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American authors. They exhibit specimens of almost every kind of composition suited to improve the pupil in the higher departments of elocution. Many of these lessons are marked to illustrate the rules for emphasis and inflection, and to aid the pupil in practicing upon pitch, force, and rate. It will be seen that dramatic and declamatory pieces have been pretty freely introduced into this part of the book. To these selections the experienced teacher of elocution will not object; for there is nothing that more effectually tends to produce confidence, force, and efficiency in reading than exercises in earnest declamation and dramatic expression.
In making the selections for this Eeader, an effort, has been made to obtain new pieces; and accordingly many extracts have been taken from the literary productions of the present times; but good pieces have not been excluded because they are old. The masterpieces of English literature never grow old; and without them a book of this kind would not be considered complete.
LESSONS IN PROSE AND POETRY.