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English Classics — Star Series

IVAN HOE

A ROMANCE

BY SIR WALTER SCOTT, BART.

EDITED FOR SCHOOL USE

BY

CARROLL LEWIS MAXCY, M.A.

PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH IN WILLIAMS COLLEGE

GLOBE SCHOOL BOOK COMPANY

NEW YORK AND CHICAGO

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PREFACE

This edition of Scott's Ivanhoe is intended to be a practical manual for classes in college preparatory work. In the belief that frequent practice in writing is one of the essentials of thorough preparation in English, the editor has grouped the chapters by topics; after the notes he has appended written exercises on each of these topics; at the end of the book are eight additional “written exercises," rather more inclusive in character. These, as well as the others, are based upon recent college entrance papers, chosen from a wide variety of institutions; the last five are specific types, and are close imitations of late English entrance examinations on books of the so-called A- and B-lists, as set in five of our leading colleges. The teacher will do well to make these exercises just what their name implies, written, rather than oral. If they serve simply as assignments for recitation, ninety-nine per cent of their value will be sacrificed. They should be written out and rigorously corrected, primarily for form, secondarily for substance. The unceasing grind of correcting incoherent sentences and chaotic paragraphs is indeed exasperating and enervating, but the conscientious teacher of English soon finds that the primrose path of dalliance is not part of his inheritance.

In view of the pedagogic principle, that the pupil should not find all his work done for him, the extent to which the Notes shall be carried has become a problem. In annotating, the editor has endeavored to omit all that might seem purely

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