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English Literature 101

English Literature has a rich and vast history. Sitting down to read all the classics of this literary tradition can seem overwhelming, but listening to the classics on audio book can greatly increase the amount of literature you take in and be more enjoyable. Almost all great English literature is available on audio books complete with free audio books, fantastic dramatic renderings of Shakespeare, and histories of English literature to aid you in your listening.

Authors on this Topic

Jane Austen
Jane Austen

Jane Austen is an English writer who added modern character to the novel form by writing about everyday events. She was born in 1775 in Steventon, Hampshire as a daughter of a clergyman and was raised to love literature.
Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is the British writer most associated with England's 19th century Victorian era, and is one of the fathers of the modern novel. Dickens' novels are known for their social commentary, and hard criticism of poverty.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Born in 1859, Arthur Conan Doyle is the author most famous for creating the detective Sherlock Holmes and is renowned as the world's greatest crime fiction writer. With the creation of Sherlock Holmes, Doyle embarked on a series of crime stories that brought new levels of realism to a marginalized genre.
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is the British poet and playright widely considered to be the greatest ever to write in the english language. Indeed, Shakespeare has been voted one of the most important people of the last millenium and all writers are indebted to the vibrant characterization, innovative plotting and philosophical scope he brought to the art of writing.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish author from the Victorian era most famous for his novels Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Due to an illness that began in childhood and left the author extraordinarily thin and somewhat eccentric, Stevenson had difficulty fitting in throughout his life.
Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was a well renowned poet and playwright in 19th century England. Born in Dublin in 1854 Wilde left his homeland to study at Oxford University. While a student at Oxford, Wilde gained accolades as he received the Newdegate Prize for his poem "Ravenna" describing his feelings about the Italian city of the same name.

Titles on this Topic

1984
1984
by George Orwell

Blackstone Audio presents a new recording of this dramatically popular book.
Bard of the Middle Ages: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
Bard of the Middle Ages: The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer
by Michael Drout

Had Geoffrey Chaucer not written, or not written so well, the last 600 years of English literature would have been decidedly different. His creative style and use of language served as one of the primary foundations on which later writers built.
Barron's EZ 101 Study Keys: English Literature
Barron's EZ 101 Study Keys: English Literature
by Benjamin W. Griffith

English Literature covers the key themes, quotations, and literary terms for your introductory college course.
Brave New World
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley

Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming...
A Brief History of English and American Literature
A Brief History of English and American Literature
by Henry Beers

Henry Augustin Beers has written a sweeping thousand 900 year history of English literature, up to the end of the 19th century.
C.S. Lewis Literature Overview
C.S. Lewis Literature Overview
by Timothy B. Shutt

In this lecture professor Timothy Shutt provides an overview of the life and literature of C.S. Lewis. He mentions various viewpoints that people have had about Lewis and says why he thinks Lewis is more popular now than he was in his time.
The Canterbury Tales
The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer

In this classic, the narrator tells of making the usual April pilgrimage to Becket’s shrine at Canterbury with thirty others.
The Chronicles of Narnia CD Box Set
 
The Chronicles of Narnia CD Box Set
by C.S. Lewis

Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil -- what more could any reader ask for? This timeless boxed set includes all seven unabridged recordings...
D. H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes
D. H. Lawrence in 90 Minutes
by Paul Strathern

D. H. Lawrences works were an attempt to revive some vivid, instinctual part of the human spirit that he felt had been lost or damaged. Strathern offers a witty and incisive appraisal of the writer and his work.
The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair
by Graham Greene

The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London during the Blitz....
Frankenstein
 
Frankenstein
by Mary Shelley

The legacy of Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus, one of the most famous of the English Gothic novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, lives on through the modern cultural icons of the mad scientist and the demonic creation that always seem to threaten to destroy humankind.
The Giants of Irish Literature: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett
The Giants of Irish Literature: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and Beckett
by George O'Brien

Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Samuel Beckett: These four masters of Irish literature created works of startling innovation and unparalleled literary merit.
The Great Poets: William Blake
The Great Poets: William Blake
by William Blake

Naxos AudioBooks begins its new series of Great Poets with William Blake.
Hamlet: John Gielgud's Classic 1948 Recording
Hamlet: John Gielgud's Classic 1948 Recording
by William Shakespeare

This outstanding historical recording made in 1941 for radio is widely regarded as one of the finest Hamlet performances ever, and one of John Gielgud's greatest moments.
Heart of Darkness Audiobook Podcast
Heart of Darkness Audiobook Podcast
by Joseph Conrad

