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Teacher of Reading in The Girls' Latin School, Boston

BOSTON
D LOTHROP COMPANY

LIBRARY OF THE
LELAND STANFORW un. WIVERSITY,

a H1012

COPYRIGHT, 1891,

BY
D. LOTIROP COMPANY.

MAY 10 1900

PREFACE,

GOOD oral reading is so seldom heard, and yet,

when heard, is so greatly enjoyed that, even in the absence of more important reasons, the processes by which proficiency in it may be acquired are worthy of careful study.

But good reading - and by good reading I mean not the formal, declamatory rendering of dramatic selections, but the natural, intelligent and appreciative interpretation of an author's thought-serves a higher purpose than that of mere enjoyment. It brings the listener who, under the influence of indifferent, perfunctory reading, might be lulled into a slumberous state of passive receptivity, into a state of mental alertness. It puts him into vital relations with the author's thought. When the listener is in sympathy

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