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October 2009

Poet: Emily Dickinson - All poems of Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts) Biography Poems Quotations Comments More Info Stats Emily Dickinson grew up in a prominent and prosperous household in Amherst, Massachusetts. Along with her younger siter Lavinia and older brother Aust .. more >> 1472 poems of Emily Dickinson File Size:4538 k File Format: Acrobat Reader To download the eBook right-Click on the title and select "Save Target As".

LibriVox » Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson

Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Emily Dickinson has come to be regarded as one of the quintessential poets of 19th century America. A very private poet with a very quiet and reclusive life, her poetry was published posthumously and immediately found a wide audience. While she echoed the romantic natural themes of her times, her style was much more free and irregular, causing many to criticize her and editors to “correct” her. In the early 20th century, when poetic style had become much looser, new audiences learned to appreciate her work. Here collected are many of her most contemplative, most rebellious, and “dark” works, expressing her frustrations with the behavioral confines of her times, and the confines of being human and unknowing of eternity. (Summary by Becky Miller)

August 2009

LibriVox » The Ballad of Reading Gaol, by Oscar Wilde

The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Wilde’s meditation on capital punishment, the Ballad of Reading Gaol comes after he was convicted and imprisoned under charges of gross indecency. The charges stemmed from his affair with Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquis of Queensberry. It relates the story of an execution of a man who murdered his wife which Wilde witnessed during his internment. Published in 1898, it was Wilde’s last published poem as he would die in 1900 from cerebral menengitis, caused by syphilis. (Summary by John Gonzalez) * Gutenberg e-text * Wikipedia - Oscar Wilde * Wikipedia - The Ballad of Reading Gaol * LibriVox’s The Ballad of Reading Gaol Internet Archive page * Zip file of the entire book 15.7MB * RSS feed · Subscribe in iTunes · Chapter-a-day Read by John Gonzalez mp3 and ogg files * The Ballad of Reading Gaol - 00:33:12 [mp3@64kbps - 15.9MB] [mp3@128kbps - 31.8MB] [ogg vorbis - 15.7MB]

LibriVox Audiobooks

LibriVox Audiobooks LibriVox harnesses the power of the many to record audio versions of books in the public domain. This feed links to our current chapter-by-chapter book podcast and the last few books we've podcast. Visit our catalog at http://librivox.org/newcatalog/ for more books!

LibriVox's New Releases

LibriVox's New Releases LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Our goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. We are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.

November 2008

LibriVox » Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 009

A Plea for Captain John Brown by Henry David Thoreau - 00:55:05 Source: E-text [mp3@64kbps - 26.4MB] [mp3@128kbps - 52.8MB] [ogg vorbis - 29MB] Read by: Matthew Westra

LibriVox » Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond. Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised. Along with his critique of the civilized world, Thoreau examines other issues afflicting man in society, ranging from economy and reading to solitude and higher laws. He also takes time to talk about the experience at Walden Pond itself, commenting on the animals and the way people treated him for living there, using those experiences to bring out his philosophical positions. This extended commentary on nature has often been interpreted as a strong statement to the natural religion that transcendentalists like Thoreau and Emerson were preaching. (Description amended from Wikipedia).

LibriVox » On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

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On the Duty of Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Civil Disobedience is an essay by Henry David Thoreau. Published in 1849 under the title Resistance to Civil Government, it expressed Thoreau’s belief that people should not allow governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that people have a duty both to avoid doing injustice directly and to avoid allowing their acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War. (Summary from Wikipedia).

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - Free eBook

end to it. But there was one curious circumstance. I had taken a loathing to my gentleman at first sight. So had the child's family, which was only natural. But the doctor's case was what struck me. He was the usual cut and dry apothecary, of no particular age and colour, with a strong Edinburgh accent and about as emotional as a bagpipe. Well, sir, he was like the rest of us; every time he looked at my prisoner, I saw that Sawbones turn sick and white with desire to kill him. I knew what was in his mind, just as he knew what was in mine; and killing being out of the question, we did the next best. We told the man we could and would make such a scandal out of this as should make his name stink from one end of London to the other. If he had any friends or any credit, we undertook that he should lose them. And all the time, as we were pitching it in red hot, we were keeping the women off him as best we could for they were as wild as harpies. I never saw a circle of such hateful faces; and there was th

