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LIVES OF AMERICAN WORTHIES.
Under the above title, Messrs. Henry Holt & Co. are contributing one more biographical series to the number with which the reading world is being so abundantly favored.
That there may be something in the method of this series not altogether indentical with that of its numerous predecessors, contemporaries and promised successors, will perhaps be suspected from the list of subjects and authors thus far selected:
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS, (1440-1506),
By W. L. Alden, (of the New York Times), Author of " The Moral Pirates." etc. CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH, (1579-1631),
By Charles Dudley Warner, Author of "My Summer in a Garden," etc. WILLIAM PENN, (1644-1715),
By Robert J. Burdette, of the Burlington
By John Habberton, Author of "Helen's
By George T. Lanigan, Author of "Fables out of the World." If the names of the authors awaken a suspicion that there may be something humorous in the books, it should be known that despite anything of that kind, the truth of history is adhered to with most uncompromising rigidity—perhaps, in some cases, a little too uncompromising, or compromising: that depends on the point of view.
Recent announcements make it proper to state that this series was begun several years before the date of this prospectus, and that the first volume published— Mr. Charles Dudley Warner's Life of Captain John Smith, was in type in the Spring of the current year.
New York, October, 1881.