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"You are to be congratulated upon the excellence of the series of ENGLISH CLASSICS which you are now publishing, if I may judge of it by the three numbers I have examined. Of these, the intro ductions, the suggestions to teachers, the chronological tables, and the notes are most admirable in design and execution. The editor-in-chief and his associates have rendered a distinct service to secondary schools, and the publishers have done superior mechanical work in the issue of this series."-CHARLES C. RAMSAY, Principal of Durfee High School, Fall River, Mass.

"With the two (volumes) I have already acknowledged and these four, I find myself increasingly pleased as I examine. As a series the books have two strong points: there is a unity of method in editing that I have seen in no other series; the books are freer from objections in regard to the amount and kind of editing than any other series I know."

-BYRON GROCE, Master in English, Boston Latin School.

“I am your debtor for two specimens of your series of ENGLISH CLASSICS, designed for secondary schools in preparation for entrance examinations to college. With their clear type, good paper, sober and attractive binding-good enough for any library shelves—with their introductions, suggestions to teachers, and notes at the bottom of the pages, I do not see how much more could be desired."

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-Prof. D. L. MAULSBY, Tufts College.

Admirably adapted to accomplish what you intend to interest young persons in thoughtful reading of noble literature. The help given seems just what is needed; its generosity is not of the sort to make the young student unable to help himself. I am greatly pleased with the plan and with its execution."-Prof. C. B. BRADLEY, University of California; Member of English Conference of the National Committee of Ten.

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"Let me thank you for four more volumes of your excellent series of ENGLISH CLASSICS. As specimens of book-making they are among the most attractive books I have ever seen for school use; and the careful editing supplies just enough information to stimulate a young reader. I hope that the series may soon be completed and be widely used."-Prof. W. E. MEAD, Wesleyan University.

"The series is admirably planned, the 'Suggestions to Teachers' being a peculiarly valuable feature. I welcome all books looking toward better English teaching in the secondary schools.'

—Prof. KATHErine Lee BatES, Wellesley College.

"They are thoroughly edited and attractively presented, and cannot fail to be welcome when used for the college entrance requirements in English."-Prof. CHARLES F. RICHARDSON, Dartmouth College.


"I feel bound to say that, if the series of ENGLISH CLASSICS is carried out after the plan of this initial volume, it will contribute much toward making the study of literature a pure delight.”

-Prof. A. G. NEWCOMER, Leland Stanford Jr. University.

"I have looked through the first volume of your ENGLISH CLASSICS, Irving's 'Tales of a Traveller,' and do not see how literature could be made more attractive to the secondary schools.”—Prof. Edward A. ALLEN, University of Missouri; Member of the English Conference of the National Committee of Ten.

"I have received your Irving's 'Tales of a Traveller' and examined it with much pleasure. The helpful suggestions to teachers, the judicious notes, the careful editing, and the substantial binding make it the most desirable volume for class use on the subject, that has come to my notice."-EDWIN CORNELL, Principal of Central Valley Union School, N. Y.


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This book is really attractive and inviting. The introduction, particularly the suggestions to pupils and teachers, is a piece of real helpfulness and wisdom."

-D. E. BOWMAN, Principal of High School, Waterville, Me. "The edition of 'Silas Marner' recently sent out by you leaves nothing undone. I find the book handsome, the notes sensible and clear. I'm glad to see a book so well adapted to High School needs, and I shall recommend it, without reserve, as a safe and clean book to put before our pupils."

-JAMES W. MCLANE, Central High School, Cleveland, O.


"Scott's' Woodstock,' edited by Professor Bliss Perry, deepens the impression made by the earlier numbers that this series, LONGMANS' ENGLISH CLASSICS, is one of unusual excellence in the editing, and will prove a valuable auxiliary in the reform of English teaching now generally in progress. We have, in addition to the unabridged text of the novel, a careful editorial introduction; the author's introduction, preface and notes; a reprint of 'The Just Devil of Woodstock'; and such foot-notes as the student will need as he turns from page to page. Besides all this apparatus, many of the chapters have appended a few suggestive hints for character-study, collateral reading and discussions of the art of fiction. All this matter is so skillfully distributed that it does not weigh upon the conscience, and is not likely to make the

student forget that pleasure it affords.

he is, after all, reading a novel chiefly for the The entire aim of this volume and its companions is literary rather than historical or linguistic, and in this fact their chief value is to be found." —The Dial.

"I heartily approve of the manner in which the editor's work has been done. This book, if properly used by the teacher and supplemented by the work so clearly suggested in the notes, may be made of great value to students, not only as literature but as affording opportunity for historical research and exercise in composition.”

-LILLIAN G. KIMBALL, State Normal School, Oshkosh, Wis.


