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THEKESEK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

6801
ASTOR, LENOX ANC
TILDEN FOUNDATIONS.

1914

Copyright, 1894,
By FLOOD & VINCENT.

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

:Printed and Bound by Flood & Vincent.

PREFACE.

IN
N 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 every thing 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.

HENRY A. BEERS.

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