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Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 12

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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 twelfth volume contains chapters from "Diderot" to "Duruy". (Summary by Leni)

Genre(s): Literary Fiction, Anthologies, Anthologies

Language: English

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

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Excerpt from Rameau's Nephew by Denis Diderot Colleen McMahon
00:39:47
Play 02 Selected works by Franz von Dingelstedt ToddHW
00:17:05
Play 03 Selected excerpts by Diogenes Laertius Owlivia
00:31:04
Play 04 Selected excerpts by Isaac D'Israeli Rita Boutros
00:26:36
Play 05 Selected poems by Sydney Dobell Larry Wilson
00:16:11
Play 06 Selected works by Austin Dobson Rita Boutros
00:32:55
Play 07 The Race, from Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, by Mary Mapes Dodge Colleen McMahon
00:33:44
Play 08 Selected poems by John Donne WendyKatzHiller
00:21:58
Play 09 Feodor Mikhailovitch Dostoévsky by Isabel Hapgood Rita Boutros
00:27:14
Play 10 Letter from Varvara Dobrosyeloff to Makar Dyevushkin from Poor People by Dostoevsky Rita Boutros
00:25:23
Play 11 Letter from Makar Dyevushkin to Varvara Alexievna Dobrosyeloff from Poor People by Dostoevsky Rita Boutros
00:14:19
Play 12 The Bible Reading, from Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky Rita Boutros
00:19:05
Play 13 Selected excerpts by Edward Dowden Sky Asimaru
00:31:20
Play 14 Selected works, by A. Conan Doyle, part 1 Owlivia
00:28:42
Play 15 Selected works, by A. Conan Doyle, part 2 Owlivia
00:22:55
Play 16 Selected works by Holger Drachmann Sky Asimaru
00:29:26
Play 17 Selected poems by Joseph Rodman Drake czandra
00:26:27
Play 18 Selected excerpts by John William Draper roselbex
00:39:52
Play 19 Selected poems by Michael Drayton TR Love
00:16:50
Play 20 Selected excerpts by Gustave Droz Rita Boutros
00:32:37
Play 21 Selected excerpts from Tropical Africa by Henry Drummond Availle
00:45:26
Play 22 Selected excerpts by William Drummond of Hawthornden Bill Mosley
00:19:22
Play 23 John Dryden by Thomas R. Lounsbury Chris Pyle
00:37:54
Play 24 Selected poems by John Dryden Chris Pyle
00:33:59
Play 25 Street Scene during the Commune from The Convulsions of Paris, by Maxime Du Camp Rita Boutros
00:17:00
Play 26 Alexandre Dumas Senior by Andrew Lang Rita Boutros
00:38:23
Play 27 The Cure for the Dormice that Eat Peaches from The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Senior Rita Boutros
00:19:44
Play 28 The Shoulder of Athos, the Belt of Porthos, and the Handkerchief of Aramis from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Senior ToddHW
00:16:16
Play 29 Defense of the Bastion St.-Gervais from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Senior Rita Boutros
00:12:35
Play 30 Consultation of the Musketeers from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas Senior Rita Boutros
00:18:17
Play 31 The Man in the Iron Mask from The Viscount of Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas Senior Rita Boutros
00:09:32
Play 32 A Trick is Played on Henry III. by Aid of Chicot from The Lady of Monsoreau by Alexandre Dumas Senior Rita Boutros
00:08:27
Play 33 Alexandre Dumas Junior by Francisque Sarcey ToddHW
00:24:45
Play 34 Selected excerpts by Alexandre Dumas Junior, part 1 ToddHW
00:26:32
Play 35 Selected excerpts by Alexandre Dumas Junior, part 2 ToddHW
00:25:13
Play 36 Selected excerpts by Alexandre Dumas Junior, part 3 ToddHW
00:25:27
Play 37 Selected excerpts from Trilby by George Du Maurier Rita Boutros
00:35:13
Play 38 Selected excerpts from Peter Ibbetson and The Martian, by George Du Maurier Rita Boutros
00:35:21
Play 39 Selected poems by William Dunbar Rita Boutros
00:15:22
Play 40 Selected excerpts from The History of Rome by Jean Victor Duruy Availle
00:15:15