KUNST EN LETTEREN.
Het bekende Engelsche letterkundige weekblad the Saturday Review laat zich zeer ongunstig uit over Noodlot van den beer Couperus, waarvan een goede vertaling is uitgegeven te Londen onder den dwazen titel vau Footsteps of Fate. Het blad zegt: i/Among the other wonders with knowledge of which it is proposed to dower the British public through te medium of i/Heinemann's International Library" is the existence in Holland of the wSensitivist" school of poets and novelists. Sensitivism is described by Mr. Gosse as wa development of impressionism, grafted upon naturalism." It i», apparently, better than eithcr, because it doe» not i/give way" to «the vagaries of impressionism or to the brutality of more realism". Mr. Louis Couperus is presentod to vs as a typical Bensitivist, and this is hmv he describes the appearance of one of his heroes after the other had killed hini by punching his hcad : — //One cye was a shapeless mass, half pulp and jelly; the other stared out of the oval socket likc a large, dull, melancholy opal". We prosume that the account of the shapeless cye avoids the vagaries of impressicnism, and that of the opal eyo the brutality of naturalism A more morbid, an uglier, or a sillier story we have not read for a long time".