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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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LibriVox recording of Crime and Punishment (version 2) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Translated by Constance Garnett.) Read in English by Expatriate "Crime and Punishment" is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal "The Russian Messenger" in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Tree of Heaven by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate One of the most heart-breaking of all World War I novels, this family epic was written in the midst of the War itself, and shows the intense emotion generated in ordinary lives by that tragedy. May Sinclair astonishingly weaves multiple themes into her narrative, seamlessly drawing from the great movements of her day: suffrage, sexual liberation, artistic revolt, war, and pacifism. Her most powerful metaphor...
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LibriVox recording of The Life of Lazarillo de Tormes (Markham translation) by Unknown. (Translated by Clements Markham.) Read in English by Expatriate. A whimsical collection of stories about a wandering street urchin, Lazarillo de Tormes is a classic of the Spanish Golden Age, even paid homage in Cervantes’ Don Quixote . Rendered homeless by the arrest of his father and poverty of his mother, the boy Lazarillo has no choice but to go out and find masters to serve. Unfortunately, each of his...
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by Basil Hall Chamberlain
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LibriVox recording of Aino Folk-Tales by Basil Hall Chamberlain. Read in English by Expatriate. Not for the squeamish or for children, these folk-tales are from the Ainu, the somewhat mysterious indigenous people of Japan, thousands of whom still live in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Ranging over all of the usual themes of folklore, from creation to marriage to war, these stories have a pungent, ribald frankness concerning all aspects of human life that offended their scholarly...
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by Knud Rasmussen
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LibriVox recording of Eskimo Folk-Tales by Knud Rasmussen. (Translated by W. W. Worster.) Read in English by Expatriate Quote: "No man is better qualified to tell the story of Greenland, or the stories of its people. Knud Rasmussen is himself partly of Eskimo origin; his childhood was spent in Greenland, and to Greenland he returned again and again, studying, exploring, crossing the desert of the inland ice, making unique collections of material, tangible and otherwise, from all parts of...
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by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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LibriVox recording of Don Quixote, Vol. 2 (Ormsby Translation) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. (Translated by John Ormsby.) Read in English by Expatriate Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly...
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by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
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LibriVox recording of Don Quixote, Vol. 1 (Ormsby Translation) by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. (Translated by John Ormsby.) Read in English by Expatriate Don Quixote is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra. Published in two volumes, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. As a founding work of modern Western literature and one of the earliest canonical novels, it regularly...
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by Henrik Ibsen
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LibriVox recording of The Master Builder (Gosse & Archer Translation) by Henrik Ibsen. (Translated by Edmund Gosse; William Archer.) Read in English by Expatriate Halvard Solness is a master architect who has ruthlessly forged a preëminent career without regard for the feelings of those around him. In spite of this unscrupulous path of life, his conscience is still painfully alive, burdening him with guilt for past choices. He lives a tormented existence, fearful not only that he is going...
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by Sigrid Undset
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LibriVox recording of Jenny by Sigrid Undset. (Translated by W. Emme.) Read in English by Expatriate Jenny Winge is a Norwegian expatriate studying art in Rome, part of a Bohemian group of friends who explore the ancient City in an intoxicating passion for Beauty. Yearning for an immortal Love, she allows herself to fall into less-than-ideal romantic relationships and then has to struggle with all her might to recover her independence. Constantly resisting conformity, she demands absolute...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The New Idealism by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate The genius of May Sinclair lies in her brilliant bridging of the Victorian and the modern eras, in her determination never to become ossified in an outdated way of thought or of Art. Though a generation older than the famous literati of the postwar era, she clearly perceived what was worth saving of the old and what was worth embracing of the new. This is clear, of course, in her remarkable fiction,...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Flaw in the Crystal by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate One of May Sinclair’s “uncanny” stories, this novella explores many of Sinclair’s most treasured themes: the bounds of marriage, the conflict between flesh and spirit, the complexity of human emotions in relation to other humans, the practical everyday implications of philosophical Idealism. In the story, when Agatha Verrall enters into an extra-marital affair with Rodney Lanyon, she struggles...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Creators: A Comedy by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate Jane Holland is a genius, the greatest of a group of extraordinary literary friends. She has an intense artistic and intellectual kinship with George Tanqueray, another remarkable novelist. Despite this keen spiritual relationship, both Holland and Tanqueray allow themselves to fall against their wills into more conventional romantic commitments, leading to agonizing crises of heart and mind and art....
