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DESIGNED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES,
AND FOR PRIVATE STUDY.
By Rev. E. O. HAVEN, D.D., LL.D.,
PRESIDENT OF TIE NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY AT EVANSTON, ILLINOIS,
LATE PREBIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MIQUIGAN.
Imago Animi Sermo est.-SENECA.
HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
JUNE 26, 1930
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by
HARPER & BROTHERS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the
Southern District of New York.
WORDS AND THE MATERIAL OF EXPRESSION.
THIS work may be said to have grown, rather than
to have been written for the purpose of making a book. Having used in the class-room, in academy and college, many of the text-books on Rhetoric, an. cient and modern, foreign and American, and having instructed some classes without using a text-book, I have been most satisfied with the result when the method herein presented has been pursued. This book is therefore the result of actual experiment.
Abstruse arguments about style and oratory, about the conflicting theories of taste and beauty, about conviction and persuasion, and the laws of mind, and the philosophy of language, are all good and valuable in their place; but a student may read and repeat them with but little more effect on his own habits of speaking or power to write well, than he would receive from an equal amount of study in mathematics, medicine, or law, or any other subject.
At the same time, mere exercises in composition, on a series of topics presented, with a few outlines and directions, are too superficial to produce the desired result.
What the student needs is an orderly and perspicu.