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LONGMANS' ENGLISH CLASSICS

EDITED BY

GEORGE RICE CARPENTER, A.B.

LATE PROFESSOR OF RHETORIO AND ENGLISH COMPOSITION

IN COLUMBIA COLLEGE

THOMAS CARLYLE

ESSAY ON BURNS

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Copyright, 1896,

BY
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

COPYRIGHT, 1915,

BY
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

FIRST EDITION, SEPTEMBER, 1896
REPRINTED, AUGUST AND NOVEMBER, 1897

JULY AND NOVEMBER, 1898
MAY, 1899, JUNE, 1900, AUGUST, 1902

JULY, 1903, and OCTOBER, 1903
NOVEMER, 1904, AUGUST, 1908, JUNE, 1909

May, 1915, MAY, 1916

PREFACE

This edition has been prepared with a view to careful study, as it is evident that a book thus prepared will serve equally well for more cursory reading. The concluding portion of Carlyle's lecture on “The Hero as Man of Letters "—the fifth in the course on “ Heroes and Hero Worship,” delivered in London, in 1840—is appended as affording an interesting comparison with the earlier and more elaborate essay on the same subject. As this passage is intended, however, only for supplementary reading, and not for study, it has not been annotated. In the “ Essay on Burns" Carlyle makes many quotations from various

As it is difficult, if not impossible, to trace many of these quotations, and as a knowledge of their origin is of no value whatever as an aid to the understanding of the essay, no attempt has been made to treat them fully in the notes.

The thought of the editor throughout has been that the primary aim in the study of this essay should be to introduce the student to Carlyle and his works; but it has also been borne constantly in mind that this study will fall far short of its purpose if it fails to awaken also an interest in the life and songs of Robert Burns.

W. F.

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