Monthly Archives: September 2016

TRR EXTRA: “Chant for Autumn”



Another autumnal extra for you to round out our September offerings. This is a poem by George Parsons Lathrop from his 1875 collection, “Rose and Roof-tree.” Lathrop was a contributor to many periodicals of his day, and helped to found the American Copyright League, which in turn was instrumental in international copyright law.

“Chant for Autumn” by George Parsons Lathrop

The Reader

TRT: 03:12

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TRR: Episode 53, “School Lets Out”



Robert Nathan was an author, poet, and playwright. You may know of some of his works, albeit from the ones that had been adapted to films. Nathan penned the original source material for “Portrait of Jennie” (1948) starring Joseph Cotton, and the seminal Christmas film “The Bishop’s Wife” (1947), with Cary Grant. In this episode, we’ll hear excerpts from one of Nathan’s novels featuring an elderly schoolmaster.

“Autumn” (1921) by Robert Nathan

The Reader

TRT: 20:58

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TRR EXTRA: “Autumn” by Miss Fanny Kemble



In honor of the arrival of Autumn, we offer you this poem by Miss Fanny Kemble. Kemble was a British actress and author during the mid-19th Century. This poem she wrote one October during a trip to the Schuylkill River in Eastern Pennsylvania.

“Autumn” by Miss Fanny Kemble

The Reader

TRT: 04:18

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TRR: Episode 52, “The Masked World”



Jack Williamson wrote science fiction stories from the 1920’s until his death in 2006. He was known for writing in a realistic style that won many admirers in the genre, including a young Issac Asimov.

In this episode, we’ll hear one of his short stories from the August 1963 issue of “Worlds of Tomorrow” magazine.

“The Masked World” (1963) by Jack Williamson

The Reader

TRT: 15:16

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TRR: Episode 51, “Staccato Notes of a Vanished Summer”



Author, editor, and critic William Dean Howells was known by his friends and contemporaries as “The Dean of American Letters.” He was a proponent of “Realism,” a new “documentary” style that slowly eclipsed Romanticism in American writing. In this episode, we hear one of his descriptive essays of a fading summer on the coast of Maine.

“Staccato Notes of a Vanished Summer” (1902) by William Dean Howells

The Reader

TRT: 27:21

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TRR: Episode 50, “Lost Pond”



Many states have a legend of a so-called “lost pond,” a place found by the early pioneers and woodsmen, but never marked properly on a map. All that remained were the stories told by the old-timers, the location itself lost to the wilderness. In this episode, we follow a pair of anglers in search of one such lost pond.

“Lost Pond” (1915) by Henry Abbott

The Reader

TRT: 30:15

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