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BY THE SAME AUTHOR.

Uniform with this Volume.

Shakespeare Studied in Eight Plays.

Demy Svo, cloth, 16s. net. Opinions of tbe Press.

“Mr. Canning modestly says that the work is not intended for Shakespearian experts who have all the resources of ample research at their disposal. His object is simply to render the eight plays which he has selected more interesting and intelligible to general readers, and in this task he has, undoubtedly, succeeded.”-Standard.

“We cordially wish this book success."-Westminster Review.

“This valuable and interesting work. . . . Those for whom the book is specially intended will find it both entertaining and instructive.” -Belfast News Letter.

“The reader will find some beautiful writing in the peroration to the section on A Midsummer Night's Dream.'"-Belfast Northern Whig.

“ It is written in a very readable style, and displays the author's sound judgment and thorough knowledge of human nature. Those who wish to gain a general insight into any of these eight plays cannot do better than take Mr. Canning as their guide."--Church T'imes.

“Mr. Canning's style is of the unaffected kind that will appeal to every reader, and evidences of his wide reading and careful study abound.”-Aberdeen Free Press.

“These eight studies are, without doubt, a most valuable contri. bution to the general appreciation of the world's greatest dramatist.” Whitehall Review.

“We can imagine no more instructive book for the young student of our greatest literary marvel."-Reynolds's Newspaper,

LONDON : T. FISHER UNWIN.

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“Then, too, appeared the first faint dawn of that noble
literature the most splendid and the most durable of the
many glories of England."

MACAULAY'S “ History of England.”

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PREFATORY NOTE

THE

HE influence of public speakers is perhaps more

apparent than that of poets, historians, and novelists. Yet these latter are shown by recent experience, especially in Britain, to have greater influence in legislation and on public opinion than is usually believed. In this republished and revised volume I endeavour to trace the influence of literature in British history, with the hope that the book may be of use to readers not familiar with larger works on the subject.

A. S. G. CANNING. LONDON, 1904.

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