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by Marie Stopes
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LibriVox recording of A Journal from Japan by Marie Stopes. Read in English by Expatriate. Marie Stopes was a highly controversial scientist and activist in her era, campaigning for radical new views of love-based marriage, birth control, and women’s rights. As a scientist, she was a renowned palaeobotanist, specializing in issues concerning coal; these scientific pursuits led her to spend several years in Japan, where she went into some of the country's remotest coal mines to study fossils....
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by Gertrude Christian Fosdick
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LibriVox recording of Out of Bohemia: A Story of Paris Student-Life by Gertrude Christian Fosdick . Read in English by Expatriate. Beryl Carrington is a naïve young American artist following her ideals to Paris, where she meets three young men, all also artists and all in love with her. Georges is French-American and a bit wild, with a French mistress on the side. Clayton is a true-hearted human being as well as a single-minded painter, with room for little in his life besides Art. Harold is...
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LibriVox recording of The Saga of Erik the Red (Reeves Translation) by Unknown. (Translated by Arthur Middleton Reeves.) Read in English by Expatriate The Saga of Erik the Red is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with The Saga of the Greenlanders. Containing fantastic anecdotes about ghostly visitations, wise women-seers, and one-legged native Unipeds, the saga is just as fascinating for what is clearly authentic...
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LibriVox recording of The Saga of the Greenlanders (Reeves Translation) by Unknown. (Translated by Arthur Middleton Reeves.) Read in English by Expatriate The Saga of the Greenlanders is one of the two important thirteenth-century accounts of the Norse explorations of Greenland and North America, along with the Saga of Erik the Red. The two accounts describe many of the same events leading to Norse contact with the North American coastline almost five hundred years before Columbus, but...
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LibriVox recording of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Original 1848 Edition) by Anne Brontë. Read in English by Expatriate When Helen Graham moves into old Wildfell Hall with her little son Arthur, the rustic neighborhood comes alive with gossip and speculation, particularly when saturnine Mr. Lawrence (who bears an uncanny resemblance to the child) begins to visit her clandestinely. Local gentleman farmer Gilbert Markham falls in love with her almost against his will, despite rumors that she...
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by Snorri Sturleson
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LibriVox recording of The Prose Edda (Brodeur Translation) by Snorri Sturleson. (Translated by Arthur Gilchrist Brodeur.) Read in English by Expatriate Also known as the Younger Edda or Snorri's Edda, the Prose Edda is a three-part work composed or at least compiled by thirteenth-century Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson. Along with the Elder or Poetic Edda written by an unknown poet a half-century earlier, the Prose Edda is a major source of much older Norse mythology as it had evolved...
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by Henrik Ibsen
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LibriVox recording of Hedda Gabler (version 2) by Henrik Ibsen. (Translated by Edmund Gosse; William Archer.) Read in English by Expatriate Hedda Gabler has just returned from her honeymoon. She has married out of ennui, and is already heartily sick of her husband, who is a plodding, pedantic academic. Upon moving into her new Christiania home, she soon discovers that Thea Elvsted, an old schoolmate whom she always envied and despised, has boldly left her marriage in order to be with Eilert...
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by Various
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LibriVox recording of The Nō Plays of Japan by various authors. (Translated by Arthur Waley.) Read in English by Expatriate Noh (Nō), or Nogaku—derived from the Sino-Japanese word for "skill" or "talent"—is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan'ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art still regularly performed today. Traditionally, a Noh program includes five Noh plays with...
