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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 ... more
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 ... more
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 myst... more
I always get a great deal from Jackes’s analysis but the depth of Kierkegaard program on “Fear and Trembling” really took my breathe away!
I have been delighted by Jacke Wilson's thoughtful podcast of famous literature. His reviews are insightful and well composed. Most delightful is his amusing delivery style. Wilson gives the chosen topic a brief review (one hour episodes usually) including the biography of the author and the historic context of the work. He selects a theme in the literature to expound on shares his personal response to the work. I think History of Literature is a very positive and inspiring podcast.
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.
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.
I can’t believe this exists or that there are people out there listening to it. It’s amazing and I don’t even like podcasts. I pay for it now even though I’m cheap and it’s free.
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