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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  eigth  volume  contains  chapters  from  "John  Calvin"  to  "Cervantes". 

yotol  ruming  time;  180906 


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