D D'ALEMBERT 1717-1783 Montesquieu (Eulogy in the 'Encyclopédie')
VITTORIO ALFIERI (by L. Oscar Kuhns) 1749-1803 Scenes from 'Agamemnon'
ALFONSO THE WISE 1221-1284 What Meaneth a Tyrant, and How he Useth his Power ('Las Siete Partidas') On the Turks, and Why they are So Called ('La Gran Conquista de Ultramar') To the Month of Mary ('Cantigas')
ALFRED THE GREAT 849-901 King Alfred on King-Craft Alfred's Preface to the Version of Pope Gregory's 'Pastoral Care' From Boethius Blossom Gatherings from St. Augustine
CHARLES GRANT ALLEN 1848- The Coloration of Flowers ('The Colors of Flowers') Among the Heather ('The Evolutionist at Large') The Heron's Haunt ('Vignettes from Nature')
JAMES LANE ALLEN 1850- A Courtship ('A Summer in Arcady') Old King Solomon's Coronation ('Flute and Violin')
WILLIAM ALLINGHAM 1828-1889 The Ruined Chapel The Winter Pear O Spirit of the Summer-time The Bubble St. Margaret's Eve The Fairies Robin Redbreast An Evening Daffodil Lovely Mary D
When I first read the description of this I was reminded of the plot of Kilo. I could just see a traveling salesman selling these books to set on the shelf next to the dictionary. That is exactly where it belongs. The biographies of the authors are very interesting along with the critical comments. However, the excerpts of the stories are way too short, although they do give you a general ideal of the writing style of each author. The whole book reads like my 11th grade world lit book, but I did read all of that,too. Helpful hint if your reader is anything like mine, book mark the start of each author section. I'd get to the end of the story, decide that I would like to read more and then have to back page till I found the authors name again. If your looking for a good story, fun read, this is not for you. I have learned a lot and do plan on working my way through the rest of the series.