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The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison Audiobook

The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

Author: Ralph Ellison Narrator: Dominic Hoffman, John F. Callahan Release Date: December 2019

A radiant collection of letters from the renowned author of Invisible Man that trace the life and mind of a giant of American literature, with insights into the riddle of identity, the writer's craft, and the story of a changing nation over six decades  These extensive and revealing letters span the life of Ralph Ellison and provide a remarkable window into the great writer's life and work, his friendships, rivalries, anxieties, and all the questions about identity, art, and the American soul that bedeviled and inspired him until his death. They include early notes to his mother, written as an impoverished college student; lively exchanges with the most distinguished American writers and thinkers of his time, from Romare Bearden to Saul Bellow; and letters to friends and family from his hometown of Oklahoma City, whose influence would always be paramount. These letters are beautifully rendered first-person accounts of Ellison's life and work and his observations of a changing world, showing his metamorphosis from a wide-eyed student into a towering public intellectual who confronted and articulated America's complexities.

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Journeys Audiobook

Journeys

Author: Krishna Ramanujan Narrator: Faraz Khan Release Date: December 2019

A.K. Ramanujan (1929-1993), one of India's finest poets, translators, folklorists, essayists and scholars of the twentieth century, is a stalwart in India's literary history. His translations of ancient Tamil and medieval Kannada poetry, as well as of UR Ananthamurthy's novel Samskara, are considered as classics in Indian literature. A pioneering modernist poet, during his lifetime he produced four poetry collections in English, and he had also intended to publish the journals he had kept throughout the decades. After his premature death 25 years ago, his journals, diaries, papers and other documents-spanning fifty years from 1944 to 1993-were given by his family to the Special Collections Research Center at the Regenstein Library of the University of Chicago in June 1994. These unpublished writings, meticulously preserved and catalogued at the University of Chicago, were waiting for someone to unveil them to a wider readership. Edited by Krishna Ramanujan and Guillermo Rodríguez, Journeys offers access to Ramanujan's personal diaries and journals, providing a window into his creative process. It will include literary entries from his travels, his thoughts on writing, poetry drafts, and dreams. His diaries and journals served as fertile ground where he planted the seeds for much of his published work.

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Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop Audiobook

Love Unknown: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop

Author: Thomas Travisano Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Release Date: November 2019

An illuminating new biography of one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop's friend James Merrill once observed that 'Elizabeth had more talent for life-and for poetry-than anyone else I've known.' This new biography reveals just how she learned to marry her talent for life with her talent for writing in order to create a brilliant array of poems, prose, and letters-a remarkable body of work that would make her one of America's most beloved and celebrated poets. In Love Unknown, Thomas Travisano, founding president of the Elizabeth Bishop Society, tells the story of the famous poet and traveler's life. Bishop moved through extraordinary mid-twentieth century worlds with relationships among an extensive international array of literati, visual artists, musicians, scholars, and politicians-along with a cosmopolitan gay underground that was then nearly invisible to the dominant culture. Drawing on fresh interviews and newly discovered manuscript materials, Travisano illuminates that the 'art of losing' that Bishop celebrated with such poignant irony in her poem, 'One Art,' perhaps her most famous, was linked in equal part to an 'art of finding,' that Bishop's art and life was devoted to the sort of encounters and epiphanies that so often appear in her work. Cover photograph: courtesy of Elizabeth Bishop Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College

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Will Audiobook

Will

Author: Will Self Narrator: Will Self Release Date: November 2019

'Self is the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation' Guardian

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Down in the Valley: A Writer's Landscape Audiobook

Down in the Valley: A Writer's Landscape

Author: Laurie Lee Narrator: David Sibley Release Date: November 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. An enhanced audio edition containing original audio interviews with the author, Laurie Lee. A moving, never-before-published portrait of the landscape that shaped the life of Laurie Lee, the beloved author of Cider With Rosie 'Before I left the valley I thought everywhere was like this. Then I went away for 40 years and when I came back I realized that nowhere was like this.' Laurie Lee walked out of his childhood village one summer morning to travel the world, but he was always drawn back to his beloved Slad Valley, eventually returning to make it his home. In this portrait of his Cotswold home, Laurie Lee guides us through its landscapes, and shares memories of his village youth - from his favourite pub, The Woolpack, to winter skating on the pond, the church through the seasons, local legends, learning the violin and playing jazz records in the privy on a wind-up gramophone. Filled with wry humour and a love of place, Down in the Valley is a writer's tribute to the landscape that shaped him, and where he found peace. © Laurie Lee 2019. Original interviews and afterword © David Parker 2019

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Writers: Their Lives and Works Audiobook

Writers: Their Lives and Works

Author: Dk Narrator: Karen Cass Release Date: November 2019

From Shakespeare and Jane Austen to Gabriel García Márquez and Toni Morrison, delve into more than 100 biographies of the world's greatest writers. Each featured novelist, playwright, or poet has biographical entries tracing the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and influenced their work, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created. This audiobook introduces the key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each writer, revealing the imaginations and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. With a foreword introduction written and narrated by James Naughtie, and covering an eclectic range of authors from the Middle Ages to the present day, Writers provides a compelling glimpse of the lives and loves of each great writer. With Karen Cass' rich narration, Writers: Their Lives and Works is an audiobook not to be missed. Cass has narrated over two hundred and fifty audiobooks. Whilst training at LAMDA Karen won the Evelyn Laye Award for Best Actress in a Musical and was Runner-Up in the BBC Carleton Hobbs Radio Award. She made her professional acting debut with the Northern Stage Company in Newcastle, and while studying Modern Languages at Cambridge University she also acted with the 'Cambridge Footlights' and worked as a presenter for BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. © 2018 Dorling Kindersley Ltd © 2019 DK Audio

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The Possession Audiobook

The Possession

Author: Annie Ernaux Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Release Date: November 2019

Self-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, through the eyes of the lost beloved.

