Literature

Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 2 by VARIOUS

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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 second volume contains chapters from "Anacreon" to "Auerbach". (Summary by Leni)

Episodes

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Essay on Hans Christian Andersen
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Essay on Hans Christian Andersen

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

The Teapot
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The Teapot

The Ugly Duckling
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The Ugly Duckling

What the Moon Saw and the Lovers
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What the Moon Saw and the Lovers

The Snow Queen - Fourth Story
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The Snow Queen - Fourth Story

The Nightingale
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The Nightingale

Excerpts from "The Story of My Life" and "The Improvisatore"
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Excerpts from "The Story of My Life" and "The Improvisatore"

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature
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Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature

Excerpts from Beowulf
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Excerpts from Beowulf

Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature
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Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature

Selected works
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Selected works

Selected excerpts from Antar
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Selected excerpts from Antar

Essay on Lucius Apuleius
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Essay on Lucius Apuleius

The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from "The Golden Ass"
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The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from "The Golden Ass"

The Awakening of Cupid, from "The Golden Ass"
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The Awakening of Cupid, from "The Golden Ass"

Selected works
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Selected works

Essay on the Arabian Nights
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Essay on the Arabian Nights

The Story of the City of Brass, from The Arabian Nights
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The Story of the City of Brass, from The Arabian Nights

The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman, and His Sons Sherkan and Zoulmekan, from The Arabian Nights
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The History of King Omar Ben Ennuman, and His Sons Sherkan and Zoulmekan, from The Arabian Nights

Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights
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Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights

Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights
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Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights

Essay on Arabic Literature
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Essay on Arabic Literature

Selected poems, from Arabic Literature
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Selected poems, from Arabic Literature

Selected poems, from Arabic Literature
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Selected poems, from Arabic Literature

Excerpts from the Qu'ran
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Excerpts from the Qu'ran

Excerpts from the Makamat
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Excerpts from the Makamat

The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights
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The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights

Essay on Arago
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Essay on Arago

Excerpts from Laplace
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Excerpts from Laplace

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts

The Argonautic Legend
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The Argonautic Legend

Essay on Ludovico Ariosto
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Essay on Ludovico Ariosto

Excerpts from Orlando Furioso
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Excerpts from Orlando Furioso

Essay on Aristophanes
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Essay on Aristophanes

Excerpts from various plays
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Excerpts from various plays

Excerpts from "The Frogs"
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Excerpts from "The Frogs"

Essay on Aristotle
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Essay on Aristotle

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts

Selected works
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Selected works

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia
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Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Essay on Matthew Arnold
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Essay on Matthew Arnold

Selected works
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Selected works

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Essay on Arthurian Legends
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Essay on Arthurian Legends

Excerpts from Arthurian Legends
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Excerpts from Arthurian Legends

Selected works
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Selected works

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts

Selected excerpts from the "Deipnosophistae"
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Selected excerpts from the "Deipnosophistae"

Selected works
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Selected works

Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete
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Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete

Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography'
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Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography'

Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories
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Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 1
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Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 1

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 2
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Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 2

Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 3
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Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 3