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THE HIGHEST CLASS OF LEARNERS, IN READ. ING ; TO ESTABLISH A TASTE FOR JUST AND ACCURATE COMPOSITION ; AND
TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS
BY LINDLEY MURRAY, Author of " English Grammar, adapted to the different
Classes of Learners," &c.
Boston Edition :
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The second edition of this work has received the Author's par. ticular attention. Many of the pieces in the former edition are omitted, and others inserted which are of superior importance, or more interesting to young persons. The new edition contains also, in an Appendix, Biographical Sketches of the authors mentioned in the “ Introduction to the English Reader," “ The English Reader” itself, and the “ Sequel to the Reader," with occasional strictures on their writings, and references to the particular works by which they have been most distinguished.*
By these Biographical Sketches, it is the Compiler's intention, not only to gratify the young reader's curiosity, respecting the authors of the pieces he has perused; but also to present to him such facts and sentiments as are peculiarly instructive and interesting, and calculated to make durable impressions on his mind. The language too of these Sketches has been studiously regarded ; that no want of accuracy or perspicuity in the composition might prevent this part of the book from forming an additional number of occasional exercises in reading.
* From the difficulty of obtaining accurate and impartial informaxion, and from motives of delicacy, no account is given of living authors.
THE “ English Reader" has been fo favourably received by the public, as to encourage the Compiler ty hope, that the present volume will not be deemed unworthy of attention. It pursues the same objects as the former work; it preserves the same chalte attention to the morals of youth; its materials are taken from the most correct and elegant writers : and, as the pieces are generally more extended, and contain a greater variety of stylé and composition, it is presumed that it forms a proper “Sequel to the Reader," and is calculated to improve, both in schools and in private families, the highest class of young readers.
In selecting materials for the poetical part of his work, the Compiler met with few authors, the whole of whose writings were unexceptionable. Some of them have had unguarded moments, in which they have written what is not proper to come under the notice of youth. He mult not therefore be understood as recommending every pro. duction of all the poets who have contributed to his selection. Judicious parents and tutors, who feel the im. portance of a guarded education, will find it incumbent upon them to select for their children and pupils, such writings, both in prose and poetry, as are proper for their perusal; and young persons will evince their virtue and good sense, by cordially acquiescing in the judgment of those who are deeply interested in their welfare. Per.
Justice to the authors from whose writings the extracts were made, and regard to the credit of the present work, rendered the insertion of names indispensable.