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CLASSIFIED, ARRANGED, AND EDITED BY
J. E. CARPENTER, M.A., Pu.D.
A NEW EDITION
THOROUGHLY REVISED WITH ADDITIONS
AND NEW YORK.
PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED,
LONDON AND BECCLES.
PREFACE BY THE ORIGINAL EDITOR.
A FEW words to account for the publication of " The Popular Elocutionist and Reciter."
Some years since the Editor commenced his publication, “Penny Readings in Prose and Verse,” which extended to twelve volumes of 256 pages each. A Library Edition in five volumes was subsequently issued, and of these two works about a quarter of a million copies have been disposed of.
Though intended in the first instance for the use of platform readers only, they were adopted as an Elocution Class book in many public and private schools. For this purpose they ultimately became too bulky. The inconvenience of a school book extending over a series of volumes is so patent that it need scarcely be pointed out. It was to obviate this, and acting on the suggestion of several heads of schools, and esteemed professors of Elocution, that the present work was undertaken. The “ Popular Readings," they asserted, contained so many more modern pieces than any of the “Speakers" now in use, that a selection of the best of them, excluding such as were adapted to the platform only, and classifying the rest, would supply a real want.
The sale of numerous editions, revised and added to as opportunity offered, has justified this opinion.
A few concise rules on the art of Elocution, and a few only, have been prefixed, in which all that is necessary to be known is