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As was intimated in the Preface to the Sixth Reader of this Series, the Literary Reader has been prepared as a companion volume to the Fifth and Sixth Readers, and contains classical extracts in prose and verse, which are intended to furnish the Teacher with the means of cultivating the higher attributes of good reading.
Many of the extracts are new, but a good extract was not rejected simply because it had appeared in some other collection. If all such extracts were to be rejected, the field of choice would be very narrow indeed.
A few biographical and other Notes have been inserted, with the view of enabling the Scholar more easily to grasp the meaning. The non-biographical Notes deal almost exclusively with the allusions.
T. M. Glasgow, December, 1880.