Welcome to Snoozecast, the podcast designed to help you fall asleep. New episodes are released every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Snoozecast is meant to be played as you get into bed.
Here's the Latest Episode from Snoozecast: Stories for Sleep:
Tonight, we’ll read an excerpt titled "A Micronesian Fish Drive", from a book of short stories called "Ridan the Devil", by Louis Becke, published in 1899. Becke was an Australian Pacific trader, short-story writer and novelist. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the next section of the classic children’s story "Heidi", published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It is a novel about the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care in the Swiss Alps. "Heidi" is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature. We will pick up where we left off towards the end of chapter 3, with Heidi coming back to her grandfather after an amazing first day of wonderful experiences on the mountain with Peter and his goat herd. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening stories of "Sinbad the Sailor and His Seven Voyages", taken from "The Arabian Nights", edited by Andrew Lang and published in 1898. Sinbad is a fictional mariner and the hero of a story-cycle of Middle Eastern origin. He is described as hailing from Baghdad during the 9th century. In the course of seven voyages, he has fantastic adventures in magical realms, encountering monsters and witnessing supernatural phenomena. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read a chapter from "Three Hundred Things a Bright Boy Can Do", titled "Ventriloquism and Polyphony", written by “Many Hands” and published in 1914. Ventriloquy, an act of stagecraft in which a person changes their voice so that it appears that the voice is coming from elsewhere, usually a puppet, known as a “dummy". Originally, ventriloquism was a religious practice among the ancient Greeks. The noises produced by the stomach, for example were thought to be the voices of the unliving, who took up residence in the stomach of the ventriloquist. The ventriloquist would then interpret the sounds, as they were thought to be able to speak to the dead, as well as foretell the future. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening chapters of “New Amazonia: A Foretaste of the Future”, written by Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett under the pen name “Mrs. James Corbett” and first published in 1889. Categorized as “feminist utopian”, it was one element in the wave of utopian and dystopian literature that marked the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In her novel, Corbett envisions a successful suffragette movement eventually giving rise to a breed of highly evolved "Amazonians" who turn Ireland into a utopian society. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the story "The Princess of Babylon", taken from "The Strange Storybook" by Mrs. Lang, published in 1913. The story is taken from a lesser known philosophical tale by Voltaire, written in 1768. The story focuses on Amazan, a handsome, unknown shepherd, and Formosanta, the Princess of Babylon, whose love and jealousy drive them to travel the world. Through their travels they encounter the basic values of the Enlightenment. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening chapters to "Mazes and Labyrinths: A General Account of their History and Development", written by W. H. Matthews and published in 1922. The history of the maze is paradoxically explored as both a tool for spiritual inquiry and as a vexing trap. Apparently he wrote the heavy tome in less than three years — and it may have been a way for Matthews to deal with the aftermath of his time as a soldier in the labyrinthine trenches of World War I. -- 'N'
Tonight, we’ll read the third chapter of “Little Women”, by American author Louisa May Alcott, published in 1868, titled “The Laurence Boy”. Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her sisters.In the previous chapter, on Christmas morning, the girls wake to find books under their pillows. They find their mother has gone to aid poor neighbors. When she returns, she asks her daughters to give their delicious Christmas breakfast to the starving family. That evening, they perform their play, in which Jo gets to play male roles. After the performance, the girls come downstairs to find a feast laid out on the table, provided by another neighbor, who has a grandson that Jo would like to meet. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the story of "Sleeping Beauty", from the Lang’s "Blue Fairy Book" published in 1889. It is a classic fairy talea bout a princess who is cursed to sleep for a hundred years by an evil fairy, where she would be awakened by a handsome prince. The earliest known version of the story is found in the narrative “Perceforest”, composed in the 14th century. "Perceforest" provides an original Genesis of the Arthurian World. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading another chapter from the book "Bird Watching" published in 1901 by Edmund Selous, titled "Watching Birds at a Straw Stack". If you enjoy this episode, be sure to listen to the "Blackbirds and Nightingales" episode from this book as well. The author started as a conventional naturalist, but Selous developed a hatred of the common practice at the time of killing animals for scientific study and was a pioneer of bird-watching as a method of scientific study. The author was a solitary man and was not well known in ornithological circles. He avoided both the company of ornithologists and reading their observations so as to base his conclusions entirely on his own observations. And to be clear, Straw Stacks are similar to Hay Stacks in that both are field crops, although hay is the remains of grasses and straw is made from the stalks of wheat. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the second chapter titled “A Merry Christmas” to “Little Women” by American author Louisa May Alcott, published in 1868. Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her sisters.In Chapter 1, the March sisters lament that they won’t receive Christmas presents as their family has fallen into poverty. They discuss a Christmas play they are going to put forth, and their mother arrives with a letter from their father who is away in the Civil War. They resolve to practice their Christian faith’s values in their daily lives in order to rise above their material complaints. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read “Balsam Fir”, a Snoozecast original. Experience tromping through an evergreen tree farm to pick the perfect tree to bring home. -- 'N'
Tonight, we’ll read an excerpt about traveling to a high alpine winter resort, from a book called Winter Sports in Switzerland, written by E. F. Benson in 1913. Benson was an English novelist, biographer, memoirist, archaeologist and short story writer. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening chapter to “Little Women” by American author Louisa May Alcott, published in 1868. Following the lives of the four March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—the novel details their passage from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author and her sisters.Alcott wrote the books over several months at the request of her publisher. She later recalled that she did not think she could write a successful book for girls and did not enjoy writing it. "I plod away," she wrote in her diary, "although I don't enjoy this sort of things.” The book's immediate success surprised both her and her publisher. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading a story called "The Blue Parrot", taken from The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang and H. J. Ford, and published in 1907. The story originated from a French book of tales titled Contes de Fée from the late 1700s. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening to "Afloat and Ashore" a nautical fiction novel by James Fenimore Cooper, published in 1844. Set at the turn of the 19th century, the novel follows the maritime adventures of Miles Wallingford Jr., the son of wealthy New York landowners who chooses to go to sea after the death of his parents. The novel is partially autobiographical, in part by Cooper's own experiences as a sailor. Throughout his career, Cooper wrote profusely with the objective of countering European prejudices and nurturing an original American art and culture. