Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

Charles William ELIOT (1834 - 1926)

Charles W. Eliot, 21st President of Harvard University, edited this volume of prefaces ... authored by a Who's Who of World Literature: Bacon, Calvin, Caxton, Condell, Copernicus, Dryden, Fielding, Goethe, Heminge, Hugo, Johnson, Knox, Newton, Raleigh, Spenser, Taine, Whitman and Wordsworth. Eliot wrote in his preface to these prefaces, "No part of a book is so intimate as the Preface. Here, after the long labor of the work is over, the author descends from his platform, and speaks with his reader as man to man, disclosing his hopes and fears, seeking sympathy for his difficulties, offering defence or defiance, according to his temper, against the criticisms which he anticipates." (Summary by DSayers)

Genre(s): Literary Collections

Language: English

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 00 Introductory Notes Charles William Eliot Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 01 Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings, Part 1 William Caxton Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 02 Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings, Part 2 William Caxton Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 03 Dedication of The Institutes of the Christian Religion John Calvin Etext MaryAnn
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Play 04 General Syllabus John Calvin Etext MaryAnn
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Play 05 Dedication of The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies Nicolaus Copernicus Etext Availle
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Play 06 Preface to the History of the Reformation in Scotland John Knox Etext doublemirrors
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Play 07 Prefatory Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh on The Faerie Queene Edmund Spenser Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 08 Preface to The History of the World, Part 1 Sir Walter Raleigh Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 09 Preface to The History of the World, Part 2 Sir Walter Raleigh Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 10 Preface to The History of the World, Part 3 Sir Walter Raleigh Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 11 Preface to The History of the World, Part 4 Sir Walter Raleigh Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 12 Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 1 Francis Bacon Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 13 Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 2 Francis Bacon Etext Bob Neufeld
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Play 14 Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 3 Francis Bacon Etext Martin Gradwell
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Play 15 Preface to the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare's Plays John Heminge Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 16 Preface to The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica Sir Isaac Newton Etext Availle
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Play 17 Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern, Part 1 John Dryden Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 18 Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern, Part 2 John Dryden Etext Martin Geeson
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Play 19 Preface to Joseph Andrews Henry Fielding Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 20 Preface to the English Dictionary Samuel Johnson Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 21 To the Earl of Chesterfield Samuel Johnson Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 22 Preface to Shakespeare, Part 1 Samuel Johnson Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 23 Preface to Shakespeare, Part 2 Samuel Johnson Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 24 Preface to Shakespeare, Part 3 Samuel Johnson Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 25 Introduction to The Propylaen Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Etext Ernst Pattynama
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Play 26 Prefaces to Poems, Part 1 William Wordsworth Etext TriciaG
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Play 27 Prefaces to Poems, Part 2 William Wordsworth Etext TriciaG
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Play 28 Prefaces to Poems, Part 3 William Wordsworth Etext TriciaG
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Play 29 Prefaces to Poems, Part 4 William Wordsworth Etext TriciaG
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Play 30 Prefaces to Poems, Part 5 William Wordsworth Etext TriciaG
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Play 31 Preface to Cromwell, Part 1 Victor Hugo Etext Leni
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Play 32 Preface to Cromwell, Part 2 Victor Hugo Etext Leni
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Play 33 Preface to Cromwell, Part 3 Victor Hugo Etext Leni
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Play 34 Preface to Cromwell, Part 4 Victor Hugo Etext Leni
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Play 35 Preface to Leaves of Grass, Part 1 Walt Whitman Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 36 Preface to Leaves of Grass, Part 2 Walt Whitman Etext Denny Sayers
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Play 37 Introduction to The History of English Literature, Part 1 H. A. Taine Etext Kalynda
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Play 38 Introduction to The History of English Literature, Part 2 H. A. Taine Etext Kalynda
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