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EDWARD EVERETT HALE, JR., PH.D.
PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC AND LOGIC IN UNION COLLEGE
GLOBE SCHOOL BOOK COMPANY
NEW YORK AND CHICAGO
As will be noticed in the Introduction, this volume professes to give nothing more than a selection from the most famous masters of the essay in its most characteristic form. Many noteworthy essayists are therefore omitted, Bacon on the one hand, Macaulay on the other. It seemed better that such a book as this should confine itself to some distinct kind or (to speak in imitation of science) species. Even in the field of the essay proper some masters are left out; Cowley, Steele, Johnson, Hazlitt certainly come not far behind those whose work is in this book. But here again it seemed best to confine our representation, that we might have enough of each one to be representative.
E. E. H. JR.
ESSAYS OF ELIA," BY CHARLES LAMB:
THE OLD AND THE NEW SCHOOLMASTER
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SIR ROGER AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY