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In the following observations upon the subject of LIGHT READING, I shall not extend my view to works which might receive that title from such persons as Aristotle, Locke, or Newton; but, excluding from my definition of light literature, all folios, quartos, and crown-octavos of voyages, travels, tracts


of divinity, politics, metaphysics, &c.;

shall endeavour to call the attention of

the reader to some remarks on a few of

the various


be supposed to arise from the perusal of novels, romances, and poems of a particular class : in other words, to the ordinary contents of a circulating library.

Vanity already prompts me to be lieve that this my little volume has itself some chance of a place in one of those repositories, and therefore a chance of being read. Already, methinks, I see it take its post in a sky-blue or rose-coloured covering, upon the counter or in the window; and that this first and im

portant difficulty being surmounted, every thing else, connected with its te

putation, will follow of course.

It will receive condemnation or

praise it matters not which from the

reviewers; be turued over, thrown down, taken up again, cut open, read, and returned to the shop with the usual and flattering marks of having seen service; viz. a leaf or two torn out, scratches of pins, scorings of thumbnails, and divers marginal illustrations, executed by means of a crow-quill, or a black-lead pencil.

But if, contrary to these suggestions of a. vain heart, it should be the lot of my book to take rank amongst the chartæ ineptæ ; to lie in cold obstruction on the highest shelf, and constitute a sort of fee-simple to the first spider that gets possession of it, I must console: myself with the reflection of having tried to merit a happier fate.

Before I examine the effects of which

the light reading alluded to may be thought productive, I shall arrange the different orders of works of fancy under their proper heads.

Thus, to borrow a phrase from the

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