This book is the ONE book we take on ALL vacations! We usually go camping, and we read aloud many of the entries around the camp fire. Particular favorites are Poe's "The Raven", Robert W. Service's three poems, "Casey At The Bat", "The Face On The Floor", "When Father Carves A Duck", and (of course!) the story of the Creation (try page 10!). Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is another one of our favorites. THERE ARE TOO MANY TO LIST!!!!! An OUTSTANDING compendium of literature!
A lot of comments I've heard about this wonderful collection remark on the odd juxtapositions within its pages: Shakespeare next to "Silver Threads Among The Gold"; The Marine's hymn next to Poe's "Raven"; Lincoln and Longfellow next to one of Dorothy Parker's quips. It's true that this is one of this book's charms, but I found something more to be prized. The "Treasury" is exactly what it claims to be: a treasury of the hundreds of songs you're familiar with but don't know by heart, and don't know where to look up. Everyone will have their own list of works they think they'll never find again. Here's a partial list of mine; perhaps some of these are ones you're hunting for too: Langdon Smith's "Evolution" (When you were a tadpole and I was a fish/In the Paleozoic time); Oliver Wendell Holmes' "The One-Hoss Shay"; Robert Service's "The Cremation of Sam McGee"; Henley's "Invictus" (source of "I am the captain of my soul"). And dozens more. I found much I didn't care for here, but much more I did. This is truly a remarkable collection. It belongs on every bookshelf, if only because you'll never find another source for so many of the poems within it. Buy it; you'll discover a lot of old friends here.
I am seventy years old and I bought this book when I was a young man from a book of the month club. It is a great mix of poems and literature. They are from my parents era. My mother, who never read it, used to quote from some of them. My oldest daughter borrowed it and lost some twenty years ago.I have been looking for it ever since. Concurrently with my buying it on Amazon.com, my daughter had, un-beknownst to me, named her antique store after it. She used the poem "Where There's a Will, There's a Way" in an invitation to her son's graduation. Since then, I have bought a copy for a nephew and her son and her husband bought her a copy.
This is the most amazing book! It includes any famous quotes, speeches, stories, poems, songs, etc. It is like having a mini-encyclopedia in one book. We use it all the time in our homeschool. You have to have this book.
The book covers an enormous range of literature, excerpts, poetry, quotes, sayings. Because it was published in the 1940s, it includes things that are nearly forgotten, that tie us to our grandparents time. The title word "Familiar," is misleading because of so much obscure material. The coverage is so broad it's hard to define. It's definitely in the top dozen or so of my favorite books.
I am 63 years old and my father introduced me to this book and its contents when I was very young. Sprawling across my bed with him on his furloughs from the war I was given a supreme introduction to the delight of that other world of words and how to paint with them. If you have children from 3-103--get it and read it aloud together.--Mine has fallen apart.
We have copies of the 1942 edition of this book which contain poetry and snip-its of literature. The selections are diverse with pieces for many tastes. As a child many hours of pleasure was derived from the selections held within this volume. It will bring back memories for the past generations and a new door on poetry for the young. Happy reading.
I discovered this book in the town library when I was in high school. I kept checking out this book over and over again and I couldn't get enough. My mom bought me the book one year and I was soo excited to own it for myself. It was one of the best presents I have ever gotten. The book is worn out now and I have to turn the pages delicately in fear of wearing them more. That just makes me love it more. My history since I have boughten the book is that I read it through and through and put it on the bookshelf for a year and forget about it. It doesn't take long before I long to read it again, I then pick it out of the bookshelf and fall in love with it all over again. If I had to choose only one book in the world that I could keep, it would be this one. Needless to say I love it!
My parents bought a collection of books from a door-to-door salesman when I was very young. This book was included. My family used this book until it was visibly more worn than the rest. My favorite poem was "Casey at the Bat" and we all loved so many items in the book. In college I borrowed this book and lost it. We have all been so sad about that for years and years. I am so happy to find it again through Amazon.com! I will buy a copy for Mom and myself!
This collection of well-known (and some not so well-known) essays, poems and speeches was part of the fundamental building blocks of my literary development. Our parents read selections from it when I was little and I have loved the written word ever since. I couldn't believe it was available when I searched for it in Amazon.com!