Literature

Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 4 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 fourth volume contains chapters from "Banim" to "Birrell". (Summary by Leni)

Episodes

The Publican's Dream
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The Publican's Dream

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Selected works
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Selected works

Against Inconsistency in Our Expectations
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Against Inconsistency in Our Expectations

A Dialogue of the Dead
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A Dialogue of the Dead

Selected poems
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Selected poems

The Courtier's Life (Second Eclogue)
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The Courtier's Life (Second Eclogue)

As I Laye A-Thynkynge
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As I Laye A-Thynkynge

The Lay of St. Cuthbert
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The Lay of St. Cuthbert

A Lay of St. Nicholas
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A Lay of St. Nicholas

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts
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A Feast
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A Feast

Selected works
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Selected works

Selected works
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Selected works

The Courtin' of T'nowhead's Bell
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The Courtin' of T'nowhead's Bell

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts

Essay on Charles Baudelaire
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Essay on Charles Baudelaire

Selected poems
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Selected poems

The Painter of Modern Life
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The Painter of Modern Life

Selected excerpts
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Essay on Lord Beaconsfield
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Essay on Lord Beaconsfield

A Day at Ems
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A Day at Ems

Excerpts from The Young Duke
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Excerpts from The Young Duke

Lothair in Palestine
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Lothair in Palestine

Selected excerpts
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Essay on Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
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Essay on Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts
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Essay on Henry Ward Beecher
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Essay on Henry Ward Beecher

Selected excerpts
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Sermon: Poverty and the Gospel
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Sermon: Poverty and the Gospel

A New England Sunday
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A New England Sunday

Letters
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Letters

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts
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Selected excerpts
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Brief Life Is Here Our Portion
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Brief Life Is Here Our Portion

The Treatyse of Fyssbynge with an Angle
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The Treatyse of Fyssbynge with an Angle

Old-Time London
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Old-Time London

The Synagogue
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The Synagogue

Bestiaries and Lapidaries
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Bestiaries and Lapidaries

Essay on Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendhal)
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Essay on Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendhal)

Princess Sanseverina's Interview
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Princess Sanseverina's Interview

Clélia Aids Fabrice to Escape
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Clélia Aids Fabrice to Escape

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Selected poems
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Selected poems

Essay on Augustine Birrell
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Essay on Augustine Birrell

Selected excerpts, part 1
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Selected excerpts, part 1

Selected excerpts, part 2
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Selected excerpts, part 2

Selected excerpts, part 3
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Selected excerpts, part 3