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THE SILVER SERIES OF ENGLISH CLAssics is designed to furpish editions of many of the standard classics in English and American literature, in the best possible form for reading and tudy. While planned to meet the requirements for entrance xaminations to college, as formulated by the Commission of American Colleges, it serves a no less important purpose in
proiding valuable and attractive reading for the use of the higher rades of public and private schools.
It is now generally recognized that to familiarize students with he masterpieces of literature is the best means of developing true terary taste, and of establishing a love of good reading which will e a permanent delight. The habit of cultured original expression $ also established through the influence of such study.
To these ends, carefully edited and annotated editions of the lassics, which shall direct pupils in making intelligent and appreiative study of each work as a whole, and, specifically, of its indilidual features, are essential in the classroom.
The Silver SERIES notably meets this need, through the editng of its volumes by scholars of high literary ability and educaonal experience. It unfolds the treasures of literary art, and hows the power and beauty of our language in the various forms f English composition,- as the oration, the essay, the argument, he biography, the poem, etc.
Thus, the first volume contains Webster's oration at the laying f the corner stone of Bunker Hill monument; and, after a brief ketch of the orator's life, the oration is defined, the speech itself urnishing a practical example of what a masterpiece in oratory hould be.
Next follows the essay, as exemplified by Macaulay's " Essay on Iilton.” The story of the life of the great essayist creates an aterest in his work, and the student, before he proceeds, to study