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

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)

60 chapters
Selected poems
Essay on Hans Christian Andersen
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
The Teapot
The Ugly Duckling
What the Moon Saw and the Lovers
The Snow Queen - Fourth Story
The Nightingale
Excerpts from "The Story of My Life" and "The Improvisatore"
Selected poems
Essay on Anglo-Saxon Literature
Excerpts from Beowulf
Selected works from Anglo-Saxon Literature
Selected works
Selected excerpts from Antar
Essay on Lucius Apuleius
The Tale of Aristomenes, the Commercial Traveler, from "The Golden Ass"
The Awakening of Cupid, from "The Golden Ass"
Selected works
Essay on the Arabian Nights
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
Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman, from The Arabian Nights
Conclusion of The Thousand Nights and a Night, from The Arabian Nights
Essay on Arabic Literature
Selected poems, from Arabic Literature
Selected poems, from Arabic Literature
Excerpts from the Qu'ran
Excerpts from the Makamat
The Caliph Omar Bin Abd Al-Aziz and the Poets, from The Arabian Nights
Essay on Arago
Excerpts from Laplace
Selected excerpts
The Argonautic Legend
Essay on Ludovico Ariosto
Excerpts from Orlando Furioso
Essay on Aristophanes
Excerpts from various plays
Excerpts from "The Frogs"
Essay on Aristotle
Selected excerpts
Selected works
Selected poems
Selected excerpts from The Light of Asia
Selected poems
Essay on Matthew Arnold
Selected works
Selected poems
Essay on Arthurian Legends
Excerpts from Arthurian Legends
Selected works
Selected excerpts
Selected excerpts from the "Deipnosophistae"
Selected works
Excerpts from Aucassin and Nicollete
Excerpt from 'The American Ornithological Biography'
Selected excerpt, from Black Forest Village Stories
Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 1
Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 2
Selected excerpts from "On the Heights", part 3