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REVISED AND ENLARGED BY THE AUTHOR
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
FROM THE LIBRARY OF
DECEMBER 3, 1920
First Edition, May, 1890.
[All rights reserved.]
HE work here presented to English readers was
published in French three years ago in an abbreviated form. Worthy of attention as are the older novelists of Great Britain, it was not to be expected that details about Chettle, Munday, Ford, or Crowne, would prove very acceptable south of the Channel, especially when it is remembered that the history of French fiction, not an insignificant one, from “ Aucassin
Jehan de Saintré," to Gargantua,” and to “ Astrée,” still remains to be written. A compressed account of the subject, amounting to scarcely more than a hundred pages of the present volume, was therefore deemed sufficient to satisfy such craving as there was for information concerning Nash, Greene, Lodge, and the more important among their peers. According to the publishers of the book this estimate was not fallacious, and there were no complaints of omission.
When the honour of a translation was proposed for the small volume, it appeared that a more thorough