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THE materials which HooD had in preparation for a third series of “Whims and Oddities” were thrown into the Comic Annual, which he described as a continuation of the first-named work under another title. As it became necessary, in completing our edition of his Works, to make some change in the arrangement of his miscellaneous pieces, we have adopted this general title for a portion of the present volume, including all the prose contributions to the work originally published with this name, and similar articles from the earlier volumes of the Annual by which it was superseded. All of these were reprinted by the author in the periodical subsequently issued as “Hood's Own.”
The two series of “Whims and Oddities” published in 1826 and 1827 were followed by two volumes of “National Tales.” Of these it was said by an eminent critic, that they resemble in style and general treatment the stories in the Decameron of Boccaccio; and that in spirit and general interest they surpass any collection of novellettes in the English language. They are now for the first time reprinted in this country.