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Prefaces and Prologues to Famous Books

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Charles W. Eliot, 21st President of Harvard University, edited this volume of prefaces ... authored by a Who's Who of World Literature: Bacon, Calvin, Caxton, Condell, Copernicus, Dryden, Fielding, Goethe, Heminge, Hugo, Johnson, Knox, Newton, Raleigh, Spenser, Taine, Whitman and Wordsworth. Eliot wrote in his preface to these prefaces, "No part of a book is so intimate as the Preface. Here, after the long labor of the work is over, the author descends from his platform, and speaks with his reader as man to man, disclosing his hopes and fears, seeking sympathy for his difficulties, offering defence or defiance, according to his temper, against the criticisms which he anticipates." (Summary by DSayers) (21 hr 28 min)

Chapters

Introductory Notes

7:48

Read by Martin Geeson

Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings by William Caxt…

40:22

Read by Martin Geeson

Prologues & Epilogues to the History of Troy and other writings, Part 2

35:19

Read by Martin Geeson

Dedication of The Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin

51:42

Read by MaryAnn

General Syllabus by John Calvin

10:20

Read by MaryAnn

Dedication of The Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies by Nicolaus Copernicus

15:50

Read by Availle

Preface to the History of the Reformation in Scotland by John Knox

6:04

Read by doublemirrors

Prefatory Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh on The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser

15:24

Read by Martin Geeson

Preface to The History of the World by Sir Walter Raleigh, Part 1

42:52

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface to The History of the World, Part 2

45:55

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface to The History of the World, Part 3

29:23

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface to The History of the World, Part 4

24:53

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna by Sir Francis Bacon, Part 1

36:16

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 2

33:28

Read by Bob Neufeld

Preface and Plan of The Instauratio Magna, Part 3

14:26

Read by Martin Gradwell

Preface to the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare's Plays by John Heminge

6:03

Read by Martin Geeson

Preface to The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton

8:38

Read by Availle

Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern by John Dryden, Part 1

43:18

Read by Martin Geeson

Preface to Fables, Ancient and Modern, Part 2

42:16

Read by Martin Geeson

Preface to Joseph Andrews by Henry Fielding

20:19

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Preface to the English Dictionary by Samuel Johnson

36:10

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

To the Earl of Chesterfield by Samuel Johnson

49:52

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson, Part 1

50:30

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Preface to Shakespeare, Part 2

51:56

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Preface to Shakespeare, Part 3

30:58

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Introduction to The Propylaen by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

46:54

Read by Ernst Pattynama

Prefaces to Poems by William Wordsworth, Part 1

38:03

Read by TriciaG

Prefaces to Poems, Part 2

40:43

Read by TriciaG

Prefaces to Poems, Part 3

35:04

Read by TriciaG

Prefaces to Poems, Part 4

35:42

Read by TriciaG

Prefaces to Poems, Part 5

33:01

Read by TriciaG

Preface to Cromwell by Victor Hugo, Part 1

46:57

Read by Leni

Preface to Cromwell, Part 2

45:20

Read by Leni

Preface to Cromwell, Part 3

38:00

Read by Leni

Preface to Cromwell, Part 4

36:55

Read by Leni

Preface to Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, Part 1

42:04

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Preface to Leaves of Grass, Part 2

34:53

Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)

Introduction to The History of English Literature by H. A. Taine, Part 1

29:12

Read by Kalynda

Introduction to The History of English Literature, Part 2

36:00

Read by Kalynda