Category Archives: Audio / Video

Audio and video resources, including recitations, dramatizations, music, video tours, and more, about or related to classic literature.

Cantos 12 to 17 Dante videos Mahfood

Dr. Mahfood reflects on cantos 12 – 17, which cover Circle 7 of Hell in Dante’s Inferno. (See the end of Canto 11 for the entrance into Circle 7.) Please be aware that this is a challenging work with complex … Continue reading

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Cantos 4 to 11 Dante Videos Mahfood

Dr. Mahfood reflects on cantos 4 – 11, which go through Circles 1-6 of Hell in Dante’s Inferno. Please be aware that this is a challenging work with complex and mature themes. These optional video explanations contain vintage illustrations that … Continue reading

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Cantos 1 to 3 Dante Videos Mahfood

Dr. Mahfood shares his insights on the first three cantos (the Dark Wood and Gate of Hell) in Dante’s Inferno. Please be aware that this is a challenging work with complex and mature themes. These optional video explanations contain vintage … Continue reading

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Dante’s Inferno: The 1911 Silent Movie

When the movie industry was young, moviemakers turned to literary classics to find stories to tell. Even as a silent film, Dante’s Inferno offered plenty of drama to thrill moviegoers, so it was one of the earliest stories filmed. Dante’s Inferno … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar Video

Here’s a video of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, performed on BBC Shakespeare. Enjoy! More details about this production: The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina … Continue reading

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Composers in Death Comes for the Archbishop

Among the composers mentioned in Death Comes for the Archbishop are Giuseppe Verdi, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Stephen Foster. Here are a few works of theirs to enjoy; your library may have other works by these composers. Giuseppe Verdi: Nabucco … Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness Opera

Composer Tarik O’Regan has written a chamber opera based on Joseph Conrad’s novella, Heart of Darkness. Here is a video interview in which the composer discusses the process of creating the opera. This clip contains a spoiler, so be sure … Continue reading

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Music the Brontë Sisters May Have Known

As the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, Charlotte Brontë would have been familiar with the church music of the time. This playlist features King’s College Choir, Cambridge, and other choirs performing music that Charlotte and her sisters may have known, as well … Continue reading

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“The White Heron” Audio

“A White Heron,” an 1886 short story by American author Sarah Orne Jewett, features Sylvia, a young girl who comes from a big city to live in the country with her grandmother. As she searches for their cow one evening, she … Continue reading

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“The Ransom of Red Chief” Dramatized

“The Ransom of Red Chief” Dramatized O. Henry is the pseudonym of American author William Sydney Porter, who is best known for his funny, warm, short stories with surprise endings. In the video below, Shep O’Neal does a fine dramatic reading of … Continue reading

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