This is an omnibus volume which supposedly constitutes a complete anthology of world literature through the 19th century. The classics, the Bible, oriental literature, Celtic literature, Mohammedan, Germanic -- all in translation. Italy and the Renaissance, French, Russian, Spanish, Anglo-Saxon and their heritage in English literature. Then English literature itself, with some concession to American essayists and poets. Introductory notes on historical background, importance in general picture. The inclusions are certain to raise questions, but, in spite of the claims, the book will not be wanted -- or needed -- by those who can have a representative library of the classics, but rather by those who want ""table books"" which serve as a depository of the things they ought to read, some day, when there is time. There is an incredible amount of material included, and the bibliographical lists, general index and index of literary types should prove useful.