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ENGLISH LITERATURE

FOR HIGH SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES

BY

I. C. MCNEILL

PRESIDENT OF THE SEVENTH WISCONSIN STATE NORMAL SCHOOL

AND

S. A. LYNCH

TEACHER OF ENGLISH IN THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

SUPERIOR, WIS.

NEW YORK .:: CINCINNATI .:: CHICAGO

AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1901, BY

I. C. MCNEILL AND S. A. LYNCH.

ENTERED AT STATIONERS' HALL, LONDON.

INT, LESS. IN ENG, LIT.

W. P. I

PREFACE

This book is chiefly the outgrowth of experience and observation in teaching English to beginning classes. It is thought that the work outlined will give the pupil something definite to do during the preparation of the lesson, without encroaching upon the time that should be devoted to the recitation itself. By understanding the aim of the lesson, the pupil's mind, through previous application and awakening, becomes a fertile soil into which the seed of the teacher's thought and inspiration may fall and in due time yield an abundant harvest.

In choosing the literary selections the needs of the student for life and citizenship have received the first consideration, but the work required for admission to colleges has not been slighted. The aim has been to present types of art in order to furnish an apperceiving basis for future study and appreciation of literature. After a thorough training such as this book is intended to give, more advanced work can be taken up with confidence.

It is difficult to fix any absolute types or standards of literary art. But since certain classifications are common, the selections in this text have been arranged in such a way as to leave an impression of the kinds of literature as a fine art. The progress is from the easier and more interesting forms to the more difficult types, which require close application. The following outline may be helpful :

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