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Literature 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. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or paypal.me/jackewilson.

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Literature 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. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or paypal.me/jackewilson.

    286 JRR Tolkien

    286 JRR Tolkien

    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a professor, academic essay, and professional linguist - but the world knows him best as the author of The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955). In this episode, Jacke finishes his look at literary genres by exploring the life, lifelong interests, and fantasy worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, whose books sold over 150 million copies, inspired a highly successful movie trilogy, and essentially created the modern fantasy novel.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    285 Herodotus

    285 Herodotus

    Herodotus (c. 484 - 425? BCE) has been called both "The Father of History" and "The Father of Lies." His accounts of the ancient world, including a deep dive into all aspects of geography, biology, and culture (among many other topics), are fascinating, indispensable, and - at times - confoundingly implausible. Who was Herodotus? What can we make of his work? And is it worth reading today? In this episode of The History of Literature, Mike Palindrome, the President of the Literature Supporters Club, joins Jacke to make the case for Herodotus.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    284 Westerns (with Anna North)

    284 Westerns (with Anna North)

    Jacke continues the Thursday Theme for November with a look at a genre that began in the nineteenth century and nearly dominated the twentieth: the Western. What happened to western fiction? What was a "classic western" and why did it disappear? And what reinventions of the genre are happening now? Anna North, author of the forthcoming novel Outlawed, joins us to help sort through these questions, and to talk about a reimagined western she admires, C. Pam Zhang's How Much of These Hills Is Gold.
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    Music Credits: "Western Adventure" and "Rattlesnake Railroad" by Brett Van Donsel (incompetech.com).
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    • 45 min
    283 Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Top 10 Literary Modes of Transportation

    283 Planes, Trains & Automobiles - Top 10 Literary Modes of Transportation

    From the dramatic trains of Anna Karenina to the wide-open roads of Jack Kerouac, getting around has always played a central role in literature. But not all means of transportation are equal! In this lighthearted episode of the History of Literature, Jacke and Mike attempt to determine the most literary forms of transportation.
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    • 58 min
    282 Science Fiction

    282 Science Fiction

    In Part 2 of our look at great literary genres, Jacke probes the development of science fiction, from ancient Greek travels to the moon to the amazing stories of the twentieth century. Along the way, he chooses four candidates for the Mount Rushmore of Science Fiction, reads a passage from science fiction's O.G., and sees if there is a secret to science fiction that he can discover. Enjoy!
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    281 The Great Gatsby

    281 The Great Gatsby

    Jacke takes a look at F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece, The Great Gatsby (1925), which has been called by one newspaper "the American masterwork, the finest work of fiction by any of this country's writers." But what makes it so compelling? Is it enough to say that it's about the American dream and disillusionment? (Spoiler alert: Jacke doesn't think so!)
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
561 Ratings

561 Ratings

Lospas ,

The Best Classic Books Podcast

I’ve learned about so many new authors and books I’ve never heard of just from listening to Jacke and Mike talking. I tend to skip the email reading but the actual content is solid. Like everyone who reads books, they’re opinionated, so don’t be shocked if your favorite classic or author gets dismissed. My favorite episodes are the “list” ones. Most of the other book/lit podcasts I’ve tried were either too surfacy, too woke, or too focused on how the books applied to Christianity.

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It was a wonderful discovery!

The History of Literature is a great podcast. I discovered it searching literature podcasts when the lockdown in my country started. It has a broad perspective and a variety of authors, traditions, and very concerned guests. Without doubt, listen one of the episodes. If you love reading, sure you will find something interesting.

Daisy Joan ,

What a treasure!

I highly recommend this podcast to all lovers of literature that want a little background on the books on our reading lists. Informative without being condescending. A soothing and relaxing voice but not boring.LOVE that he weaves music into his program. The first show I listened to flew by...So glad I found this!

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