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EXTRACTS IN PROSE AND VERSE, WITH BIOGRAPHICAL AND
CRITICAL NOTICES OF THE AUTHORS.
FOR THE USE OF ADVANCED CLASSES
IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS.
G. S. HILLARD.
AN INTRODUCTORY TREATISE ON ELOCUTION,
BY PROF. MARK BAILEY.
TнE “SIXTH READER” corresponds to the “FIRST CLASS READER” in the compiler's former series, and, like that, is intended for the most advanced classes in our public and private schools. The main object of all reading books is to teach the art of reading, and this has been constantly borne in mind in preparing this compilation. With this view, a wide range of selections has been made, so that the pupils using it may be trained to give proper force and due expression to every form of style, whether grave or gay, humorous or pathetic, elevated or familiar, declamatory or simple. The pieces, as a general rule, are of moderate length, and care has been taken to admit nothing which young persons would be likely to pronounce dull or tame. Several of the most approved pieces in the “ First Class Reader” have been retained, but a large proportion of the contents is new. As compared with the former work, it will be seen that there is a greater number of declamatory and animated pieces; and this change has been advisedly made.
As far as was consistent with the end of preparing a good reading book, the compiler has endeavored to make his young readers acquainted with the treasures of English and American literature, and thus to aid them in forming a good literary taste. No one who recalls his own youth need be told how lasting are the impressions made by the pieces habitually read in the schoolroom, and how they shape and color the mind through life. With this view much care has been given to the introductory notices, biographical, critical, and explanatory, prefixed to post of the selections.