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BIOGRAPHICAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL
R. FARQUHARSON SHARP
A COMPENDIOUS ACCOUNT OF THE LIVES AND WRITINGS OF
UPWARDS OF 800 BRITISH AND AMERICAN WRITERS
FROM THE YEAR 1400 TO THE PRESENT TIME
NEW EDITION, REVISED
PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
In the Appendix which forms part of the present edition a large amount of new matter has been added, and numerous corrections and additions made, to the “ Dictionary” as originally issued. Such articles in the main portion of the book as are marked with an asterisk are now concluded or emended by corresponding articles in the Appendix.
The scheme is throughout the same. In the case of each author the essential facts in his career are stated as briefly as is practicable, followed by as complete as possible a list of his works arranged chronologically. Departure from this rule has been made only in the case of some six or seven writers, the number of whose separate publications was so formidable as to render it impracticable to append an exhaustive catalogue of them. In these instances mention has been made of the quarter where a full list may be found.
The literary distinction of an author has been the criterion adopted by the compiler in the difficult task of selection. will explain the omission of specialists in science, theology, law, politics, etc., who may have written much upon their own subject; their inclusion, where such has been the case, depending upon the fact of their having produced work which either is purely literary or is so widely known and read as to come within the category of general literature.
In the case of almost all the living writers dealt with in the volume, biographical or other information has been furnished by themselves. To the many who have so readily and kindly assisted him in this respect, as well as to those relatives of dead authors who have supplied valuable detail, the compiler tenders his grateful acknowledgment. In the few cases where lack of response on the part of living authors has deprived their biographies of the completeness desired by the compiler, he would prefer to attribute this to his failure to reach them with his request, rather than to any unwillingness on their