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PUBLISHERS' NOTE.

In 1853, the late G. P. Putnam published, under the title of Homes of American Authors, a collection of papers which had been written for this work by a group of the younger writers of the day, and which were devoted to studies and descriptions of the homes and of the work of certain representative American authors of the time. The plan of the series originated, we understand, with the publisher, while it is probable that its editorial direction rested either with Henry T. Tuckerman or Charles F. Briggs (“Harry Franco"), who was at the time editor of Putnam's Monthly. Among the contributors were several writers whose work has since made for itself a place in the enduring literature of the century. Of these contributors (a list of whom will be found on the preceding page) but two, Parke Godwin and Edward Everett Hale, are still (December, 1895) surviving.

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The successors of G. P. Putnam have thought that the generation which has grown up since the first publication of this book would be interested in reading these literary studies of half a century back. It has, therefore, been decided to reprint the papers as the second group of the series of Little Journeys, the publication of which has been initiated with the twelve papers of Mr. Elbert Hubbard issued in 1895.

These papers of 1853 are printed as originally written for Mr. Putnam's volume, and as a matter of justice to authors who, like Mr. Curtis and Mr. Godwin, have since written more comprehensively on the same subjects, the date of the original publication has in each case been specified. There is a certain literary interest in having again before us the point of view of these writers of 1853, even although in certain cases their final conclusions may have been somewhat modified, or their maturer literary judgment may have arrived at some different form of literary expression.

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ILLUSTRATIONS

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PORTRAIT OF WASHINGTON IRVING

Frontispiece
Steel-plate from the original drawing by

Vanderlyn. Paris, 1805.
HOME OF EMERSON, CONCORD,

MASS. .
From an engraving from a drawing by
W. R. Miller

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FACSIMILE OF MANUSCRIPT OF EM

ERSON'S “METHOD OF NATURE' PORTRAIT OF W. C. BRYANT

From an original photograph.

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HOME OF BRYANT, ROSLYN, LONG

ISLAND, N. Y. .
From an engraving from a drawing by W.
R. Miller.

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PORTRAIT OF W. H. PRESCOTT .

From a steel engraving.
HOME OF PRESCOTT, PEPPERELL,

MASS, .

From an original sketch.
HOME OF LOWELL, CAMBRIDGE,

MASS. .
From an original photograph.

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