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The Letters of Jane Austen

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Jane Austen


This recording includes a selection of Jane Austen's letters, edited by Susan Coolidge and chosen from the collection of Austen's great-neph…

The Awakening (version 2)

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Kate Chopin


Kate Chopin's 1899 novella The Awakening is about the personal, sexual, and artistic awakening of a young wife and mother, Edna Pontellier. …

What Maisie Knew

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Henry James


When Beale and Ida Farange are divorced, the court decrees that their only child, the very young Maisie, will shuttle back and forth between…

The Semi-Detached House

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Emily Eden


If you're a Jane Austen fan, you'll enjoy Emily Eden's comic novels of manners, The Semi-Detached House (1859) and The Semi-Attached Couple …

The Glimpses of the Moon

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Edith Wharton


"The Glimpses of the Moon" (1922) is about Nick and Susy Lansing, both of whom live a decadent life in Europe by sponging off weal…

The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

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Pádraic Colum


Also known as "The Children's Homer," this is Irish writer Padraic Colum's retelling of the events of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey fo…

The Room in the Dragon Volant

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu


J. Sheridan LeFanu's Gothic mystery novel is narrated by Richard Beckett, a young Englishman abroad in Napoleonic-era France. He falls insta…

The Portrait of a Lady (version 2)

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Henry James


The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James, first published as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly and Macmillan's Magazine in 1880–81 an…

The Semi-Attached Couple

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Emily Eden


Young and beautiful Helen Eskdale and fabulously wealthy Lord Teviot seem to be the perfect match. But when they marry, they find that misun…

Summer (version 2)

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Edith Wharton


Wharton's 1917 novella Summer, like her more famous work Ethan Frome, is set in a very small rural New England town. Charity Royall longs t…

A Little Princess (Version 3)

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Frances Hodgson Burnett


A Little Princess is a classic of children's literature by the author of The Secret Garden. Seven-year-old Sara Crewe comes to London to att…

Pauline's Passion and Punishment

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Louisa May Alcott


Before she wrote Little Women and Little Men, Louisa, writing under the pseudonym A.M. Barnard, had this `blood and thunder' thriller (as sh…

Idylls of the King

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Idylls of the King, published between 1856 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson which re…

The Waste Land (version 3)

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T. S. Eliot


The Waste Land is T. S. Eliot's Modernist masterpiece, first published in 1920. Rich in allusions to Shakespeare, Dante, Baudelaire, the Bib…

The Touchstone

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Edith Wharton


Stephen Glennard's career is falling apart and he desperately needs money so that he may marry his beautiful fiancee. He happens upon an adv…

The Fifth Queen

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Ford Madox Ford


The Fifth Queen trilogy is a series of connected historical novels by English novelist Ford Madox Ford. It consists of three novels, The Fif…

Passing

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Nella Larsen


Nella Larsen, a novelist of the Harlem Renaissance, wrote two brilliant novels that interrogated issues of gender and race. In Passing, her…

The Dead (version 2)

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James Joyce


This novella is the final story in Joyce's collection Dubliners. It describes a Christmas party given by Kate and Julia Morkan, two elderly …

The Odd Women

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George Gissing


George Gissing's 1893 novel takes on the 19th century "Woman Question" by looking at themes of feminism, marriage, and love. The …

The Story of Avis

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Elizabeth Stuart Phelps


Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's 1877 novel is set in a New England college town, and focuses on Avis Dobell, a professor's daughter. Avis is a ta…

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