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A History of English Literature
R. H. Fletcher

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A History of English Literature 

by Robert Huntington Fletcher 

TO MY MOTHER TO WHOM I OWE A LIFETIME OF A MOTHER'S MOST SELF-SACRIFICING
DEVOTION 

PREFACE 

This book aims to provide a general manual of English Literature for
students in colleges and universities and others beyond the high-school
age.  The first purposes of every such book must be to outline the
development of the literature with due regard to national life, and to give
appreciative interpretation of the work of the most important authors.  I
have written the present volume because I have found no other that, to my
mind, combines satisfactory accomplishment of these ends with a selection
of authors sufficiently limited for clearness and with adequate accuracy
and fulness of details, biographical and other.  A manual, it seems to me,
should supply a systematic statement of the important facts, so that the

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