Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 8


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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 eigth volume contains chapters from "John Calvin" to "Cervantes". Summary by Leni (18 hr 9 min)

Chapters

Biographical Note on John Calvin 10:57 Read by Larry Wilson
Selected excerpts from Institutes of the Christian Religion 23:34 Read by TriciaG
Biographical Note on Luiz Vaz de Camoens 31:18 Read by Leni
Excerpts from The Lusiads 28:57 Read by ToddHW
The Canzon of Life and Adieu to Coimbra 16:36 Read by Tomas Peter
Biographical note on Thomas Campbell 17:04 Read by Rita Boutros
Excerpts from The Pleasures of Hope 19:45 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected poems 24:06 Read by Rita Boutros
Biographical note on Campion 8:37 Read by Nemo
Selected poems 5:46 Read by Nemo
Biographical note on George Canning 10:50 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected excerpts 18:38 Read by Rita Boutros
The Execution 18:29 Read by Availle
Biographical note on Giosue Carducci 10:07 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected poems 21:44 Read by Sonia
Selected poems 8:45 Read by Larry Wilson
The Pursuit of the Smugglers 14:53 Read by April6090
Biographical note on Thomas Carlyle 40:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts 29:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
Dante, from Heroes and Hero-Worship 36:16 Read by Bruce Pirie
Cromwell, from Heroes and Hero-Worship 29:40 Read by Bruce Pirie
The Procession, from The French Revolution 35:57 Read by Bruce Pirie
The Siege of the Bastille, from The French Revolution 28:12 Read by Farnood
Charlotte Corday, from The French Revolution 20:00 Read by Farnood
The Scapegoat, from The French Revolution 13:37 Read by Jacob Shumway
Selected excerpts 10:43 Read by Larry Wilson
Selected excerpts 25:06 Read by Jacob Shumway
Casanova's Escape from the Ducal Palace 33:53 Read by Rita Boutros
Of the Island of Cuba 17:10 Read by Rita Boutros
Of the Court of Urbino 25:21 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts 19:40 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected poems 17:55 Read by Foon
Selected poems 24:11 Read by Chris Pyle
Biographical note on Benvenuto Cellini 17:44 Read by Colleen McMahon
The Escape from Prison and The Casting of Perseus 31:02 Read by Colleen McMahon
Selected excerpts 30:22 Read by Colleen McMahon
Celtic Literature, by William Sharp and Ernest Rhys, I - Irish, Part I 53:07 Read by MajorHistory
Celtic Literature, by William Sharp and Ernest Rhys, I - Irish, Part II 29:15 Read by deongines
Celtic Literature, by William Sharp and Ernest Rhys, II - Scottish 27:04 Read by Gareth Rowlands
Celtic Literature, by William Sharp and Ernest Rhys, III - Welsh 22:03 Read by Gareth Rowlands
Celtic Literature, by William Sharp and Ernest Rhys, IV - Cornish 15:40 Read by Sonia
Biographical note on Cervantes 22:35 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts by Cervantes, part I 36:35 Read by Ron Altman
Selected excerpts by Cervantes, part II 29:09 Read by Douglas Taylor
Selected excerpts by Cervantes, part III 18:57 Read by Douglas Taylor
Selected excerpts by Cervantes, part IV 34:41 Read by Douglas Taylor
Selected excerpts by Cervantes, part V 23:00 Read by Ron Altman