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ON THE PLAN OF THE AUTHOR's “ COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH
LITERATURE,” AND SUPPLEMENTARY TO IT.
E. C. & J. BIDDLE, No. 6 SOUTH FIFTH STREET.
NEW ORLEANS: JOHN BALL.
THE NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOX ANE
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by
CHARLES D. CLEVELAND, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
T. K. AND P. G. COLLINS, PRINTERS.
BEFORE I began to collect my materials for the “Compendium of English Literature,” I felt that I could do no sort of justice to the subject should I come down later than 1800; and it was therefore my original intention to publish a similar work, embracing the most prominent authors, dead and living, who have flourished since the beginning of the present century. Such is the present work. I have therefore but few prefatory remarks to make respecting it; for as it is upon the same plan as the “Compendium," I would refer to the preface of that, for my object and design in preparing both.
In this work, as in the other, some may not find a favorite author noticed, nor favorite pieces inserted of many whose names do appear. To such I would say that I have often been embarrassed from the great variety and richness of the materials before me, often balancing, for a long time, what to take and what to reject; and those who know something of the nature of such a work, will be most ready to make due allowance for my errors both of omission and of commission. But one thing I can truly. say—I have endeavored to represent each author who has a place here, fairly and honestly, according to the best of my judgment, influenced neither by fear nor favor. Where, for instance, any author has shown, by his writings at different periods, that his heart