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THE LONDON SERIES OF ENGLISH CLASSICS.

EDITED BY

J. W. HALES, M.A.

LATE FELLOW AND ASSISTANT-TUTOR OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE;

BARRISTER-AT-LAW OF LINCOLN'S INN; LECTURER IN ENGLISH

HISTORY AND LITERATURE AT KING'S COLLEGE SCHOOL,

LONDON ; EDITOR OF MILTON'S 'AREOPAGITICA' &C.

AND BY

C. S. JERRAM, M.A.

LATE SCHOLAR OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD; EDITOR OF 'MILTON'S LYCIDAS WITH NOTES,' 'DARGO AND GAUL,' &C.

A MARKED CHANGE has of late years taken place in the general course of studies pursued in our Schools. Subjects previously neglected have found a place in them. Amongst the most important of these are the English language and English Literature. Moreover, outside and beyond Schools and Colleges have sprung up readers eager for some acquaintance with our great writers, and feeling the necessity of help in the study of their works. This help has been offered from several quarters, but the field is so wide that there is room and need in it for yet more workers. It is proposed, therefore, to issue a new Series, to be called ' The London Series of English Classics,' under the general editorship of Mr. Hales and Mr. Jerram, to be published by Messrs. Longmans & Co. It seems not unfitting that a Series of English Classics should be called after the great city with which, as the centre of English intellectual life, all our chief Authors have been more or less connected.

The Series will include works from all periods of our literature, from the beginning down to the present century. It is hoped that every orte of our chief writers will eventually be represented in it. Each Volume will contain, besides a text carefully edited from the best sources, an introduction dealing with the life and times and writings of the Author, and other incidental matters; a body of Notes explaining and illustrating anything that calls for remark in the thought or language of the particular work under consideration ; and, lastly, an Index. The Editors hope to give help not only in the interpretation of the difficulties, but in the appreciation of the beauties, of the works on which they comment. This latter duty of Editors is, they think, too often forgotten : and consequently great works are treated as mere philological or textual puzzles.

The current belief that a knowledge of Latin and Greek is a sufficient qualification for the critical editing of English Authors is not shared by the Editors of the London Series, and they therefore propose to select as Contributors none but .Scholars who have made a special study of our mother-tongue.

The valuable labour and ability devoted to the study of the English Language and English Literature in Germany render the aid of German scholars in this undertaking especially desirable, and the Editors are much gratified at having secured the assistance of Professor Ten Brink, of Strasburg, and of Professor Wagner.

of Hamburg.

List of Works which will be included in thjs Series.

BACON'S ESSAYS, in Two Volumes. By the Rev. E. A. Abbott, D.D. HeadMaster, City of London School; Author of 'A Shakespearian Grammar' &c. 2 vols, price dr.

SELECTIONS from POPE'S WORKS. By Thomas Arnold, M.A. University College, Oxford ; Author of 'A Manual of English Literature.' [Nearly ready.

The following are preparing for publication. POEMS of WILLIAM WORDSWORTH. Selected and annotated by E. Dowden,

LL.D. Professor of English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin; Author of

'Shakespeare, a Study of his Mind and Art.' A SELECTION from FULLER. By J. G. Fitch, late English Examiner in the

University of London. MACAULAY'S ESSAYS on CLIVE and on WARREN HASTINGS. By H.

Courthope Bowen, M.A. Corpus Chrisi i, Cambridge, Second Master in the

City of London Middle-Class School; Author of Muhammadanism in India' &c. LIFE in EARLY ENGLAND, a Series of Selections from Books and MSS.#from

the 8th to the 15th century. By F. J. Furnivall, M.A. SCOTT'S LAY of the LAST MINSTREL. By the Rev. C. T. Hales, M.A.

Christ's College, Cambridge, Head-Master of the Preparatory School, Richmond, Yorks. MILTON'S SAMSON AGONISTES. > By J. W. Hales, M.A. Joint-Editor SHAKESPEARE'S JULIUS CESAR, t of the Series.

GRAY and COLLINS'S POEMS. By the Rev. G. P. Harris, M.A. Trinity

College, Cambridge ; Assistant-Master, Richmond Grammar School, Yorkshire. MILTON'S PARADISE REGAINED,

Books I. & II. [In the press.

MILTON'S PARADISE REGAINED,

Books III. & IV. SELECTIONS from BYRON'S POEMS. By William Minto, Author of

'Characteristics of English Poets' &c. BEN JONSON'S CYNTHIA'S REVELS. } By Henry Morley, Professor of SELECTIONS from the TATLER and the f English Literature, University

SPECTATOR. / College, London.

SCOTTS MARMION. By Edward E. Morris, M.A. Lincoln College, Oxford,

Head-Master of the Grammar School, Melbourne, Australia; Original Editor

of ' Epochs of Modem History.' SPECIMENS of the EARLY ENGLISH DRAMA. By the Rev. Richard

Morris, LL.D. Honorary M.A. of Oxford ; President of the Philological Society,

London; Author of 'Historical Outlines of English Accidence,' &c. POEMS of DUNBAR. Selected by J. A. H. Murray, LL.D. Author of 'The

Dialect of the Southern Counties of Scotland/ CHAUCER'S SELECTED TALES and MISCELLANEOUS POEMS. By

Professor Ten Brink, of Strasburg. GOLDSMITH'S TRAVELLER and DESERTED VILLAGE. By the Rev. J.

Twentyman, M.A. late Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge; Vice-Master,

King's College School, London. MARLOWE'S DOCTOR FAUSTUS. By Professor Wagner, of Hamburg,

Editor of Marlowe's ' Edward the Second,' &c.

By C. S. Jerram, M.A. Joint-Editor of the Series.

London, LONGMANS & CO.

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