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Literature for Adventures in the Human Spirit / Edition 1

Literature for Adventures in the Human Spirit / Edition 1

by Philip E. Bishop
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This is a chronologically developed anthology of major works of literature, philosophy and major religious traditions. This book features complete works or major excerpts. It ensures accurate yet reader accessible translations. Volume I covers Antiquity through Middle Ages. Volume II covers Renaissance through the 20th Century.

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ISBN-13: 9780131412699
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 01/09/1995
Series: Literature for Adventures in the Human Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

(NOTE: Numbers in brackets refer to corresponding chapters in Adventures in the Human Spirit).


1. The Ancient World. {2}

Egyptian Myth

The Egyptian Creation: Earth and Sky.

Mesopotamian Myth

From the Enuma Elish.


The Great Learning.


Buddha's Four Noble Truths.
2. The Greeks. {2}

The Iliad

The Iliad, Book XXIV; Achilles and Priam.

The Odyssey

The Odyssey, Book IX: The Kyklops.


Poems to Aphrodite.


Oedipus the King.


Apology of Socrates. From The Republic, Book XVII: The Allegory of the Cave.

Aristotle, From the Nichomachean Ethics: On Happiness. 3. The Romans. 3


Catullus Lyric.


The Aeneid: From Book I. Book XIV: Aeneas and Dido.


From On the Nature of the Universe, Book III.

Marcus Aurelius

From Meditations, Book II.
4. Christianity and Islam. 4

TheHebrew Bible

The Hebrew Creation. Abraham and His Sons. Job.

The New Testament

The Birth of Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.


From The Confessions.

The Qur'an

The Qur'an.
The Middle Ages 5, 6

The Song of Roland

From The Song of Roland.

Medieval Lyric Poetry

Ibn Hazm. Bernart de Ventadorn. From Garmina Burana.

Dante Aligheri

From The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Books 1-5, Book 26.

Geoffrey Chaucer

The Wife of Bath's Tale.

From The Book of the City of Ladies.


1. The Renaissance and Reformation 7, 8

Francis Petrarch

Pico Della Mirandola

From Oration on the Dignity of Man.


From The Prince.


From In Praise of Folly.

William Shakespeare

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

Michel De Montaigne

From In Defense of Raymond Sebond.
2. Baroque and Enlightenment, 9, 10

Miguel De Cervantes

From Don Quixote.

René Descartes

From Discourse on Method.

Thomas Hobbes

From Leviathan.

Jonathan Swift

A Modest Proposal.


From Candide.

Baroque and Enlightenment Poetry

St. Teresa of Avila, I gave myself to Love Divine." John Donne, Death Be Not Proud. Andrew Marvell, To His Coy Mistress. Alexander Pope, From Essay on Man.
3. Revolution, Romanticism, and Realism 11, 12

Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration of Independence.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

From Faust.

Romantic Poetry

William Blake: The Lamb; The Tyger. William Wordsworth: Lines Composed a Few Miles Above; Tintern Abbey. Walt Whitman: From Song of Myself.

Mary Shelley

From Frankenstein, or the MOdern. Prometheus.

Symbolist Poetry

Charles Baudelaire, To the Reader. Emily Dickinson, "Much Madness is divinest Sense". Rainer Maria Rilke, Torso of a Archaic Apollo.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

From The Brothers Karamazov: The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor.
4. The Modern Mind 13

Sigmund Freud

From Civilization and its Discontents.

Modernist Poetry

William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming. T. S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Marianne Moore, Paper Nautilus. Countee Cullen, Sottsboro, Too Is Worth Its Song. Langston Hughes, Theme for English B.

Virginia Woolf

From A Room of One's Own: Shakespeare's.

Franz Kafka

A Hunger Artist.
5. Contemporary Voices 14

Jean Paul Sartre

From Existentialism is a Humanism.

Ralph Ellison

From Invisible Man.

Contemporary Poetry

Allen Ginsberg, A Supermarket in California. Gwendolyn Brooks, The Bean Eaters. We Real Cool. Anne Sexton, Her Kind. Housewife. Wole Soyinka, Death. Death in the Dawn.

Jorge Luis Borges

The Garden of Forking Paths.

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