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RETROSPECTS AND PROSPECTS

BOOKS BY SIDNEY LANIER. Retrospects and Prospects.

Descriptive and Historical Essays. 12mo, $1.50. Music and Poetry.

A Volume of Essays. r2mo, $1.50. The English Novel.

A Study in the Development of Personality. New and Revised Edition. Crown 8vo, $2.00. The Science of English Verse.

Crown 8vo, $2.00. Poems.

Edited by his Wife, with a Memorial by WILLIAM HAYES WARD. With portrait. New Edition. 12mo,

$2.00. Select Poems of Sidney Lanier.

Edited, with an Introduction and Notes, by Prof. MORGAN CALLAWAY, Jr., University of Texas. 12mo,

net, $1.00. The Boy's Library of Legend and Chivalry. Edited by SIDNEY LANIER.

Four volumes, illustrated. 8vo, each, $2.00.

The Boy's Froissart. By Alfred Kappes.
The Boy's King Arthur. By Alfred Kappes.

Knightly Legends of Wales; or, The Boy's Mabinogion. By Alfred Fredericks. The Boy's Percy. By E. B. Bensell.

The set, four volumes in a box, $7.00.

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Copyright, 1899

BY MARY DAY LANIER

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University Press
JOHN WILSON AND Son, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.

Prefatory Note

THE essays here republished were written at widely separated periods of the poet's life, under different kinds of circumstances, and with no plan on his part that they should be gathered together in this or any analogous grouping. The sketch of San Antonio, for instance, came into existence from no more elaborate prompting than the need to earn money with the literary materials of a picturesque city, to which Sidney Lanier was driven by dangerous weakness of the lungs. The article was offered to the Southern Magazine, and was published in it. The essay, “ The New South," was written for Scribner's Monthly, and the “Sketches of India" at the invitation of J. B. Lippincott and Company; the occasion of the Confederate Memorial Address is obvious. The opening essay, “ Retrospects and Prospects,” had less definiteness of intention. It was composed at the age of twenty-five, — the compelled overflow of a buoyant, strenuous soul.

Thus it may well be that a critic will find no substantial thread of continuity to hold the chapters

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