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Out of the Best Books: An Anthology of Literature, Vol. 2: Love, Marriage,… (1966)

by Bruce B. Clark (Editor), Robert K. Thomas (Editor)

Other authors: Abigail Adams (Contributor), Stephen Vincent Benét (Contributor), William Blake (Contributor), Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Contributor), Robert Browning (Contributor)32 more, John Bunyan (Contributor), Robert Burns (Contributor), Thomas Carlyle (Contributor), Willa Cather (Contributor), Anton Chekhov (Contributor), Emily Dickinson (Contributor), Carl Ewald (Contributor), Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (Contributor), Robert Frost (Contributor), Zona Gale (Contributor), Gerard Manley Hopkins (Contributor), Sarah Orne Jewett (Contributor), John Keats (Contributor), Joyce Kilmer (Contributor), Rudyard Kipling (Contributor), Eileen G. Kump (Contributor), Albert R. Lyman (Contributor), Katherine Mansfield (Contributor), Edna St. Vincent Millay (Contributor), Ogden Nash (Contributor), John Henry Newman (Contributor), Kathleen Norris (Contributor), Christina Rossetti (Contributor), John Steinbeck (Contributor), Henry David Thoreau (Contributor), Leo N. Tolstoy (Contributor), Jessamyn West (Contributor), Walt Whitman (Contributor), John Greenleaf Whittier (Contributor), William Carlos Williams (Contributor), John Woolman (Contributor), William Butler Yeats (Contributor)

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Clark, Bruce B.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, Robert K.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AbigailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benét, Stephen VincentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blake, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Browning, Elizabeth BarrettContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Browning, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bunyan, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burns, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carlyle, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cather, WillaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chekhov, AntonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dickinson, EmilyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ewald, CarlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freeman, Mary E. WilkinsContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Frost, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gale, ZonaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hopkins, Gerard ManleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jewett, Sarah OrneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Keats, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kilmer, JoyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kipling, RudyardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kump, Eileen G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lyman, Albert R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mansfield, KatherineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Millay, Edna St. VincentContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nash, OgdenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Newman, John HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norris, KathleenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rossetti, ChristinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Steinbeck, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thoreau, Henry DavidContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tolstoy, Leo N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
West, JessamynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whitman, WaltContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Whittier, John GreenleafContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, William CarlosContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woolman, JohnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Yeats, William ButlerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Section 1: A Case of Understanding / Robert K. Thomas
Introductory Comments
“The Plaid Dress” / Edna St. Vincent Millay
 - Discussion of “The Plaid Dress”
Excerpts from My Little Boy / Carl Ewald
 - Discussion of My Little Boy
“Sixteen” / Jessamyn West
 - Discussion of “Sixteen”
“The Book of Ruth” from the Old Testament
 - Discussion of “The Book of Ruth”

Section 2: Refinement Creates Beauty / Bruce B. Clark
Introductory Comments
 - Introduction to Sonnets from the Portuguese
Sonnets from the Portuguese / Elizabeth Barrett Browning
 - Afterthought on Robert Browning
“Marriage á la Mode” / Katherine Mansfield
 - Discussion of “Marriage á la Mode”
 - Introduction to “The Eve of St. Agnes”
“The Eve of St. Agnes” / John Keats
The Sculptor’s Funeral” / Willa Cather
 - Discussion of “The Sculptor’s Funeral”

Section 3: Humility Yields Strength / Robert K. Thomas
Introductory Comments
“How Happy Is the Little Stone” / Emily Dickinson
 - Discussion of “How Happy Is the Little Stone”
“First-Day Thoughts” / John Greenleaf Whittier
 - Discussion of “First-Day Thoughts”
“The Shepherd Boy’s Song” / John Bunyan
 - Discussion of “The Shepherd Boy’s Song”
“The Guests of Mrs. Timms” / Sarah Orne Jewett
 - Discussion of “The Guests of Mrs. Timms”
“Mother” / Kathleen Norris
 - Discussion of “Mother”
Excerpts from The Journal of John Woolman
 - Discussion of John Woodman’s “Journal”

Section 4: Time for Courtesy / Bruce B. Clark
Introductory Comments
“The Use of Force” / William Carlos Williams
 - Discussion of “The Use of Force”
“The Leader of the People” / John Steinbeck
 - Discussion of “The Leader of the People”
“The Death of the Hired Man” / Robert Frost
 - Discussion of “The Death of the Hired Man”
“The Last Duchess” / Robert Browning
 - Discussion of “The Last Duchess”
“The Educated Gentleman” / John Henry Newman
 - Discussion of “The Educated Gentleman”
“The Evening Out” / Ogden Nash
“Song to be Sung by the Father of Infant Female Children” / Ogden Nash
 - Discussion of Two Poems by Ogden Nash

Section 5: Diligence Ennobles Work / Robert K. Thomas
Introductory Comments
“The Revolt of Mother” / Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
 - Discussion of “The Revolt of Mother”
“Economy” / Henry David Thoreau
 - Discussion of “Economy”
“Labor” / Thomas Carlyle
 - Discussion of “Labor”
“The Apartment House” / Joyce Kilmer
 - Discussion of “The Apartment House”
“The Woman” / Zona Gale
 - Discussion of “The Woman”
“Letters from Abigail to John Adams”
 - Discussion of “Letters from Abigail to John Adams”

Section 6: Virtue Nourishes the Soul / Bruce B. Clark
Introductory Comments
Excerpt from Proverbs, Chapter 31
 - Discussion of Proverbs, Chapter 31
“Higher Laws” / Henry David Thoreau
 - Discussion of “Higher Laws”
“Where Love Is, There God Is Also” / Leo N. Tolstoy
 - Discussion of “Where Love Is, There God Is Also”
“Fire and Ice” / Robert Frost
 - Discussion of “Fire and Ice”
“The City Dead-house” / Walt Whitman
 - Discussion of “The City Dead-house”
“The Convent Threshold” / Christina Rossetti
 - Discussion of “The Convent Threshold”
Excerpt from The Everlasting Gospel / William Blake
 - Discussion of excerpt from The Everlasting Gospel
“Bread and Milk” / Eileen G. Kump
 - Discussion of “Bread and Milk”

Section 7: Wisdom Teaches Right / Bruce B. Clark
Introductory Comments
Three Poems on Advice from Old to Young
 - “Epistle to a Young Friend” / Robert Burns
 - “A Prayer for My Daughter” / William Butler Yeats
 - “If” / Rudyard Kipling
“Too Early Spring” / Stephen Vincent Benét
 - Discussion of “Too Early Spring”
“Home Burial” / Robert Frost
 - Discussion of “Home Burial”
Excerpt from Man to Man by Albert R. Lyman
 - Discussion of excerpt from Man to Man
“The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo” / Gerard Manley Hopkins
 - Discussion of “The Leaden Echo and The Golden Echo”
“The Bet” / Anton Chekhov
 - Discussion of “The Bet”
Three Poems by Wordsworth and Whitman

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