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

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1. 00 - Preface
2. 01 - Essay on Abelard
3. 02 - Selected works
4. 03 - Selections from The King of the Mountains
5. 04 - Selections from The Man with the Broken Ear
6. 05 - Essay on Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature
7. 06 - Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature
8. 07 - Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature
9. 08 - Letters to her Husband
10. 09 - Letters to her Sister
11. 10 - Letters to her Sister and Niece
12. 11 - Selections from the History of the United States
13. 12 - Selections from the History of the United States
14. 13 - Selected Works
15. 14 - Selected Works
16. 15 - Selected Poems
17. 16 - Essay on Joseph Addison
18. 17 - Selected Works
19. 18 - Selections from Varia Historia
20. 19 - Selections from Oration against Ctesiphon
21. 20 - Essay on Aeschylus
22. 21 - Selected Scenes
23. 22 - Selected Fables
24. 23 - Selected works
25. 24 - Selected epigram
26. 25 - Selected works
27. 26 - Selections from Crichton
28. 27 - Selected poems
29. 28 - Selected works
30. 29 - Selected poems
31. 30 - Selected poems
32. 31 - Selected epistles
33. 32 - Selected poem
34. 33 - Selected works
35. 34 - Selected works
36. 35 - Selections from A Study of Death
37. 36 - Selected poems
38. 37 - Selected short story
39. 38 - Selected poems
40. 39 - Selected essay
41. 40 - Selections from Agamemnon
42. 41 - Selected works
43. 42 - Selected works
44. 43 - Selected works
45. 44 - Selection from Summer in Arcady
46. 45 - Selection from Flute and Violin
47. 46 - Selected poems
48. 47 - Selected works
49. 48 - Selected works
50. 49 - Selections from Constantinople and Spain
51. 50 - Selections from Holland and Its People
52. 51 - Extracts from Personal Journal

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Summary

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".