Gummere. The popular ballad

Today's free book is The popular ballad by Francis B. Gummere (1907). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

Chapter I. The Ballad : Definition and Origins.

1. THE MEANING OF "POPULAR." — Minstrels and journalists — Definition by origins

2. COMMUNAL AUTHORSHIP. — Poetry of the People and Poetry of Art — The history of poetry conceived as a pyramid — Primitive chorals

3. COMMUNAL POETRY OTHER THAN BALLADS. —The question restated — The broken bridge — Early Germanic chronicle, lyric, epic — Improvisation — Records of communal song — Proof of origin so far incomplete

4. SPECIFIC MARKS OF THE BALLAD. — No primitive ballads preserved — Effect of oral tradition — Impersonality — The narrative test

5. THE BALLAD STRUCTURE. — Structure the essential fact — Other tests — Improvisation — Refrain — Situation to narrative — Dialogue

6. CHORAL AND EPIC ELEMENTS. — The split situation — Repetition — Ritual and myth — Origins in the dance — The epic process — The situation ballad

7. INCREMENTAL REPETITION AS FINAL PROOF OF POPULAR ORIGIN. — Situation and repetition — The relative-climax — Incremental repetition the original pattern of balladry

Chapter II. The Ballads: Classification.

1. THE OLDEST GROUPS. — Riddle ballads — Flytings —Domestic complications — Stolen brides — Ballads of the dance — Elopements

2. BALLADS OF KINSHIP. — Bewick and Graham — The mother-in-law — The filial relation — Jealousy — Adultery — Fidelity — The tragic conflict — The Braes of Yarrow — Betrayal — Child Waters

3. THE CORONACH AND BALLADS OF THE SUPERNATURAL. — Coronachs — Good-nights — Jonah ballads — Fairy ballads — Preternatural ballads — Transformation — Ghosts

4. LEGENDARY BALLADS. — Classical and sacred tradition — The Bitter Withy — Minstrel ballads and ribaldry — Humor — Ballads of the sea — Mary Hamilton

5. THE BORDER BALLADS. — Singing and saying — Border raids — Ballads of battle — Otterburn and Cheviot — Chronicle ballads

6. THE GREENWOOD BALLADS. — Outlaws — Robin Hood, his ballads and his epic

Chapter III. The Sources of the Ballads. Tradition — The problem of sources — Transmission and distribution — Coincidence or derivation to explain common traits? — Folklore in the ballads —  Stock phrases — Conventional elements — Fusion of ballads - Texts — Collectors — Editors — Forgers — Imitators — Original element

Chapter IV. The Worth of the Ballads. Cumulative appeal as opposed to individual suggestion — Taine's formula — Convention in balladry — Metre and diction — Figurative power — Nature — The objective note in balladry — Contrast with art — The characters of the ballad — Its final value — Tragedy to the fore — The voice of the people

Brunton. Enchanted Lochan

Today's free book is The Enchanted Lochan: Stories of Celtic Mythology by F. Carmichael Brunton (1917) with illustrations by Noel L. Nisbet. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Hathi Trust (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

I. ANGUS OG, THE EVER-YOUNG

II. LUGA, MASTER OF ALL ARTS

III. NUADA OF THE SILVER HAND

IV. BRIDGET OF THE FIRES

V. MIDIR THE PROUD

VI. GOIBNIU, THE MASTER-SMITH

VII. NIAM OF THE GOLDEN HAIR

VIII. DIANKET, THE PHYSICIAN

IX. MANANNAN OF THE SEA

X. TIR-NAN-OG

Rhys. Blue Beard and Puss in Boots

Today's free book is Blue Beard and Puss in Boots by Grace Rhys (1895), with illustrations by Richard Heighway.

The book is available at UFDC (I have not checked for other online sources).



Religious Tract Society. Children of the Bible

Today's free book is The Children of the Bible by the Religious Tract Society (1852). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

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Table of Contents

Isaac and Ishmael
Moses
Samuel
Abijah
The widow's son
The little captive maid
The child raised to life
Joash
Josiah
Little children brought to Jesus
The ruler's daughter
Timothy
"The child Jesus"


Haweis. Chaucer for Children

Today's free book is Chaucer for Children by Mary Eliza Joy Haweis (1877). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

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Table of Contents

Canterbury Tales
Chaucer's Prologue
The Knight's Tale
The Friar's Tale
The Clerk's Tale
The Franklin's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
Minor Poems
Two Rondeaux
Virelai
Good Counsel of Chaucer


Lanier. Ballads of War, Adventure, and Love

Today's free book is The Boy's Percy: Ballads of War, Adventure, and Love by Sidney Lanier (1882). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at UFDC (I have not checked for other online sources).




Table of Contents

Robin Hood and guy of Gisborne
King Estmere
Adam Bell, Clym of the Clough, and William of Cloudesly
Chevy Chase
The battle of the Otterbourn
Sir Cauline
Edward Edward
Edom O' Gordon
Child of Elle
The friar of orders Gray
The rising in the north
Northumberland Betrayed
The Nut-Brown maid
King Edward IV and the Tanner
Hardyknute
The heir of Linne
Sir Andrew Barton
The Bonny Earl of Murray
Young Waters
Mary Ambree
The winning of Cales
King John and the Abbot
The marriage of Sir Gawaine
King Ryence's Challenge
Lord Thomas and fair Annet
The legend of Sir Guy
Guy and Amarant
Sir John Grehme
The bailiff's daughter
The king and the miller
St. George and the dragon
Valentine and Ursine
Durham Field



Handford. Boys of the Bible

Today's free book is Boys of the Bible by Thomas W. Handford (1893). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

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Table of Contents

Cain and Abel 
Ishmael the outcast
Esau and Jacob - the twins
Joseph - the young dreamer
Moses - the emancipator
Samson
Samuel and his mother
David's conflict with the giant
Rizpah and the seven sons of Saul
Absalom - the beautiful rebel
Elisha 
Jeremiah and Ezekiel
Daniel and his friends
The birth and boyhood of Jesus
The lad with the loaves 
Lazarus

Lanier. Boy's King Arthur

Today's free book is The Boy's King Arthur by Sidney Lanier (1880). For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at UFDC (I have not checked for other online sources).


Table of Contents

King Arthur
Sir Lancelot
Sir Gareth of Orkney
Sir Tristram
Sir Galahad and Sir Percival
The Death of Arthur