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PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AND OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN QUEEN'S COLLEGE,

BELFAST.

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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1867, by

CROSBY AND AINSWORTH,

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts,

FIFTH EDITION.

STEREOTYPED AT THE
BOSTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY

NO. 4 SPRING LANE.

Presswork by John Wilson and Son.

TIC Elst

Craig.

PREFACE

TO THE AMERICAN EDITION.

Wilson1.00

A YEAR ago I let a class at school take Julius Cæsar as their first reading in Shakespeare, and made daily use of this book of Professor Craik's in teaching them. They noted down all the more important points as I gave them, and, without having seen the book, learned the better part of it pretty thoroughly. It took more time than I had ever before given to a single play, - considerably more, of course, than would have been necessary if the book had been in the hands of the scholars; but the results satisfied me that it was time well spent. I never had a class that became so heartily interested in Shakespeare, or that went on so rapidly and so well in reading other plays. It was the success of this experiment with the book that led me to think of editing it. I wanted it for my own classes, and I venture to hope that it may be of service to other students of Shakespeare, whether in school or out of school.

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