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PREFATORY NOTE TO THE SECOND EDITION.

Less than a year has passed since the publication of the “Short History of German Literature,” but the publishers feel called upon already to issue a new edition. The author desires to thank the public and the critics for the marks of favor shown to his book. The work has been improved in important ways. The text bas been carefully revised, and a full analytical index placed at the end. In an appendix, one or two errors are corrected, and the attempt made to defend some positions of the book which have been made the subject of sharp strict

The author feels grateful for assurances he has received that what he has written has stimulated readers to make a closer acquaintance with German literature, and hopes his chapters will have a still farther usefulness.

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St. Louis, November 15, 1879.

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