Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Vol. 2
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Date: August 2019
Duration: 1 hours 14 minutes
These four recordings of twentieth-century American authorsinterpreting their own works were highly praised when first released in the1960s. Today the cultural and historical value of these recordings makes theman essential part of our literary heritage.
Nelson Algren reads from his most famous novel, The Man with the Golden Arm, about thedecline and fall of a drug dealer and card sharp. Bernard Malamud's devastatingselection from The Magic Barrelportrays poor, embittered old Jews who achieve a moment of grace after fierceantagonism. In John Updike's story from PigeonFeathers and Other Stories, a seminary student working as a lifeguard drawsa witty and lyrical contrast between saving souls and bodies. And James Jones'account of a World War II battle in Japan in The Thin Red Line shows young soldiers at their most heroic andperilous moments.