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Heath’s English Classics
IVANHOE: A ROMANCE
SIR WALTER SCOTT
EDITED, WITH INTRODUCTION AND NOTES, BY
PORTER LANDER MACCLINTOCK, A.M.
INSTRUCTOR IN THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
ILLUSTRATED BY C. E. BROCK
D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
BOSTON NEW YORK CHICAGO
By D. C. HEATH & CO.
THE assertion that artistic pleasure is the best fruit of the reading of literature may be called a truism ; and the enjoyment of this artistic pleasure as the immediate accompaniment of one's reading, is the ideal experience. But artistic pleasure is not a simple product; it is the emotional element of appreciation, of which the other and indispensable element is intellectual comprehension.
Toward the intellectual comprehension of such a masterpiece as “ Ivanhoe,” dealing as it does with distant times and bygone manners, it is necessary to supply the young student with certain helps, which should, of course, be sufficiently convenient for reference, but not clamorously obtrusive. In the “ Ivanhoe” here presented there are neither line numbers nor foot-notes to mar the literary look of the page. The student may, therefore, read without interruption until he encounters what is to him a difficulty. The intelligent student will consult the notes unbidden when he realizes that they may contain information or suggestions valuable to him.
In the Glossary are given such terms as may be called technical and therefore require definition or explanation. In the Notes appear those expressions which need fuller treatment, and certain matters which, though needing explanation, are likely to escape the reader's notice. The Notes also include Scott's notes, a few of which are condensed. Four of the long notes appended by Scott to the later edition of “Ivanhoe,” being interesting only from the antiquarian point of view, are omitted altogether.
The Glossary and Notes are not intended to be a substitute for the ordinary reference books; the student will need to consult his dictionary, his history, and his maps for many matters.
It was not deemed necessary to include either Scott's Dedicatory Epistle or his Introduction to the edition of 1829. Such points in either as seemed essential for the purposes of this book were digested into the editor's Introduction.
This Introduction is not an introduction to the life of Scott, nor to Scott's whole literary work, but tries to attain the more modest end of being an introduction to “ Ivanhoe.'
The text is that of the 1829 edition, with some modifications of punctuation. Scott's well-known carelessness in this matter leaves an editor much latitude,
To acknowledge my large indebtedness to my colleague, Professor W. D. MacClintock, is the final pleasant detail of a very pleasant task.