Excerpt from French Prose Composition There is dearth of French Composition books; indeed, some of those w available are so good that it would be idle to try to improve upon them. This book, therefore, is t designed to supersede any of the works already published, but simply to embody an idea that the author believes to be new in French Composition work, i.e., to teach students to translate live English into live French. The criticism that can be made of some Composition books is that the English offered for translation is artificial; in many cases, indeed, it reads more like a too literal translation of French models into English than like genuine English. This little volume is divided into two parts, the first intended as a preparation for the second. This first or preparatory part has purposely been made easy. The second is composed entirely of excerpts from English or American newspapers and magazines. Wherever it has been found possible, the names of the publications quoted have been given. With a very few exceptions, the texts have been left untouched and where changes have been made, the purpose has been merely to simplify too difficult passages. It may be said at this point that most of the selections included in the second half of the book have been tested in the classroom and found to give satisfaction. In the first lessons use has been made of Mr. Carpenter's excellent geographical reader, Europe, published by the American Book Company, and thanks are here tendered to him for his permission to do so. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.