Companionable Books


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(4.7 stars; 3 reviews)

Many books are dry and dusty, there is no juice in them; and many are soon exhausted, you would no more go back to them than to a squeezed orange; but some have in them an unfailing sap, both from the tree of knowledge and the tree of life. Here I have written about a few of these books which have borne me good company, in one way or another, -- and about their authors, who have put the best of themselves into their work. Such criticism as the volume contains is therefore mainly in the form of appreciation with reasons for it. So I send forth my new ship, hoping only that it may carry something desirable from each of the ports where it has taken on cargo, and that it may not be sunk by the enemy before it touches at a few friendly harbors. (Henry van Dyke) (6 hr 44 min)

Chapters

Preface 2:06 Read by MaryAnn
The Book of Books 32:47 Read by MaryAnn
Poetry in the Psalms 28:44 Read by MaryAnn
The Good Enchantment of Dickens 43:46 Read by MaryAnn
Thackeray and Real Men 27:46 Read by MaryAnn
George Eliot and Real Women 35:23 Read by MaryAnn
The Poet of Immortal Youth (Keats) 24:45 Read by MaryAnn
The Recovery of Joy (Wordsworth) 45:44 Read by MaryAnn
''The Glory of the Imperfect'' (Browning) 1:01:13 Read by MaryAnn
A Quaint Comrade by Quiet Streams (Walton) 16:30 Read by MaryAnn
A Sturdy Believer (Samuel Johnson) 24:44 Read by MaryAnn
A Puritan Plus Poetry (Emerson) 23:27 Read by MaryAnn
An Adventurer in a Velvet Jacket (Stevenson) 37:40 Read by MaryAnn