STUDENTS of Rhetoric may well congratulate themselves because, instead of being obliged to glean from the antiquated pages of Campbell and puzzle over the blind theories of Whately, they have all that is valuable in these two writers, and much that is important and fresher brought together in an inviting volume of less than three hundred pages.
The chief value of Professor Hill's Elements of Rhetoric lies in its practical nature. Designed for use as a text-book, it omits theoretical speculations, gives particular rules rather than vague generalizations, and puts everything in a form that can be readily grasped and easily remembered. An abundance of examples and passages from modern authors illustrate each statement, and numerous references on each page make it possible for the student, if he wishes, to pursue the subject beyond the limits of the book. We wish, however, that the book had a fuller index, so that it might be used for a handy work of reference as well as for a text-book.
Of course, in any work upon the subject of Rhetoric, - a subject in which individual taste plays an important part, and learned doctors disagree, - there will be some statements which may be questioned; but for the purposes of a text-book there is little in Professor Hill's work which does not merit the highest praise.