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by Sæmund Sigfusson
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LibriVox recording of The Elder Edda (Bray Translation) by Sæmund Sigfusson. (Translated by Olive Bray.) Read in English by Expatriate The Elder or Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems dating from the thirteenth century CE. Though no two translators or editors seem to agree on precisely which poems should be included in this collection, the Elder Edda is the most important source for Norse mythology and legends of northern European heroes. The later "Younger" or Prose Edda,...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of Tasker Jevons: The Real Story by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate In this May Sinclair wartime masterpiece, dashing newsman Walter Furnival is an absurdly good catch: handsome, successful, athletic, intelligent, an upstanding epitome of manhood and rectitude. Tasker Jevons is a puny, preposterous, impossible-looking, bombastic sports writer, without one single redeeming social grace. Imagine the jealous mortification of Furny when his enchanting young typist and...
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by Henrik Ibsen
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LibriVox recording of Brand by Henrik Ibsen. (Translated by Charles Harold Herford.) Read in English by Expatriate Inflamed by what he saw as his Norwegian homeland's shocking betrayal of Denmark after the Prussian invasion of Danish territory, Ibsen wrote "Brand" as an indictment of human complacency and rigidity of mind. Composing this "dramatic poem" from his self-imposed exile in Italy, Ibsen had long agonized over the stodgy provincialism of his countrymen, but the...
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by Rachel Crothers
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LibriVox recording of A Man's World by Rachel Crothers. Read in English by Expatriate A Man's World (1910) is the story of a woman writer who publishes under a man's name in the hope of greater acceptance. (More upon completion of project.) - Summary by Wikipedia & Expatriate For further information, including links to online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording. For more free audio books or...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of Medea (Way Translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Arthur Sanders Way.) Read in English by Expatriate Medea is an ancient Greek tragedy written by Euripides, based upon the myth of Jason and Medea and first produced in 431 BCE. The plot centers on the actions of Medea, a barbarian and the wife of Jason; she finds her position in the Greek world threatened as Jason leaves her for a Greek princess of Corinth. Medea takes vengeance on Jason by killing Jason's new wife as...
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by Violet Hunt
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LibriVox recording of The Last Ditch by Violet Hunt. Read in English by Expatriate An amusing but deeply poignant story, “The Last Ditch” describes the wartime experiences of a British aristocratic family who gradually realize that their old feudal perquisites are passing away in the trenches of the Great War and that unprecedented new forces are pushing out the comfortable old ways. Lady Arles is the matriarch determined to resist to her last breath. Her bohemian young daughter Venice is...
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by Hyakuzō Kurata
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LibriVox recording of The Priest and His Disciples (Shaw Translation) by Hyakuzō Kurata. (Translated by Glenn William Shaw.) Read in English by Expatriate At the age of twenty-six (at the height of the Great War in Europe), the religious pilgrim and maverick Kurata Hyakuzō wrote a profoundly philosophical play called "The Priest & His Disciples" ("Shukke to sono deshi"). This stage play is based on the life and teachings of the 13th century Buddhist priest Shinran...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of Alcestis (Way Translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Arthur Sanders Way.) Read in English by Expatriate. Alcestis, queen of Pherae, is one of the noblest heroines in all of Greek drama. Her husband Admetus is the supposedly virtuous king of Pherae who wins the friendship of the god Apollo. Apollo tricks the Eumenides into an agreement that when the time comes for Admetus to die, a willing substitute will be accepted in his place, allowing his friend to go on living....
