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LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, AND RIVINGTON, CROWN BUILDINGS, FLEET STREET.

1886.

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ART of the substance of this book has appeared in a popular magazine; but very much has been added, and some

has been taken away. The Essays are intended as a guide for self-helpers, which points out what to read, and how it should be read; and incidentally a view—presumably a new and fresh one—of the origin and antagonistic elements in English literature, is given. Without dogmatism, as the author hopes, these pages are not without opinion freely expressed; nor has their mission, that of carrying into thousands of homes a knowledge and love of English literature been without results, for letters, not only from England, but from Australia, Canada, and even California, speak of classes formed to carry on the studies indicated, and of young men and women won from the too often silly

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