More than 100 selections in an anthology of fiction, essays, extracts from longer works, ballads, songs and plays, verse --humorous and lyrical, narrative and imaginative poetry. The authors represented range from Balzac to Zola to D. H. Lawrence, from Bjornson and Tchekov to Bret Harte, from Poe to W. H. Hudson, from Shakespeare and Peter and Lamb and Stevenson, from Swift and Meredith and Mark Twain and Dickens, from Negro spirituals to Casey Jones, from Rossetti, and Lear and Carroll, and Tennyson and Blake and Whitman. A wide range -- for those who would recall things read and half-remembered, and for those who've meant to read old gems and never found time. We could wish the editors had included some of the moderns to spice the pudding -- and to provide some contrasts and comparisons...The publishers are planning promotion in the way of a deck chair basket, complete with book, and sealed in a corrugated shipping carton for delivery as a going-away present. The basket is large enough to carry glasses, knitting, camera, etc.