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The History of Literature

Jacke Wilson / The Podglomerate

Amateur 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 and Support the show by visiting or Contact the show at


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It's a multi-course literary feast at the History of Literature Podcast! Today we serve up some thoughts on books and the arts from Galileo Galilei; Mike Palindrome and his decades of reading Russian folktale theorist Vladimir Propp; Professor Valeri... more

3 days ago

Virgil (or Vergil) was the most celebrated poet of Ancient Rome - and also one of the most enigmatic. In this episode, Jacke talks to biographer and translator Sarah Ruden about her book Vergil: A Poet's Life. PLUS some thoughts on Charles Darwin's l... more

10 days ago

Jacke takes a look at the life and works of Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850). more

17 days ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 1.8k ratings
  • So glad I discovered this podcast. Jacke is a terrific presenter, who discusses great books with knowledge, wisdom and enthusiasm. OK, he can wander off on tangents sometimes, but that's all part of the podcast's charm. Highly recommended.

    Podcast Addict
    a month ago
  • Absolutely wonderful

    I’m always in a good mood after listening this podcast. The voice, the humour of Jacke - honestly I’m so glad that I can listen to this guy and laugh along. It’s a pure joy for me. And so stimulating while I’m doing my long drives every day. And it helps me to overcome the unbearable, especially since Feb 2022, when it seems that the whole world is collapsing and two years later there’s still no light at the end of the tunnel neither for my country, nor for Ukraine. Literature does help. Some pe... more

    Apple Podcasts
    Grumpy Sweetheart
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Solo shows are great, but the guests can be tiresome

    Jacke is impressively prolific in his output and when he’s in his stride the level of quality is high. I love the structured yet conversational style, and his obvious passion for and insight into the books and writers he discusses. The high number of ads and the rambling intros have always been a bit tedious (I sometimes have to skip ahead 20 minutes just to get to the actual meat of the episode), but I don’t mind dealing with them if the core of the show is good. more

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    Kafka's peach
    United Statesa month ago
  • this is an absolutely brilliant podcast. I'm hooked and intend on spending many more hours listening in. Thank you and please keep on podcasting.

    Justin Tai Sen Choy
    2 months ago
  • Do not cry for Israel. Do not. You know history. unlikely from you.

    maryam kamali pour ravari
    2 months ago

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