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FROM THE FRENCH BY
ELIZABETH LEE

REVISED AND ENLARGED BY THE AUTHOR

NEW IMPRESSION

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T. FISHER UNWIN

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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

FROM THE LIBRARY OF
FRANK EUGENE CHASE

DECEMBER 3, 1920

First Edition, May, 1890.
Reprinted November, 1895-
Reprinted March, 1899. ,

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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

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