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fra-eminently distinguished the nineteenth century. It would be easy to cnlarge upon this point if space permitted; but a little reflection will convince the intelligent reader that the literature of a nation is its true history : it is spontaneous and unprejudiced, while formal historical narratives are invariably colored by prejudice, personal, political, or theological. If Hume's and Macaulay's and Froude’s Histories were suddenly destroyed, the surviving general literature of England would afford ample materials for their reconstruction.

American Literature has a liberal representation in THE LITERARY READER, which presents one feature that may be said to be unique; that is, its recognition of distinctively scientific writers as contributors to letters. In its early days science was dry and almost repellent to all save its favored students; but its modern exponents have not failed to see the importance of introducing it in an attractive guise, and the writings of Agassiz, Tyndall, Gray, Dana, Maury, Huxley, and others abound in passages of marked beauty even when judged according to the standards of pure literature. This feature of the work seems to mark not only a due acknowledgment of the growing love for scientific study in this country, but also a welcome addition to the treasures of literature.

While this work is primarily intended for the use of schools, as a textbook by the use of which the learner may acquire, simultaneously, proficiency in reading, and no inconsiderable familiarity with what may be called the headlands of English literature, it will, it is believed, also be found serviceable by the general reader. One who desires to acquaint himself with the best literary products of the Anglo-Saxon intellect will find in these pages a convenient and agreeable introduction to them. Indeed, the book may fitly be described as a collection of samples which set forth the peculiar qualities of the chief literary fabrics of England and America, made during nearly three hundred years.

The compiler acknowledges, with pleasure, his obligations to Messi's. James R. Osgood & Co., Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons, Messrs. D. Appleton & Co., and others, for their courtesy in permitting the use of selections from their copyright editions of American writers.

G. R. C.

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RELIEF OF LEYDEN
RETURN OF COLUMBUS.
REVOLUTION
ROME
ROME AND ST. PETER'S
RUTH
SAGACITY OF THE SPIDER.
SCIENCE OF GOVERNMENT
SCIENTIFIC EDUCATION.
SEA, THE
SEVEN AGES OF MAN.
SEVEN TIMES ONE.
SEVERED FRIENDSHIP
SHADED WATER, THE
SHIP OF STATE, THE
SHIPWRECK, THE
SLEEP.
SOLITARY REAPER, THE.
SPRING
STORMING THE TEMPLE OF MEXICO
STUDY OF LANGUAGE.
SURRENDER OF GRENADA.
THANATOPSIS .
THE MAJOR'S ADVICE TO HIS NEPIIEW
TO A WATERFOWL . .
TOMB OF ROBERT BRUCE
TYRANNY OF MISS ASPHYXIA
UNDER THE VIOLETS.
VALLEY AND CITY OF MEXICO
WASHINGTON, EULOGIUM ON
WATER
WELLINGTON, EULOGIUM ON
WINNING OF JULIET.
WINTER
WIT AND WISDOM
WOLSEY ON THE VICISSITUDES OF LIFE.
WORLDLY PICTURE, A
WRECK OF THE HESPERUS
YUSSOUF.

MOTLEY
PRESCOTT
LYTTON
BYRON.
BAYARD TAYLOR
WORDSWORTH
GOLDSMITH
SYDNEY SMITH
HUXLEY
EMERSON
SHAKESPEARE
JEAN INGELOW
COLERIDGE
SIMMS
LONGFELLOW.
BYRON.
MRS. BROWNING
WORDSWORTH
TIMROD
PRESCOTT.
MRS. LE VERT
LYTTON
BRYANT
THACKERAY
BRYANT
SCOTT
MRS. STOWE
HOLMES
PRESCOTT
WEBSTER
RUSKIN
DISRAELI
SHAKESPEARE
WUITTIER
SYDNEY SMITH
SHAKESPEARE
GEORGE ELIOT
LONGFELLOW.
LOWELL

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VOCABULARY.
DICTIONARY OF AUTHORS

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