The Spoken Word: Short Stories

English and Irish authors read their own work

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The Spoken Word: Short Stories
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3 compact discs with booklet | © 2011
Compact Disc $35.00 ISBN: 9780712351102 Published February 2012 For sale in North and South America only

In the years after World War II, the BBC invited some of the leading English and Irish writers of short stories to read their own works on the radio. For the first time this unrivalled archive of recordings—many of stories unavailable in audio format and none previously available in the voies of their own authors—can be heard.
This 3-CD set includes a wide range of stories—from the elegantly-turned miniatures of Somerset Maugham to the eerie supernatural tales of Algernon Blackwood. Also among the dozen writers included are Kingsley Amis, Edna O’Brien, A.E. Coppard, William Trevor, and Lord Dunsany. This set offers a unique opportunity to hear some of the most highly-regarded masters of the craft in their own voices.

Disc one
1. W. Somerset Maugham, Salvatore
2. Frank O'Connor, The Idealist
3. Phyllis Bentley, Beckermonds
4. Seán Ó'Faoláin, The Fur Coat
5. V. S. Pritchett, The Fly in the Ointment
Disc two
1. Edna O'Brien, The Small-Town Lovers
2. W. Somerset Maugham, The Luncheon
3. Harold Pinter, Tea Party
4. Algernon Blackwood, The Destruction of Smith
5. Kingsley Amis, The Green Man Revisited
Disc three
1. Lord Dunsany, The Pearly Beach
2. Algernon Blackwood, The Texas Farm Disappearance
3. Angela Carter, The Snow Child
4. A. E. Coppard, The Princess of Kingdom Gone
5. William Trevor, An Evening with John Joe Dempsey
Total Duration: 218 minutes
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