Hamilton Wright Mabie was an American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer. He received a law degree from Columbia in 1869. Mabie used his lectures and writings to instill a love of good reading in the American public. The Table of Contents includes I PERSEUS. Adapted from "The Heroes," by Charles Kingsley, II. HERCULES. By Kate Stephens, III. DANIEL. From Book of Daniel, Chapter VI, Verses 1 to 24, IV. DAVID. From I. Book of Samuel, Chapter xvii, V. ST. GEORGE. Adapted from "Martyrs and Saints of the First Twelve Centuries," by Mrs. E. Rundle Charles, VI. KING ARTHUR. Adapted from "Stories from Le Morte d'Arthur and the Mabinogion," by Beatrice Clay, VII. SIR GALAHAD. Adapted from "Stories from Le Morte d'Arthur and the Mabinogion," by Beatrice Clay; followed by "Sir Galahad," by Alfred Tennyson, VIII. SIEGFRIED. Adapted from "Heroes of Chivalry and Romance," by A. J. Church, IX. ROLAND. Adapted from "Stories of Charlemagne and the Peers of France," by A. J. Church, X. KING ALFRED. Adapted from "Old English History," by E. A. Freeman, XI. THE CID. Adapted from "Chronicle of the Cid," from the Spanish, by Robert Southey, XII. ROBIN HOOD. Adapted from "Book of Romance," edited by Andrew Lang; including a version of the popular ballad, "Robin Hood and the Butcher", XIII. RICHARD THE LION-HEARTED. Adapted from "The Crusaders," by A. J. Church, XIV. SAINT Louis. Adapted from "The Crusaders," by A. J. Church, XV. WILLIAM TELL. Adapted from "Stories from History," by Agnes Strickland, XVI. ROBERT BRUCE. Adapted from "Tales of a Grandfather from Scottish History," by Sir Walter Scott, XVII. GEORGE WASHINGTON. Adapted from "Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington," by G. W. Parke Custis, XVIII. ROBERT E. LEE. From "Letters and Recollections of General Lee," by Captain Robert E. Lee, XIX. ABRAHAM: LINCOLN. Adapted from "The True Story of Abraham Lincoln," by Elbridge S. Brooks, and XX. FATHER DAMIEN. Adapted from "Father Damien: A Journey from Cashmere to His Home in Hawaii," by Edward Clifford.