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The Lesson of the Master

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


A promising young writer meets an older man whose works have inspired him, as well as a highly intelligent and attractive young woman, at a …

The Siege of London

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


In this work, first published in 1883, James once again writes of an American trying to settle in England. The woman at the center, however,…

The Last of the Valerii

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


An unnamed American painter resident in Rome serves as narrator in this story, watching as his god-daughter Martha, becomes the wife of Prin…

A Little Swiss Sojourn

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


William Dean Howells


A charming brief account of a two months' autumnal stay on the shores of the Lake of Geneva. Howells, who was there with his family travelin…

The Vicar of Tours

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Honoré de Balzac


Over twenty years before Anthony Trollope wrote The Warden, in which the gentle but unfortunate Rev. Septimus Harding becomes the prey of an…

Sir Edmund Orme

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Henry James wrote a number of ghost stories -- The Turn of the Screw being the most famous. Did he believe in ghosts himself, as did many of…

Peccavi

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


E. W. Hornung


How does a man who as committed a heavy sin — not a crime, but a sin with terrible consequences — atone for his behaviour? What if the man i…

Another Study of Woman

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Honoré de Balzac


A series of tales -- told by men, of course -- about women. Though the book first appeared in 1842, Balzac later added to it as an addenfum …

The Papers

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Today the world is awash with “celebrities” whose only accomplishment is being celebrated by the media in all its various forms. Henry James…

The Birthplace

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Henry James


Neither the name of Shakespeare nor that of Stratford appears directly in this short piece by James, and yet both are absolutely central to …

Frederic the Great

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Thomas Babington Macaulay


Macaulay's review essay on Frederick the Great of Prussia is found in vol. iii of his Critical and Historical Essays, and concentrates prima…

Lord Clive

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Thomas Babington Macaulay


Robert Clive was, in Macaulay’s view, the real founder of British power in India. Macaulay himself served on the Governor’s Council in India…

Coningsby, or The New Generation

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Benjamin Disraeli


Coningsby is the first of trilogy of political novels that Disraeli published in the 1840s, and gives an insight into his views of the polit…

Warren Hastings

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Thomas Babington Macaulay


"Warren Hastings" is Chapter IV of Thomas Macaulay's Critical and Historical Essays, vol. III. It first appeared in the Edinburgh …

Seven Men

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Max Beerbohm


In order to liven up the literary history of Great Britain in the 1890s (as if Oscar Wilde, Stevenson, Kipling, Hardy, etc., were not lively…

La Grande Bretèche

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Honoré de Balzac


La Grande Bretèche is an addendum to Balzac's Another Study of Woman, and is the final of a set of stories told around a dinner table…

A Brief Account of the Bahai Movement

Read by Nicholas James Bridgewater


Ethel J. Rosenberg


“Many believe that we, in this century,” writes Ethel Rosenberg, “ are witnessing the dawn of a new spiritual epoch or era. A renewal of the…

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In The Breaking Point

Read by Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)


Mary Roberts Rinehart


Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shor…

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