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War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

Scene from War and Peace, by Leonid Pasternak

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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The Crucible is a play by Arthur Miller which premiered in 1953. It famously used the Salem Witch Trials to offer a commentary on McCarthyite America. This production stars Stacy Keach, Richard Dreyfuss, Ed Begley, Jr., Joe Spano, and Michael York, among others. You can stream the audio here.

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Bradford’s History of the Plymouth Settlement by William Bradford

History of Plymouth Settlement, artwork courtesy of Librivox

Summary: The journal of William Bradford, who served five terms as governor of the Plymouth colony, is an indispensable document of the events of early American history. His eyewitness account includes the stories of the Pilgrims? sojourn in the Netherlands, the voyage of the Mayflower, the hardships of the New World, relations with the Indians, and the colony?s growth from an endangered enterprise to a thriving city. This edition of Bradford?s Of Plimoth Plantation presents the text in language made more accessible to the modern reader (Summary by D. Leeson for Librivox).

First page of the book Of Plimouth Plantation by William Bradford, public domain image


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Total running time:? 11 hours, 15 minutes

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Plimouth Plantation fence, published under the GNU Free Documentation License version 1.2 or later by author Ben Franske

Book One

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Plimouth Plantation living museum, image published under the GNU Free Documentation License v. 1.2 and the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic licenses by author Nancy

Book Two

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Ivanhoe by Johannes Gehrts

Summary:  This book follows the fortunes of the son of a noble Saxon family in Norman England as he woos his lady, disobeys his father, and is loved by another. Set in late 12C England and in Palestine with Richard Cœur-de-Lion at the Crusades, it’s another ripping historical yarn by Scott (summary by annise for Librivox)

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Total running time: 19 hours and 25 minutes

Ivanhoe Le Noir Faineant in the Hermit's Cell, by J. Cooper, Sr.,  public domain image

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Ivanhoe classic comics cover, public domain image

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

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John Keats, selected poetry

Grecian Urn, photo released to public domain by its author Bibi Saint-Pol

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Ode to a Grecian Urn

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To Sleep

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Seascape by Ioannis Altamouras, Thalassografia, public domain image

Sonnet on the Sea

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Bright Star

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The Human Seasons

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Spring by Henryk Weyssenhoff, public domain image

To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent

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Ode to a Nightingale

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On the Saco by Albert Bierstadt, public domain

Ode to Autumn

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On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Walden Pond in the Spring, photo released by its author Shadow0704 to public domain

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Total running time:  15 hours

Walden, Site of Thoreau's cabin, marked by a pile of rocks, public domain image

Chapter 1 part 1

Chapter 1 part 2

Chapter 1 part 3

Chapter 1 part 4

Chapter 1 part 5

Chapter 2 part 1

Chapter 2 part 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, in June 1856, aged 39, public domain image

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Posted 7 years, 10 months ago.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (unabridged) and by Lewis Carroll

Alice at the Mad Tea Party, public domain image

Summary: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children. It is considered to be one of the most characteristic examples of the “literary nonsense” genre, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, especially in the fantasy genre. (Summary from wikipedia)

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Total running time: 2 hours, 48 minutes

The Duchess tucked her arm affectionately into Alice's

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Trial of the Knave of Hearts

# 01 Down the Rabbit Hole

# 02 The Pool of Tears

Alice The Pool of Tears, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

# 03 A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale

# 04 The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill

# 05 Advice from a Caterpillar

It grunted so violently that she looked down at its face in some alarm, illustration by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

# 06 Pig and Pepper

# 07 A Mad Tea-Party

# 08 The Queen’s Croquet-Ground

The Queen never left off quarrelling with the other players, and shouting "Off with his head!" or, "Off with her head!", illustration by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

# 09 The Mock Turtle’s Story

# 10 The Lobster Quadrille

At this the whole pack rose up into the air, and came flying down upon her, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, public domain image

# 11 Who Stole the Tarts?

# 12 Alice’s Evidence

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The Birth Mark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A Wistful Look by James Carroll Beckwith, public domain image

Summary from Wikimedia: The Birth Mark is a romantic short story which examines obsession with human perfection.

