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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
The Riverside Press, Cambridge

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COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY OSCAR KUHNS

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published November, 1903

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To the Memory of my Brother

HENRY CLARENCE KUHNS

whose unfailing kindness alone made possible for me an academic career.

His heart was gentle and filled with unselfish love for others; and the conduct of his life was such that those who knew him best, know of a surety that he is now among those blessed dead who have died in the Lord.

με μάλιστα καθίκετο πένθος άλαστον. ODYSSEY I., 342.

161930

PREFACE

The body of this book formed the second part of a volume on the Latin and Italian poets, prepared, in collaboration with Professor F. J. Miller, of Chicago University, for the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (1901–1902). In rearranging this material for a wider public, two new chapters have been added, while extensive changes have been made in the rest of the book. Being in Italy when the chapters on Dante were written, I found myself unable to procure a copy of Rossetti's or Norton's translation of the “New Life," and was thus obliged to make my own version of the passages quoted from that work.

I desire to thank the following publishers for their courtesy in allowing me to use the various translations quoted in this book : Houghton, Mifflin & Co. (Longfellow's translation of the “ Divine Comedy”), D. Appleton & Co., Dodd, Mead & Co., John Lane, F. A. Stokes Co., Harper & Brothers.

OSCAR KUHNS.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn., October 28, 1903.

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