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READER AND SPEAKER:
A SELECTION OF
POETRY AND PROSE
FROM THE WRITINGS OF EMINENT AUTHORS,
WITH COPIOUS EXTRACTS FOR
THE PRINCIPLES OF ELOCUTION,
A VARIETY OF EXERCISES, FROM THE SIMPLEST ARTICULATION
WITH A SYSTEM OF
Illustrated by Diagrams and a Plan of Notation.
DAVID CHARLES BELL,
PROFESSOR OF ELOCUTION AND ENGLISH LITERATURE; AUTHOR OF "THE THEORY OF ELOCUTION," ETC.
M. H. GILL & SON, 50 UPPER SACKVILLE-ST.
LONDON: SIMPKIN, MARSHALL & CO.; WHITTAKER & CO.
270. f. 736.
EXTRACT FROM ADVERTISEMENT TO THE FIRST EDITION.
THE Extracts in this volume embody a series of Exercises peculiarly adapted to facilitate Improvement in the Arts of Reading and Speaking. The Compiler has endeavoured to make a Selection in which elegance and propriety of thought are combined with eloquence of expression.
The Readings in Prose and Poetry, as well as the specimens of Pulpit and Secular Eloquence, although selected chiefly from modern authors, include many of those passages from the principal writers of past ages, which are generally acknowledged to be fitted for elocutionary exercise. The "Extracts for Recitation are more numerous than in any collection of a similar kind. In many instances, considerable alterations, omissions, &c., have been made, to adapt the Extracts for effective Recitation.
EXTRACT FROM ADVERTISEMENT TO THE SECOND EDITION, 1850.
So many changes have been made in this Edition, that it may, in a great measure be considered a new work. The Introduction has been re-written; and so copious an explanation is now giver of the Physiology of Speech, as well as of the Principles of Elocution, that the Student may advance to their practice with a distinct understanding of the various theories.
A chapter on Gesture, including Attitude and the principles of Motion, has been introduced. This division of the book (compiled from the best authorities) is elucidated by many diagrams, and reduced to practical utility by a brief plan of Notation.
The Extracts have been revised and enlarged with the greatest care: many of inferior merit, as exercises in rhetorical delivery, have been replaced by others of undoubted excellence, selected from the writings of the most popular authors in British, Irish, and American literature.
The prosaic mode of printing many of the Poetical Selections for Reading and Recitation, as well as the Comic Extracts (which especially depend for effect on an easy, conversational, unrhythmical delivery), will be found effectual in destroying the sing-song utterance of Verse when presented to the unskilful reader in the common form.
THE FIFTY-SECOND EDITION, 1879.
In preparing new Stereotype Plates, some compressions have been effected in the Introduction; a few changes made in the Prose Selections, but without altering the arrangement of the pages, so that the New and Old Editions may be used without inconvenience in the same classes; a section of Junior Extracts for Recitation introduced; and about One Hundred New Selections and Adaptations added. The rapid sale of so many large editions is the best proof of the high position which "THE MODERN READER AND SPEAKER" has attained in Families, Schools, and Colleges.
Dublin, May 26th, 1879.
D. C. BELL.