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Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books by Various
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Charles W. Eliot, 21st President of Harvard University, edited this volume of prefaces ... authored by a Who's Who of World Literature: Bacon, Calvin, Caxton, Condell, Copernicus, Dryden, Fielding, Goethe, Heminge, Hugo, Johnson, Knox, Newton, Raleigh, Spenser, Taine, Whitman and Wordsworth. Eliot wrote in his preface to these prefaces, "No part of a book is so intimate as the Preface. Here, after the long labor of the work is over, the author descends from his platform, and speaks with his reader as man to man, disclosing his hopes and fears, seeking sympathy for his difficulties, offering defence or defiance, according to his temper, against the criticisms which he anticipates."

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[Illustration: Hippolyte Adolphe Taine From the etching by Asher B. Durand ]

THE HARVARD CLASSICS EDITED BY CHARLES W. ELIOT LL.D.

PREFACES AND PROLOGUES TO FAMOUS BOOKS

WITH INTRODUCTIONS, NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS

[Illustration]

"DR. ELIOT'S FIVE FOOT SHELF OF BOOKS"

P.F. COLLIER & SON

NEW YORK

1909 BY LITTLE BROWN & COMPANY

1910 BY P.F. COLLIER & SON

CONTENTS

TITLE, PROLOGUE AND EPILOGUES TO THE RECUYELL OF THE HISTORIES OF TROY WILLIAM CAXTON

EPILOGUE TO DICTES AND SAYINGS OF THE PHILOSOPHERS WILLIAM CAXTON

PROLOGUE TO GOLDEN LEGEND WILLIAM CAXTON PROLOGUE TO CATON WILLIAM CAXTON EPILOGUE TO AESOP WILLIAM CAXTON PROEM TO CHAUCER'S CANTERBURY TALES WILLIAM CAXTON PROLOGUE TO MALORY'S KING ARTHUR WILLIAM CAXTON PROLOGUE TO VIRGIL'S ENEYDOS WILLIAM CAXTON

DEDICATION OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION JOHN CALVIN TRANSLATED BY JOHN ALLEN

DEDICATION OF THE REVOLUTIONS OF THE HEAVENLY BODIES NICOLAUS COPERNICUS

PREFACE TO THE HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION IN SCOTLAND JOHN KNOX

PREFATORY LETTER TO SIR WALTER RALEIGH ON THE FAERIE QUEENE EDMUND SPENSER

PREFACE TO THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD SIR WALTER RALEIGH

PROOEMIUM, EPISTLE DEDICATORY, PREFACE, AND PLAN OF THE INSTAURATIO MAGNA, ETC... Continue reading book >>


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