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ECLECTIC EDUCATIONAL SERIES
VAN ANTWERP, BRAGG & CO.
CINCINNATI AND NEW YORK
A FIFTH READER addresses itself to those who have mastered the primary principles of Reading, and are prepared to enter upon the higher forms of written language as found in the works of the best writers. To attain the best results, the pupil should not read in one department of literature alone, but should become acquainted with history, travels, biography, and such healthful fiction as will exert a wholesome influence upon him, and enlarge his view of life.
With this end in view, the editor has presented a wide range of the best authors; and it was only when there was a manifest good to be served that an author is represented more than once. The selections have been chosen with great care, and with a threefold aim in view: (1) to give an adequate idea of the author's style, (2) to present useful or interesting facts, and (3) to enlarge the pupil's vocabulary by presenting good and pure English, such as will serve as models upon which a child may be led to base a style of his own. In numerous instances the selections have been adapted or abridged; and this, while not impairing their value to the public at large, more perfectly adapts them to their purpose. The biographical notices of the authors have been written with great
The simple statements of birth, death, etc., have been curtailed as far as possible, to give space for a short résumé of the writer's place in the world of letters, and are addressed to the teacher rather than to the pupil, as synopses which he can fill out as opportunity occurs.