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THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
ATLANTA • SAN FRANCISCO
MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED
THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.
HENRY VAN DYKE
Professor of English at Princeton University
Hon. F.R.S.L., London -
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BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
up and electrotyped. Published February, 1910.
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
ELISABETH SAINTE-MARIE PERRIN, NÉE BAZIN
To inscribe your name upon this volume, dear Madame, is to recall delightful memories of my year in France. Your sympathy encouraged me in the adventurous choice of a subject so large and simple for a course of lectures at the Sorbonne. While they were in the making, you acted as an audience of one, in the long musicroom at Hostel and in the forest of St. Gervais, and gave gentle counsels of wisdom in regard to the points likely to interest and retain a larger audience of Parisians in the Amphithéâtre Richelieu. Then, the university adventure being ended without mishap, your skill as a translator admirably clothed the lectures in your own lucid language, and sent them out to help a little in strengthening the ties of friendship between France and America. Grateful for all the charming hospitality of your country, which made my year happy and, I hope, not unfruitful, I dedicate to you this book on the Spirit of America, because you have done so much to make me understand, appreciate, and admire the true Spirit of France.