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Hachette's french Classics.

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A. C. CLAPIN, M.A.
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND BACHELIER-ÈS-LETTRES OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF FRANCE, ASSISTANT MASTER AT SHERBORNE SCHOOL.

HACHETTE'S FRENCH CLASSICS,

AND

“ CHEFS-D'EUVRE DU THÉATRE FRANÇAIS.” UNDER the above title Messrs. Hachette issue a series of the best Frenob plays, belonging to the classical and also to the modern or romantique schools. Each dramatic work is carefully annotated, and preceded by a critical and biographical introduction. The list will ultimately include not only the acknowledged master-pieces of Molière, Corneille, and Racine, but choice specimens from the writings of Beaumarchais, Piron, Regnard, Voltaire, Marivaux, &c., &c. The volumes will be edited by some of the most eminent French

Masters in this country.
Price per Volume, 6d. ; in cloth, la.

SERIES I.

BRUEYS. L'AVOCAT PATELIN. Edited by GUSTAVE Masson, B.A., of Harrow

The appendix to_this volume contains several long extracts from the mediæval “ Farce de Maistre Pathelin,” and will thus prove useful to the students of old French literature.

CORNEILLE. LE CID. By JULES BUÉ, M.A., of Oxford. CINNA. By HENRY TARVER, of Eton. HORACE. By the Rev. P. H. E. BRETTE, B.D., of Christ's Hospital. POLYEUCTE. By GUSTAVE Masson, B.A., of Harrow, LE MENTEUR. By B. Buisson, M.A., Charterhouse. LA SUITE DU MENTEUR. By A. Dupuis, B.A., King's College School.

MOLIERE. L'AVARE. By GUSTAVE Masson, B.A., of Harrow. LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME. By FRANCIS TARVER, M.A., ot

Eton, LES FEMMES SAVANTES. By A. Roche, Director of the “Educa.

tional Institute” in London. LES FOURBERIES DE SCAPIN. By H. J. V. DE CANDOLE, M.A.

Ph.D., of Clifton College. LE MALADE IMAGINAIRE. By A. E. Ragon, City of London

College.
LE MEDĚCIN MALGRE LUI. By H. LALLEMAND, B.-ès-Sc., of Owens'

College, Manchester.
LE MISANTHROPE. By the Rev. P. H. E. BRETTE, B.D.
LES PRECIEUSES RIDICULES. By A. Dupuis, B.A.
TARTUFFE. By JULES BUÉ, M.A., of Oxford.

MUSSET, ALFRED DE.
UN NE SAURAIT PENSER A TOUT. By GUSTAVE Masson, B.A. of

Harrow. IL FAUT QU'UNE PORTE SOIT OUVERTE OU FERMÉE. By

GUSTAVE MASSON, B.A., of Farrow.

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CLAPIN, M.A.
BT. JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND BACHELIER-ÈS-LETTRES OF THE

UNIVERSITY OF FRANCE, ASSISTANT MASTER AT SHERBORNE SCHOOL.

LIBRAIRIE HACHETTE & CIE.

LONDON: 18, KING WILLIAM STREET, CHARING CROSS.

PARIS : 79, BOULEVARD SAINT-GERMAIN.

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BOILEAU.

THE veneration with which modern literary critics still regard Boileau is due to the great work he accomplished in purifying the taste of his age, more than to the originality of his poetic fancy.

• He is,” says Besant,* “ like some old idol, to whom, though younger gods have come and gone, the people yet do reverence by habit.” The task he undertook was truly gigantic ; he found literature wild and unregulated, running in a foul and fetid stream; he had to substitute good taste for bad, proportion for disproportion, harmony for cacophony; and he did this work with a thoroughness that left nothing to desire. The luxurious lawlessness which made the pre-Boileau literature a wild field, grown over with weeds, and encumbered with filth, was effectually and completely checked. And for a hundred years the literary influence of Boileau kept French poetry within his limits, narrow but wholesome of form,

* Walter Besant's French Humourists.

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