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The Students' Series of English Classics.

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Coleridge's Ancient Mariner
A Ballad Book

54 .. Edited by KATHARINE LEE Bates, Wellesley College. Matthew Arnold's Sohrab and 'Rustum

30 Webster's First Bunker Hill Oration

30.. Milton, Lyrics

35 Edited by LOUISE MANNING HODGKINS. Introduction to the Writings of John Ruskin

54 Macaulay's Essay on Lord Clive

42 Edited by Vida D. SCUDDER, Wellesley College. George Eliot's Silas Marner

42 Scott's Marmion .

42 .. Edited by Mary Harriott Norris, Instructor, New York. Sir Roger de Coverley Papers from The Spectator

42 .. Edited by A. S. Roe, Worcester, Mass. Macaulay's Second Essay on the Earl of Chatham

42 .. Edited by W. W. CURTIS, High School, Pawtucket, R.I. Johnson's History of Rasselas .

42 .. Edited by Fred N. Scott, University of Michigan. Joan of Arc and Other Selections from De Quincey

42 .. Edited by HENRY H. BELFIELD, Chicago Manual Training School. Carlyle's The Diamond Necklace

42.. Edited by W. F. Mozier, High School, Ottawa, Ill. Macaulay's Essays on Milton and Addison

42 .. Edited by JAMES CHALMERS, Ohio State University. Lays of Ancient Rome

[Nearly ready] Edited by Viola V. Price, Southwest Kansas College. Selections from the Speeches of Henry Clay . [Nearly ready]

Edited by CHARLES H. RAYMOND, Lawrenceville School. Scott's Lady of the Lake

[Nearly ready) Edited by JAMES ARTHUR TUFTS, Phillips Exeter Academy. Charles Sumner's True Grandeur of Nations . [Nearly ready]

Edited by Geo. L. MARIs, Friends' Central School, Philadelphia. Selected Orations and Speeches

[Nearly ready] Edited by C. A. WHITING, University of Utah. Several others are in preparation, and all are substantially bound in cloth.

LEACH, SHEWELL, & SANBORN, Publishers,

BOSTON. NEW YORK. CHICAGO.

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INSTRUCTOR IN ENGLISH LITERATURE.

EDITOR OF GEORGE ELIOT's “ SILAS MARNER."
AUTHOR OF “Phebe," “ DOROTHY DELAFIELD,” “A DAMSEL OF THE

EIGHTEENTH CENTURY,” “ AFTERWARD," ETC.

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LEACH, SHEWELL, & SANBORN.

BOSTON, NEW YORK, CHICAGO.

COPYRIGHT, 1891,
By LEACH, SHEWELL, & SANBORN.

C. J. PETERS & SON,
TYPOGRAPHERS AND ELECTROTYPER8.

PRESS OF BERWICK & SMITH,

PREFACE.

The prolific genius of Walter Scott has seldom had a parallel. Under the stress of grief and need, Johnson composed Rasselas in a week. Lope de Vega wrote whole dramas in a day, and exhibited something of the marvellous uniform capacity for composition in both quality and quantity that characterized the great Scotch romance writer. But Walter Scott was also a singular example of versatility,-- a gift, indeed, which is seldom attended by either profundity or great achievement. Scotland's revealer, however, while not highly original or philosophical in conception, was notably and meritoriously successful as poet and romancist; if not profound, he was highly dramatic in his instincts and writings. He left to his contemporaries and posterity poems and tales which will always place him among the foremost masters in English literature of the nineteenth century. He covered the whole field of Scotch folk-lore in which Macpherson and Bishop Percy were worthy pioneers.

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