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Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 02

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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 second volume contains chapters from "Anacreon" to "Auerbach". (Summary by Leni) (24 hr 5 min)

Chapters

Selected poems

17:55

Read by Andrew David King

Essay on Hans Christian Andersen

11:29

Read by Maria Therese

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

14:37

Read by Bill Mosley

The Teapot

4:27

Read by Maria Therese

The Ugly Duckling

25:11

Read by ravenotation

What the Moon Saw and the Lovers

6:16

Read by hazelra

The Snow Queen - Fourth Story

14:58

Read by MaryAnn

The Nightingale

23:34

Read by Beth Hitesman

Excerpts from "The Story of My Life" and "The Improvisatore"

15:04

Read by Edith van der Have-Raats

Selected poems

11:23

Read by Martin Geeson

Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature

48:25

Read by Kara Shallenberg

Excerpts from Beowulf

10:42

Read by Bob Gonzalez

Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature

39:49

Read by Sundiata

Selected works

36:21

Read by Leonard Wilson

Selected excerpts from Antar

38:38

Read by Leonard Wilson

Essay on Lucius Apuleius

10:33

Read by Leni

The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from "The Golden Ass"

23:42

Read by Leni

The Awakening of Cupid, from "The Golden Ass"

14:02

Read by Leni

Selected works

26:11

Read by Edith van der Have-Raats

Essay on the Arabian Nights

17:40

Read by Easton

The Story of the City of Brass, from The Arabian Nights

29:22

Read by Crln Yldz Ksr

The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman, and His Sons Sherkan and Zoulmekan, from …

31:18

Read by Easton

Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights

31:38

Read by John Kooz

Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights

28:14

Read by HotConflict

Essay on Arabic Literature

49:17

Read by Easton

Selected poems, from Arabic Literature

12:20

Read by Jean Bascom

Selected poems, from Arabic Literature

24:53

Read by Jean Bascom

Excerpts from the Qu'ran

16:51

Read by Kalynda

Excerpts from the Makamat

10:24

Read by hazelra

The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights

9:55

Read by Martin Gradwell

Essay on Arago

12:02

Read by hazelra

Excerpts from Laplace

43:23

Read by Availle

Selected excerpts

32:23

Read by Martin Geeson

The Argonautic Legend

17:56

Read by Kalynda

Essay on Ludovico Ariosto

11:24

Read by hazelra

Excerpts from Orlando Furioso

30:51

Read by Todd Ulbrich

Essay on Aristophanes

39:48

Read by Martin Geeson

Excerpts from various plays

29:15

Read by Bob Gonzalez

Excerpts from "The Frogs"

12:55

Read by Bob Gonzalez

Essay on Aristotle

27:36

Read by Leonard Wilson

Selected excerpts

15:57

Read by Kalynda

Selected works

26:15

Read by MaryAnn

Selected poems

12:09

Read by Kalynda

Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia

30:05

Read by Bob Gonzalez

Selected poems

28:16

Read by Bob Gonzalez

Essay on Matthew Arnold

45:52

Read by Leonard Wilson

Selected works

29:42

Read by Bruce Pirie

Selected poems

42:41

Read by Leonard Wilson

Essay on Arthurian Legends

39:58

Read by Kara Shallenberg

Excerpts from Arthurian Legends

17:22

Read by hazelra

Selected works

26:45

Read by MaryAnn

Selected excerpts

21:05

Read by Bruce Pirie

Selected excerpts from the "Deipnosophistae"

28:36

Read by Leni

Selected works

21:13

Read by Kalynda

Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete

35:23

Read by Leonard Wilson

Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography'

14:46

Read by Matthew Reece

Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories

20:42

Read by Ken Padgitt

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 1

24:07

Read by Ken Padgitt

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 2

26:00

Read by Joyce Martin

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 3

25:45

Read by Joyce Martin

Bewertungen

Mixed quality

(2,5 Sterne)

Some good sections and some not so good. Readers of mixed skill and ability to pronounce some words in English. It is annoying they otdered authors alphabetically so there is no connection, continuity or easy transition between sections.