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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
G. R. Lomer, ed.  The Student’s Course in Literature.
 
A Graded List of Readings
II. High School
By Mary Varian Riblet (1878?–1947)
 
First Year

        
TITLES
AUTHORS
The Order of Knighthood    Grace Aguilar
Amy’s Valley of Humiliation    Louisa May Alcott
The City of Brass    The Arabian Nights
Sindbad the Sailor    The Arabian Nights
Sir Patrick Spens    Ballad
Bonnie George Campbell    Ballad
A Children’s Party    Arnold Bennett
The Father    Björnstjerne Björnson
Landing the Trout    Richard Doddridge Blackmore
A Dane in the Dyke    Richard Doddridge Blackmore
The Story of Griselda    Giovanni Boccaccio
The Love-Letters of Smith    Henry Cuyler Bunner
En Route    Sir Richard Francis Burton
The Isles of Greece    Lord Byron
To Rome    Lord Byron
The Coliseum    Lord Byron
Venice    Lord Byron
An Alpine Storm    Lord Byron
The Ocean    Lord Byron
To his Sister    Lord Byron
Mazeppa’s Ride    Lord Byron
The Escape from Prison    Benvenuto Cellini
Of what Happened to Don Quixote when He Left the Inn    Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County    Mark Twain
An Enchanting River Scene    Mark Twain
The Lightning Pilot    Mark Twain
An Expedition against Ogres    Mark Twain
The Albatross    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Sleep-Walking    William Wilkie Collins
From ‘Lord Jim    Joseph Conrad
Running the Gauntlet    James Fenimore Cooper
The Night Attack    Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
The Ghost in the Berth    Francis Marion Crawford
Ensamples to the Flock    Samuel Rutherford Crockett
In the Tropics    George Cupples
Napoleon at St. Helena    George Cupples
The Call of Freedom    George William Curtis
Robert Browning in Florence    George William Curtis
The Red-Headed League    Arthur Conan Doyle
The Cure for Dormice that Eat Peaches    Alexandre Dumas
M. Lecoq’s System    Émile Gaboriau
The Rising of the Baronage against King John    John Richard Green
Philip Nolan    Edward Everett Hale
Mr. Samuel Slick    Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Peach-Bloom    Philip Gilbert Hamerton
The Mellstock ‘Waits    Thomas Hardy
The Story of the Caliph Stork    Wilhelm Hauff
Jim Bludso    John Hay
On Rattlesnake Ledge    Oliver Wendell Holmes
Legend of the Holy Grail (Morte d’Arthur)    Sir Thomas Malory
Hector Pursued by Achilles around Troy    Homer
Episode of Nausicaa    Homer
Ruth    Thomas Hood
The Boat Race    Thomas Hughes
The Chain-Gang for the Galleys    Victor Hugo
High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire    Jean Ingelow
The Alhambra    Washington Irving
The Galley-Slave    Rudyard Kipling
Vision of Sir Launfal    James Russell Lowell
Horatius    Lord Macaulay
Battle of Ivry    Lord Macaulay
Paradise and the Peri    Thomas Moore
The Harp that Once through Tara’s Hall    Thomas Moore
Lives of Illustrious Men    Plutarch
Kenilworth    Sir Walter Scott
Lady of the Lake    Sir Walter Scott
Bonny Dundee    Sir Walter Scott
Spring and Winter    William Shakespeare
Midsummer Night’s Dream    William Shakespeare
Where Is Fancy Bred?    William Shakespeare
To a Skylark    Percy Bysshe Shelley
Battle of Blenheim    Robert Southey
Casting Away of Mrs. Leeks and Mrs. Aleshine    Frank Richard Stockton
A Boy and his Dog    Booth Tarkington
Song of the Camp    Bayard Taylor
The Lady of Shalott    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Brook    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Idylls of the King    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
A Wild Strawberry    Henry van Dyke
Three Years She Grew    William Wordsworth
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud    William Wordsworth
Life    William Cranston Lawton
Light    Francis William Bourdillon
The Wants of Man    John Quincy Adams
