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Physiological Physics. By G. Griffith, M.A., Jesus Col
lege, Oxford, Assistant Secretary to the British Association, and Natural
Science Master at Harrow School Magnetism.
VII. ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. A First Reading Book. By Marie Eichens of Berlin; and
edited by Anne J. Clough. Ext. fcap. 8vo. stiff covers, 4d. Oxford Reading Book, Part I. For Little Children.
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Ext. fcap. 8vo. stiff covers, 6d. On the Principles of Grammar. By E. Thring, M.A.,
Head Master of Uppingham School. Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 45. 6d. Grammatical Analysis, designed to serve as an Exercise
and Composition Book in the English Language. By E. Thring, M.A., Head
Master of Uppingham School. Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 35. 6d. Specimens of Early English. A New and Revised Edi
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by William Langland. Edited, with Notes, by W. W. Skeat, M.A., formerly
Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. Ext. fcap. 8vo. cloth, 4s. 6d. The Philology of the English Tongue. By J. Earle,
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See also XII. below for other English Classics.
VIII. FRENCH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.
Brachet's Historical Grammar of the French Language.
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An Etymological Dictionary of the French Language, with
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cloth, 25. 6d. Racine's Andromaque, and Corneille's Le Menteur. With
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same Author, Exercises in Translation No. I, from French into English,
with general rules on Translation; and containing Notes, Hints, and Cautions, founded on a comparison of the Grammar and Genius of the two Languages.
By the same Author. Exercises in Translation No. 2, from English into French,
on the same plan as the preceding book. By the same Author.
IX. GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.
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X. ART, &c. A Handbook of Pictorial Art. By R. St. J. Tyrwhitt,
M.A., formerly Student and Tutor of Christ Church, Oxford. With coloured Illustrations, Photographs, and a chapter on Perspective by A. Macdonald.
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XII. A SERIES OF ENGLISH CLASSICS.
Designed to meet the wants of Students in English Literature: under the superintendence of the Rev. J. S. BREWER, M.A., of Queen's College, Oxford, and Professor of English Literature at King's College, London.
There are two dangers to which the student of English Literature is exposed at the outset of his task ;-his reading is apt to be too narrow or too diffuse.
Out of the vast number of authors set before him in books professing to deal with this subject he knows not which to select : he thinks he must read a little of all; he soon abandons so hopeless an attempt; he ends by contenting himself with second-hand information; and professing to study English Literature, he fails to master a single English author. On the other hand, by con
fining his attention to one or two writers, or to one special period of English Literature, the student narrows his view of it; he fails to grasp the subject as a whole; and in so doing misses one of the chief objects of his study..
How may these errors be avoided ? How may minute reading be combined with comprehensiveness of view ?
In the hope of furnishing an answer to these questions the Delegates of the Press, acting upon the advice and experience of Professor Brewer, have determined to issue a series of small volumes, which shall embrace, in a convenient form and at a low price, the general extent of English Literature, as represented in its masterpieces at successive epochs. It is thought that the student, by confining himself, in the first instance, to those authors who are most worthy of his attention, will be saved from the dangers of hasty and indiscriminate reading. By adopting the course thus marked out for him, he will become familiar with the productions of the greatest minds in English Literature ; and should he never be able to pursue the subject beyond the limits here prescribed, he will have laid the foundation of accurate habits of thought and judgment, which cannot fail of being serviceable to him hereafter.
The authors and works selected are such as will best serve to illustrate English Literature in its historical aspect. As the eye of history,' without which history cannot be understood, the literature of a nation is the clearest and most intelligible record of its life. Its thoughts and its emotions, its graver and its less serious modes, its progress, or its degeneracy, are told by its best authors in their best words. This view of the subject will sugo gest the safest rules for the study of it.
With one exception all writers before the Reformation are excluded from the Series. However great may be the value of
literature before that epoch, it is not completely national. For it had no common organ of language; it addressed itself to special classes; it dealt mainly with special subjects. Again ; of writers who flourished after the Reformation, who were popular in their day, and reflected the manners and sentiments of their age, the larger part by far must be excluded from our list. Common sense tells us that if young persons, who have but a limited time at their disposal, read Marlowe or Greene, Burton, Hakewill or Du Bartas, Shakespeare, Bacon, and Milton will be comparatively neglected.
Keeping, then, to the best authors in each epoch—and here popular estimation is a safe guide—the student will find the following list of writers amply sufficient for his purpose : Chaucer, Spenser, Hooker, Shakespeare, Bacon, Milton, Dryden, Bunyan, Pope, Johnson, Burke, and Cowper. In other words, Chaucer is the exponent of the Middle Ages in England; Spenser of the Reformation and the Tudors; Hooker of the latter years of Elizabeth ; Shakespeare and Bacon of the transition from Tudor to Stuart; Milton of Charles I and the Commonwealth; Dryden and Bunyan of the Restoration ; Pope of Anne and the House of Hanover; Johnson, Burke, and Cowper of the reign of George III to the close of the last century.
The list could be easily enlarged; the names of Jeremy Taylor, Clarendon, Hobbes, Locke, Swift, Addison, Goldsmith, and others are omitted. But in so wide a field, the difficulty is to keep the series from becoming unwieldy, without diminishing its comprehensiveness. Hereafter, should the plan prove to be useful, some of the masterpieces of the authors just mentioned may be added to the list.
The task of selection is not yet finished. For purposes of education, it would neither be possible, nor, if possible, desirable, to place in the hands of students the whole of the works of the