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll read the opening to "The Woman in White", written in 1859 by Wilkie Collins. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels, and an early example of detective fiction. Modern critics and readers regard it as Collins's best novel, although at the time of publication, critics were generally hostile. The novel opens with Walter Hartright, a young art teacher, who encounters a mysterious and distressed woman dressed entirely in white, lost in London; he is later informed by policemen that she has escaped from an asylum. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the second and final part to the classic tale "Beauty and the Beast", taken from the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, published in 1889. When we left off, the merchant and father to Beauty was caught picking a rose from the Beast’s garden as a gift to Beauty. In punishment, the Beast demanded that the father bring back one of his daughters. The catch was that she must choose to come willingly. Of course, the kind-hearted Beauty offers to go despite the sacrifice it entailed. Father and daughter arrive at the Beast’s castle and are about to meet him. -- 'V'
Tonight, we bring you “Sunday Dinner” a Snoozecast Original. In this story, experience visiting an old friend’s cozy farm home and the comforting meal prepared and enjoyed inside. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the third part to the 1813 romantic novel of manners "Pride and Prejudice", written by Jane Austen. The novel follows Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. In the last episode, discussion of the ball continues when the daughters of the Bennets' neighbor visit. The oldest daughter, Charlotte, is Elizabeth's close friend, and commiserates with Elizabeth over Mr. Darcy's snub. Charlotte acknowledges, however, that Mr. Darcy's family and wealth give him the right to be proud. Elizabeth agrees, noting that her resentment of his proud nature stems from his wounding her own pride. We will pick up at the start of chapter 6. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening chapters to "Doctor Dolittle", written in 1920 by British author Hugh Lofting. The full title being, “The Story of Doctor Dolittle, Being the History of His Peculiar Life at Home and Astonishing Adventures in Foreign Parts”. It is the first of Lofting’s "Doctor Dolittle" books, a series of children's novels about a man who learns to talk to animals and becomes their champion around the world. It was one of the novels in the series which was adapted into the 1967 film "Doctor Dolittle". -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading another excerpt from “In New England Fields and Woods” written by Rowland Evans Robinson in 1896. Robinson was in his time one of Vermont’s best known writers. This collection of short essays follows New England's changing seasons and moods in all its natural beauty. This particular selection is part of the November and December time of year. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading Thanksgiving recipes and sample menus from a magazine called "American Cookery", published in 1921. This periodical was formerly titled less succinctly “The Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading, "Tales of Peter Rabbit and Friends", from "The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter", written by Beatrix Potter. "The Tales of Peter Rabbit" was first self-published in 1902, when she was in her thirties. Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children's books featuring animals. Though Potter was typical of women of her generation in having limited opportunities for higher education, her study and watercolors of fungi led to her being widely respected in the field of mycology. In all, Potter wrote thirty books; the best known being her twenty-three children's tales. -- 'V'
Tonight we’ll be reading the opening to “Sea and Sardinia”, a travel book by the English writer D. H. Lawrence. It describes a brief excursion undertaken in January 1921 by Lawrence and his wife from Sicily to the interior of Sardinia. Despite the brevity of his visit, Lawrence distills an essence of the island and its people that is still recognizable today. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll read the next part to 1877’s "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewall. This novel became an immediate best-seller at the end of Sewall’s life, but she lived long enough to briefly see her only novel would become.Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the opening to the 1883 novel by American illustrator and writer Howard Pyle, "Robin Hood". Consisting of a series of episodes in the story of the English outlaw Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men, the novel helped solidify the image of a heroic Robin Hood, which had begun in earlier works such as Walter Scott's 1819 novel "Ivanhoe". -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read some of the folklore of the Cherokee people from the 1900 book "Myths of the Cherokee" by James Mooney. Mooney was an American ethnographer who lived for several years with the Cherokee. He became a self-taught expert on American tribes by his own studies and his careful observation during long residences with different groups. -- 'N'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening two chapters of 1859’s "A Tale of Two Cities", written by Charles Dickens. It is a historical novel, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel tells the story of the French Doctor Manette, his 18-year-long imprisonment in Paris and his release to live in London with his daughter Lucie, whom he had never met. The story is set against the conditions that led up to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror. It has become Dickens’ best known work of historical fiction. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read "Queen Zixi of Ix", or "The Story of the Magic Cloak", a children's book written by L. Frank Baum and published in 1905. The events of the book alternate between Noland and Ix, two neighboring regions to the Land of Oz, and Baum himself commented this was the best book he had written. The book was made into the 1914 film "The Magic Cloak of Oz". Although no part of the book's story takes place in the Land of Oz, by the time the movie was made, it had become clear that the Oz franchise was Baum's most popular creation. -- 'V'
Tonight, we'll be reading a couple famous speeches by President John F. Kennedy: His 1961 inauguration speech and his 1962 moon speech. The youngest president elected in United States history, he was the first man born in the 20th century to hold that office. His speeches inspired the nation to reach for the stars. -- 'M'
Tonight, we'll be reading the opening to the 1911 novel titled “Me-Smith” written by Caroline Lockhart. Lockhart was a journalist, a newspaper owner, and a ranch owner along with writing novels set in her adopted home of Cody, Montana. The Caroline Lockhart Ranch is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.In 2018, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame inducted her. Me-Smith was her first novel. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the classic tale "Beauty and the Beast", taken from the Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang, published in 1889. The original story of Beauty and the Beast was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve, within the culture of the aristocratic salons of the 1700s. It is thought that it has roots even longer ago, in the tale of "Cupid and Psyche", the ancient chronicle from the Latin novel "Metamorphoses". -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read a section of the book “Mushrooms: How to Grow Them” called “Mushroom Growing in the Paris Caves”, written by William Falconer and published in 1892. The famous architecture of Paris was built using the limestone extracted from underneath the city. The resulting catacombs were also used to grow the Paris mushroom, a variety of the button variety. Legend has it that mushroom farming in these caves started when some deserters of Napoleon’s army, along with their horses, discovered that mushrooms naturally flourished on the mixture of limestone and horse manure within. -- 'V'
