History of Literature

History of Literature
Hosted by Jacke Wilson
Enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature.
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148 Great Literary Hoaxes

What can we count on? What do we know is true? In this episode, host Jacke Wilson takes a look at a motley crew of inventive liars who set out to fool the literary world – and often did, at least for a while. From the ancient pseudo-Sappho to the escapee from a debauched convent, from the  treasure trove of Shakespeare’s lost works to the balloon fraud of Edgar Allen Poe, writers have been generating bogus works for centuries – and an gullible public has gobbled them up and come back for more.

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147 Leo Tolstoy

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June 12, 2018 • When asked to name the three greatest novels ever written, William Faulkner replied, “Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina, Anna Karenina.” Nabokov said, “When you are reading...

| June 12, 2018

146 Power Ranking the Nobel Prize for Literature

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June 6, 2018 • The Nobel Prize for Literature has a special place in the literary landscape. We revere the prize and its winners - and yet we often find ourselves puzzled by the choices. The...

| June 6, 2018

145 Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know – The Story of Lord Byron

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May 31, 2018 • The Later Romantic poet George Gordon Byron, once described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know," lived 36 years and became world famous, his astonishing...

| May 31, 2018

144 Food in Literature (with Ronica Dhar)

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May 20, 2018 • Food, glorious food! We all know its power for nourishment, pleasure, and comfort -- and we’ve all felt the sharp pangs of its absence. How has this essential part of being...

| May 20, 2018

143 A Soldier’s Heart – Teaching Literature at the U.S. Military Academy (with Professor Elizabeth Samet)

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May 13, 2018 • Since ancient times, societies have used rousing lines of poetry to inspire soldiers to acts of heroism, courage, and sacrifice. But what about literature that expresses doubts...

| May 13, 2018

142 Comedian Joe Pera Talks with Us (with Joe Pera)

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May 6, 2018 • Comedian Joe Pera has been hailed as one of the top "Comedians Under 30," "20 of the Most Innovative Comedians Working Today," and the "Cozy Sweater of Comedy." His lovable,...

| May 6, 2018

141 Kurt Vonnegut (with Mike Palindrome)

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April 29, 2018 • "The year was 2081," the story begins, "and everyone was finally equal." In this episode of the History of Literature, Jacke and Mike take a look at Kurt Vonnegut's classic short...

| April 29, 2018

140 Pulp Fiction and the Hardboiled Crime Novel (with Charles Ardai)

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April 22, 2018 • In 1896, an enterprising man named Frank Munsey published the first copy of Argosy, a magazine that combined cheap printing, cheap paper, and cheap authors to bring affordable,...

| April 22, 2018

139 A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka

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April 15, 2018 • In 1922, the miserable genius Franz Kafka wrote a short story, Ein Hungerkünstler (A Hunger Artist), about another miserable genius: a man whose “art” is to live in a cage...

| April 15, 2018

138 Why Poetry (with Matthew Zapruder)

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April 8, 2018 • In his new book Why Poetry, the poet Matthew Zapruder has issued "an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry and an incisive argument for its accessibility to all...

| April 8, 2018

137 Haruki Murakami

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April 1, 2018 • Haruki Murakami (b. 1949) is one of the rare writers who combines literary admiration with widespread appeal. Host Jacke Wilson is joined by lifelong Murakami fan Mike Palindrome...

| April 1, 2018

136 The Kids Are Alright (Aren’t They?) – Making the Case for Literature

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March 22, 2018 • Why does literature matter? Why read at all? Jacke Wilson takes questions from high school students and attempts to make the case for literature.Works and authors discussed...

| March 22, 2018

135 Aristotle Goes to the Movies (with Brian Price)

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March 16, 2018 • Hollywood screenwriter and professional script doctor Brian Price, author of Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting: Aristotle and the Modern Scriptwriter, found...

| March 16, 2018

134 The Greatest Night of Franz Kafka’s Life

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March 10, 2018 • We use the term Kafkaesque to describe bureaucracies and other social institutions with nightmarishly complex, illogical, or bizarre qualities - and in most biographies of Franz...

| March 10, 2018

133 The Hidden Machinery – Discovering the Secrets of Fiction (with Margot Livesey)

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March 2, 2018 • Ever wonder how fiction works? Or what great literature can teach us about writing? Novelist Margot Livesey returns to the show for a discussion of her book The Hidden Machinery:...

| March 2, 2018

132 Top 10 Literary Villains

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February 23, 2018 • Villains! Bad guys ! Femme fatales! We love them in movies - but what about literature? What makes villains so effective (and so essential)? What do they tell us about their...

| February 23, 2018

131 Dante in Love (with Professor Ellen Nerenberg and Anthony Valerio)

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February 15, 2018 • Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) was the greatest poet of his era and one of the greatest artists of all time. His masterpiece, the Divine Comedy (or simply Comedìa or...

| February 15, 2018

130 The Poet and the Painter – The Great Love Affair of Anna Akhmatova and Amedeo Modigliani

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February 7, 2018 • Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) began her career as a poet of love and ended it as the poet of suffering and heartbreak, thanks in no small part to the totalitarian Russian regime she...

| February 7, 2018

129 Great Sports Novels – Where Are They? (with Mike Palindrome and Reagan Sova)

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February 1, 2018 • Every year, the Super Bowl draws over 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone, and the Olympics and World Cup will be watched by billions around the world. Movies and television...

| February 1, 2018

128 Top 10 Animals in Literature (with Mike Palindrome)

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January 25, 2018 • Continuing our look at animals in literature, we’re joined by Mike Palindrome, President of the Literature Supporters Club, for a discussion of the Top 10 Animals in Literature....

| January 25, 2018

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