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THE SIXTH READER

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GEORGIA ALEXANDER

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GRACE ALEXANDER

INDIANAPOLIS
THE BOBBS-MERRILL COMPANY

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PREFACE

With a view to confirming the high and catholic literary taste which the earlier readers in this series have sought to inspire, the selections in the Child Classics Sixth Reader have been chosen to give a comprehensive and varied survey of the world's literature. Biography, history, the drama, the lyric, the long narrative poem, the short story, the novel, have all been drawn upon in the effort to acquaint the pupils with each of the great literary forms, and to represent each form by a masterpiece. The method of arrangement in the preceding books, in alternating prose and poetry and serious selections with humorous ones, has been followed again, thus insuring variety and the consequent steady interest of the pupils. Careful attention has been given also to grading the selections, both in difficulty of thought and in form, to the advanced grades for which the book is intended.

Realizing the need of advanced pupils for the literary and dramatic values obtained only by the study of sustained literary achievements, The Sixth Reader presents a group of the great literary units of decided length, such as Enoch Arden, Julius Cæsar, Rip Van Winkle and The Deserted Village. And in order that these units may yield their full measure of educational training and poetic beauty, they are given in their entirety and in texts that conform to the most authoritative editions.

The notes appended for study are unusually full, being designed not only to explain obscurities and allusions in the selections themselves, but to further the pupils' interest in the author and his other work. Questions, especially prepared for the help of teachers in leading pupils to a clear understanding of what they read and a

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