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ELLA M. POWERS
THOMAS M. BALLIET
DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF PEDAGOGY, NEW YORK
SCHOOLS, SPRINGFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS
THE SILVER-BURDETT READERS
FIRST BOOK. 144 pages.
Simple, carefully graded, and of intrinsic interest to
SECOND BOOK. 175 pages.
A text-book in reading, well graded as to vocabulary
and subject matter.
Made up of selections from the best literature suit-
FOURTH BOOK. 288 pages.
Distinctive for literary quality, and representative of
our diversified national literature.
A real introduction to literature, English and Ameri-
COPYRIGHT, 1902, 1906, BY
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
In the preparation of this Fifth Book of the series, the chief aim has been to introduce the pupil to English literature, both American and British, by selecting such portions of it as are within the comprehension of pupils of the upper grammar grades in public schools. Much space has been given to American writers, with special care to select those who are representative of different parts of the country. The extracts have been made of sufficient length to develop a sustained interest, and to arouse a desire to read some of the entire works of which they form a part.
The short selections, although by different authors, are so grouped, wherever possible, as to form an integral part of the thought or sentiment of the longer ones which they immediately follow.
It is believed that the portraits of the authors and brief sketches of their lives, given in connection with each of the longer selections, will materially add to the value of the book and will serve to arouse a deeper interest in these authors and their writings.
This book, like the Fourth Book, is the result of the examination of fully a thousand volumes and the reading of hundreds of pages.
The transcription has been made
from the author's own works, and in adapting the material to the purposes of this book care has been exercised not to change the language of the original; omissions within the text are indicated in the usual way.
The copyright selections from the works of Lowell, Hawthorne, Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Whittier, Burroughs, Miss Proctor, and Bret Harte are published by permission of Houghton, Mifflin and Company, the authorized publishers of these works.
“Song of the Chattahoochee,” by Lanier, is taken from his “ Poems,” copyright 1884; and “ A Summer Day,” by Mitchell, from “Dream-Life,” copyright 1893; both of which are published by Charles Scribner's Sons.
The thanks of the editors are extended to Dodd, Mead and Company; T. Y. Crowell and Company; G. P. Putnam's Sons; D. Appleton and Company; The Century Company; Longmans, Green and Company; Little, Brown and Company; The Bobbs-Merrill Company; Charles Scribner's Sons; Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Company; David McKay; and The John C. Winston Company, for the use of extracts from their publications.
The editors desire also to make grateful acknowledgment of their indebtedness to President Theodore Roosevelt, Charles W. Eliot, George Cary Eggleston, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Henry van Dyke, Ainsworth R. Spofford, and John Burroughs, for permission to use extracts from their published works.
Act of Declaration, The
Richard S. Storrs
Adams and Jefferson
Ascent of the Jungfrau.
John Greenleaf Whittier
Capturing a Condor
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Helen Gray Cone
Oliver Goldsmith .