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LICHIGAL,

PROFESSOR OF MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATU IN THE UNIVERSITY OF

CORRESPONDING MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE, AUTHOR OF
NEW METHOD OF LEARNING THE FRENCH LANGUAGE," "TAK

COLLOQUIAL FRENCH READER," &c.

NEW YORK:
IVISON, PHIN NEY & COMPANY,
48 & 50 WALKER STREET.

CHICAGO:
S. C. GRIGGS & COMPANY,

89 & 41 LAKE STREET.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the yoar 1856, by

IVISON & PHINNEY. In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for

the District of Michigan.

STEREOTYPED BY

THOMAS B. SMITH, 82 & 84 Beekman Street.

PRE FACE.

An edition of the CHEFS D'ŒUVRE of RACINE, with Explanatory Notes and Grammatical References, is here offered to the American student. The want of such a book has long been felt by the instructor and pupil.

The references in this, as in the editor's other reading books, are made to his “New French Method," a work which, in little more than four years, has already passed through thirty-three large editions.

The dramatic compositions of Racine contained in this volume are: Les Plaideurs, Andromaque, Iphigénie, Esther, Athalie. The first o these, Les Plaideurs, the only comedy written by Racine, makes us wish that the author had done more in this department. This gem, an imitation of the Wasps of Aristophanes, far surpassing the original, has not hitherto been placed in the hands of the student ou account of the peculiar difficulties of its style and of the numerous proverbial expressions and allusions which it contains. The notes, therefore, will be found much fuller in this play than in the others which offer less difficulties.

L. F.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN,
Ann Arbor, April, 1856.

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