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New York Nocturnes, and Other Poems by ROBERTS, Sir Charles G. D.

This is a volume of poetry by Canadian poet and prose writer Sir Charles G.D. Roberts. This volume starts with a series of poems on New York City, and then includes some other poems on miscellaneous subjects. The poems of the “Father of Canadian Poetry” will be enjoyed by all modern listeners who are fans of New York. – Summary by Carolin

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Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Higher and Middle Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity, A by WILBERFORCE, William

William Wilberforce was an English politician best known for his leadership in the movement to stop the slave trade. He began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he became an Evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1797, after working on the book for four years, Wilberforce published “A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes of This Country Contrasted With Real Christianity.” In it, he speaks candidly about the differences between true faith and nominal religion. Through a mix of rational argument, personal testimony, and ardent exhortation, Wilberforce calls for a revival of true Christianity in his country. The book proved to be influential and a best-seller by the standards of the day, with 7,500 copies sold in the first six months. It has also been revived several times since, with some updated translations published in modern English. This recording is of the original text. – Summary by Lillis Joy

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Preludes of Poetry and Music by CURTIS, Irene

This is a collection of poems by American poet Irene Curtis. These poems were collected by friends and family after her death in 1916, at only 26 years of age. This book of poems is divided into two parts. The first is a collection of poems in dialect, lending an extra voice to the coloured community with which she grew up in the South of the United States. The second is a collection of miscellaneous poems. All of the poems shine with a special warmth and love, which make it a pleasure to read them. – Summary by Carolin

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Compilation de Pensées, Textes et Poésies by CHATEAUBRIAND, François-René de

Comme l’indique le titre, ce sont différents pensées de l’auteur, sur la vie, l’être humain, aussi la vie politique, avec deux textes, “De la Monarchie selon la Charte”, et “Réflexions politiques”. Chateaubriand, homme de lettres si talentueux et homme politique, Pair de France, fut un très ardent défenseur de la liberté d’expression, de la monarchie représentative et de la Charte constitutionnelle du 4 juin 1814.

Louis XVIII souhaitait rassembler les Français, bonapartistes, républicains et nostalgiques de l’Ancien régime.
Puis il y eut les “Cent-jours”, en 1815.
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Louis XVIII est réfugié à Gand, puis rentre et la Seconde Restauration est établie.
Son neveu, le Duc de Berry, est assassiné en 1820.
Voir, à ce sujet, le livre audio : “Mémoires, lettres et pièces authentiques touchant la vie et la mort du Duc de Berry”, de François-René de Chateaubriand, très intéressant, documenté, sur le plan de l’Histoire de France.
Ces deux Livres audio se complètent.

La nature a aussi sa place, ici, avec le joli recueil de dix poésies: “Tableaux de la nature”.
– “Nous verrons” est un poème ironique, sur le temps, l’humain, et la politique, les gazettes…
– “Les Tombeaux champêtres” sont une élégie imitée de Gray, 1796, Londres. L’auteur y fut en exil.

Suivent des textes poétiques:
– sur la Révolution, la profanation des tombes royales de la basilique Saint-Denis, Napoléon, Condé et son descendant, le jeune Duc d’Enghien mort en 1804 exécuté dans les fossés de Vincennes, choc absolument intense pour les Monarchistes, écrit en 1812;
– en hommage à la Reine de Prusse, méprisée par Napoléon, écrit à Berlin en 1821;
– “Les Alpes ou l’Italie” écrit en 1822, la vie de l’auteur;
– “Le Départ”, Paris 1827, souvenirs de ses voyages et la fin de la vie.
Ceci pour clore cette Compilation consacrée à F.-R. de Chateaubriand. – Summary by ChristianeJehanne

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Boys’ and Girls’ Pliny Vol. 2, The by PLINY THE ELDER and WHITE, John S.

The Natural History of Pliny the Elder is one of the largest single works to have survived from the Roman Empire. The full work consists of 37 books, covering more than 20.000 topics ranging from astronomy and mathematics to botany and precious stones. The book became a model for later encyclopaedias and gives a fascinating overview of the state of scientific knowledge almost 2000 years ago. This version of the Natural History (or, the “Pliny”) has been adapted for a younger audience. This second volume contains Book III (Man, His Birth and His Organization) and Book IV (The Nature of Terrestrial Animals) out of a total of 9 books. – Summary by Foon

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Man and Nature on the Broads by PATTERSON, Arthur Henry

From its man-made origins as a consequence of medieval peat excavations, the Broads of Norfolk and Suffolk have evolved into a natural ecosystem, providing habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna (some of which are unique to the Broads area), as well as a means of livelihood for the inhabitants of this region. In the company of the book’s author, a self-taught lifelong naturalist and undisputed expert of the Broads (who also wrote under the pen name of John Knowlittle), we discover how the life of the Broads unfolds over the course of a single year. So, why not listen in, and join us as we take an auditory saunter around these incomparable waterways, learn just a little of what life and nature in Broadland is all about and have a mardle or two with some of the old boys and their mawthers, whose families have lived and worked in this expansive landscape and under wide open skies for many generations. – Summary by TND

