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


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)

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 01 Selected poems Anacreon Etext Andrew David King
00:17:55 en
Play 02 Essay on Hans Christian Andersen Benjamin W. Wells Etext Maria Therese
00:11:29 en
Play 03 The Steadfast Tin Soldier Hans Christian Andersen Etext Bill Mosley
00:14:37 en
Play 04 The Teapot Hans Christian Andersen Etext Maria Therese
00:04:27 en
Play 05 The Ugly Duckling Hans Christian Andersen Etext ravenotation
00:25:11 en
Play 06 What the Moon Saw and the Lovers Hans Christian Andersen Etext hazelra
00:06:16 en
Play 07 The Snow Queen - Fourth Story Hans Christian Andersen Etext MaryAnn
00:14:58 en
Play 08 The Nightingale Hans Christian Andersen Etext Beth Hitesman
00:23:34 en
Play 09 Excerpts from "The Story of My Life" and "The Improvisatore" Hans Christian Andersen Etext Edith van der Have-Raats
00:15:04 en
Play 10 Selected poems Aneurin Etext Martin Geeson
00:11:23 en
Play 11 Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature Robert Sharp Etext Kara Shallenberg
00:48:25 en
Play 12 Excerpts from Beowulf Unknown Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:10:42 en
Play 13 Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature Various Etext Sundiata
00:39:49 en
Play 14 Selected works Gabriele d' Annunzio Etext Leonard Wilson
00:36:21 en
Play 15 Selected excerpts from Antar Unknown Etext Leonard Wilson
00:38:38 en
Play 16 Essay on Lucius Apuleius Charles Dudley Warner Etext Leni
00:10:33 en
Play 17 The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from "The Golden Ass" Lucius Apuleius Etext Leni
00:23:42 en
Play 18 The Awakening of Cupid, from "The Golden Ass" Lucius Apuleius Etext Leni
00:14:02 en
Play 19 Selected works Saint Thomas Aquinas Etext Edith van der Have-Raats
00:26:11 en
Play 20 Essay on the Arabian Nights Richard Gottheil Etext Easton
00:17:40 en
Play 21 The Story of the City of Brass, from The Arabian Nights Unknown Etext Crln Yldz Ksr
00:29:22 en
Play 22 The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman, and His Sons Sherkan and Zoulmekan, from The Arabian Nights Unknown Etext Easton
00:31:18 en
Play 23 Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights Unknown Etext John Kooz
00:31:38 en
Play 24 Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights Unknown Etext HotConflict
00:28:14 en
Play 25 Essay on Arabic Literature Richard Gottheil Etext Easton
00:49:17 en
Play 26 Selected poems, from Arabic Literature Various Etext Jean Bascom
00:12:20 en
Play 27 Selected poems, from Arabic Literature Unknown Etext Jean Bascom
00:24:53 en
Play 28 Excerpts from the Qu'ran George Sale Etext Kalynda
00:16:51 en
Play 29 Excerpts from the Makamat Al-Hariri of Basra Etext hazelra
00:10:24 en
Play 30 The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights Unknown Etext Martin Gradwell
00:09:55 en
Play 31 Essay on Arago Edward S. Holden Etext hazelra
00:12:02 en
Play 32 Excerpts from Laplace Dominique François Arago Etext Availle
00:43:23 en
Play 33 Selected excerpts John Arbuthnot Etext Martin Geeson
00:32:23 en
Play 34 The Argonautic Legend Unknown Etext Kalynda
00:17:56 en
Play 35 Essay on Ludovico Ariosto L. Oscar Kuhns Etext hazelra
00:11:24 en
Play 36 Excerpts from Orlando Furioso Ludovico Ariosto Etext Todd Ulbrich
00:30:51 en
Play 37 Essay on Aristophanes Paul Shorey Etext Martin Geeson
00:39:48 en
Play 38 Excerpts from various plays Aristophanes Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:29:15 en
Play 39 Excerpts from "The Frogs" Aristophanes Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:12:55 en
Play 40 Essay on Aristotle Thomas Davidson Etext Leonard Wilson
00:27:36 en
Play 41 Selected excerpts Aristotle Etext Kalynda
00:15:57 en
Play 42 Selected works Jón Árnason Etext MaryAnn
00:26:15 en
Play 43 Selected poems Ernst Moritz Arndt Etext Kalynda
00:12:09 en
Play 44 Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia Edwin Lester Linden Arnold Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:30:05 en
Play 45 Selected poems Edwin Lester Linden Arnold Etext Bob Gonzalez
00:28:16 en
Play 46 Essay on Matthew Arnold George Edward Woodberry Etext Leonard Wilson
00:45:52 en
Play 47 Selected works Matthew Arnold Etext Bruce Pirie
00:29:42 en
Play 48 Selected poems Matthew Arnold Etext Leonard Wilson
00:42:41 en
Play 49 Essay on Arthurian Legends Richard Jones Etext Kara Shallenberg
00:39:58 en
Play 50 Excerpts from Arthurian Legends Unknown Etext hazelra
00:17:22 en
Play 51 Selected works Peter Christen Asbjørnsen Etext MaryAnn
00:26:45 en
Play 52 Selected excerpts Roger Ascham Etext Bruce Pirie
00:21:05 en
Play 53 Selected excerpts from the "Deipnosophistae" Athenaeus Etext Leni
00:28:36 en
Play 54 Selected works P. D. A. Atterbom Etext Kalynda
00:21:13 en
Play 55 Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete Unknown Etext Leonard Wilson
00:35:23 en
Play 56 Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography' John James Audubon Etext Matthew Reece
00:14:46 en
Play 57 Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories Berthold Auerbach Etext Ken Padgitt
00:20:42 en
Play 58 Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 1 Berthold Auerbach Etext Ken Padgitt
00:24:07 en
Play 59 Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 2 Berthold Auerbach Etext Joyce Martin
00:26:00 en
Play 60 Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 3 Berthold Auerbach Etext Joyce Martin
00:25:45 en