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Boy Life Stories and Readings Selected From The Works of William Dean Howells   By: (1837-1920)

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BOY LIFE

STORIES AND READINGS SELECTED FROM THE WORKS OF

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

AND ARRANGED FOR SUPPLEMENTARY READING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS BY

PERCIVAL CHUBB

DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH IN THE ETHICAL CULTURE SCHOOL, NEW YORK

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HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

NEW YORK AND LONDON MCMIX

HARPER'S MODERN SERIES

OF SUPPLEMENTARY READERS FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Each, Illustrated, 16mo, 50 Cents School.

BOY LIFE

Stories and Readings Selected from the Works of WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS, and Arranged by PERCIVAL CHUBB, Director of English in the Ethical Culture School, New York.

"The literary culture which we are trying to give our boys and girls is not sufficiently contemporaneous, and it is not sufficiently national and American....

"Among the living writers there is no one whose work has a more distinctively American savor than that of William Dean Howells.... The juvenile books of Mr. Howells' contain some of the very best pages ever written for the enjoyment of young people." PERCIVAL CHUBB.

( Others in Preparation. )

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS, NEW YORK

Copyright, 1909, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published September, 1909.

CONTENTS

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INTRODUCTION ix

I. ADVENTURES IN A BOY'S TOWN

HOW PONY BAKER CAME PRETTY NEAR RUNNING OFF WITH A CIRCUS 3

THE CIRCUS MAGICIAN 13

JIM LEONARD'S HAIR BREADTH ESCAPE 23

II. LIFE IN A BOY'S TOWN

THE TOWN 41

EARLIEST MEMORIES 45

HOME LIFE 47

THE RIVER 51

SWIMMING 55

SKATING 61

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS 64

GIRLS 68

MOTHERS 69

A BROTHER 73

A FRIEND 79

III. GAMES AND PASTIMES

MARBLES 89

RACES 91

A MEAN TRICK 93

TOPS 96

KITES 98

THE BUTLER GUARDS 103

PETS 108

INDIANS 124

GUNS 129

NUTTING 138

THE FIRE ENGINES 145

IV. GLIMPSES OF THE LARGER WORLD

THE TRAVELLING CIRCUS 151

PASSING SHOWS 163

THE THEATRE COMES TO TOWN 168

THE WORLD OPENED BY BOOKS 171

V. THE LAST OF A BOY'S TOWN 183

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KITE TIME Frontispiece

HE BEGAN BEING COLD AND STIFF WITH HER THE VERY NEXT MORNING 5

THE FIRST LOCK 43

THE BUTLER GUARDS 105

ALL AT ONCE THERE THE INDIANS WERE 127

NUTTING 141

INTRODUCTION

There are two conspicuous faults in the literary culture which we are trying to give to our boys and girls in our elementary and secondary schools: it is not sufficiently contemporaneous, and it is not sufficiently national and American... Continue reading book >>




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