The Birth Mark

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Posted 7 years, 11 months ago.

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Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Shelley's Tomb in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome, painted by Water Crane in 1873, this painting actually shows John Keats' gravestone, public domain image

Summary:  The title is from the Greek thanatos (“death”) and the suffix -opsis (literally, “sight”); it has often been translated as “Meditation upon Death”.

Due to the unusual quality of the verse and Bryant’s age when the poem was first published in 1817 by the North American Review, Richard Henry Dana, Sr., then associate editor at the Review, initially doubted its authenticity, saying to another editor, “No one, on this side of the Atlantic, is capable of writing such verses.”

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The Iliad by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler

Der Raub der Helena by Guido Reni, The work of art depicted in this image and the reproduction thereof are in the public domain worldwide. The reproduction is part of a collection of reproductions compiled by The Yorck Project. The compilation copyright is held by Zenodot Verlagsgesellschaft mbH and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License

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Total running time:  14 hours, 30 minutes

Iliad cover art, courtesy of Librivox

# 01 – The Quarrel between Achilles and Agamemnon

# 02 – Agammemnon’s Dream

# 03 – Paris Challenges Menelaus

# 04 – A Quarrel in Olympus

# 05 – The exploits of Diomed

Hector and Andromache by A. Losenko, public domain image

# 06 – Hector and Andromache

# 07 – Hector and Ajax Fight

# 08 – The Victory of the Trojans

# 09 – The Embassy to Achilles

# 10 – Ulysses and Diomed go out as Spies

# 11 – Agamemnon’s Day of Glory

# 12 – The Trojans Break the Wall

Helen on the ramparts of Troy by Gustave Moreau, public domain image

# 13 – Neptune helps the Achaeans

# 14 – Agamemnon Proposes that the Achaeans Should Sail Home

# 15 – Apollo Heals Hector

# 16 – Patroclus fights in the armor of Achilles

# 17 – The Light around the Body of Patroclus

# 18 – The Shield of Achilles

# 19 – Achilles Goes Out to Fight

# 20 – Achilles fights Aeneas

# 21 – Achilles Drives the Trojans Back

Priam by Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov

# 22 – The death of Hector

# 23 – The Funeral Games of Patroclus

# 24 – Priam Ransoms Hector’s Body

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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

Eriksson Krohg, public domain image

Summary: A classic of early literary modernism, Lord Jim tells the story of a young “simple and sensitive character” who loses his honor in a display of cowardice at sea — and of his expiation of that sin against his own “shadowy ideal of conduct” on the remote island of Patusan. The novel, written by Conrad for magazine serialization during an intense and chaotic ten months in 1899 and 1900, has, in the words of Thomas C. Moser, “the rare distinction of being a masterpiece in two separate genres. It is at once an exotic adventure story of the Eastern seas in the popular tradition of Kipling and Stevenson and a complexly wrought ‘art novel’ in the tradition of Flaubert and James.  (Summary by Stewart Wills for Librivox)

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Total running time: 14 hours, 25 minutes

Lord Jim cover art, courtesy of Librivox

Author’s Note and Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Adriaen van der Kabel, Stormy Sea with some boats near cliffs, public domain image

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Alois Kirnig, A Seascape Multedo Monte Oliveto, public domain image

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapters 15 to 17

Chapters 18 and 19

Chapter 20

Chapters 21 and 22

Seascape by Altamouras Ioannis Thalassografia, public domain image

Chapters 23 and 24

Chapters 25 and 26

Chapters 27 and 28

Chapters 29 and 30

Chapters 31 and 32

Almeida Júnior, Marinha, 1895, public domain image

Chapters 33 and 34

Chapter 35 and 36

Chapters 37 and 38

Chapters 39 and 40

Chapters 41 and 42

Chapters 43 and 44

Chapter 45

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Silas Marner by George Eliot

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Summary: Silas Marner (originally published in 1861): Betrayed by a beloved friend and accused of a crime he didn’t commit, awkward Silas Marner is expelled from his beloved religious community — the only community he has ever known. He exiles himself in the remote village of Raveloe. Friendless and without family, set apart from the villagers by their superstition and fear of him, he plies his weaving trade day after day, storing up gold which becomes his idol. When his gold is stolen, he is rescued from despair by the arrival on his lonely hearth of a beautiful little girl, whom he adopts, and through whom he and the other people of the village learn that loving relationships are more fulfilling than material wealth. (Summary by rachelellen for Librivox)

