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Art. 1. — Master Humphrey's Clock. 1. The Old Curiosity Shop

and other Tales. By CHARLES DICKENS. 2. Barnaby

Rudge. By CHARLES DICKENS,

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Art. II. — History of the Great Reformation of the Sixteenth

Century in Germany, Switzerland, &c. By J. H. MERLE,

D'AUBIGNÉ, President of the Theological School of Ge-

neva, and Member of the “ Societé Evangeliqué.” Vol. III. 19

ART. III. — The Temptation in the Wilderness,

37

ART. IV.- 1. A Minister's Account of his Stewardship. By

SEPH ALLEN. Christ and him Crucified. By FRED-

ERICK T. GRAY. 3. Farewell Address to the Unitarian So-

ciety in Nashua. By SAMUEL Osgood,

51

ART. V. The Student-Life of Germany. By W. Howitt, Author

of “Rural Life in England," etc. From the unpublished

MS. of Dr. Cornelius,

71

ART. VI. - An inquiry into the Foundation, Evidences, and

Truths of Religion. By HENRY WARE, D. D., late Hollis

Professor of Divinity in Harvard College,

86

ART. VII. — Memoirs of the Rev. Lant Carpenter, LL. D., with

Selections from his Correspondence. Edited by his Son,

Russell LANT CARPENTER, B. A.

102

CRITICAL Notices. — Thoughts on Moral and Spiritual Culture.

By R. C. WATERSTON,

126

The New Hampshire Book: Being Specimens of the Liter-

ature of the Granite State,

129

A Discourse delivered on the Occasion of the Death of

John Vaughan. By WILLIAM H. FURNESS,

131

Memoir of Ælder Abner Jones. By His Son, A. D. Jones, 133

An Offering of Sympathy to the Afflicted; especially to

Parents bereaved of their Children. By FRANCIS PARK-

MAN,

135

Discourses on Human Life. By ORVILLE DEWEY, 135

The Object of the Ministry. By EPHRAIM PEABODY, 136

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THE

CHRISTIAN EXAMINER.

MARCH, 1842.

Kad Art. I. — Master Humphrey's Clock. 1. The Old Curios

ity Shop and other Tales. By Charles Dickens. With numerous illustrations by Catterınole & Browne. Philadel

phia: Lea & Blanchard. 1841. 8vo. pp. 362. 2. Barnaby Rudge. By CHARLES DICKENS, (Boz, author

of the “Old Curiosity Shop,” “Pickwick,” “ Oliver Twist," &c. &c. With numerous illustrations by Cattermole, Browne & Sibson. Philadelphia : Lea & Blanchard. 1842. 8vo. pp.

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In the various forms of the epic and the pastoral, the romance and the novel, fiction has constituted a large proportion of the literature of the world, and a still larger proportion of the popular literature of modern Christendom. Yet its source, its theory, and its laws, have not been, so far as we can ascertain, brought to the test of philosophical inquiry. In the present article we shall endeavor to answer the following questions. Whence springs fiction, — from what elements of human nature and condition? What is its aim ? Is it an enduring form of literature? If not, what will occupy its place? In what other form can imagination find its free scope, and exert its full

power?

We read in classic fable of the Titans, who, that they might scale the heavens, heaped Ossa upon Pelion, and rolled leafy Olympus upon Ossa ; and the earliest of authentic history tells us of certain rash and aspiring builders, who essayed to erect a tower of brick and mortar, whose top should reach the sky. What they attempted by their handiwork, fiction aims to accomplish for the mind. It is the vehicle by which men 3D $. VOL. XIV. NO. I.

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