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PUBLISHED BY BARNES & BURR,
NEW YORK. THE LITTLE ORATOR; OR, PRIMARY SCHOOL SPEAKER. By CHARLES NORTH
END, A.M., author of "Teacher and Parent,” “Teachers' Assistant,” etc. In Three Parts. Part I. Poetry. Part II. Prose. Part III. Dialogues. 178 pp., 18mo., cloth. This little work is a judicious selection of simple and attractive pieces for the use of beginners in the study of Elocution. has been the compiler's aim to adapt the work to the capacities of children under twelve years of age, and at the same time to have the matter such as will make proper moral impressions. THE NATIONAL ORATOR. A Selection of Pieces for the use of young Stu
dents in Schools and Academies. By CHARLES NORTHEND, A.M. 312 pp., 12mo, cloth. In this volume is found such variety as will tend to meet the wants of teachers and pupils. Some of the pieces may be more suitable for exercises in reading than speaking, and a few will be found adapted to concert recitation. The volume is commended to the attention of teachers, with the hope that it may prove a valuable and pleasant aid, and tend still more to give importance and interest to the too often dreaded subject of declamation. ENTERTAINING DIALOGUES. Designed for the use of young Students in
Schools and Academies. By CHARLES NORTHEND, A.M. 312 pp., 12mo, cloth.
The practice of rehearsing dialogues in schools has greatly increased within the last ten years, causing quite a demand for new selections. In this volume may be found extracts eminently adapted, it is thought, to cultivate the dramatic capacities of the student. INTRODUCTORY LESSONS IN READING AND ELOCUTION, By
R. G. PARKER and J. C. Zachos. 195 pp., 12mo, half bound. This work possesses many advantages which commend it to favor, among which are the following: It is adapted to all classes and schools, from the highest to the lowest. It contains a practical illustration of all the marks employed in written language; also, lessons for the cultivation, improvement, and strengthening of the voice, and instructions as well as exercises in a great variety of the principles of rhetorical reading, which cannot fail to render it a valuable auxiliary in the hands of any teacher. ANALYTIC ELOCUTION. An Analysis of the Powers of the Voice, for the
purpose of Expression in Speaking. Illustrated by copious Examples and marked by a system of Notation. By J. C. ZACHOS, A.M., author of "New American Speaker," etc. 820 pp., 12mo, cloth.
The author has prepared his work for a more thorough analytic study of the art of Elocution than is generally given. He has based his analysis of the functions of the human voice chiefly upon that of Dr. Rush, the only scientific work on the voice that has ever been given to the world. Some subjects that are not usually treated of in books on Elocution, here receive especial attention. The chapters on Phonology, on the Analysis of the Sentence, on Rhythm, and that on Gesture are of particular value. The new and excellent system of notation is also an im. portant feature. SELF-CULTURE IN READING, SPEAKING, AND CONVERSATION. Designed for
the use of Schools, Colleges, and Home Instruction. By WILLIAM SHERWOOD. 380 pp., 12mo, cloth.
This work is upon a new plan; it aims to draw the attention of pupils to a proper estimate of their own powers, and to show them how they can best improve themselves. THE NATIONAL FIFTH READER, Containing a Treatise on Elocution, Exer
cises in Reading and Declamation, with Biographical Sketches, and copious Notes. By RICHARD G. PARKER and J. MADISON WATSON. This is the final number of Parker & Watson's Reading Series. THE PATRIOTIC SPEAKER, By Prof. RAYMOND. 524 pp.
A book for the times.
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THE compiler of these Extracts for the use of the young declaimer, offers an apology for adding another to the numerous books which have been prepared for a similar purpose. The work has grown out of a necessity encountered in his own experience as a teacher. All the existing “Speakers” of which he has any knowledge represent the eloquence of a Past, eventful and inspiring indeed, but eclipsed, in the estimation of the young American, by the all-absorbing Present. Many of the extracts in this volume have been gathered, in the last three years, in desultory efforts to answer the inquiries of pupils for “pieces” reflecting the great interests of the time; and to these, others have been added, carefully collated from the best rhetorical models of the day,-at the Bar, in the Legislature, on the Platform and in the Pulpit.
The poetical selections are furnished to gratify a too common desire for pieces adapted to dramatic and descriptive recitation. The compiler cannot, however, refrain
from seizing this occasion to exhort teachers of elocution to discourage the use of rhymed poetry for such purposes, except by those who are fitted, through native talent or careful training, to deliver it without false intonation. Undoubtedly, much of the bad elocution conspicuous in modern oratory may be traced to the unguided and unrestrained recitation of rhythmical passages, so generally allowed to the boys in our schools. The great majority of pupils may be taught to deliver their own sentiments or those of others, expressed in straight-forward, honest prose, --if not with elegance, at least with correctness and force. On the other hand, no experienced teacher needs to be informed that the graces of dramatic elocution can be imparted only to the gifted few; and many ill-advised aspirants, in aiming at an accomplishment to which they were not born, lose the opportunity of acquiring what would be of greater value to them--a plain, manly, oratorical style. Above all, let no student, not even the most gifted-confine himself to the recitation of poetry. To this department of the present work, special care has been given; mere literary excellence, without special adaptation to the uses of the rostra, not being considered sufficient to secure the admission of
extract. The dramatic passages at the end of the book are such as experience has already proved easy of performance and effective, in a school of boys. In addition to these, the compiler recommends the scene from Shakespeare's Julius
Cæsar, containing the speech of Mark Antony—a passage much more effective as a dramatic whole, than when cut down to a monologue, as in many books of oratory.
With these remarks, the Patriotic Speaker is submitted to the judgment of those for whose advantage it is intended.
R. R. R.
July 13, 1864.