In each of the past seven years, the Department of English has sponsored a series of lectures on the Carnegie campus by members of the Department. These lectures, which have been well received by gratifyingly large numbers, have been planned for a general audience. In some years the series has consisted of talks on miscellaneous subjects; in others, it has centered round a unifying theme. The talks delivered through the seven-year period now total nearly fifty. Not only have they proved of interest to the student-faculty audiences, but they have been professionally stimulating to the speakers themselves. On these occasions members of the Department have the opportunity to treat of literary matters especially dear to their hearts and to put their opinions to the test of formal presentation before their colleagues.
Number Two in the Carnegie Series in English consists of four talks delivered in the spring of 1955, here printed in essentially their original form, and a fifth paper based upon an earlier discussion that fitted into the pattern of the present volume. They were prepared for the press by an editorial committee consisting of Lester M. Beattie, John A. Hart, and Raymond E. Parshall.
AUSTIN WRIGHT, Head Department of English