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Reader's Digest Best Loved Books for Young Readers: Two Years Before the Mast, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Microbe Hunters, The Friendly Persuasion
Reader's Digest Best Loved Books for Young Readers Two Years Before the Mast The Story of King Arthur and His Knights Microbe Hunters The Friendly Persuasion Author:Richard Henry Dana Jr, Howard Pyle, Paul de Kruif, Jessamyn West This book is volume 12 in the Reader's Digest Best Loved Books for young readers. And includes: Two Years Before the Mast, The Story of King Arthur and His Knights, Microbe Hunters, and The Friendly Persuasion. — In this delightful and enlightening tale we experience two years at sea from the author's position as a Jack, the generic name for a lo... more »wly member of a sailing brig's crew. From his berth in the forecastle, a structure forward of the mast where the crew is housed, he spent, in the literal sense of the words, "two years before the mast." In his Preface, Dana says, "A voice from the forecastle has hardly yet been heard." It was his express design for this book "to present the life of a common sailor at sea as it really is ? the light and the dark together." A design which he masterfully carried out, as any reader can attest.
After several years of contemplation and of thought upon the matter herein contained, it has at last come about, by the Grace of God, that I have been able to write this work with such pleasure of spirit that, if it gives to you but a part of the joy that it hath afforded me, I shall be very well content with what I have done.
For when, in pursuing this history, I have come to consider the high nobility of spirit that moved these excellent men to act as they did, I have felt that they have afforded such a perfect example of courage and humility that anyone might do exceedingly well to follow after their manner of behavior in such measure as he is able to do.
For I believe that King Arthur was the most honorable, gentle Knight who ever lived in all the world. And those who were his fellows of the Round Table - taking him as their looking-glass of chivalry - made, altogether, such a company of noble knights that it is hardly to be supposed that their like will ever be seen again in this world. Wherefore it is that I have had such extraordinary pleasure in beholding how those famous knights behaved whenever circumstances called upon them to perform their endeavor.
So in the year of grace one thousand nine hundred and two I began to write this history of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and, if I am able so to do, I shall endeavor, with love of that task, to finish the same at some other time in another book and to the satisfaction of whosoever may care to read the story thereof.
In this classic bestseller, Paul de Kruif dramatizes the pioneering bacteriological work of such scientists as Leeuwenhoek, Spallanzani, Koch, Pasteur, Reed, and Ehrlich. This seventieth anniversary edition features a new introduction by F. Gonzalez-Crussi.
The classic american story of the life of the Birdwells, a Quaker family living in Indiana at the time of the Civil War. The source of the famous William Wyler film starring Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, and Anthony Perkins.« less