Binnorie    Anonymous
Lord Lovel    Anonymous
Barbara Allen’s Cruelty    Anonymous
The Merman    Anonymous
The Mystery of Cro-a-tàn    Margaret Junkin Preston
Territorials    Agnes S. Falconer
Raining    Wilfrid Wilson Gilbert
Sure, It’s Fun    Richard Butler Glaenzer
Belgium the Bar-lass    Agnes Mary Frances Robinson
I Have a Rendezvous with Death    Alan Seeger
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Second Year

        On the Turks    Alfonso X of Castile
Hunting in Abyssinia    Sir Samuel White Baker
Franklin    George Bancroft
The Cornish Wreckers    Sabine Baring-Gould
Selected Paragraphs    Henry Ward Beecher
At the Horse-Fair    George Borrow
A Home-Coming    Fredrika Bremer
Madame Beck    Charlotte Brontë
Personal Characters    Phillips Brooks
The Courage of Opinions    Phillips Brooks
A False Step    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Work of the Roman Empire    James Bryce
On Rats    Francis Trevelyan Buckland
Snakes and their Poison    Francis Trevelyan Buckland
The Amphitheatre    Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Miss Burney’s Friends    Frances (Fanny) Burney (Madame d’Arblay)
Manners and Customs of Ancient Gaul    Julius Cæsar
Freedom of the Will    John Calvin
Feud    Madison Cawein
The New Englander’s Character    Rufus Choate
The Question    Winston Churchill
The Crisis    Winston Churchill
Old Friends Better than New    Marcus Tullius Cicero
Honored Old Age    Marcus Tullius Cicero
Death Welcome to the Old    Marcus Tullius Cicero
Dream of Scipio    Marcus Tullius Cicero
Kubla Khan    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Time, Real and Imaginary    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Winter Walk at Noon    William Cowper
History of the Plague in London    Daniel Defoe
Of Joe Vance’s Father    William De Morgan
Of the Great Fire    William De Morgan
Old Jane in the Insane Ward    William De Morgan
The Burning of Newgate    Charles Dickens
Monseigneur    Charles Dickens
Examples of Greek Wit and Wisdom    Diogenes Laertius
The Martyrdom of Charles I.    Isaac Disraeli
The Country and Its People    Henry Drummond
East-African Lake Country    Henry Drummond
On the Dreyfus Case    Finley Peter Dunne
The Arrival at Babylon    Georg Ebers
The Final Rescue    George Eliot
The Village Worthies    George Eliot
Friendship    Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self-Reliance    Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our Society    Elizabeth Gaskell
Visiting    Elizabeth Gaskell
Entry of Pharaoh into Thebes    Théophile Gautier
The Remedy    Henry George
Foundation of Constantinople    Edward Gibbon
Character of Constantine    Edward Gibbon
Silk    Edward Gibbon
Mahomet’s Death and Character    Edward Gibbon
The Alexandrian Library    Edward Gibbon
The Final Ruin of Rome    Edward Gibbon
The Vicar’s Family Become Ambitious    Oliver Goldsmith
New Misfortunes    Oliver Goldsmith
Pictures from ‘The Deserted Village    Oliver Goldsmith
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard    Thomas Gray
On a Distant Prospect of Eton College    Thomas Gray
The Bard    Thomas Gray
The Thoughts of Macareus    Eugénie and Maurice de Guérin
Hepzibah Pyncheon    Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Old Manse    Nathaniel Hawthorne
My First Day in the Orient    Lafcadio Hearn
The Temple of Kwannon    Lafcadio Hearn
The King and the Philosopher    Herodotus
A Tyrant’s Fortune    Herodotus
King Rhampsinitus and the Robber    Herodotus
The Bridge of Sighs    Thomas Hood
Song of the Shirt    Thomas Hood
The March of Intellect    Theodore Hook
On a Piece of Chalk    Thomas Henry Huxley
Good Old Days of Knickerbocker Life    Washington Irving
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow    Washington Irving
A Moorish Palace    Washington Irving
The Stage Coach    Washington Irving
Dream Children    Charles Lamb
