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THE LITERARY MEN

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BY

ABRAHAM MILLS, A.M.,

AUTHOR 07 LECTURES OK RHETORIC AND BELLES LETTRES, ETC. ETC. ETC.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOLUME THE FIRST.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

Nos. 329 AND 331 PEARL STREET,

FRANKLIN SQUARE.

1850,

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District ©f New York.

HON. THEODORE FRELINGHUYSEN,

LATE
OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK,

PEESIDENT OF EUTGEE'S COLLEGE,

NEW JERSEY,

THESE VOLUMES

ARE, AS A MARK OF GREAT RESPECT,
INSCRIBED,

BY THE AUTHOR.

PREFACE.

More than twenty years ago the author of this work was invited to deliver, professionally, a Course of Lectures on English Literature. The lectures then prepared, with such additions and corrections as successive years of investigation and study naturally suggested, have since been annually repeated. In preparing them for the press the author has availed himself of every assistance that other publications on kindred subjects afford. In investigating the literature of the Saxons he has derived much assistance from Wright's Anglo-Saxon Period of British Literature, and Thorp's Edition of Coedmon; and in the period that immediately follows the Saxon, Ellis's Metrical Romances, and Wright's Lyric Poetry and Political Songs of the Reign of Edward I. have been of equal service. To Godwin's Life of Chaucer he also acknowledges himself particularly indebted.

After the age of Chaucer the exposition of English Literature is so full, and the expositors are so numerous, that in the selection of authorities, both judgment and discretion were required. The works to which the author is here most indebted, are Warton's History of English Poetry, Percy's Reliques of English Poetry, Hazlitt's Lectures on the Age of Elizabeth, the Lectures of Dr. Drake, Balds Account of the Lives of Eminent Writers of Great Britain, Burnetts Specimens of English Prose Writers, Hallam's Literature of the Fifteenth, Sixteenth,andSeventeenth Centuries, and Chambers' Cyclopaedia, of English Literature; from the last of which a number of the illustrations and minor criticisms were taken. He has also made liberal use of various articles in the Edinburgh and other Reviews, and has, as occasion required, freely consulted the Biographia Britannica,

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