THE following pages make no pretension to completeness. They are, in fact, a reproduction, more or less faithful, of a course of lectures delivered to a general audience in this University during the winter of 1906. Each lecture was written out within a week after delivery; and the result, I believe, commonly represents the substance of what was then said. Some of the lectures, however, have been expanded, and a section on the dramas of Victor Hugo has been added.
I have made no attempt to alter the lecture form, nor to remove the roughnesses and unshaded statements which are almost inseparable from spoken utterance. In order to get rid of these defects, the whole thing must have been recast from top to bottom; and it is probable that more would have been lost than gained in the process.
No one could be more keenly alive to these, and other, defects than I am. In particular, I must regret that limits of time have often compelled me