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by Arthur Ransome
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LibriVox recording of Russia in 1919 by Arthur Ransome. Read in English by Expatriate. PUBLISHER'S NOTE: On August 27, 1914, in London, I made this note in a memorandum book: "Met Arthur Ransome at_____'s; discussed a book on the Russian's relation to the war in the light of psychological background--folklore." The book was not written but the idea that instinctively came to him pervades his every utterance on things Russian. The versatile man who commands more than respect as the...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of The Libation-Bearers (Morshead Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead.) Read in English by Expatriate. The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father's murder. The only extant example of an ancient Greek theater trilogy, the Oresteia won first prize at the Dionysia festival in 458 BC....
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Philoctetes (Campbell Translation) by Sophocles.  Read in English by Expatriate. Philoctetes is a play by Sophocles (Aeschylus and Euripides also each wrote a Philoctetes but theirs have not survived). The play was written during the Peloponnesian War. It is one of the seven tragedies of Sophocles to have survived the ravages of time in its complete form. It was first performed at the Festival of Dionysus in 409 BC, where it won first prize. The story takes place during...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Trachiniai (Campbell Translation) by Sophocles.  Read in English by Expatriate  Women of Trachis (Ancient Greek: Τραχίνιαι, Trachiniai; also translated as The Trachiniae or The Trachinian Maidens) is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles. The story begins with Deianeira, the wife of Heracles, relating the story of her early life and her plight adjusting to married life. She is now distraught over her husband's neglect of her family. Often involved in some adventure,...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Ajax (Campbell Translation) by Sophocles. (Translated by Lewis Campbell.) Read in English by Expatriate Ajax is a Greek tragedy written in the 5th century BC. The date of Ajax's first performance is unknown and may never be found, but most scholars regard it as an early work, c. 450 - 430 BC. It chronicles the fate of the warrior Ajax after the events of the Iliad, but before the end of the Trojan War. At the onset of the play, Ajax is enraged because Achilles' armor was...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of The Suppliant Maidens (Morshead Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead.) Read in English by Expatriate The Suppliants, also called The Suppliant Maidens, or The Suppliant Women, is a play by Aeschylus. It was probably first performed sometime after 470 BC. It was long thought to be the earliest surviving play by Aeschylus due to the relatively anachronistic function of the chorus as the protagonist of the drama. However, evidence...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of Seven Against Thebes by Aeschylus. (Translated by Arthur Sanders Way.) Read in English by Expatriate Seven against Thebes is the third play in an Oedipus-themed trilogy produced by Aeschylus in 467 BC. The trilogy is sometimes referred to as the Oedipodea. It concerns the battle between an Argive army led by Polynices and the army of Thebes led by Eteocles and his supporters. The trilogy won the first prize at the City Dionysia. The trilogy's first two plays, Laius and...
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by Arthur Schopenhauer
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LibriVox recording of The World as Will and Idea, Vol. 3 of 3 by Arthur Schopenhauer. (Translated by R. B. Haldane.) Read in English by Expatriate In this work, Schopenhauer explains his fundamental idea that at the root of the reality we see around us is a Will that eternally, insatiably seeks to be satisfied. Each human Subject observes the Objects around her from the perspective of that fundamental Will working within each person. The human observer is distracted by the details of life and...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of Agamemnon (Morshead Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead.) Read in English by Expatriate The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father's murder. The only extant example of an ancient Greek theater trilogy, the Oresteia won first prize at the Dionysia festival in 458 BC. When...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of The Furies (Morshead Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead.) Read in English by Expatriate. The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father's murder. The only extant example of an ancient Greek theater trilogy, the Oresteia won first prize at the Dionysia festival in 458 BC. When...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of Agamemnon by Aeschylus. (Translated by Robert Browning) Read in English by Expatriate. The play Agamemnon details the homecoming of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War. Waiting at home for him is his wife, Clytemnestra, who has been planning his murder, partly as revenge for the sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, and partly because in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's...
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by Dorothy Richardson
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LibriVox recording of Backwater (Pilgrimage, Vol. 2) by Dorothy Richardson. Read in English by Expatriate "Backwater" is the second volume of "Pilgrimage," a series of thirteen autobiographical novels by Dorothy Richardson considered to have pioneered the "stream of consciousness" technique of writing. In a review of the first volume in the series, "Pointed Roofs" (The Egoist April 1918), May Sinclair first applied the term "stream of...
