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THE MODERN STUDENT'S LIBRARY

EDITED BY

WILL D. HOWE

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY

AN ESSAY ON COMEDY

THE MODERN STUDENT'S LIBRARY PUBLISHED BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

THE ORDEAL OF RICHARD FEVEREL

By George Meredith.
THE HISTORY OF PENDENNIS.

By William Makepeace Thackeray.
THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE.

By Thomas Hardy.
BOSWELL'S LIFE OF JOHNSON.
ADAM BEDE.

By George Eliot.
ENGLISH POETS OF THE EIGHTEENTH

CENTURY.
THE RING AND THE BOOK,

By Robert Browning.
PAST AND PRESENT.

By Thomas Carlyle.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.

By Jane Austen.
THE HEART OF MID-LOTHIAN.

By Sir Walter Scott.
THE SCARLET LETTER.

By Nathaniel Hawthorne. BUNYAN'S PILGRIM'S PROGRESS. THE ESSAYS OF ROBERT LOUIS STEVEN.

SON.
NINETEENTH CENTURY LETTERS.
THE ESSAYS OF ADDISON AND STEELE.

Each small 12mo. 75 cents net.
Other volumes in preparation.

THE MODERN STUDENT'S LIBRARY

AN ESSAY ON COMEDY

AND THE USES OF THE COMIC SPIRIT

BY
GEORGE MEREDITH

EDITED, WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES

BY

LANE COOPER

PROFESSOR OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY

CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

NEW YORK

CHICAGO

BOSTON

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M 5590
C.5

COPYRIGHT 1897, 1918, BY
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

A

TO

JOSEPH QUINCY ADAMS

A LOYAL FRIEND AND FAITHFUL CRITIC

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