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THE Poems appearing in this volume are included by arrangement with Messrs. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., the publishers of Austin Dobson's Collected Poems."
As regards the prose extracts, I am greatly indebted to Messrs. Chatto & Windus for the very generous way in which they have allowed me to draw on the various volumes of essays published by them. I also wish to record, in the case of the following publishers, my appreciation of their permitting me to use passages from the volumes appearing after their names.
Messrs. Macmillan & Co., Ltd. (De Libris, Henry
Mr. Humphrey Milford (Oxford University Press)
Messrs. William Heinemann (William Hogarth).
The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd. (Oliver
Messrs. Longmans, Green & Co. (Richard Steele).
Messrs. Dodd, Mead & Company of New York have kindly consented to my using material which is copyrighted by them in the United States.
Lastly, I cannot adequately thank my father's old friend, Mr. Edmund Gosse, for the foreword he has contributed and also for his kind advice. Without his promise of assistance, I should have felt some hesitation in attempting to prepare this volume which Mr. J. M. Dent, in view of his many years of friendship and happy association with my father, was desirous of bringing out as a tribute to his memory.
The portrait which is included was taken by Messrs. Walter Barnett & Co., Ltd., in 1910, when Austin Dobson was in his seventy-first year.