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38 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: "The Tapestried Chamber" by Sir Walter Scott
“The Tapestried Chamber,” believed by many scholars to be the first “modern” ghost story, was first published in 1828.
26 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: Memoirs of Marie Antoinette by Mme. Campan
The closing years of the French monarchy could scarcely have found a more faithful chronicler, or one better fitted for the task both by training and situation, than Madame Campan. Introduced into the Court of Louis XVas a young girl, she became one of the household of Marie Antoinette immediately after that princess came from Austria to wed the Dauphin, the King’s heir; and followed the fortunes of her royal mistress with unswerving devotion until the prison gates separated them.
18 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is a long poem written by American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) as an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln. It was written in the summer of 1865 during a period of profound national mourning in the aftermath of the President's assassination on April 14 earlier that year. Although Whitman did not consider the poem to be among his best works, it is compared in both effect and quality to several acclaimed works of English literature, including elegies such as John Milton's Lycidas (1637) and Percy Bysshe Shelley's Adonais (1821). To listen to these works, review the Poetry Panoply here on Just Listen. “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”…we begin….
28 minutes | May 30, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
"The Monkey’s Paw” is a classic “three wishes” story that doubles as a horror story and a cautionary tale, reminding us that unintended consequences often accompany the best intentions.
12 minutes | May 20, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: "An Episode of War" by Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane's short stories about the Civil War are stock items in student anthologies. They are often used to contrast Naturalism to Romanticism, which preceded it as an American literary genre.
50 minutes | May 2, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry Panoply III
Our final episode of English Romantic poetry - Poetry Panoply III.
25 minutes | May 10, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner
Highly anthologized, “A Rose for Emily” begins with a title reminiscent of a lover’s offering and ends with a grisly reminder of the extent to which small town eccentricities can bloom into horror.
32 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry Panoply II
Poetry Panoply II continues our celebration of English Romantic Poetry.
33 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry Panoply I
The three Poetry Panoplies are comprised of English Romantic Poetry.
29 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
Just Listen: Readings from The Decameron and Dante's Inferno
Today we examine excerpts from the writings of two famous Italian writers, whose works have influenced Western culture for over 600 years: Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio.
24 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Just Listen: Poems That Tell a Story
Three poems full of suspense and excitement!
50 minutes | Sep 5, 2020
Just Listen: Japanese Ghost Stories
Lafcadio Hearn's Cultural Legacy
24 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry - Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market"
Christina Rossetti's poem Goblin Market is one of her best known. Although it is ostensibly about two sisters' misadventures with goblins, critics have interpreted the piece in a variety of ways, seeing it as an allegory about temptation and salvation, a commentary on Victorian gender roles and female agency, and a work about erotic desire and social redemption.
36 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry - Christina Rossetti
Christina Georgina Rossetti, born on December 5, 1830, was an English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. We begin today with a selection of devotional poems, then turn our attentions toward other topics—love, jealousy, and the burgeoning world of Victorian society.
29 minutes | Apr 12, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: Poetry - Sara Teasdale and Edna St. Vincent Millay
Today we examine the work of two American poets, Sara Teasdale and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Both poets are featured in a new book by John Dizikes entitled Love Songs: The Lives, Loves, and Poetry of Nine American Women.
23 minutes | Mar 15, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: Winesburg, Ohio - Loneliness
A short story cycle is a collection of short stories in which the narratives are specifically composed and arranged with the goal of creating an enhanced or different experience when reading the group as a whole as opposed to its individual parts. Today’s story from the Sherwood Anderson short story cycle Winesburg, Ohio, is entitled “Loneliness,” and concerns the character Enoch Robinson.
17 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: Winesburg, Ohio - Hands
Winesburg, Ohio is a 1919 short story cycle by the American author Sherwood Anderson. The book consists of twenty-two stories, with the first story, "The Book of the Grotesque,” serving as an introduction. Our first story from this cycle is entitled “Hands.” In his Memoirs, Sherwood Anderson says that he wrote "Hands" at one sitting on a dark, snowy night in Chicago. It was, he says, his "first authentic tale," so good that he laughed, cried, and shouted out of his boarding house window.
27 minutes | Feb 2, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: The First Seven Years
Today’s author Bernard Malamud was an American novelist and short story writer. Along with Saul Bellow, Joseph Heller, and Phillip Roth, he was one of the best known American Jewish authors of the 20th century. His baseball novel The Natural was adapted into a 1984 film starring Robert Redford. Today’s story, “The First Seven Years,” depicts a Polish immigrant’s desire to see his daughter achieve a better life. His notion of that life, however, is not the same as hers.
17 minutes | Jan 19, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: from The Diary of Samuel Pepys
Samuel Pepys is most famous for the diary he kept from 1660 until 1669, while still a relatively young man. Writing for himself alone, he used a little-known shorthand that was not deciphered until the nineteenth century, when the diary was published more than 200 years later. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.
15 minutes | Jan 5, 2020
Just Listen Podcast: The Interlopers
Hector Hugh Monroe, also known as Saki, is famous for his tongue-in-cheek commentaries on the upper classes and the quick, startling way in which many of his stories end. As you listen to today’s story, pay special attention to the information the narrator gives you about the two characters’ pasts. The narrator of “The Interlopers” makes us think that events are leading one way--up until the story’s very end. Prepare to be surprised.
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