Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 5


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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 fifth volume contains chapters from "Bismarck" to "Brandt". (Summary by Leni) (18 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Essay on Bismarck 17:59 Read by Availle
Letters 37:36 Read by Jeff Chesnut
Personal Characteristics of the Members of the Frankfort Diet 20:04 Read by Jeff Chesnut
From a Speech on the Military Bill 12:41 Read by Jeff Chesnut
Essay on Björnstjerne Björnson 27:17 Read by MaryAnn
Selected poems 9:45 Read by MaryAnn
Selected excerpts 31:42 Read by MaryAnn
Essay on William Black 12:43 Read by Bruce Pirie
The End of Macleod of Dare 25:24 Read by Mike Pelton
Sheila in London 38:01 Read by MariaS
Essay on Richard Doddridge Blackmore 14:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
A Desperate Venture 18:36 Read by Lee Smalley
A Wedding and a Revenge 15:06 Read by Lee Smalley
Landing the Trout 11:47 Read by rookieblue
A Dane in the Dike 21:54 Read by Mike Pelton
Selected poems 24:31 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts 39:01 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts 27:04 Read by MaryAnn
Selected excerpts 35:03 Read by MaryAnn
Essay on Giovanni Boccaccio 32:09 Read by Leonard Wilson
Frederick of the Alberighi and His Falcon 16:13 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected excerpts 16:52 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Story of Griselda 28:05 Read by Leonard Wilson
Selected poems and excerpts 28:29 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected excerpts 15:20 Read by Craig Campbell
Of the Greatest Good 23:46 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected poems 28:42 Read by MaryAnn
Selected excerpts 31:17 Read by Bruce Pirie
Selected poems 11:46 Read by Greg Giordano
On the Beholding of God in His Footsteps in This Sensible World 19:18 Read by Mike Pelton
Essay on George Borrow 19:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
At the Horse-Fair 25:42 Read by Craig Campbell
A Meeting 37:40 Read by Lynne T
Selected poems 15:15 Read by Greg Giordano
Essay on Jaques Bénigne Bossuet 29:28 Read by Eduardo
Selected excerpts 29:02 Read by Eduardo
Selected excerpts 16:41 Read by Eduardo
The Life of Samuel Johnson 1:00:00 Read by Bev J Stevens
Selected excerpts 33:37 Read by Alex Clarke
Selected poems 19:24 Read by Greg Giordano
A Norwegian Dance 18:00 Read by Availle
Advent of the Hirelings 34:43 Read by Patti Cunningham
How Bright She Was, How Lovely Did She Show 20:35 Read by Daniel Vimont
Selected Excerpts 43:32 Read by Craig Campbell
Selected poems 27:45 Read by Martin Geeson