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Literature enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. (Episodes are not in chronological order and you don't need to start at the beginning - feel free to jump in wherever you like!) Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or paypal.me/jackewilson. Contact the host at jackewilsonauthor@gmail.com.

The History of Literature Podglomerate

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    • 4.6 • 851 Ratings

Literature enthusiast Jacke Wilson journeys through the history of literature, from ancient epics to contemporary classics. (Episodes are not in chronological order and you don't need to start at the beginning - feel free to jump in wherever you like!) Find out more at historyofliterature.com and facebook.com/historyofliterature. Support the show by visiting patreon.com/literature or paypal.me/jackewilson. Contact the host at jackewilsonauthor@gmail.com.

    419 Christina Rossetti

    419 Christina Rossetti

    It's the Christina Rossetti episode! Jacke finally musters up the energy to finish what he started, and takes a look at one of the great poets of the Victorian era (and the creator of "Goblin Market," one of the strangest poems he has ever read. How did this seemingly prim, even matronly woman, known for her religious devotion and for rejecting three suitors on mostly religious grounds, come to write such a bizarre and hedonistic poem? What did she say about posing for the pre-Raphaelites and their paintings? What did John Ruskin and Virginia Woolf say about her? Let's find out!
    Additional listening suggestions:

    415 "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti

    306 Keats's Great Odes (with Anahid Nersessian)

    Living Poetry (with Bob Holman)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    418 "Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson

    418 "Because I could not stop for Death" by Emily Dickinson

    Because Jacke could not stop for the scheduled episode topics, a certain poem kindly stopped for him. Luckily it's one of the greatest poems of all time! It's by the 19th-century American genius Emily Dickinson, and it packs into seven short stanzas a journey through life, death, and the cosmos.
    Read a copy of the poem here:
    Because I could not stop for Death - (479)
    Additional listening suggestions:

    120 Astonishing Emily Dickinson

    Shakespeare's Greatest Sonnets | Sonnet 29 ("When in disgrace with Fortune and men's eyes")

    379 Gwendolyn Brooks


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 57 min
    417 What Happened on Roanoke Island? (with Kimberly Brock)

    417 What Happened on Roanoke Island? (with Kimberly Brock)

    It's one of the great mysteries in American history. The "lost colony" of Roanoke Island, where 120 or so men, women, and children living in the first permanent English settlement in North America simply disappeared, leaving behind nothing but a mysterious word carved into a tree trunk. While historians remain baffled, speculation has run rampant, with everything from massacre to relocation to space alien abduction taking their turns as potential theories. What happened to those people? And is there any way to tell their story? In this episode, Jacke talks to author Kimberly Brock about her novel The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare, which extends the mystery of Roanoke and its legacy from the late seventeenth century to the mid-twentieth.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    351 Mary Wollstonecraft (with Samantha Silva)

    382 Forbidden Victorian Love (with Mimi Matthews)

    99 History and Mystery (with Radha Vatsal)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 54 min
    416 William Blake vs the World (with John Higgs)

    416 William Blake vs the World (with John Higgs)

    In his lifetime, the Romantic poet and engraver William Blake (1757-1827) was barely known and frequently misunderstood. Today, his genius is widely celebrated and his poems are some of the most famous in the English language - and yet we still struggle to comprehend his unique way of seeing the world. In this episode, Blakean biographer John Higgs, author of the new book William Blake vs. the World, joins Jacke to discuss Blake's life, art, and visions.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    William Blake

    306 John Keats's Great Odes (with Anahid Nersessian)

    58 Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists (with Professor Paul Peppis)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 56 min
    415 "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti

    415 "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti

    As a devout and passionate religious observer, Victorian poet Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) lived a life that might seem, at first glance, as proper and tame. Even some of her greatest works, devotional poems and verses for children, strike us as just the kind of art a fine upstanding moralist might generate. But there was more to Christina Rossetti than that - and in fact, she produced some of the most passionate and idiosyncratic poems of her era. In this episode, Jacke takes a look at her long narrative poem Goblin Market (1859-1862), about two sisters seduced by the fruits being sold by a pack of river goblins, which is one of the most sensationally bizarre poems Jacke has ever read.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    95 The Runaway Poets - The Triumphant Love Story of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning

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

    382 Forbidden Victorian Love (with Mimi Matthews)


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    414 Henry James's Golden Bowl (with Dinitia Smith) | William Blake Preview (with John Higgs)

    414 Henry James's Golden Bowl (with Dinitia Smith) | William Blake Preview (with John Higgs)

    Money. Sex. Power. Family. Those are the conceits at the heart of Henry James's late-period masterpiece, The Golden Bowl. In this episode, Jacke talks to author Dinitia Smith, whose new novel The Prince reinvigorates this classic story of a wealthy American widower, his doting daughter, her charismatic foreign husband, and the childhood friend whose secret love affairs threaten to jeopardize multiple marriages.
    Additional listening suggestions:

    340 Forgotten Women of Literature 5 - Constance Fenimore Woolson

    341 Constance and Henry - The Story of "Miss Grief"

    343 The Feast in the Jungle

    344 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Beast

    346 For Whom the Beast Leaps


    Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
851 Ratings

851 Ratings

elbybo ,

#418 Emily Dickinson Because I could not stop for death

Beautiful episode. You transported me to another world. Thank you!!

Archy Leech ,

Tonic for the Soul

I began listening in 2020, enraptured by Jacke’s Midwestern introduction to Jean Toomer. There’s just too much goodness to describe in the episodes on Joyce, Thoreau, Kafka, Dickens, Rilke, Alice Munro… Just get cozy, pick a favorite author, and listen.

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The Ads Are Horrible.

Update: the increase in ads has made this sweet show unlistenable. Approx 30 min per episode is the worst out there. It’s sad. Taking a literary show to the bowels of capitalism.

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