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by Aristophanes
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LibriVox recording of The Clouds, by Aristophanes.  Read by Expatriate.  Strepsiades is an Athenian burdened with debt from a bad marriage and a spendthrift son.  He resolves to go to the Thinking Shop, where he can purchase lessons from the famous Socrates in ways to manipulate language in order to outwit his creditors in court.  Socrates, represented as a cunning, manipulative, irreverent sophist, has little success with the dull-witted Strepsiades, but is able to teach the old man's son...
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by Arthur Schopenhauer
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LibriVox recording of The World as Will and Idea, Vol. 2 of 3 by Arthur Schopenhauer. (Translated by R. B. Haldane; J. Kemp.) Read in English by Expatriate In this work, Schopenhauer explains his fundamental idea that at the root of the reality we see around us is a Will that eternally, insatiably seeks to be satisfied. Each human Subject observes the Objects around her from the perspective of that fundamental Will working within each person. The human observer is distracted by the details of...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Oedipus at Colonus (Jebb Translation) by Sophocles. (Translated by Richard Claverhouse Jebb.) Read in English by Expatriate. "Oedipus at Colonus" (also Oedipus Coloneus, Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους ἐπὶ Κολωνῷ, Oidipous epi Kolōnō) is one of the three Theban plays of the Athenian tragedian Sophocles. It was written shortly before Sophocles' death in 406 BC and produced by his grandson (also called Sophocles) at the Festival of Dionysus in 401...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Oedipus Rex (Murray Translation) by Sophocles. (Translated by Gilbert Murray.) Read in English by Expatriate. "Oedipus Rex" (Ancient Greek: Οἰδίπους Τύραννος, Oidipous Tyrannos), also known as "Oedipus the King" or "Oedipus the Tyrant," is an Athenian tragedy by Sophocles that was first performed about 429 BC (noted classicist Gilbert Murray, translator of this version of the play, rendered the title as "Oedipus, King of...
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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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LibriVox recording of The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. (Translated by Constance Garnett.) Read in English by Expatriate Although titled The Possessed in the initial English translation, Dostoyevsky scholars and later translations favour the titles The Devils or Demons . An extremely political book, Demons is a testimonial of life in Imperial Russia in the late 19th century. As the revolutionary democrats begin to rise in Russia, different ideologies begin to collide. Dostoyevsky casts a...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Antigone (Plumptre Translation) by Sophocles. (Translated by Edward Hayes Plumptre.) Read in English by Expatriate A powerful artistic protest against tyranny, "Antigone" has been translated and adapted dozens of times, applied over and over through the centuries to current forms of the oppression so common to human experience. Antigone's heroic resistance to Creon's petty, capricious, and unbending law has a never-ending relevance even in the third millennium...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of The Trojan Women (Coleridge Translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Edward P. Coleridge.) Read in English by Expatriate Described by modern playwright Ellen McLaughlin as "perhaps the greatest antiwar play ever written," "The Trojan Women," also known as "Troades," is a tragedy by the Greek playwright Euripides. Produced in 415 BC during the Peloponnesian War, it is often considered a commentary on the capture of the Aegean island of Melos...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of Prometheus Bound (Thoreau Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Henry David Thoreau.) Read in English by Expatriate. Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of free humanity in the face of what often seem like the impersonal, implacable Forces that rule the Universe. As one of the most compelling rebel manifestos ever composed, it has appealed not only to the expected host...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of The Persians (version 2) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Edmund Doidge Anderson Morshead.) Read in English by Expatriate. The earliest of Aeschylus' plays to survive is "The Persians" (Persai), performed in 472 BC and based on experiences in Aeschylus's own life, specifically the Battle of Salamis. It is unique among surviving Greek tragedies in that it describes a recent historical event. "The Persians" focuses on the popular Greek theme of hubris by...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair. Read by Expatriate. Harriett Frean is a well-to-do, unmarried woman living a life of meaningless dependency, boredom, and unproductivity as she patiently cares for her aging parents, waiting for a man to marry. When her opportunity for Love finally comes, she is offered a moral dilemma: the man is engaged to her best friend. Should she sacrifice what, according to the priorities of the time, seems like her "one chance...
