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A HANDBOOK

OF

ENGLISH LITERATURE

PRINTED BY

SPOTTIA WOODB AND CO., NEW-STREKT SQUARE

LONDON

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REVISED, WITH NEW CHAPTERS, AND
EXTENDED TO THE PRESENT TIME

BY

W. HALL GRIFFIN, B.A.

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AT

QUEEN'S COLLEGE, LONDON

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LONDON
CROSBY LOCKWOOD AND SON
7 STATIONERS'- HALL COURT, LUDGATE HILL

1897

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
CARL H. PFORZHEIMER

NOV. 7, 1936

PREFACE.

This Manual was first issued in 1874 as one of a series intended primarily to assist candidates in proparing for the Civil Service examinations. But in these examinations English literature has never proved a particularly attractive subject; and in the second edition of 1880 an attempt was made to extend the utility of the book as a work of reference. In this character it achieved a certain success, and went out of print. In 1895 the publishers decided to reissue it with such revision and supplement as might serve to bring it down to the present date. This task, rendered more formidable by two-and-twenty years of dictionaries, biographies, histories, and special 'monographs,' the original compiler had neither the leisure nor the inclination to undertake; and with his entire concurrence, it was entrusted to the capable and experienced hands of Mr. W. Hall Griffin, Professor of English Language and Literature at Queen's College, London.

Professor Hall Griffin has revised the volume throughout in the light of the most recent authori

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