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F. V. N. PAINTER, A.N., D.D.
PROFESSOR OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE IN ROANOKE COLLEGE,
AUTHOR OF A HISTORY OF EDUCATION, INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN
LITERATURE, HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, POETS OF THE

South, GUIDE TO LITERARY CRITICISM, ETC., Etc.

REVISED AND ENLARGED

BENJ. H. SANBORN & CO.

CHICAGO

NEW YORK

BOSTON

ABM

PR 85
.PIG

COPYRIGHT, 1894,

BY LEACH, SHEWELL & SANBORN.

COPYRIGHT, 1906,
& SIBLEY COMPANY.

Norwood Press :
Berwick & Smith Co., Norwuod. Mass., U.S.A

6-30-33

9/2/24

PREFACE.

ers.

After twelve years, during which the present work has won and maintained an honorable place in the schools of our country, the author and publishers have thought a thorough revision desirable. It will be found on examination that important changes and, it is hoped, notable improvements have been made. No effort has been spared to keep the work fully abreast with the rapid educational development of our day.

The general plan of the original work, which has been too cordially approved to justify a change, has been substantially retained. While in the revision the matter introductory to each period has been somewhat extended, it will be seen that the chief emphasis is still laid on the great representative writ

In addition to the considerable fulness of biographical and critical detail with which they have been treated, characteristic selections, with explanatory notes, are again introduced. In this way the student is supplied with a convenient means, not only of learning about literature, but of studying it himself.

In this connection, attention may be called to a few alterations that have been made. The use of paragraph titles will be welcomed, it is believed, both by teacher and student. In a few cases the former selections have been replaced by better ones, and all the illustrative pieces, with the explanatory notes, as in the author's “Introduction to American Literature,” have been transferred to a separate second part. Several important authors of the nineteenth century — De Quincey, Macaulay, Browning, and Carlyle — have been added for special study. It is hoped that these changes and additions will be regarded as increasing the value of the book.

The vast extent of the field of English literature, as stated in the former preface, makes it a difficult subject to teach.

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