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Recently published, in 12mo. price 1s. 6d. bd.
PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR; Part I., containing the Principles of Analysis, or English Parsing. BY R. G. PARKER, A.M.
Author of " Progressive Exercises in English Composition," &c.
BY THE SAME AUTHOR,
PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES IN ENGLISH GRAMMAR, Part II., containing the Principles of Synthesis, or Construction of the English Language. 12mo. 1s. 6d. bound.
PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES IN ENGLISH COMPOSITION. 12mo. 1s. 6d. bound.
PROGRESSIVE EXERCISES IN RHETORICAL READING; particularly designed to familiarize the Younger Classes of Readers with the Pauses and other Marks in general use, and to introduce them to the practice of Modulation, and Inflection of the Voice. 12mo. 2s. 6d. bound in cloth.
These little volumes form, together, a series of Lessons on English Grammar and Composition; and the style in which the whole is executed proves the compiler tobe a sensible and experienced educationist. It is no slight praise to say that he has both widened and smoothed the entrance of the path to learning.
The Exercises in Grammar are well drawn up, and in the hands of a judicious teacher-illustrated by good oral instruction-will be found well to answer their object. We have tried them, and can furnish good testimony. Of the Exercises in Composition, we can speak with unmingled praise. It is not enough to say that they are the best that we have,-for we have none worth mention: the book is fully effective both in suggesting ideas or pointing out the method of thinking, and also in teaching the mode of expressing ideas with propriety and elegance. With respect to the Book on Rhetorical Reading,-it may first be said that elocution is shockingly neglected in this country, and therefore that a book professing to teach the elements of this very necessary art ought to be patronized. How many drawlers do we hear in the pulpit, at the bar, and in parliament, who, for want of judicious instruction, give utterance to bright and ingenious thoughts and beautiful language, in a way that sends their hearers into profound slumber! This little book has been read by us with much attention. Without offending parliament-men or the clergy, we may at any rate recommend the teachers of the rising generation to school themselves well in its principles, that they may be able to send forth worthy aspirants for the palm of eloquence. MR. PARKER -Monthly Mag.
HAS UNDOUBTEDLY DONE THE STATE MUCH SERVICE.
SYSTEM OF RHETORIC;
PRINCIPLES AND RULES OF STYLE,
EXAMPLES OF WRITING.
HISTORICAL DISSERTATION ON ENGLISH STYLE.
SAMUEL P. NEWMAN, K
Professor of Rhetoric, and Lecturer on Political Economy
PUBLISHED BY JOHN R. PRIESTLEY,
47, HIGH HOLBORN.
THE little work entitled "A Practical System of Rhetoric," now presented to the British public, was first published by Professor Newman, in the year 1827, as a Text-book for the use of the Students of Bowdoin College, at which time it was received with considerable favour, and has since come into general use in the United States of America.
The following extract from Mrs. Phelps's admirable little treatise, entitled, "The Female Student," will give some idea of the estimation in which the work is held.
"For a clear and interesting explanation of the Elements of Taste, and of its three most essential qualities, refinement, delicacy, and correctness, I would refer you to the valuable system of Rhetoric by Professor Newman. The author has taken up the subject in a philosophical and practical manner. He at once informs the student that the art of writing well is not to be obtained by a set of rules, but that the store-house of the mind 'must be well filled; and he must have that command ' of his treasures which will enable him to bring forward 'whenever the occasion may require, what has been accumulated for future use.' He dwells particularly upon the necessity of mental discipline, especially the previous cultivation of the reasoning powers; and observes that the student who, in the course of his edu'cation, is called to search for truth in the labyrinth of
metaphysical and moral reasonings, and to toil in the 'wearisome study of the long and intricate solutions of ' mathematical principles, is acquiring that discipline of 'the mind which fits him to distinguish himself as an 'able writer.'
"The chapter on Literary Taste is well written, and calculated to give just ideas of the peculiar merits of different authors; it also happily illustrates the proper use of rhetorical figures. The chapter on Style is an interesting exposition of the qualities of a good style, and the modes of writing which characterize different individuals. This little work leads the pupil to a knowledge of the rules and principles of Rhetoric, in an easy and simple manner, and has the merit of more originality than many school books which profess to be improvements."
The present edition is undertaken with the concurrence of the author, who has made numerous improvements upon his last (the fifth) edition; and at the request of the publisher, adapted his illustrations to the use of the English student.
It is humbly suggested that it might form a highly useful exercise to require of the pupil a written analysis of those parts of the book in which the analytical method is adopted, particularly of what is said on the subject of Taste. A plan of this kind, if judiciously pursued, may well supply the place of Questions, and at the same time aid the student in the acquisition of valuable mental habits.
London, March, 1837.