The American First-Class Book, Or Exercises in Reading and Recitation
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1855. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Their Cards, without further Delay, to my friend, G. P. PutNam, Esquire, in Broadway, where a List will be kept with the strictest regard to the day and the hour of receiving the card. Then, taking them up as I chance to have time (that is, if their names can be twisted in rhyme), I will honestly give each his Proper Position, at the rate of One Author to each New Edition. Thus a PREMIUM is offered sufficiently High (as the magazines say when they tell their best lie), to induce bards to Club their resources and buy the balance of every edition, until they have all of them fairly been run through the mill. One word to such readers (judicious and wise) as read books with something behind the mere eyes, of whom in the country, perhaps, there are two, including myself, gentle reader, and you. All the characters sketched in this slight jeu d'esprit, though, it may be, they seem, here and there, rather free, and drawn from a Mephistophelian standpoint, are meant to be faithful, and that is the grand point, and none but an owl would feel sore at a rub from a jester who tells you, without any subterfuge, that he sits in Diogenes' tub. LESSON CLX. A Preliminary Note to the Second Edition* Though it well may be reckoned, of all composition, the species at once, most delightful and healthy, is a thing which an author, unless he be wealthy and willing to pay for that kind of delight, is not, in all instances, called on to write. Though there are, it is said, who, their spirits to cheer, slip in a new title-page three times a year, and in this way snuff up an imaginary savor of that sweetest of dishes, the popular favor, -- much as if a starved painter should fall to and treat the Ugolino t inside to a picture of meat. * Of the same poem * i jiron. as i. You remember (if no...
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