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Total running time:  6 hours, 47 minutes

Dan'l Druce, Blacksmith takes its initial situation - the arrival of a child into a miser's life - from Silas Marner

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

George Eliot, author of Silas Marner

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Conclusion

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selected short stories and poems

Clocks in Bristol Bus Station, image by Rob Brewer from Bristol England, published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.0 license

The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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The Outcasts of Poker Flat by Bret Harte

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Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Mr. Flood’s Party by Edwin Arlington Robinson

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Lucinda Matlock by Edgar Lee Masters

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The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

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Total running time: 11 hours, 40 minutes

Summary:  A poor, disgruntled, drunken young man sells his wife and child to the highest bidder. When he awakens, sober, the next day he regrets his rash act and vows to give up drink and find his family and bring them home. Eventually he is forced to give up the search and move on with his life. He does this quite successfully until, nearly 20 years later, his past comes back to haunt him. (Summary by DebraLynn for Librivox)

Bridge at Schlosspark Nymphenburg, Munich, image published by author Rufus46 under GNU Free Documentation License


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

News from Sebastopol by Charles Cope, public domain

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

pink rose, image released to public domain by its author Neelix

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44

Chapter 45



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Alfred Lord Tennyson, selected poems

Alfred Lord Tennyson, between 1870 and 1879, by Julia Margaret Cameron, public domain image

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Break, Break, Break

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Charge of the Light Brigade by Caton Woodville

The Charge of the Light Brigade

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Ulysses

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Crossing the Bar

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Bald Eagle closeup, image released to public domain by its author Adrian Pingstone

The Eagle

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Sweet and Low

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The Lady of Shalott, based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson, painted by J W Waterhouse, public domain image

The Lady of Shalott

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Tears, Idle Tears

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The Lotos-eaters

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge, selected poetry

Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrated by Gustave Dore, image in the public domain

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Kubla Kahn e-text

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The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, illustrated by Gustave Dore, public domain image

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge, unknown artist, public domain image

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Percy Bysshe Shelley, selected poems

Western Meadowlark, photo by Kevin Cole from Pacific Coast, USA, published under Creative Commons Attribution Generic License

Ozymandias

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Ode To a Skylark (excerpt from Poems Every Child Should Know)

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Lines

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Moon and Volcanoes in Guatemala, photo by Luisfi, published under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

The Moon e-text

Summer and Winter e-text

Achensee Winter in Tirol, published by author friedrich under the Creative Commons attribution Share Alike 2.5 generic license

One Word e-text

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U. S. Historical Documents

The only known photograph of President Lincoln giving his Gettysburg address on November 19, 1863, public domain image

Articles of Confederation

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US Stamp, 13 cents Articles of Confederation commemorative stamp, issued September 30, 1977, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the drafting of the Articles of Confederation, public domain image

U. S. Constitution

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Declaration of Independence, public domain image

Declaration of Independence

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Early 20th century poster showing a bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln above the text of the Gettysburg address, public domain image

Gettysburg Address

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Posted 8 years ago.

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A Doll’s House by Ibsen

Vera Komissarzhevskaya as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, image by Elena Mrozovskaya, 1904, public domain
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Summary: A Doll’s House, written two years after The Pillars of Society, was the first of Ibsen’s plays to create a sensation and is now perhaps his most famous play, and required reading in many secondary schools and universities. The play was highly controversial when first published, as it is sharply critical of 19th Century marriage norms. It follows the formula of well-made play up until the final act, when it breaks convention by ending with a discussion, not an unravelling. It is often called the first true feminist play, although Ibsen denied this. From Wikipedia

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Betty Hennings as Nora in Ibsen's A Doll's House, Copenhagen Denmark, 1879-1907, public domain image

# 01 – Act 1 – 00:59:04

# 02 – Act 2 – 00:45:04

# 03 – Act 3 – 00:47:03

Posted 8 years ago.

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