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SHARE with many people a holy horror of Selections,' but the British satirists are so little known that I am not without hope that specimens from their works may prove both useful and interesting to the ordinary reader.
It is, indeed, due to the same causes that the satirists I thaucolaves to this treat
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been reprinted in elaborate and expensive editions, intended solely for scholars and connoisseurs. In the third place, the frank filth and savage coarseness which disfigure so much of our satire have rendered it revolting to modern taste. But there are pearls to be found in almost all these dunghills, and I have endeavoured to present to the reader as many jewels of pure wit and sarcasm and irony as space would allow.
With the object of selecting, where desirable, more copiously from less available writers, I have denied myself the pleasure of giving extracts from the novelists of this century.