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The Daily Dispatch: November 26, 1863., [Electronic resource], Return of Confederate Surgeons from the North--Yankee treatment of prisoners. (search)
ooks for their years is one which presents serious difficulties. It requires a man or woman of genius — and of very high genius, too — to write such a book. As far as we can recollect, just at this time, but two writers--Mr. Day, the author of Sandford and Merton, and Miss Edgworth — have succeeded. But each of their works is relished just as much by grown persons as by little boys and girls. We do not fear to be accused of childishness when we declare that there are few books in the English language which we prefer to the Parent's Assistant, and that Sandford and Merton is one of the most delightful books we ever read. The inference is that children are sure to like, in literature, what grown persons generally like. If the plainness and perspicuity of the language, the smoothness of the style, and the character of the incidents, render it attractive to the child, it will certainly be attractive also to the man or woman. From this it is plain that baby books, or books full of ba<