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Burglar and the Blizzard, The by DUER MILLER, Alice

Geoffrey Holland, a young millionaire, visits his country home in Hillsborough after hearing of a recent string of burglaries. To Holland’s surprise, he finds the burglar reading a book in his library. And it’s none other than his old schoolmate, Billy McVay. As the blizzard gets stronger, McVay persuades Holland to go out and rescue his sister who is living in a nearby rundown shack. What will Holland do and find? – Summary by SaraHale

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Psalm Of Life, A by LONGFELLOW, Henry Wadsworth

LibriVox volunteers bring you 22 recordings of A Psalm Of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
This was the Fortnightly Poetry project for February 3, 2019.
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This poem was first published in the October 1838 issue of The Knickerbocker, a New York City magazine. It then appeared in Longfellow’s first published book of poems, Voices Of The Night, in 1839. It is an upbeat psalmists answer to the biblical psalm that we are but dust heading for the grave, urging us instead to be heroic, to make the most of our lives, and set a good example for others to follow. (Summary by Michele Fry)

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Ὁμήρου Ὀδύσσεια (Ραψῳδία 15) – The Odyssey (Book 15) by HOMER

Ἡ Ὀδύσσεια τοῦ Ὁμήρου ἐντάσσεται στὰ πλαίσια τῶν ἐργασιῶν πού ξεκίνησα ἐδῶ καὶ μερικὰ χρόνια στὴν ἰστοσελίδα μου Projet Homere (Σχέδιο Ὁμήρου (γιὰ τὴν ἑλληνικὴ γλῶσσα στὸ σύνολό της)) – http://www.projethomere.com

Ἡ ἐργασία αὐτὴ ἀφορᾷ τὴν Ραψῳδία O’ – Τηλεμάχου πρὸς Εὔμαιον ἄφιξις.

Ἡ Ὀδύσσεια εἶναι ἕνα ἀπὸ τὰ δύο κορυφαία ἔργα τοῦ Ὁμήρου καὶ ταυτοχρόνως τῆς Εὐρωπαϊκῆς λογοτεχνίας καὶ θεωρῶ ὅτι αὐτὰ τὰ σπουδαῖα ἀρχαῖα ἑλληνικὰ λογοτεχνικὰ ἔργα πρέπει νὰ ἠχογραφηθοῦν ἀπὸ ἑλληνικὲς φωνὲς.

Homer’s Odyssey is one of the work that I started a few years ago on my website, Projet Homere (Homer Project (For the Greek language as a whole)) – http://www.projethomere.com

This record concerns Book 15. Telemachus Returns.

The Odyssey is one of Homer’s two major works and at the same time European literature, so I am convinced that it is important that ancient Greek literary works be recorded by Greek voices.

L ‘Odyssée d’Homère fait partie des travaux que j’ai commencés il y a quelques années sur mon site Projet Homère( sur la langue grecque dans sa globalité) : http://www.projethomere.com

Cet enregistrement concerne le chant 15 : Arrivée de Télémaque à la porcherie.

L’Odyssée est une des deux œuvres majeures d’Homère et en même temps de la littérature européenne, aussi je suis persuadée qu’il est important que les anciennes œuvres littéraires grecques soient enregistrées par des voix grecques.

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Michael Angelo’s “Dawn” by ANDERSON, Margaret Steele

LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Michael Angelo’s “Dawn” by Margaret Steele Anderson.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for February 10, 2019.
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Dawn is a sculpture by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, executed for the Medici Chapel in the area of the tomb of Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy.
It is part of a second pair (the second being Dusk), which followed Day and Night in his work on the Chapel. – Summary by Wikipedia

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Poems of Madison Cawein Vol 5, The by CAWEIN, Madison

This is Volume 5: Poems of Meditation and of Forest and Field of the collected works of Madison Julius Cawein, an American poet from Kentucky. It begins with the long poem Intimations of the Beautiful and falls into three sections: Poems of Meditation, Poems of Forest and Field, and Footpaths. – Summary by Larry Wilson

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New Republic; or Culture, Faith and Philosophy in an English Country House, The by MALLOCK, William Hurrell

A group of upper class men and women gather together in an English country house to discuss their ideas for a utopia (their “New Republic”). The novel is a satire mocking most of the important figures at Oxford University at the time of publication, with regards to aestheticism and Hellenism. Some of the famous characters that are depicted are Violet Fane/Lady Mary Montgomery Currie (Mrs. Sinclair), Thomas Huxley (Mr. Storks), William Money Hardinge (Mr. Leslie), Thomas Carlyle (Donald Gordon), and Walter Pater (Mr. Rose). The latter is of particular interest, as his characterisation in this novel helped ruin his reputation as well as his career at Oxford University.
The book became a best seller in its time and retains much of its humour and satirical bite today. As author David Daiches wrote in 1951, “If we can read through The New Republic without at one point or another being made to feel a little foolish, we are wise indeed. (Summary by Foon)

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