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Excerpt from The Outlines of Literature: English and American; Based Upon Shaw's Manual of English Literature
The New History of English Literature, published in 1884, was a revision of Shaw's Manual of English Litera ture. The Manual had been used for ten years by students in American schools and colleges, and had gained far wider circulation than any other volume dealing with its theme. The New History, with its improved typography, its better arrangement, and its fresh material, displaced the earlier book and gained yet higher commendation.
This volume, The Outlines of Literature, English and American, is more than a revision of the New History. Line by line the statements and opinions of that volume have been weighed and verified, much that seemed superﬂuous has been omitted, new chapters have been added, the book has been rewritten, and new allotments of space and im proved arrangements have been secured. The student of this book will have constant reminder of the inseparable relations of the history and the literature of a people, and will find the literatures of England and of America divided into periods corresponding to distinct periods of national history.
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