Bit of Brontës, a Dollop of Dickinson, an Offering of Austen
Elliot Engel

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Narrated By: various narrators, Joan Allen, Stephanie Beacham, Frederick Davidson, Gabrielle de Cuir, Jill Eikenberry, Amy Irving, Glenda Jackson, Nancy Kwan, Cheryl Ladd, Melissa Manchester, Wanda McCaddon, Juliet Mills, Carolyn Seymour, Jean Smart, Meryl Streep, Alfre Woodard, Daphne Zuniga

Duration: 6 hours and 15 minutes

What to expect

They are icons of the literary world whose soaring works have been discussed and analyzed in countless classrooms, homes, and pubs. Yet for most readers, the living, breathing human beings behind the classics have remained unknown—until now. In this utterly captivating book, Dr. Elliot Engel, a leading authority on the lives of great authors, illuminates the fascinating and flawed members of literature’s elite. In lieu of stuffy biographical sketches, Engel provides fascinating anecdotes.

You’ll never look at these literary giants the same way again.


Biography: historical, political and military, Biography: writers, History, Literature: history and criticism

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“Professor Elliot Engel is quite possibly the most insightful, personable, and entertaining academic lecturer to come out of academia in the last fifty years.”

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“Brilliantly funny and full of fascinating information.”