THE books of Mrs. Gaskell are not so much road now as they used to be, but a generation ago her name ranked with those of the high priests of fiction—Dickens and Thackeray, and Trollope and Charles Reade. There has been a revival of interest in her recently, and ' Cranford,' in particular, is coming into its own again as a classic description of life in an English country town in the middle of last century. It was first published in 1853.
NEARLY as many contributors, as -much organization and cutting and rearranging and editing, go to the making of a modern revue as of a modern newspaper. Captain Eliot knows all about the process, for lie has been concerned in the production of several of the most successful revues of recent years, and in this talk he will describe all that goes on behind the scenes before at last the curtain is rung up.
TRACING lines of descent in species and in -*- individuals is a complex matter. In this talk Professor Swinnerton will disentangle some of the threads of change in single features, showing how the difference between one line of descent and another lies in the rate of change of individual parts.
Composed and accompanied by Sir FREDERIC COWEN
Sung By DORA LABBETTE
THE songs that are being sung tonight mark the reappearance as a composer of Sir Frederic Cowen, after a silence of some years. They have just been published in book form, and in his preface to the book the composer explains that he has 'endeavoured to be as tuneful and simple as possible, and to find little melodies that might make a direct appeal to young people,' and for that reason he has eschewed 'the prevalent modern style, with its often strange harmonies and progressions.' The twelve songs, some of which Miss Dora Labbette will sing tonight, are all the work of verse contributors to Punch.
MUNRO and MILLS (Duets on Two Pianos)
FLORENCE OLDHAM (Syncopated Songs)
MARIE DAINTON (Impersonations)
CYRIL SHIELDS (Conjurer)
SANDY ROWAN (Scotch Comedian)
8.0-8.30 Mr. G.E. WILKINSON: 'Adventure in Literature â V, Some Literary Travellers.'
S.B. from Leeds
Every publisher's list nowadays is heavily burdened with travel-books, and it seems to be becoming impossible for anyone to take a holiday, even in such accessible places as France and Spain, without celebrating the occasion with a book. But the literature of travel does include some really notable books, and in this talk Mr. Wilkinson will describe some of the master-pieces of the nineteenth century in this sphere.
COVENT GARDEN has staged alt sorts of showsiu i.s time, and now th ' dance seasons have become a feature of the Covent Garden year. The great dance floor runs sheer from the boxes, over the buried stalls, to the back of the stage, and one can realise the enormous size of that stage when one dances up it, and finds it seems as deep as the front of the house. They are very jolly occasions, these popular dance nights, and the crowd enjoys itself more obviously, if not more sincerely, than the opera crowds do. One of the prime reasons for their enjoyment is, of course, Herman Darew ski's exhilarating band, which listeners will hear for themselves in the broadcast to-night.
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