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”. (Summary by Leni)
My contributions to this collaborative effort:-
“16 – Essay on Joseph Addison by Hamilton Wright Mabie”
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“17 – Selected Works by Joseph Addison”
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The book can also be found at this location.
Chapter List of “Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 1”
Section – Title Reader 00 – Preface by Charles Dudley Warner Julie VW 01 – Essay on Abelard by Thomas Davidson Martin Geeson 02 – Selected works by Pierre Abelard Martin Geeson 03 – Selections from The King of the Mountains by Edmond About Mario Pineda 04 – Selections from The Man with the Broken Ear by Edmond About Mario Pineda 05 – Essay on Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature by Crawford H. Toy Alan Winterrowd 06 – Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature by Anonymous Lucy Perry 07 – Excerpts of Accadian-Babylonian and Assyrian Literature by Anonymous Lucy Perry 08 – Letters to her Husband by Abigail Adams Joyce Martin 09 – Letters to her Sister by Abigail Adams Joyce Martin 10 – Letters to her Sister and Niece by Abigail Adams Joyce Martin 11 – Selections from the History of the United States by Henry Adams Joshua Paul Johnson 12 – Selections from the History of the United States by Henry Adams Joshua Paul Johnson 13 – Selected Works by John Adams Joshua Paul Johnson 14 – Selected Works by John Quincy Adams David Leeson 15 – Selected Poems by Sarah Flower Adams Kalynda 16 – Essay on Joseph Addison by Hamilton Wright Mabie ravenotation 17 – Selected Works by Joseph Addison ravenotation 18 – Selections from “Varia Historia” by Aelianus Claudius Kalynda 19 – Selections from Oration against Ctesiphon by Aeschines Martin Geeson 20 – Essay on Aeschylus by John Williams White Linda Dodge 21 – Selected Scenes by Aeschylus Arielle Lipshaw 22 – Selected Fables by Aesop Patti Cunningham 23 – Selected works by Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz Jc Guan 24 – Selected epigram by Agathias Nicholas James Bridgewater 25 – Selected works by Grace Aguilar Joyce Martin 26 – Selections from Crichton by William Harrison Ainsworth Joyce Martin 27 – Selected poems by Mark Akenside Leonard Wilson 28 – Selected works by Pedro Antonio de Alarcon Margaret Espaillat 29 – Selected poems by Alcaeus Bellona Times 30 – Selected poems by Baltazar de Alcazar Linda Dodge 31 – Selected epistles by Alciphron Elishebaisis 32 – Selected poem by Alcman Nicholas James Bridgewater 33 – Selected works by Louisa May Alcott Kalynda 34 – Selected works by Alcuin Michael Wolf 35 – Selections from A Study of Death by Henry M. Alden Joyce Martin 36 – Selected poems by Thomas Bailey Aldrich Kalynda 37 – Selected short story by Thomas Bailey Aldrich Patti Cunningham 38 – Selected poems by Aleardo Aleardi Leonard Wilson 39 – Selected essay by Jean Le Rond D’Alembert Jc Guan 40 – Selections from Agamemnon by Vittorio Alfieri Kalynda 41 – Selected works by Alfonso the Wise Leni 42 – Selected works by Alfred the Great Michael Wolf 43 – Selected works by Charles Grant Allen Linda Dodge 44 – Selection from Summer in Arcady by James Lane Allen Kamna 45 – Selection from Flute and Violin by James Lane Allen Mickey Reno 46 – Selected poems by William Allingham Ken Sterry 47 – Selected works by Karl Jonas Ludvig Almquist Bill Cissna 48 – Selected works by Johanna Ambrosius Kalynda 49 – Selections from “Constantinople” and “Spain” by Edmondo de Amicis Mario Pineda 50 – Selections from Holland and Its People by Edmondo de Amicis Michael Wolf 51 – Extracts from Personal Journal by Henri Frederic Amiel Leonard Wilson