dozen brilliant performances and many more that are unquestionably memorable; among his plays are at least two or three that will continue to be outstanding examples of the drama of his time; among his novels, at least OF HUMAN BONDAGE will continue to hold a lasting place in the history of the modern novel and perhaps another one or two may yet be rediscovered by serious critics once the odium of popularity has worn off. As a beginning for the serious reconsideration Mr. Maugham has long deserved, Charles Sanders (University of Illinois) has agreed to take charge of the preparation of an annotated bibliography of writings about W. Somerset Maugham for publication in ELT. Perhaps this will be a small step toward setting straight the record of minor-key criticism which Mr. Maugham himself so assiduously encouraged» ...


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