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THE COURTSHIP OF
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION, WITH NOTES, AND
TWENTY SPECIAL LESSONS
NEW YORK CITY
HINDS, HAYDEN & ELDREDGE, INC.
Simplicity, clarity, brevity — these have been the editor's watchwords in preparing the Hearthstone Series. This Series is to comprise works, suitably edited and annotated, adapted for three different groups of students: the pupils in high schools who study critically certain of the English classics; the advanced classes in grammar schools whose work is not so exacting; and the younger grammar school pupils for whom should be provided certain classical writings, for appreciative reading.
The information contained in each Introduction will, the editor hopes, assure to the student a more efficient and intelligent study of the book. Though the footnotes are somewhat technical in their application, the endeavor has been to make them as interesting as possible consistent with brevity.
A new feature which the editor is confident that teachers will approve as of pedagogical value, is the Twenty Special Lessons. It is believed that every pupil who thoroughly prepares himself in the work outlined in these Special Lessons, will have gone far toward attaining good taste in literature and a love for the classics. To the pupils who may not yet have read the history of the various countries, it is hoped that the historical comments may convey something of the atmosphere of the period in which the work is laid; and in the hands of a skillful teacher these comments should furnish incentives to conversation and discussion, and even themes for composition. The Questions, which are by no means exhaustive, are designed to stimulate thought. The