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TRR: Episode 41, “A Lover of Flowers”



Mary E. Wilkins Freeman has, even today, a lasting fame in children’s literature thanks to her memorable work, “The Pumpkin Giant.” She also wrote short stories based on people she knew in her adopted hometown. Despite this, she was a local celebrity and well-loved by the people she lived among in Metuchen, New Jersey. In this episode, we share one of those stories about a bittersweet romance in a small town community.

“A Lover of Flowers” (1887) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

The Reader

TRT: 33:34

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com and Archive.org.


TRR: Episode 34, “The Vision of the Fountain”



This week we share with you one of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Twice-Told Tales,” a reverie of young romance. Hawthorne’s two volume collection of “Twice-Told  Tales” were called such because they had been previously published in various periodicals, and a line from Shakespeare: “Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale, / Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.”

“The Vision of the Fountain” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Reader

TRT: 20:18

The musical accompaniment for the show is provided through the kind generosity of Incompetech.com, and by Jason Shaw at Audionautix.com.