Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 1

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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 first volume contains chapters from "Abelard" to "Amiel". (Summary by Leni)

Genre(s): Anthologies, Anthologies, Literary Collections

Language: English

Group: Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 00 Preface Charles Dudley Warner Etext Julie VW
00:11:06
Play 01 Essay on Abelard Thomas Davidson Etext Martin Geeson
00:46:40
Play 02 Selected works Pierre Abélard Etext Martin Geeson
00:23:58
Play 03 Selections from The King of the Mountains Edmond About Etext Mario Pineda
00:17:25
Play 04 Selections from The Man with the Broken Ear Edmond About Etext Mario Pineda
00:16:54
Play 05 Essay on Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature Crawford H. Toy Etext Alan Winterrowd
00:31:33
Play 06 Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature Anonymous Etext Lucy Perry
00:29:45
Play 07 Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature Anonymous Etext Lucy Perry
00:18:42
Play 08 Letters to her Husband Abigail Adams Etext Joyce Martin
00:29:10
Play 09 Letters to her Sister Abigail Adams Etext Joyce Martin
00:20:19
Play 10 Letters to her Sister and Niece Abigail Adams Etext Joyce Martin
00:22:10
Play 11 Selections from The History of the United States Henry Brooks Adams Etext Joshua Paul Johnson
00:21:28
Play 12 Selections from The History of the United States Henry Brooks Adams Etext Joshua Paul Johnson
00:25:16
Play 13 Selected works John Adams Etext Joshua Paul Johnson
00:21:07
Play 14 Selected works John Quincy Adams Etext David Leeson
00:30:09
Play 15 Selected poems Sarah Flower Adams Etext Kalynda
00:06:44
Play 16 Essay on Joseph Addison Hamilton Wright Mabie Etext ravenotation
00:36:09
Play 17 Selected works Joseph Addison Etext ravenotation
00:37:52
Play 18 Selections from "Varia Historia" Claudius Aelianus Etext Kalynda
00:14:20
Play 19 Selections from "Oration against Ctesiphon" Aeschines Etext Martin Geeson
00:20:40
Play 20 Essay on Aeschylus John Williams White Etext Linda Dodge
00:32:26
Play 21 Selected scenes Aeschylus Etext Arielle Lipshaw
00:15:33
Play 22 Selected fables Aesop Etext Patti Cunningham
00:25:24
Play 23 Selected works Louis Agassiz Etext Jc Guan
00:41:13
Play 24 Selected epigram Agathias Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:05:10
Play 25 Selected works Grace Aguilar Etext Joyce Martin
00:30:30
Play 26 Selection from Crichton William Harrison Ainsworth Etext Joyce Martin
00:42:44
Play 27 Selected poems Mark Akenside Etext Leonard Wilson
00:27:03
Play 28 Selected works Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza Etext Margaret Espaillat
00:16:17
Play 29 Selected poems Alcaeus Etext Bellona Times
00:10:43
Play 30 Selected poems Baltasar del Alcázar Etext Linda Dodge
00:06:44
Play 31 Selected epistles Alciphron Etext Elishebaisis
00:14:09
Play 32 Selected poem Alcman Etext Nicholas James Bridgewater
00:04:55
Play 33 Selected works Louisa May Alcott Etext Kalynda
00:28:37
Play 34 Selected works Alcuin Etext Michael Wolf
00:20:36
Play 35 Selections from A Study of Death Henry M. Alden Etext Joyce Martin
00:25:47
Play 36 Selected poems Thomas Bailey Aldrich Etext Kalynda
00:27:58
Play 37 Miss Mehetabel's Son Thomas Bailey Aldrich Etext Patti Cunningham
00:44:51
Play 38 Selected poems Aleardo Aleardi Etext Leonard Wilson
00:15:02
Play 39 Selected essay Jean Le Rond d'Alembert Etext Jc Guan
00:56:17
Play 40 Selections from Agamemnon Vittorio Alfieri Etext Kalynda
00:26:23
Play 41 Selected works Alfonso the Wise Etext Leni
00:18:58
Play 42 Selected works Alfred the Great Etext Michael Wolf
00:24:43
Play 43 Selected works Grant Allen Etext Linda Dodge
00:33:06
Play 44 Selection from Summer in Arcady James Lane Allen Etext Kamna
00:25:28
Play 45 Selection from Flute and Violin James Lane Allen Etext Michael Reuss
00:22:18
Play 46 Selected poems William Allingham Etext Ken Sterry
00:21:58
Play 47 Selected works Carl Jonas Ludvig Almquist Etext Bill Cissna
00:22:08
Play 48 Selected works Johanna Ambrosius Etext Kalynda
00:16:48
Play 49 Selections from "Constantinople" and "Spain" Edmondo de Amicis Etext Mario Pineda
00:19:06 en
Play 50 Selections from "Holland and Its People" Edmondo de Amicis Etext Michael Wolf
00:41:01 en
Play 51 Extracts from Personal Journal Henri Frederic Amiel Etext Leonard Wilson
00:49:00