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The Lake English Classics

General Editor
LINDSAY TODD DAMON
Professor of English, Brown University

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ADDISON AND STEELE-Sir Roger de Coverly Papers—

ABBOTT
ADDISON AND STEELE--Selections from The Tatler and

The Spectator-ABBOTT
American Short Stories—ROYSTER
AUSTEN-Pride and Prejudice- WARD
BROWNING—Selected Poems—REYNOLDS

Builders of Democracy-GREENLAW - BUNYAN-The Pilgrim's Progress—LATHAM BURKE-Speech on Conciliation with Collateral Readings

WARD
BURNS-Selected Poems
CARLYLE-Essay on Burns

1vol.-MARSH
CHAUCER-Selections—GREENLAW
COLERIDGE-The Ancient Mariner
LOWELL-Vision of Sir Launfal

1 vol.-MOODY
COOPER-The Last of the Mohicans-LEWIS
COOPER-The Spy-DAMON
DANA-Two Years Before the MastWESTCOTT
DEFOE-Robinson Crusoe- HASTINGS
Democracy Today-GAUSS
DE QUINCEY-The Flight of a Tartar Tribe–FRENCH
DE QUINCEY-Joan of Arc and SelectionsMOODY
DICKENS-A Christmas Carol, etc.—BROADUS
DICKENS-A Tale of Two Cities–BALDWIN
DICKENS-David CopperfieldBALDWIN
DRYDEN-Palamon and Arcite--COOK
ELIOT, GEORGE-Silas Marner-HANCOCK
ELIOT, GEORGE-The Mill on the Flo88-WARD
EMERSON-Essays and Addresses—HEYDRICK
English Poems—From POPE, GRAY, GOLDSMITH, COLERIDGE,

BYRON, MACAULAY, ARNOLD, and others-SCUDDER
English Popular Ballads—HART
Essays-English and American-ALDEN

Familiar Letters, English and American-GREENLAW
FRANKLIN-Autobiography-GRIFFIN
French Short Stories—SCHWEIKERT
GASKELL (Mrs.)-Cranford-HANCOCK
GOLDSMITH- -The Vicar of Wakefield-MORTON
HAWTHORNE—The House of the Seven Gables-HERRICK
HAWTHORNE-Twice-Told Tales—HERRICK AND BRUERE
HUGHES—Tom Brown's School DaysDE MILLE
IRVING-Life of Goldsmith-KRAPP
IRVING-The Sketch Book--KRAPP

The Lake English Classics-continued

IRVING-Tales of a Traveller-and parts of The Sketch Book

-KRAPP
-LAMB-Essays of EliaBENEDICT

LONGFELLOW-Narrative Poems-POWELL
LOWELL-Visions of Sir Launfal—See Coleridge
MACAULAY-Essays on Addison and Johnson-NEWCOMER
MACAULAY-Essays on Clive and HastingsNEWCOMER
MACAULAY-Goldsmith, Frederic the Great, Madame D'Arblay ·

-NEWCOMER
MACAULAY-Essays on Milton and Addison-NEWCOMER
MILTON-L'Allegro, Il Penseroso, Comus, and Lycidas

NEILSON MILTON—Paradise Lost, Books I and II-FARLEY Modern Plays, A Book of —COFFMAN Old Testament Narratives—RHODES One Hundred Narrative Poems—TETER PALGRAVE-The Golden Treasury-NEWCOMER PARKMAN-The Oregon Trail-MACDONALD POE-Poems and Tales, Selected—NEWCOMER POPE-Homer's Iliad, Books I, VI, XXII, XXIV-CRESSY AND

MOODY
READE-The Cloister and the Hearth-DE MILLE
RUSKIN-Sesame and Lilies-- LINN
Russian Short Stories—SCHWEIKERT
SCOTT-Lady of the Lake-MOODY
SCOTT-Lay of the Last MinstrelMOODY AND WILLARD
SCOTT—Marmion—MOODY AND WILLARD
SCOTT—Ivanhoe-SIMONDS
SCOTT-Quentin Durward—SIMONDS
Selections from the Writings of Abraham Lincoln-HAMILTON
SHAKSPERE—The Neilson Edition—Edited by W. A. NEILSON,
As You Like It

Macbeth
Hamlet

Midsummer-Night's Dream
Henry V

Romeo and Juliet
Julius Cæsar

The Tempest

Twelfth Night SHAKSPERE—The Merchant of Venice-LOVETT SOUTHEY-Life of Nelson-WESCOTT STEVENSON-Inland Voyage and Travels with a Donkey

LEONARD
STEVENSON-Kidnapped-LEONARD
STEVENSON-Treasure Island-BROADUS
TENNYSON-Selected Poems-REYNOLDS
TENNYSON—The Princess—COPELAND
THACKERAY-English Humorists—CUNLIFFE AND WATT
THACKERAY-Henry Esmond-PHELPS
THOREAU-Walden--BOWMAN
Three American Poems—The Raven, Snow-Bound, Miles Stand-

ish-GREEVER
Types of the Short Story-HEYDRICK
VIRGIL-Æneid-ALLINSON AND ALLINSON
Washington, Webster, Lincoln, Selections from-DENNEY

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REVISED EDITION WITH HELPS TO STUDY

Addinson, Joseph, 1672–1719

THE SIR ROGER

DE COVERLEY PAPERS

FROM

THE SPECTATOR

EDITED FOR SCHOOL USE

BY

HERBERT VAUGHAN ABBOTT

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, SMITH COLLEGE

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There is perhaps no humor in literature more likely to appeal to a girl of sensitive tastes than the delicate strokes of Addison; there is certainly no period in English life so likely to appeal to a boy of masculine tastes as the brilliant and intensely human age of Queen Anne. The humor of Addison must be left to disclose itself; it is never improved by the officiousness of an editor. Much can be done, however, to illustrate and make graphic the age for which and in which Steele and Addison wrote. This is the especial purpose of this volume. In the Introduction, I have not restricted myself to such a brief account of Queen Anne's time as a boy or a girl might read off-hand at a sitting. On the contrary, I have attempted to gather historical material from which the teacher may draw as occasion calls in the class-room. The teacher is urged, however, not to stop here; the pupils need to be set tasks of research for themselves. With this in view, he should, if possible, secure for them access to a com

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