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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)

(21 hr 30 min)

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