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A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines

Clayton Edwards

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Description:

It would be pleasant indeed to gather the characters of this book together and listen to the conversation of wholly different but interested couples—for this is a book of contrasts and has been written as such. Lives of the most dramatic and adventurous quality have been gathered from all corners of the earth, and from every age in history, in such a way that they may cover the widest possible variety of human experience. The publishers believe that such a book would not be complete without some characters that are no less real because they have lived only in the minds of men. No explanation is needed for semi-historical characters like King Arthur, Robin Hood and William Tell, while Don Quixote, the Prince of Madness, and Rip Van Winkle, the Prince of Laziness, have been included, not because they were essentially heroic in themselves (although Don Quixote might well have claimed the laurel) but because they became heroes in the opinion of others through the very qualities that brought about their downfall. As involuntary heroes, they furnish a pleasant contrast to the more serious, actual and transcendental figures of saints, martyrs, warriors, discoverers and statesmen with which these pages are filled; they enrich the "Treasury," widen its range of colors and perform the necessary function of court jesters in the Hall of Fame. (Summary From the Preface)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

11h 40m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

30:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:57


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

31:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

19:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:58


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

27:03


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

23:54


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

22:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

23:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

20:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

17:44


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

35:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

36:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

30:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

12:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

19:35


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

15:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

13:53