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Classical and historical allusions, so common among the test writers, have in all cases been explained; and if the authors have not been deceived, every aid has been given in the notes, that the reader may readily comprehend the meaning of the writer. This has been done in a manner more full and satisfactory than they have seen in any other collection, and in every instance at the bottom of the page where the difficulty occurs, so that the reader may not be subjected to the trouble of turning to an index, or consulting a dictionary,--a work which, in general, if done at all, is done with extreme reluctance, even by advanced pupils.
In order that the student may still more thoroughly understand what he reads, and for the convenience of that large class of readers who have not leisure to peruse voluminous menoirs of distinguished men, and yet would be unwilling to forego all knowledge of them, we have introduced concise Biographical Sketches of authors from whose works extracts have been selected, and of persons whose names occur in the Reading Exercises. These sketches, presenting a clear and distinct outline of the life, and producing a clear and distinct impression of the character, furnish an amount of useful and available information rarely surpassed by memoirs of greater extent and pretension. Lists of the names of authors, both alphabetical and chronological, have also been introduced, thus rendering this a convenient text-hook for students in English and American Literature.
1. The Stream of Life-Heber. II. Life compared to a River
- Dary. III. Ideal Character of Lite-R. II. Dana.
Blessings of Religious Faith-Davy.
I. Our Common Schools-- Everett. II. What Youth shoubi
Learn--Hare. III. What Youth should be Taught--
- Dickens. VI. Air and Exercise-London Quarterly Re-
.H. B. Wallace. 553
.U. B. Wallace. 595
II. PIECES IN VERSE.
I. The Beauties of Nature, Beatlie. II. Beauty-Gay. III.
The Poet-Shakspeare. IV. Flowers-lluni. V. Summer
Wind-Bryant. VI. The Last Rose of Summer-- Voore.