Tonight, as the final episode of our October classic horror series, we’ll be reading the opening to "The Dunwich Horror", written in 1928 by H.P. Lovecraft. It takes place in Dunwich, a fictional town in central Massachusetts. It is considered one of the core stories of the Cthulhu Mythos. -- 'N'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the next section of the classic children’s story "Heidi", published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It is a novel about the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care in the Swiss Alps. Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature. We left off at the end of chapter 2, with Heidi’s first night at grandfather’s house on the mountaintop. Heidi and Grandfather get along better than would be expected, given his reputation as a surly recluse. Heidi falls to sleep in her new hay loft bedroom, dreaming of the two captivating goats she met that day. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening to 1887’s "A Crystal Age by W. H. Hudson. The book, a pastoral Utopian novel has been called a "significant sci-fi milestone" and has been noted for its anticipation of the "modern ecological mysticism" that would evolve a century later. -- 'N'
Tonight, as part of our October classic horror series, we'll be reading the opening to The "Turn of the Screw", an 1898 gothic ghost story by Henry James. The novella focuses on a governess who, caring for two children at a remote estate, becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted. Some critics have argued that the brilliance of "The Turn of the Screw" results from its ability to create an intimate sense of confusion and suspense within the reader. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the second part to the 1813 romantic novel of manners "Pride and Prejudice", written by Jane Austen. The novel follows Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. In the first episode, news that a wealthy young gentleman named Charles Bingley has moved in nearby causes a stir among the Bennet family. The Bennet’s have five unmarried daughters so are eager to matchmaker with the stranger. The daughters attend a ball also attended by Bingley, along with a friend of Bingley named Darcy. The impression others get of Bingley at the ball is charm and of Darcy- rude and snobbish. We will pick up with the daughters coming home to tell their father about the evening. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’re bringing you a Snoozecast original titled “Get This Bread”. In this soft-boiled who-dun-it, a rising star editor is suddenly fired, leaving a pair of co-workers to pick up the pieces -- and the clues, to solving the mystery. -- 'M'
Tonight, as part of our October classic horror series, we’ll be reading the opening to "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", a Gothic novella by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, first published in 1886. It is about a London legal practitioner named Gabriel John Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde. The novella's impact is such that it has become a part of the language, with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" entering the vernacular to refer to people with an unpredictably dual nature: usually very good, but sometimes shockingly evil. -- 'M'
Tonight, we'll be reading the opening chapter to "The Count of Monte Cristo", completed in 1844 by french author Alexander Dumas. Considered a literary classic today, the story takes place in France, Italy, and islands in the Mediterranean during the historical events of 1815–1839: the era of the Bourbon Restoration through the reign of Louis-Philippe of France. An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness; it centres on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about exacting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. His plans have devastating consequences for both the innocent and the guilty. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to Lord Tennyson’s 1847 "The Princess". Tennyson was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1850 to 1892 and remains one of the most popular English poets. The poem tells the story of a heroic princess who forswears the world of men and founds a women's university where men are forbidden to enter. The prince to whom she was betrothed in infancy enters the university with two friends, disguised as women students. -- 'V'
Tonight, as part of our October classic horror series (every Wednesday this month), we'll be reading the opening to "Frankenstein, or, the Modern Prometheus", written by Mary Shelley and published anonymously in 1818 when she was just 20 years old. It tells the story of a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a hideous humanoid creature. Since the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often been used to refer to the monster itself, although in the novel the monster is never given a formal name. Shelley’s story of Frankenstein has been referred to as the first true science fiction novel. -- 'N'
Tonight, we'll be reading a story called "The Adventures of a Spanish Nun" from the "Strange Storybook" by Mrs. Andrew Lang -- Leonora Blanche Alleyne, published in 1913. This story tells of a young woman who had been raised in a convent but had dreams of exploring the world. She then acts upon them, dressed as men, and full of exploits and daring. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading, "A Voyage in the Dark" an excerpt from “In New England Fields and Woods” written by Rowland Evans Robinson in 1896. Robinson was in his time one of Vermont’s best known writers. This collection of short essays follows New England's changing seasons and moods in all its natural beauty. This particular selection is part of the late summer, early autumn. -- 'M'
Tonight, as part of our October classic horror series (every Wednesday this month), we’ll be reading the opening to "The Fall of the House of Usher", written by Edgar Allen Poe and published in 1839. This short story is a work of Gothic fiction and includes themes of madness, family, isolation, and metaphysical identities. Poe's inspiration for the story may be based upon events of the Hezekiah Usher House, located near what is now Downtown Crossing in Boston, MA. When the Usher House was torn down in 1830, two bodies were found embraced in a cavity in the cellar. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the second part to "Aladdin", our version is out of the Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang in 1889. Aladdin is a middle eastern folk tale and is one of the tales from the Book of One Thousand and One Nights otherwise known as The Arabian Nights. In Part One, Aladdin is a lazy boy without a trade to earn money from, until a magician posing as his uncle tries to use him for a spell to receive great powers. By luck, Aladdin receives the magical powers of a magic lantern and a wish-granting genie for himself. He uses his powers to gain the daughter of the Sultan as his wife. We pick up at their marriage. -- 'V'
Tonight, we'll be reading from the "Tao Te Ching". This Chinese classic text is traditionally credited to the 6th-century BC sage Laozi. The text's authorship, date of composition and date of compilation are debated. The "Tao Te Ching" has multiple translations, in general "Tao" means "the way" or "the path", here's some examples of different opening lines:
- "The Tao that can be trodden is not the enduring and unchanging Tao."
- Translated by James Legge (1891)
- "The Tao-Path is not the All-Tao. The Name is not the Thing named."
- Translated by Aleister Crowley (1918)
- "The tao that can be told, is not the eternal Tao."
- Translated by Stephen Mitchell (1988)
- "If you can talk about it,it ain't Tao."
- Translated by Ron Hogan (1994)
- "The way you can go, isn't the real way."
