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works. Finally, each chapter concludes with a concise summary of the period under consideration, a list of selections for reading and a bibliography of works that will be found most useful in acquiring a larger knowledge of the subject.
In its general plan this little volume is modeled on the author's more advanced English Literature; but the material, the point of view, the presentation of individual writers, - all the details of the work are entirely new. Such a book is like a second journey through ample and beautiful regions filled with historic associations, a journey that one undertakes with new companions, with renewed pleasure and, it is to be hoped, with increased wisdom. It is hardly necessary to add that our subject has still its unvoiced charms, that it cannot be exhausted or even adequately presented in any number of histories. For literature deals with life; and life, with its endlessly surprising variety in unity, has happily some suggestion of infinity.
Since the prime purpose of any text of literature is to introduce men and women who have a message worth hearing, the greater part of this new edition is given to selections from the work of representative British authors, including those of the present day. These selections have been gathered together with a double motive, — to let each author speak for himself, however briefly, and to encourage the student to form his own judgment, independent of historians or critics. The result should be not only to inspire us to seek a better acquaintance with our elder writers but also to enable us to choose from among the many of our own day the few who by appealing to our particular taste or humor can best minister to our pleasure in reading.
WILLIAM J. LONG STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT
the Language. The Norman Conquest. Typical Norman Literature.
Specimens of the Language. History of the Period. Geoffrey Chaucer.
Influence. Outburst of Lyric Poetry. Lyrics of Love. Music and Poetry.
Masques. Popular Comedies. Classical and English Drama. Prede-
THE PURITAN AGE AND THE RESTORA-
Historical Outline. Three Typical Writers. Milton. Bunyan. Dry-
History of the Period. Eighteenth-Century Classicism. The Meaning
Defoe. Richardson. Fielding. Influence of the Early Novelists. Sum-
Historical Outline. The French Revolution and English Literature.
Historical Outline. The Victorian Poets. Tennyson. Browning.
The Greater Victorian Novelists. Dickens. Thackeray. George
Victorian Essayists and Historians. Typical Writers. Macaulay.