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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