- Translated by Ursula Le Guin (1998)
Tonight, we'll be reading the opening to the 1877 novel, "Black Beauty" by English author Anna Sewell. Due to a severe injury early in life, Sewell needed to use crutches to walk and developed a love for horses, as horseback riding gave her a sense of freedom.This novel became an immediate best-seller at the end of her life, with Sewell dying just five months after its publication, but having lived long enough to see her only novel become a success. With fifty million copies sold,Black Beauty is one of the best-selling books of all time. While forthrightly teaching animal welfare, it also teaches how to treat people with kindness, sympathy, and respect. -- 'V'
Tonight, we'll be reading an excerpt focused on tree spirits, from the 1890 book, "The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion" written by Scottish anthropologist Sir James George Frazer. The book scandalized the public when first published because it compared biblical stories to pagan rituals. Despite the controversy generated by the work, "The Golden Bough" inspired many authors from the period including: HP Lovecraft, James Joyce, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and T.S. Elliot. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading from “Butterflies Worth Knowing” by Clarence Moores Weed in 1926. Weed was a New England based naturalist. He was the author or co-author of more than 20 books, many of them on insect pests and insect-plant relationships. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading "The Red Headed League", a short story from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", written by Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892. In this story, which Doyle ranked as number 2 of his favorite top 12 Sherlock stories, the focus is on Jebez Wilson, the owner of a pawnbroker shop who sports a head of bright red hair and receives an invitation to join an exclusive club. -- 'N'
Tonight, we’ll reading a selection of South African folk-tales collected during the 19th century. It includes animal tales with classic wisdom, including The Monkey’s Fiddle and The Lost Message. These stories were collected by Dr. James Honey and published in 1910. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading from "The Art of Lawn Tennis", written by William “Big Bill” Tilden, published in 1921. Tilden was considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Born into wealth, Tilden earned large sums of money during his long career and he spent it lavishly, keeping a suite at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Much of his income went towards financing Broadway shows that he wrote, produced, and starred in. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll read the opening to Willa Cather’s 1918 novel My Ántonia .It is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark. The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting. -- 'V'
Tonight, by listener request, we will read the opening to the classic 1847 novel "Jane Eyre" by English writer Charlotte Brontë and published under the pen name “Currer Bell”. It is the story of a young, orphaned girl who lives with her Aunt and cousins and is mistreated by them. The novel is considered one of the greatest works of English fiction. It revolutionized writing style by being the first to focus on its protagonist's moral and spiritual development through an intimate first-person narrative, where actions and events are coloured by psychological intensity. Charlotte Brontë has been called the "first historian of the private consciousness", and the literary ancestor of writers like Proust and Joyce. -- 'V'
Tonight, we'll be reading a Snoozecast original story, "Baseball." Settle in and watch a Little League game unfold during the waning days of summer. Without a clock to keep time, baseball, otherwise known as America's Pastime, is always played at its own pace. -- 'N'
Tonight, we’ll be reading from the 1899 novel by Kate Chopin, "The Awakening". Set in New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast at the end of the 19th century, the plot centers on Edna Pontellier and her struggle between her increasingly unorthodox views on femininity and motherhood. It is widely seen as a landmark work of early feminism, and a precursor of American modernist literature. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading “Jack and the Beanstalk”, from the 1918 Mother’s Nursery Tales by Katherine Pyle. Born in 1863, Pyle was an American artist, poet and children’s book writer. “Jack and the Beanstalk” is the best known of the “Jack Tales”, a series of stories featuring the archetypal hero and stock character “Jack.” According to researchers, the story originated more than five millennia ago. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading from the 1895 novel "The Wonderful Visit", by H.G. Wells. With an angel—a creature of fantasy unlike a religious angel—as protagonist and taking place in contemporary England, the book could be classified as contemporary fantasy, although the genre was not recognized in Wells's time. The Wonderful Visit also has strong satirical themes, gently mocking customs and institutions of Victorian England as well as idealistic rebellion itself. -- 'M'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to the 1813, romantic novel of manners, "Pride and Prejudice", written by Jane Austen. The novel follows Elizabeth Bennet, the dynamic protagonist, who learns about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually comes to appreciate the difference between superficial goodness and actual goodness. Filled with comedy, its humor lies in its honest depiction of manners, education, marriage and money during the Regency era in Great Britain. -- 'V'
Tonight, for our 100th episode, we’ll be reading "Rip Van Winkle" originally a short story by the American author Washington Irving, published in 1819. It follows a Dutch-American villager in colonial America named Rip Van Winkle who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later, having missed the American Revolution. Irving wrote it while living in England and later admitted he had never been to the Catskill Mountains. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to Stephen Leacock’s 1912, "Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town." This humorous and affectionate account of small-town life in the fictional town of Mariposa is inspired by the author’s experience living in Ontario, Canada. The book illustrates the inner workings of life in Mariposa—from business to politics to steamboat disasters. -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to the 1922 travel memoir "The White Heart of Mojave: An Adventure with the Outdoors of the Desert" by Edna Brush Perkins. It recounts the adventure of Perkins and her friend Charlotte Hannahs Jordan, both independent-minded and early suffragettes; at the end of the Great War, the two friends wanted nothing more than to escape the crowded, oppressive city for wild, open space.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a folk tale called "The Nodding Tiger" from the 1919 “A Chinese Wonder Book”, by Norman Hinsdale Pitman. In the story, a tiger kills an old woman’s only son. To make amends, the mother convinces the court’s judge to require the tiger to take the son’s place in her life. (Note: There is some mild "off-screen" violence in this vintage folk-tale.) -- 'V'
Tonight, we’ll be reading Charles Darwin’s "The Voyage of the Beagle", the title most commonly given to the book published in 1839 as his "Journal and Remarks", bringing him considerable fame and respect. The book is a vivid travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates Darwin's keen powers of observation.
Tonight, we’ll be reading "After London", a Science Fiction precursor by Richard Jefferies first published in 1885. In it’s day referred to as Fantasy or Romance, now we may describe it as eco-apocalyptic. The story tells of how London becomes a swampland after an unspecified natural disaster delivers England over to the mercy of nature.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the next selection of the classic children’s story Heidi, published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It is a novel about the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care in the Swiss Alps. Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
Tonight, we'll be reading "Luck on the Wing" by Major Elmer Haslett. This 1920 book offers a first hand account of combat in the air by an American observer or "sky spy." World War I was the first conflict where combat took to the skies in machines that provided powered and maneuverable flight. This was a risky profession where brave young men flew into battle in machines made of fabric and wood. The author was regarded as one of the finest practitioners of his craft.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to Jane Austen’s 1811, "Sense and Sensibility". It was published anonymously; 'By A Lady' appears on the title page where the author's name might have been. It tells the story of the Dashwood sisters as they must move with their widowed mother from the estate on which they grew up.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a fairy tale called "Little One Eye, Two Eyes and Three Eyes" from The Green Fairy Book, published in 1892 and published by Andrew Lang, written by Jacob Grimm, according to the original book. Lang’s wife Nora Lang took over the editing of the many more published starting in the 1890s. There were 25 collections of stories total published between 1889 and 1913 by the couple. These collections have been immensely influential; the Langs gave many of the tales their first appearance in English. British fairy tale collections were rare at the time; fairy tales were seen as brutal, escapist and unrealistic and thus a bad influence for young readers. Over a generation, Lang's books worked a revolution in this public perception.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a chapter from the book, "Bird Watching" titled "Watching Blackbirds, Nightingales, Sand-martins, etc. “Bird Watching” was published in 1901 by Edmund Selous. The author started as a conventional naturalist, but Selous developed a hatred of the killing of animals for scientific study and was a pioneer of bird-watching as a method of scientific study. He was a strong proponent of non-destructive bird-study as opposed to the collection of skins and eggs. The shooting of birds for scientific purposes, like building museum collections, he strongly rejected. The author was a solitary man and was not well known in ornithological circles. He avoided both the company of ornithologists and reading their observations so as to base his conclusions entirely on his own observations. Selous continued bird-watching and writing until near the end of his life.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the short story "Araby", from the collection "Dubliners", written by James Joyce in 1914. The stories in Dubliners form a naturalistic depiction of Irish middle class life in and around Dublin in the early years of the 20th century. The stories were written when Irish nationalism was at its peak, and a search for a national identity and purpose was raging; at a crossroads of history and culture, Ireland was jolted by various converging ideas and influences.