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by Dorothy Richardson
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LibriVox recording of Pointed Roofs - Pilgrimage Volume 1 by Dorothy Richardson. Read by Expatriate "Pointed Roofs" is the first volume of "Pilgrimage," a series of thirteen autobiographical novels by Dorothy Richardson considered to have pioneered the "stream of consciousness" technique of writing. In a review of Pointed Roofs (The Egoist April 1918), May Sinclair first applied the term "stream of consciousness" in her discussion of Richardson's...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of Anne Severn and the Fieldings by May Sinclair. Read by Expatriate Written in an era of cheap, formulaic romantic fiction, the nuanced, seditious, quietly erotic novels of May Sinclair stand out like literature from another era entirely. There is romance in “Anne Severn & the Fieldings,” but it’s romance of the best and profoundest kind, set in the context of authentic human personalities and tragic historical events. The motherless Anne Severn is adopted into the...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Combined Maze by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate Ranny Ransome is an idealistic young man, devoted to exuberant gymnastic exercises and to fighting “flabbiness” in his own life, body and soul. He loves the girlish and athletic Winny Dymond, and particularly loves participating with her in the Combined Maze, a choreographed, intricate, exhilarating group gymnastic ritual in which the young men and women of the Polytechnic Gymnasium demonstrate their...
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by Henrik Ibsen
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LibriVox recording of Little Eyolf (Mencken Translation) by Henrik Ibsen. (Translated by H. L. Mencken.) Read in English by Expatriate. One of the four profound plays of Ibsen’s late period (along with “The Master Builder,” “John Gabriel Borkman,” and “When We Dead Awaken”), “Little Eyolf” tells the story of Albert Allmers, a writer who has yearned to leave behind a literary or philosophical legacy of some kind, but who finally decides to invest that yearning in the life of...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of Electra (Murray Translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Gilbert Murray.) Read in English by Expatriate Electra (the Unmated One) is eaten up with hatred of her mother Clytemnestra and stepfather Aegisthus for their murder of her father Agamemnon. Married platonically to a good-hearted but poverty-stricken old peasant, she longs for the return of her brother Orestes to help her wreak vengeance. Orestes finally returns and together they carry out their fated work, but find...
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by Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker
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LibriVox recording of The Cellar-House of Pervyse by Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker, Edited by G. E. Mitton. Read in English by Expatriate Mairi Chisholm and Elsie Knocker were two British nurses and ambulance drivers whose staggeringly heroic efforts during World War I saved countless lives and earned them life-long honor. They were especially known for their determination to treat wounded soldiers on the front lines instead of transporting them at great risk to "safer" hospital...
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by Aristophanes
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LibriVox recording of The Acharnians (Billson Translation) by Aristophanes. (Translated by Charles James Billson.) Read in English by Expatriate Loaded with cryptic, nearly indecipherable inside jokes and double entendres, this early comedy of Aristophanes has a simple, anti-war premise that resounds down the centuries. On flimsy pretexts, greedy politicians have embroiled the nation of Athens in war after war after war. Dicæopolis is Everyman, an ordinary, plain-speaking citizen fed up with...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of Iphigenia in Tauris (Murray Translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Gilbert Murray.) Read in English by Expatriate The apparent sacrifice of Iphigenia at Aulis by her own father Agamemnon was forestalled by the godness Artemis, who by an adroit sleight of hand that fooled all participants, substituted a deer for the daughter. Wafted magically away to the “Friendless Shores” of savage Tauris and installed as chief priestess presiding over the human sacrifice of all...
