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ESSAYS FOR COLLEGE

ENGLISH

EDITED BY J. C. BOWMAN
L. I. BREDVOLD, L. B. GREENFIELD

AND BRUCE WEIRICK

The essays discuss problems of country life, science, education, and problems of life in general, and are models of exposition. xix + 447 pages.

THE PROMISE OF
COUNTRY LIFE

EDITED BY J. C. BOWMAN The selections discuss the conditions and opportunities of country life, and include descriptions, narrations without plot, and short stories. xxii + 303 pages.

D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS

COUNTRY LIFE

DESCRIPTIONS
NARRATIONS WITHOUT PLOT

SHORT STORIES

EDITED BY

JAMES CLOYD BOWMAN, A.M.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN THE

IOWA STATE COLLEGE

D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
BOSTON
NEW YORK

CHICAGO

COPYRIGHT, 1916,
By D. C. HEATH & Co.

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0871776

PREFACE

women

AGRICULTURAL education has for the past two or three decades busied itself primarily with teaching country people how to earn a living. It has succeeded so well in this that men of all the other occupations are coming to envy the farmer his ease and his independence. Few people, however, envy the farmer his rural life. Almost every one wonders how he can endure living so far away from folks, and how he can get along without the many ready-made amusements of the city. Even the farmer himself frequently feels, if he is to have any enjoyment, that he must go to town for it. The present volume attempts — by bringing together the personal experiences of a wide variety of men and

to indicate some of the more important pleasures with which country life may be enriched. It is so far as the editor is aware the first serious attempt of the kind that has been made.

The first group of selections has to do with the type of individual who is most at home in the country, the second treats of the pleasures which may be found in solitude, the third shows how various types of men have found enjoyment in a rural environment, the fourth contrasts life in the city with life in the country, still another describes man's mastery over the crops of the fields and the domestic animals, one story depicts the unstinted loyalty of man's best out-of-door friend

the dog, one story pitilessly portrays the meagre life of those who are too impoverished of soul to enjoy what the country has to give, finally a group of stories discuss the various sociological and economic problems of farm life. Taken together, these selections should give the reader an understanding of a few of the unlimited possibilities of life in the country.

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