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading the second part to "The Princess and the Goblin", a children’s fantasy novel, published in 1872. One of the most successful and beloved of Victorian fairy tales, George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin tells the story of young Princess Irene and her friend Curdie, who must outwit the threatening goblins who live in caves beneath her mountain home. When we left off, the little princess found herself lost in a labyrinth of halls and rooms. She then is introduced to a beautiful, kind and strange old woman sitting at a yarn spinning wheel.
Tonight, we’ll be reading selections from, "The Gentlemen’s Book of Etiquette and Manual of Politeness" written by Cecil B. Hartley in 1860. Snoozecast was surprised to find nothing online about the author besides having written another book on the life of Daniel Boone. Perhaps it is not coincidental that the author of, "The Ladies Book of Etiquette" was published the same year by an author with the same last name - Florence Hartley.
Tonight,we’ll be reading from, "A Trip to Venus" published in 1897 and written by John Munro.In the story, Our Narrator, his old friend Professor Grazen an astronomer, Mr. Carmichael an engineer, and his daughter Miss Carmichael, travel in a spaceship to the planet Venus. We pick up in Chapter 6, "In Space" just after the crew has launched out of Earth's atmosphere.
Tonight, we’ll be reading, "Wuthering Heights"published in 1847, it was Emily Brontë's only novel. Early critics were mixed in their assessment and many were puzzled by the novel's multiple narrators and non-chronological structure. Much of the Victorian public believed the novel was written by a man based on the violent and passionate imagery. Even though the novel received mixed reviews when it came out, it has since become an English literary classic, and tells the tale of a tempestuous romance between Heathcliff, an orphan, and Catherine Earnshaw who becomes his close companion.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to the fantastic classic, "Madame Bovary". It was the debut novel of French writer, Gustave Flaubert, published in 1856. Madame Bovary lives beyond her means in order to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life. A seminal work of literary realism, the novel is now considered Flaubert's masterpiece, and one of the most influential literary works in history.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a Snoozecast original,“Acadia National Park”. Come wander inside this 108 square mile oasis on your way to Blackwoods campground where ultimately you plan on falling asleep to the rhythmic waves of the Atlantic.
Tonight, by listener request, we’ll be reading two versions of a traditional Chinese folk-tale called "The Cowherd and the Weaver" a story about star-crossed lovers that spurred the Qixi Festival, a romantic festival that is often regarded as Chinese Valentine's Day. The Qixi festival inspired the Tanabata festival in Japan and the Chilseok festival in Korea.
Tonight, we'll be reading from a book called, "The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life" by Francis Parkman. It was originally serialized in Knickerbocker's Magazine and subsequently published as a book in 1849. The account of a summer tour of the High Plains of Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and Kansas met with the acclaim of early reviewers like Herman Melville, who, though he on the whole lauded the book for "the true wild-game flavor," complained of its demeaning presentation of Native Americans and its misleading title. Parkman's excursion led him only along the first third, the flat stretch of the 2,100 mile trail; he never saw the cruelest parts across the mountains and deserts.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to, "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892. "The Adventures" are a collection of twelve short stories, starting with, "A Scandal in Bohemia". Holmes is portrayed as offering a new, fairer sense of justice.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the second part to Miguel de Cervante’s, “Don Quixote”. Written in the early 1600s of Spain, Don Quixote is considered to be, perhaps, the most influential work from Spanish history. It depicts a nobleman who reads so many romantic adventure novels that he decides to become a knight. In pt. 1, we read chapter one, where Don Quixote decides to become a knight, and sets about in preparation for his adventure: he fashions a homemade suit of armor and cardboard, names his old frail horse, “Rocinante”, and officially proclaims a pretty village girl named Aldonza Lorenzo to be in knightly love with. He renames her Dulcinea del Toboso. He has never actually met her and she may or may not actually exist.
Tonight we'll be reading two selections from, "How to Amuse Yourself and Others" published in 1893 and written by Lina and Adelia Beard. A listener wrote to us asking for a Snoozecast about pressed flowers, so the passages tonight include that and other flower crafts, along with how to build a hammock.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a medley of poems concerning Independence Day. Titles include, "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus, "Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman, "To The Fourth of July" by Swami Vivekanada and, "The Building of a Ship" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. We'll begin with, "Paul Revere's Ride" also by Longfellow. The poem commemorates the actions of Paul Revere on April 18, 1775. Modern critics emphasize the poem's many historical inaccuracies, most significantly perhaps is Longfellow giving sole credit to Revere for the collective achievements of multiple riders.
Tonight, we’ll be reading, "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp", a story out of the Blue Fairy Book, edited by Andrew Lang in 1889. "Aladdin" is a middle eastern folk-tale thought to be originally written by Hanna Diyab, and is one of the tales from the book, "One Thousand and One Nights", otherwise known as "The Arabian Nights. Since it first appeared in the early 18th century, Aladdin has been one of the best known and most retold of all folk-tales.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the opening to the 1946 autobiography by Paramahansa Yogananda, titled, "Autobiography of a Yogi." Yogananda lived from 1893-1952 and was born in India. Besides detailing his life, the book is an introduction to the methods of attaining God-realization and to the spiritual thought of the East, starting with his childhood search for a Guru. The book inspired many people, including Steve Jobs who read it once a year throughout his life, and gave it away as a gift to attendees at his posthumous memorial service.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the 1899 short story by Russian author Anton Chekhov titled, "The Lady with a Dog". The story describes a surprising love affair between two unhappily married people — Dmitri and Anna. This is one of Chekhov's most famous pieces of short fiction. Vladimir Nabokov, for instance, considers it as one of the greatest short stories ever written.
Tonight, we'll be reading the opening to, "The Study of Plant Life" by M.C. Stopes, published in 1910. M.C. Stopes, short for Marie Charlotte, lived from 1880-1958 and was a British author, paleobotanist, and women's rights campaigner.
