Composition and Rhetoric For Schools by Robert Herrick and Lindsay Todd Damon

Composition and Rhetoric For Schools by Robert Herrick and Lindsay Todd Damon

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Composition and Rhetoric For Schools was designed for the use of secondary school students. Its comprehensive, detailed lessons are divided into five sections: Part 1 is intended to provide for a year of classwork in basic composition; Parts II, III and IV are designed for a second year of training in rhetoric (e.g., usage, diction); while Part V can be used for additional, in-depth exercises. An inside back cover page contains an ad for other books published in the Lake English Classics series. Tucked inside the text are two completed homework assignments by owner Alma Warren, which were written in January 1904. There is also an inscription from previous owner and sister Nellie Warren dated April 9, 1902, on the inside front cover page, the translation of the word "father" in 12 languages, a signature Martha Moses at school, Marysville, Kans", and a drawing of a bird. The text is 466 pages in length.
Co-author Robert Herrick (1863-1938) was a professor of English and Rhetoric at the University of Chicago from its inception until he resigned in 1923. During his tenure at Chicago, Herrick produced thirteen novels (e.g., The Common Lot – 1904; Chimes – 1926), spending lengthy periods of time in Europe and in Asia while he wrote. “Part of a rising generation of American realists, Herrick's works dramatized contemporary social questions. His novels and plays were often thinly disguised autobiographical accounts of life in Chicago and elsewhere. If Herrick was a controversial man, it was not only because he criticized important Chicagoans, but also because he drew attention to the evils of industrialism and to the darker side of human life. …William James, among others, praised Herrick for his frank view of modern society.” (The University of Chicago Library)
Co-author Lindsay Todd Damon (1871-1940) was an instructor of English at the University of Chicago from 1897-1901. He later became professor of English at Brown University and succeeded to head of the English Department in 1927.
Scott, Foresman and Company was founded in 1896 in Chicago by Erastus Howard Scott, Hugh A. Foresman, and his brother, William Coates Foresman. It was a leading publisher of educational textbooks in all subject areas for the elementary grades. Scott, Foresman developed the characters of "Dick" and "Jane" who made their debut in the Elson-Gray Readers in 1930 and continued in a subsequent series of beginning readers. The Dick and Jane series of primers monopolized the market for nearly four decades and reached the height of their popularity in the 1950s. In the 1965 edition, the last of the Dick and Jane series, Scott, Foresman introduced the first African American family as characters in a first-grade reader.
In 1986, Time, Inc. bought Scott, Foresman and subsequently sold it to HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation. In 1996, News Corp sold the brand to Pearson and the new name of Pearson Scott Foresman was adopted.
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Scott, Foresman and Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 13.335 cm x 3.175 cm
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Gift of Dr. Richard Lodish American School Collection
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