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The following Essays and Lectures are a selection from a good many which I have written during the last few years. Three of them, those on Shakespeare's Histories, Prometheus in Poetry, and Don Quixote have not been printed before. Of the others, Life and Art in English Poetry, which has appeared in the Fortnightly Review, was the first of the Lectures which I delivered at Cambridge during the winter of 1921–2 when I held the office of Clark Lecturer in English Literature at Trinity College ; The Grand Style was a contribution to the volume of Essays and Studies issued by The English Association in 1911 and published by the Clarendon Press ; Poetry and Commonplace was the British Academy's Warton Lecture on English Poetry for 1919 and has been printed by the Academy ; the essays on Wordsworth and Thackeray originally appeared in the Quarterly Review; and that entitled Napoleon in Poetry in the Napoleon Centenary Supplement issued by The Times in 1921.
I have to thank the proprietors of these publications for giving me leave to reprint my papers. Most of them have received a few corrections or additions, and a long Appendix, dealing with recent discoveries, has been added to the essay on Wordsworth.
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