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F. A. March, Prof. in Lafayette Coll.: The Dial," Chicago : The arguments to Let me congratulate you on having the poems are made with rare judgment. brought out so eloquent a book, and Many mature readers have hitherto been acute, as Professor Corson's Browning. repelled from Browning by real difficulI hope it pays as well in money as it must ties such as obstruct the way to the inner in good name.

sanctuary of every great poet's thought.

Such readers may well be glad of some Rev. Joseph Cook, Boston : Pro- sort of a path up the rude steeps the fessor Corson's Introduction to Robert

poet has climbed and whither he beckBrowning's Poetry appears to me to be

ons all who can to follow him. admirably adapted to its purposes. It

(January, 1887.) forms an attractive porch to a great and intricate cathedral. (Feb. 21, 1887.) Queries, Buffalo, N.Y.: It is the Louise M. Hodgkins, Prof. of

most noteworthy treatise on the poe

try of Browning yet published. ProEnglish Literature, Wellesley Coll.: I

fessor Corson is well informed upon the consider it the most illuminating text

poetic literature of the age, is an admibook which has yet been published on

rably clear writer, and brings to the Browning's poems. (March 12, 1887.)

subject he has in hand ample knowlF. H. Giddings, in The Paper edge and due — we had almost said

undue - reverence. It has been a labor World,Springfield, Mass.: It is a stimulating, wisely helpful book. The argu- The book will be a popular one, as

of love, and he has performed it well. ments of the poems are explained in luminous prose paragraphs that take the readers who are not familiar with or do reader directly into the heart of the poet's

not understand Browning's poetry either meaning. Chapters on Browning's ob- from incompetency, indolence, or lack scurity and Browning's verse clear

of time, can here gain a fair idea of

away, or rather show the reader how to over

Browning's poetical aims, influence, and come by his own efforts, the admitted works without much effort, or the ex

Persons difficulties presented by Browning's style. pense of intellectual effort. These chapters bear the true test; they

who have made a study of Browning's enable the attentive reader to see, as Pro- poetry will welcome it as a matter of fessor Corson sees, that such features of

(December, 1886.) Browning's diction are seldom to be condemned, but often impart a peculiar

Education, Boston : Any effort to crispness to the expressions in which aid and guide the young in the study of they occur.

Robert Browning's poetry is to be comThe opening chapter of the book is mended. But when the editor is able to the finest, truest introduction to the study grasp the hidden meaning and make of English literature, as a whole, that any conspicuous the poetic beauties of so American writer has yet produced.

famous an author, and, withal, give such This chapter leads naturally to a pro

clever hints, directions, and guidance to found and noble essay, of which it would the understanding and the enjoyment of be impossible to convey any adequate the poems, he lays us all under unusual conception in a paragraph. It prepares obligations. It is to be hoped that this the reader for an appreciation of Brown- book will come into general use in the ing's loftiest work. (March, 1887.) | high schools, academies, and colleges of

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(February, 1887.)

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