Category Archives: The Changing Seasons

TRR EXTRA: “Red October” by Helen Gray Cone



Autumn has always been my favorite season, so here is another Autumnal extra for you, in honor of the advent of October! I’ll have a few of these this month, interspersed in between our spooky stories celebrating Halloween.

“Red October” by Helen Gray Cone

The Reader

TRT: 01:52

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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 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 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 48, “My Summers in New England”



Sara Willis was one of the most popular and successful newspaper columnists of her time. She was born into a family of publishers, but when her older brother refused to print any of her work in the Home Journal magazine that he published, she worked under a pen name to make her own way at writing. She liked her pen name, Fanny Fern, so much, she adopted it as her own in all facets of her life. Nathaniel Hawthorne admired her zest, and she defended Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” against unappreciative critics of the time. In this episode, we hear excerpts from one of her essays on the benefits of New England life.

“My Summers in New England” (1868) by Fanny Fern

The Reader

TRT: 24:26

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TRR: Episode 40, “Ursa Minor”



Poor little Ursa Minor, so worthy of our respect, but so overshadowed by his more famous companion, Ursa Major. Just like people in everyday life, which is the topic of Zephine Humphrey’s essay about the marginalized little constellation.

“Ursa Minor” (1913) by Zephine Humphrey

The Reader

TRT: 28:07

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TRR: Episode 21, “A Silver Frost”



Here at the end of January, we take just the shortest glance at our seasonal nemesis, cold and frost.

“The Cold Snap” by Edward Bellamy (1898)

“Thoughts on Thermometers” by A.A. Milne

“The Good Hours” by Robert Frost

The Reader

TRT: 18:36

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TRR: Episode 14, “By the Fireside”



As Winter approaches, we must ensure our supply of wood for the fire has been prepared. After the chores are completed, we may sit by the fireside and enjoy the quietude of a warm and crackling fire.

“By Way of Introduction” from “Over the Fireside with Silent Friends” by Richard King (1921)
“Dedication for a Fireplace” by Christopher Morely
“A Hallowe’en Memory” by Christopher Morely
An excerpt from “By the Fireplace” by Christopher Morely
“The Log Fire” by Elizabeth Rebecca Ward
“The Fires of Autumn” by A.A. Milne
“Getting in the Wood” by Jacob William Wright

The Reader

TRR: Episode 14, “By the Fireside”
TRT: 30:56

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TRR: Episode 10, “Gray November Rains”



Gray November is here again, and with it, the cold rains of late Autumn. Don your yellow raincoat and boots, and come along for a stroll in the pre-winter weather.

“Boar’s Hill, October, 1919” by Vera M. Brittain
An excerpt from Chapter 1 of “The Rain Cloud” (1846)
“Rainy-Day Pleasures” by Fanny Fern
“Sonnet” by G.H. Bonner
“Cold Branch in the Black Air” by Louis Golding
“November Days” from “In New England Woods and Fields” by Rowland Evans Robinson (1896)

The Reader

TRR: Episode 10, Gray November Rains
TRT: 24:19

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Photo courtesy of Dukas Ju.


TRR: Episode 4, “Autumn” Part 3



The third and final part of our literary look at the season of Autumn features the work of the great American naturalist, John Burroughs. Also, poems by Browning and Frost.

An excerpt of ‘Falling Leaves,’ from “Under the Maples” (1921) by John Burroughs
‘To Autumn’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“October’ by Robert Frost

The Reader

TRR: Episode 4, “Autumn” Part 3
TRT: 20:12

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