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ENGLAND'S LITERATURE

BY

EVA MARCH TAPPAN, PH. D.
Formerly of the English Department, English High School,
Worcester, Mass.; Author of " England's Story," "Our
Country's Story," "Robin Hood His Book," Old
Ballads in Prose," "The Christ Story," etc.

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BOSTON, NEW YORK, AND CHICAGO
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY
The Riverside Press, Cambridge

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THE NEW YORK
PUBLIC LIBRARY

5512628

ASTOR, LENOX AND
TILDEN POUNDATIONS
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COPYRIGHT, 1905, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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PREFACE

THIS book is based upon the following convictions:1. That the prime object of studying literature is to develop the ability to enjoy it.

2. That in every work of literary merit there is something to enjoy.

3. That it is less important to know the list of an author's works than to feel the impulse to read one of them.

4. That it is better to know a few authors well than to learn the names of many.

To select those few authors with due regard to what is good in itself and what is historically of value, to choose from the hundreds whose writings have made for literary excellence, is under no circumstances an easy task. It is especially difficult and especially delightful — for one who can echo most honestly the words of the French critic, "En littérature j'aime tout."

WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS,

January, 1905.

EVA MARCH TAPPAN.

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