Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 7


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The Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, is a work of enormous proportions. Setting out with the simple goal of offering "American households a mass of good reading", the editors drew from literature of all times and all kinds what they considered the best pieces of human writing, and compiled an ambitious collection of 45 volumes (with a 46th being an index-guide). Besides the selection and translation of a huge number of poems, letters, short stories and sections of books, the collection offers, before each chapter, a short essay about the author or subject in question. In many cases, chapters contemplate not one author, but certain groups of works, organized by nationality, subject or period; there is, thus, a chapter on Accadian-Babylonian literature, one on the Holy Grail, and one on Chansons, for example.

The result is a collection that holds the interest, for the variety of subjects and forms, but also as a means of first contact with such famous and important authors that many people have heard of, but never read, such as Abelard, Dante or Lord Byron. According to the editor Charles Dudley Warner, this collection "is not a library of reference only, but a library to be read."

This seventh volume contains chapters from "Henry Cuyler Bunner" to "Charles Stuart Calverley". Summary by Leni. (17 hr 59 min)

Chapters

Selected excerpts, part 1 32:18 Read by Mike Pelton
Selected excerpts, part 2 10:08 Read by Leonard Wilson
Biographical note on John Bunyan 24:02 Read by Mike Pelton
Selected excerpts from the Pilgrim's Progress, part 1 26:11 Read by Tony Addison
Selected excerpts from the Pilgrim's Progress, part 2 21:04 Read by Tony Addison
Selected poems 30:52 Read by John Burlinson
Biographical note on Edmund Burke 29:45 Read by Bruce Pirie
Excerpt from the Speech On 'Conciliation With America' 16:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
Excerpt from the Speech On 'The Nabob Of Arcot's Debts' 26:44 Read by Bruce Pirie
Excerpt from the Speech On 'The French Revolution' 19:35 Read by Bruce Pirie
Excerpt from "That Lass o' Lowrie's" 14:56 Read by KarenRenae
Selected excerpts from "Evelina" 42:33 Read by VfkaBT
Selected excerpts from "Cecilia" and the "Letters" 30:23 Read by Tony Addison
Biographical Note on Robert Burns 39:08 Read by Sheila
Selected poems, part 1 25:39 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected poems, part 2 21:25 Read by Leonard Wilson
Biographical Note on John Burroughs 10:18 Read by Availle
Selected excerpts from "Locusts and Wild Honey" and "Waiting" 33:59 Read by Availle
The Preternatural in Fiction 19:29 Read by VfkaBT
A Journey in Disguise from The Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El Medina… 23:06 Read by Sheila
En Route from A Pilgrimage to El Medinah and Meccah 20:34 Read by deongines
Conclusions as to Melancholy 23:30 Read by Tony Addison
Biographical Note on Horace Bushnell 21:24 Read by VfkaBT
Selected excerpts, part 1 9:17 Read by Mike Pelton
Selected excerpts, part 2 8:12 Read by Mike Pelton
Hudibras Described 18:18 Read by VfkaBT
Biographical Note on Lord Byron 23:19 Read by Kalynda
Selected poems and excerpts, part 1 24:10 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected poems and excerpts, part 2 29:23 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected poems and excerpts, part 3 13:13 Read by Roohi
Selected poems and excerpts, part 4 15:55 Read by Roohi
Selected poems and excerpts, part 5 22:21 Read by Roohi
Selected poems and excerpts, part 6 21:08 Read by Roohi
The Bull-Fight from 'La Gaviota' 26:27 Read by deongines
In the Home Circle from 'La Gaviota' 16:16 Read by VfkaBT
Biographical Note on George W. Cable 9:13 Read by VfkaBT
"Posson Jone" from Old Creole Days 54:25 Read by Dorothy Godfrey-Smith
Biograophical Note on Caius Julius Cæsar 31:16 Read by Joseph Tabler
The Defeat of Ariovistus and the Germans From 'The Gallic Wars' 26:01 Read by ToddHW
On the Manners and Customs of Ancient Gauls and Germans and The Two Lieutenant… 22:00 Read by Kalynda
Pete Quilliam's First Born from The Manxman 7:53 Read by VfkaBT
Biographical Note on Pedro Calderon 13:37 Read by VfkaBT
Selected excerpts 26:44 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Remarks on the Right of Petition 20:01 Read by AnthonyPatch
Selected speeches 34:41 Read by MaryAnn
Selected excerpts 14:12 Read by VfkaBT
Selected excerpts 28:24 Read by Leonard Wilson