In the Sixth READER, the general plan of the revision of MCGUFFEY's SERIES has been carefully carried out to completion.
That plan has been to retain, throughout, those character-
istic features of MCGUFFEY'S READERS, which have made the
series so popular, and caused their widespread use throughout
the schools of the country. At the same time, the books have
been enlarged; old pieces have been exchanged for new wher-
ever the advantage was manifest; and several new features
have been incorporated, which it is thought will add largely
to the value of the series.
In the revision of the Sixth READER, the introductory
matter has been retained with but little change, and it will be
found very valuable for elocutionary drill.
tion of this portion of the work, free use was made of the
writings of standard authors upon Elocution, such as Walker,
McCulloch, Sheridan Knowles, Ewing, Pinnock, Scott, Bell,
Graham, Mylins, Wood, Rush, and many others.
In making up the Selections for Reading, great care and
deliberation have been exercised. The best pieces of the old
book are retained in the REVISED Sixth, and to these have
been added a long list of selections from the best English
and American literature. Upwards of one hundred leading
authors are represented (see “Alphabetical List of Authors,”
page ix), and thus a wide range of specimens of the best
style has been secured. Close scrutiny revealed the fact that
many popular selections, common to several series of Readers,
had been largely adapted; but in MCGUFFEY'S REVISED READ-
ERS, wherever it was possible to do so, the selections have been
compared, and made to conform strictly with the originals as
they appear in the latest editions authorized by the several