LibriVox » The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a novella by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. London lawyer Utterson is driven to investigate Edward Hyde, the unlikely protégé of his friend Dr Henry Jekyll, suspecting the relationship to be founded on blackmail. The truth is worse than he could have imagined. Jekyll’s ‘full statement of the case’, the final chapter of the book, explores the idea of dual personality that led him to his experiments, and his inexorable and finally fatal descent into evil. (Summary by David Barnes)

LibriVox » Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Treasure Island is an adventure novel, a thrilling tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” Traditionally considered a coming of age story, it is an adventure tale of superb atmosphere, character and action, and also a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality—as seen in Long John Silver—unusual for children’s literature then and now. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Free eBook

A masterful tale of ''buccaneers and buried gold''. First published in the children's magazine Young Folks, and considered a coming of age story, it is an adventure tale of superb atmosphere, character, and action, as well as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality—as seen in Long John Silver—unusual for children's literature then and now. It is one of the most frequently dramatised of all novels, and its influence on popular lore about pirates can not be overestimated. Approx. 68,021 words.

Internet Archive: Details: Wuthering Heights

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Librivox recording of Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. Read by Zachary Brewster-Geisz, Geoff Cowgill, Michelle Crandall, hosmer_angel, Lee Ann Howlett, Larysa Jaworski, JemmaBlythe, Lady Maria, Lord Peter, Martina, Mellors, Alison Raouf, scrappylibrarian and Jennifer Stearns. A tale of passion set in the bleak Yorkshire moors in mid 19thC, far from the Victorian uprightness, Wuthering Heights depicts the mutual love of Catherine and Heathcliff till destruction rends the narration; yet cruelty is only to be met with forgiveness in the following generations. Romantic, impassioned and wild, it is also a dark journey in the human soul. (Summary by Lady Maria).

October 2008

LibriVox » The Waste Land, by T. S. Eliot

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The Waste Land by T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) The Waste Land is a highly influential 433-line modernist poem by T. S. Eliot. It is perhaps the most famous and most written-about long poem of the 20th century, dealing with the decline of civilization and the impossibility of recovering meaning in life. Despite the alleged obscurity of the poem—its shifts between satire and prophecy, its abrupt and unannounced changes of speaker, location and time, its elegiac but intimidating summoning up of a vast and dissonant range of cultures and literatures—the poem has nonetheless become a familiar touchstone of modern literature. Among its famous phrases are “April is the cruelest month” (its first line); “I will show you fear in a handful of dust”; and “Shantih shantih shantih” (its last line). The title is sometimes mistakenly written as “The Wasteland”. (Summary from wikipedia.org)

LibriVox » Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1835-1910) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published 1876) is a very well-known and popular story concerning American youth. Mark Twain’s lively tale of the scrapes and adventures of boyhood is set in St. Petersburg, Missouri, where Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn have the kinds of adventures many boys can imagine: racing bugs during class, impressing girls, especially Becky Thatcher, with fights and stunts in the schoolyard, getting lost in a cave, and playing pirates on the Mississippi River. One of the most famous incidents in the book describes how Tom persuades his friends to do a boring, hateful chore for him: whitewashing (i.e., painting) a fence. This was the first novel to be written on a typewriter. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Internet Archive: Details: De Profundis

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Librivox recording of De Profundis by Oscar Wilde. Read by Aaron Elliott. This short work of Wilde's was written during his two year incarceration for "gross indecency". This work is a letter which sorts out his life, and his love toward Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde wrote this as a farewell letter to Douglas. (summary by Aaron Elliott)

LibriVox » De Profundis by Oscar Wilde

De Profundis by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) This short work of Wilde’s was written during his two year incarceration for “gross indecency”. This work is a letter which sorts out his life, and his love toward Lord Alfred Douglas. Wilde wrote this as a farewell letter to Douglas. (summary by Aaron Elliott)

LibriVox » Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus, by Mary W. Shelley

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Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851) A scientist, Frankenstein, discovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates a monster. Rejected by society, Frankenstein’s monster vows revenge on his creator. (Summary written by Gesine)

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