The author has endeavored in these pages to sketch, in outline, a
subject that has not, as far as she knows, been treated as an
exclusive work by the schoolmen.
Written more in the narrative style than as a textbook, it is
intended to awaken interest in the subject of the interdependence
of the literatures of all ages and peoples; and with the hope
that a larger and more exhaustive account of a very fascinating
subject may some day be published.