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MEADVILLE PENNA
FLOOD AND VINCENT

Che Chautauqua-Century Press
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GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

MOROS GUTMAN LIORARY

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798.94.800.20 JULY 10, 1940

Copyright, 1894, 1898
By Flood & VINCENT

The Chautauqua-Century Press, Meadville, Pa., U. S. A.

Electrotyped, Printed, and Bound by Flood & Vincent.

PREFACE.

In so brief a history of so rich a literature, the problem is how to get room enough to give, not an adequate impression—that is impossible—but any impression at all of the subject. To do this I have crowded out everything but belles-lettres. Books in philosophy, history, science, etc., however important in the history of English thought, receive the merest incidental mention, or even no mention at all. Again, I have omitted the literature of the Anglo-Saxon period, which is written in a language nearly as hard for a modern Englishman to read as German is, or Dutch. Cædmon and Cynewulf are no more a part of English literature than Vergil and Horace are of Italian. I have also left out the vernacular literature of the Scotch before the time of Burns. Up to the date of the union Scotland was a separate kingdom, and its literature had a development independent of the English, though parallel with it.

In dividing the history into periods, I have followed, with some modifications, the divisions made by Mr. Stopford Brooke in his excellent little “Primer of English Literature.” A short reading course is appended to each chapter.

The brief selections in the appendix are, of course, not designed to give full-length illustrations of the authors chosen, but only a taste of their quality.

HENRY A. BEERS.

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