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K. ROYSE,
Author of a “Manual of American Literaturepo' als&

of English Literature

Manual

CINCINNATI:

ROBERT CLARKE & CO.

1882

WT.P.

PUBLIC LIBRARY

988839

A.STOR. LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

R 1923

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1882,

BY N. K. ROYSE,

in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

PREFACE.

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We get no good,
By being ungenerous, even to a book,
And calculating profits. so much help
By so much reading. It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound.
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth-
'T is then we get the right good from a book.

Mrs. Browning.

The author of this little volume hopes his public will heed the authoritative opinion just quoted; and, accordingly, be generous, and plunge, one and all, into his pages with an abandon near to the breaking of their souls and heads. And if in that dive they shall reach a “profound,” or in the attempt discover any native “beauty,” or get any taste

june 27, 1923

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