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VOCAL AND ACTION- LANGUAGE
CULTURE AND EXPRESSION
E. N. KIRBY, A.B.
SNOW PROFESSOR OF ELOCUTION AND ORATORY IN BOSTON UNIVERSITY
10 MILK STREET NEXT" THE OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE
MANY of my pupils have repeatedly requested me to print for reference the matter on elocution as I have given it in class and private instruction. With this in view, and hoping to benefit professional speakers and others, I venture to make public the subject as it has been received from the best sources in this country, which I am assured, upon the most reliable evidence, affords opportunities superior to those of any other in the world.
My aim has been simply to make a concise and practical handbook on elocution, adapted especially to the needs of those who have had no adequate instruction or practice in an art which they must use as readers, speakers, or teachers.
I lay no claim to original discovery, except in minor instances; but claim the advantage of having proven in teaching the value of the method and practice herein presented.
If the analysis and arrangement are valuable, I shall have accomplished something; for no book, yet published, systematically presents the whole subject.
The authorities for the facts contained in these pages are specialists in their departments. This will make the contents of standard value.
I would gratefully acknowledge my obligation to my former teachers, prominent among whom were Prof. L. B. Monroe and Dr. Charles A. Guilmette (now deceased) and Dr. C. W. Emerson. I would here offer thanks to Dr. Martin, of Johns Hopkins University, for permission to use figures from his excellent work on “The Human Body," and to Messrs. Henry Holt & Co., publishers, for plates of the same.
E. N. KIRBY. JULY 12, 1884.