Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 3


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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 third volume contains chapters from "Augier" to "Bancroft". (Summary by Leni)

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Chapters

Essay on Émile Augier 6:03 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Conversation with a Purpose, from Giboyer's Boy 14:26 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Severe Young Judge, from The Adventuress 6:24 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Contented Idler, from M. Poirier's Son-in-Law 9:36 Read by Leonard Wilson
Feelings of an Artist, from M. Poirier's Son-in-Law 6:37 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Contest of Wills, from The Fourchambaults 7:52 Read by Leonard Wilson
Essay on Augustine of Hippo 9:39 Read by Leonard Wilson
Excerpts from The Confessions 8:35 Read by Leonard Wilson
Excerpts from The City of God 5:34 Read by David Lawrence
A Prayer, from The Trinity 3:21 Read by David Lawrence
Essay on Marcus Aurelius Antoninus 25:30 Read by Leonard Wilson
Excerpts from Meditations 52:57 Read by Leonard Wilson
Essay on Jane Austen 19:09 Read by Leonard Wilson
Excerpts from Pride and Prejudice 24:37 Read by Leonard Wilson
A Well-Matched Sister and Brother, from Northanger Abbey 16:05 Read by Katryn Wiese
Family Doctors, from Emma 12:57 Read by Katryn Wiese
Excerpts from Mansfield Park 21:59 Read by Amanda Friday
Essay on Averröes 15:10 Read by Leni
Essay on The Avesta 15:44 Read by doonaboon
Excerpts from The Avesta 29:10 Read by Cynthia Moyer
Essay on Avicebron 11:15 Read by Margaret Espaillat
On Matter and Form 10:46 Read by Alchemist
Selected poems 8:44 Read by Leonard Wilson
Essay on William Edmonstoune Aytoun 15:10 Read by Bellona Times
Selected poems 28:02 Read by Kalynda
Excerpts from My Recollections 33:22 Read by Bellona Times
Essay on Baber 22:09 Read by Cynthia Moyer
Fables 18:51 Read by Bob Gonzalez
Essay on Francis Bacon 48:24 Read by MaryAnn
Excerpts from Essays 35:34 Read by MaryAnn
Defects of the Universities, from the Advancement of Learning 15:03 Read by MaryAnn
Excerpts from various works 38:08 Read by MaryAnn
Essay on Walter Bagehot 20:30 Read by Bellona Times
Selected excerpts 31:34 Read by doonaboon
Selected excerpts 40:40 Read by ereidhsd
Selected excerpts 21:09 Read by Bellona Times
Selected excerpts 28:36 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected poems 40:35 Read by MaryAnn
The Battle of Ivry, from The Huguenots and Henry of Navarre 11:30 Read by Kalynda
Excerpts 28:55 Read by Bellona Times
The Pleasures of Reading 54:22 Read by Bev J Stevens
Essay on The Ballad 28:23 Read by Martin Geeson
Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne 14:32 Read by Martin Geeson
The Hunting of the Cheviot 17:15 Read by Martin Geeson
Selected ballads 30:40 Read by MaryAnn
Essay on Honoré de Balzac, part 1 29:35 Read by MaryA
Essay on Honoré de Balzac, part 2 37:34 Read by MaryA
The Meeting in the Convent, from The Duchess of Langeais 44:24 Read by Patti Cunningham
An Episode Under the Terror 39:07 Read by selway
A Passion in the Desert 37:25 Read by Bellona Times
The Napoleon of the People, from The Country Doctor, part 1 32:53 Read by Cynthia Moyer
The Napoleon of the People, from The Country Doctor, part 2 28:37 Read by Cynthia Moyer
Essay on George Bancroft 20:17 Read by Jessica Louise
Excerpts from History of the United States, part 1 26:52 Read by pklipp
Excerpts from History of the United States, part 2 27:46 Read by Kristine Bekere