Tonight, we'll be reading from the, "Ladies' Book of Etiquette" written in 1860 by Florence Hartley. Hartley was a Victoria-era writer whose work was meant for women of the era, covering topics of etiquette and needlework. She was also an advocate for women's health. (Don't worry fellas, we'll be dropping the "Gentleman's Book of Etiquette", also by Hartley in a future episode.)
Tonight, we’ll be reading from Isaac Asimov’s 1952 science fiction short story titled, “Youth”. "Youth" is one of the rare Asimov stories with alien characters. It features two boys and some strange alien creatures.
Tonight, we'll be reading from, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" an 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a young girl named Alice who falls through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with all ages. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre.
Tonight, we’ll be reading “A Princess of Mars”, the 1912 science fantasy novel by American author Edgar Rice Burroughs. Full of swordplay and daring feats, the novel is considered a classic example of 20th-century pulp fiction, and of planetary romance. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a Snoozecast original, "Mount Monadnock". Learn about the majestic New Hampshire mountain and experience a leisurely hike up it and perhaps - the opportunity for a well earned snooze.
Tonight, we'll be reading, "The Velveteen Rabbit" by listener request. "The Velveteen Rabbit" is a British children's book written by Margery Williams in 1922. It chronicles the story of stuffed rabbit's desire to become real through the love of his owner.
Tonight, we’ll be reading from, "Nature", an essay published in 1836 by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In the essay Emerson puts forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature.
Tonight we'll be reading from, "The Voyage Out" by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1915. In the story Rachael Vinrace embarks for South America on her father's ship and is launched on a course of self-discovery in a kind of modern mythical voyage. The novel also introduces Clarissa Dalloway, who would become the central character of Woolf's later novel, "Mrs Dalloway."
Tonight, we'll be reading the opening to, "The Jungle Book", an 1894 collection by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as a tiger and a bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India.
Tonight, we’ll be reading from, "The Island of Dr. Moreau" an 1896, classic, early science-fiction novel, by author H. G. Wells. The novel is the earliest depiction of the science fiction
motif "uplift" in which a more advanced species intervenes in the evolution of an animal species to bring the later to a higher level of intelligence. In this story, a shipwrecked man is rescued by a passing boat who is let on the island home of Dr. Moreau, a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings from animals. This remains one of Wells' best-known works.
Tonight, we’ll be reading “This Side of Paradise”, the 1920 debut novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who later wrote "The Great Gatsby". The book examines the lives and morality of post–World War I youth. The novel famously helped F. Scott Fitzgerald gain Zelda Sayre's hand in marriage; its publication was her condition of acceptance.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a classic Chinese folk tale, “Bamboo and the Turtle” from “A Chinese Wonder Book”, written by Norman Hinsdale Pitman in 1919. The tale features a boy named Bamboo and a special talking turtle.
Tonight, I'll be reading another snoozy excerpt from Walden, chapter 9, "The Ponds”, by transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau. Originally published in 1854, it is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.
Tonight, we'll be reading "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street". A short story, by Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in 1853. In the story, a Wall St. lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to do any task required of him. Though no great success at the time of it's publication "Bartleby, the Scrivener" is now among the most noted of American short stories, and is considered a precursor of absurdist literature.
Tonight, we’ll be reading the beginning of, “My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett, first published in 1948. A Newbery Honor Book, this children’s story follows the adventures of a young boy, Elmer Elevator, who runs away to Wild Island to rescue a baby dragon.
We'll be reading from Robert Frost's, 1924 Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection titled, "New Hampshire" tonight. Frost was an American poet who was much admired for his depictions of the rural life of New England, his command of American colloquial speech, and his realistic verse portraying ordinary people in everyday situations.
Mark Twain's, "Following the Equator" (sometimes titled "More Tramps Abroad") is a non-fiction social commentary in the form of a travelogue published in 1897. Twain found himself nearly bankrupt at the age of 60 -- so he took a lecture tour of the British Empire to generate funds and published this book, which was critical of Imperialism.
Tonight, we’ll be reading a tale from Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales called The Bell. In a village, everyone can hear the sounds of a mysterious bell. The townspeople set out to find the source. Hans Christian Andersen, a Danish writer, is known as one of the world’s classic storytellers.
"The Prophet" by the Lebanese American poet and writer Kahlil Gibran, was first published in 1923. "The Prophet" has been translated in over one hundred languages making it one of the most translated books in history, and it's never been out of print.
Tonight, we'll be reading from, "The Age of Innocence", a 1920 novel by American author Edith Wharton. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. The story is set in the 1870s, in upper-class, "Gilded-Age" New York City.
Tonight, we'll read the classic Japanese folk tale, "Momotaro", or, "The Story of the Son of a Peach." The story is about a boy who comes from heaven inside a giant peach to be the son of an old childless couple. This English translation is from Yei Theodora Ozaki, who included it in her 1911 compilation, Japanese Fairy Tales.
Tonight, we're pleased to read a Snoozecast original story, "Night Swim" is a short, 2nd person narrative that finds you meeting an old friend to find a secret swimming spot, a lake within the hills, as the night slips away...
"The Call of the Wild" is the classic 1903 adventure story by Jack London. The novel is set in Yukon, Canada, during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. The central character of the novel is a dog named "Buck". The story opens at a Californian ranch, when Buck is stolen from his home and sold into service as an Alaskan sled dog. The story, which was enormously popular at the time of publication, is a tale of survival and return to primitivism.
Tonight, we'll continue reading, "Peter Pan" the 1911 novel by J. M. Barrie. When we last left off the Darling children, Wendy, Michael and John, as well as Mrs. Darling herself were fast asleep in the nursery, while Peter Pan, the free-spirited boy from Neverland sneaks into the room. We pick up at the start of Chapter 2, "The Shadow."
Tonight, we’ll be reading from the detective novel "The Mysterious Affair at Styles", which is the very first published novel by Agatha Christie. She wrote it in the middle of World War I, and it was first published in 1920. The story features many of the elements that have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, largely due to Christie's influence. “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” launched Agatha Christie's writing career. It is set in a large, isolated country manor. Christie and her husband subsequently named their house "Styles".
Tonight, we'll be reading the classic 1908 novel, "Anne of Green Gables", written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Written for all ages, it recounts the adventures of an orphan named Anne on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame", is a French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831. Hugo wrote it largely to make his contemporaries more aware of the value of the Gothic architecture, which was neglected and often destroyed to be replaced by new buildings or defaced by replacement of parts of buildings in a newer style.The story is set in Paris in 1482 during the reign of Louis XI.
