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ALTHOUGH numerous works on English Literature have been published, there still seems a space unoccupied which this little book seeks to fill. Instead of attempting, as is generally done, to give brief sketches of all the great writers who have adorned our language, a selection of the more eminent names has been made, and it has thus been possible to give a fuller account of their lives and writings than is usual in a Manual of this size. Of course, very much of the value of the book will depend upon the selection that has been made. No living writer has been included; but of the rest, although there may be some differences of opinion as to the merits of those who have been omitted, the claims of those selected will, we believe, be readily conceded. The authorities consulted have generally been mentioned in the text; but in addition to them, we desire to express our obligations to Mackenzie's Imperial Dictionary of Biography, Knight's Cyclopædia, and Chambers' English Literature.
ST. MARK'S COLLEGE, CHELSEA,