Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 11


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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 eleventh volume contains chapters from "Dana" to "Dickens". (Summary by Leni) - Summary by Leni (19 hr 47 min)

Chapters

Poems by Richard Henry Dana, Senior 13:31 Read by Larry Wilson
Paul and Abel by Richard Henry Dana, Senior 31:26 Read by Shreya Sethi
Excerpts from Two Years Before the Mast, by Richard Henry Dana, Junior 30:37 Read by Owlivia
Dante, by Charles Eliot Norton, part 1 36:56 Read by DJRickyV
Dante, by Charles Eliot Norton, part 2 44:30 Read by DJRickyV
Dante, by Charles Eliot Norton, part 3 1:02:49 Read by DJRickyV
Excerpts from "The New Life" and "The Banquet", by Dante Alighieri 27:36 Read by Michael Channon
Excerpts from Dante's Divine Comedy - Hell 22:39 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Excerpts from Dante's Divine Comedy - Purgatory and Paradise 31:27 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Selected essays, by James Darmesteter 14:56 Read by Colleen McMahon
Charles Robert Darwin, by E. Ray Lankester 25:02 Read by Colleen McMahon
Impressions of Travel, by Charles Darwin 10:47 Read by Rita Boutros
Excerpts from Life and Letters by Charles Darwin 49:58 Read by Rita Boutros
Excerpts from The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin 31:07 Read by Rita Boutros
Excerpts from The Origin of Species and other works by Charles Darwin 33:01 Read by Rita Boutros
Alphonse Daudet, by Augustin Filon 26:38 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Excerpts by Alphonse Daudet, part 1 32:07 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Excerpts by Alphonse Daudet, part 2 40:40 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Letters by Madame Du Deffand 23:46 Read by Rita Boutros
Daniel Defoe, by Charles Frederick Johnson 20:00 Read by Kristine Bekere
Excerpts from Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe 11:54 Read by Kristine Bekere
Excerpts From History of the Plague in London, by Daniel Defoe 33:04 Read by Kristine Bekere
Selected works by Daniel Defoe 29:25 Read by ToddHW
Selected excerpts by Eduard Douwes Dekker 23:02 Read by Availle
Selected works by Thomas Dekker 20:52 Read by Meg Huskin
The Confession of Louis XI, by Jean François Casimir Delavigne 16:18 Read by Rita Boutros
Demosthenes, by Robert Sharp 21:09 Read by Availle
Selected orations by Demosthenes 52:46 Read by DJRickyV
Thomas de Quincey, by George Carpenter 18:20 Read by Chris Pyle
Excerpts by Thomas de Quincey, part 1 26:31 Read by Chris Pyle
Excerpts by Thomas de Quincey, part 2 25:22 Read by Chris Pyle
Selected poems, by Paul Deroulede 10:39 Read by Alan Mapstone
Excerpts by René Descartes 32:29 Read by Dick Bourgeois-Doyle
Excerpts by Paul Desjardins 41:55 Read by jenno
Selected poems by Sir Aubrey De Vere 9:48 Read by Alan Mapstone
Selected excerpts from the 'True History of the Conquest of Mexico', by Bernal … 21:05 Read by Availle
Selected poems by Charles Dibdin 10:34 Read by Shreya Sethi
The Life and Writings of Dickens, by Laurence Hutton 21:48 Read by Siler Weaver
The One Thing Needful, from Hard Times, by Charles Dickens 14:08 Read by Siler Weaver
The Boy at Mugby, from Mugby Junction, by Charles Dickens 25:43 Read by Rita Boutros
The Burning of Newgate, from Barnaby Rudge, by Charles Dickens 41:53 Read by Rita Boutros
Monseigneur, from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, part 1 37:46 Read by Rita Boutros
Monseigneur, from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, part 2 28:58 Read by Rita Boutros
The Ivy Green, by Charles Dickens 2:13 Read by Alan Mapstone