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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

Criol Lumen

LONDON
CROSBY LOCKWOOD AND SON

NEW YORK
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.

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PR85 D5 1897

PREFACE,

This Manual was first issued in 1874 as one of a series intended primarily to assist candidates in preparing 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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ties. For the initial chapter he has substituted
another; and he has furnished a long supplementary
chapter treating of those writers who have died since
1875. He has also verified and in part re-written
the different Appendices; that entitled ' Dictionary
of Minor Authors'-always regarded as a valuable
feature-has indeed been completely remodelled,
and has received such material additions that it now
contains nearly five hundred names. In all this the
existing scheme of the book has been closely adhered
to; and the original. Introduction,' which, as before,
correctly describes its scope and purpose, is there-
fore, with a few verbal alterations, still retained.

A. D.
December 1896.

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