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SCHOOL CLASSICS -For Supplementary Reading and Study
A NEW series of reading books, which offers the highest class of erature for all grades, designed to supplement or replace the regu reading books. This is the only series of complete classics from ndard authors at so low a price that contains all of the following tures:
Accurate and authentic texts-Notes and numbered lines for reference-Portraits, biographical sketches, and illustrations-New, clean type, graded in size according to the age of the child-Good grade of school-book paper, neat and durable binding-Uniform and convénient size. The grading here given conforms to that adopted by a majority of schools. However, after each title, we indicate the range of grades within which the book may be read with satisfactory results. The following titles have been published. Others are in preparation.
Price, per copy, 5 cents, postpaid, unless otherwise mentioned.
Bow-Wow and Mew-Mew. Grades 1-3. By Georgiana M. Craik. Edited by Joseph C. Sindelar. The story of a young dog and cat. Price, 12 cents.
The King of the Golden River. Grades 4-6. By John Ruskin. 32 pages.
Rip Van Winkle and The Author's Account of Himself. Grades 5-8.
Thanatopsis and Other Poems. Grades 5-8. By William 'Cullen Bryant. In addition to the title poem, the book contains a choice selection of Bryant's best-known poems. 32 pages.
The Courtship of Miles Standish. Grades 6-8. By Henry W. Longfellow. The complete poem in good type, with notes, biographical sketch, portrait, and numbered lines. 40 pages.
Evangeline. Grades 6-8. By Henry W. Longfellow. The complete
poem, uniform in style with Miles Standish. 48 pages. The Great Stone Face. Grades 6-8. By Nathaniel Hawthorne. One of Hawthorne's best sketches from Twice-Told Tales. 32 pages. The Man Without a Country. Grades 6-8. By Edward Everett Hale.. The complete text of Dr. Hale's best and incomparable story, printed in good type, with notes, a biographical sketch, portrait, numbered lines. 32 pages.
Snow-Bound and Other Poems. Grades 6-8. By John G. Whittier. .In addition to this winter idyll, the book includes his The Corn Song and The Barefoot Boy. 32 pages.
Enoch Arden. Grades 6-8.
The Vision of Sir Launfal
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, the universal favorite and the most widely read of American poets, was born in Portland, Maine, February 27, 1807. He was the second child of a family of eight children. His father, Stephen Longfellow, was an eminent lawyer of Portland and a graduate of Harvard. His mother was Zilpha (Wadsworth) Longfellow. Both parents were of English descent, and on his mother's side the poet traced his ancestry to four of the Mayflower Pilgrims, two of these being Elder William Brewster and Captain John Alden.
The boyhood years of Longfellow were spent in the beautiful city of Portland. He loved books and music, and fortunately grew up in a home where both were common. At the age of fourteen he entered Bowdoin College, at Brunswick. He graduated four years later, in the same class with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Shortly after graduation he was appointed professor of modern languages at Bowdoin and was allowed a leave of absence to continue his studies. After three years and a half of study and travel in England, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, he returned, eager and enthusiastic for his college duties, in the autumn of 1829. Here he remained for five years, when he was elected to fill a similar position in Harvard University. He held this place until 1854, at which time he resigned to devote his whole time to literary work.
Longfellow's first poem, entitled The Battle of Lovell's Pond, was written when he was thirteen years old and appeared in the Portland Gazette, Nov. 17, 1820. However, his poetical fame began in 1839 with the publication of Voices of the Night, a little volume which contained A Psalm of Life, Footsteps of Angels, The Reaper and the Flowers, five college poems and some translations. From this time on he published many books. His works are as much read in England as in this country, and they have been translated into many languages. The three poems which will be known perhaps the longest of all his works are Evangeline, written in 1847, The Song of Hiawatha, 1855, The Courtship of Miles Standish, 1857. Tales of a Wayside Inn appeared in 1863. The Building of the Ship, Excelsior, and A Psalm of Life are perhaps the best known of his shorter poems. His principal prose works are Outre-Mer and Hyperion. He also published a number of translations.
Longfellow died at his home in Cambridge, Mass., March 24, 1882, beloved by many thousands in all countries to whom the sweet, gentle singer had brought so much sunshine and music.
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