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SYNOPTICAL TABLE OF AUTHORS
Represented in the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Books of this Series; with
LITERARY AND BIOGRAPHICAL MEMORANDA OF

LIVING AUTHORS.

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Entered, according to Act of Parliament, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture, in the year of our Lord 1883, by THOMAS NELSON, ANÉ Sơns, and JAMES CAMPBELL AND Son, Toronto.

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WHEN a student has reached the Fifth Book, it may, we trust, be assumed that his critical faculty has been awakened ; that he now reads not only with a certain intellectual glow, but with some appreciation of the different qualities

of style. From verbal criticism of the narrow grammatical order we must now endeavor to lead the student to the finer literary insight, which is a cultivated artistic sense of the same order as "taste ” in music or painting. In their eagerness after verbal criticism, philologists and critics too often miss the higher literary questions. Bentley's eight hundred emendations of Paradise Lost furnish us with remarkable and instructive examples of brilliant verbal criticism extinguishing literary

taste. Literary analysis has now passed into the hands of writers who by their own achievements have fairly won the right to

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