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'He gives an interesting biography of Defoe, an account of his works, a discussion of their ethical influence (including that of this 'somewhat sensational' novel), some suggestions to teachers and students, and a list of references for future study. This is all valuable and suggestive. The reader wishes that there were more of it. Indeed, the criticism I was about to offer on this series is perhaps their chief excellence. One wishes that the introductions were longer and more exhaustive. For, contrary to custom, as expressed in Gratiano's query, 'Who riseth from a feast with that keen appetite that he sits down?' the young student will doubtless finish these introductions hungering for more. And this, perhaps, was the editor's object in view, viz., that the introductory and explanatory matter should be suggestive and stimulating rather than complete and exhaustive!"-Educational Review.

"I have taken great pleasure in examining your edition of Defoe's 'Plague in London.' The introduction and notes are beyond reproach, and the binding and typography are ideal. The American school-boy is to be congratulated that he at length may study his English from books in so attractive a dress."-GEORGE N. MCKNIGHT, Instructor in English, Cornell University.

“I am greatly obliged to you for the copy of the ‘Journal of the Plague.' I am particularly pleased with Professor Carpenter's introduction and his handling of the difficult points in Defoe's life.”—HAMMOND LAMONT, A.B., Associate Professor of Composition and Rhetoric in Brown University.

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"I have examined the Milton and am much pleased with it; it fully sustains the high standard of the other works of this series; the introduction, the suggestions to teachers, and the notes are admirable.”

-WILLIAM NICHOLS, The Nichols School, Buffalo, N. Y,

"I beg to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of Macaulay's Essay on Milton' and Webster's First Bunker Hill Oration' in your series of ENGLISH CLASSICS. These works for preparatory study are nowhere better edited or presented in more artistic form. I am glad you find it possible to publish so good a book for so little money." -Prof. W. H. CRAWSHAW, Colgate University.

"I am especially pleased with Mr. Croswell's introduction to, and notes at the bottom of the page of, his edition of Macaulay's Essay on Milton.' I have never seen notes on a text that were more admirable than these. They contain just the information proper to impart, and are unusually well expressed."

-CHARLES C. RAMSAY, Principal of Fall River High School.


"After an introduction which is well calculated to awaken interest both in Coleridge himself and in poetry as a form of literature, the poem is set before us with Coleridge's own glosses in the margin. Notes are added at the bottom of each page. These notes are well worth examination for the pedagogic skill they display. They provide, not so much information about the text, though all necessary explanation does appear, but suggestion and incitement to the discovery by the pupil for himself of the elements in the poem which the hasty reader only feels, if he does not lose them altogether. Any good teacher will find this edition a veritable help to the appreciation of poetry by his pupils." -Principal RAY GREENE HULING, English High School, Cambridge, Mass.

"Mr. Bates is an interesting and charming writer of verse as well as prose, and makes a helpful and appreciative teacher to follow through the intricacies of the poem in question. In addition to extensive notes and comments, the book has a well-planned, brightly written introduction, comprising a Coleridge biography, bibliography, and chronological table, a definition of poetry in general, and a thoughtful study of the origin, form, and criticisms of this particular poem, 'The Ancient Mariner.' Teachers and students of English are to be congratulated on. and Mr. Bates and his publishers thanked for, this acquisition to the field of literary study.”—Literary World, Boston.



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Professor Trent's sympathetic treatment on the literary side of the subject matter, makes the introductions and notes of more than usual interest and profit; and I think that it is just such editing as this that our younger students need in approaching the works of the great poets." -J. RUSSELL HAYES, Assistant Professor of English, Swarthmore College, Pa.

It has been the aim of the publishers to secure editors of high reputation for scholarship, experience, and skill, and to provide a series thoroughly adapted, by uniformity of plan and thoroughness of execution, to present educational needs. The chief distinguishing features of the series are the following:

1. Each volume contains full "Suggestions for Teachers and Students," with bibliographies, and, in many cases, lists of topics recommended for further reading or study, subjects for themes and compositions, specimen examination papers, etc. It is therefore hoped that the series will contribute largely to the working out of sound methods in teaching English.

2. The works prescribed for reading are treated, in every case, as literature, not as texts for narrow linguistic study, and edited with a view to interesting the student in the book in question both in itself and as representative of a literary type or of a period of literature, and of leading him on to read other standard works of the same age or kind understandingly and appreciatively.

3. These editions are not issued anonymously, nor are they hackwork,-the result of mere compilation. They are the original work of scholars and men of letters who are conversant with the topics of which they treat.

4. Colleges and preparatory schools are both represented in the list of editors (the preparatory schools more prominently in the lists for 1897 and 1898), and it is intended that the series shall exemplify the ripest methods of American scholars for the teaching of English-the result in some cases of years of actual experience in secondary school work, and, in others, the formulation of the experience acquired by professors who observe carefully the needs of students who present themselves for admission to college.

5. The volumes are uniform in size and style, are well printed and bound, and constitute a well-edited set of standard works, fit for permanent use and possession—a nucleus for a library of English literature.

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