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THE papers herein presented are discussions within the definite province of English Letters. They are developed along historical and critical lines and seek to relate the study of our vernacular with the manifest progress of English thought and life. As will be seen, some of the topics treated are of a general, comprehensive nature and range, but sufficiently illustrated by concrete example to make them intelligible and practically helpful to the literary student, while others are more specific. The articles have all appeared in the columns, respectively, of the Bibliotheca Sacra, The Methodist Review, The Presbyterian Review, and The Book-Lover. These papers constitute a companion volume to the English Literary Miscellany already published.
SUMMARY OF CONTENTS
The Beginnings of English Dramatic History
Attitude of the Church Fathers
Classification of the Early English Plays
Those of York, Chester, etc.
Interludes and Chronicle Plays
Ralph Roister Doister"
The Inherent Ground of Dramatic Art
The Method of its Expression
Character of the Transition
The Need of a Critical Era
Its Necessary Limits
Revival of Early English Poetry
Importance of Feeling in Verse
The Next Probable Transition in Verse