"Heart of Darkness" was first published in 1902. In this novella, Joseph Conrad explores morality and human nature.
Heaven in a Wild Flower: The British Romantic Poets
Heaven in a Wild Flower: The British Romantic Poets
by Adam Potkay

Professor Adam Potkay brings his renowned expertise on the Romantic era to bear on the period’s principal poets.
The History of English Literature
The History of English Literature
by Perry Keenlyside

English literature may very well be the greatest body of imaginative writing the world has yet seen...
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag.
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Poetry
by Robert Frost

LearnOutLoud.com presents an Introduction to Poetry covering famous poems by great poets throughout the history of English poetry.
King Lear
King Lear
by William Shakespeare

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s greatest and darkest works. King Lear banishes his favorite daughter when she speaks out against him.
Lewis & Tolkien
 
Lewis & Tolkien
by Christopher Mitchell

Professor Christopher Mitchell of Wheaton College opens the door to insights and events publicly observed in the lives of writers C. S. Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien...
Lit Summary Podcast
Lit Summary Podcast

LearnOutLoud.com is pleased to provide the Lit Summary Podcast. Each episode contains an abbreviated yet complete audio summary of a classic book in western literature.
Literature in English
 
Literature in English
by Charles F. Altieri

Literature in English from the late-17th through the mid-19th century.
Lord of the Flies
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding

An adventure tale in its purest form. A thrilling and elegantly told account of a group of British schoolboys marooned on a tropical island.
The Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring...
Macbeth
 
Macbeth
by William Shakespeare

Macbeth is William Shakespeare's shortest tragedy and one of his most popular works.
Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens

Rife with Dickens' disturbing descriptions of street life, the novel is buoyed by the purity of the orphan Oliver.
Othello
Othello
by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's legendary tragedy is revisited in this spirited and entertaining production that ran in London from November 2007 to February 2008.
Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
by John Milton

This epic poem, considered the greatest in the English language, as John Milton seeks to “justify the ways of God to men” through relating the story of Satan’s rebellion in Heaven, the deception and fall of Man, and the presaged event of Redemption through Jesus, the Son of God…the “Second Adam.”
The Pilgrim's Progress
The Pilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan

This is an updated version for all ages told in wonderful storytelling fashion. John Bunyan was a simple maker and mender of pots and pans who received very little education. In spite of that, he penned the most successful allegory ever written.
A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
by James Joyce

A remarkably rich study of a developing young mind, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man made an indelible mark on literature and confirmed Joyce's reputation as one of the world's greatest and lasting writers.
Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice captures the affections of class-conscious eighteenth-century English families with matrimonial aims and rivalries.
The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
 
The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The Wedding-Guest sat on a stone: He cannot chuse but hear;... “
Robinson Crusoe
Robinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe

Robinson Crusoe is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in 1719 and sometimes regarded as the first novel in English.
Romeo and Juliet
 
Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare

Speak the Speech makes free Shakespearean performance more widely accessible than ever, in the style of radio theater!
A Room with a View
A Room with a View
by E.M. Forster

When Lucy Honeychurch travels to Italy with her cousin, she meets George Emerson, a bohemian and an atheist who falls in love with her.
The Screwtape Letters
The Screwtape Letters
by C.S. Lewis

This classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to “Our Father Below.”
Shakespeare: Ten Great Comedies
Shakespeare: Ten Great Comedies
by Raphael Shargel

Professor Raphael Shargel channels his passion for teaching and expertise as a Shakespearean scholar into this illuminative study of the Immortal Bard’s ten great comedies.
Shakespeare: The Seven Major Tragedies
Shakespeare: The Seven Major Tragedies
by Harold Bloom

Shakespeare's seven great tragedies contain unmistakable elements that set them apart from any other plays ever written. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare embodied in the character of Juliet the world's most impressive representation ever of a woman in love.
A Study Guide to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
A Study Guide to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
by Richard Kaye, Ph.D.

The classic story of 19th-century man's attempt to control nature through science has remained...
A Tale of Two Cities Podcast
A Tale of Two Cities Podcast
by Charles Dickens

A generous donation by Gordon W. Draper gives us the ability to bring to you this Charles Dickens classic.
The World of George Orwell
The World of George Orwell
by Michael Shelden

Big Brother Is Watching You: The words are inextricably associated with the classic dystopian novel 1984 and with its revered author, George Orwell.
Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte

More than just a love story, this convincing, unsentimental novel is one of the classics of English...

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