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PERIODS OF EUROPEAN LITERATURE,
EDITED BY PROFESSOR SAINTSBURY.
" The criticism which alone can much help us for the future is a criticism which regards Europe as being, for intellectual and spiritual purposes, one great confederation, bound to a joint action and working to a common result."
In 12 Crown 8vo Volumes. Price 5s. net each.
AND THE RISE OF ALLEGORY. THE EDITOR.
WILLIAM BLACKWOOD & SONS, EDINBURGH AND LONDON.
WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND SONS
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The general rules by which this series is governed have been fully stated by the Editor in the first published volume, The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory. It will therefore not be necessary for me to do more than endeavour to justify the particular application of them in this book. Mr Saintsbury has fully recognised the magnitude of the task which has to be overcome by the writer who should undertake to display “intimate and equal knowledge of all the branches of European Literature at any given time.” Nobody could be more conscious of his insufficiency to attain to any such standard of knowledge than I have had occasion to become in the course of executing the part of the plan intrusted to me. Though I hope my work has not been shirked, I still cannot venture to boast of “intimate and equal knowledge ” of all the great bulk of litera