Word Portraits of Famous Writers

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Mabel Elizabeth Wotton, an author herself, moved in the literary circles of the late nineteenth century establishing many close friendships, She presents for us here, not literary criticism nor biographical sketches, but "word portraits," shore vignettes of a persons physical appearance and elements of behavior or personality. These are all drawn from many sources -- biographies, newspapers, or personal friends of the authors. Some descriptions are based on paintings or drawings, but the majority are derived from personal acquaintance. Thus, we have a unique view of these famous artists that we seldom read. - Summary by Larry Wilson (7 hr 26 min)


Introduction 6:04 Read by Larry Wilson
Joseph Addison 4:48 Read by Nemo
Harrison Ainsworth 4:20 Read by Nemo
Jane Austen 3:43 Read by Kathleen Moore
Francis, Lord Bacon 2:45 Read by Kathleen Moore
Joanna Baillie 3:01 Read by ADKreader
Benjamin, Lord Beaconsfield 3:00 Read by Sonia
Jeremy Bentham 3:33 Read by Phil Schempf
Richard Bentley 1:38 Read by Michael Fassio
James Boswell 3:29 Read by Kathleen Moore
Charlotte Brontë 4:30 Read by Tomas Peter
Henry, Lord Brougham 8:57 Read by Adele Pooley
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 2:30 Read by Eva Davis
John Bunyan 3:17 Read by Larry Wilson
Edmund Burke 4:36 Read by Steve C
Robert Burns 6:43 Read by Nemo
Samuel Butler 1:12 Read by Adele Pooley
George, Lord Byron 3:53 Read by Sonia
Thomas Campbell 5:46 Read by Adele Pooley
Thomas Carlyle 4:10 Read by Nemo
Thomas Chatterton 2:48 Read by Michael Fassio
Geoffrey Chaucer 3:21 Read by Sonia
Philip, Lord Chesterfield 3:52 Read by Adele Pooley
William Cobbett 5:03 Read by Steve C
Hartley Coleridge 5:06 Read by Adele Pooley
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 4:01 Read by Michael Fassio
William Collins 2:03 Read by Phil Schempf
William Cowper 2:49 Read by Nemo
George Crabbe 3:18 Read by Phil Schempf
Daniel De Foe 3:07 Read by Michael Fassio
Charles Dickens 7:09 Read by Nemo
Isaac D’Israeli 3:41 Read by Adele Pooley
John Dryden 5:51 Read by Steve C
Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot) 4:53 Read by April6090
Henry Fielding 3:11 Read by Tomas Peter
John Gay 3:07 Read by Tomas Peter
Edward Gibbon 3:44 Read by Adele Pooley
William Godwin 3:11 Read by Amy Gramour
Oliver Goldsmith 2:31 Read by Michael Fassio
David Gray 2:38 Read by ADKreader
Thomas Gray 2:32 Read by ADKreader
Henry Hallam 2:20 Read by ADKreader
William Hazlitt 5:53 Read by Eva Davis
Felicia Hemans 3:15 Read by April6090
James Hogg 3:58 Read by Kay Sun
Thomas Hood 6:03 Read by Demosthenes
Theodore Hook 3:06 Read by Kay Sun
David Hume 4:00 Read by Michael Fassio
Leigh Hunt 4:21 Read by Eva Davis
Elizabeth Inchbald 2:08 Read by ADKreader
Francis, Lord Jeffrey 3:29 Read by Devorah Allen
Douglas Jerrold 2:53 Read by Devorah Allen
Samuel Johnson 3:41 Read by Nemo
Ben Jonson 3:21 Read by Sonia
John Keats 4:13 Read by Eva Davis
John Keble 5:48 Read by ADKreader
Charles Kingsley 5:21 Read by Nemo
Charles Lamb 5:19 Read by Eva Davis
Letitia Elizabeth Landon 3:20 Read by ADKreader
Walter Savage Landor 3:59 Read by VfkaBT
Charles Lever 2:07 Read by Devorah Allen
Matthew Gregory Lewis 2:36 Read by Tomas Peter
John Gibson Lockhart 1:20 Read by Robert Robinson
Sir Richard Lovelace 2:47 Read by Devorah Allen
Edward, Lord Lytton 4:01 Read by Michael Fassio
Thomas Babington Macaulay 4:09 Read by MaryAnn
William Maginn 4:54 Read by MaryAnn
Francis Mahony (Father Prout) 5:16 Read by MaryAnn
Frederick Marryat 3:22 Read by MaryAnn
Harriet Martineau 2:48 Read by ADKreader
Frederick Denison Maurice 3:03 Read by VfkaBT
John Milton 4:09 Read by Michael Fassio
Mary Russell Mitford 5:07 Read by BettyB
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu 3:12 Read by ADKreader
Thomas Moore 4:20 Read by Nemo
Hannah More 5:00 Read by BettyB
Sir Thomas More 3:05 Read by Larry Wilson
Caroline Norton 4:41 Read by BettyB
Thomas Otway 2:18 Read by Greg Giordano
Samuel Pepys 3:12 Read by Greg Giordano
Alexander Pope 3:07 Read by Michael Fassio
Bryan Waller Procter 2:48 Read by ADKreader
Thomas de Quincey 6:36 Read by Greg Giordano
Ann Radcliffe 1:53 Read by Sonia
Sir Walter Raleigh 4:42 Read by VfkaBT
Charles Reade 3:44 Read by Robert Robinson
Samuel Richardson 4:05 Read by Tomas Peter
Samuel Rogers 3:03 Read by Nemo
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 9:38 Read by Emma Charlotte
Richard Savage 2:36 Read by Michael Fassio
Sir Walter Scott 4:54 Read by Emma Charlotte
William Shakespeare 9:10 Read by Rosemarie DeSapio
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley 2:42 Read by Tomas Peter
Percy Bysshe Shelley 5:36 Read by Eva Davis
Richard Brinsley Sheridan 2:47 Read by VfkaBT
Sir Philip Sidney 2:21 Read by Sonia
Horace Smith 2:01 Read by Greg Giordano
Sydney Smith 3:19 Read by Greg Giordano
Tobias Smollett 1:44 Read by Tomas Peter
Robert Southey 5:18 Read by Greg Giordano
Edmund Spenser 4:35 Read by Steve C
Arthur Penrhyn Stanley 2:58 Read by Sonia
Sir Richard Steele 4:27 Read by Greg Giordano
Laurence Sterne 3:03 Read by Tomas Peter
Sir John Suckling 2:05 Read by Greg Giordano
Jonathan Swift 3:25 Read by Michael Fassio
William Makepeace Thackeray 3:25 Read by Michael Fassio
James Thomson 2:33 Read by Michael Fassio
Anthony Trollope 4:15 Read by Michael Fassio
Edmund Waller 3:30 Read by Sonia
Horace Walpole 4:23 Read by ADKreader
Izaac Walton 1:57 Read by Steve C
John Wilson 5:39 Read by ADKreader
Ellen Wood (Mrs. Henry Wood) 2:34 Read by BettyB
William Wordsworth 4:26 Read by Eva Davis
Sir Henry Wotton 3:06 Read by Larry Wilson