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Works on English and American Literature.
1. A COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH LITERATURE, chronologically arranged, from Sir John Mandeville (14th century) to William Cowper, (close of 18th century;) consisting of Biographical Sketches of the Authors, Selections from their works; with Notes explanatory and illustrative, and directing to the best editions, and to various criticisms. Designed as a textbook for the highest classes in Schools and for junior classes in Colleges, as well as for private reading. By Charles D. Cleveland. Eleventh Thousand. (1853.)
This work has been extensively introduced, as a text-book, in Public High and Normal schools, and in Colleges, Female Seminaries, Academies, and private Seminaries, throughout the United States.
The following opinions of the work are selected from a large number of a highly complimentary character, received from gentlemen eminent alike as literary men and instructors of youth. From Rt. Rev. Alonzo Potter, D.D.
Philadelphia, Dec. 9, 1847. Having, some years since, meditated a similar undertaking, I can appreciate, in a measure, the difficulties with which you were called to contend, and the skill with which you have sur mounted them. The selections seem to me to be made with much taste and judgment, and I cannot but regard this volume as a very valuable addition to our School Literature. The interest with which a young kinswoman, in whose hands I have placed it, is studying it, is an earnest of the reception which it must meet in the more advanced classes of our higher schools for both sexes.
From Professor Goodrich, of Yale College. I have read Professor Cleveland's “Compendium of English Literature” with lively interest. The selections are made with uncommon taste and judgment. The biographical notices and critical estimates prefixed to the extracts appear to me accurate and discriminating, and they certainly add much to the interest of the work, which supplies a want that has long been felt, and which must, I think, when known, be deemed an almost indispensable auxiliary in the highest classes of our schools and academies, in the study of English literature. New Haven, January 20, 1848.
CHAUNCEY A. GOODRICH. From Rer. Charles B. Haddock, D.D., Professor of Intellectual Philosophy and English
Literature in Dartmouth College.
Dartmouth College, February 15, 1848. My Dear Sir:- I have read your Compendium with great satisfaction and delight.' It is a work much needed, and exceedingly well executed. The plan is, so far as I know, quite original; the biographical sketches are judicious and elegantly written; and the selection of authors, and of passages from their works, in an eminent degree fitted to introduce the student to the most finished and most wholesome portions of our literature-the richest, noblest literature the world has yet produced. From George B. Emerson, Esq., Author of “ The Schoolmaster,” dc. dc.
Boston, March 1, 1848. My Dear Sir:-I ought long ago to have acknowledged your very agreeable present of the Compendium of English Literature. It is just the thing I had been wishing to see, and I thank you for it. I have examined it with great care, and have found it better suited than any other volume I have seen, to be a text-book in the study of the history of English literature. In size it is of a right medium, not being of hopeless length, but yet long enough to make a deep impression, and to give a fair view of the writings of the more prominent of the English writers in prose and verse. The biographical notices are judicious, and the extracts are made with taste and discrimination, and present most attractive specimens of the treasures of our incomparable English language.
I have adopted it in my school, and have found it so useful and interesting that I hope it will obtain the circulation which it so richly deserves. Respectfully yours,
GEO. B. EMERSON.
From the Rev. B. P. Aydelott, D.D., formerly President of Woodward College.
Cincinnati, March 18, 1848. Dear Sir:
und and read with peculiar and very great satisfaction, your "Compendium of
it realizes what I had long since sketched in