Boarding-House Geometry    Stephen Leacock
The Train for Mariposa    Stephen Leacock
The Sailor’s Wife    Pierre Loti
Aux Italiens    E. Robert Bulwer, Lord Lytton (Owen Meredith)
The Difficulty of Travel in England    Lord Macaulay
The Puritan    Lord Macaulay
A Descent into the Maelstrom    Edgar Allan Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher    Edgar Allan Poe
The Cloister and the Hearth    Charles Reade
Paul and Virginia    Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
Catiline’s Conspiracy    Sallust (Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
Shadows from Child Life    Olive Schreiner
New Arabian Nights    Robert Louis Stevenson
Walden    Henry Thoreau
The Kitchen    Emile Verhaeren
London    Emile Verhaeren
The Tomb of Burns    William Watson
Glimpses of Napoleon III.    Émile Zola
Hesperus Sings    Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Muckle-Mou’d Meg    James Ballantine
Death the Leveler    James Shirley
The Soldier    Rupert Brooke
The Twa Weelums    Violet Jacob
From a Flemish Graveyard    Iolo Aneurin Williams
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Third Year

        Sir Roger de Coverley at the Play    Joseph Addison
A Visit to Sir Roger de Coverley    Joseph Addison
Memory    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Arthur Holds a Solemn Festival    Geoffrey of Monmouth
Death of Arthur    Geoffrey of Monmouth
The Synagogue    Sir Walter Besant
The Pelican    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
The Phœnix    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
The Siren    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
The Whale    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
The Crocodile    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
The Mandragora    Guillaume le Clerc de Normandie
Dr. Johnson    Augustine Birrell
The Office of Literature    Augustine Birrell
A Musical Instrument    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Cheerfulness Taught by Reason    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Love among the Ruins    Robert Browning
My Last Duchess    Robert Browning
Up at a Villa—Down in the City    Robert Browning
Prospice    Robert Browning
The Patriot    Robert Browning
South-American Independence as Related to the United States    Henry Clay
Good-Night, Babbette    Henry Austin Dobson
Lines Printed under Milton’s Portrait    John Dryden
Roger Williams    Edward Eggleston
A Bivouac at Ligny    Émile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian
Charlotte Corday    Alphonse Esquiros
The Great Fire in London    John Evelyn
Paul before Festus    Frederic William Farrar
The Norman Council    Edward Augustus Freeman
From the Chronicles    Jean Froissart
Death of Thomas à Becket    James Anthony Froude
Character of Henry VIII.    James Anthony Froude
Americans Abroad in Europe    Margaret Fuller
The Sonnet    Richard Watson Gilder
America    Richard Watson Gilder
On the Life-Mask of Abraham Lincoln    Richard Watson Gilder
Call Me Not Dead    Richard Watson Gilder
Coney Island    Maksim Gorky
The Battle of Hastings    John Richard Green
England’s Growth in Commerce and Comfort under Elizabeth    John Richard Green
The Last Link    Ernst Haeckel
The Most Beautiful Woman in Paris    Ludovic Halévy
The Middle Ages as a Period of Intellectual Darkness    Henry Hallam
Trees in Art    Philip Gilbert Hamerton
Lincoln’s Death and Fame    John Hay and John George Nicolay
The Capture of André    Richard Hildreth
The Three Professions    Oliver Wendell Holmes
My Last Walk with the Schoolmistress    Oliver Wendell Holmes
A Midsummer-Day’s Dream    William Dean Howells
The Street-Car Strike    William Dean Howells
Arrival and First Days in Venice    William Dean Howells
Miss Tempy’s Watchers    Sarah Orne Jewett
Song to Celia    Ben Jonson
From ‘Cynthia’s Revels    Ben Jonson
