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Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 2 by Charles Dudley Warner, ed.

LibriVox logoThe “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)


 



 
My contribution to this collaborative effort is “05 – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen”.

http://www.archive.org/download/worlds_best_literature2_librivox/worldsbestliterature2_05_various_64kb.mp3″Running time=25m 11s (mp3@64kb)


Download locations:
“05 – The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen”
mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.

 
The book can also be found at this location.

Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.

Zip of the entire book (622MB@64kb). Total running time is 24h, 5m, 21s.

 

Chapter List of “Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern volume 2″

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

 

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