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THE

SHAKESPEARE READER;

BEING EXTRACTS. FROM THE

PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE,

VIZ.:

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE -- As You LIKE IT - KING JOHN-KING
RICHARD II.-KING HENRY IV.-KING HENRY V.--KING HENRY VI.
--KING RICHARD III.-KING HENRY VIII-TROLIUS AND CRES.

SIDA-JULIUS CÆSAR-KING LEAR, AND OTHELLO.

WITH INTRODUCTORY PARAGRAPHS AND NOTES, GRAMMAT-

ICAL, HISTORICAL, AND EXPLANATORY.

BY

C. H. WYK ES:

NEW YORK:
CLARK & MAYNARD, PUBLISHERS,

734 BROADWAY.

1881.

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FOR

317130 Classes in English Literature, Reading, Grammar, etc.

1973

EDITED. BY EMINENT ENGLISH SCHOLARS.

Each volume contains a Sketch of the Author's Life, Prefatory,

and E.rplanatory Notes, etc., etc. These volumes are thoroughly adapted for Schools in which Eng: lish Literature forms a branch of study, or where a carefully selected portion of some English Classic is selected for minute examination or supplementary reading. The notes are unusually full and ex: haustive, occupying in nearly every case fully half the book. Etymology is attended to throughout, the derivations of all the more difficult words being given.

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1. THE PROPHECY OF DANTE. (Cantos I. II.) Byron... 32 pages.
2. L'ALLEGRO AND IL PENSEROSO. Milton..
3. ESSAYS-CIVIL AND MORAL. (Selected.) Lord Bacon.
4. PRISONER OF CHILLON. Byron.....
5. THE FIRE WORSHIPPERS. (Lalla Rookh. Selected from

Parts. I. and II.) Moore...
6. THE DESERTED VILLAGE. Goldsmith
7. MARMION. (Selections from Canto VI.) Scott.....
8. THE LAY OF THE LAST MINSTREL. (Introduction and

Canto 1.) Scott
9. THE COTTER'S SATURDAY NIGHT and OTHER POEMS.

Burns..
10. THE VILLAGE. Crabbe..
11. THE PLEASURES OF HOPE. (Abridgment of Part I.)

Campbell.. 12. ESSAY ON BÜNYAN'S PILURRN'S PROGRESS. Macaulay 13. THE ARMADA, AND OTHER ŞOEMS. Macaulay... 14. THE TERCHANT OF VENICE. (Selections from Icts I.

III., IV.} Shakespeare.. 15. THE TRAVÉLLER. "Goldsmith 16. THE QUEEN'S WÁKES Hogg 17. THE ANCIENT MARINER.' Celeridge.

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PARADISE LƠst. Book I. (Containing Sketch of Milton's

Life-Essay on the Genius of Milton-Epitome of the views
of the best known crities on Milton.) MILTOX. Flexible
clota.....

...94 pages.

Published by
ÇLARK & MAYNARD, 734 BROADWAY, N. Y,
in Hon. Josoph H.

'Choate,

The present work is the result of the editor's belief that a collection of extracts from Shakespeare, suitable for the study of the young, would be found acceptable to teachers and pupils generally. To assist, in some measure, in making the poetry of Shakespeare “familiar in their mouths as household words” is the editor's cherished wish. In bringing the book before his fellow-teachers, the compiler would state some of its uses :

1. It will form an ordinary Reading-book for the upper Classes. 2. It furnishes material for supplementary Reading.

3. Dictation and Grammar Exercises cannot be chosen from a better source than from such a master of the English language as Shakespeare.

4. To the pupils who are learning History, many of the extracts will be of use as supplementary to their text-books.

5. In schools where “speech-day” is observed, the Editor hopes his little work will be warmly we med. Experience proves that the Shakespearian dialogue is taken up with zeal by the young.

Of the features of the work little need be said. Great care has been taken to select only such pieces as readily commend themselves to children; and all expressions which are now considered offensive have been expunged. This may be looked upon by some as unwarrantable meddling; but the Editor had to consider that he was working for “the little ones,” and suffered no gross word to remain.

Each extract, with its introductory paragraph, makes a story complete in itself.

The notes are not voluminous. They are, bowever, such as will be of real vse to those for whom they were written. Long and elaborate etymologies are not the kind of notes to interest children; nor indeed are they of much use to learners in an early stage of growth. On the other hand,-simple, homely explanations of “bard words,” and hints which shall help him in cracking some hard nut in his parsing exercise, are just the notes the boy appreciates ; while they are very likely to create a liking for similar studies in the future.

This last is one of the objects the Editor bad in view. If his little book should help some of our youths to interest themselves in the study of English Language and Literature, he will be deeply gratified.

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