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COMPENDIUM

OF

AMERICAN LITERATURE;

66

CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED,

WITH

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE AUTHORS.

ON THE PLAN OF THE AUTHOR'S " COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH LITERATURE,"

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PHILADELPHIA:

E. C. & J. BIDDLE, No. 508 MINOR STREET.
(Between Market and Chestnut, and Fifth and Sixth Sts.)
Boston: PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & Co.; SHEPARD, CLARK & BROWN.
New York: A. O. MOORE....... Cincinnati: RICKEY, MALLORY & Co.

Chicago: W. B. KEEN; D. B. COOKE & Co.

Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by

CHARLES D. CLEVELAND,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court in and for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

B SITHECA

BEGIA
ACENSIS.

PHILADELPHIA:

COLLINS, PRINTER.

Bayerische
Staatsbibliothek
MÜNCHEN

PREFACE.

SOON after the publication of my "English Literature of the Nineteenth Century"-seven years ago the publishers announced the present work; and in about a year after, nearly half of it was done. But I found that, with the arduous professional duties of my school, I was working too hard, and therefore I suspended my labors upon the book entirely, and for four or five years (while residing for a greater part of the time in the country), I wrote not a line for it. But it being continually inquired for, in consequence of its early announcement, I determined a year ago to complete the work as soon as I could, and as best I might be able; and the result is now before the public. I have deemed it but simple justice to myself, as well as to my publishers, to state these facts, lest it might be supposed that I had been laboring upon my book for the whole seven years, which would raise expectations as to its completeness and finish, that I fear the volume itself will not justify. Besides, one who has such a scholastic charge might be supposed to have enough to employ his time, without engaging in such outside literary labors as seem more befitting the professed author. I say these things, not to deprecate criticism upon my work-on the contrary, I cordially invite it

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