English Literature of the Nineteenth Century: On the Plan of the Author's Compendium of English Literature and Supplementary to It; Designed for Colleges and Advanced Classes in Schools, As Well As for Private Reading (Classic Reprint)

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The second marked change in my book results, of course, from the necessity of keeping abreast with the intellectual progress of the age, - the busiest-brained generation the world has ever known. During the last fourteen 'years, a large number of authors have emerged, from greater or less obscurity of reputa tion, into assured prominence in their several departments of literature; and one of my most delicate tasks has been to set fifth in these pages a just record of such developments; and no emirt has been spared to determine fairly, as far as I could, the Mpamtive attitude, as well as the absolute literary status, of every prominent writer. That this has been, all along, a work Of great and constant difficulty and embarrassment, I need hardly I that I shall secure a unanimous verdict in favor of my sue eess upon this point, it would be idle to hepc; but of this I feel sure, that the most lenient criticism will be extended to me from those who have most widely viewed and critically examined this inimitable field.

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