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by Euripides
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LibriVox recording of Iphigenia in Aulis (Way translation) by Euripides. (Translated by Arthur Sanders Way.) Read in English by Expatriate Iphigenia in Aulis (Ancient Greek: Ἰφιγένεια ἐν Αὐλίδι) is the last extant work of the playwright Euripides. Written between 408, after the Oresteia, and 406 BC, the year of Euripides' death, the play was first produced the following year in a trilogy with The Bacchae and Alcmaeon in Corinth by his son or nephew, Euripides the Younger,...
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by Sophocles
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LibriVox recording of Electra (Storr Translation) by Sophocles. (Translated by Francis Storr.) Read in English by Expatriate Electra or Elektra is a Greek tragedy by Sophocles. Its date is not known, but various stylistic similarities with the Philoctetes (409 BC) and the Oedipus at Colonus (401 BC) lead scholars to suppose that it was written towards the end of Sophocles' career. Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan war, it recounts the tale of Electra and the vengeance that...
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by Aeschylus
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LibriVox recording of Prometheus Bound (Browning Translation) by Aeschylus. (Translated by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.) Read in English by Expatriate. Whether or not it was actually written by Aeschylus, as is much disputed, "Prometheus Bound" is a powerful statement on behalf of free humanity in the face of what often seem like the impersonal, implacable Forces that rule the Universe. As one of the most compelling rebel manifestos ever composed, it has appealed not only to the...
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by Emma Goldman
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LibriVox recording of Anarchism and Other Essays (Version 2) by Emma Goldman. Read in English by Expatriate Emma Goldman, the most famous anarchist in American history, shows the whole range of her iconoclastic thought in this collection of essays. Drawing from a wealth of illustrative material, including the examples of fellow anarchists and radicals of her own acquaintance, modern martyrs, dissident playwrights, poets, and authors, etc., she delineates the main themes of her philosophy with...
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by Nikolai Leskov
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LibriVox recording of The Steel Flea by Nikolai Leskov. (Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood.) Read in English by Expatriate An 1881 comic story by Nikolai Leskov, presented in the form of a traditional skaz or folk-tale, but entirely of Leskov's invention. It tells the story of a left-handed Russian artisan required to impress Tsar Nikolas I with his craftsmanship by outdoing some famous Englishmen who have created a tiny mechanical flea. The Russian smith barricades himself with two skilled...
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by Amy Wilson Carmichael
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LibriVox recording of From Sunrise Land by Amy Wilson Carmichael. Read in English by Expatriate. One of the most renowned of all Protestant Christian missionaries, Amy Carmichael is remembered most for the fifty-five years she spent doing evangelistic and philanthropic work in India. She began her missions career, however, with fifteen months in Japan before falling ill, returning to Ireland, and then returning to Asia with her focus on India. This collection of letters is a record of that time...
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by Florence Roma Muir Wilson
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LibriVox recording of If All These Young Men by Florence Roma Muir Wilson. Read in English by Expatriate Another remarkable World War I novel by Romer Wilson, "If All These Young Men" is a character study of a group of young 20-something friends in England dealing with the looming, grey presence of the War in their lives. The story begins on Good Friday 1918, and centers on Josephine Miller, a restless, strong-minded young woman who cannot tolerate trivialities or frivolities so long...
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by Marie Sukloff
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LibriVox recording of The Life-Story of a Russian Exile by Marie Sukloff. (Translated by Gregory Yarros.) Read in English by Expatriate. Hero or assassin? Victim or criminal? Marie Sukloff fits no easy category. A young peasant woman who became a political radical and activist, Sukloff carried out an assassination plot against a Russian governor known for murderous pogroms and rampages against the Jews of his province. This mesmerizing autobiographical account tells the story of Sukloff's...