The Moral Influence of Gladiatorial Shows    William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The Moral and Intellectual Differences between the Sexes    William Edward Hartpole Lecky
The Differing Spheres of Poetry and Painting    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
The Limitations of ‘Word-Painting    Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
From the First Inaugural Address    Abraham Lincoln
Character of Charles II.    Lord Macaulay
Trial of Warren Hastings    Lord Macaulay
The King is Dead    Justin McCarthy
Childhood in Ancient Life    John Pentland Mahaffy
Death of Jeanne d’Arc    Jules Michelet
Character of Cæsar    Theodor Mommsen
The Spanish Armada    John Lothrop Motley
From ‘Colonel Carter of Cartersville    Francis Hopkinson Smith
From ‘My Summer in a Garden    Charles Dudley Warner
A Conquest    Walter Herries Pollock
Dies Iræ    Thomas à Celano
Dies Iræ (Translation)    Edward Slosson
Here: and There    Francis William Bourdillon
Before the Declaration of War    Amy Lowell
Patterns    Amy Lowell
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Fourth Year

        The Battle between the Constitution and the Guerrière    Henry Adams
The Character of Franklin    John Adams
The Right of Petition    John Quincy Adams
Formation of Coral Reefs    Louis Agassiz
The Greatness of Friendship    Grace Aguilar
On the Alleged Obscurity of Mr. Browning’s Poetry    Augustine Birrell
The Historical Movement in Modern Literature    Georg Brandes
From the Speech on the State of Ireland    John Bright
From the Speech on the Conciliation with America    Edmund Burke
On the French Revolution    Edmund Burke
The Procession    Thomas Carlyle
The Siege of the Bastille    Thomas Carlyle
The Scapegoat    Thomas Carlyle
Spiritual Freedom    William Ellery Channing
Prologue to Canterbury Tales    Geoffrey Chaucer
Of Changes in the Structure of the Earth    Georges Cuvier
Of the Fabulous Animals of the Ancient Times    Georges Cuvier
The Struggle for Existence    Charles Darwin
Of the Nature of the Checks to Increase    Charles Darwin
Of Natural Selection    Charles Darwin
Origin of the Human Species    Charles Darwin
The Bishop of Beauvais and Joan of Arc    Thomas De Quincey
The Present Duty    Paul Desjardins
The Happy Life    Charles William Eliot
Bianca’s Day    John Galsworthy
A Letter to the American People    John Galsworthy
Comparative Worth of Different Races    Francis Galton
Macaulay    William Ewart Gladstone
The Duty of Criticism in a Democracy    Edwin Lawrence Godkin
The Indenture    Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Wanderer’s Night Song    Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The Elfin-King    Johann Wolfgang Goethe
William Pitt    John Richard Green
Out of the Night that Covers Me    William Ernest Henley
Oh, Time and Change    William Ernest Henley
On the Return of the Refugees    Patrick Henry
The Declaration of Independence    Thomas Jefferson
The Moral Influence of Slavery    Thomas Jefferson
Without Benefit of Clergy    Rudyard Kipling
The Largest Life    Archibald Lampman
Heat    Archibald Lampman
The Odyssey    Andrew Lang
The Stirrup Cup    Sidney Lanier
On Shakespeare    John Milton
On his Blindness    John Milton
Lycidas    John Milton
Il Penseroso    John Milton
Gloucester Moors    William Vaughn Moody
Utopia    Sir Thomas More
Citizenship in a Republic    Theodore Roosevelt
From ‘The Turmoil    Booth Tarkington
Henry Esmond    William Makepeace Thackeray
The Rain    Emile Verhaeren
Burning Hayricks    Emile Verhaeren
Savonarola    Pasquale Villari
The Fall of Troy    Virgil
The Vision of the Future    Virgil
The Education of a Persian Boy    Xenophon
To Lucasta    Richard Lovelace
To Althea    Richard Lovelace
Life    Margaret Deland
Pearl (Translation)    Israel Gollancz
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