The Spoken Word: American Poets

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The Spoken Word: American Poets

The British Library

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3 CDs with booklet | © 2010
Compact Disc $35.00 ISBN: 9780712351065 Published December 2010 For sale in North and South America only

 This incredible three-CD set drawn from the archives of the BBC captures the voices of poets from the twentieth century, one of the most prolific and significant periods in American letters.

Capturing the enormous energy and variety in American poetry at this time, the compilation includes recordings of Robert Frost, E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, Ezra Pound, Robinson Jeffers, Langston Hughes,Wallace Stevens, Conrad Aiken, Archibald MacLeish, Ogden Nash, Theodore Roethke, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, John Ashbery, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Gregory Corso. Each of the thirty poets gathered here is heard reading his or her own work.

            These unique broadcasts are a wonderful collector’s item for aspiring poets and fans of American poetry.

            “After spending a few hours reveling in this diverse collection, there will be voices in the listener's head . . . the voices of the women and men who shaped the twentieth century with the written versions of their words.”—Chicago Tribune, on The Spoken Word: American Writers

Total Running Time: 209 minutes

Disc One
Gertrude Stein
Robert Frost
Wallace Stevens
William Carlos Williams
Ezra Pound
Robinson Jeffers
T S Eliot
Conrad Aiken
Disc Two
Archibald MacLeish
E E Cummings
Langston Hughes
Ogden Nash
Theodore Roethke
Randall Jarrell
John Berryman
Gwendolyn Brooks
Robert Lowell
Robert Duncan
Disc Three
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Charles Bukowski
Allen Ginsberg
John Ashberry
Anne Sexton
Adrienne Rich
Gregory Corso
Sylvia Plath
Amiri Baraka
Review Quotes
Times Literary Supplement
Sue Arnold | Guardian
"An audio gem."
Contemporary Review

"Enjoyable and instructive for those who wish to come nearer to a literary form that can be as much aural as written."

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