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  • Chapter II: The Story Of The Cattle Raid Of Cooley
  • Chapter III: One Of The Sorrows Of Story-Telling
  • Chapter IV: The Story Of A Literary Lie
  • Chapter V: The Story Of Fingal
  • Chapter VI: About Some Old Welsh Stories And Story-Tellers
  • Chapter VII: How The Story Of Arthur Was Written In English
  • Chapter VIII: The Beginning Of The Reading Time
  • Chapter IX: "The Passing Of Arthur"
  • Chapter X: The Adventures Of An Old English Book
  • Chapter XI: The Story Of Beowulf
  • Chapter XII: The Father Of English Song
  • Chapter XIII: How Caedmon Sang, And How He Fell Once More On Silence
  • Chapter XIV: The Father Of English History
  • Chapter XV: How Alfred The Great Fought With His Pen
  • Chapter XVI: When English Slept
  • Chapter XVII: The Story Of Havelok The Dane
  • Chapter XVIII: About Some Song Stories
  • Chapter XIX: "Piers The Ploughman"
  • Chapter XX: "Piers The Ploughman" -- Continued
  • Chapter XXI: How The Bible Came To The People
  • Chapter XXII: Chaucer--Bread And Milk For Children
  • Chapter XXIII: Chaucer--"The Canterbury Tales"
  • Chapter XXIV: Chaucer--At The Tabard Inn
  • Chapter XXV: The First English Guide-Book
  • Chapter XXVI: Barbour--"The Bruce," The Beginnings Of A Struggle
  • Chapter XXVII: Barbour--"The Bruce," The End Of The Struggle
  • Chapter XXVIII: A Poet King
  • Chapter XXIX: The Death Of The Poet King
  • Chapter XXX: Dunbar--The Wedding Of The Thistle And The Rose
  • Chapter XXXI: At The Sign Of The Red Pale
  • Chapter XXXII: About The Beginning Of The Theater
  • Chapter XXXIII: How The Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  • Chapter XXXIV: The Story Of Everyman
  • Chapter XXXV: How A Poet Comforted A Girl
  • Chapter XXXVI: The Renaissance
  • Chapter XXXVII: The Land Of Nowhere
  • Chapter XXXVIII: The Death Of Sir Thomas More
  • Chapter XXXIX: How The Sonnet Came To England
  • Chapter XL: The Beginning Of Blank Verse
  • Chapter XLI: Spenser--The "Shepherd's Calendar"
  • Chapter XLII: Spenser--The "Faery Queen"
  • Chapter XLIII: Spenser--His Last Days
  • Chapter XLIV: About The First Theaters
  • Chapter XLV: Shakespeare--The Boy
  • Chapter XLVI: Shakespeare--The Man
  • Chapter LXVII: Shakespeare--"The Merchant Of Venice"
  • Chapter XLVIII: Jonson--"Every Man In His Humour"
  • Chapter XLIX: Jonson--"The Sad Shepherd"
  • Chapter L: Raleigh--"The Revenge"
  • Chapter LI: Raleigh--"The History Of The World"
  • Chapter LII: Bacon--New Ways Of Wisdom
  • Chapter LIII: Bacon--The Happy Island
  • Chapter LIV: About Some Lyric Poets
  • Chapter LV: Herbert--The Parson Poet
  • Chapter LVI: Herrick And Marvell--Of Blossoms And Bowers
  • Chapter LVII: Milton--Sight And Growth
  • Chapter LVIII: Milton--Darkness And Death
  • Chapter LIX: Bunyan--"The Pilgrim's Progress"
  • Chapter LX: Dryden--The New Poetry
  • Chapter LXI: Defoe--The First Newspapers
  • Chapter LXII: Defoe--"Robinson Crusoe"
  • Chapter LXIII: Swift--The "Journal To Stella"
  • Chapter LXIV: Swift--"Gulliver's Travels"
  • Chapter LXV: Addison--The "Spectator"
  • Chapter LXVI: Steele--The Soldier Author
  • Chapter LXVII: Pope--The "Rape Of The Lock"
  • Chapter LXVIII: Johnson--Days Of Struggle
  • Chapter LXIX: Johnson--The End Of The Journey
  • Chapter LXX: Goldsmith--The Vagabond
  • Chapter LXXI: Goldsmith--"The Vicar Of Wakefield"
  • Chapter LXXII: Burns--The Plowman Poet
  • Chapter LXXIII: Cowper--"The Task"
  • Chapter LXXIV: Wordsworth--The Poet Of Nature
  • Chapter LXXV: Wordsworth And Coleridge--The Lake Poets
  • Chapter LXXVI: Coleridge And Southey--Sunshine And Shadow
  • Chapter LXXVII: Scott--The Awakening Of Romance
  • Chapter LXXVIII: Scott--"The Wizard Of The North"
  • Chapter LXXIX: Byron--"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"
  • Chapter LXXX: Shelley--The Poet Of Love
  • Chapter LXXXI: Keats--The Poet Of Beauty
  • Chapter LXXXII: Carlyle--The Sage Of Chelsea
  • Chapter LXXXIII: Thackeray--The Cynic?
  • Chapter LXXXIV: Dickens--Smiles And Tears
  • Chapter LXXXV: Tennyson--The Poet Of Friendship
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