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A COMPLETE LITERARY HANDBOOK AND
R. D. BLACKMAN
EDINBURGH: JOHN GRANT
31 GEORGE IV. BRIDGE
In issuing the present volume, the publishers have had in view, as in their previous work, what they believed to be the needs of a considerable and increasingly important portion of the public. The existing facilities for acquiring the rudiments of English education are far in advance of those which were within the reach of former generations; and it may be safely assumed that a relatively greater proportion of persons now desire to establish upon that foundation a power of expressing themselves in their native language with clearness and propriety. In many cases, indeed, there no doubt exists with them a natural wish to be able to give to the world, in an acceptable form, thoughts that seem to be valuable. This work will, it is confidently believed, materially assist them in their endeavours.
The present volume sets forth and illustrates all the rules which should be observed by the young Author. These, if diligently practised, will enable any one of ordinary intelligence to acquire for himself a clear and forcible style.
By way of introduction and as a stimulus to the attention of the Student, a comparison is instituted between the opportunities and status of writers in