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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE AUTHORS, SELECTIONS FROM THEIR
WORKS, WITH NOTES, EXPLANATORY, ILLUSTRATIVE, AND
DIRECTING TO THE BEST EDITIONS AND TO

VARIOUS CRITICISMS.

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GNED AS A TEXT-BOOK FOR THE HIGHEST CLASSES IN SCHOOLS AND BOB VAIOR DASSES IN

COLLEGES, AS WELL AS FOR PRIVATE READING

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BY

CHARLES D. CLEVELAND.

STEREOTYPE EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA:
E. C. & J. BIDDLE, No. 6 SOUTH FIFTH ST.
30STON: PHILLIPS & SAMPSON. NEW YORK: C. M. SAXTON.
INNATI: H. W. DERBY & CO.; BRADLEY & ANTHONY; J. F. DESILVER.

1852.

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ancies. I say not this to

PREFA

THE 1: EW YO!:K PUBLIC LISRARY

744683 ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS R

1916

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1848. by

Te following work
love for the subject. I
Ladies in this city, I felt
ing' class a knowledge
in a chronological order
short accounts of the mi
direct the reader to the
upon them, and to other
with profit

. But such
printed, solely for the
most of the British autora
under the different sove
lectures, froin time to tam
when I determined, abou

CHARLES D. CLEVELAND,

the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvanla.

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• The Publishers would hereby announce that the Sequel

“Compendium," upon the same plan, and embracing the vrominent English Authors, dead and living, since 1800, and d. "English Literature of the Nineteenth Century,” is now hed, and ready for delivery. The size of the volume is

the same as that of the “Compendium," and is sold at tho price:

works like the present. 1
me from completing my

I have felt it to be a di
lest it should be
“Cyclopedia of English I
the contrary, it is apparen
matured the plan of this
*Cyelopedia," excellent a:
for the object for which ti
from conflicting with each
my own work would give
ties into the same most int
can refine the taste, enlarg

In making selections for
ing many pieces because ei
did not deem myself to be
who have gleaned from
generality of readers, will
be familiar. But, like old
with pleasure. Besides, 1

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PHILADELPHIA. CED BY T. K. AND P. G. COLLINS.

truth, which even those e
what is well known to us.
therefore, that all books of
pation of such pieces as al
Milton's * Invocation to Line
bongand Gray's “Elegy

But if any one should mi
est put in every thing, an
Tinella pain in being compe
kia wledged beauty and
task of bringing the beautie
tjedred pages, and I am

a

od shall be glad to have a commission-faithfully pois

The following work is, perhaps, as much the offspring of necessity, as of a love for the subject. In 1834, very soon after I opened my School for Young Ladies in this city, I felt greatly the want of a book to give my first or "finishing' class a knowledge of the best British Poets and Prose writers, arranged in a chronological order, to show the progress of the English language, with short accounts of the authors and of their works, and such notes as would direct the reader to the best editions of the writers, to the various criticisms upon them, and to other books upon kindred subjects which might be read with profit

. But such a work I could not find. Accordingly, in 1838, I printed, solely for the use of my pupils, a small syllabus of the names of most of the British authors, with the dates of their birth and death, arranged under the different sovereigns. From this syllabus I delivered a series of lectures, from time to time, until I had gone through the reign of Elizabeth, when I determined, about four years ago, to prepare, as soon as I could, a work like the present. But numerous avocations have, until now, prevented me from completing my design.

I have felt it to be a duty to myself to give this brief history of my book, lest it should be supposed that the hint of it was taken from Chambers's "Cyclopedia of English Literature," recently reprinted in this country. On the contrary, it is apparent, that, years before that work was published, I had matured the plan of this, and had gathered materials for it. Besides, the “Cyclopedia,” excellent as is, is on a different plan, and far too voluminous for the object for which the “Compendium” is intended: yet the two, so far from conflicting with each other, may be mutual aids; for I should hope that my own work would give the reader a greater longing to extend his inquiries into the same most interesting subject--one sorick, iç every thing that can refine the taste, enlarge the understanding, and improve the Leart.

In making selections for my work, I have not been prevented from insert ng many pieces because they had previously been selected, by, others; for I lid not deem myself to be wiser, or to possess a better’tasies than hindreds vho have gleaned from the same rich field. Hence, while much, to the enerality of readers, will be new, some extracts may also be found that will e familiar. But, like old friends, their re-appearanoe, Inhcpė, -will be hàiled rith pleasure. Besides, I have constantly endeavored to bear in mind a uth, which even those engaged in education may sometimes forget, that hat is well known to us, must be new to every successive generation; and, erefore, that all books of selections designed for them, should contain a bition of such pieces as all of any pretensions to taste have united to admire. ilton's "Invocation to Light," Pope's " Messiah," Goldsmith's “ Village Pasl," and Gray's " Elegy” are illustrations of my meaning. But if any one should miss some favorite piece, let him reflect that I could t put in every thing, and be assured that often, very often I have felt no la pain in being compelled, from my narrow limits, to reject pieces of inowledged beauty and merit. Let him but propose to himself, too, the k of bringing the beauties of English Literature into a duodecimo of seven ndred pages, and I am sure he will be little inclined to censure my defincies. I say not this to deprecate criticism. On the contrary, I invite it 1 shall be glad to have all the faults in the work both of omission and amission-faithfully pointed out.

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