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by Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi
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LibriVox recording of Russian Fairy Tales by Peter Nikolaevich Polevoi. (Translated by Robert Nisbet Bain.) Read in English by Expatriate. The existence of the Russian Skazki or Märchen was first made generally known to the British public by Mr W. R. S. Ralston in his “Russian Folk-Tales.” That excellent and most engrossing volume was, primarily, a treatise on Slavonic folk-lore, illustrated with admirable skill and judgment by stories, mainly selected from the vast collection of...
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by Cicely Hamilton
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LibriVox recording of William, An Englishman by Cicely Hamilton. Read in English by Expatriate William – an Englishman is a 1919 novel by Cicely Hamilton. The novel explores the effect of the First World War on a married couple during the rise of Socialism and the Suffragette movement. It was originally published by Skeffington & Son before being reprinted by Persephone Books in 1999. Described as 'a passionate assertion of the futility of war' by The Spectator, William - an Englishman...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of The Tysons by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate Another frank May Sinclair exploration of fin de siècle English love and sex, marriage and adultery, "The Tysons" is the story of the caddish Nevill Tyson and his beautiful but frivolous young wife Molly. Sinclair uses a different narrative voice than we hear in much of her fiction, a sort of witty Jane Austen archness as she dissects the characters of the provincial village Drayton Parva. As always, she...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate. May Sinclair’s 1921 novel tells the story of the ridiculous Mr. Horatio Bysshe Waddington, a pompous, self-deluded poser making his way through life caring only for the impressions he makes on others. His long-suffering wife Fanny, his secretary Barbara, and the young scapegrace Ralph watch his daily performances with delighted, affectionate fascination as if they are spectators watching a play or...
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by Walt Whitman
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LibriVox recording of Drum-Taps by Walt Whitman. Read in English by Expatriate Drum Taps is the next collection of poems published by Walt Whitman after his famous Leaves of Grass. This collection is a direct response to Whitman's personal observations of the Civil War, many of which come from his volunteer efforts in wartime hospitals. Despite the miseries of war described, Whitman's poems in Drum Taps assert a steady patriotism in favor of Lincoln's war effort. Interestingly, the 1915 edition...
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by Jonathan Edwards
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LibriVox recording of A Dissertation Concerning the Nature of True Virtue by Jonathan Edwards. Read in English by Expatriate Disproportionately remembered as a hellfire-and-brimstone Puritan preacher on the basis of the excessively-anthologized "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," Jonathan Edwards was a noted philosopher in the field of Aesthetics, or the metaphysics of Beauty. An examination even of his sermons reveals constant references to this philosophical preoccupation, his...
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by Leo Tolstoy
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LibriVox recording of My Confession by Leo Tolstoy. Read in English by Expatriate "My Confession" is a brief autobiographical story of Leo Tolstoy's struggle with a mid-life existential crisis of melancholia. It describes his search for answers to the profound questions "What will come of my life?" and "What is the meaning of life?", without answers to which life, for him, had become "impossible." Tolstoy reflects on the arc of his philosophical life...
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by Anton Chekhov
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LibriVox recording of The Steppe by Anton Chekhov. (Translated by Constance Garnett.) Read in English by Expatriate Little Yegorushka goes off to school for the first time, setting out on the journey in the company of his Uncle Ivan, the local priest Father Christopher, and the fun-loving servant Deniska. Along the way they meet an extraordinarily colorful array of characters, named and nameless: the innkeeper Moisey Moisevitch, the beautiful Countess Dranitsky, the mysterious Varlamov, Emelyan...
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by May Sinclair
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LibriVox recording of A Journal of Impressions in Belgium by May Sinclair. Read in English by Expatriate In 1914, at the age of 51, the novelist and poet May Sinclair volunteered to leave the comforts of England to go to the Western Front, joining the Munro Ambulance Corps ministering to wounded Belgian soldiers in Flanders. Her experiences in the Great War, brief and traumatizing as they were, permeated the prose and poetry she wrote after this time. Witness of great human pain and tragedy,...
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