Belgian author, Maurice Maeterlinck, wrote essay collection, "Old Fashioned Flowers" in 1905. Maeterlinck, who lived from 1862-1949, was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1911. This book is an ode to flowers and springtime
We'll read the opening to, "The Picture of Dorian Gray" written by Oscar Wilde and first published in 1890. The Gothic and philosophical story was considered offensive and indecent by Victorian English sensibilities.It was thus censored, sparking much controversy. The title character, Dorian Gray, sells his soul to make a portrait of himself age, rather than himself.
Published in 1872, "The Princess and the Goblin" is a children's fantasy novel. One of the most successful and beloved of Victorian fairy tales, George MacDonald's, "The Princess and the Goblin" tells the story of young Princess Irene and her friend Curdie, who must outwit the threatening goblins who live in caves beneath her mountain home. Anne Thaxter Eaton writes in, "A Critical History of Children's Literature" that, "The Princess and the Goblin" and its sequel, "quietly suggest in every incident ideas of courage and honor."
Written in 1884 by Edwin Abbott Abbott, "Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions" was written under the pseudonym, "A. Square." The book used the fictional two dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian Culture. The novella's more enduring contribution is it's examination of different dimensions.
"Ceteology" is the title of Chapter 32 of Herman Melville's 1851 "Moby Dick". This chapter is a detour from the progress of the plot, and Melville delves into the study of marine mammal like dolphins and whales. Moby Dick was a commercial flop at the time, out of print by Melville's death, and only found it's reputation as a great American novel in the 20th century. Author D.H. Lawrence called it, "one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world," and "the greatest book of the sea ever written."
Tonight, I'll be reading another excerpt from L. Frank Baum's, "The Sea Fairies", picking up more or less where we left off. Baum is best known for, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". "The Sea Fairies" is a magical underwater fantasy following Mayre Griffiths, nicknamed Trot, as she fulfills her wish of seeing a mermaid for the first time. Her adventure is filled with a journey through an underwater kingdom where she meets kings, queens, and villains along the way. When we left off, Trot and her old sailor friend, Cap'n Bill are paddling on a row boat along the shore and looking at sea caves.
Tonight, we'll be reading, "The Early History of the Airplane" written by Orville and Wilbur Wright. This book consists of three short essays about the beginnings of human flight. The Wright Brothers weren't the first to build and fly and aircraft, but they were the first to invent the ability to control the aircraft's wings and make modern flight possible in 1903. This is their recounting.
Tonight, I’ll be reading from Albert Einstein’s, "The Meaning of Relativity". This compilation of Princeton lectures address the consequences of Einstein's theories of relativity. Einstein
developed these theories which became one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). Special relativity applies to elementary particles and their interactions, describing all their physical phenomena except gravity. General relativity explains the law of gravitation and its relation to other forces of nature. It applies to the cosmological and astrophysical realm.
Tonight, I’ll be continuing where we left off from a Japanese folk story called The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child. It is taken from a book originally published in 1908 by Yei Theodora Ozaki, from Tokyo. The author’s story was inspired by the Japanese classic, "Taketari Monogatari.” In the story, the father, the bamboo-cutter, beseeches his beautiful and magical moon-princess adopted daughter to pick one of five gallant knights as her husband. She has demanded further trials to vie for her love.
"Vistas in Sicily" is a 1912 travel memoir by Arthur Stanley Riggs. Riggs was an American writer and historian, in 1898 he served in the navy for the Spanish American War, and decades later served as librarian for the Office of Censorship during World War II.
Tonight, I'll be reading the opening to the 1910 speech by Theodore Roosevelt entitled, "Citizenship in a Republic" at the Sorbonne in Paris. The speech is popularly known as "The Man in the Arena." To this day, someone who is heavily involved in a situation that requires courage, skill, or tenacity is sometimes referred to as "the man in the arena."
Tonight, I’ll be reading from the beginning of a book called "Viking Tales", written in 1902 by Jennie Hall. This book is focused around the story of Harald Fairhair, first king of Norway around the year 900, but also draws upon other sources to produce a view of Viking life.
"The Flower Garden", by Ida Dandridge Bennett is a 1903 "how-to" horticultural book.
Tonight, I'll be reading the opening to the 1911 novel, "Peter Pan" by J. M. Barrie. Peter Pan is a mischievous boy who can fly and has many adventures on the island of Neverland.
"Cave Diving in Tulum", is a story by Snoozecast. Tulum is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which served as a major port for Coba, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo . Cave diving is a popular attraction as the area boasts thousands of cenotes, or underground caves.
Generally considered to be the first detective novel, "The Moonstone", originally published in 1868, set the groundwork for the genre's format to come. The Moonstone of the title is a diamond, not to be confused with the semi-precious moonstone gem. It gained its name from its association with the Hindu god of the moon, Chandra. It was said to be protected by hereditary guardians on the orders of Vishnu, and to wax and wane in brilliance along with the light of the moon.
Tonight, I'll be reading part of a poem by Walt Whitman titled, "Song of Myself", found in his 1855 collection, "Leaves of Grass". "Song of Myself" is considered one of the most influential poems in American history. Rather than being written in a structured, metered form, it is written in a rhythmic, chant-like quality through a series of vignettes.
Tonight, I'll be reading a story out of the "Blue Fairy Book" called, "East of the Sun and West of the Moon", edited by Andrew Lang in 1889. This story is a Norwegian fairy tale about the search for a lost husband.
Tonight, I’ll be reading the classic children’s story, "Heidi" published in 1881 by Swiss author Johanna Spyri. It is a novel about the life of a young girl in her grandfather's care in the Swiss Alps. Heidi is one of the best-selling books ever written and is is among the best-known works of Swiss literature.
Tonight, I’ll be reading the opening to a 1918 collection of essays titled, "Mysticism and Logic", by Bertrand Russell. Russell, a Nobel Prize winner, is one of the world’s best-known authorities on logic. In it, he challenges the romantic mysticism of the 19th century, positing instead his theory of logical atomism.
Tonight, I’ll be reading a Japanese folk story called, "The Bamboo-Cutter and the Moon-Child". It is taken from a book originally published in 1908 by Yei Theodora Ozaki, from Tokyo. The author’s story was inspired by the Japanese classic, "Taketari Monogata."
