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Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

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1. 00 - Introductory Notes
2. 01 - Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings, Part 1
3. 02 - Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings, Part 2
4. 03 - Dedication of The Institutes of the Christian Religion
5. 04 - General Syllabus
6. 05 - Dedication of The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies
7. 06 - Preface to the History of the Reformation in Scotland
8. 07 - Prefatory Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh on The Faerie Queene
9. 08 - Preface to The History of the World, Part 1
10. 09 - Preface to The History of the World, Part 2
11. 10 - Preface to The History of the World, Part 3
12. 11 - Preface to The History of the World, Part 4
13. 12 - Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 1
14. 13 - Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 2
15. 14 - Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 3
16. 15 - Preface to the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare's Plays
17. 16 - Preface to The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
18. 17 - Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern, Part 1
19. 18 - Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern, Part 2
20. 19 - Preface to Joseph Andrews
21. 20 - Preface to the English Dictionary, Part 1
22. 21 - Preface to the English Dictionary, Part 2 and To the Earl of Chesterfield
23. 22 - Preface to Shakespeare, Part 1
24. 23 - Preface to Shakespeare, Part 2
25. 24 - Preface to Shakespeare, Part 3
26. 25 - Introduction to The Propylaen.
27. 26 - Prefaces to Poems, Part 1
28. 27 - Prefaces to Poems, Part 2
29. 28 - Prefaces to Poems, Part 3
30. 29 - Prefaces to Poems, Part 4
31. 30 - Prefaces to Poems, Part 5
32. 31 - Preface to Cromwell, Part 1
33. 32 - Preface to Cromwell, Part 2
34. 33 - Preface to Cromwell, Part 3
35. 34 - Preface to Cromwell, Part 4
36. 35 - Preface to Leaves of Grass, Part 1
37. 36 - Preface to Leaves of Grass, Part 2
38. 37 - Introduction to The History of English Literature, Part 1
39. 38 - Introduction to The History of English Literature, Part 2

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Summary

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."