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Sybil, or the Two Nations

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Benjamin Disraeli


Sybil is one of the most prominent political novels of the mid-nineteenth century, taking as its subject the "condition of England"…

On the Eve

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Ivan Turgenev


On the Eve appeared in 1860, two years before Fathers and Sons, Turgenev's most famous novel. It is set in the prior decade (by the end of t…

Witching Hill

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


E. W. Hornung


The adventures of two young men, which may or may not have to do with the supernatural. - Summary by Nicholas Clifford

Indian Summer (version 2)

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


William Dean Howells


Set in Florence's Anglo-American colony in the late 19th century, this is a romantic story of a middle-aged man, returning to the scene of h…

The Real Thing

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


The Real Thing is, on one level, a somewhat ironic tale of an artist and two rather particular models. Yet it also raises questions about th…

The Portrait of a Lady (version 3)

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Our central character is Isabel Archer of Albany, New York, a young woman of no great means, and no great beauty (that is, by her own estima…

The Figure in the Carpet

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


The story ostensibly concerns a young literary critics who greatly admires the writer Hugh Vereker. A meeting with Vereker, however, shows h…

Roderick Hudson

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Published as a serial in 1875, Roderick Hudson is James's first important novel. The theme of Americans in Europe, so important in much of J…

The Czar's Spy: The Mystery of a Silent Love (version 2)

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


William Le Queux


A mysterious burgary of the British Consulate at Leghorn, coupled with the even more mysterious visit of an English yacht, leads to a trail …

The Princess Casamassima

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Princess Casamassima can be read on several levels: first, as a political and social novel, exploring the anarchistic and revolutionary unde…

The Pupil

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Pemberton, a young American with an Oxford education and out of money, takes a job tutoring Morgan Moreen, the 12-year old son of an America…

Democracy - An American Novel

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry Brooks Adams


Not until after his death in 1918 was it revealed that Henry Adams was the anonymous author of Democracy, which had been published to great …

A Hazard of New Fortunes

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


William Dean Howells


Howell’s novel is set in New York of the late nineteenth century, a city familiar to readers of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Basil March, …

Scrambles Amongst the Alps in the Years 1860-69

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Edward Whymper


Scrambles Amongst the Alps is one the great classics (some would say the greatest) of early mountaineering literature, and Edward Whymper (1…

The Spoils of Poynton

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


The recently widowed Adela Gereth, a lover of beauty and passionate collector of fine objects, strikes up a friendship with the young Fleda …

Lord Beaupre

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


What is a young man to do, when because of his pleasant disposition, and (of course) his considerable wealth, he finds himself besieged by b…

The Reverberator

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Another Jamesian look at Americans in Paris. What happens when a reporter for an American scandal sheet (The Reverberator) is looking for a …

Sir Dominick Ferrand

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


"Levity" is not a word often applied to Henry James, but this story has about it an attractively lighthearted quality. It tells of…

The Chaperon

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


What on earth is a girl to do when London society has convicted her mother of a dreadful sin and has ostracized her? If blood is thicker tha…

A Little Tour in France

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


A splendid example of travel writing at its best, in this description of six week tour in France -- from Touraine, down to Provence, then ba…

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