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PROFESSOR OP ENGLISH LITERATURE IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE,
WITH AN ENTIRE RE-ARRANGEMENT OF MATTER, AND WITH
NUMEROUS RETRENCHMENTS AND ADDITIONS,
MOSES COIT TYLER,
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY
Avery's Natural Philosophy.
Just revised by President Chapin of Beloit College.
COPYRIGHT, 1879, SHELDON & Co.
Electrotyped by Rand, Avey, Su Co., Boston.
This volume may be described as an evolution from “ A First Sketch of English Literature," written by Professor Henry Morley of London, and first published there in 1873. Notwithstanding its title, that book is by no means a slight affair : it has, in fact, upwards of nine hundred closely-printed pages; and its rather self-depreciatory name was given to it, doubtless, in consideration of the larger and more elaborate account of English literature on which its author has been engaged during the past twenty years, and of which three notable portions have been already issued.
In spite of some disadvantages in its construction, the “ First Sketch of English Literature ” is, for fulness of learning and for vigor and wholesomeness of thought, probably the best book of the kind liitherto produced in our language. It seems to have been intended as a text-book for college-students in England. However well it may be suited to the methods and conditions of English studies there, it has certain peculiarities that hinder its successful use by students in this country: Under the sanction of Professor Morley's courteous and generous consent, I have undertaken to make such changes in the book as my own acquaintance with it in the class-room had suggested to me as being the most desirable. It is, of course, due to Professor Morley, that he should have,