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Page vii of Collected plays and poems (vol. 1) / by Cale Young Rice.

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PREFACE lThe present European war, with its heartbreak for humanity, should reveal the spirit of America, with its sources in the ideals of manv nations, as no 'oner narrowly nationai, but definitelyvcosmopolitan. The opening of our doors to every civilization-and the consequent mingling of many racial classes-has made the serious absorption of much the outside world has to offer so easily possible, that even in our reading we have become strongly inclined to prefer the book from abroad to that written at home, though the latter is not infrequently of equal or superior quality. Let this enlarged horizon once be realized by those who are confusedly looking for a point of view from which our writers may achieve an enduring literature that is distinctively "American," and a new era will '-ii