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THE FORMS OF

PROSE LITERATURE

BY

J. H. GARDINER

INSTRUCTOR IN ENGLISH AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

NEW YORK

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

H44 338,855.til
Liit 49.00

ARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY,
APR 25 1900
CAMBRIDGE, MASS
The Author

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TO

ADAMS SHERMAN HILL

FIFTH BOYLSTON PROFESSOR OF RHETORIC AND ORATORY.

INTRODUCTORY NOTE

SOME

OME two or three years ago, the Messrs. Scrib

ner, finding that teachers who used my “English Composition” generally wished a supplementary book, kindly invited me to prepare one. In attempting to do so, I asked my friend and colleague for many years, Mr. J. H. Gardiner, to assist me. For various reasons I found myself unable to give the work such care as it demanded. Mr. Gardiner meanwhile was able to persist in his share of it. As a result the work has really become his. All I have done has been to watch its progress with friendly interest and attention, occasionally making suggestions.

As this book, however, is the direct outcome of practical teaching at Harvard College, where Mr. Gardiner's duties and mine have often been inextricably mingled, I feel sure that his work fully represents the aims which for years we have had in common, and the spirit in which for years. we have worked together. And he has given the matters in hand so much more minute attention than I, that as his writing has progressed I have felt with increasing force the uncommon value of what he has added to the philosophy of our subject. In commending his book, then, to all who are interested in my “ English Composition,” I have the pleasure

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