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Formerly Instructor in Elocution, Yale Divinity School, Yale University
PRE, F A C E
In my work as instructor in elocution and public speaking, I have not found a text-book wholly suited to my requirements. There are numerous theoretical works of interest to teachers, but few of them are of practical value to students. It is confidently believed that the present volume, embracing for the most part exercises and selections for practise, will satisfy a distinct demand. While much of the subject matter has been evolved from my own teaching, I am deeply sensible of my indebtedness to others for valuable material, the sources of which it is not always easy to trace.
It is recommended that each lesson be varied by exercises in breathing, voice culture, articulation, reading and gesture, rather than to confine it to a single section of the book.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to various publishers and authors for generously permitting the use of selections.
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