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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Spieldauer: 29 Min.
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This is the poet's final version of this poem. Coleridge is a master of mellifluous poetic phrasing - hypnotic and incantatory - and uses it deftly to weave a spellbinding tale of sin and redemption. How a ship was driven by storms towards the South Pole; and how then she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that happened; and in what manner the Ancient Mariner came back to his own country.
A dark, allegorical, Gothic horror fable in verse telling of seduction, enthrallment, and deep sisterly love by the British Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti. The goblin market men, selling sweet and delicious fruits, inveigle Laura, a young girl, to partake of their tempting wares. Soon, she is lost to the world and her life begins slowly to fade away. Only the courage of her sister, Lizzie, can possibly save her from her fate. Will it be enough?
The Way of Life According to Laotzu is a poetic and highly accessible translation of the Dao De Jing ( Tao Te Ching). In these 81 brief passages, the ancient Chinese sage lays down a philosophical, socio-political, personal view of the universe and guide for action that has inspired generations around the world for centuries.
A pioneer widower, in appearance decades older than his years, dwells in a modest log cabin with a boarded window on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. Why this window is boarded his neighbors have no knowledge, but the story's narrator, who heard the tale from his grandfather, reveals the secret of the recluse and his mysterious past. Ambrose Bierce, an author famous for his Civil War and horror stories, here masterfully crafts a tale of suspenseful tension only relieved at the very last sentence.
This classic legend, rendered in verse and published in 1842 by the masterful British Victorian poet, Robert Browning (when only 30 years old), tells of what happens to the town of Hamelin when its burghers, desperate to rid the town of the rats that were overrunning it, engage a mysterious man dressed in red and yellow, who promises, for a fee, to cleanse the town of the vermin by the magic in the music he can play on his pipe. But when the burghers refuse to pay him the sum he was promised for his service, the piper uses his magic pipe to get even.
With charging rhythm and clarion language, in 14 stanzas, the poet conjures the dramatic, moving images of the rousing and pivotal ride of the famed patriot. Rhapsode Bob Gonzalez performs this classic.
A collection of 88 brief poems by ancient masters of Chinese poetry in an anonymous English translation. With titles such as "Contentment", "Wild Geese", "Best Happiness of All", "The Ashes of My House", "Jade Flower Palace", "We Will Grow Old Together", "The Poet Dreams", and "At Midnight", the subjects range across love in all forms, the ravages of war, the glories of nature, the sorrow of homelessness, the death of a loved one, peaceful reveries of hermits, the meditations of the wise, delicate art forms, and the entertainments at court.
The French master of the short story with the twist ending, Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893), here lets his main character, an unerring knife-thrower in a carnival act with his wife, tell the tale of his maddening situation. An anonymous English translation.
Flash fiction from the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. A wounded gentleman, with his valet, breaks into an abandoned chateau in the Appennine mountains. The walls of the bedroom in which they situate themselves are decorated entirely with paintings. The gentleman's eyes fall upon a portrait of a young girl. He reads in an accompanying book the story of the portrait's creation and the fate of the subject caused by the artist's obsession with representing the girl with lifelike perfection.
O. Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter (1862-1910). He was a master of the short story with a surprise ending. In this story, part of the collection titled The Four Million, two old friends have made a promise to meet at a certain New York City corner after 20 years of separation. Will they each honor the agreement? What will they learn of their lives since they last saw each other?
Mr. Tod is a fox that no one can call "nice", and Tommy Brock is a badger who frequently inhabits one or another of Mr. Tod's houses whenever he fancies. Tommy Brock steals all seven of Benjamin Bunny's baby rabbits while Old Mr. Bouncer, who was supposed to be watching them, was asleep. Benjamin sets off to find his babies and gets his cousin, Peter Rabbit, to help. Mr. Tod, Tommy Brock, Benjamin, and Peter all come together at Mr. Tod's house at the top of Bull Banks, where the trouble gets worse.
Mr. Jeremy Fisher, an adventurous frog, decides to go fishing in the rain at a nearby pond, hoping to catch some minnows to share with his friends, Mr. Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise and Sir Issac Newton. What he catches instead nearly finishes him.
A collection of fables, vignettes, and parables from the fanciful mind of Lord Dunsany. These brief tales feature characters such as Time, Death, Fame, Winter, Spring, the Fog, the North Wind, the blackbird, the god Pan, the river Styx boatman Charon, and others - in fantastical, whimsical, allegorical, and poignant scenarios.
The sequel to Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Peter Rabbit's cousin, Benjamin Bunny, takes Peter on an adventure to retrieve Peter's shoes and coat from Mr. McGregor's garden scarecrow. As they try to accomplish this, they encounter a cat and Benjamin's father.
Beatrix Potter's delightful retelling of the famous Aesop fable. In Potter's version, little Timmy Willie, a country mouse, accidentally hops a ride into town in a vegetable hamper. There he meets Johnny Town-Mouse, a sophisticated city resident, and all his friends. Adjusting to the great differences between his home life and the city living conditions proves challenging for little Timmy Willie. Adjusting is similarly challenging when Johnny Town-Mouse comes to visit Timmy Willie in the country.
Beatrix Potter's first storybook and an immediate success. Peter Rabbit is the naughty little son of Mrs. Rabbit and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. Ignoring his mother's orders, Peter invades Mr. McGregor's garden. Soon Mr. McGregor spots him and the chase is on. Will Peter escape with his clothes or even his life?
Several of Beatrix Potter's most famous animal tales together with some lesser known but thoroughly delightful ones. One is Potter's version of a famous Aesop fable. Three feature Peter Rabbit and his cousin, Benjamin Bunny. All take the listener on adventures in natural settings, as well as urban ones.
A poor tailor is too ill to finish the beautiful coat and waistcoat he has been stitching for the mayor of Gloucester to wear at his wedding on Christmas morning. He sends his cat, Simpkin, out in the snowy evening to buy some food and, most importantly, the cherry-colored silk he needs to finish his coat and waistcoat. While Simpkin is out, the tailor discovers all the mice Simpkin has hidden under the teacups and accidentally frees them all. They run out of the house, but not before they overhear him speak aloud his fears that he will not be able to complete his work.
Eight fanciful tales from Rudyard Kipling's book of animal origin tales, which began as bedtime stories told to his daughter Essie. They are called Just So Stories because Essie would not let Kipling deviate from the tale by even one word: They had to be told "just so".
The Works of Edgar Allan Poe, Volume Five: The Raven Edition
Essays and Stories
Edgar Allen Poe
Spieldauer: 5 Std. und 29 Min.
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This recording is of the 11 essays and stories contained in Volume Five and includes two examples of Poe’s activity as a literary critic. Poe’s dry wit is laced through many of these tales and will bring a wry smile to your lips even as you shiver at the consequences of “betting the devil your head”.