Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, volume 4

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)

54 chapters
The Publican's Dream
Selected poems
Selected works
Against Inconsistency in Our Expectations
A Dialogue of the Dead
Selected poems
The Courtier's Life (Second Eclogue)
As I Laye A-Thynkynge
The Lay of St. Cuthbert
A Lay of St. Nicholas
Selected excerpts
Selected excerpts
A Feast
Selected works
Selected works
The Courtin' of T'nowhead's Bell
Selected excerpts
Essay on Charles Baudelaire
Selected poems
The Painter of Modern Life
Selected excerpts
Essay on Lord Beaconsfield
A Day at Ems
Excerpts from The Young Duke
Lothair in Palestine
Selected excerpts
Essay on Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Selected excerpts
Selected excerpts
Essay on Henry Ward Beecher
Selected excerpts
Sermon: Poverty and the Gospel
A New England Sunday
Letters
Selected poems
Selected excerpts
Selected poems
Selected excerpts
Selected excerpts
Selected excerpts
Brief Life Is Here Our Portion
The Treatyse of Fyssbynge with an Angle
Old-Time London
The Synagogue
Bestiaries and Lapidaries
Essay on Marie-Henri Beyle (Stendhal)
Princess Sanseverina's Interview
Clélia Aids Fabrice to Escape
Selected poems
Selected poems
Essay on Augustine Birrell
Selected excerpts, part 1
Selected excerpts, part 2
Selected excerpts, part 3