The Speaker, or, Miscellaneous pieces: selected from the best English writers, and disposed under proper heads, for the improvement of youth in reading and speaking : to which is prefixed, an essay on elocution
John Bioren & Thomas DeSilver, 1808 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 400 pages
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Acquire a compass and variety in, the height of your "voice. THE monotony so
much complained ,of in public speakers, is chiefly owing 16 the neglect of this
rule. They generally content themselves with one certain key/ which they employ
slructs us to relate a story, to support an argti- ment, to command a servant, to
utter exclamations of anger or rage, and to pour forth lamentations and sorrows,
not only with different tones, but different elevations of voice. Men at different
ages of ...
IS the same composition there may be fre-- quent occasion to alter the height of
the voice, in" passing from oae part to another, without any . change, of person.
Shakspeare's " All the world's a stage," &c. and his description of the ; r\ .'. _ ""i -! '
Nay, it is very allowable for the sake of pointing out the sense more strongly,pre-
paring the audiance for what is to follow, or enabling the speakw to alter the tone
or height of the voice, sometimes to make a very considerable pause, where the ...
raise the voice than to fall it at the end of a sentence. Interrogatives, where the
speaker seems to expect an answer, -should almost always be . elevated at the
close, with a peculiar tone, to indicate that a question is asked. Some sentences
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This reader was initially published as a British reader, and then imported to America. According to Henry W. Simon, it was first published in America in Philadelphia in 1799. He was unaware of this second American printing. There is also another printing -- from New York in 1812 -- of which he too was unaware. Thus far, these are the only three American printings of which I am aware. In a visit to the Harvard archives, I noticed in their records that the Institute of 1770, an early literary society there, often read aloud from Enfield in their meetings in the 1770s and 1780s (though this would have been a British version of the text, not the American one depicted here).