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The great merit of these essays lay in a criticism based on wide and various study, which, careless of tradition, applied its standard to the real and not the contemporary worth of the literary or other performance to be judged, and in an unerring eye for that fleeting expression of the moral features of character, a perception of which alone makes the drawing of a coherent likeness possible. — JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL.

*** For sale by Booksellers. Sent, post-paid, on receipt of price by the Publishers,

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO., Boston, MASS.

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BOSTON: HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY. The Riverside Press, Cambridge.

1881.

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The Riverside Press, Cambridge :
Stereotyped and Printed by H. 0. Houghton & Co.

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