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What Am I Doing Here? Audiobook

What Am I Doing Here?

Author: Bruce Chatwin Narrator: Hugh Fraser Release Date: October 2019

Brought to you by Penguin. The audio edition of What Am I Doing Here? by Bruce Chatwin. In this collection of profiles, essays and travel stories, Chatwin takes us to Benin, where he is arrested as a mercenary during a coup; to Boston to meet an LSD guru who believes he is Christ; to India with Indira Ghandi when she attempted a political comeback in 1978; and to Nepal where he reminds us that 'Man's real home is not a house, but the Road, and that life itself is a journey to be walked on foot'

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Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country Audiobook

Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country

Author: Edward Parnell Narrator: Sam Woolf Release Date: October 2019

'A uniquely strange and wonderful work of literature' Philip Hoare 'An exciting new voice' Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country In his late thirties, Edward Parnell found himself trapped in the recurring nightmare of a family tragedy. For comfort, he turned to his bookshelves, back to the ghost stories that obsessed him as a boy, and to the writers through the ages who have attempted to confront what comes after death. In Ghostland, Parnell goes in search of the 'sequestered places' of the British Isles, our lonely moors, our moss-covered cemeteries, our stark shores and our folkloric woodlands. He explores how these landscapes conjured and shaped a kaleidoscopic spectrum of literature and cinema, from the ghost stories and weird fiction of M. R. James, Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood to the children's fantasy novels of Alan Garner and Susan Cooper; from W. G. Sebald's The Rings of Saturn and Graham Swift's Waterland to the archetypal 'folk horror' film The Wicker Man... Ghostland is Parnell's moving exploration of what has haunted our writers and artists - and what is haunting him. It is a unique and elegiac meditation on grief, memory and longing, and of the redemptive power of stories and nature.

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On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography Audiobook

On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography

Author: D. J. Taylor, D.J. Taylor Narrator: Charles Armstrong Release Date: October 2019

Since its publication nearly seventy years ago, George Orwell's 1984 has been regarded as one of the most influential novels of the modern age. Politicians have testified to its influence on their intellectual identities, rock musicians have made records about it, TV viewers watch a reality show named for it, and a White House spokesperson tells of "alternative facts." The world we live in is often described as an Orwellian one, awash in inescapable surveillance and invasions of privacy. On 1984 dives deep into Orwell's life to chart his earlier writings and key moments in his youth, such as his years at a boarding school that's strict and charismatic headmaster shaped the idea of Big Brother. Taylor tells the story of the writing of the book, taking listeners to the Scottish island of Jura, where Orwell, newly famous thanks to Animal Farm but coping with personal tragedy and rapidly declining health, struggled to finish 1984. Published during the cold war-a term Orwell coined-Taylor elucidates the environmental influences on the book. Then he examines 1984's post-publication life, including its role as a tool to understand our language, politics, and government.

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Patrick O'Brian: A Very Private Life Audiobook

Patrick O'Brian: A Very Private Life

Author: Nikolai Tolstoy Narrator: Gordon Griffin Release Date: October 2019

An intimate portrait of Patrick O'Brian, written by his stepson Nikolai Tolstoy. Patrick O'Brian was one of the greatest British novelists of the twentieth century, securing his place in literary history with the bestselling Aubrey-Maturin series, books that have sold millions of copies worldwide and been hailed as the best historical fiction of all time. An exquisite novelist, translator and biographer, O'Brian moved in 1949 to Collioure in the south of France, where he led a secluded life with his wife Mary and wrote all his major works. The twenty books that make up the beloved Aubrey-Maturin series earned O'Brian the epithet 'Jane Austen at sea' for their authentic depiction of Nelson's navy, and the relationship between Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and ship's surgeon Stephen Maturin. Outside his triumphant popularity in fiction, O'Brian also wrote erudite biographies of both Pablo Picasso and Joseph Banks, as well as publishing translations of Simone de Beauvoir and Henri Charrière. In A Very Private Life, Nikolai Tolstoy draws upon his close relationship with his stepfather, as well as his notebooks, letters and photographs, to capture a highly researched but intimate account of those fifty years in Collioure that were the richest of O'Brian's writing life. With warm and honest reflection, this biography gives insight into the genius of the little-known man behind the much-loved writing. Tolstoy also tells how, through a sad irony, unjust attacks on O'Brian's private life destroyed much of the happiness he had gained from his achievement just as his literary career attained greater acclaim.

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Fire: From

Fire: From "A Journal of Love": The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1934-1937

Author: Anais Nin Narrator: Hillary Huber Release Date: October 2019

The renowned diarist continues the story begun in Henry and June and Incest. Drawing from the author's original, uncensored journals, Fire follows Anaïs Nin's journey as she attempts to liberate herself sexually, artistically, and emotionally. While referring to her relationships with psychoanalyst Otto Rank and author Henry Miller, as well as a new lover, the Peruvian Gonzalo More, she also reveals that her most passionate and enduring affair is with writing itself. Contains mature themes.

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