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A Book of English Prose Part II, Arranged for Secondary and High Schools   By: (1879-1965)

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A Book of English Prose Part II, Arranged for Secondary and High Schools by Percy Lubbock is a comprehensive compilation of prose pieces that aims to provide students with a rich literary experience. Lubbock, a renowned scholar of English literature, has selected various texts from renowned English writers, showcasing their mastery of the written word.

One of the standout features of this book is its organization. Lubbock has meticulously arranged the prose pieces to create a seamless progression of literary styles and themes. The book is divided into sections, each focused on a particular genre or literary period. This allows students to explore different eras of English literature and gain a comprehensive understanding of its evolution.

The selection of texts in this book is exceptional. Lubbock has included works from a wide range of prominent authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, and many others. Each piece is introduced with a brief historical and literary context, aiding students in fully appreciating the significance and relevance of the writing.

Furthermore, Lubbock provides valuable annotations for certain passages, explaining their language nuances, cultural references, or complex metaphors. This meticulous attention to detail enhances the learning experience and ensures that young readers grasp the deeper meaning behind each text.

The book's language is accessible, making it suitable for students at the secondary and high school level. Lubbock has taken care to strike a balance between challenging prose and readability, enabling students to engage with the material without becoming overwhelmed. This approach encourages active learning and critical thinking while fostering a love for the English language.

In terms of layout and presentation, the book is well-organized and aesthetically pleasing. The font is clear and easy to read, and the text is appropriately spaced. Additionally, the inclusion of relevant illustrations and images adds visual appeal, capturing the essence of the literary era being explored.

One minor drawback of this book is that it primarily focuses on male authors and lacks representation from female voices in English literature. While this may reflect the historical dominance of male writers, it would have been beneficial to include a more diverse selection in order to expose students to a broader spectrum of perspectives.

Overall, A Book of English Prose Part II, Arranged for Secondary and High Schools by Percy Lubbock is a valuable resource for students and educators alike. Its thoughtfully curated selection of prose pieces, insightful annotations, and engaging presentation make it an essential companion for any literature curriculum. By immersing readers in the richness of English literature, this book paves the way for a deeper appreciation of the art of prose.

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A Book of English Prose

Part II

Arranged for Secondary and High Schools





at the University Press






The Editor desires to record his thanks to Messrs Macmillan & Co., Ltd., Messrs Chatto & Windus and Messrs Longmans, Green & Co., for their respective permission to include in this volume passages from Walter Pater's Miscellaneous Studies , from R. L. Stevenson's Random Memories and from Newman's Historical Sketches .

P. L.

October 1913



Death of Sir Gawaine . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sir Thomas Malory 1

The Queen's Speech to her last Parliament . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth, Queen of England 4

Death of Cleopatra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sir Thomas North 8

The Vanity of Greatness . . . . . . . . . . . Sir Walter Ralegh 12

The Law of Nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Richard Hooker 16

Of Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Francis Bacon 17

Meditation on Death . . . . . . . . . . . . . William Drummond 19

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