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This compilation has been made for the purpose of supplying what has long been a great need, namely, a Reader and Speaker suited to the requirements of advanced classes in colleges, post-graduate schools, and elsewhere.
Particular care has been exercised to furnish selections which will serve to develop the student's powers of expression as well as to present pieces of intrinsic literary merit. Nothing has been admitted, therefore, because it was the work of a great author, nor has anything been taken to increase the size of the volume; the difficulty has been rather to know what to exclude in order that the book might not be too large for convenient use.
Every selection has been fully tried in the class-room, and is of known value.
As many find it difficult to express certain feelings, emotions, and passions, or to successfully present particular lines of thought, especial attention has been given in making selections that will be of direct assistance in this regard. This, it is believed, will be found to be a distinctive feature of this book, and that it will greatly assist the large majority of readers out of the dull monotony of common speech to that which is more expres4.42350