THE BOOK LIGHT is a podcast dedicated to reading, understanding, and relishing classic works of literature. Crafted to appeal both to hardcore bibliophiles and literary novices, The Book Light revels in the backstories and insider knowledge that make famous books not only accessible, but enjoyable. Host Dr. Jill Caddell is an educator, writer, and reader with a weakness for good metaphors and bad puns. With the help of a stable of scholar-friends, Jill breathes new life into the dusty tomes of the high school classroom and the college lecture hall. Each episode, we take a deep dive into a famous book (Moby-Dick, Frankenstein) or author (Jane Austen, Edgar Allan Poe) to reveal the essential contexts, themes, and questions that illuminate reading and inform our understanding of the world. From Emily Dickinson’s curious dashes to Shakespeare’s bawdy banter, we delight in the details that make great literature great—and we hope you will, too.
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The scholarly guests make this podcast rise above most. The host carefully frames the guest interviews with background. I haven’t read any of the works discussed but the context and analysis is very clearly presented.
Deftly scripted, deeply researched, and passionately presented. Dr. Caddell is a delight to listen to and a welcome addition to my podcast queue!
Interesting and educational — filled with well-told and intriguing historical, biographical, and literary content.