"Cattle Brands" by Andy Adams is a collection of short stories best heard around a campfire. This tale, called "Drifting North" is a brief anecdote of the troubles a band of cow punchers run into while moving a herd through some dangerous country. The author, whose most famous work "Log of a Cowboy", writes from personal experience. Adams spent ten years driving cattle on western trails in Texas during the 1880s.
"Village Folk-Tales of Ceylon, Volume 3" was written by a British engineer living in colonial Ceylon during the Victorian era named Henry Parker. During his work as an engineer he developed an admiration for the skills displayed by the ancient Sinhalese at the time of the construction of their reservoirs.
While L. Frank Baum is best known for the 14 novels in the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” series the prolific children’s author explored other fantastical worlds. “The Sea Fairies” is an magical underwater fantasy following Mayre Griffiths, nicknamed Trot or occasionally "Tiny Trot” as she fulfills her wish of seeing a mermaid for the first time. Her adventure is filled with a journey through an underwater kingdom where she meets kings, queens and villains along the way.
“The Kentish Coast” by Charles G. Harper is one of many self-illustrated travel books, exploring the regions, roads, coastlines, literary connections, old inns and more- of Britain.
Originally published in 1920, “Our Family Affairs, 1867-1896” by E. F. Benson is a memoir by the precocious and prolific British author. Many of his works are famed for their wry and dry camp humor and social observation.
Tonight I'll be reading a Snoozecast original titled, "The Toboggan Nationals" - the story is a second person narrative that takes you on a cold winter car ride through the Maine's coastal landscape from owls head to your destination at The Toboggan National Championships in Camden.
"Walden" is Henry David Thoreau's reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, originally published in 1854. The work is part personal declaration of independence , social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and — to some degree — a manual for self reliance.
Originally published in 1881, “The Prince and the Pauper” was Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. In the novel, two boys identical in appearance exchange identities. Although written for children, “The Prince and the Pauper" is a critique of social inequality and has been adapted for the screen and television a number of times.
Originally published in 1905, this biographical book on Beethoven gives a glimpse of the great composer who died in 1827.
Tonight I'll be reading an excerpt from, "Creation of the Teton Landscape" by David Love, John Calvin Reed and Kenneth Lee Pierce, originally published in 1968. This booklet, prepare by members of the U.S. Geological Survey, discusses how geological phenomena are responsible for the magnificent scenery of the Teton region.
"Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse was originally published in 1951. It deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery by a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (what was searched for), which together means "he who has found meaning (of existence)" or "he who has attained his goals." In fact, the Buddha's own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Kapilavastu. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as "Gotama."
"My Robin” by Frances Hodgson Burnett was originally published in 1912. Burnett was an American-English novelist and playwright. She is perhaps best known for her children’s stories, in particular “The Secret Garden.” “My Robin” is a charming anecdote that further expands upon the Robin featured in “The Secret Garden.”
Tonight I'll be reading a snoozy opening to, "The Flower Fields of Alpine Switzerland" by George Flemwell, originally published in 1911. You'll hear lots of descriptions of mountains and flowers, and flowers on mountains.
Tonight I'll be reading the opening to "The Young King", a shorty story within Oscar Wilde’s "A House of Pomegranates". "A House of Pomegranates" was written in 1891 as a collection of fairy tales that Wilde may have said was "intended neither for the British child nor the British public.” "The Young King" tells the story of the illegitimate shepherd son of the recently dead king's daughter, and now the only heir to the kingdom.
Tonight, I'll be reading a Snoozecast original story titled, “What Murfee Remembered”. In this short story, Murfee is a dog who lives in a city apartment building with his two humans. He has something important on the tip of his mind that he spends his day trying to remember.
Published in 1895, Wells paints a vision of the distant future in his first novel. Considered to be one of science fiction’s most important authors, Wells contributed to the genre with many notable works; “The Island of Doctor Moreau”, “The Invisible Man”, and “The War of the Worlds”. In his non-fiction futurologist works, Wells predicted the advent of airplanes, space travel and even Wikipedia – although he called it “Permanent World Encyclopaedia”. The term itself “Time Machine” was coined by Wells and is now universally used to refer to any such vehicle. - 'M'
"Great Expectations" is the thirteenth novel by Charles Dickens and one of his last completed novels. It depicts the personal growth and personal development of an orphan nicknamed Pip. It is Dickens's second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. The novel was first published as a serial in a periodical between 1860 and 1861, and shortly thereafter was published as a novel. The novel is set in Kent and London in the early to mid-19th century and contains some of Dickens's most memorable scenes.
"Miss Ludington’s Sister", written in 1885, is an earlier work by Edward Bellamy. The author later found fame as a socialist Utopian science fiction writer. This particular book, however, is a standard love story with a twist.
Most listeners are familiar with the highly successful film adaptation starring Judy Garland released in 1939, "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was originally published in 1900 written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. The Library of Congress has declared Oz to be "America's greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy-tale." The story follows Dorothy a young girl from Kansas who is transported via cyclone (along with her dog Toto) to the magical Land of Oz.
This cutesy turn of the century children's book was originally published in 1900 by Mary Dow Brine, a New York based author who published several works in Harper's Magazine in the 1800s.
Snoozecast makes sleep stories, put on a Snoozecast before you get into bed to help you fall asleep.
Also known as "Home of the Gentry" and "A Nest of the Gentry", "A House of Gentlefolk" is a novel by Ivan Turgenev published in 1859 Russia. It was enthusiastically received by Russian society and remained Turgenev's least controversial and most widely read novel until the end of the 19th century.
Snoozecast makes sleep stories, put on a Snoozecast before you get into bed to help you fall asleep.
Also known as "The Arabian Nights," "One Thousand and One Nights" is a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age, which ran from the 8th to the 14th centuries. Some tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Greek, Indian, Jewish and Turkish folklore and literature. What is common throughout all the editions of "Nights" is the initial frame story of the ruler and his wife and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
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This 1864 science fiction novel tells the story of professor Otto Lidenbrock, his nephew Axel and their guide Hans as they encounter many adventures and hazards traveling through the center of the earth (The english language edition which I'll be reading tonight changes the professor's name to Hardwigg and Axel's name to Harry) . The book was inspired by Charles Lyell's "Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man" written in 1863. Although this genre of subterranean fiction already existed long before Verne, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" considerably added to the genre's popularity and influenced later such writings.
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Written in early 1600s Spain, "Don Quixote" is considered to be perhaps the most influential work from Spanish history. It depicts a nobleman who reads so many romantic adventure novels that he decides to become a knight. Don Quixote sees what he wants in the world, and the word "Quixotic" stems from this character - meaning impractically idealistic.
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