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Works on English and American Literature.
1. A COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, chronologically arranged, from Sir John Mandeville (14th century) to William Cowper, (close of 18th century;) consisting of Biographical Sketches of the Authors, Selections from their works; with Notes explanatory and illustrative, and directing to the best editions, and to various criticisms. Designed as a textbook for the highest classes in Schools and for junior classes in Colleges, as well as for private reading. By Charles D. Cleveland.
This work has been extensively introduced, as a text-book, in Public High and Normal schools, and in Colleges, Female Seminaries, Academies, and private Seminaries, throughout the United States.
The following opinions of the work are selected from a large number of a highly complimentary character, received from gentlemen eminent alike as literary men and instructors of youth.
From Rt. Rev. Alonzo Potter, D.D.
Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 1847.
Having, some years since. meditated a similar undertaking. I can appreciate. in a measure, the difficulties with which you were called to contend, and the skill with which you have surmounted them. The selections seem to me to be made with much taste and judgment, and I cannot but regard this volume as a very valuable addition to our School Literature. The interest with which a young kinswoman, in whose hands I have placed it, is studying it, is an earnest of the reception which it must meet in the more advanced classes of our higher schools for both sexes. ALONZO POTTER.
From Professor Goodrich, of Yale College.
I have read Professor Cleveland's "Compendium of English Literature" with lively interest. The selections are made with uncommon taste and judgment. The biographical notices and critical estimates prefixed to the extracts appear to me accurate and discriminating, and they certainly add much to the interest of the work, which supplies a want that has long been felt, and which must, I think, when known, be deemed an almost indispensable auxiliary in the highest classes of our schools and academies, in the study of English literature. New Haven, January 20, 1848.
CHAUNCEY A. GOODRICH.
From Rev. Charles B. Haddock, D.D., Professor of Intellectual Philosophy and English
Dartmouth College, February 15, 1848. My Dear Sir:-I have read your Compendium with great satisfaction and delight. It is a work much needed, and exceedingly well executed. The plan is, so far as I know, quite original; the biographical sketches are judicious and elegantly written; and the selection of authors, and of passages from their works, in an eminent degree fitted to introduce the student to the most finished and most wholesome portions of our literature-the richest, noblest literature the world has yet produced.
From George B. Emerson, Esq., Author of " The Schoolmaster," &c. &c. Boston, March 7, 1848. My Dear Sir:-I ought long ago to have acknowledged your very agreeable present of the Compendium of English Literature. It is just the thing I had been wishing to see, and I thank you for it. I have examined it with great care, and have found it better suited than any other volume I have seen, to be a text-book in the study of the history of English literature. In size it is of a right medium, not being of hopeless length, but yet long enough to make a deep impression, and to give a fair view of the writings of the more prominent of the English writers in prose and verse. The biographical notices are judicious, and the extracts are made with taste and discrimination, and present most attractive specimens of the treasures of our incomparable English language.
I have adopted it in my school, and have found it so useful and interesting that I hope it will obtain, the circulation which it so richly deserves. Respectfully yours,
GEO. B. EMERSON.
From the Rev. B. P. Aydelott, D.D., formerly President of Woodward College. Cincinnati, March 18, 1848. Dear Sir:-I have received and read with peculiar and very great satisfaction, your "Compendium of English Literatup san what I had long since sketched in
my own mind, but had hardly dared to expect to see in existence: very great, because it is prepared with so much literary taste and judgment, and evinces throughout so strict a regard for purity of morals. While its character is such as pre-eminently fits it for Colleges and High Schools, and the more advanced classes, both male and female, in all our Academical Institutions, it will be found very instructive to professional and literary men, generally; and to that large, and I am happy to believe, increasing class of our business men, who treasure up their leisure moments and devote them to the cultivation of their intellect and taste.
I feel entirely confident of the success of your book; and as it is educated mind that rules the world, so I expect great, and salutary, and lasting effects from the general introduction of 80 sound, and pure, and tasteful a work as that you have prepared.
Sincerely your friend,
B. P. AYDELOTT.
From the London Literary Gazette, of March, 1851.
"The immense labour bestowed in the preparation of such a work, is at once obvious, and we can bear testimony to the judgment and taste displayed by the compiler. Mr. Cleveland has rendered good service to the cause of sound education by the publication of this class-book, which, we trust, will be as widely introduced into the schools of this country as it is already in America. The work has been studiously prepared with a view to the moral as well as to the intellectual improvement of the rising generation, and whether as an educational book or one for private reading, it is among the best Compendiums of English Literature."
2. ENGLISH LITERATURE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, chronologically arranged. Consisting of Biographical Sketches of the Authors and Selections from their works; with Notes explanatory, illustrative, and directing to the best editions and various criticisms; being a Sequel to the "Compendium of English Literature." By Charles D. Cleveland. Stereotype edition.
This sequel to the "Compendium" comprises biographical sketches and selections from the writings of English authors who died within the present century, and those at present living. The volume therefore embraces a large number of authors who flourished in the last century.
EXTRACTS FROM NOTICES OF THE PRESS.
"The arrangements throughout are judicious, and the selections have been made with the nicest discrimination. The volume is one well calculated to grace as well the library as the centre-table, and to be referred to again and again with pleasure. It is full of information, and may well be described as a casket of literary gems."-Penna. Inquirer, Phila.
"It is quite sufficient of this noble volume to say that it is based on the plan of the author's "Compendium of English literature," a work which has more judicious reading and sterling excellence than any other ever issued for similar purposes."-American Courier, Philada.
"It is a work of scholarship and taste, and embodies an amount of admirable sentiment, lofty eloquence, and true poetry, which makes us proud that we speak the tongue of EnglishProf. C. has had the heart of the philanthropist and the Christian, while exercising the eye of the critic, and has not only kept out every thing offensive to religion, but grouped together some of the best gems in morals and religion to be found in the language."-New York Evangelist.
"Mr. Cleveland, in this and in his former work, the 'Compendium of English Literature,' prior to the 19th century, has had a higher aim than ordinary compilers. He has not chosen a few brilliant writers, in order to make a flashy book, nor is his idea to give a smattering' to the reader, a slight acquaintance with works which ought to be thoroughly known by everybody. His book is rather like a bill of fare to some splendid entertainment, which it is well carefully to examine, before beginning to partake; or like a table of contents to some huge volume, which will inform you what there is to be found, and enable you to choose for yourself where to begin to read."-Norton's Literary Advertiser, New York.
"We commend the selection to all who wish to keep the well of English undefiled, and to resist the tendency of the popular literature of the day."-Common School Journal, Boston.
3. A COMPENDIUM OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, chronologically arranged. Consisting of Biographical Sketches of the Authors and Selections from their works; with Notes explanatory, illustrative, &c. By Charles D. Cleveland. Stereotype edition, June, 1859.