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Prelude, Chapter 1, Part 1

In Royal Highness

Read by Margaret Espaillat


Thomas Mann


Royal Highness is the story of Prince Klaus Heinrich, a member of a struggling German duchy and an exotic American heiress who comes to live…

Preface, Chap 1, Chap 2

In Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: An AutoBiography

Read by Margaret Espaillat


Walt Whitman


This story ran as a serial in 1852 in the New York Sunday Dispatch, and for more than 160 years was buried in obscurity, unknown to the worl…

Chapter 1

In Effi Briest (abridged)

Read by Margaret Espaillat


Theodor Fontane


Effi Briest is a classic of Prussian Realism, relatively unknown in the English speaking world, but widely taught in German schools. This tr…

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