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It has been the occasional occupation of the Author of Waverley, for severa, years past, to revise and correct the voluminous series of- Novels which pass under that name; in order that, if they should ever appear as his avowed productions, he might render them in some degree deserving of a continuance of the public favour with which they have been honoured ever since their first appearance. For a long period, however, it seemed likely that the improved and illustrated edition which he meditated would be a poathumous publication. But the course of the events which occasioned the disclosure of the Author's name, having, in a great measure, restored to him a sort of parental control over these works, he is naturally induced to give them to the press in a cor
rected, and, he hopes, an improved form, while life and health permit the task of revising and illustrating them. Such being his purpose, it is necessary to say a few words on the plan of the proposed Edition.
In stating it to be revised and corrected, it is not to be inferred that Jeringen attempt is made to alter the tenor of the stories, the character of the actike to qualify the spirit of the dialogue. There is no doubt ample room for. emendation,w the success these points,—but where the tree falls it must lię. Any attempt to obvă lawyer of some acism, however just, by altering a work already in the hands of the for several years generally unsuccessful. In the most improbable fiction, the reader stię written in verse.
ome air of vraisemblance, and does not relish that the incidents of a tale of composing Har to him should be altered to suit the taste of critics, or the caprice pero tural dina Duthor himself. This process of feeling is so natural, that it may be obsei, tren in children, who cannot endure that a nursery story should be repeated to nose
dem differently from the manner in which it was first told. But without altering, in the slightest degree, either the story or the mode of telling the Author has taken this opportunity to correct errors of the press and slips of the
That such should exist cannot be wondered at, when it is considered that the ublishers found it their interest to hurry through the press a succession of the early itions of the various Novels, and that the Author had not the usual opportunity of
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