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Copyright, 1904,


Set up, electrotyped, and published January, 1904. Reprinted
April, October, 1904; January, 1905; January, October. 1906; January
1907; August, 1908; February, 1909; January, 1910; April, 1912;
February, 1913; January, 1916; September, 1917.



OUR aim in compiling this volume has been to present the largest possible amount of illustrative material for classes in rhetoric and English composition. In proportion as the secondary teaching of English becomes more adequate, the need of instructing freshmen in elementary rhetorical principles tends to disappear, and with it much of the importance of a text-book of rhetoric. Even where the text-book cannot be dispensed with altogether, the experienced teacher will wish to have it supplemented as much as possible by the reading and study of good models. Practically, as we have all found, this must be done by using a volume of illustrative material. But the available books of this sort are few. They contain comparatively little matter, and this matter consists mainly of short extracts, often illustrative only of one special form of composition. Our aim has been to present a rich store of material in complete essays, stories, chapters, or component parts of larger works, to provide illustration for all the main forms of composition, and to offer as little annotation and explanation as possible. The notes and questions at the end of the volume are merely suggestive, and though the book may be used by itself, it can also be

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made supplementary to any of the standard treatises on rhetoric. The selections are complete and unabridged in every case, except that of Hudson's Plains of Patagonia, where a short excursus was omitted. The texts are, so far as possible, based upon first or standard editions. Footnotes in brackets are those of the compilers. Foot-notes not in brackets are those of the original authors. To economize space we have, however, omitted authors' footnotes when they consisted merely of bibliographical references or similar unessential matter.

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Byzantium . - - - -

The Yosemite Valley . -

*Landor's Cottage - -
—T. Mark's . - - -
—S. The Plains of Patagonia -
The World's End - - -
-*Wee Willie Winkie . -
The Cask of Amontillado
Éthan Brand - - -
Markheim . - - - -
==Among the Corn-rows
The Lad in the Hemp-field.
The Miracle of the Peach Tree
A Dog and his Master
The Combat in the Desert . .
David and the Ark . .
Pendennis Falls in Love . -
A Voice from the Past -

An Impetuous Lover . - -
The Civil War . - - -
Braddock's Defeat - -

The Storming of the Bastille
-Queen Elizabeth .

National Characteristics as mould-

ing Public Opinion


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Sweetness and Light . Ornate Art . - Charles Lamb . ~12the Pathetic Fallacy . Knowledge viewed in Relation to Professional Skill. ``The American Scholar Where I Lived, and What I Lived for - - - . The Gettysburg Address Second Inaugural Address . . Civil Liberty . Nil Nisi Bonum . - - --The Hero as Poet - - Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist The Vision of Sudden Death An Apology for Idlers


Josiah Dwight Whitney
Thomas Henry Hualey -
John Tyndall - - -
James Bradstreet Greenough
and George Lyman Kittredge
Matthew Arnold .
Walter Bagehot . / . -
Walter Pater - - -

. John Ruskin - -

. John Henry Mewman .

A'alph Waldo Emerson

Henry David Thoreau. Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln

. John Stuart Mill .

William Makepeace Thackeray
Thomas Carlyle
Charles Lamb - -
Thomas De Quincey .
Robert Louis Stevenson

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