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THE DRA MA.
MARGARET FULLER OSSOLI,
CENTURY,” “LIFE WITHOUT AND LIFE WITHIN,” ETC.
EDITED BY HER BROTHER,
ARTHUR B. FULLER.
LONDON: SAMPSON LOW, SON & Co.
ARTHUR B. FULLER,
T H E
E D I TO R.
In preparing a new edition of "Papers on Literature and Art” for the press, no essential change in the body of the work has been deemed requisite. This was the last volume my sister sent forth into the world. It was issued from the press just previous to her sailing for Europe on that eventful journey which ended only on the shores of that better land, “the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveller returns."
It contained some of Margaret's best thoughts on Art and Literature, and has been, perhaps, the most popular of the volumes she published. For some years it has been out of print, and is now again made accessible to the general reader, together with the other volumes from her pen which are now for the first time published in a uniform series, accompanied by her suggestive memoirs.
To increase the value of this work I have added a third part, containing her metrical translation of Geethe's drama, Tasso. This latter has never before been published, though
she had prepared it for publication many years previous to her departure from this life. It contains numerous passages of singular beauty.
This addition of material made requisite some change in the title of the work; and it now appears under the designation of " Art, Literature, and the Drama.”
In the preface to this volume Margaret expressed a desire and intention to publish, at some future period, further literary criticisms, together with some original essays. That purpose she did not remain on earth to execute ; but, in the new volume, “Life Within and Life Without,” issued from the press simultaneously with this, and prepared by me from my sister's unpublished manuscripts, the reader will find an endeavor to carry out her original intention.
ARTHUR B. FULLER. WATERTOWN, Mass., 1859.
In the original plan for publishing a selection from my essays in different kinds which have appeared in periodicals, I had aimed at more completeness of arrangement than has been attained in these two volumes. Selections had been made from essays on English literature, on Continental and American literature, and on Art. I had wished, beside, for a department in which to insert sketches of a miscellaneous character, in prose and verse.
It was proposed, in the critical pieces, to retain the extracts with which they were originally adorned, as this would give them far more harmony and interest for the general reader.
The translation, however, of the matter from a more crowded page to its present form has made such a difference, that I have been obliged to drop most of the extracts from several of the pieces. Moreover, in approaching the end of the first number, I found myself obliged to omit more than half the essays I had proposed on the subject of English literature, the greater part of those on Art, and those on Continental literature and of a miscellaneous kind entirely. I find, indeed, that the matter which I had