The Spoken Word: British Poets

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3 CDs with booklet | © 2010
Compact Disc $35.00 ISBN: 9780712351058 Published December 2010 For sale in North and South America only

From Alfred, Lord Tennyson to Ted Hughes, this remarkable three-CD set offers an audio tour of some of the greatest British poets from the last century. Thirty poets are included in all, each reading from their own work, often with their own spoken introductions.

The selection includes historic recordings by Tennyson and Robert Browning, and British Poet Laureates John Masefield, Cecil Day Lewis, and John Betjeman. There are unforgettable voices, such as Edith Sitwell and Dylan Thomas, and rare recordings by poets such as Philip Larkin and Edwin Morgan. Other poets included are Laurence Binyon, Robert Graves, Basil Bunting, Stevie Smith, Louis MacNeice, Stephen Spender, George Barker, David Gascoyne, Kingsley Amis, and Thom Gunn.

            The majority of the recordings are taken from BBC broadcasts and are available here for the first time since they were broadcast, making this the most authoritative and exciting audio survey of a century of British poetry.

 “A dream of the perfect literary cocktail party.”—Lev Grossman, Time, on The Spoken Word series

Times Literary Supplement | TLS
Contemporary Review

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

Total Running Time: 217 minutes

Disc One

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Robert Browning
Laurence Binyon
Walter de la Mare
John Masefield
Edith Sitwell
Hugh MacDiarmid
Robert Graves
David Jones
Basil Bunting
Stevie Smith
Disc Two
Cecil Day Lewis
John Betjeman
W H Auden
Louis MacNeice
Stephen Spender
Sorley MacLean
R S Thomas
George Barker
Dylan Thomas
David Gascoyne
Disc Three
John Heath-Stubbs
W S Graham
Edwin Morgan
George Mackay Brown
Kingsley Amis
Philip Larkin
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Thom Gunn
Ted Hughes
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