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Free Resource (#549) - April 29th, 2008
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Authors@Google: Neil Gaiman

Fan-favorite fantasy author Neil Gaiman regales viewers with stories of his life as a writer in this streaming video lecture provided by Authors@Google. After reading a short selection of poetry from his latest book, Gaiman talks of his latest adventures with the slightly detached and unassuming attitude of an author quick to note how lucky he feels with his own success. Here you will find out about his screenwriting duties on the newest film version of Beowulf, his views on the current renaissance in children's literature and the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel. This video is available streaming video on YouTube.

Authors@Google: Neil Gaiman

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The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Four of beloved author Neil Gaiman's delightfully scary, strange, and hilarious children's tales read by the author, now available unabridged. This collection includes: The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish: An unforgettable story that will take readers on a journey into the murky mind of a young boy and the perils of striking a bargain.

The Wolves in the Walls: Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house -- and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over. Her family doesn't believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

Cinnamon: This charming fable of an exotic princess who refuses to speak currently exists only on Neil's official website and has never been published in print or any other format.

Crazy Hair: Bonnie tries to comb the narrator's crazy hair -- where gorillas leap and tigers stalk -- and is in for a surprise in this delightful rhyming tale.

Listen to a free sample of: The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

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Oscar Wilde Audio

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. Upon leaving the University, Wilde went on to publish his first volume of poetry entitled "Patience" and followed that work with a play entitled "The Duchess of Padua" in 1883.

Wilde eventually relocated to America and became well known for his unusual sense of fashion, long hairm and ostentatious personality. Although his personality made him instantly popular in his social circles, his work as an author did not become widely recognized until the publication of The Happy Prince and Other Tales a collection of children's stories in 1888.

Although Wilde did marry and have children, he led a double life as a homosexual and carried on an affair with aristocrat Lord Alfred Douglas. Eventually Wilde was accused of sodomy by Douglas' father, which resulted in Wilde attempting to sue Douglas' father in court. However, Wilde's homosexuality (unlawful at the time) was uncovered by the court. His own writing eventually lead to his legal demise as his published work The Picture of Dorian Gray was used to incriminate his homosexual tendencies. He was eventually sentenced to two years of hard labor in prison. Wilde did not fare well after his incarceration and eventually died a poor man's death in Paris at the age of 46.

If you are interested in hearing more Oscar Wilde's you can download a number of his great plays as full cast dramatizations on audio download including The Importance of Being Earnest , An Ideal Husband, and Lady Windermere's Fan.

Oscar Wilde Audio

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