A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines

Clayton EDWARDS ( - )

It would be pleasant indeed to gather the characters of this book together and listen to the conversation of wholly different but interested couples—for this is a book of contrasts and has been written as such. Lives of the most dramatic and adventurous quality have been gathered from all corners of the earth, and from every age in history, in such a way that they may cover the widest possible variety of human experience.

The publishers believe that such a book would not be complete without some characters that are no less real because they have lived only in the minds of men. No explanation is needed for semi-historical characters like King Arthur, Robin Hood and William Tell, while Don Quixote, the Prince of Madness, and Rip Van Winkle, the Prince of Laziness, have been included, not because they were essentially heroic in themselves (although Don Quixote might well have claimed the laurel) but because they became heroes in the opinion of others through the very qualities that brought about their downfall. As involuntary heroes, they furnish a pleasant contrast to the more serious, actual and transcendental figures of saints, martyrs, warriors, discoverers and statesmen with which these pages are filled; they enrich the "Treasury," widen its range of colors and perform the necessary function of court jesters in the Hall of Fame. (Summary From the Preface)

Genre(s): Children's Fiction, Action & Adventure Fiction, *Non-fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Buddha Lucretia B.
00:28:43
Play 02 Julius Caesar Craig Gulliver
00:30:02
Play 03 Saint Patrick Debra
00:12:32
Play 04 King Arthur of Britain David Barnes
00:22:11
Play 05 Mohammed Jeannie Tirado
00:22:56
Play 06 Alfred the Great Mike Vendetti
00:31:15
Play 07 Robin Hood Eden Rea-Hedrick
00:12:05
Play 08 Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Timothy Ferguson
00:16:09
Play 09 Dante Dave Wills
00:19:46
Play 10 Robert Bruce Dan Craig
00:24:57
Play 11 Jeanne D'Arc Mich_elle
00:27:02
Play 12 Christopher Columbus Inah Derby
00:28:57
Play 13 William the Silent Dave Wills
00:23:53
Play 14 Queen Elizabeth of England CaprishaPage
00:22:27
Play 15 Sir Francis Drake Dave Wills
00:23:45
Play 16 Henry Hudson Mike Pelton
00:20:49
Play 17 Peter the Great Availle
00:17:43
Play 18 George Washington Timothy Luke
00:35:03
Play 19 John Paul Jones Mike Pelton
00:21:12
Play 20 Molly Pitcher kindfish
00:11:53
Play 21 Napoleon Bonaparte Mike Pelton
00:36:43
Play 22 Giuseppe Garibaldi Debra
00:15:45
Play 23 Abraham Lincoln Timothy Luke
00:30:49
Play 24 Grace Darling Muriel
00:13:36
Play 25 Florence Nightingale kindfish
00:15:17
Play 26 Father Damien Debra
00:12:51
Play 27 Catherine Breshkovsky Availle
00:20:36
Play 28 Theodore Roosevelt Debra
00:19:34
Play 29 Edith Cavell Tamara R. Schwartz
00:11:57
Play 30 King Albert of Belgium Nyssa E. Schmidt
00:19:22
Play 31 Maria Botchkareva Availle
00:20:46
Play 32 William Tell weirdone30
00:15:46
Play 33 Don Quixote Eden Rea-Hedrick
00:13:52