Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 13


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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 thirteenth volume contains chapters from "Dutt" to "Emerson". (Summary by Leni) (17 hr 13 min)

Chapters

Selected poems by Toru Dutt 19:24 Read by ToddHW
Music as a Means of Culture, by John S. Dwight 18:31 Read by ToddHW
The Arrival at Babylon by Georg Moritz Ebers 29:52 Read by Availle
Selected scenes by José Echegaray 31:12 Read by ToddHW
The Eddas by William H. Carpenter 36:05 Read by Heather Eney
Thor's Adventures on his Journey to the Land of the Giants from the Snorra Edda 19:20 Read by Chad Jackson
Selected excepts from the Eddas 16:34 Read by Sonia
The Washing of Hands by Alfred Edersheim 13:31 Read by Jennifer Wilson
Selected excerpts by Maria Edgeworth 32:42 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected excerpts by Anne Charlotte Leffler Edgren 36:14 Read by docdlmartin
Jonathan Edwards by Egbert C. Smyth 12:15 Read by MaryAnn
Selected excerpts by Jonathan Edwards 22:43 Read by MaryAnn
Ex Voto by Georges Eekhoud 33:58 Read by czandra
Kors Davie by Georges Eekhoud 35:35 Read by Rita Boutros
Roger Williams, the Prophet of Religious Freedom by Edward Eggleston 34:45 Read by yourbookvoice
Egyptian Literature, by Frances L. Griffith and Kate B. Griffith 21:44 Read by Owlivia
The Shipwrecked Sailor, an Egyptian Story 12:47 Read by Rita Boutros
The Story of Sanehat, an Egyptian Story 34:40 Read by Rita Boutros
The Doomed Prince, an Egyptian Story 9:59 Read by Rita Boutros
The Story of the Two Brothers, an Egyptian Story 28:36 Read by Rita Boutros
The Story of Setna, an Egyptian Story 33:12 Read by Sonrisa Jones
The Stela of Piankhy, an Egyptian Inscription 56:11 Read by Rita Boutros
The Inscription of Una, an Egyptian Inscription 11:02 Read by Sonia
Egyptian Poetry, part 1 21:32 Read by Rita Boutros
Egyptian Poetry, part 2 15:31 Read by Rita Boutros
Egyptian Moral and Didactic Pieces, part 1 15:46 Read by Sonrisa Jones
Egyptian Moral and Didactic Pieces, part 2 41:04 Read by Sonrisa Jones
Selected works by Joseph Von Eichendorff 35:55 Read by Sonrisa Jones
George Eliot, by Charles Waldstein 51:58 Read by calbrummie
The Final Rescue from The Mill on the Floss, by George Eliot 19:52 Read by Michele Eaton
Village Worthies from Silas Marner, by George Eliot 25:33 Read by Michele Eaton
The Hall Farm from Adam Bede, by George Eliot 31:30 Read by Rita Boutros
Mrs. Poyser "Has Her Say Out" from Adam Bede, by George Eliot 19:33 Read by Rita Boutros
The Prisoners from Romola, by George Eliot 26:29 Read by Rita Boutros
Oh, May I Join the Choir Invisible by George Eliot 3:11 Read by Alan Mapstone
Ralph Waldo Emerson, by Richard Garnett 38:16 Read by Colleen McMahon
Selected excerpts by Ralph Waldo Emerson, part 1 27:51 Read by Colleen McMahon
Selected excerpts by Ralph Waldo Emerson, part 2 33:42 Read by Rita Boutros
Selected poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 24:52 Read by Larry Wilson