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It is said that Reading is a form of living because of the things that happen in us when we read. These selections will meet a sympathetic response in the hearts of pupils and will prove most effective agents in character building.

Because humor is a pronounced American trait and is particularly relished by youth, a group of humorists is included, together with Irving and Hawthorne, those artists of the fanciful, whose stories are especially suited for pupils of this age.

Although many of the selections in this book are uncommon in a Reader, the choice has always been made, not for the sake of novelty, but with a view to the needs, tastes, and interests of boys and girls.

Following the plan of the earlier books of the series, which contain lightly drawn studies of great American authors and their masterpieces, this volume concludes with sketches of Poe, Tennyson, Stevenson, and Shakespeare, and somewhat extended readings from them.

The Suggestions for Study at the back of the book are intended to fill the rôle of friendly guide for the pupils and to stimulate their interest, rather than to serve as elaborate analyses of lesson plans for the teacher. There are also brief biographies of authors, and a word list for those not having access to large dictionaries.

Grateful acknowledgment for permission to use selections in this book is made to D. Appleton and Company for the selection from Heywood Broun's The A. E. F.; to Arts and Decoration for Van Dyke's poem "The Name of France"; to John Vance Cheney for his poem "The Happiest Heart”; to Dodd, Mead and Company for the selection from Fabre's Life of the Fly, and for the photograph of the author; to Doubleday, Page and Company for the story by O. Henry; to Harry Stillwell Edwards and the Century Company for the story “Shadow”; to Hamlin Garland for the poem,“ Color in the Wheat”; to Joseph B. Gilder for the poem “The Parting of the Ways"; to Hermann Hagedorn for the selection from the poem “The Troop of the Guard”; to Harper and Brothers for the selections from George William Curtis's Orations and Addresses; to the Houghton Mifflin Company for the selection from Woodrow Wilson's Mere Literature and Other Essays; to Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company for the poems by Sam Walter Foss and Paul Hamilton Hayne; to the National Education Association for the selection from an address by John P. Kavanaugh; to The Outlook for Roosevelt's address to the Hill School; to Fleming H. Revell Company for the selections from Dr. S. Hall Young's Alaska Days with John Muir; and to Charles Scribner's Sons for the poem "Tennyson" by Henry van Dyke and for the story, "A Piece of Red Calico," by Frank R. Stockton. The selections from Emerson, Hawthorne, and Holmes are used by permission of and by special arrangement with, the Houghton Mifflin Company, the authorized publishers of their works.

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