Great American Authors Read from Their Works, Vol. 2
various authors

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Narrated By: Nelson Algren, Bernard Malamud, John Updike, James Jones

Duration: 1 hour and 14 minutes

What to expect

These four recordings of twentieth-century American authors interpreting their own works were highly praised when first released in the 1960s. Today the cultural and historical value of these recordings makes them an essential part of our literary heritage.

Nelson Algren reads from his most famous novel, The Man with the Golden Arm, about the decline and fall of a drug dealer and card sharp. Bernard Malamud's devastating selection from The Magic Barrel portrays poor, embittered old Jews who achieve a moment of grace after fierce antagonism. In John Updike's story from Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories, a seminary student working as a lifeguard draws a 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 and perilous moments.


Fiction: general and literary, Short stories, Classic fiction

Listen to a sample

“Each listening experience is a delight.”


“A notable addition to the pleasures of being read to.”

Boston Globe

“They read lovingly and feelingly the sentences and cadences of their stories…One is left with an experience.”